The Colts are in their final days of training camp in Anderson. Today’s news begins with a financial look at the team, how the secondary is shaping up and the debut of Josh Chapman.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, August 15th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
For yet another year, the Dallas Cowboys continue to lead the arms race of the to NFL Franchises based on Forbes Valuations project.
Where do the Colts check in?
The Colts check in as the NFL’s No. 11-ranked franchise at $1.2 billion, the fourth straight year they’ve held that spot.
A closer look at the top 10 reveals the Colts are not that far out of the No. 8 spot. The San Francisco 49ers are No. 10 at $1.224 billion, behind the Baltimore Ravens at No. 9 ($1.227 billion) and the Chicago Bears at No. 8 ($1.25 billion).
By: Zak Keefer. Indy Star
Thanks to some reinforcements and another year in the system for many Colts defenders Chuck Pagano is a happy man at night.
“Yeah, I sleep better at night,” Pagano said this week, offering a brief smile.
He should. Unlike last year, Davis, a former first-round draft pick, enters the season with a full training camp under his belt. He was traded to the Colts 14 days before the season-opener in 2012 and wound up starting 10 games, including the opener in Chicago.
“The difference is night and day,” Davis said of Year 1 vs. Year 2 with the Colts. “Now, I feel like I’ve been in Indy. This feels like home. I’m not rushing to learn the scheme before the first game like I was last year.”
The Herald Bulletin
For the Colts fans that stuck around on Sunday in the preseason opener, many eyes wanted a look at No. 61 Josh Chapman.
The 340-pound nose tackle made his NFL debut after missing all of last season while recovering from knee surgery.
“It felt pretty good,” Chapman said of his first action since helping Alabama beat LSU in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9, 2012. “I got a little nervous about it, but at the same time when I got the first pop it was back to normal.”
Chapman was credited with four tackles, but his primary job is to soak up blockers and allow the linebackers behind him to make plays. He was particularly adept at that when the Bills ran their stretch-cut running game.
It’s a scheme the Colts will see again during the regular season against the Houston Texans, and Chapman’s play against it impressed defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.
“Houston’s a little bit better and pronounced at doing it, but he did a good job of getting down the line,” Manusky said. “He’s a little sore, which is to be expected, but he did a fabulous job for us. I’m excited about what we’ve seen from him.”
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