Indianapolis Colts Football

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 31, 2015 – 2:04 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Josh Martin to the practice squad and released safety Sean Baker from the practice squad.

Martin, 6-3, 245 pounds, played in two games (Weeks 3-4) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being released on October 14. He signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent on September 22. Martin has played in 21 games (one start) in his NFL career and registered 14 tackles (10 solo), 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble and 13 special teams tackles. In 2014, he played in 14 games for the Kansas City Chiefs and finished with five tackles (two solo), 0.5 sacks and 10 special teams tackles. Martin appeared in five regular season games (one start) and one playoff contest for the Chiefs in 2013 and tallied nine tackles (eight solo), one forced fumble and three special teams tackles as a rookie. He also spent time on the team’s practice squad. Martin was originally signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2013.

Collegiately, Martin played in 30 games for Columbia University and tallied 140 tackles (85 solo), 29.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two passes defensed. He earned First Team Ivy League honors as a senior and was named Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Week after a 3.0-sack performance in his team’s Empire State Bowl win over Cornell.

Baker, 6-0, 209 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 29. He has played in five games over his NFL career and tallied two tackles. Baker originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:37 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard Kitt O’Brien to the practice squad.

O’Brien, 6-5, 310 pounds, spent time with the Colts in training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 5, 2015. He played the last two seasons in the Arena Football League with the Cleveland Gladiators after his collegiate career at Ball State.

In 2014, he started all 18 games for the Gladiators along the offensive line. As a rookie in 2013, O’Brien started all five games that he appeared in with Cleveland. At Ball State, he started 36-of-40 career games for the Cardinals. In 2012, O’Brien played in all 13 games (10 starts). As a junior in 2011, he started all 12 games for the second time in his career and was part of an offensive line that tied for 12th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed with 11.0. In 2010, O’Brien started all 12 games at right guard for the first time in his career. He played in three games as a freshman and started two contests.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 29, 2015 – 9:55 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Sean Baker to the practice squad.

Baker, 6-0, 209 pounds, most recently spent the 2015 training camp with the Atlanta Falcons before being released during final cuts on September 4, 2015. He has played in five games over his NFL career and tallied two tackles. In 2014, Baker appeared in five games for Atlanta in addition to spending time on the practice squad. In 2013, he spent nine weeks on the Falcons practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on December 26, 2013, where he was inactive for the regular season finale. Baker originally signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 2012 before being waived on August 31, 2012. He was signed to the Buccaneers practice squad on November 27, 2012 and spent the 2013 offseason and training camp with the Buccaneers before being waived on August 31, 2013.

Collegiately, Baker started 43-of-47 games at Ball State and finished with 338 tackles (174 solo), 19.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 39 passes defensed, 18 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (two returned for touchdowns) and one blocked kick. The two-time team captain set the Cardinals career interceptions record and competed in the 2012 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game following his senior season. Baker in the only player in Ball State history to return two fumbles for touchdowns in a career. In 2011, he started all 10 games he played in and was named All-Mid-American Conference first team choice. As a junior in 2010, he was named All-Mid-American Conference second team and in 2008, earned Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and Sporting News Freshman All-America Team honors.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 27, 2015 – 2:55 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated wide receiver Quan Bray to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived safety Dewey McDonald.

Bray, 5-10, 182 pounds, has spent the entire season on the team’s practice squad. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015 and was waived and signed to the practice squad following final cuts on September 5. Bray finished his career at Auburn with 90 receptions for 849 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranks third in school history in punt return average (10.09) among players with at least 50 returns and eighth in punt return yardage (565). As a senior in 2014, Bray finished second in the nation in punt returns (18.1) and was a Second Team All-SEC selection as a return specialist, voted by the league’s coaches.

McDonald, 6-0, 220 pounds, was elevated to the Colts 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 20. He played in the team’s Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints and assisted on two special teams tackles. McDonald saw action in 12 games for Indianapolis as a rookie in 2014 and finished second on the team with 13 special teams tackles. He also saw action in all three postseason contests for the Colts and registered three special teams tackles.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 26, 2015 – 12:39 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard David Arkin to the practice squad and released tight end Sean McGrath from the practice squad.

Arkin, 6-5, 310 pounds, spent one week on the Colts practice squad before being released on September 23. He has played in one regular season game and three postseason contests with the Colts and Miami Dolphins. In 2014, Arkin spent the majority of the season on the Colts practice squad before being signed to the active roster and competing in all three of Indianapolis’ postseason games on special teams and in tackle-eligible situations. He was originally selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft and spent time on the Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks practice squads.

McGrath, 6-5, 259 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 21. He previously spent two weeks on the Colts practice squad before being released on October 5. He has played in 18 games (nine starts) over his NFL career and has caught 26 passes for 302 yards (11.6 avg.) and two touchdowns.


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Saints

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:57 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts dropped their second straight home game on Sunday afternoon in a 27-21 loss to the Saints.

 

Despite the on-the-field problems against New Orleans, the Colts did maintain their one-game lead in the AFC South through seen weeks.

 

Next up for the Colts is a trip to Carolina (6-0) on Monday Night Football.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

FIRST-HALF MISUCES – Things began to unravel on Sunday for the Colts following a fake field-goal down to the one-yard line late in the first quarter. That started a run of 20 Saints points in 3:55, leading to Chuck Pagano calling the first half “unacceptable” in his post-game press conference. The comeback was impressive, but the play in the first half was not.

 

MORE OFFENSIVE CONSISTENCY – The Colts offense did not see their first first-down of the game until the 13-minute mark of the second quarter. The lack of rhythm for the Colts offense, along with costly turnovers forced the defense into some very short fields.

 

DORSETT INJURY WATCH– Colts first-round pick Phillip Dorsett exited Sunday with a lower leg injury in the second quarter. Reports have Dorsett missing four-to-six weeks with an ankle injury. If Dorsett does indeed miss that chunk, the burden will fall on the shoulders of Donte Moncrief and Andre Johnson to complement T.Y. Hilton.

 

MCAFEE’S ALL-PRO DAY – It’s not a good thing when Pat McAfee punts 10 times in a game. However, McAfee made the most his duties on Sunday. McAfee averaged 51.7 yards per punt and extended his league-leading net average of 46.7. McAfee also has registered touchbacks on 96 percent of his touchbacks this season, which also leads the NFL.

 

UNDEFEATEDS COMING – At 3-4, the Colts still have a one-game lead in the AFC South. The schedule does not ease up at all though for Indianapolis. They will travel to Carolina (6-0) next Monday, before returning home to play Denver (6-0) the week after. Then after the Colts by week, they will hit the road again to take on a 6-1 Atlanta team.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is safety Colt Anderson

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:26 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Colt Anderson.

 

With Mike Adams out on Sunday due to a hamstring injury and Clayton Geathers also sidelined (knee sprain), Anderson was thrust into starting duty.

 

Colt Anderson finished Sunday with four total tackles in playing 84 of the team’s 88 defensive snaps.

 

Throw in Anderson’s special teams role of playing 29 snaps and the veteran safety saw the most playing time of any Colts player on Sunday.

 

The one play Anderson would definitely love to have back on Sunday came in an onside kick attempt with three minutes left.

 

It looked as if a diving Anderson had the onside kick in his grasp for a split second before the ball bounded away for the Saints to recover.

 

From the sound of it, Anderson will likely be back in his primary role of special teams captain next week.

 

Adams told the FOX broadcast crew that he will return to the field next Monday night when the Colts (3-4) travel to Carolina (6-0).

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 21, 2015 – 5:15 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera to the practice squad.

Herrera, 6-1, 249 pounds, was signed to the Colts 53-man roster from the practice on October 17 and assisted on a special teams tackle in the team’s Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots. He previously spent the first five weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad. Herrera was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He started 43-of-54 games at Georgia and totaled 334 tackles (147 solo), 21.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:05 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tight end Sean McGrath to the practice squad.

McGrath, 6-5, 259 pounds, spent two weeks on the Colts practice squad before being released on October 5. He has played in 18 games (nine starts) over his NFL career and has caught 26 passes for 302 yards (11.6 avg.) and two touchdowns. McGrath has seen action in three postseason contests. In 2013, he played in 16 games (nine starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs and registered 26 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He also saw action in the Chiefs lone playoff game


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 20, 2015 – 7:02 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Tony Carter. The team also signed quarterback Matt Blanchard to the practice squad.

Carter, 5-9, 175 pounds, played the last four seasons (2011-14) with the Denver Broncos. He spent the entire 2015 training camp with the Broncos before being released during final cuts on September 5. Carter has played in 42 career regular season games (three starts) and five playoff contests with Denver and the New England Patriots. He has totaled 42 tackles (37 solo), 22 passes defensed, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and six special teams tackles.

In 2014, Carter played in eight regular season games for the Broncos and registered five solo tackles, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. He saw action in 12 games (two starts) in 2013 and tallied 11 tackles (10 solo), eight passes defensed, one interception and two special teams tackles. Carter appeared in two playoff contests and made five tackles (four solo) and two passes defensed. In 2012, he set career highs in every category as he collected 24 tackles, 12 passes defensed, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and two defensive touchdowns (one fumble return, one interception return) in 15 games. His 12 passes defensed were the most by a non-starter in the NFL. Carter played in one postseason game and made one special teams tackle. He saw action in Denver’s final three regular season games and both playoff contests in 2011 after spending two weeks on the Broncos practice squad. In 2010, Carter spent the first 13 games of the season on the New England Patriots practice squad before being promoted to the team’s 53-man roster. He appeared in two games and recorded one solo tackle. Carter originally signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2009. He spent the first 14 weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster on December 19, 2009. Carter played in two games (one start) as a rookie and totaled one solo tackle, one pass defensed, one fumble recovery and two special teams tackles.

Blanchard, 6-3, 223 pounds, was most recently on the Cleveland Browns practice squad after spending the entire 2015 offseason and most of training camp with Green Bay Packers. In 2014, Blanchard spent the first 14 weeks of the season on the Carolina Panthers Injured Reserve list before being waived on December 9, 2014. Blanchard was signed to the Panthers practice squad on October 29, 2013, where he spent the final nine weeks of the 2013 season. Blanchard signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent on January 7, 2013 and spent the offseason and training camp with Chicago before being waived on August 27, 2013. He originally signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2012 and was on Chicago’s practice squad for the first 12 weeks of the 2012 season before being waived.

Collegiately, Blanchard was a three-year letterman at Wisconsin-Whitewater (2009-2011). He played in 34 games (25 starts) for the Warhawks and finished as the school’s leader in completion percentage (70.4) after completing 393-of-558 career passes for 5,106 yards, 44 touchdowns and the fewest interceptions (six) in school history. Blanchard also added 735 rushing yards on 140 attempts (5.3 avg.) and five touchdowns. He helped guide UW-Whitewater to a 45-0 record and three Division III national championships during his three seasons. As a senior in 2011, he started all 15 games and earned First Team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors after completing 220-of-319 passes for 2,852 yards and 23 touchdowns. Blanchard also rushed 96 times for 452 yards and two touchdowns. In 2010, he was named First Team All-WIAC after starting all 10 games he played in. He set a school-record for completion percentage (72.4) after connecting on 163-of-225 passes for 2,132 yards, 21 touchdowns and one interception. Blanchard carried the ball 30 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns. In his first season with the Warhawks in 2009, he saw action in nine games and completed 10-of-14 passes for 122 yards and one interception. Prior to UW-Whitewater, Blanchard began his collegiate career at Northern Michigan in 2008. He played in eight games as a freshman and connected on 4-of-8 passes for 75 yards.


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