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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 7, 2016 – 11:42 am

 The Indianapolis Colts today elevated inside linebacker Luke Rhodes to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed safety Stefan McClure to the practice squad.

 

Rhodes, 6-2, 242 pounds, has spent most of the season on the Colts practice squad since signing with the team on October 5, 2016. He participated in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Rhodes 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.

 

McClure, 5-11, 205 pounds, participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, McClure 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.

 


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COLTS QB-ANDREW LUCK NAMED AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:38 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13. This marks the fourth time he has earned the award in his career (Week 9 in 2012, Week 7 in 2013 and Week 3 in 2014). 

In the Colts 41-10 victory over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, Luck completed 22-of-28 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns for a 147.6 passer rating. His 147.6 passer rating marked a new single-game career-high. In his first two drives of the game, Luck completed 6-of-6 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns for a 158.3 passer rating. He gave the Colts a 7-0 lead following his seven-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen on the team’s opening drive of the game. Luck and Allen connected for a touchdown again on the team’s next possession on a 21-yard pass to give the Colts a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter. Luck found Allen for their third touchdown connection at the 1:24 mark of the second quarter to give the team a 24-3 advantage. Luck’s three passing touchdowns tied for the fifth most in the first half of a single game in Colts history. It was the first time he threw three touchdowns in the first half of a game dating back to Sept. 21, 2014 against Jacksonville. He tallied his fourth touchdown pass of the game when he hit Donte Moncrief for a three-yard score in the third quarter. It marked his eighth career four-plus touchdown game and his first dating back to the 2016 season opener against Detroit.

 

Luck is the first Colts player to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this season. Kicker Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5) and Month (October), while running back Jordan Todman also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 9) accolades. The last time a Colts player earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors was Luck in Week 3 of the 2014 season.


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Jets

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 6, 2016 – 12:01 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The entire nation got to see the most dominant performance the Colts have had in 2016 on Monday night.

 

In beating the Jets 41-10, the Colts won their third straight game with Andrew Luck under center.

 

The victory put the Colts (6-6) into a three-way tie for the AFC South lead, with a critical matchup coming this Sunday against the Houston Texans (6-6) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

GOOD TO HAVE LUCK BACK – Andrew Luck showed absolutely zero signs of rust in returning from his one-game absence due to a concussion. Luck was outstanding from the start, completing his first six passes. Luck finished Monday 22-of-28 for 278 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating of 147.6 was a career-high.

 

TEAM FOOTBALL CARRIES COLTS – Before the offense got on the field Monday, the special teams set up great early field position, leading into a three-and-out stop by the defense. It was complementary football all night long. The defense picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty three times, equaling the Colts’ season total coming into Week 13.

 

DWAYNE ALLEN AND JERRY RICE? – Coming into Monday, the last player to catch three first-half touchdowns on Monday Night Football was Jerry Rice in 1995. Allen finished Monday with four receptions for 72 yards and three touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton’s nine-catch, 146-yard night also deserves mention alongside Allen. Hilton is now over 1,000 yards receiving for a fourth straight season.

 

MORE HALL OF FAME REASON – Frank Gore continued his ascent up the NFL’s all-time rushing list. Gore had 20 carries for 79 yards on Monday night. His 79 yards came against the NFL’s 4th ranked run defense and also moved him past Tony Dorsett for eighth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

 

GAME OF THE YEAR COMING – With Monday’s win, the Colts joined the Texans and Titans atop the AFC South, at 6-6. The Colts and Texans will meet this coming Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. A win for the Colts, and they will have control of the AFC South. A loss, and the Colts will need some major help from the Texans in the final three weeks of the season.

 


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Colts Inactives

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 5, 2016 – 7:04 pm

25 Patrick Robinson

26 Clayton Geathers

50 Deon King

62 Le’Raven Clark

63 Austin Blythe

95 Lavar Edwards

98 Robert Mathis


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 2, 2016 – 4:22 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed quarterback Stephen Morris to the practice squad and released defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles from the practice squad. 

Morris, 6-2, 218 pounds, was elevated to the Colts 53-man roster from the practice squad on November 23 and waived on December 1. He spent the first 11 weeks of the season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Morris participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on September 7 and signed to the practice squad the following day. He was signed to Indianapolis’ 53-man roster off of the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad on December 24, 2015. Morris spent most of the 2015 season on the Eagles practice squad. In 2014, he spent most of his rookie season on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster for the last two weeks of the season. Morris originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 out of Miami (FL).

 

Quarles, 6-4, 310 pounds, has had two stints on the Colts practice squad this season and was most recently signed on October 19. He participated in Indianapolis’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Quarles was signed to the team’s practice squad on September 4 and released on September 13. Last season, he was signed to the Colts active roster from the team’s practice squad on December 21, 2015. Quarles has played in two career NFL games and recorded one tackle, 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. He has previously spent time on the practice squads of the New England Patriots (2014-15) and the Cleveland Browns (2015).

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 1, 2016 – 4:19 pm

 The Indianapolis Colts today activated outside linebacker Trent Cole from the Injured Reserve list and waived quarterback Stephen Morris.

 

Cole, 6-3, 270 pounds, was placed on the Injured Reserve list on September 27. Prior to being injured, he played in two games for the Colts this season and tallied three tackles (one solo). Cole originally signed with the Colts as a free agent on March 10, 2015. He has played in 171 career NFL games (150 starts) and totaled 844 tackles (522 solo), 88.5 sacks, 19 passes defensed, 21 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception (returned for a touchdown) and seven special teams stops in his time with Indianapolis (2015-16) and the Philadelphia Eagles (2005-2014). Cole has also seen action in eight postseason contests (eight starts) and tallied 47 tackles (31 solo), 2.5 sacks and two passes defensed.

 

Morris, 6-2, 218 pounds, was elevated to the Colts 53-man roster from the practice squad on November 23. He spent the first 11 weeks of the season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Morris participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on September 7 and signed to the practice squad the following day. He was signed to the Colts 53-man roster off of the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad on December 24, 2015. Morris spent most of the 2015 season on the Eagles practice squad. In 2014, he spent most of his rookie season on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster for the last two weeks of the season. Morris originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 out of Miami (FL).


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 24, 2016 – 7:05 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Devin Street to the practice squad. 

Street, 6-3, 200 pounds, played in three games for the Colts this season and caught one pass for 20 yards before being waived on November 23. He was signed to Indianapolis’ 53-man roster off of the New England Patriots practice squad on September 21, 2016. Street spent the first two weeks of this season on the Patriots practice squad. He has seen action in 34 career NFL games (two starts) and totaled 10 receptions for 152 yards and one touchdown in his time with Indianapolis (2016) and the Dallas Cowboys (2014-15). Street was originally selected by the Cowboys in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh.

 


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Inactives – #PITvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 7:03 pm

12 Andrew Luck
26 Clayton Geathers

50 Deon King

62 Le’Raven Clark

63 Austin Blythe

92 Curt Maggitt

94 Zach Kerr


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Steelers

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:58 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Pittsburgh Steelers still have the number of the Indianapolis Colts.

On Thursday night, squandered opportunities cost the Colts in trying to upset the Steelers.

The Colts (5-6) will have a much needed mini-bye before playing on Monday Night Football (Dec. 5) against the New York Jets (3-7).

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

MISSED CHANCES – On Thursday night, the Colts had nine drives on offense. Six of those crossed midfield, but five of them ended without any points. The Colts came into Thursday night No. 1 in the NFL in goal-to-go situations (producing touchdowns at an 89.8 percent clip). They were 1-for-3 in those chances on Thursday.

KILLER B’S – For a third straight year, the playmakers of the Pittsburgh Steelers were game wreckers against the Colts. Ben Roethlisberger (14-of-20 for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns), Le’Veon Bell (23 carries for 120 yards and 1 touchdown) and Antonio Brown (5 catches for 91 yards and 3 touchdowns) gave the Steelers a 21-0 lead. The three touchdowns on Pittsburgh’s first three drives proved to be too much for the Colts.

TOLZIEN GIVES HOPE – Scott Tolzien entered Thursday having thrown one NFL pass in the previous three seasons. He threw 36 against the Steelers and did his part in giving the Colts a chance. Drops, a lack of ground production and inconsistent pass protection limited the offensive output on the scoreboard Thursday.

HOUSTON WATCH – The Colts (5-6) are now a game and a half back of the Houston Texans (6-4) in the AFC South. Houston takes on San Diego this Sunday. The Colts need some major help from the Texans down the stretch. With five weeks remaining this season, the Colts will have to go probably at least 4-1 to have a chance at winning the division.

NEED THIS MINI-BYE – This might just be the most injured game of 2016 for the Colts. They lost five starters (T.Y. Hilton, Vontae Davis, Robert Mathis, Ryan Kelly and Denzelle Good) adding to Andrew Luck and Clayton Geathers already out. The Colts will welcome a 10-day break now before playing on Monday, Dec. 5 against the Jets.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is quarterback Scott Tolzien

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:58 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is quarterback Scott Tolzien.

What would the Colts get out of a quarterback who came into Thursday night with just one NFL pass in the last three years?

That was the question facing Scott Tolzien and the Colts in Week 12.

What the Colts got was a quarterback who gave his team a chance to possibly upset the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I thought Scott played his ass off,” Chuck Pagano said after the 28-7 loss.

“He is one tough son of a gun. He hung in there and hung in there and made some really tough throws and took some shots along the way. I am very proud of that kid.”

Tolzien was 22-of-36 for 205 yards on Thursday. He threw for one touchdown. Two fourth-quarter interceptions came with the Colts trying to mount a major comeback.

On a short week, Tolzien was clearly prepared and took the Colts on six drives into Pittsburgh territory.

The inability to close those drives with points was the difference though.

Afterwards, coaches and players went out of their way to praise Tolzien for doing his part.

“Amazing,” T.Y. Hilton said in describing Tolzien’s third career NFL start.

“He put us in a situation to win the game. We just didn’t make the plays out there today.”

 

 

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