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TUESDAY’S TOP 10 PHOTOS

Posted by mattbowenphoto on April 2, 2013 – 2:50 pm

2012_0909_CHI_bowen_2042 Hey Colts fans, it’s Matt Bowen  your Colts Team Photographer.
I will be posting my “Tuesday’s Top 10” photo gallery to colts.com!  The photos galleries will always have a theme, ranging from game action to creative images around the Colts Complex!

Today’s photo gallery is all about GAME FACES!  Being on the sideline close to the players in the heat of battle allows me the opportunity to capture the true emotion of the game!  The majority of the time they have no idea that I’m even around, let alone taking their picture.  This affords me the ability to photograph them in true candid moments.  Most of the images in this gallery lasted for a split second and I just happened to be focused on them hoping for a reaction.  When the emotion of the game spills out in a reaction, I have to be there to capture it.  As a sports photographer I strive to capture the peak moments of a game.  These moments range from finger tip catches and amazing sacks to high fives and screams of jubilation! Whatever the moment, my only job is to be there to capture that moment and not get run over in the process!

If you have a great theme idea for a “Tuesday’s Top 10” photo gallery, please let me know!

TUESDAY’S TOP 10 PHOTOS – GAME FACES


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GETTING TO KNOW ANGELA C.

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 1:57 pm

As part of a promotion on our Indianapolis Colts Cheerleading Facebook page, we’re featuring a different candidate selected by you the fans!

Our second one is Angela C.

Guilty Pleasure: singing at the top of my lungs while driving my car!Angela C.

Hidden Talent: Performed competitively and hold national titles in character tap dancing

Career Goals: Evolve within my career as a registered nurse with the ultimate goal to obtain a director position within a private surgical practice. Also plan to continue with small business and open cheer gym in the future.

Dance Resume: Trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and character dance. Tap danced competitively on the national level. Was a dancer for the Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey and the National Indoor Football Leagues Cincinnati Marshals.

Why Colts?: I would truly be honored to become an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader.  The Indianapolis Colts organization is incredibly well respected and what other teams in the NFL strive to be.  The Colts are a class act team that values professionalism and moral standards.  This is a team I would proudly represent with enthusiasm and dedication.  If given the chance to say that I am a member of the 2013-2014 Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders, well that brings a smile to my face and fills me with an immense amount of pride. J  It would be an opportunity of a lifetime and one I would cherish.  To have the opportunity to become a sweetheart of the horseshoe and to be able to share in this passion and pride is priceless.  I am giving it my all Colts Fans and I hope to make you proud!


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MAKING MOST OF A CHANCE

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 1:44 pm

A move made by Jacksonville recently may have gone unnoticed by Colts fans – the Jaguars hired former Colts tight end Marcus Pollard to oversee Player Development and Youth Football.

What a solid move by a divisional foe.

I know Marcus was one of the most popular Colts ever, and I would think he is loved universally by those who follow the Horseshoe.

Marcus came to the Colts on the scouting tip from a part-time personnel man named Ken Geiger.  Geiger, who worked under Bill Tobin, saw Marcus play basketball at Bradley.  Geiger liked Pollard’s athletic ability and thought he might have a football future.

Geiger was right.

When a trainer giving Marcus a physical before he signed asked him what position he played, Pollard said, “I don’t know.”

After opening 1995 on the practice squad, he later appeared in eight games.  By 1996, he was at home at tight end.  Pollard’s first career reception that year went 48 yards for a score.  He bowled over about six Dallas players on the way to the end zone in a great 25-24 comeback win.

Pollard played in 146 games with the Colts, starting 102 from 1995-2004.  He caught 263 passes for 3,391 yards and 35 touchdowns.

After leaving the Colts, Pollard played in Detroit (2005-06), Seattle (2007) and Atlanta (one game, 2008).  He appeared in 192 career games, catching 349 passes for 4,280 yards and 40 scores – stupendous totals for a player whose first taste of football came at its highest level.

Pollard’s 13-year career was a testament to his ability – Geiger was spot on.  His ability to thrive in the NFL beyond the playing field is a testament to the person.

Each NFL team employs a staff member who helps advise current players how to prosper outside the field’s border.  David Thornton is that person with the Colts.

Pollard and Thornton were teammates from 2002-04 with the Colts.  They were components that helped the team go 10-6, 12-4 and 12-4 while making the playoffs all three years and reaching the AFC Championship game in 2003.

Colts players know they can take to the bank any advice Thornton gives.  Jaguars players will find the same true of Pollard.  Players in both franchises would do well to model themselves after the examples Thornton and Pollard provide.

Speaking for many Colts fans, all the best, Marcus.  A familiar face is aligned with a staunch foe, but Marcus always represented the Colts and Indianapolis well.


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HOW MUCH WILL A STABLE QUARTERBACK HELP HEYWARD-BEY?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:14 am

Continuity between quarterback and receiver is something that has been preached for years by some of the game’s finest pass/catching duos in NFL history.

Take for example a player like Reggie Wayne.

During Wayne’s first four seasons in the NFL (2001-2004), quarterback Peyton Manning was the lone Colts signal caller to attempt at least 30 passes during that time span.

Wayne’s numbers progressed from 27 catches for 345 yards as a rookie to 77 for 1,210 in his fourth season.

On the other end of the ‘continuity’ spectrum is new signee Darrius Heyward-Bey.

During Heyward-Bey’s first four seasons in the NFL (2009-2012), he caught balls from eight different quarterbacks that attempted at least 30 passes during those four years.

His production grew from nine catches as a rookie to a combined 105 the last two seasons.

With the quarterback situation on stable ground in Indianapolis, the Colts are hoping Heyward-Bey will see his development take another step forward in his new home.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson addressed this issue last week when discussing the potential of signing Heyward-Bey.

“Hopefully we can land him and he can get some more uniformity and be more comfortable being somewhere that has a quarterback like Andrew Luck,” Grigson said on March 25.

“To be able to acquire someone of his stature in this offense, where he will be running more slants, being able to utilize that size and speed, I think he can be a great asset for us.”

Heyward-Bey walks into a situation with an established No. 1 receiver coming off a Pro Bowl season, a quarterback who took every snap under center last season and an offensive coordinator that wants to ‘accentuate the talents of (his) playmakers.’

“I think it’s important that we all understand that we’re a sum of all our parts offensively,” Pep Hamilton said back in February.

“We’ve got to do whatever it is that our players do well. It’s obvious just based on production that we had in the passing game this past season, that we’re a team that can push the ball downfield. That should create paranoia for our opponents.”


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DAILY CLIPS: Colts News and More From Around the Web

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:46 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Around the AFC South: Are the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl contenders?
Colts agree to terms with receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey
Next Colts’ mural up? Who should replace Dwight Freeney at Lucas Oil Stadium?
Will she make it? Following an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader hopeful
Colts agree to terms with Heyward-Bey
Colts pick up wide receiver Heyward-Bey
Indianapolis Colts: Offseason schedule
Colts have low risk with Heyward-Bey
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Indianapolis Colts agree to contract
Colts, Heyward-Bey agree to deal
Colts, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey agree to 1-year deal
Darrius Heyward-Bey lands with Indianapolis Colts 
Lions lose out on Darrius Heyward-Bey, who signs with Colts
Colts, Darrius Heyward-Bey agree

COLTS.COM
Receiver in Fold
2013 Positional Series: Linebackers

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Catching up: AFC South developments
Jacksonville Jaguars: Offseason schedule
Houston Texans: Offseason schedule
Reviewing Scouts Inc. free agency grades
Tennessee Titans: Offseason schedule
Jaguars cut Mosley, will host Marks
Newest Titans will add depth

NFL NEWS
Should Titans have added a pass rusher?
Jack Pardee was a ‘genuine Texas legend’
Time for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley to spread his message as offseason program begins
Raiders trade for Matt Flynn
Monday’s moves: Colt McCoy sent to San Francisco
Kansas City Chiefs down to four options for top pick

AFC TEAM NEWS
Pats not done at receiver
Chargers dispute Ryan Mathews’ remarks

NFC TEAM NEWS
NY Giants going after another ex-Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman in Mike Patterson
Bears’ Bush reaches out to injured Ware


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MIKE MAYOCK’S POSITION-BY-POSITION RANKINGS OF NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:00 am

Below is NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s third installment of his position rankings of 2013 NFL Draft prospects. The draft is three weeks from Thursday with the Colts holding the No. 24 pick in the first round. Here is a link to Mayock’s current rankings with past editions linked at the top of the page.

Quarterback

1. Geno Smith, West Virginia
2. EJ Manuel, Florida State
3. Matt Barkley, USC
4. Mike Glennon, N.C. State
T-5. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
T-5. Landry Jones, Oklahoma

New entry: Manuel

Running Back

1. Eddie Lacy, Alabama
2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
3. Andre Ellington, Clemson
4. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
5. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

Wide Receiver

1. Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
2. Keenan Allen, Cal
3. Tavon Austin, West Virginia
4. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
5. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

Tight End

1. Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
2. Zach Ertz, Stanford
3. Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
4. Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
5. Vance McDonald, Rice

Center

1. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
2. Brian Schwenke, Cal
3. Barrett Jones, Alabama
4. Khaled Holmes, USC
5. Braxston Cave, Notre Dame

Guard

1. Chance Warmack, Alabama
2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
3. Larry Warford, Kentucky
4. Kyle Long, Oregon
5. Brian Winters, Kent State

Tackle

1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama
T-5. Menelik Watson, Florida State
T-5. Justin Pugh, Syracuse

4-3 Defensive End

1. Bjoern Werner, Florida State
2. Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
4. Sam Montgomery, LSU
T-5. Tank Carradine, Florida State
T-5. Alex Okafor, Texas

New entry: Okafor

3-4 Defensive End

1. Star Lotulelei, Utah
2. Margus Hunt, SMU
3. Datone Jones, UCLA
4. Jesse Williams, Alabama
5. William Gholston, Michigan State

Defensive Tackle

1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida
2. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
3. Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
4. Kawann Short, Purdue
5. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

Rise: Richardson (3), Williams (4), Short (5)

4-3 Outside Linebacker

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia
2. Arthur Brown, Kansas State
3. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
4. Sio Moore, Connecticut
5. Chase Thomas, Stanford

Rise: Brown (3)

3-4 Outside Linebacker

1. Dion Jordan, Oregon
2. Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
3. Barkevious Mingo, LSU
4. Michael Buchanan, Illinois
5. Corey Lemonier, Auburn

Inside Linebacker

1. Alec Ogletree, Georgia
2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
3. Kevin Minter, LSU
4. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
5. Kiko Alonso, Oregon

Cornerback

1. Dee Milliner, Alabama
2. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
3. D.J. Hayden, Houston
4. Desmond Trufant, Washington
5. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut

New entry: Hayden
Out: B.W. Webb, William & Mary (5)

Safety

1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
2. Matt Elam, Florida
3. Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
4. Eric Reid, LSU
5. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse


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