The Indianapolis Colts today waived outside linebacker Eze Obiora.Obiora, 6-4, 240 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on January 13, 2016. He played in 19 games over the last two seasons for the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League (IFL) and totaled 89 tackles (59 solo), 28.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with 21 undrafted free agents, including, wide receiver Daniel Anthrop, defensive end Sterling Bailey, guard Isiah Cage, cornerback Daniel Davie, running back Josh Ferguson, tight end Darion Griswold, tackle Davante Harris, wide receiver Marcus Leak, linebacker Curt Maggitt, safety Stefan McClure, wide receiver MeKale McKay, tight end Mike Miller, cornerback Christopher Milton, guard Adam Redmond, wide receiver Chester Rogers, linebacker Anthony Sarao, defensive end Delvon Simmons, wide receiver Tevaun Smith, linebacker Ronald Thompson, cornerback Darius White and safety Andrew Williamson.Anthrop, 6-0, 193 pounds, played in 43 games (17 starts) at Purdue, tallying 113 catches for 1,384 yards (12.2 avg.) with nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown. As a senior in 2015, Anthrop had 57 catches (single-season high) for 430 yards (7.5 avg.) with two touchdowns. He had a breakout season as a junior in 2014 after recording 38 catches for 616 yards (16.2 avg.) and four touchdowns. Anthrop’s yards and touchdowns in 2014 were both single-season career highs.
Bailey, 6-3, 282 pounds, participated in 42 career games (19 starts) at the University of Georgia and totaled 108 tackles (35 solo), 2.5 sacks and seven passes defensed. As a senior in 2015, he appeared in 13 games (10 starts) and was a team captain in addition to earning the Coaches’ Leadership Award. Bailey finished the season with 46 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. He recorded 27 tackles in 2014 and finished with 34 tackles and 1.0 sack in 2013. Bailey recorded a single-game career-high 10 tackles and 1.0 sack against South Carolina in 2013.
Cage, 6-5, 335 pounds, spent three seasons at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Eau Claire, playing in 27 games (24 starts) and earning All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors three times. As a senior, he started all eight games he played in at left tackle and received Honorable Mention All-WIAC honors. Cage saw action in 10 contests (nine starts) in 2014 and was tabbed a Second Team All-WIAC selection. In his first season at Eau Claire, he played in 10 games with nine starts at left tackle, earning Second Team All-WIAC honors. Prior to Eau Claire, Cage spent a season playing at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. At Concordia in 2011, he played in 10 games with four starts at left tackle.
Davie, 6-1, 190 pounds, finished his career at Nebraska having played in 42 games (18 starts) and notching 67 tackles (46 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed and two interceptions. He was limited due to injury his senior season, but played in six games (five starts), making 18 tackles (17 solo) and recording five passes defensed. Davie started all 13 games as junior, posting 41 tackles (25 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss, five passes defensed and two interceptions. He had four games in his junior season with five or more tackles, and he set single-game highs for tackles (eight vs. Purdue), tackles for loss (2.0 at Fresno State), passes defensed (two vs. Purdue) and interceptions (two vs. Illinois) in 2014.
Ferguson, 5-10, 200 pounds, played in 47 games at Illinois and finished second in school history with 4,474 all-purpose yards. He tallied 505 carries for 2,586 yards and 18 touchdowns, 168 receptions for 1,507 yards and eight touchdowns and 21 kickoff returns for 381 yards. Ferguson holds the Illinois record for most career receptions and receiving yards by a running back. He ranks in the top 10 in school history in career receptions (third), rushing yards (sixth) and touchdowns (tied for seventh). Ferguson finished the 2015 season as the only active FBS player with 2,500+ rushing and 1,500+ receiving yards in career. In 2015, he played in nine games and garnered Third Team All-Big Ten honors (by the coaches and media) after registering 129 carries for 708 yards and three touchdowns and 37 receptions for 280 yards and two touchdowns.
Griswold, 6-5, 264 pounds, played in 50 games at Arkansas State and totaled 65 receptions for 892 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2015, he saw action in 13 games and finished with 13 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. As a redshirt junior in 2014, Griswold appeared in 13 games (11 starts) and caught 18 passes for 221 yards and a single-season career-high four touchdowns. He led all Sun Belt tight ends in receiving touchdowns while ranking fourth in receptions and fifth in receiving yards. Griswold was named a Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference choice by College Sports Madness. In 2013, he played in 12 games and earned Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors after catching three touchdowns while recording single-season career highs in receptions (24) and receiving yards (312). Griswold ranked second in the Sun Belt in both receptions per game and receiving yards per game among tight ends.
Harris, 6-6, 290 pounds, appeared in 42 games (27 starts) in five seasons with Appalachian State where he moved to the offensive side of the ball for his final three seasons after coming in as a defensive lineman. He was a key cog in the Mountaineers offensive line, which allowed the fourth-fewest sacks (11.0) in the nation and paved the way for a rushing attack that ranked sixth nationally averaging 271.5 yards per game during his senior season en route to being named a Second Team All-Sun Belt selection.
Leak, 6-0, 210 pounds, spent three seasons at the University of Maryland and totaled 55 catches for 775 yards and six touchdowns. In 2014, he posted 20 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns, including a two-touchdown game against South Florida. Leak recorded a career-high 94 receiving yards in a 2012 contest against North Carolina State, which included a career-long reception of 47 yards. A native of Charlotte, N.C., he competed in the 74th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game and also played basketball and ran track.
Maggitt, 6-3, 246 pounds, competed in 35 games (12 starts) at Tennessee and finished his collegiate career with 141 tackles (83 solo), 13.5 sacks, 28.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and one pass defensed. Prior to an injury during his senior season, he started 10 games as a junior and made 48 tackles, a team-leading 11.0 sacks and 15.0 tackles for loss. Maggitt finished his junior campaign with four multiple-sack games. As a true freshman in 2011, his 56 tackles were the fourth-most for a true freshman in Tennessee history ahead of Reggie White’s 51 in 1980.
McClure, 5-11, 205 pounds, appeared in 37 games (28 starts) at California and totaled 165 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown). He was the only player in Golden Bears history to serve as a team captain for three seasons. McClure’s best season came as a senior when he set career highs with 13 games played, 13 starts, 61 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery (which he returned for his first career touchdown). Following his senior season, he received All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors and was named the Joe Roth Award winner, given to the University of California player who best exemplifies courage, sportsmanship and attitude.
McKay, 6-5, 210 pounds, played in 38 games in three seasons (2013-15) at Cincinnati and finished with 87 receptions for 1,717 yards and 17 touchdowns. He began his collegiate career at Arkansas in 2012. In 2015, McKay appeared in 12 games and caught 27 passes for 507 yards and two touchdowns. He played in 13 games in 2014 and registered career highs in receptions (44), receiving yards (725) and receiving touchdowns (eight). In his first season with the Bearcats in 2013, McKay caught 16 passes for 485 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2012, he started 10-of-12 games at Arkansas and totaled 21 receptions for 317 yards and two touchdowns. McKay finished second on the team in receiving yards and tied for fourth on the team in receptions and touchdown receptions. He ranked among the best in the SEC among freshmen in total touchdowns (fourth) and receiving yards (fifth).
Miller, 6-6, 250 pounds, played in 27 games (20 starts) at Taylor University and finished his career with 80 receptions for 959 yards and seven touchdowns after transferring following two seasons at Santa Monica College in California. In his second season at Taylor, he completed 68-of-160 passes for 568 yards and five touchdowns while running 82 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns. After moving to wide receiver, he had his best season in 2015 when he notched career highs with 42 receptions for 546 yards and five touchdowns.
Milton, 5-11, 190 pounds, played in 53 games (33 starts) at Georgia Tech and collected 96 tackles (82 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, 14 passes defensed and five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). He finished his career with seven blocked kicks. As a redshirt senior in 2015, Milton started all 12 games and tallied 28 tackles (27 solo), one interception, six passes defensed and two blocked kicks. He was the FBS active career leader in blocked kicks during the 2015 season. In 2014, Milton started all 14 games and totaled 32 tackles (25 solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, four passes defensed and two interceptions. He returned one interception for a touchdown, blocked one field goal and blocked one PAT.
Redmond, 6-6, 290 pounds, played in 31 games at Harvard and was the co-recipient of the school’s William Paine LaCroix Trophy in 2015. He was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team and was selected to the All-Ivy League first-team that season. Redmond helped the Crimson achieve a 9-1 record in 2015, competing in all 10 games. He blocked for an offense that averaged 474.2 yards per game and 36.4 points per contest as Harvard earned a co-Ivy League Championship. Redmond competed in all 10 games in 2014 and assisted the Crimson in compiling an undefeated season and an Ivy League Championship. He earned All-Ivy League honorable mention accolades in 2014 as he was part of an offensive line that helped the team average 230.5 rushing yards per game and 461.4 net yards per contest.
Rogers, 6-1, 180 pounds, played in 40 games at Grambling State and finished with 155 receptions for 2,257 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had seven carries for 72 yards, two kickoff returns for 61 yards and eight punt returns for 70 yards and one touchdown. As a senior in 2015, Rogers saw action in 12 games and finished second on the team with 48 receptions for 732 yards and a single-season career-high eight touchdowns. He also registered four punt returns for 70 yards and one touchdown. In 2014, Rogers played in 12 games and led the team in receiving for the second consecutive season after catching a single-season career-high 53 passes for 712 yards and four touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2013, he appeared in 11 games and led the team in receiving after totaling 48 receptions for a single-season career-high 735 yards and five touchdowns. Rogers saw action in five games as a freshman in 2012 and caught six passes for 78 yards.
Sarao, 6-0, 235 pounds, played in 54 games (34 starts) for Southern California and compiled 217 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, five passes defensed and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). His best collegiate season came in 2014 when he tallied 75 tackles, 1.0 sack, three passes defensed and two interceptions, one of which he returned for his first career touchdown, and was named UCS’s Co-Lifter of the Year. He also won USC’s Defensive Service Team Player of the Year Award during his redshirt season as a true freshman.
Simmons, 6-5, 295 pounds, played in 27 games (24 starts) in three seasons at Southern California, notching 101 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, three passes defensed, two blocked field goals, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was named a First Team All-Pac-12 choice by The Associated Press in 2015 after starting all 14 games and recording 57 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one blocked field goal. Simmons played in 13 games (10 starts) and posted 44 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery, one pass defensed and one blocked field goal. Prior to USC, he spent two seasons at Texas Tech and played in 23 games (13 starts) and tallied 40 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and two passes defensed.
Smith, 6-2, 205 pounds, totaled 102 catches for 1,500 yards (14.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns in 47 career games (24 starts) at Iowa. He saw action in 12 games (10 starts) as a senior in 2015, finishing second on the team in receiving yards (563) and third in receptions (32). He also had three touchdowns. Smith led the team with five catches for 110 yards in the Big Ten Championship game vs. Michigan State. He recorded a career-long 85-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter to give the Hawkeyes a 13-9 lead. Smith earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors from the league’s coaches after playing in 13 games (eight starts) as a junior in 2014, finishing the year with 43 catches for 596 yards and three touchdowns. His 596 receiving yards led the team and his 43 receptions ranked second.
Thompson, 6-3, 255 pounds, saw action in 37 games (24 starts) in three seasons at Syracuse and totaled 87 tackles (58 solo), 12.0 sacks, 21.0 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was named a Third Team All-ACC choice in 2015 and tied Orange defensive linemen with 35 tackles (30 solo) while adding 9.5 tackles for loss. Thompson led the team and tied for ninth in the ACC with 7.0 sacks and tied for the conference lead with four forced fumbles. In 2014, he started all 12 games as a sophomore and tallied 32 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. Thompson competed in all 13 contests as a freshman in 2013 and registered 20 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
White, 6-0, 180 pounds, played in 23 games (17 starts) in two seasons at California after transferring from Itawamba Community College where he spent his first two seasons of eligibility. In his short stint with the Golden Bears he recorded 87 tackles (53 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 15 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. White was named an All-Pac-12 fourth-team preseason selection by Phil Steele and lived up to the hype, ranking eighth in the Pac-12 in both interceptions per game (0.23) and passes defensed per game (0.85) as a senior.
Williamson, 6-1, 212 pounds, played in 47 games (19 starts) in four seasons at Vanderbilt. He compiled 135 tackles (85 solo), 1.0 sack, 6.0 tackles for loss, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Regarded as one of the team’s top defensive performers and a leader in the secondary, he contributed with 41 tackles (28 solo), 1.0 sack, four passes defensed and one forced fumble as a senior.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived tight end Cameron Clear, long snapper Forrest Hill, center/guard Khaled Holmes and tackle Mitchell Van Dyk.Clear, 6-5, 277 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on February 17, 2016. In 2015, he spent his entire rookie season on the Pittsburgh Steelers Injured Reserve List.
Hill, 6-1, 248 pounds, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on March 8, 2016. He played in 38 career games at Auburn University from 2012-14.
Holmes, 6-3, 309 pounds, has played in 17 career NFL games (nine starts) at center and guard. He has also started three postseason contests at center. Last season, Holmes saw action in nine games (seven starts) at center.
Van Dyk, 6-7, 299 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 20, 2016. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers Injured Reserve list after being waived-injured by the team on September 5, 2015.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent offensive tackles Kevin Graf and Mitchell Van Dyk.Graf, 6-6, 309 pounds, most recently spent the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles before being waived on August 30, 2015. In 2014, he spent time on the Eagles active roster and practice squad, but did not see any game action. Graf was originally signed by Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014.
Collegiately, Graf started in 38 games at offensive tackle at the University of Southern California. As a senior in 2013, he was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention after starting all 13 games he participated in.
Van Dyk, 6-7, 299 pounds, spent the entire 2015 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers Injured Reserve list after being waived-injured by the team on September 5, 2015. He was originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Van Dyk participated in training camp with the Rams in 2014, but was waived prior to the start of the season.
Collegiately, Van Dyk started 31-of-37 games he played in at Portland State. He was named a Big Sky All-Conference first team choice as a senior in 2013 and a Big Sky All-Conference honorable mention selection as a junior in 2012.
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Colts will play three primetime games in 2016The Indianapolis Colts today announced its 2016 regular season schedule. Along with their traditional matchups against AFC South Division opponents – Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee – the Colts will face the AFC West and NFC North Divisions. Indianapolis will also host the Pittsburgh Steelers and travel to New York to face the Jets. In total, the Colts will face six playoff teams from the 2015 season, including the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos as well as Green Bay, Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Indianapolis will play in three primetime games in 2016. Additionally, Indianapolis will participate in the UK International Series for the first time when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Colts at Wembley Stadium in London in Week 4.
The Colts enter the season with a 20-4 record against AFC South Division foes since 2012, which is the second-most wins within a team’s division in the NFL over that span. Indianapolis has made the playoffs three times over the last four seasons, including an appearance in the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
For the first time since 2013, the Colts will open the regular season at home when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 11 at 4:25 p.m. Indianapolis owns a 21-18-2 overall series record against Detroit and has won the last four contests. The last time the teams faced each other came on December 2, 2012 in the Motor City. On the final play of the game, Andrew Luck completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery to give the Colts a 35-33 victory. Luck completed 24-of-54 passes for 391 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions while T.Y. Hilton totaled six receptions for 100 yards.
In Week 2, Indianapolis will travel to Denver to face the reigning Super Bowl Champions. The Colts trail the Broncos in the all-time series, 10-12, but have won six of the last seven matchups and are 3-7 in the Mile High City. In 2015, Indianapolis claimed a Week 9 victory over an undefeated Denver team, 27-24. The Colts defense limited the Broncos to only 35 net rushing yards, while Darius Butler and Mike Adams contributed with interceptions. Andrew Luck completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for a 98.4 passer rating.
The Colts will host the San Diego Chargers in Week 3 on Sunday, September 25 at 4:25 p.m. The Chargers own a 16-9 overall record against Indianapolis and are 11-3 in the Circle City. In the last matchup between the teams on October 14, 2013, the Colts lost in San Diego, 19-9. Andrew Luck completed 18-of-30 passes for 202 yards and one interception.
In Week 4, Indianapolis will participate in their first AFC South Division game of the season when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Colts at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the UK International Series on Sunday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m. The contest will mark Indianapolis’ first time participating in the International Series and its first regular season game outside of the United States. Jacksonville will return to London for a fourth consecutive year, and has committed to playing a home game in London through 2020. This will mark the Jaguars first time playing an AFC South opponent in London. The Colts have played three preseason games abroad in Mexico City (8/19/2000 vs. Pittsburgh), Tokyo (8/6/2005 vs. Atlanta) and Toronto (8/19/2010 vs. Buffalo).
The Bears will take a short road trip south to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 5. The teams have squared off 41 times in the regular season with Indianapolis owning a 22-19 series lead. The last matchup between the teams came in the 2012 regular season opener when Chicago defeated the Colts in the Windy City, 41-21. Reggie Wayne led all receivers with 135 yards on nine receptions. On February 4, 2007, Indianapolis defeated Chicago 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI to capture the franchise’s fourth world championship.
In Week 6, Indianapolis will have their second AFC South Division game of the season when they travel to Houston for a Sunday Night Football matchup with the Texans on Sunday, October 16 at 8:30 p.m. The Colts are 10-4 all-time against Houston on the road with three consecutive wins. Last season, Indianapolis won a Thursday Night Football meeting at NRG Stadium in Week 5 to improve to 3-2 on the year. The win extended Indianapolis’ consecutive victory streak within the AFC South Division to 16 games, which set a new NFL record. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 18-of-29 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns for a 107.4 passer rating.
The Colts will have another AFC South road tilt in Week 7 as they travel to Tennessee. Indianapolis has won their last nine meetings against the Titans, including a 6-1 mark in Tennessee dating back to 2009. In 2015, Indianapolis swept the Titans for the fourth consecutive season. The Colts traveled to Nashville in Week 3 last year and defeated Tennessee, 35-33. Despite trailing 27-14 entering the fourth quarter, Andrew Luck completed 9-of-11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the final frame to lead the Colts to their first win of the season. The game marked Luck’s 13th career fourth quarter or overtime game-winning drive.
Kansas City will return to Indianapolis on Sunday, October 30 (1 p.m.) for the first time since the Colts epic comeback in the 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs. Down 28 points in the second half, Indianapolis recorded the second-largest comeback in NFL postseason history, defeating the Chiefs, 45-44. Andrew Luck threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns while T.Y. Hilton finished with 13 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. His 13 catches tied for the second-most in an NFL postseason game and his 224 receiving yards ranked as the third-most in postseason annals. In regular season play, Indianapolis owns a 12-8 overall record (5-4 at home) against Kansas City. The last time the two teams faced off in the regular season came on December 22, 2013 when the Colts defeated the Chiefs, 23-7.
Prior to a Week 10 bye week, the Colts will travel to Green Bay for the first time since a 34-14 loss on October 19, 2008. Indianapolis owns a 21-20-1 overall record against the Packers and has won five of the last eight matchups. The most recent game between the teams came at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012. In their first game without Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia, the Colts faced a 21-3 halftime deficit. In an emotional comeback, Indianapolis regrouped in the second half and defeated Green Bay, 30-27.
In Week 11, Indianapolis will return from the bye week to host Tennessee on Sunday, November 20. The Colts own a 17-6 record against the Titans in Indianapolis and have won the last eight games at home. The two teams faced each other in Indianapolis in the regular season finale last year. Dealing with injuries at the quarterback position, Indianapolis started Josh Freeman while also playing backup Ryan Lindley. The two quarterbacks combined to complete 21-of-38 passes for 207 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to give the Colts their eighth victory of the season, 30-24.
Indianapolis will have consecutive nationally televised games in Weeks 12 and 13. On Thanksgiving night, the Colts will host the Steelers on primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The Week 12 contest will mark Indianapolis’ first Thursday night home game since 2011. The Colts own a 2-0 record in Thanksgiving Day games and most recently defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 31-13, on November 22, 2007. Indianapolis holds a 6-16 overall series record against Pittsburgh and a 4-5 mark at home. In Week 13 last season, the Colts traveled to Pittsburgh and lost, 45-10. Running back Frank Gore finished with 94 yards from scrimmage (45 rushing, 49 receiving), including a nine-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. This will mark the third consecutive season that Indianapolis will play Pittsburgh.
In Week 13, the Colts will face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. for the second consecutive season. Indianapolis holds a 40-28 mark in the head-to-head series, including a 21-13 record on the road, but have lost the last three games. Last season, the Colts played the Jets in Week 2 on Monday Night Football and fell 20-7. Donte Moncrief caught seven passes for 122 yards and one touchdown.
Indianapolis will face Houston for the second time in Week 14 when they host the Texans on Sunday, December 11 at 1 p.m. The Colts own a 13-1 overall record against the Texans in Indianapolis after losing last year’s matchup, 16-10. Entering Week 15 vs. Houston in 2015, Indianapolis had a six-game winning streak against their division foe. The Colts owned a 10-3 lead at halftime, but the Texans scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to claim their first victory in Indianapolis. Mike Adams made his 100th career start and finished with seven tackles (five solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
In Week 15, the Colts will travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings in the new U.S. Bank Stadium, which opens this year. The contest will be Indianapolis’ first in Minnesota since an 18-15 victory on September 14, 2008. Indianapolis owns a 15-7-1 overall record against the Vikings and have won the last four matchups. In the most recent game between the teams in 2012, the Colts won, 23-20, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts longest road trip of the season will take them to the state of California on Christmas Eve in Week 16. Indianapolis will travel to Oakland for the first time since a 31-26 win on December 26, 2010. The Raiders own a 7-6 overall record against the Colts, but Indianapolis is 4-3 in Oakland. The Colts have won their last four games against the Raiders. In the most recent matchup between the teams in 2013, Indianapolis defeated Oakland, 21-17, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
On New Year’s Day, the Colts will host Jacksonville in the Week 17 regular season finale at 1 p.m. Indianapolis is 11-4 all-time against the Jaguars at home and has won the last three meetings in the Circle City. Last season, the Colts hosted the Jaguars in Week 4 and won in overtime, 16-13. The contest marked the first time the teams played each other in overtime. Adam Vinatieri converted 3-of-3 field goal attempts and one PAT for 10 points, including a 27-yard kick in overtime to increase Indianapolis’ consecutive victory streak within the AFC South Division to 15 games, which tied the former NFL record that the Colts broke later in the 2015 season.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2016 SEASON SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Time Network
Sun. Aug. 7 *GREEN BAY 8:00 PM ESPN
Sat. Aug. 13 at Buffalo 7:00 PM FOX59
Sat. Aug. 20 BALTIMORE 7:00 PM FOX59
Sat. Aug. 27 PHILADELPHIA 7:00 PM CBS4
Thurs. Sept. 1 at Cincinnati 7:35 PM FOX59
Day Date Opponent Time Network
Sun. Sept. 11 DETROIT 4:25 PM FOX
Sun. Sept. 18 at Denver 4:25 PM CBS
Sun. Sept. 25 SAN DIEGO 4:25 PM CBS
Sun. Oct. 2 at Jacksonville (London) 9:30 AM CBS
Sun. Oct. 9 CHICAGO 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. Oct. 16 at Houston 8:30 PM NBC
Sun. Oct. 23 at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Oct. 30 KANSAS CITY 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Nov. 6 at Green Bay 4:25 PM CBS
Sun. Nov. 13 BYE WEEK
Sun. Nov. 20 TENNESSEE 1:00 PM CBS
Thurs. Nov. 24 PITTSBURGH 8:30 PM NBC
Mon. Dec. 5 at N.Y. Jets 8:30 PM ESPN
Sun. Dec. 11 HOUSTON 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Dec. 18 at Minnesota 1:00 PM CBS
Sat. Dec. 24 at Oakland 4:05 PM CBS
Sun. Jan. 1 JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM CBS
–All times are EASTERN—
*2016 NFL/Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that restricted free agent tight end Jack Doyle has signed his qualifying offer.Doyle, 6-6, 267 pounds, has spent the last three seasons with the Colts after being claimed by the team off waivers from the Tennessee Titans on September 1, 2013. The Indianapolis native has played in 47 career games (seven starts) and caught 35 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Doyle has seen action in five postseason contests (one start) and totaled seven receptions for 30 yards.
In 2015, Doyle appeared in all 16 games (two starts) and caught 12 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown. He played in all 16 games (one start) in 2014 and registered 18 receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Doyle saw action in three postseason contests and caught six passes 23 yards. As a rookie in 2013, he appeared in 15 games (four starts) and compiled five receptions for 19 yards. Doyle played in the Colts two postseason contests (one start) and tallied one reception for seven yards. He originally signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2013.
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that exclusive rights free agent safety Akeem Davis has signed his tender.Davis has seen action in 19 career games and posted one tackle, one forced fumble and 12 special teams stops. In 2015, he competed in six games between the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Colts. In 2014, Davis appeared in 13 games for Washington and played primarily on special teams.
Davis was a two-time captain at Memphis and recorded 162 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 2.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2012, he finished with 68 tackles and helped the Tigers lead Conference USA in total defense.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent wide receivers Josh Boyce and Brian Tyms and waived guard Ben Heenan.
Boyce, 5-11, 205 pounds, most recently spent time with the New England Patriots. He has played in 10 career NFL games (three starts) and totaled nine receptions for 121 yards and nine kickoff returns for 214 yards. Boyce spent the entire 2015 offseason and training camp with the Patriots before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on September 1, 2015. In 2014, he spent the first 16 weeks of the regular season on New England’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster and playing in the regular season finale. Boyce was inactive for all three postseason contests in 2014 but was a member of the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX Championship team. He saw action in nine games (three starts) as a rookie in 2013 and finished with nine receptions for 121 yards and nine kickoff returns for 214 yards. Boyce was originally selected by the Patriots in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of TCU.
Tyms, 6-3, 205 pounds, spent the last two seasons with the Patriots. He has appeared in 18 career NFL games (two starts) and contributed seven receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown in his time with New England (2014-15), the Cleveland Browns (2013) and the Miami Dolphins (2012). Tyms has also seen action in one postseason contest. In 2015, he spent the entire offseason and training camp with the Patriots before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on August 25, 2015. Tyms played in 11 games (two starts) in 2014 and caught five passes for 82 yards and one touchdown. He also appeared in one postseason contest and won Super Bowl XLIX with New England. In 2013, Tyms spent the first six weeks of the regular season on the Dolphins practice squad before being signed to the Browns active roster. He saw action in seven games for Cleveland and compiled two receptions for 12 yards. In 2012, Tyms spent his entire rookie season on Miami’s practice squad. He originally signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M on May 4, 2012. Tyms spent the entire 2012 offseason and training camp with the 49ers, but was released prior to the start of the season.
Heenan, 6-4, 315 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 5, 2016. He spent the final nine weeks of the 2015 regular season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Heenan spent time with the Colts during the 2015 offseason and training camp after originally signing with the team on February 4, 2015. He was waived by the team during training camp on August 7. Prior to joining the Colts, Heenan started 49-of-52 games in three seasons (2012-14) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced its 2016 preseason schedule. The dates and times for the final four preseason games have yet to be finalized.
The Colts and Green Bay Packers will travel to Canton, Ohio to kick off the National Football League’s 2016 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 PM ET in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The meeting will be the first in the preseason between the teams since Indianapolis fell to Green Bay by a 24-21 margin on August 26, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Overall, the Colts own a 5-4 record against the Packers in preseason play dating back to 1980.
Indianapolis and Green Bay will close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after three of their famed legends are formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison will join former Packers quarterback Brett Favre among the eight-man class that was elected to the Hall of Fame in February. Other members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 include owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.
The Colts will travel to Buffalo for a matchup with the Bills in the second week. Dating back to 1969, the two teams have met seven times in the preseason with the Bills holding a 4-3 advantage. Buffalo won, 44-20, in their last preseason game against Indianapolis on August 11, 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indianapolis will then host the Baltimore Ravens in its preseason opener at Lucas Oil Stadium. The contest will mark the first time the two teams have faced each other in preseason play.
The Colts will host the Philadelphia Eagles in their fourth preseason game. Indianapolis and Philadelphia share a 10-10 overall preseason series record. The last time the two teams faced each other in preseason play was last season when the Eagles defeated the Colts in Philadelphia, 36-10.
Indianapolis will close out the preseason with a trip to Cincinnati. The two teams have met in the preseason every year since 2001 and traditionally in the finale. The Bengals hold a 16-8 preseason series record, which includes a 9-6 victory in Indianapolis in 2015.
2016 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Time
Sunday, Aug. 7 *GREEN BAY 8:00 PM
Game 2 (Aug. 11-15) at Buffalo TBD
Game 3 (Aug. 18-22) BALTIMORE TBD
Game 4 (Aug. 25-28) PHILADELPHIA TBD
Game 5 (Sept. 1-2) at Cincinnati TBD
*2016 NFL/Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tight end Mike McFarland and waived tackle Pierce Burton.
McFarland, 6-6, 262 pounds, originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015. He spent the entire offseason and part of training camp with the Texans. McFarland caught one pass for nine yards in Houston’s first preseason game on Aug. 15 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. He was placed on the Texans’ Injured Reserve list on Aug. 20 and waived from the team’s Injured Reserve list on Oct. 29.
Collegiately, McFarland played 48 games (16 starts) at the University of South Florida and finished with 55 receptions for 643 yards and two touchdowns. In 2014, he started 10-of-12 games and was named Second Team American Athletic Conference by Phil Steele after compiling a career-best 27 receptions for 315 yards. McFarland ranked second on the team in receptions and third in receiving yards, while being among AAC tight end leaders in both categories. He was a Second Team AAC selection in 2013 after playing in all 12 games (six starts) and registering 23 receptions for 288 yards and a career-high two touchdowns. McFarland tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions and ranked second in receptions and receiving yards for the Bulls. He was also an asset on special teams as he blocked three field goal attempts. In 2012, McFarland saw action in all 12 games at tight end and on special teams and totaled four receptions for 32 yards. In his first season at South Florida in 2011, he appeared in all 12 games, mainly on special teams, and caught one pass for eight yards. McFarland began his collegiate career at the University of Florida in 2010 and redshirted his true freshman season before transferring to South Florida and being granted a waiver to play immediately the following season.
Burton, 6-6, 305 pounds, was signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 5, 2016. He spent the final five weeks of the 2015 regular season on the Colts practice squad after signing with the team on December 1. Burton also spent time on the Carolina Panthers (Weeks 2-11) and Atlanta Falcons (Week 1) practice squads in 2015. He originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014 and spent training camp with the team before being released.
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