Indianapolis Colts Football

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 21, 2015 – 3:33 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated defensive end Earl Okine and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed running back Trey Williams off of the Miami Dolphins practice squad. 

The team also placed wide receiver Griff Whalen and defensive tackle Billy Winn on the Injured Reserve list and waived running back Zurlon Tipton.

 

Okine, 6-6, 290 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 5. He played in three games (Weeks 1-3) for Indianapolis in 2015 and registered three tackles before being waived on October 1. Okine saw action with the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) in 2014, where he helped the team to a 4-0 mark. He also played for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2014 and totaled 28 tackles (16 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 16 games. Prior to joining the Predators, Okine spent time with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Collegiately, he appeared in 41 career games at the University of Florida and finished with 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one blocked field goal and one pass defensed.

 

Quarles, 6-4, 312 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 18. He spent time on the New England Patriots practice squad before being released on December 15. Quarles also spent time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad this season. Quarles re-joined Indianapolis after spending the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the team. He was waived during final cuts on September 5 before joining the Browns. Quarles was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 25, 2014. He was first signed to the Colts active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad on September 16, 2014 and was waived on November 24, 2014. He played in two games in 2014 and recorded one tackle, 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He spent the entire offseason and training camp with the team before being waived on August 30, 2014 and being claimed by the Patriots off waivers the next day.

 

Collegiately, Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he was named a First Team All-America selection by Sporting News and was a Second Team All-America choice by The Associated Press after leading the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

 

Williams, 5-7, 195 pounds, has spent time with the Washington Redskins (practice squad), Dallas Cowboys (active roster), New England Patriots (active roster and practice squad) and Dolphins (practice squad) this season. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Redskins on May 7, 2015. He spent the entire offseason and training camp with the team before being waived during final cuts.

 

Collegiately, Williams played in 36 games at Texas A&M and totaled 204 carries for 1,343 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also added 38 receptions for 330 yards and one touchdown. In 2014, Williams led the team in rushing with 474 yards and six touchdowns on 70 carries. He also caught 14 passes for 59 yards and amassed 318 return yards on 13 kickoff returns as his 851 all-purpose yards ranked second on the team. As a sophomore in 2013, Williams tallied 407 rushing yards, caught 10 passes for 54 yards and totaled 706 kickoff return yards. In 2012, Williams registered 65 carries for 376 yards and five touchdowns, 12 receptions for 171 yards and 25 kickoff returns for 557 yards en route to being named to the Freshman All-Southeastern Conference team.

 

Whalen, 5-11, 190 pounds, played in all 14 games for the Colts this season and caught 19 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown. He also collected 12 punt returns for 85 yards (7.1 avg.) and nine kickoff returns for 244 yards (27.1 avg.). Whalen has seen action in 33 career NFL games (three starts) and recorded 45 receptions for 487 yards and three touchdowns, 46 punt returns for 376 yards (8.2 avg.) and 25 kickoff returns for 645 yards (25.8 avg.). He has appeared in two postseason contests (one start) for the Colts and totaled seven passes for 93 yards, two punt returns for six yards (3.0 avg.) and one kickoff return for 16 yards (16.0 avg.).

 

Winn, 6-4, 300 pounds, was acquired by the Colts on September 11 via a trade with the Cleveland Browns. He saw action in 12 games (three starts) this season and registered 14 tackles (11 solo) and two fumble recoveries. Winn has played in 51 career NFL games (21 starts) and totaled 92 tackles (65 solo), 3.0 sacks, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

 

Tipton, 6-0, 230 pounds, was signed by the Colts on November 30. He has spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad this season. Tipton played in 10 games for Indianapolis this season and carried the ball five times for 20 yards and caught five passes for 57 yards. He has played in 16 career NFL games and recorded 15 carries for 38 yards and 11 receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown. Tipton has seen action in three postseason contests and tallied 18 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown and three receptions for 22 yards.

 


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Texans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 20, 2015 – 4:26 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – For a second straight time this season, the Colts have lost three consecutive games.

 

The themes from Sunday’s loss were very similar to what the Colts have experienced the past two weeks.

 

The Colts (6-8) will next travel down to Miami (5-9) for a Sunday afternoon matchup in Week 16.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

PLAYOFF CONTROL GONE – After setting an NFL-record with 16 straight divisional wins, the Colts have now lost two AFC South games in the past two weeks. The latest one has sent the AFC South control over to the Houston Texans with two games remaining in the regular season.

 

HASSELBECK EXITS AGAIN – For a third straight game, an injury sent Matt Hasselbeck to the bench during the fourth quarter. A jaw injury forced Hasselbeck to the sidelines for four plays before the 40-year-old quarterback re-entered to finish the game. With Andrew Luck’s status still up in the air, the starting quarterback for the Colts in Week 16 remains a mystery.

 

SQUANDERED CHANCES – Just like they did in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, the Colts defense provided the offense with some terrific early scoring chances. The Colts could not completely capitalize on them, leading just 10-3 at halftime despite an astonishing 34-yard advantage of drive start.

 

BRAY PROVIDES SPARK – After years of trial and error, the Colts appear to have found their return man. Quan Bray, a 2015 undrafted free agent, had four punt returns of 67 yards on Sunday. His 33-yard punt return in the second quarter was the longest for a Colts player in two years. Bray has been a spark since debuting as the team’s returner in late October.

 

SCOREBOARD WATCHING – With their playoff control out of their hands, the Colts will be scoreboard watching of the Houston Texans the next two weeks. For the Colts to earn a playoff berth, they will likely need to have Houston lose their final two games (at Tennessee, vs. Jacksonville) and have the Colts win their regular season finale against Miami.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is returner Quan Bray

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 4:22 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is kick returner Quan Bray.

 

The Colts wide receiver position has never been more crowded in 2015. Yet, rookie Quan Bray continues to show why he’s maintained his roster spot.

 

In Sunday’s loss, Bray had four punt returns for 67 yards, including a 33-yarder—the longest the Colts have had in two years.

 

Bray also averaged 26.7 yards on three kickoff returns.

 

“He’s a playmaker,” Chuck Pagano said of Bray after the 16-10 loss.

 

“He’s got that ability and our guys saw that in him early on, all the way back to OTAs and Training Camp and that’s why we went down that road when we went to bring him up (from practice squad).”

 

One of the college football’s best returnmen last year, Bray was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

 

Bray caught the eye of Pagano and Andrew Luck during Training Camp, working his way into occasional first-team reps at Anderson.

 

He’s now making quite the impression as a spark on special teams.

 

“He had opportunities and he gave us great returns, he gave us great energy,” Pagano said of Bray’s contributions on Sunday.

 

“He lifted this whole team literally by himself for a period of time. Just a fantastic job by him. He’s a tough, tough kid. He’s a talented kid. He’s a courageous guy.”

 

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Stadium Update: #HOUvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:03 am

The roof and window will be closed for today’s game. If you are coming to the game, be sure to arrive early and bring the noise Colts Fans!


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 18, 2015 – 7:59 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the practice squad. 

Quarles, 6-4, 312 pounds, most recently spent time on the New England Patriots practice squad before being released on December 15. He also spent time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad this season. Quarles re-joins Indianapolis after spending the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the team. He was waived during final cuts on September 5 before joining the Browns. Quarles was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 25, 2014. He was first signed to the Colts active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad on September 16, 2014 and was waived on November 24, 2014. He played in two games in 2014 and recorded one tackle, 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He spent the entire offseason and training camp with the team before being waived on August 30, 2014 and being claimed by the Patriots off waivers the next day.

 

Collegiately, Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles, 13.0 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he was named a First Team All-America selection by Sporting News and was a Second Team All-America choice by The Associated Press after leading the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 17, 2015 – 11:00 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated cornerback Tay Glover-Wright to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived outside linebacker Daniel Adongo. 

Glover-Wright, 6-0, 180 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 5. He spent time with the Green Bay Packers during the team’s 2015 training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 5, 2015. He originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons on May 12, 2014. Glover-Wright spent training camp with the Falcons before being waived on August 24, 2014. He was signed to the Packers practice squad on October 6, 2014 and spent the final 11 weeks of the regular season and both postseason contests on the practice squad. Glover-Wright re-signed with Green Bay on January 20, 2015 before being waived at the end of training camp.

 

Collegiately, Glover-Wright played two seasons at Utah State. He played in 27 games (11 starts) for the Aggies and finished with 69 tackles (40 solo), 1.0 sack, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Glover-Wright also contributed 105 rushing yards on 20 carries (5.3 avg.). As a senior in 2013, he started 10-of-14 games and registered 52 tackles (31 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss and ranked second on the team with 10 passes defensed. Glover-Wright also returned 19 kickoffs for 429 yards (22.6 avg.), which ranked sixth in the Mountain West Conference. Prior to transferring to Utah State, he spent two seasons at Eastern Arizona Community College (2011) and Highland (Kan.) Community College (2010).

 

Adongo, 6-5, 252 pounds, was signed to the Colts active roster from the practice squad on November 12. He spent the first nine weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad after being on the Colts Injured Reserve list in 2014. In 2013, Adongo spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad. He has played in five career NFL games and recorded one special teams tackle.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 16, 2015 – 5:23 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today claimed safety Akeem Davis off waivers. 

The team also signed inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera to the practice squad and released linebacker Edwin Jackson from the practice squad.

 

Davis, 6-1, 200 pounds, was waived by the Seattle Seahawks on December 15 after signing with the team as a free agent on December 9. He played in Seattle’s Week 14 contest at Baltimore. This season Davis has spent time on the active roster and practice squad for the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. Davis played in two games (Weeks 7-8) with the Saints and registered two special teams tackles and forced one fumble on special teams. He has seen action in 16 career NFL games and tallied one tackle, two special teams tackles and one special teams forced fumble. Davis originally signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent on April 10, 2014.

 

Collegiately, Davis started 27-of-34 games at Memphis (2008-2012) and was a two-time team captain. He totaled 162 career tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2012, Davis started all 12 games and tallied 68 tackles (37 solo), as Memphis led Conference USA in total defense (331.6 yards per game). In 2011, he started all 12 games and ranked second on the team with 78 tackles (57 solo). Davis appeared in eight games (one start) as a sophomore and started two games as a freshman in 2009. Prior to Memphis, he began his collegiate career at Jones County Junior College in 2008 and saw action in eight games (five starts).

 

Herrera, 6-1, 249 pounds, has spent most of the season (Weeks 1-5, 7-13) on the team’s practice squad. He has had two stints on the team’s 53-man roster, playing in Week 6 vs. New England and Week 14 at Jacksonville, and assisting on one special teams tackle. Herrera was most recently promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on December 8 and waived on December 15. He was originally selected by the Colts in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Georgia. Herrera 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.

 

Jackson, 6-0, 230 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 8. He signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015 and spent the entire offseason and most of training camp with the team before being waived on August 31. Jackson played in 48 games at Georgia Southern and totaled 218 tackles (121 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 7:51 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back LaDarius Perkins to the practice squad.

Perkins, 5-10, 195 pounds, most recently played for the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) in 2015. He saw action with the Omaha Mammoths of the FXFL in 2014 before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers to the their practice squad on November 19, 2014, where he spent the final six weeks of the regular season and one postseason contest. Perkins was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He spent the entire offseason and training camp with the team before being waived on August 30, 2014.

Collegiately, Perkins played in 50 games (23 starts) at Mississippi State and totaled 4,253 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total in school history. He recorded 25 total touchdowns (15 rushing, 10 receiving) and finished ranked fifth all-time in rushing yards (2,554) and carries (530), while adding 68 receptions for 714 yards (10.5 avg.). Perkins was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press and ESPN.com as a junior in 2012 after rushing for 1,024 yards and eight touchdowns on 205 carries (5.0 avg.), catching 19 passes for 160 yards (8.4 avg.) and two touchdowns and contributing 16 kickoff returns for 325 yards (20.3 avg.).


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 15, 2015 – 3:54 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent outside linebacker Andy Studebaker and waived guard Todd Herremans and inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera.

The team also placed running back Josh Robinson on the practice squad Injured Reserve list.

Studebaker, 6-3, 255 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending time in training camp with the Tennessee Titans. He was signed by the Titans as a free agent on August 17, 2015 before being released during final cuts on September 4. Studebaker has played in 94 games (nine starts) and totaled 70 tackles (52 solo), 2.5 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, 68 special teams tackles and recovered a fumbled punt snap for a touchdown with the Colts (2013-14) and Kansas City Chiefs (2008-2012). He also has appeared in six postseason contests and tallied two tackles, six special teams tackles and one forced fumble on special teams. Studebaker was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Eagles practice squad as a rookie before being signed to the Chiefs 53-man roster on November 19, 2008 and spent five seasons in Kansas City. Studebaker saw action in 24 games (one start) in his previous two seasons with the Colts and recorded 19 tackles (12 solo), one pass defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 23 special teams tackles. He also played in five postseason games for Indianapolis and totaled two tackles, six special teams tackles and one special teams forced fumble.

Herremans, 6-6, 323 pounds, played in eight games (two starts) for the Colts this season after signing with the team as a free agent on March 8, 2015. He has played in 135 career NFL games (126 starts) and eight postseason contests (eight starts) with the Colts and Philadelphia Eagles (2005-2014).

Herrera, 6-1, 249 pounds, has spent most of the season (Weeks 1-5, 7-13) on the team’s practice squad. He has had two stints on the team’s 53-man roster, playing in Week 6 vs. New England and Week 14 at Jacksonville, and assisting on one special teams tackle. Herrera was most recently promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on December 8. He was originally selected by the Colts in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

Robinson, 5-8, 221 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on November 13 after being waived by the team November 11. He played in five games for Indianapolis this season and totaled 17 carries for 39 yards and six receptions for 33 yards. Robinson was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State.


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Jaguars

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 13, 2015 – 4:36 pm

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JACKSONVILLE – The Colts 13-3 late second-quarter lead on Sunday evaporated quickly.

 

How did things go wrong, so fast, in Sunday’s 51-16 loss to the Jaguars?

 

The Colts (6-7) now host the Texans (6-6) in a game they pretty much have to have if they want to win the AFC South this season.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

THINGS UNRAVEL QUICK – The Colts led 13-3 late in Sunday’s first half with the ball in Jaguars territory. However, a strip/sack by Andre Branch was returned for a touchdown and the Jaguars would go on to outscore the Colts 48-3 the rest of the way.

 

OFFENSE CAN’T FINISH OFF DRIVES – In the Colts last two games, they are now 1-of-9 in the red zone. The offense was 0-for-3 on Sunday, missing two early opportunities to really seize control. Inefficiency in the red zone has led to the Colts coming up empty on chances for potential significant halftime leads on the road.

 

JAGUARS DOMINATE SECOND HALF – Jacksonville got the ball five times in Sunday’s second half. They scored touchdowns on every single drive. The Colts could not stop the bleeding and that snowballed into the Jaguars scoring a franchise-record 51 points.

 

QUARTERBACK INJURY WATCH – The injuries at the quarterback position will once again be the headline for the Colts next week. Matt Hasselbeck (ribs) left Sunday’s loss early in the fourth quarter after a hit sent him into the Jaguars bench and out of the game. There is no update on if Andrew Luck will be ready for next Sunday’s game with Houston.

 

MUST WIN(S) COMING – Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars has put the Colts backs squarely against the wall with three weeks remaining. With Houston coming to town next week, the Colts face a virtual must-win game to have any chance at winning the AFC South. The Colts likely have to win out if they are to win the AFC South this season.


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