Indianapolis Colts Football

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 20, 2015 – 3:46 pm

  The Indianapolis Colts today elevated safety Dewey McDonald to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera and cornerback Shaun Prater. The team also released quarterback Alex Tanney from the practice squad.

 

McDonald, 6-0, 220 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 6. He saw action in 12 games for Indianapolis as a rookie in 2014 and finished second on the team with 13 special teams tackles. McDonald also saw action in all three postseason contests for the Colts and registered three special teams tackles.

 

Herrera, 6-1, 249 pounds, spent Weeks 1-5 on the Colts practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster on October 17. 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.

 

Prater, 5-10, 190 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 5. He played in the Colts Week 5 win vs. the Houston Texans. Prater has seen action in 20 career NFL games (three starts) and registered six tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception and five special teams tackles with Indianapolis, Minnesota and Philadelphia. He was originally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

 

Tanney, 6-4, 220 pounds, was signed to the team’s practice squad on September 29. He has spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs. He originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2012.

 


Posted in Colts Blog

Five Things Learned: Colts/Patriots

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 19, 2015 – 9:59 am

mcdonalds_blog_logo_2014

 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts could not stretch their winning streak to four games on Sunday night, with a halftime lead disappearing.

 

New England’s 34-27 victory over the Colts dropped Indianapolis’ record to 3-3 on the season and a one-game lead in the AFC South.

 

The Colts (3-3) will return back to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the New Orleans Saints (2-4) coming to Indianapolis.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

TOO MUCH AGGRESSION – Chuck Pagano wanted to be the aggressor on Sunday night and the Colts definitely achieved that. However, a fake punt call in the third quarter didn’t go according to plan. The failed fourth-down trick gave New England a short field which they converted for a two-score lead early in the fourth quarter.

 

LUCK RETURNS – Andrew Luck showed hardly any rustiness in returning to the lineup after missing three weeks. Luck was 30-of-50 for 312 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was by far the cleanest game Luck has played in four previous meetings with New England.

 

FIRST HALF SUCCESS– The Colts executed early and often against the Patriots. An opening drive touchdown from the Colts gave them an early lead and that would hold through the first half at 21-20. Frank Gore continued to show he’s playing much younger than his age of 32. Gore had 53 rushing yards on eight carries in the first half.

 

MIKE ADAMS ON THE SPOT – It’s becoming second nature to expect Mike Adams to be around the ball. Adams recorded his NFL-leading fourth-interception on Sunday night. A pass intended for Julian Edelman bounced through his hands and Adams was there to corral the ball. Adams returned it 14 yards for a touchdown. Since joining the Colts in 2014, Adams’ nine interceptions are tied for the AFC-lead.

 

AFC SOUTH LEAD – With Houston winning on Sunday, the Colts cushion atop the AFC South is at one game through six weeks. Things won’t get any easier for the Colts in the next three weeks, before their bye. The Colts will host New Orleans on Sunday before taking on two undefeated teams in Carolina and Denver.


Posted in Colts Blog

“Back-Up of the Game” is outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:36 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome.

 

Coming into Sunday night, one of the major storylines was how would the Colts be able to create pressure on Tom Brady.

 

It didn’t happen too often on Sunday but pressure was applied from second-year outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome.

 

In playing 33 defensive snaps on Sunday (out of 69 total), Newsome had one sack of Brady and two total quarterback hurries.

 

The sack from Newsome was his first of the season.

 

For the past couple of weeks, the Colts have been looking for a more consistent pass rush unit, something that can be very difficult when facing a quarterback like Brady.

 

With quarterbacks Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning coming the next three weeks, the Colts will need this sort of Newsome going forward.

venyu_backup

temp2014_1228_TEN_2375--nfl_mezz_1280_1024


Posted in Colts Blog

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 17, 2015 – 8:56 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and released return specialist Marcus Thigpen.

Herrera, 6-1, 249 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 8, 2015. He 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.

Thigpen, 5-9, 200 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 12. He played the first four weeks of the 2015 season with the Buffalo Bills before being released on October 7. Thigpen has played in 45 career games and totaled 85 punt returns for 847 yards (10.0 avg.) and two touchdowns and 92 kickoff returns for 2,224 yards (24.2 avg.) and one touchdown. He has caught nine passes for 112 yards and one touchdown and has seven rushes for 26 yards.


Posted in Colts Blog

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 14, 2015 – 5:39 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw and placed running back Tyler Varga on the Injured Reserve list.

Bradshaw, 5-10, 217 pounds, played each of the last two seasons with the Colts. He originally signed with Indianapolis as a free agent on June 11, 2013. Prior to joining the Colts, Bradshaw played six seasons (2007-2012) with the New York Giants after being selected by the Giants in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has played in 97 career NFL games (36 starts) and registered 1,052 carries for 4,843 yards and 36 touchdowns and 177 receptions for 1,429 yards and nine touchdowns. Bradshaw has also contributed in the return game and has 77 kickoff returns for 1,788 yards and eight punt returns for 62 yards. He has appeared in nine postseason contests (three starts), tallying 111 rushes for 480 yards and two touchdowns, 20 receptions for 141 yards and seven kickoff returns for 193 yards.

Last season, Bradshaw played in 10 games (one start) for the Colts and registered 90 carries for 425 yards and two touchdowns and caught 38 passes for 300 yards and six touchdowns before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on November 18, 2014. In 2013, he saw action in three games (two starts) and totaled 41 rushes for 186 yards and two touchdowns and seven receptions for 42 yards before being placed on the Injured Reserve list on October 9, 2013. In six seasons (2007-2012) with the Giants, he played in 84 games (33 starts) and recorded 921 carries for 4,242 yards and 32 touchdowns and 132 receptions for 1,087 yards and three touchdowns. Bradshaw played in nine postseason contests for the Giants and was part of two Super Bowl Championships (XLII and XLVI).

Varga, 5-11, 225 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He played in Weeks 1-3 and had one carry for two yards and one reception for 18 yards. Varga also registered six kickoff returns for 151 yards (25.2 avg.) and tallied one special teams tackle. He finished his collegiate career at Yale ranked fourth in rushing yards (2,895), fifth in attempts (529), third in rushing touchdowns (31) and second in yards per carry average (5.6).


Posted in Colts Blog

COLTS S-MIKE ADAMS NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted by coltsadmin on – 10:07 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Adams has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.

 

In the Colts 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans, Adams totaled five tackles (three solo), two passes defensed and two interceptions. His first interception came on the opening drive of the game. Houston began the series on their own 20-yard line and orchestrated a 13-play, 61-yard drive that led them to the Colts 19-yard line. On the 14th play of the series, Adams intercepted Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett on the Indianapolis six-yard line and returned the ball 38 yards. The turnover led to a 48-yard field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri for the Colts first points of the game.

 

Adams’ second interception came in the fourth quarter as Houston attempted a late comeback. Down 27-20 with 3:25 left in the game, the Texans drove 26 yards into Indianapolis territory. On the first play after the two-minute warning, Adams intercepted Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer on the Colts six-yard line to preserve the NFL-record 16th consecutive AFC South Division win for Indianapolis.

 

Adams is the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors this season, joining punter Pat McAfee, who won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 3. He is the first Colt to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week since inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (Week 13) and outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome (Week 17) last season.


Tags:
Posted in Colts Blog

COLTS FANS INVITED TO LUCAS OIL STADIUM FOR ESPN’S MIKE & MIKE SHOW LIVE THIS FRIDAY

Posted by amberderrow on October 13, 2015 – 2:39 pm

Radio Show Returns to Lucas Oil Stadium for the First Time Since 2010

 

INDIANAPOLIS – ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, will be live inside Lucas Oil Stadium this Friday, October 16, from 6-10 a.m. on the Lucas Oil Plaza. The Indianapolis Colts are inviting their fans to wear their Colts gear for Blue Friday and help “pack the plaza” for the show. The Lucas Oil North Gate at the stadium will open at 5:00 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free Colts car flag. Colts Cheerleaders and Blue will also be at the stadium for the show. The Mike & Mike Show is broadcast locally on 1070/107.5 The Fan and simulcast on ESPN2.

 

WHAT:             ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show LIVE at Lucas Oil Stadium

 

WHERE:           Inside Lucas Oil Stadium on the Lucas Oil Plaza

 

WHEN:             Friday, October 16, 2015

6-10 a.m. (Lucas Oil North Gate opens at 5:00 a.m.)

 

WHO:               ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

 

ADMISSION:   Free and Open to the Public

 


Tags: , ,
Posted in Colts Blog

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 12, 2015 – 10:56 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent return specialist Marcus Thigpen and released quarterback Josh Johnson.

Thigpen, 5-9, 200 pounds, played the first four weeks of the 2015 season with the Buffalo Bills before being released on October 7. He recorded nine punt returns for 47 yards (5.2 avg.) and had three kickoff returns for 29 yards (9.7 avg.) for the Bills. Thigpen has played in 45 career games and totaled 85 punt returns for 847 yards (10.0 avg.) and two touchdowns and 92 kickoff returns for 2,224 yards (24.2 avg.) and one touchdown. He has caught nine passes for 112 yards and one touchdown and has seven rushes for 26 yards. Thigpen originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He was waived by the Eagles and signed by the Denver Broncos on August 16, 2009. Thigpen was waived by the Broncos on August 26, 2009 and spent the 2009-2011 seasons in the Canadian Football League. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Miami Dolphins on January 30, 2012 and played two seasons for the Dolphins.

In 2014, he played in four games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and registered four punt returns for 65 yards (16.3 avg.) and six kickoff returns for 120 yards (20.0 avg.). He was waived by Tampa Bay on November 25, 2014 and acquired by Buffalo off waivers the next day. Thigpen saw action in five games for the Bills and tallied 12 punt returns for 155 yards (12.9 avg.) and one touchdown and six kickoff returns for 165 yards (27.5 avg.). Prior to Buffalo, he also spent time on the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Buccaneers practice squads in 2014. In 2013, Thigpen played in all 16 games for the Miami Dolphins and had six carries for 18 yards and eight receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown. He also had 34 punt returns for 264 yards (7.8 avg.) and 39 kickoff returns for 870 yards (22.3 avg.). Thigpen saw action in all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2012 and totaled one carry for eight yards and one reception for 15 yards. He also registered 26 punt returns for 316 yards (12.2 avg.) and 38 kickoff returns for 1,040 yards (27.4 avg.) and one touchdown.

Collegiately, Thigpen played at Indiana (2004-08) and finished second in school history with 2,009 career kickoff return yards, third with 4,658 career all-purpose yards and tied for eighth with 21 career touchdowns. He became the first player in school history with over 1,000 rushing yards (1,621), receiving yards (1,028) and kickoff return yards (2,009). Thigpen is just the fifth player in Indiana history to go over 4,500 career all-purpose yards. He finished fifth in Big Ten history with 2,009 kickoff return yards, tied for third with three kickoff return scores and tied for sixth with 81 kickoff returns.

Johnson, 6-3, 210 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 7. He was active but did not play in the team’s Week 4 and Week 5 victories over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. Johnson has played in 29 career NFL games (five starts) and completed 96-of-177 passes for 1,042 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers since being selected by the Buccaneers in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.


Posted in Colts Blog

Five Things Learned: Colts/Texans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 9, 2015 – 2:38 am

mcdonalds_blog_logo_2014

HOUSTON – The Colts strung their win streak to three games on Thursday night in Houston.

 

With the 27-20 victory over the Texans (1-4), the Colts (3-2) took sole possession of the AFC South.

 

The Colts will now have a 10-day break before the New England Patriots come calling a week from Sunday, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

“OLD GUYS” SHINE – Led by Matt Hasselbeck battling illness, a handful of Colts over the age of 30 made significant contributions on Thursay night. From Adam Viantieri’s kicking to Andre Johnson’s homecoming and Mike Adams’ interceptions, the Colts relied on their vets to record the 27-20 victory in Houston.

 

JOHNSON’S RETURN – After back-to-back no-catch games, Andre Johnson made quite the impact in his return to Houston. Johnson had six catches for 77 yards (seven targets) and two touchdowns against the Texans. The Colts relied on Johnson for two touchdowns inside the Houston five-yard line.

 

NFL RECORD – With the victory on Thursday, the Colts set an NFL-record with 16 straight divisional wins. The record breaks the 1972 Miami Dolphins streak of 15 consecutive victories within their division. For setting the league-record, Chuck Pagano gave the entire team a game ball for the historic mark.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT DOMINANCE – For the fourth straight year, the Colts hit the road on Thursday Night Football and returned home with a victory. Dating back to 2007, the Colts are now 10-0 on Thursday nights, with eight of those wins coming on the road.

 

LOOK WHO’S NEXT – The Colts moved to 3-2 on the season thanks to their third straight victory on the year. Sitting at 3-0 in the division, the Colts have early control of the AFC South. A 10-day break awaits the Colts before they play four of their next five against undefeated teams. The first such game comes a week from Sunday when the New England Patriots (3-0) come to Lucas Oil Stadium in primetime.


Posted in Colts Blog

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 7, 2015 – 10:56 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson and placed cornerback Jalil Brown on the Injured Reserve list.

Johnson, 6-3, 210 pounds, was active but did not play in the Colts Week 4 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was originally signed by the team on October 2 and released on October 5. Johnson has played in 29 career NFL games (five starts) and completed 96-of-177 passes for 1,042 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Johnson also has tallied 44 rushes for 274 yards. He has spent time with the San Francisco 49ers (2014), Cincinnati Bengals (2013), Cleveland Browns (2012) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008-2011). Johnson was selected by the Buccaneers in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Brown, 6-1, 210 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on November 27, 2014. He played in all four games (three starts) for the Colts in 2015 and registered 15 tackles (12 solo) and one pass defensed. Brown has seen action in 43 games (five starts) over his NFL career and totaled 40 tackles (37 solo), four passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 17 special teams tackles with Indianapolis (2013-15) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-12).


Posted in Colts Blog