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Five Things Learned: Colts/Raiders

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 24, 2016 – 7:02 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The playoff chances for the Indianapolis Colts were extinguished on Saturday in California.

A 33-25 victory for the Raiders (12-3) saw Oakland dial up some big turnovers, while finding effective offensive balance over the Colts.

The Colts (7-8) will conclude the 2016 season next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST in a New Year’s Day contest against the Jaguars (2-13) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

POSTSEASON WATCHERS – For a second straight season, the Indianapolis Colts will be watching the postseason. Saturday’s loss for the Colts ended any hope they had at winning the AFC South. Back-to-back years of missing the postseason is the first time this franchise has experienced that since 1997-98.

OAKLAND’S LETHAL BALANCE – You give an MVP-caliber quarterback a ground game of more than 200 rushing yards and it’s going to be a long afternoon. Oakland came into Sunday ranking 6th in both passing and rushing offense. It was on display against the Colts, too, with the Raiders scoring touchdowns on five straight drives during the second and third quarters.

MORE COSTLY TURNOVERS – Things were competitive early on, but two first-half turnovers from the Colts were devastating blows. Andrew Luck’s two interceptions (both when throwing at T.Y. Hilton) led directly to 13 points for the Raiders. Luck’s second pick just before half was especially crushing. With the Colts on the verge of cutting Oakland’s lead to 13-10 at halftime, Luck’s end-zone INT turned into a late-half touchdown the Raiders.

NO PRESSURE ON CARR – Oakland entered Week 16 as the NFL’s top pass protecting group. The Colts did not sack Carr, and hardly pressured him, on his first 29 pass attempts. That led to 33 Oakland points. The 30th pass attempt for Carr was a major blow though. Trent Cole’s sack of Carr fractured the right fibula of the MVP candidate, seriously jeopardizing the rest of the season for Oakland’s young star.

WHAT TO PLAY FOR? – Having no chance at the postseason in Week 17 is very foreign to the Colts. That’s the reality though this season. The Colts will host the Jaguars next week in a matchup having no postseason impact. Individually, T.Y. Hilton (the NFL’s receiving title) and Frank Gore (a 1,000-yard season) do have significant milestones in reach.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS NAMED TO PRO BOWL

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 20, 2016 – 9:47 pm

The NFL today announced that Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and punter Pat McAfee have been named to the 2017 Pro Bowl. The game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. 

In 2016, Hilton has started all 14 games and totaled 81 receptions for 1,248 yards (15.4 avg.) and six touchdowns. He ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in receptions (ninth), receiving yards (second), first down receptions (56, third), 25+ yard receptions (13, tied-first) and yards at catch (964, second). This is the fourth consecutive season that Hilton has led the team in receptions and receiving yards. He registered his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne as the only players in franchise history to post four or more career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Hilton has tallied five 100-yard receiving games this season, which is tied for the second most in his career (five in 2012 and 13).

 

In Week 3 vs. San Diego (9/25), Hilton caught eight passes for 174 yards (21.8 avg.) and one touchdown with a long touchdown reception of 63 yards. His 174 receiving yards marked his second-highest total for a single game. In Week 5 vs. Chicago (10/9), Hilton caught 10 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown. His 171 receiving yards marked his 20th career 100-yard contest and it was his third highest receiving yardage total in a single-game for his career (223 at Houston on 10/9/14 and 174 vs. San Diego on 9/25/16). Hilton’s 10 receptions tied for the second most in a single-game in his career (11 vs. Jacksonville on 12/29/13 and 10 at Cleveland on 12/7/14) and it was the third time in his career he posted double-digit catches. In Week 7 at Tennessee (10/23), he led the team with 133 receiving yards on seven catches, while adding a 37-yard touchdown. In Week 13 at New York Jets (12/5), Hilton caught nine passes for 146 yards. With 146 yards, he passed Marvin Harrison (21) for the most 100-yard receiving games by a Colts player in the first five seasons of their career. In Week 14 vs. Houston (12/11), Hilton caught nine passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. With 115 receiving yards, he tied Raymond Berry (23) for the third-most 100-yard games in Colts history.

 

McAfee has recorded 49 punts for 2,408 yards (49.1 avg./42.8 net) and 17 punts inside the 20-yard line. He leads the NFL in punting average and ranks third in net punting average. In Week 2 at Denver (9/18), McAfee posted four punts for a 56.5 average with a long kick of 72 yards. He also added five kickoff touchbacks. McAfee recorded a new career-long punt with his 72-yard kick in the first quarter. The punt topped his previous long of 66 yards, which he originally set on Oct. 3, 2010 at Jacksonville. In Week 5 vs. Chicago (10/9), McAfee logged three kicks for a 63.3 average (56.7 net) and two punts pinned inside the 20-yard line. In addition, he added five kickoff touchbacks. McAfee’s 63.3 gross punting average

and 56.7 net punting average were both single-game career highs. His 63.3 gross average is a new team record (minimum of three kicks). McAfee logged a 74-yard punt in the fourth quarter, which was the longest of his career and the second longest in team history (David Lee, 76 at the New York Giants on 10/17/71).

 

This is Hilton’s third consecutive Pro Bowl selection (2014-16) and the second for McAfee (2014, 2016). The Colts have had at least two players represented in the Pro Bowl dating back to 1999.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:10 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the practice squad. 

Quarles, 6-4, 310 pounds, has had two prior stints on the Colts practice squad this season and was most recently released on December 2. He participated in Indianapolis’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Last season, Quarles was signed to the Colts active roster from the team’s practice squad on December 21, 2015. He has played in two career NFL games and recorded one tackle, 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. Quarles 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 PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 19, 2016 – 5:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed outside linebacker Lavar Edwards to the practice squad. 

Edwards, 6-4, 275 pounds, re-joins the Colts after being waived on December 16. He played in five games for Indianapolis this season and tallied four tackles (three solo) and 1.0 sack after being claimed by the team off waivers on October 19, 2016. Edwards saw action in five games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before being waived on October 18. He has appeared in 22 career NFL games (one start) and totaled 21 tackles (14 solo), 2.0 sacks and two passes defensed. Edwards was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of LSU.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:53 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated defensive end Kristjan Sokoli to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed defensive tackle Arthur Jones on the Injured Reserve list. 

Sokoli, 6-5, 300 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 26. He was originally selected as an offensive lineman by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round (214th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Sokoli played in two games on the offensive line as a rookie for the Seahawks last season. He participated in Seattle’s 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on August 30.

 

Collegiately, Sokoli appeared in 46 games (25 starts) at Buffalo as a defensive lineman and registered 95 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2014, he started all 11 games and collected 32 tackles. Sokoli started all 13 games in 2013 and finished with 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2012, he played in 12 games (one start) and tallied 20 tackles. Sokoli saw action in 10 games in 2011 and recorded 14 tackles. He redshirted as a freshman for the Bulls in 2010.

 

Jones, 6-3, 320 pounds, started all eight games he appeared in this season and tallied 30 tackles (15 solo). He has played in 63 career NFL games (31 starts) and totaled 172 tackles (95 solo), 10.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. Jones was signed by Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2014.

 


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Vikings

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 18, 2016 – 4:44 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – Despite the Colts’ most complete performance of 2016, the team’s playoff chances did not improve on Sunday.

In the Colts’ 34-6 win over the Vikings, they complemented stifling defense with ball control offense in getting their fourth straight road victory.

The Colts (7-7) will have one final road trip in 2016, heading out west to take on the Raiders (10-3) next Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

OFFENSIVE LINE SHINES – Going up against one of the NFL’s best defensive fronts on Sunday, the Indy offensive line was also missing three of its top six guys. Yet, despite starting three rookies, the line play was outstanding. Andrew Luck wasn’t sacked for the first time all year (hit just twice) and the line carved out holes for 40 carries and 161 rushing yards.

OTHERS DO THEIR PART – With the Vikings shelving out plenty of attention to T.Y. Hilton (3 catches for 45 yards), the other skill players helped carry the load, sans Donte Moncrief. The trio of tight ends had eight catches, in nine targets, for 95 yards. Phillip Dorsett scored on a 50-yard touchdown and Chester Rogers added three receptions.

POPS LEADS DEFENSE – Amidst the defensive struggles for the Colts this season has been the lack of game-changing plays. They got a lot of them Sunday. Veteran safety Mike Adams forced two turnovers. Robert Mathis added a strip/sack, one of the season-high five sacks the Colts had against Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.

LUCK LOOKS JUST FINE – Appearance wise, Andrew Luck looked different on Sunday. He had his right elbow wrapped (after injuring it against the Texans). He also rocked a glove on his throwing hand in the second half (due to some bleeding). Play wise, Luck was pretty Luck-like. He completed 21-of-28 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

LOTS OF HELP NEEDED – In the fourth quarter on Sunday, the playoff hopes for the Colts looked to be improving quite a bit with the Texans and Titans losing. But both AFC South leaders came back and won. What does it mean? Over the final two weeks of the regular season, all five games involving these three teams must fall the Colts’ way in order to make the playoffs. All of them.


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Jim Irsay statement on Bill Hudnut

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 1:15 pm

Jim Irsay –

“Mayor Bill Hudnut was kind and generous and never knew a stranger. Bill never failed to stop and speak to anyone who stopped him while he was walking on the street, in the stands watching a Colts game or enjoying a cup of coffee anywhere in town. He sometimes seemed larger than life riding the snowplow during the blizzard of 1979 or strutting down the street as an overgrown leprechaun in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For all Colts fans, he was instrumental in bringing the Colts to Indianapolis and I will always remember the smile on his face when he walked across the floor of the Hoosier Dome to announce the arrival of the Indianapolis Colts to this great city. We all offer his wife, Beverly, and the entire Hudnut family our comfort and support during this difficult time.”


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Colts Inactives – #INDvsMIN

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:45 am

10 Donte Moncrief

31 Duke Williams

38 Charles James

48 Deiontrez Mount

71 Denzelle Good

76 Joe Reitz

97 Arthur Jones


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 15, 2016 – 7:09 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated outside linebacker Deiontrez Mount to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived outside linebacker Lavar Edwards. 

Mount, 6-5, 249 pounds, has spent most of the season on the Colts practice squad after signing with the team on September 19, 2016. He participated in the Tennessee Titans 2016 offseason program before being waived during training camp on August 28. As a rookie for the Titans in 2015, Mount played in the first four games of the season and registered one tackle, one interception, one pass defensed and one special teams stop before being placed on the Injured Reserve list on October 17, 2015. He was originally selected by the Titans in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

 

Collegiately, Mount played in 45 games (13 starts) at Louisville and totaled 82 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. As a senior in 2014, he saw action in 13 games (five starts) and set career highs with 37 tackles, 5.0 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. In 2013, Mount participated in 10 games and made nine tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss. As a sophomore in 2012, he appeared in all 13 games (three starts) and registered 26 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss. In 2011, Mount played in nine games (five starts) and tallied 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

 

Edwards, 6-4, 275 pounds, played in five games for the Colts this season and tallied four tackles (three solo) and 1.0 sack after being claimed by the team off waivers on October 19, 2016. He saw action in five games for the Carolina Panthers earlier this season before being waived on October 18. Edwards has appeared in 22 career NFL games (one start) and totaled 21 tackles (14 solo), 2.0 sacks and two passes defensed. He was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of LSU.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:12 am

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated tackle Jeremy Vujnovich to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed guard Kitt O’Brien to the practice squad. 

Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, has spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad this season. He

was signed to Indianapolis’ practice squad on October 14. Vujnovich was elevated to the Colts’ 53-man roster from the practice squad on October 1 and waived on October 13. He saw action on special teams in Week 4 at Jacksonville and was inactive in Week 5 vs. Chicago. Vujnovich spent Weeks 1-2 of this 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 previously spent two seasons (2014-15) on the Green Bay Packers practice squad.

 

O’Brien, 6-5, 325 pounds, participated in the Colts 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He signed a reserve/future contract with Indianapolis on January 6, 2016. O’Brien spent three weeks on the Colts practice squad in 2015. He previously played two seasons (2013-14) in the Arena Football League (AFL) with the Cleveland Gladiators after his collegiate career at Ball State. In two seasons with Cleveland, O’Brien appeared in 23 games.


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