Indianapolis Colts Football

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE CHANGES ON PRACTICE SQUAD

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 21, 2014 – 6:32 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Jeff Demps and tight end Konrad Reuland to the practice squad and released quarterback Dominique Davis and wide receiver Chandler Jones from the practice squad.

Demps, 5-8, 191 pounds, was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida on August 17, 2012. He was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a trade with the Patriots on April 27, 2013. Demps played in two games in 2013 and recorded one rush for 14 yards, three receptions for 21 yards and four kickoff returns for 93 yards. He was then signed to the practice squad on August 31, 2014 and was released on October 13.

Demps finished his career at Florida as the school’s eighth all-time leading scorer. He played in 51 career games (27 starts) and totaled 367 rushes for 2,470 yards (6.7 avg.) and 23 touchdowns, while also adding 57 receptions for 481 yards and one touchdown. He returned 21 kickoffs for 604 yards and one touchdown. Demps was also a four-year letterman on the men’s track team where he became the only Florida athlete to win a national championship in multiple sports (2009 football national championship and four indoor and outdoor track championships. He was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic 4×100 meter relay team that won the silver medal.

Reuland, 6-5, 260 pounds, has caught 12 passes for 90 yards in 26 career games (three starts) with the New York Jets (2012-13). He was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford on July 27, 2011 and was waived on August 31, 2012. Reuland was then acquired from waivers by the Jets on September 1. In 2012, he appeared in all 16 games (three starts) and recorded career highs of 11 receptions for 83 yards.

In two seasons at Stanford (2009-2010), Reuland compiled 27 receptions for 351 yards and one touchdown in 26 games played (10 starts). Prior to that, he spent two years (2006-07) at Notre Dame and saw action in 10 games.

Davis was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 10, 2014. He appeared in one game with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 and completed 5-of-7 passes (71.4%) for 34 yards and an 81.8 passer rating. Davis was originally signed by the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina University on April 30, 2012.

Jones was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 30, 2014. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 4. Jones set career records at San Jose State for receptions (248), receiving yards (3,087) and touchdown receptions (29) and became the first player in school history to record at least 50 receptions in all four years.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 20, 2014 – 8:53 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois.

When it was announced pregame that Arthur Jones would miss his fifth straight game due to a high ankle sprain that meant Ricky Jean Francois would once again be in the starting lineup.

Just like he has done in Jones’ absence, Francois was very impressive.

He finished the afternoon with three tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries.

Francois was part of a Colts defense that allowed just 135 total yards and recorded the first shutout for the franchise since 2008.

“To be able to shut out the Bengals, one of the best teams in the AFC North, it was something just to be thankful about,” Francois said after the game.

“In this league, it’s hard to get a shut out especially a team like that.”

With how the Colts defense has played this season, it’s hard to remember that the unit is missing a guy like Jones, Robert Mathis and even Jerrell Freeman for four weeks.

The depth is evident though, across all three units of the defense, and is a major reason why the Colts put together a performance like Sunday.

“Playing as a family, that’s the biggest thing, a lot of people just talk about it, but as you can see, it’s a family in this locker room that is playing,” Francois said after the 27-0 win. “Especially the defense, we got certain guys that are not playing with us out there so we’re out there playing for them so their energy is inside of us and it makes us play all out.

“Like Coach said, we’ve got to exhaust the mission. We got to go out there and exhaust ourselves. You can’t have no energy when you come back in this locker room.”

 

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Five Things Learned: Colts/Bengals

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 19, 2014 – 10:16 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – In what will be the Colts final home game in a month, they put together a performance to remember for the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

For just the sixth time in franchise history, the Colts recorded a shutout thanks to a 27-0 win over the Bengals.

 

The Colts (5-2) will now turn their attention to the Steelers (3-3) and a 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff on Sunday afternoon.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL DEFENSE– Cory Redding said it best after the game “it’s a new era.” Yes, a high-octane offense is still in Indianapolis but for this team to play deep into January, defensive efforts like we’ve seen the past few weeks need to continue to happen. Sunday’s effort is beyond impressive considering the Bengals offense being a top-10 unit coming into Week Seven.

 

MORE PRODUCTIVE OFFENSE – It was overshadowed on Sunday but it was yet another productive afternoon for the Colts offense. The unit piled up more than 500 yards and Andrew Luck tied a franchise record with his fifth straight 300-yard passing day. If we are nit picking, red zone efficiency will continue to be a focus going forward for the Colts offense.

 

RUNNING BACK DUO SHINES – The running back tandem of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw ranks right up there with any other in the NFL. Sunday was another showcase of that as both finished with more than 80 yards from scrimmage. The Colts 171 rushing yards are the most the team has had in over a year.

 

MORE PASS RUSH SUCCESS – Coming into Sunday, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had been sacked just twice in 151 pass attempts. The Colts got Dalton on the ground three times in 38 attempts with Bjoern Werner recording his team-leading fourth sack of the year.

 

SERIOUS AFC CONTENDER – A fifth straight win pushed the Colts record to 5-2 with two road contests on the horizon before a Week 10 bye. The Colts now sit just a game behind the Broncos for the top spot in the AFC. Indianapolis’ lead in the AFC South could grow to two games if Houston falls to Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football.

 


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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest Winner – Bengals Week

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on October 18, 2014 – 3:39 pm

It’s a new Colts football season and that means that it’s tailgating season! Just like last year, the Colts and Indiana Pork have partnered in search of the best pork tailgate recipe in all of Colts Nation, and guess who is in charge of it? Yours truly! We’re going to be searching for the best pork tailgate recipes you have to offer. We want to see some creativity and of course plenty of pork! What something to sweeten the deal? How about a year supply of bacon! Yes, the grand prize winner will receive a year supply of bacon. The weekly winners will receive a prize package consisting of a $50 Meijer gift certificate,101 Things to Do With Bacon Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2013 Season DVD.

This week’s winning recipe comes from Aaron R. of Granger, Indiana who has an appropriately titled pork dish that packs a punch of flavor. Try out these “Pagano’s Burnt Ends,” a recipe fit for a Head Coach of the Colts!

Pagano’s Pork Burnt Ends- start with a boston butt pork shoulder local to Indiana- roughly 8-10 lbs. Cut into rib-like strips that are approx 4 inches thick, 4 inches tall and the length of the pork shoulder (or you can cheat and buy as ribs in the store). Rub with mustard, then black pepper, sea salt, garlic, and granulated maple (I buy that from a place online called the spice house). Place in the smoker at 225 under apple wood until they hit 185- takes about 5 hours. Take out let sit for 1 hour and cut into cubes. Place the cubes in a bowl with a stick of melted butter, more granulated maple, salt and course pepper then mix together. Lay on a single row tray and put back in the smoker with more apple wood for 3 more hours. People go nuts for them and they are great grab and go snacks for the ride from South Bend to Indy for a game. I use a vertical smoker for this and make sure there is always water in the pan. For tailgates this makes two disposable pie tins worth of burnt ends. Just perfect.

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Thanks for sharing Christopher! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS T-XAVIER NIXON RETURNS TO PRACTICE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 15, 2014 – 12:10 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that tackle Xavier Nixon will return to practice with the team. He will remain on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return during this time.

The Colts have up to three weeks from today to elevate Nixon to the 53-man active roster or he will remain on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season. He is not eligible to play until the team’s Week 9 game against the New York Giants on November 3.

Nixon was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return on September 3, 2014. He was first signed by the Colts from the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 24, 2013. Nixon played in four games for the Colts in the 2013 regular season, making one start at left guard in a Week 16 victory at Kansas City. He also saw action in both postseason contests. Nixon was originally signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida on May 2, 2013.


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COLTS P-PAT McAFEE NAMED AFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on – 10:13 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 6. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.

 

In the Colts’ 33-28 victory over the Houston Texans, McAfee recovered an onside kick, which led to a touchdown. It marked the third consecutive onside kick recovery of the season for Indianapolis. The rest of the NFL is a combined 1-of-13 (7.7%) on onside kicks this year. McAfee contributed with four punts for 159 yards in the game, pinning three of them inside the 20-yard line. He also added six touchbacks on kickoffs.

 

McAfee leads the NFL in punting net average (44.8) and kickoff touchbacks (33) in 2014 and ranks sixth in punting gross average (47.5). In September, he earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors.

 

McAfee is the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors this season. Quarterback Andrew Luck won the award for his performance in Week 3 at Jacksonville.

 

2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECIPIENTS

Week 3: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Week 6: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

 

2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS

September: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Month


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Texans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 10, 2014 – 10:39 am

 

 

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HOUSTON – The Colts stretched their win streak to four games on Thursday night with a 33-28 victory down in Houston.

 

With the win, the Colts took the solo lead in the AFC South, while moving their divisional record to 3-0 on the year.

 

The Colts (4-2) will now have a mini-bye week before the Bengals (3-1) head to Lucas Oil Stadium on October 19.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

HILTON’S HEROICS– There’s just something in the air when Hilton takes on the Texans. The last time Hilton got into the end zone in a regular season game was down in Houston last year. He did that and much more on Thursday night. The speedster had nine catches (in nine targets), for 223 yards, falling one-yard shy of the Colts franchise record for a game.

 

MORE SPECIAL TEAMS TRICKS – It was another gutsy, pivotal special teams call that allowed the Colts to seize early control. It’s remarkable the Colts have executed three onside kicks this season where the rest of the league is 0-for-8. The confidence Chuck Pagano has in his special teams units is through the roof and this team feeds off that trust.

 

PASS RUSH FRENZY – Over the last four weeks, the Colts have piled up 16 sacks in 120 pass attempts. It’s been a collective group effort with 10 guys chipping in with sacks in 2014. The handful of sacks on Thursday night was highlighted by Bjoern Werner’s strip fumble that clinched the Colts fourth straight victory.

 

EARLY DIVISION CONTROL – When the Colts began a stretch of three AFC South games in four weeks, they found themselves at the bottom of the division. A month later, they are alone at the top. The Colts will now have an extended break from division foes with just one AFC South game until Week 15 (vs. Jacksonville on 11/23).

 

MINI BYE WEEK – Chuck Pagano said after the game “no injuries” which is a nice bonus going into the weekend off. The Colts will now play three games against teams with better than .500 records before a bye week on 11/10 (CIN, at PIT and at NYG).


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“Back-Up of the Game” is safety Sergio Brown

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 6, 2014 – 11:06 am

The always energetic Sergio Brown offered this tweet earlier in the week.

Sunday he backed that up with a trio of tackles, a sack, a pass deflection and was a stabilizing force at the backend of the Colts defense.

I saw (Brown) fly around and make a bunch of plays, make a great third down stop in the first half,” Chuck Pagano said of Brown after the game.

“It seemed like he was everywhere. I’ll wait, I need to look at the tape and I’ll be able to give you a fair evaluation but it looked like he did a nice job.”

The highlight for Brown came on an early fourth-and-one at the Colts three-yard line.

With Baltimore going for it, Brown came flying in from Joe Flacco’s blindside and sacked the Ravens quarterback.

“I feel like the play we made down there on the fourth-and-goal, it was a great one to jump start the rest of the game,” Brown said after the game. “It was a great momentum carrier for the rest of the game.”

As Brown was wrapping up his media sessions on Sunday afternoon, his head coach walked by him and let out a, “Way to go Serg!” which brought an ear-to-ear grin across the face of the Colts safety.

It’s a moment Brown’s wanted for a while now and he made the most of it on Sunday.

“I couldn’t write a story better than this,” Brown said.

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:42 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent outside linebacker Victor Butler to the active roster and waived outside linebacker Chris Carter.

Butler, 6-2, 245 pounds, appeared in 63 career games (two starts) for the Dallas Cowboys from 2009-2012 and totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 40 special teams tackles. He joined the New Orleans Saints in 2013 and spent the entire season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. In 2012, Butler set career highs with 23 tackles and three passes defensed, while tying a career-high with 3.0 sacks. In 2011, he also posted 3.0 sacks and a career-best 14 special teams tackles. Butler was originally selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.

Carter was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 10, 2014 and played in one game this season. He has competed in 30 games (four starts) with the Colts (2014) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2011-13) over the past four seasons and holds career totals of eight tackles (four solo), one fumble recovery and nine special teams stops. He was originally selected by the Steelers in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. Read more »


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Ravens

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 5, 2014 – 9:17 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday marked a third straight victory for the Colts as they held on for a 20-13 win against the Ravens.

With the victory, the Colts moved into a tie atop the AFC South with the Houston Texans.

The Colts (3-2) will now have a short week with a trip to Houston (3-2) on the schedule for Thursday Night Football.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

DEFENSE’S TURN TO SHINE– After the league leading Colts offense stole the show the last two weeks, the defense bailed them out on Sunday. The Colts defense held the Ravens to just 1-of-11 on third-down after Baltimore was converting 50 percent of its chances coming into Sunday. The Colts had four sacks, forced three turnovers and held the Ravens to just 13 points (three of which came off a turnover inside the Colts 20-yard line).

BJOERN WERNER CHANNELS HIS MATHIS – Sunday was supposed to be Mathis’ first game back. Instead, the Colts all-time sack leader watched Bjoern Werner turn in his best game as a professional. Werner had two of the Colts four sacks on Sunday after Joe Flacco came into Sunday without being sacked in 91 straight pass attempts.

OFFENSE COOLS – Moving the football was not an issue for the Colts offense on Sunday. On nine different times, the Colts penetrated Ravens territory. Yet only 20 points came from those drives. Some friendly fire on the Colts side of things and the Ravens top red zone defense in the NFL contributed to the inability to put the Ravens away.

SERGIO BROWN’S DEBUT – That energy we see from Brown on special teams was channeled quite nicely to the defensive side of the ball. Brown had a crucial sack of Joe Flacco, made a nice open field tackle on third down and had a pass deflection. The Colts secondary played very solid with Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith being held to just five catches for 34 yards.

SHORT WEEK COMING – It’s the Colts turn at Thursday night football. Indianapolis will travel to fellow AFC South leading Houston on Thursday night for the division lead. This year on Thursday night, road teams have been outscored on average by 28 points per game.


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