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Five Things Learned: Colts/Texans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 17, 2016 – 4:13 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – A night it looked like the Colts would coast to a massive divisional win, things unraveled unexpectedly down the stretch.

 

The Colts’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Texans (4-2) on Sunday night now has Indianapolis a full two games back of the AFC South lead.

 

The Colts (2-4) will be back on the road in Week Seven, with a trip to take on the Titans (3-3).

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

HAVE TO FINISH – A two-touchdown lead with less than five minutes to go? That has to be a win. Chuck Pagano’s message to his team after Sunday’s overtime loss was that a killer instinct must be found, particularly on the road. The Colts put together by far their best 50-55 minutes of the season together on Sunday before the tide shifted big time.

 

CHANCES FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL – While the final few possessions will be scrutinized in the coming days, the Colts had their chances much earlier than that to finish off Houston. An Andrew Luck interception in the final minutes of the first half thwarted a chance for the Colts to go up by possibly 17 points at halftime. An opening-drive penalty to start the third quarter also squandered an opportunity for more Colts’ points.

 

GORE FINDS 100 – A continued bright spot in 2016 is the play of Frank Gore. On Sunday, Gore ended a 61-game drought of Colts’ runners failing to reach 100 yards. Gore had 22 carries for 106 yards, becoming the team’s first 100-yard rusher since Vick Ballard in Week 15 of the 2012 season.

 

INJURIES MOUNTING – In total, nine different players were taken out of the game on Sunday due to injury. Many returned, but the Colts were left a barren skill group to close out Sunday’s game. Wide receives Phillip Dorsett and Quan Bray both left injured, joining tight end Dwayne Allen on the sideline. The wide receiver injuries are especially key with Donte Moncrief still out.

 

DIVISION HOLE LIKE NO OTHER – Instead of closing out Sunday’s win and earning a spot atop the AFC South, the Colts are now a full two games behind the division-leading Texans. The Colts (2-4) have a road game in Tennessee (3-3) next week before taking nearly a month off from the division. The 2011 season is the last time the Colts faced this sort of division hole nearing the midway point of the year.


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Inactives – #INDvsHOU

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 16, 2016 – 7:05 pm

10 Donte Moncrief
25 Patrick Robinson

62 Le’Raven Clark

72 Jonotthan Harrison

81 Devin Street

94 Zach Kerr

99 T.Y. McGill


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 14, 2016 – 4:48 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tackle Jeremy Vujnovich to the practice squad. 

Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, was elevated to the Colts’ 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 1, 2016 and waived on October 13. He saw action on special teams in Week 4 at Jacksonville and was inactive in Week 5 vs. Chicago. Vujnovich spent Weeks 1-2 of this season on the Colts practice squad. He participated in Indianapolis’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Vujnovich spent the last two seasons on the Green Bay Packers practice squad.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 13, 2016 – 4:07 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent outside linebacker Chris Carter and elevated cornerback Frankie Williams to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. The team also waived outside linebacker Trevor Bates and tackle Jeremy Vujnovich. 

Carter, 6-1, 245 pounds, has played in 53 career NFL games (four starts) and totaled 14 tackles (eight solo), one pass defensed, two fumble recoveries and 17 special teams stops with the Baltimore Ravens (2015-16), Cincinnati Bengals (2014-15), Indianapolis Colts (2014) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2011-13). He has seen action in one postseason contest. Carter was originally selected by the Steelers in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

 

In 2016, Carter played in five games for the Ravens and tallied two special teams tackles. He saw action in a career-high 15 games in 2015 and made six tackles (four solo), one fumble recovery and four special teams stops. In 2014, Carter played in four games and tallied three special teams tackles. He also made his postseason debut and played in one postseason contest with Cincinnati. From 2011-13, Carter appeared in 29 games (four starts) for Pittsburgh and compiled eight tackles (four solo), one pass defensed, one fumble recovery and eight special teams stops.

 

Williams, 5-9, 190 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 6, 2016. He participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on September 5. Williams originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 2016. He played in 48 games (38 starts) at Purdue and totaled 227 tackles (163 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, 36 passes defensed, 10 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and one blocked kick. Williams also contributed on special teams with 32 punt returns for 334 yards and 22 kickoff returns for 505 yards.

 

Bates, 6-2, 247 pounds, was elevated to Indianapolis’ 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 4, 2016. He played in the Colts Week 5 victory over the Chicago Bears and registered one special teams tackle. Bates spent Weeks 1-4 on the Colts practice squad. He was originally selected by Indianapolis in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Bates appeared in 46 games at Maine and finished with 207 tackles (106 solo), 19.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).

 

Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, was elevated to the Colts’ 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 1, 2016. He saw action on special teams in Week 4 at Jacksonville and was inactive in Week 5 vs. Chicago. Vujnovich spent Weeks 1-2 on the Colts practice squad. He spent the last two seasons on the Green Bay Packers practice squad.


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COLTS K-ADAM VINATIERI NAMED AFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 12, 2016 – 9:52 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 5. This marks the 16th time he has earned the award in his career and the most by any player in NFL history. 

In the Colts 29-23 victory over the Chicago Bears, Vinatieri converted 5-of-5 field goal attempts and two PATs for 17 points. He connected on field goals of 54, 53, 46, 41 and 26 yards to remain a perfect 13-of-13 this season. Vinatieri tied his single-game career-high with five field goals, which he has set on three other occasions. He also tied his single-game career-high in points (17).

 

Dating back to 2015, Vinatieri has made 38 consecutive field goals which currently ranks second in franchise history, third in NFL history and is the longest active streak in the NFL. Additionally, he has converted nine consecutive field goals from 50-plus yards which is a franchise record.

 

Vinatieri is the first Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors this season. Last year, he received AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is cornerback Rashaan Melvin

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 9, 2016 – 9:38 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is cornerback Rashaan Melvin.

The position that’s been hit the hardest injury wise in 2016 added another one on Sunday.

When a knee injury took Patrick Robinson out of the game in Sunday’s second half, the Colts had to call upon Rashaan Melvin.

Signed just before the start of the 2016 season, Melvin has seen his playing time fluctuate a lot with all the ups and downs of the secondary.

Melvin did more than just answer the “Next Man Up” call on Sunday.

Not only did Melvin contribute three tackles, but his forced fumble in the fourth quarter was the play of the day for the defense.

“I was just coming in, breaking on the ball, and making a play on the football,” Melvin said of his strip on Bears wideout Cameron Meredith. “Coming in, knowing that the ball was in position where I could put my hand on the ball and as I’m taking the man to the ground. It was a big play.”

Melvin also had coverage on the fourth-and-eight failed attempt the Bears had to end Chicago’s final opportunity.

Even if Robinson returns to work this week, Melvin will likely be needed again this season with how the injuries have piled up in the secondary.

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Five Things Learned: Colts/Bears

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:08 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – There was no London hangover for the Colts.

 

Playing back at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Colts got off to a nice start in a 29-23 victory over the Bears.

 

The Colts (2-3) will hit the road in three of the next four weeks, starting next Sunday with a trip to Houston (3-2).

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

TEMPO AIDS THE OFFENSE – It was talked about all week long and it took place on Sunday. The Colts did go no-huddle early in Sunday’s game, helping the offense to a score on all four first-half drives. On both of the Colts’ touchdown drives, they went no-huddle.

 

T.Y. HILTON SPARKS OFFENSE – San Diego couldn’t cover T.Y. Hilton and neither could Chicago. Against the Bears, Hilton had 10 catches in 11 targets for 171 yards and a touchdown. Hilton also had five grabs of at least 20 yards on Sunday. Both Andrew Luck and Hilton had some big plays coming off improvisation.

 

DEFENSE FINDS TIMELY TURNOVER – Sunday was definitely not the finest defensive performance for the Colts. When that unit needed stops though late in the game, it got them. First, it was cornerback Rashaan Melvin stripping wide receiver Cameron Meredith and D’Qwell Jackson jumping on the fumble. On the next series, the Colts got one final stop via a turnover on downs.

 

AUTOMATIC ADAM – Adam Vinatieri is a machine. The 43-year-old kicker converted all five of his field goal attempts on Sunday, including four from at least 41 yards. Vinny has now made 38 straight field goals, five short of the NFL record.

 

BACK IN THE DIVISION? – Next Sunday, it will be the Colts (2-3) and Texans (3-2) meeting at NRG Stadium. The winner will have the AFC South lead through six weeks of the season. The Colts will actually have back-to-back divisional games, going to Tennessee the following week, before taking a month-long break from the AFC South.


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Colts Inactives – #CHIvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:34 am

10 Donte Moncrief
33 Robert Turbin

62 Le’Raven Clark

67 Jeremy Vujnovich

72 Jonotthan Harrison

81 Devin Street

97 Art Jones


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Stadium Update – #CHIvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:02 am

The roof will be open for today’s game against the Chicago Bears


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVE 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 8, 2016 – 12:43 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today activated defensive tackle Arthur Jones from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list. 

Jones, 6-3, 320 pounds, signed with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2014. He has played in 55 career NFL games (23 starts) and totaled 142 tackles (80 solo), 10.0 sacks and two forced fumbles with the Colts (2014-15) and Baltimore Ravens (2010-13). Jones has also seen action in nine postseason contests (five starts) and compiled 22 tackles (11 solo), 1.0 sack and two fumble recoveries.


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