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COLTS OLB-ROBERT MATHIS NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 4, 2017 – 10:06 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17. This marks the fifth time he has earned the award in his career (Week 7 in 2005, Week 13 in 2008, Week 16 in 2011 and Week 16 in 2015). Mathis is now tied with Dwight Freeney for the most Defensive Player of the Week Awards in franchise history. 

In the Colts 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mathis compiled three solo tackles, 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his final game as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. He logged a sack-forced fumble in the fourth quarter to stall a Jaguars scoring drive. On the play, Mathis passed Dwight Freeney (122.5) for the 17th most sacks in NFL history. Mathis ended his career with an NFL record 47 sack-forced fumbles and sacked 62 different quarterbacks.

 

Mathis competed in 192 career games (120 starts), which is tied with Justin Snow for the seventh most games played in Colts history. His 14 seasons with the team are tied for the second most all-time in franchise history with Peyton Manning (1998-2011) and Reggie Wayne (2001-2014). Johnny Unitas (1956-1972) is the leader with 17 seasons. Mathis finished his career as the franchise leader in sacks with 123.0. He holds the Colts single season record for sacks with 19.5 in 2013, which also led the league that year. Mathis earned the inaugural Deacon Jones Award as the NFL’s sack leader. He was also named an Associated Press and Sporting News First Team NFL All-Pro selection in addition to being named to the 2013 PFWA All-NFL and All-AFC teams and the NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year. Mathis finished his career with 604 tackles, 18 passes defensed, 52 forced fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries, one interception and three fumble recoveries for touchdowns.

 

Mathis is the first Colts player to earn AFC Defensive 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. Quarterback Andrew Luck was also named AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 13) this season. The last time a Colts player earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors was Mathis in Week 16 of the 2015 season.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN CB-LARRY SCOTT TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACT 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 2, 2017 – 5:29 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Larry Scott to a reserve/future contract. 

Scott, 5-11, 194 pounds, participated in the San Diego Chargers’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He originally signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016.

 

Collegiately, Scott played in 31 games at Oregon State and totaled 72 tackles (44 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and 15 passes defensed. In 2015, he started all seven games he appeared in and finished with 20 tackles (11 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss and three passes defensed. Scott started all 12 games in 2014 and led the Beavers with 11 passes defensed while adding 43 tackles (28 solo) and 2.0 tackles for loss. As a sophomore in 2013, he saw action in 12 games and tallied nine tackles (five solo), one interception, one pass defensed and one forced fumble. Scott was limited in 2012 while recovering from an injury that forced him to redshirt as a true freshman in 2011.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN SEVEN PLAYERS TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACTS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:25 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed seven players to reserve/future contracts including: outside linebacker Lavar Edwards, wide receiver Marcus Leak, safety Stefan McClure, cornerback Tevin Mitchel, quarterback Stephen Morris, guard Adam Redmond and wide receiver Tevaun Smith. 

Edwards, 6-4, 275 pounds, spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad in 2016. He played in five games for Indianapolis 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.

 

Leak, 6-0, 210 pounds, spent the final seven weeks of the season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. He was elevated to the Colts active roster from the practice squad on November 8, 2016 and waived on November 15. Leak also spent Weeks 7-9 on Indianapolis’ practice squad. He participated in the Colts’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on August 22. Leak originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. In three seasons at the University of Maryland, he played in 27 games (16 starts) and totaled 55 receptions for 775 yards and six touchdowns.

 

McClure, 5-11, 205 pounds, spent the last four weeks of the 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. McClure originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, he 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). McClure was the only player in Golden Bears history to serve as a team captain for three seasons.

 

Mitchel, 6-0, 190 pounds, spent the final nine weeks of the season on the Colts practice squad. He participated in Indianapolis’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list on September 3, 2016. Mitchel was waived from the Injured Reserve list on September 8 after reaching an injury settlement with the team. He was originally claimed by Indianapolis off waivers from the Washington Redskins on August 6, 2015. Mitchel spent the entire 2015 season on the Colts Injured Reserve list. He was selected by the Redskins in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Arkansas. Collegiately, Mitchel played in 42 games (29 starts) for the Razorbacks and finished with 157 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).

 

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

 

Redmond, 6-6, 290 pounds, spent most of the 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. Redmond originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, he played in 31 games at Harvard and was the co-recipient of the school’s William Paine LaCroix Trophy in 2015. Redmond was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team and was selected to the All-Ivy League first-team.

 

Smith, 6-2, 205 pounds, spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad in 2016. He saw action in Week 7 at Tennessee and Week 8 vs. Kansas City. Smith participated in Indianapolis’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, Smith totaled 102 catches for 1,500 yards (14.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns in 47 career games (24 starts) at Iowa.


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Jaguars

Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 1, 2017 – 4:29 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – The 2016 season came to a close on Sunday for the Colts in a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jaguars.

Down 17-0, the Colts salvaged a .500 season with Andrew Luck leading his 18th career-game winning touchdown drive.

The Colts (8-8) finished 2016 in third place in the AFC South and missed the playoffs for a second straight season.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

MATHIS FINAL DANCE – In a fitting way to cap his 14-year career, Robert Mathis found his way into one more strip/sack on Sunday. It was the 47th career strip/sack for Mathis, padding his NFL record. It was an emotional afternoon for Mathis as he concluded a career that started as an undersized fifth-round pick in 2003 out of Alabama A&M.

COLTS REBOUND FROM “HORRENDOUS” START – Down 17-0 in Sunday’s second quarter, the Colts were looking at being swept by the Jaguars for just the second time in franchise history. After a “non repeatable” halftime speech, the Colts got back into the game with two touchdowns in the third quarter. Andrew Luck led a final-minute touchdown drive with Andrew Luck going 6-of-6 for 70 yards and a one-yard TD toss to the reliable Jack Doyle with 14 seconds left.

GORE, HILTON REACH MILESTONES – The big individual milestones coming into Week 17 were reached by the Colts. Frank Gore’s 62 rushing yards gave him 1,025 for the season. He became the first Colt since 2007 to reach 1,000 yards. T.Y. Hilton won the NFL’s receiving title, finishing the season with a career-high 1,445 receiving yards.

RUN DEFENSE ISSUES – Without D’Qwell Jackson in closing the regular season, the run defense really struggled. The Jaguars piled up 182 rushing yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. This comes a week after the Colts allowed Oakland to run for more than 200 yards.

OFF-SEAOSN WATCH – The Colts will gather on Monday for the final time this season. Meetings and locker clean out will signify the end of the 2016 campaign for the Colts. There will be plenty of questions for the Colts to answer in 2017 as the team will be trying to avoid missing the playoffs for a third straight season.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is running back Robert Turbin

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 3:54 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is running back Robert Turbin.

If we were picking a yearlong winner for this award, Turbin would have to be the vote.

No player on the Indy roster this year filled his role better than the fifth-year running back.

Whether it’s short yardage, pass protecting on third down or making plays in the passing game, Turbin has finally given the Colts a productive backup running back.

In Sunday’s win over the Jaguars, Turbin once again found the end zone while excelling in short yardage situations.

Turbin finished 2016 with seven rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.

It’s going to be a very interesting off-season for Turbin.

When Turbin signed a one-year deal with the Colts last spring, he expressed a desire to one day become a starting running.

Well, with Frank Gore still under contract, a chance at that in Indianapolis appears to be on hold through 2017.

The question for Turbin now becomes what does the open market look like for him. If there are no realistic starting chances elsewhere, the fit in Indy was pretty seamless in 2016.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Robert Turbin (33) celebrates a touchdown with running back Frank Gore (23) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


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Colts Inactives – #JAXvsIND

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:40 am

10 Donte Moncrief
20 Darius Butler

30 Rashaan Melvin

48 Deiontrez Mount

63 Austin Blythe

65 Kristjan Sokoli

67 Jeremy Vujnovich


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Colts Inactives – #INDvsOAK

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 24, 2016 – 2:37 pm

31 Duke Williams

38 Charles James II

43 Chris Carter

63 Austin Blythe

65 Kristjan Sokoli

67 Jeremy Vujnovich

81 Devin Street


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Raiders

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 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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