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ADONGO A MARCUS POLLARD IN WAITING?????

Posted by craigkelleycolts on July 25, 2013 – 4:15 pm

Ryan Grigson likely never sleeps.

In his first year with the Colts, Grigson pulled off more than 250 transactions.  He plucked talent from the AFL, IFL, UFL and CFL.

The IFL featured eight players per side who clashed on a 50-yard field.  Tight end Dominique Jones was Grigson’s find from that league.

On the near eve of training camp, Grigson has mined new fields, signing rookie linebacker Daniel Adongo – a now-former rugby player.

“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said Grigson.  “He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport.  We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world.  Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school.  In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contact after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year.  He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup.  In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.

Given Grigson’s track record, Adongo may have a shot.  If so, Colts fans have related experience, too.

In 1995, Marcus Pollard hit town.  He never had played football – only basketball.  Even when he was inside the training complex, Pollard did not know what his future held.

When a physician asked what position he played, Pollard responded classically, “I don’t know.”

Pollard had a great Colts career at tight end, finishing with 263 receptions and 35 touchdowns for the Colts and playing 13 years in the league.

Pollard revisited????


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Breaking News: Colts Make Roster Moves

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:39 pm

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The Indianapolis Colts today signed outside linebacker Daniel Adongo and waived tight end Weslye Saunders.

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“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport. We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world. Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school. In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contact after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year. He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup. In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.

 

Saunders was originally signed by the Colts on October 16, 2012. He played in 11 games (four starts) last season and recorded two receptions for 15 yards.


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 25th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:48 am

Thursday’s headlines begins with a piece from Associated Press where Jim Irsay talks about the Colts Super Bowl expectations moving forward and how that has impacted past decisions. Also, Chuck Pagano addresses the Colts disappointing end to the offseason. Lastly, the Colts signed first round draft pick Bjoern Werner on Wednesday.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, July 25th.  

Irsay hoping balance leads to more Super Bowl wins

By: Michael Marot, Associated Press

Marot had an exclusive interview with Colts owner Jim Irsay.

In Marot’s article, Irsay goes in-depth on what he regrets about the way Peyton Manning left town and the more balanced attack that the Colts are striving for moving forward.

”My goal going into this new era was to have the opportunity to win more than one,” Irsay told The Associated Press just a few days before Indianapolis players report to training camp at nearby Anderson University. ”I think that the disappointment of not winning more than one with some of the things we did – out of 11 (playoff) chances, seven times out after the first playoff game – that’s really disappointing and we had some great teams.”

”We love the excitement of offense, we love the 49 touchdown passes and those sorts of things, but in the end, what we love most is Lombardi trophies,” Irsay said. ”There was a conscious effort to make sure we had more balance and tighten the special teams up. It was really a strong theme that I thought was important as Andrew came in and as we started this new era. When we can add that component (a tough ground game and a tough defense) to the Andrew Lucks of the world, I think you really have a chance to win more than one.”

Colts coach Chuck Pagano addresses offseason suspensions, arrest

By: Mike Chappell. Indy Star

It’s been a tough end to the 2013 offseason for Chuck Pagano and the Colts.

A few off-the-field issues has marred a busy offseason with numerous free agent additions.

“Obviously you’re extremely disappointed as a coach and a staff and an organization,” Pagano told The Indianapolis Star on Wednesday. “The (players) are equally or more disappointed because we talk all the time about representing (the Colts’ horseshoe), this organization, this city, your family, your name on the back of your jersey.”

“Hopefully we can grow from that, learn from it.”

Colts get Bjoern Werner locked up, and expect a lot from him

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

As expected, the Colts signed Bjoern Werner on Wednesday and that means all seven 2013 NFL Draft picks will be in Anderson for training camp.

Werner has exceeded expectations according to Pagano in making the adjustment to a stand-up role at outside linebacker.

“The transition from playing down all those years with his hand in the dirt and playing on the left side (at Florida State), he came in here and he’s playing in a two-point (stance),’’ Pagano said. “We’re asking a lot of him from a mental standpoint and he just picks it up.

“He’s a natural. He’s a great athlete.’’


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