This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Mike Adams.
When the 2014 season comes to a close, fans will look back on the signing of Mike Adams as one of the most important of the offseason.
Ever since Delano Howell’s injury, Adams has taken the starting safety spot and been a durable presence while continuing to find himself around the ball.
On Sunday, Adams had two interceptions of Tom Brady after the Patriots quarterback had just one pick in his previous 200 pass attempts.
As you would expect from Adams, he didn’t have much to say about his interceptions.
“It doesn’t mean anything, just a stat for me which I really don’t care about,” Adams said after the loss. “I’d rather have a “W” with no tackles and no picks anyway, especially given the implications and importance of this game. We all knew Denver lost. We all saw that so in the back of our head, I can’t speak for everybody else, but I knew we needed this. We needed it bad, but we’re not out, we’re not down and out. We’re just going to keep grinding and get back to work.”
Adams chipped in with a team-best 11 tackles on the night.
His four interceptions in 2014 ties a career-high he set back in 2005 with the San Francisco 49ers.
With some influx at the safety position this season, Adams has been a stable voice.
He was speaking after the game like a veteran on how the Colts must react following the loss.
“In this game, the best part about it is that we got next week. We got next week to recover,” Adams said.
“There’s no quit in us. It doesn’t stop here. We’re going to move on to next week, I don’t even know who we got, I don’t care who we have, but we’re going to show up. We have to show up.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – With a committed and effective Patriots ground game, the Colts played from behind all night on Sunday.
New England’s 42-20 win over the Colts marked just the second time Indianapolis has lost in the last two months.
The Colts (6-4) will stay at Lucas Oil Stadium for the next two weeks with the Jaguars (1-9) on the Week 12 slate for a Sunday afternoon kickoff.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
BETTER TRENCH WORK—The numbers in the run game on Sunday night weren’t anything Chuck Pagano saw coming. From the 19 rushing yards gained to the 244 given up, the head coach was emphatic saying the Colts need better trench play going forward. The Patriots converted 75 percent of their third-down attempts, an area where the Colts defense had been stout in this season.
RED ZONE STRUGGLES – Playing teams like the Patriots, red zone numbers are even more emphasized. The Patriots took full advantage with five touchdowns in their five red zone drives. The Colts couldn’t maintain the same success on their drives in New England territory. This will continue to be a focus of the Colts moving forward.
MORE PRODUCTION FROM COBY FLEENER – One of the bright spots coming out of Sunday night was the play of Coby Fleener. With seven catches (seven targets) for a career-high 144 receiving yards, Fleener exploited several one-on-one chances against the Patriots secondary. That marks back-to-back impressive outings for the third-year tight end and he could see his reps rise depending on…
INJURY WATCH – …the health of Dwayne Allen. Chuck Pagano said after the game that the ankle injury which took Allen out of the game prior to halftime was “mild.” Ahmad Bradshaw also left Sunday night with a lower leg injury. Those two have been vital to the Colts offensive success in 2014 after they both were injured reserve casualties early in 2013.
AFC SOUTH LEAD SHRINKS – The talk after the game on Sunday shifted from potential home field advantage in the playoffs to a tighter AFC South race. With Houston winning at Cleveland, the Colts have a one-game lead in the division. The Colts are 3-0 in the division though and will have three games left against AFC South teams (Jacksonville-11/24, Houston-12/14, @Tenneesee-12/28).
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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 Carl R. of Pierceton, Indiana who has a pork recipe that is literally exploding with pork. You may need some patience, but this “Bacon Explosion” will be worth the wait!
Bacon Explosion Recipe
– 1 lb bacon – I prefer low sodium and standard cut (not thick cut) – any brand will do
– 1 lb bulk breakfast sausage
– 1/2 lb deli ham (shaved, thin- or thick-sliced…whatever your preference)
– Maple syrup and cinnamon for a breakfast experience (BBQ sauce, hot sauce and cayenne pepper are a great combo too) The exact amount of seasoning/syrup you use is up to you.
– 2 sheets of parchment paper
1. Make a tight 7×7 weave of bacon on parchment paper. This is the most labor intensive part. I usually lay out 7 horizontal strips and then weave in 7 vertical strips. Finished weave should look like a checkerboard.
2. If there is any left-over bacon, fry it up and save it for step #7.
3. Add syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the weave.
4. On the second sheet of parchment paper, spread out the sausage until it’s almost the same size of the bacon weave (a bit smaller is fine). A rolling pin comes in handy for this step.
5. Peel the sausage off of the parchment paper and put on top of the bacon weave.
6. Add syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the sausage.
7. Dice ham and any leftover cooked bacon, then sprinkle the mix on top of the sausage.
8. Add syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the ham.
9. Leaving bacon weave in place, roll the sausage and ham mix from bottom to top.
10. With sausage roll at top of bacon weave, roll the weave and sausage from top to bottom. If it doesn’t stay closed on its own, you may have to add toothpicks.
11. Place log on a cooling rack (the cooling rack elevates the log and keeps it out of the grease puddles).
12. Put the rack in a cookie sheet with edges on the side to catch grease.
13. Add thin layer of syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the log.
14. Bake at 325 for about an hour. Turn the log 90-180 degrees so that the bottom is on a side or the top so that this bacon will crisp up. Bake for maybe another 45 minutes or until the internal temp of the sausage is around 160 (Check the Indiana Pork Producers website for exact recommended internal temperature).
– Thick cut bacon may not firm up enough during cooking process, thin usually works better.
– Use pre-cooked ham and fried bacon for the center since this will be the hardest area to cook thoroughly. You don’t really want to leave it in the oven too long because the outside may burn and the whole thing could dry out.
Thanks for sharing Christopher! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.
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Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen has been selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2014 Ed Block Courage Award.
The award is an annual recognition for courageous play by an individual and Allen is one of 32 National Football League players who earned the accolade. The players of each member club nominate an individual annually and those chosen are honored at a banquet in Baltimore each March.
“It’s very humbling to receive the Ed Block Courage Award,” said Allen. “It’s even more humbling knowing that it was voted on by my peers and knowing that they think of me in such a way to reward me. I never serve the community with the thought of receiving anything back and I always try to serve to the best of my ability. I’m truly grateful.”
Allen is in his third season with the Colts after being selected by the team in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In nine starts this season, he has recorded 26 receptions for 374 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. His touchdown total ranks tied for fourth among NFL tight ends this season.
“This guy is a selfless guy. He’s a great player but he’s a better person,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “I know he spends a great deal of time giving back and serving. We talk all the time here about team first and self second and serving. He does it on the football field and he does it in the locker room. He’s not a real loud guy around here. He lets his actions speak for themselves. He’s one of those guys that whatever time he has away from football, you know he’s doing something for the community and spending time out in the community and giving back. He’s one of those guys that has a great appreciation for the blessings that he has. He certainly understands that this is a privilege, and not a right, and he’s taken full advantage of the platform he has to give back, to serve our community, serve the team and serve the horseshoe. He’s a horseshoe guy through and through. He’s a great, great person.”
For his career, Allen has started all 26 games he’s appeared in, catching 72 passes for 915 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also contributed on special teams with five tackles and a forced fumble. In 2012, Allen led all NFL rookie tight ends in receptions (45) and receiving yards (521), while setting a Colts single-season rookie record for receptions by a tight end.
Off the field, Allen lends his support to many charitable endeavors. As Player Executive for DREAM Alive, he serves not only as the professional face of the organization for at-risk youth, but also participates in program development and implementation. Allen donates his Colts Community ticket block to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and served as a spokesperson for the LIBRARYSTRONG campaign in partnership with the foundation. In support of Black History Month, he hosted a SUPER Read Challenge and donated two Colts season tickets as the grand prize.
Allen is involved with the NFL’s NO MORE Campaign, the 2014 Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Annual Dinner, Colts Community Tuesdays and Read Across America. He has also served as a guest speaker or attendee for Washington Irving School 14 – Indianapolis Public School ”All Honors Dinner”, School on Wheels’ “Education Celebration” and the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll.
The award is named after Ed Block who was the head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977. He served as trainer emeritus with the club until he passed away in 1983.
Past winners of the award dating back to 2000, include: DE-Cory Redding (2013), S-Antoine Bethea (2012), DE-Robert Mathis (2011), DE-Dwight Freeney (2010), DB-Marlin Jackson (2009), C-Jeff Saturday (2008), OG-Ryan Lilja (2007), WR-Reggie Wayne (2006), LB-Cato June (2005), LB-Gary Brackett (2004), DE-Chad Bratzke (2003), LB-Rob Morris (2002), QB-Peyton Manning (2001) and DT-Bernard Whittington (2000).
The 37th annual Ed Block Courage Award dinner is scheduled during March in Baltimore. Proceeds from the affair benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s objective is to establish homes for abused children in each NFL city. Indianapolis established an Ed Block Courage home (Children’s Bureau) in October of 2000. The home is part of a national support network for abused children.
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The Indianapolis Colts today activated safety LaRon Landry from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list and activated tackle Xavier Nixon from Injured Reserve/Designated for Return. The team waived cornerback Jalil Brown and tackle Jamon Meredith from the active roster and waived fullback Stanley Havili from Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (Failed Physical).
The Colts also agreed to sign wide receiver Eric Thomas to the practice squad and released wide receiver Chandler Jones from the practice squad.
Landry started the first four games of this season and registered 25 tackles (19 solo) and 1.0 sack. For his career, he has totaled 654 tackles (480 solo), 42 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, 6.5 sacks, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries in 96 games (95 starts). Landry has also posted 17 tackles (13 solo) and two interceptions in three postseason starts. He was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
Nixon was signed by the Colts off the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 24, 2013 and appeared in four games, making one start last season. He was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return on September 2, 2014 and returned to practice on October 15. Nixon was originally signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Florida, where he appeared in 46 games and made 33 starts on the offensive line.
Brown was signed by the Colts on September 30, 2014 and appeared in two games this season. He also played in five games for the Colts in 2013, making two tackles. For his career, Brown has recorded 24 solo tackles and 14 special teams stops in 36 games (two starts).
Meredith was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 2, 2014. He appeared in four games and was inactive for four games this season. For his career, Meredith has played in 51 career games (24 starts) with the Colts (2014), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13), Pittsburgh Steelers (2011), New York Giants (2010) and Buffalo Bills (2009-2010).
Havili was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 28, 2013 and posted career highs of 18 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown last season. He was then placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list on August 26, 2014. For his career, Havili has totaled 13 rushes for 29 yards and a touchdown as well as 25 receptions for 171 yards and a score in 28 games (10 starts).
Thomas, 6-1, 225 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Troy University on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 25. He then played for the Omaha Mammoths of the FXFL where he caught four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in two games played. Thomas finished his Troy career ranked third all-time in school history with 197 receptions, third with 2,655 career receiving yards and second with 29 touchdown receptions. He is the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career touchdown receptions.
Jones was first signed to the Colts practice squad on September 30, 2014, was released on October 21 and was signed back to the practice squad on October 28. 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).
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INDIANAPOLIS – It was a major bounce back for the Indianapolis Colts (6-3) on Monday night thanks to a 40-24 road victory over the Giants (3-5).
Andrew Luck continued his torrid start to the 2014 season with his seventh straight 300-yard passing day to go along with four touchdown passes.
The Colts (6-3) will now head into their bye week with a two-game divisional lead before the New England Patriots (7-2) come to Lucas Oil Stadium on 11/16.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
AN MVP-TYPE PERFORMANCE– Andrew Luck continues to shred opposing defenses and in doing so has put himself squarely in the MVP talk. Luck was 25-of-46 for 354 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on Monday night. The third-year quarterback is rewriting Colts record books and is on pace to shatter some franchise marks, while challenging NFL ones.
MORE PASS CATCHING DEPTH – Everyone is still getting involved in the Colts passing attack with Luck fining nine different receivers (six of which caught at least three passes) against the Giants. On Monday night, Coby Fleener was the leader with four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Luck once again reiterated after the game how important that offensive balance is to the team’s trying to defend the league’s top attack.
BYE WEEK MOMENTUM – The Colts got back into the win column and now have won six of seven games heading into the bye week. At 6-3, the Colts have a two-game lead in the AFC South and carry an undefeated divisional slate into the stretch run. The division is the immediate goal but with Monday’s win, the Colts have maintained pace near the top of the conference.
ANOTHER ROOKIE SHINES – Last week it was Donte Moncrief shining for the rookie class. This week it was the fifth-round pick in Jonathan Newsome making some key plays with Erik Walden sidelined. Newsome had two sacks of Eli Manning and his forced fumble late in the third quarter set up the Colts final touchdown. Newsome gave the Colts pass rush a much-needed lift.
PATRIOTS ARE COMING – It’s fitting that this rivalry writes another chapter in two weeks with two of the hottest teams in the NFL meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium. If the Colts want to have a chance at home field advantage deep into the playoffs, a win over the Patriots is critical to staking that claim. It should be electric at Lucas Oil on 11/16 when these two meet for Sunday Night Football.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Carlos Fields to the practice squad and released tight end Konrad Reuland from the practice squad.
Fields, 6-1, 238 pounds, was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Winston-Salem State on May 16, 2014. He then spent time on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. In 47 career games at Winston-Salem State, Fields totaled 321 tackles (183 solo), 34.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and five interceptions. As a senior, he led a defense that ranked first in Division II, as he was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Fields also earned CIAA Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior.
Reuland was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 21, 2014. For his career, he has caught 12 passes for 90 yards in 26 career games (three starts) with the New York Jets (2012-13). Reuland 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. He was then acquired from waivers by the Jets on September 1.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Chandler Jones to the practice squad and released running back Jeff Demps from the practice squad.
Jones, 5-9, 185 pounds, was first signed to the Colts practice squad on September 30, 2014 and was released on October 21. 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.
Demps was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 22, 2014. He was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida on August 17, 2012. Demps was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a trade with the Patriots on April 27, 2013. He 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.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Behind a career-day from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Colts did not have the ammo to complete a historic comeback.
The 51-34 defeat for the Colts was a stark contrast from the blueprint they executed the week prior against the Bengals.
The Colts (5-3) will now travel to New York for a Monday night meeting with the Giants (3-4).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ABSENT PASS RUSH– The collective pass rush from the Colts defense that has piled up 20 sacks the last few weeks, couldn’t muster that same disruptive nature on Sunday. The Colts hit Roethlisberger just once in 49 pass attempts and the Steelers quarterback used that ample time to turn in a career afternoon.
THIRD DOWN STRUGGLES – Coming into Sunday, the Colts had allowed a staggering four third-down conversions in their last 41 attempts. It was a number that is rarely seen in the NFL. On Sunday though, Steelers were able to convert 8-of-13 third-down attempts and staying ahead of schedule was key in Pittsburgh chewing up nearly 40 minutes of possession.
INJURIES MOUNTING – The injury report for the Colts will be monitored closely this week after Vontae Davis (knee) and Erik Walden (hip) both left Sunday’s game and did not return. Neither Reggie Wayne nor Trent Richardson saw any game action Sunday. That’s four key starters dealing with injuries as the Colts have an extra day of rest this week.
MONCRIEF EMERGES – Rookie Donte Moncrief was certainly a bright spot on Sunday. Moncrief had seven catches for 113 yards and his first NFL touchdown highlighted the best game of his young career. The 21-year old receiver showed a little bit of everything on Sunday, from his elite open field speed, to having the necessary size to make a difficult touchdown grab.
PROTECTING LUCK – Luck was sacked just twice in 45 pass attempts but took too many hits against the Steelers. At times, the Colts had to keep Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw in for blocking purposes, thus negating two of the team’s receiving weapons.
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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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