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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 5, 2016 – 7:52 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Luke Rhodes to the practice squad. 

Rhodes, 6-2, 242 pounds, participated in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He originally signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, Rhodes started 45-of-47 games at William & Mary and finished with 341 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 19 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He was a three-time First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and received Virginia Sports Information Directors All-State honors three times. Rhodes participated in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after his senior season. In 2015, he started all 12 games for the Tribe and registered 78 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Prior to the season, Rhodes was the only Football Championship Series player to be named to the Butkus Award Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top college linebacker.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 4, 2016 – 4:35 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated outside linebacker Trevor Bates to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. 

Bates, 6-2, 247 pounds, has spent the entire 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. Bates was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He 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). Bates garnered various honors over his collegiate career including the team’s most valuable player, CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week, Second Team All-CAA, Third Team All-CAA, All-CAA Academic Honors and CAA Defensive Player of the Week. In 2015, he played in 11 games for the Black Bears and totaled 57 tackles (31 solo), 7.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown).

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:56 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today released cornerback Antonio Cromartie and waived inside linebacker Sio Moore. 

Cromartie, 6-2, 210 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on August 22, 2016. He started the first four games of the season and compiled 14 solo tackles and two passes defensed. Cromartie has seen action in 162 career NFL games (137 starts) and totaled 398 tackles (360 solo), 117 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 31 interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) in his time with Indianapolis (2016), the New York Jets (2010-13, 15), the Arizona Cardinals (2014) and the San Diego Chargers (2006-09).

 

Moore, 6-1, 245 pounds, was acquired by Indianapolis via trade with the Oakland Raiders on September 4, 2015. He started four games this season and tallied 31 tackles (23 solo). Moore has played in 42 career NFL games (26 starts) and registered 180 tackles (133 solo), 7.5 sacks, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles with the Colts (2015-16) and Raiders (2013-14).

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:00 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Lee Hightower to the practice squad. 

Hightower, 6-2, 200 pounds, has had two previous stints on the Colts practice squad this season. He spent time with Indianapolis during the 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Collegiately, Hightower played in 20 games (seven starts) in two seasons (2014-15) at the University of Houston and finished with 65 tackles (40 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. Prior to transferring to Houston, he started 11-of-15 games at Boise State from 2011-12 and registered 56 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, one interception and five passes defensed.

 


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Jaguars

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 3, 2016 – 9:44 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The franchise’s first ever regular season game overseas was not what the Colts had envisioned.

Jacksonville (1-3) jumped on the Colts early at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon and then held on for their first win of 2016.

The Colts (1-3) will have no time to sulk or rest with the Chicago Bears (1-3) coming to Lucas Oil this Sunday afternoon.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

DROPS, POOR PROTECTION STYMIE OFFENSE – A handful of drops (several of which came on critical downs) and six sacks of Andrew Luck (a career-high) told the story on offense against the Jaguars. Starting three rookie offensive linemen, the drops certainly did not help the cause, but the consistent pressure around, and inside of, Luck’s pocket limited the Colts to six points for the game’s first 42 minutes.

SECONDARY STRUGGLES – The Colts had seven penalties on Sunday. Of those seven, five were on the defense, coming on three separate drives. On those three drives, the Jaguars scored 13 total points. After tossing six picks in the first three weeks of the season, Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was 19-of-33 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday.

PLAYMAKERS ABSENT – In the Colts’ Week Three victory over San Diego, the tight ends contributed quite strongly with Donte Moncrief sidelined. On Sunday, with T.Y. Hilton having a quieter afternoon, the Colts were searching for playmakers. Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle combined for just three catches and 26 yards. Phillip Dorsett didn’t have a grab until 3:03 remaining, when busted coverage by the Jaguars got him free for a 64-yard score. With Moncrief out at least a few more weeks, the Colts are on the hunt again for skill guys to step up.

MAJOR LINE SHUFFLING – It’s a sight no NFL teams wants to see at any part of a season—three rookie linemen in the starting lineup. That’s what the Colts were dealing with though on Sunday. With Joe Reitz (back) out, it was fifth-round pick Joe Haeg at right tackle. Then with right guard Denzelle Good (back) also out, the Colts had to throw seventh-rounder Austin Blythe into the starting mix. Both Reitz and Good were game-time decisions on Sunday.

TIME TO RECOVER IN A HURRY – While the Jaguars are heading for a bye week, the Colts landed in Indianapolis early on Monday morning ready to be entrenched in game prep. The Colts will host the Bears (1-3) on Sunday. After Chicago, it’s back-to-back road games for the Colts. A very significant Week Six tilt in Houston (3-1) will be vital to the Colts’ efforts in getting back near the top of the AFC South.


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Colts Inactives – INDvsJAX

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 2, 2016 – 8:03 am

10 Donte Moncrief
20 Darius Butler

71 Denzelle Good

72 Jonotthan Harrison

76 Joe Reitz

81 Devin Street

99 T.Y. McGill


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 1, 2016 – 7:11 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated tackle Jeremy Vujnovich to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. 

Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, has spent the entire 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. He originally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent on January 7, 2014.

 

Collegiately, Vujnovich started 28-of-29 career games at Louisiana College from 2009-2012. As a senior in 2012, he earned First Team American Southwest Conference honors, Second Team All-Louisiana recognition by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and Second Team All-South Region accolades by D3football.com after starting 10 games at left tackle. In 2011, Vujnovich started nine games at left tackle and earned First Team ASC honors. As a sophomore in 2010, he earned All-ASC honorable mention honors after starting nine games at left tackle. Vujnovich saw action in one game as a true freshman in 2009.


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