The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October. This marks the fifth time he has earned the award in his career (October 1998, September 1999, November 2004, November 2015) and his second as a member of the Colts. Vinatieri’s five Special Teams Player of the Month Awards are tied for the most in NFL history with Jason Hanson, David Akers and John Carney.
Vinatieri converted all 12 field goal attempts and all 13 PATs for 49 points in the month of October. His 12 field goal conversions led the NFL and his 49 points ranked second.
In Week 4 against Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium, Vinatieri converted 2-of-2 field goals and three PATs for nine points.
Vinatieri tied his single-game career-high with five field goals made (also set on three other occasions) and added two PATs in a Week 5 victory over Chicago. He also tied his single-game career-high in points (17). With his successful kick from 53 yards in the second quarter, Vinatieri set a new Colts record for the most consecutive field goals made from 50-plus yards, which currently stands at nine. He also passed Gary Anderson for the second most field goals made from 20-29 yards in league history. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.
In Week 6 at Houston, Vinatieri made three field goals and two extra points for 11 points.
Vinatieri made history in a Week 7 win at Tennessee after converting 2-of-2 field goals and four extra points. He set a new NFL record for consecutive field goals made (43) after connecting on a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter.
In Week 8 vs. Kansas City, Vinatieri notched two PATs to bring his total points in October to 49.
Vinatieri is the first Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Month honors this season. Last year, he received AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November. Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 5 of this season.
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The Indianapolis Colts today elevated cornerback Frankie Williams to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and released tight end Chase Coffman. The team also signed cornerback Tevin Mitchel to the practice squad.
Williams, 5-9, 190 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 18, 2016. He was elevated to Indianapolis’ 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 13 and saw action in Week 6 at Houston. Williams was waived by the team on October 17. He spent Weeks 1-5 on the Colts practice squad. Williams participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on September 5. He originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 2016. Collegiately, Williams 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.
Coffman, 6-6, 250 pounds, was signed by Indianapolis as a free agent on October 18, 2016. He saw action in Week 7 at Tennessee and Week 8 vs. Kansas City. Coffman has played in 39 career NFL games (three starts) and caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He participated in the Colts 2016 training camp before being released on September 4.
Mitchel, 6-0, 190 pounds, participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on September 3, 2016. He was waived from the Injured Reserve list on September 8 after reaching an injury settlement with the team. Mitchel was originally claimed by Indianapolis off waivers from the Washington Redskins on August 6, 2015. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Colts Injured Reserve list. Mitchel was selected by the Redskins in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Arkansas. Collegiately, he played in 42 games (29 starts) for the Razorbacks and finished with 157 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).
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