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Five Things Learned: Colts/Jaguars

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 22, 2014 – 8:53 am

 

 

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts notched their first win of 2014 on Sunday afternoon with a 44-17 victory in Jacksonville.

 

It was a dominant performance in all three phases with the Colts jumping out to a 30-0 halftime lead.

 

The Colts will now welcome Tennessee to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon to continue a stretch of four games in 19 days.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

A STATEMENT – In a short week coming off a game that got away, the Colts preached the sense of urgency that was being brought to Jacksonville. That was channeled into a resounding road victory to not only give the Colts their first win of 2014, but also move them to just a game back in the AFC South at 1-2.

 

PASS RUSH – At every level of the defense on Sunday, the Colts pass rush was disruptive in getting after the Jaguars quarterbacks. The Colts had four sacks and seven quarterback hurries against the Jaguars and that pressure contributed to the defense forcing a season-high three turnovers, too.

 

CAREER DAY FOR LUCK – After back-to-back weeks in which Andrew Luck was kicking himself for late game miscues, No. 12 could kick his feet up late in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Luck was 31-of-39 for 370 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Jaguars and his 140.4 quarterback rating was a career-high.

 

SPREAD THE WEALTH – Fantasy owners won’t like it but Colts fans shouldn’t care about the final stat lines for the skill players on Sunday. Andrew Luck hit nine different receivers at least twice getting multiple players involved at every skill group. The phrase “take what the defense gives you” was executed nearly perfectly for Luck on Sunday.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS CONTINUES TO DELIVER – Pat McAfee doesn’t do many thing quietly but he deserves plenty of praise for why the Colts coverage units are some of the best in the NFL. McAfee averaged 53.5 yards on his two punts Sunday with both finishing up inside the 20-yard line. He also set a franchise single-game record with eight touchbacks. Let’s not forget Adam Vinatieri’s three field goals to continue his streak of 12 straight field goals made.

 


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COLTS TO HOST ANNUAL WOMEN’S CLINICS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 17, 2014 – 9:32 am

Indianapolis Colts Women’s Clinics are presented by Ashley Furniture, Indiana Pork, RevolutionEYES and Abuelo’s

 

This fall, the Indianapolis Colts will once again host their popular Women’s 101 and 201 clinics at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Designed to give female fans a more in-depth look at the game of football, each clinic features a dinner from Abuelo’s, visits from Colts players and much more. Registration for both clinics is now open at www.colts.com under the FanZone tab. Attendees must pre-register online in order to attend the clinics.

 

What:              Indianapolis Colts Women’s 101 and 201 Clinics

 

When:             Women’s 101 – Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Women’s 201 – Tuesday, November 11, 2014

*Both clinics are from 5pm to 9pm

 

Where:            Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center

7001 W. 56th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46254

 

Cost:               $70 per clinic

 

About the Indianapolis Colts Women’s Clinics

  • Women’s 101- Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Women’s 101 is designed for first-time attendees and is your chance to improve your knowledge of the game in a classroom setting.  Women’s 101 will cover basic vocabulary, player positions and line ups and much more!

 

Current and Alumni Colts Players, NFL officials and Colts personnel will be your teachers for the evening to give you the rundown of how the game and the league work.  Don’t miss this chance to get your questions answered and gain knowledge about America’s most popular sport!

 

  • Women’s 201 – Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Women’s 201 is set-up for repeat 101 attendees and allows you to hit the field and become the quarterback or wide receiver you have always dreamed of! Colts players, Alumni and Colts personnel will run you through various activities including passing, catching, kicking and defensive drills designed by the Colts. This camp will help you learn more about the game of football in a hands-on environment. Wear your sweats to this class everyone, you’re sure to get a workout!

For more information regarding Women’s 101 and 201 or to register, please visit www.colts.com.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 16, 2014 – 2:52 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad and signed guard David Arkin to the practice squad. The team also waived running back Dion Lewis from the active roster and released guard Josh Walker from the practice squad.

Quarles, 6-4, 294 pounds, was originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He was then waived and acquired from waivers by the Patriots on August 31. Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles (66 solo), 13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for losses and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he was named a unanimous First Team All-Southeastern Conference choice after leading the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks to go along with 39 tackles (27 solo). In 2012, Quarles started all 11 games in which he played and had 38 tackles (27 solo) and 3.5 sacks.

Arkin, 6-5, 307 pounds, has played in one career game with the Miami Dolphins in 2013. He was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Missouri State. He spent his first three seasons (2011-13) with the Cowboys before joining the Dolphins in 2013 and most recently, the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Arkin was a four-year starter at Missouri State and became only the third player in school history to earn All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors every year.

Lewis was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 9, 2014. In two seasons with the Eagles (2011-12), he competed in 24 games and totaled 36 carries for 171 yards (4.8 avg.) and two touchdowns while adding three receptions for 21 yards. Lewis also served as Philadelphia’s kickoff returner and compiled 32 returns for 702 yards (21.9 avg.).

Walker was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on August 31. He was an All-Conference USA selection in 2013 at Middle Tennessee State and never missed a game throughout his collegiate career.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is tight end Jack Doyle

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:48 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is tight end Jack Doyle.

Taking one look at the snap counts from Monday night and it was clear the Colts were trying to impose their will via the ground against the Eagles.

Jack Doyle played half of the team’s offensive snaps with the Colts implementing several three-tight end sets.

Whether it was blocking as an h-back or making himself available in the passing game, Doyle provided the Colts another offensive weapon on Monday night.

The highlight for the Indianapolis native came late in the second quarter when he caught a two-yard touchdown for his first NFL score.

“It was cool to get a score to help the team,” Doyle said after the game. “Whatever helps the team. It was definitely good, but I wish we could have come out on top.”

Doyle also caught a 10-yard pass to end the third quarter. That drive ended with Ahmad Bradshaw’s seven-yard touchdown reception.

Going forward, the Colts now have shown opposing defenses that when Doyle is on the field there is still the same unpredictability that many people see with Dwayne Allen’s presence.

It was a bitter sweet night for the Cathedral High School product.

“It’s probably something I’ll look back on and appreciate it,” Doyle said of his first touchdown. “Like I said, just trying to do what they ask me to do to the best of my ability.”

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Five Things Learned: Colts/Eagles

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:22 am

 

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INDIANAPOLIS – Looking for their first win of 2014, the Colts could not hold onto a 14-point second-half lead on Monday night.

 

After keeping the Eagles electric offense to just six points through three-and-a-half quarters, Philadelphia ended the game on a 24-7 run.

 

The Colts will now head to Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon to start a stretch of three divisional games in the next four weeks.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

FINISH THE JOB – The Colts played with a lead for the majority of Monday night but could not hold off the Eagles explosive attack. After the game, the talk centered on a fourth quarter drive the Colts had leading by seven points and within field goal range. While opinions will vary on an Andrew Luck interception, the Colts know they had their chances to close the door on a win over the defending NFC East Champions.

 

GROUND ATTACK EXCELS– All week long, it was no secret that a productive Colts rushing attack would go a long way in slowing down the Eagles offense. Behind a 69-yard rushing output in the opening frame (the largest for the Colts since 2007), the Colts piled up a total of 169 rushing yards. Both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw eclipsed the 70-yard mark on the ground.

 

BIG PLAYS PLAGUE COLTS– The Eagles led the NFL last year with 99 plays of at least 20 yards. They had six in their season opener and added another half dozen on Monday night. A pair of third-quarter chunk plays will eat at the Colts. With the Colts leading by 14, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught a 21-yard pass on a third-and-11. On the next Eagles drive, it was LeSean McCoy running for 21 yards on a third-and-15 draw play.

 

BETTER START – It wasn’t immediately out of the gate, but the Colts start on Monday night was what this team is looking for going forward. Behind a defense holding the Eagles to field goals in red zone trips, the Colts built a 17-6 halftime lead. We saw what playing ahead of schedule can do for this team thanks to a strong run game and sustained drives.

 

PLENTY OF THREE TIGHT END SETS – A major beneficiary of the Colts ground success goes to some three-tight end sets with Jack Doyle playing h-back. Doyle logged 36 of the team’s 72 offensive snaps on Monday night. The multiplicity of this offense was once again on display and gives opposing defenses something to take into account each week.


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

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on September 14, 2014 – 5:28 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 winner comes is Christine with her own take on a tailgate classic. I’ve had many kinds of jalapeno poppers, but the addition of sausage on these takes it to a whole new level!

Spicy Colts Pepper Footballs

20 Jalapenos (tops cut off and de-seeded–use gloves)
1 8oz Cream Cheese (softened)
1 16 oz mild or hot sausage (cooked and drained)
1 Bunch Green onions (tops off and chopped)
1 16 oz bacon
1 Clove Garlic (minced)
Salt
Pepper

Mix cream cheese, crumbled sausage, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Stuff Jalapeno’s with mixture and wrap bacon around and over pepper and secure with toothpick. Grill on medium turning over frequently until bacon crisps up and contents are heated through. Remove toothpicks before eating. Enjoy!!!

Thanks for sharing Christine! This would make the perfect pregame snack before Monday Night Football. Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE CHANGES ON PRACTICE SQUAD

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 11, 2014 – 6:35 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Zurlon Tipton to the practice squad and released tackle Reid Fragel from the practice squad.

Tipton, 6-0, 231 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014 and was waived on September 9. He finished his career at Central Michigan with the fourth-most career rushing touchdowns (34) in school history. As a senior, he rushed for 398 yards and eight touchdowns on 74 attempts.

Fragel was originally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He was signed to the Cleveland Browns active roster from the Bengals practice squad on October 29, 2013 and was waived on August 30, 2014. Collegiately, Fragel played in all 51 games at Ohio State from 2009-2012, making 21 starts.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 9, 2014 – 6:03 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed two free agents to the active roster: outside linebacker Chris Carter and running back Dion Lewis. The team also signed quarterback Dominique Davis to the practice squad and waived running back Zurlon Tipton.

Carter, 6-1, 248 pounds, has played in 29 games (four starts) with the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past three seasons (2011-13) since being selected by the team in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. He holds career totals of eight tackles (four solo), one fumble recovery and nine special teams stops. In 2013, Carter registered career highs of 13 games played (one start) and five special teams tackles.

Lewis, 5-8, 195 pounds, was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. In two seasons with the Eagles (2011-12), he competed in 24 games and totaled 36 carries for 171 yards (4.8 avg.) and two touchdowns while adding three receptions for 21 yards. Lewis also served as Philadelphia’s kickoff returner and compiled 32 returns for 702 yards (21.9 avg.). He posted his best game on January 1, 2012 when he recorded 12 carries for 58 yards and one touchdown. Lewis was traded to the Cleveland Browns on April 11, 2013. The Browns then released Lewis on August 30, 2014.

Davis, 6-3, 210 pounds, 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. He was originally signed by the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina University on April 30, 2012. Davis completed his two-year career at East Carolina completing 727-of-1,103 passes for 7,192 yards and 62 touchdowns, while adding 172 rushing attempts for 313 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Tipton was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He finished his career at Central Michigan with the fourth-most career rushing touchdowns (34) in school history. As a senior, he rushed for 398 yards and eight touchdowns on 74 attempts.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on – 5:25 pm

 

The Indianapolis Colts today placed outside linebacker Cam Johnson on Injured Reserve and released quarterback Jeff Mathews from the practice squad.

 

Johnson appeared in one game this season and contributed one tackle. For his career, he has played in 15 games, making three tackles and five special teams stops. He has also recorded three special teams tackles in two postseason contests. Johnson was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers on September 2, 2013.

 

Mathews was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 1, 2014. At Cornell University, he completed 901-of-1,447 passes (62.2%) for 11,284 yards and 72 touchdowns in 38 games. He also added nine rushing touchdowns. Mathews was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 24.


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COLTS CELEBRATE RETURN OF MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WITH SEVERAL EVENTS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:54 am

The Big Kickoff, Blueing of the Canal and Primetime Lunchtime Part of Team’s Plans

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time since 2010 Monday Night Football is returning to Indianapolis as the Colts host the Eagles for their 2014 home opener on September 15. Leading up to the game, the team has several events planned for fans, including the Big Kickoff with United Way of Central Indiana and a Primetime Lunchtime pep rally.

In addition, the team is encouraging fans across Indiana to wear blue this Friday and next Monday in honor of Monday Night Football’s return to Lucas Oil Stadium. Local businesses are also invited to show their Colts pride as the national spotlight shifts to Indianapolis. Governor Mike Pence will declare it “Blue Monday” throughout Indiana on September 15 and Mayor Greg Ballard will follow suit for the City of Indianapolis.

A limited number of tickets are still available for Monday’s game and can be purchased at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, September 12 – BLUE FRIDAY

  • The Big Kickoff with United Way of Central Indiana on Monument Circle (11 a.m.)
  • Meijer Blue Friday (5 p.m.)

Monday, September 15 – BLUE MONDAY

  • Blueing of the Canal (6:30 a.m.)
  • Blue’s Fan Van (8 a.m. and 12 p.m.)
  • Primetime Lunchtime: Beats, Eats & Cleats on Georgia Street (11:30 a.m.)
  • American Family Insurance Touchdown Town Opens (4:30 p.m.)
  • Colts vs. Eagles, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

THE BIG KICKOFF, with United Way of Central Indiana (SEPTEMBER 12)

In Indianapolis, fall signals the start of both football and philanthropic seasons. To celebrate both, the Colts are once again teaming up with United Way of Central Indiana to host The Big Kickoff event on Friday, September 12, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monument Circle. At the event, United Way of Central Indiana will officially kick off their 2014 campaign and announce this year’s goal. The free event will feature musical entertainment by Dave and Rae, lunch, opportunities to find out about volunteering at United Way and its agencies, limited edition Colts kickoff posters, autographs from Colts Alumni players, a visit from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, as well as a chance to win Colts tickets.

What: The Big Kickoff

When: Friday, September 12, 2014; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Monument Circle; Downtown Indianapolis

What:

  • Live music by Dave and Rae
  • Community Fair featuring United Way agencies
  • Free Colts kickoff posters
  • Colts Cheerleaders and Blue
  • Colts Alumni Players
  • Interactive Colts Inflatables
  • Colts In Motion Traveling Museum

Website: http://www.colts.com

MEIJER BLUE FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 12)

Each Friday throughout the 2014 season, the Colts will host a Meijer Blue Friday event, Blue Friday Celebration, COLTSTRONG Office Party or a Fan Appreciation Day. These events will be held at various sponsor locations in the Central Indiana area. At these events, Colts fans are encouraged to show their spirit by wearing blue and participating in activities to fire up for the following Colts game. Additional details are available on http://www.colts.com/bluefriday.

What: Meijer Blue Friday

When: Friday, September 12, 2014; 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Meijer – Carmel, Ind.; 1424 W Carmel Dr.; Carmel, IN 46032

What:

  • Spin-to-Win Colts vs Eagles Tickets
  • Colts Cheerleaders
  • Free Colts kickoff posters
  • Register to Win Colts Autographed Prizes
  • Free Blue Bell Ice Cream
  • Hank FM

Website http://www.colts.com/bluefriday

 

BLUE’S FAN VAN (SEPTEMBER 15)

Prior to kickoff of the Colts home opener on September 15, Blue’s Fan Van will be making stops at two locations in Downtown Indianapolis to distribute prizes to Colts fans that are showing their team spirit by sporting Colts apparel. The first Fan Van stop will take place on Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis at 8 a.m. Then, at 12 p.m. Blue’s Fan Van will be a part of the Primetime Lunchtime event on Georgia Street.

What: Blue’s Fan Van

When: September 15

  • 8 a.m. – Monument Circle
  • 12 p.m. – West Block of Georgia Street

What: The Colts mascot, Blue, will be handing out prizes to fans wearing their Colts gear

PRIMETIME LUNCHTIME: BEATS, EATS & CLEATS ON GEORGIA STREET (SEPTEMBER 15)

To welcome back Monday Night Football and celebrate the home opener, the Colts are partnering with 1070 The Fan to host a special lunchtime pep rally on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis. The event – Primetime Lunchtime – is free and open to the public and will feature several food trucks, a performance by Colts Cheerleaders, a DJ, Blue’s Fan Van, a visit from Monday Night Football announcers John Gruden and Mike Tirico, Colts Alumnus Gary Brackett, the chance to win tickets to the game and more.

What: Primetime Lunchtime: Beat, Eats & Cleats on Georgia Street

When: Monday, September 15, 2014; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; West Block of Georgia Street, Downtown Indianapolis

What:

  • Food Trucks
  • Pep Rally featuring ESPN announcers John Gruden and Mike Tirico, and Colts Alumnus Gary Brackett
  • Register to Win Colts Tickets
  • Performance by Colts Cheerleaders
  • Blue’s Fan Van
  • DJ

Cost: Free and open to the public

Website http://www.colts.com

AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE TOUCHDOWN TOWN (SEPTEMBER 15)

Free and open to the public, American Family Insurance Touchdown Town is a pre-game fan experience unlike any other. Located along South Street on the north side of Lucas Oil Stadium, Touchdown Town includes $3 drinks specials, food trucks, a giant TV screen, live music, the PLAY 60 Zone for kids and much more. In honor of the team’s Monday Night Home Opener, American Family Insurance Touchdown Town will open an hour early on September 15. In addition, the first 2,000 fans to enter Touchdown Town will receive a special edition koozie featuring the name and signature of Colts QB Andrew Luck.

What: American Family Insurance Touchdown Town

When: Monday, September 15, 2014; 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.; South Street (north end of Lucas Oil Stadium)

What:

  • Food Trucks
  • $3 and $5 Drink Specials
  • Andrew Luck Koozies for First 2,000 Fans
  • Performance by Colts Cheerleaders
  • Live Music featuring Soul Street
  • PLAY 60 Zone
  • Zipline

Cost: Free and open to the public

Website http://www.colts.com/fanzone


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