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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 28, 2013 – 1:47 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers. The team also announced that restricted free agent tackle Jeff Linkenbach has signed his qualifying offer.

“Stanley fills an immediate need for us at the fullback position and provides us with a solid option in our new offensive scheme,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His speed, explosion and hard-nosed playing style are his main strengths, but he also possesses sound blocking and receiving skills. Stanley had a very productive career at USC and gained valuable experience as a starting fullback and special teams contributor for Philadelphia last year. The Eagles in return are getting a young, very big and strong player in Clif Geathers that can play every defensive line position to fill a need moving forward in their new scheme as well. We feel it’s a win-win.”

Havili, 6-0, 245 pounds, was selected by the Eagles in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of USC. In 2012, he appeared in 15 games (two starts) and totaled six rushes for 22 yards and his first career touchdown, while adding seven receptions for 43 yards. He also helped pave the way for five 100-yard rushing performances by running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown.

At USC, Havili played in 52 career games (48 starts) and recorded 1,799 scrimmage yards (1,290 receiving, 509 rushing) and 15 total touchdowns (12 receiving, three rushing). As a senior in 2010, he earned All-Pac 10 honorable mention accolades after ranking third on the team with 32 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 166 yards and one touchdown.

Geathers tallied five tackles (two solo) and his first career sack in eight games played with the Colts last season. He was originally signed to the team’s practice squad on October 3, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on October 9. For his career, he has registered seven tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack in 15 games played, while seeing action in one postseason game.

Linkenbach was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Over the past three seasons, he has played in all 48 regular season games, making 28 starts. In 2012, Linkenbach started eight regular season games and one postseason contest. He helped block for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for the most passing yards (4,374) by a rookie in NFL history, while also breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a single game (433) in Week 9 against Miami.

In 2011, Linkenbach started all 16 games for the first time in his career and provided time for running back Donald Brown to set a career-high with 161 rushing yards on 16 attempts (10.1 avg.) against Tennessee (12/18). In 2010, he appeared in all 16 games (four starts) and was part of an offensive line that helped the team produce 5,000-plus net yards for the 13th consecutive season. The line also only allowed 16.0 sacks on the season, which tied for the fewest allowed in the NFL.


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11 Responses to “INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES”

  1. By Michael on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Nice pick Go Colts. WR

  2. By Tony on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Right? We have a FB!! What even IS that? Dwayne Allen, several linebackers, the first 3 rows of fans in the Colts end zone and Luck especially say thanks Grigs. No more fill-ins at FB. Luck might get more than 1.3 seconds to throw the ball.

    Need a #2 wideout and then we can look towards the draft.

  3. By Tony on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Also I left the “that have had to fill in at FB” after my first 3 rows of fans joke. So fail on me.

  4. By waylon howell on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    You can’t have a power running game without a solid fullback, great addition RG1 strikes again.

  5. By Andrew on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    We actually don’t need a #2 wideout because we have Reggie Wayne as the #1 wideout and T.Y. Hilton as the #2 wideout. And we also might get DHB

  6. By Mike on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Yes! We actually got a real fullback. Now draft a good center and another tackle and let’s go pound the crap out of AFC South.

  7. By Dorman on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Forever colts fan.. I just hope this doesnt mean no more 2 TE sets. I really believe fleener has a lot more to show and allen is going to be top 5 in league.

  8. By Frank on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    great job guys i just hope the eagles dont feel robbed cuz they got a huge guy that can be a missmatch for other teams and play any d position n that line plus can really grow with the team besides draft is coming along pretty sure he wasnt being used much anyway thanks Irsay for bringing in Grigson and for all the smart moves….Ready..Set..Smart!!

  9. By gerahome14 on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    The Colts are getting a great player and an even better person for the community. Stanley Havili is as hard of a worker as you will find in the NFL. He is very humble and great to be around. I’ve known Stanley for a long time. Colts fans, you will love him! He’s very excited to become a part of the Colts organization.

  10. By Stephen Schwambach on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    @gerahome14 – really appreciate the inside scoop on Havili. It’s great to hear from someone who actually knows the person. Hard work and humility are traits that make a great team member…and contribute to building a great team. Thrilled to have him!

  11. By Bob Stadelmayer on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    I like where this team is going. Great job by Grigson and Pagano.

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