The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Eric Patterson.
Patterson, 5-10, 193 pounds, originally signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015 and was waived by the team on June 9, 2015.
He played in 41 games (28 starts) at Ball State and finished with 189 tackles (135 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 27 passes defensed, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. In 2014, Patterson started all nine games he played in and garnered All-Mid-American Conference third-team honors after registering 49 tackles (37 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, eight passes defensed, three interceptions and one forced fumble. Additionally, he returned 23 kickoffs for 590 yards (25.7 avg.) en route to being named All-MAC first-team as a kick returner. Patterson was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week after the Central Michigan game in which he led the Cardinals with 10 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble. As a junior in 2013, Patterson saw action in 12 games (nine starts) and had 63 tackles (42 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, eight passes defensed, one interception and one forced fumble. He was an All-MAC third team selection in 2012 after starting 10-of-13 games and recording 61 tackles (45 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Patterson played in seven games as a freshman and tallied 16 tackles (11 solo).
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent guard Dionte Savage and waived tackle Matt Hall and guard Kitt O’Brien.
Savage, 6-4, 335 pounds, originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015 and was waived by the team on August 4, 2015.
He played in 23 games (seven starts) in two seasons at the University of Oklahoma. In 2014, he played in 11 games (six starts) and was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches and was an Academic All-Big 12 second-team honoree. Savage participated in 12 games in his first season with the Sooners and earned his first career start at left guard in the Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama. Prior to Oklahoma, he was a National Junior College Athletic Association Second Team All-America choice at Arizona Western, where he helped the team earn its first bowl victory in 40 years at the 2012 El Toro Bowl.
Hall, 6-9, 326 pounds, signed with the Colts on July 27, 2015. He spent the 2014 season on Indianapolis’ Injured Reserve list after playing collegiately at Belhaven University.
O’Brien, 6-5, 310 pounds, was signed by the team on August 7, 2015. He spent the last two seasons in the Arena Football League with the Cleveland Gladiators.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent guard Kitt O’Brien and waived guard Ben Heenan after reaching an injury settlement.
O’Brien, 6-5, 310 pounds, spent the last two seasons in the Arena Football League with the Cleveland Gladiators after playing collegiately at Ball State.
In 2014, he started all 18 games for the Gladiators along the offensive line. As a rookie in 2013, O’Brien started all five games that he appeared in with Cleveland. At Ball State, he started 36-of-40 career games for the Cardinals. In 2012, O’Brien played in all 13 games (10 starts). As a junior in 2011, he started all 12 games for the second time of his career and was part of an offensive line that tied for 12th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed with 11. In 2010, O’Brien started all 12 games at right guard for the first time of his career. He played in three games as a freshman and started two contests.
Heenan, 6-4, 315 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as a free agent on February 4, 2015. Prior to joining Indianapolis, he started 49-of-52 games in three seasons (2012-14) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League after playing collegiately at the University of Saskatchewan.
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The Indianapolis Colts today claimed cornerback Tevin Mitchel and waived safety Robert Smith.
Mitchel, 6-0, 190 pounds, was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was waived/injured by the Redskins on August 5th with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss the season.
He played in 42 games (29 starts) over his collegiate career at Arkansas 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). As a senior in 2014, he saw action in 11 games (five starts) and registered 20 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, two interceptions and eight passes defensed. Mitchel tied for the team lead in interceptions and ranked second in passes defensed. In 2013, Mitchel started 10-of-11 games and made 47 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, one interception and five passes defensed. He played in eight games (seven starts) as a sophomore and recorded 34 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception. Mitchel was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2011 after appearing in all 13 games (seven starts) for the Razorbacks and finishing with 56 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. His total tackles ranked third among SEC freshmen and sixth on the team.
Smith, 5-10, 210 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He played in 53 career games (24 starts) at Clemson and registered 182 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes defensed.
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ALEXANDRIA, VA. and CANTON, OHIO (Aug. 6, 2015) – The U.S. Army today announced the launch of GoArmy EDGE, a free software application adapted to help football athletes learn their team’s playbooks, make proper reads and play calls, and mentally practice their assignments in a virtual environment before taking the field. GoArmy EDGE takes virtual coaching simulation and training to a new level through unprecedented detail and customization, helping improve football team performance through more effective and safer player practice capabilities.
“Currently, many high school football teams use paper copies of their playbooks and whiteboards, as well as videos of practice and previous games to teach plays and formations, all of which limit viewing angles and have no drill capability,” said Rob Everett, assistant football coach and defensive coordinator at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va. and a consultant on the project. “Through the GoArmy EDGE app, we’re able to visualize and simulate hundreds of plays, which help us practice with more flexibility and efficiency while reducing the risk of potential injury and preparing our players for any potential on field situation.”
GoArmy EDGE uses the latest technologies to enhance coaching strategies by providing interactive playbooks, allowing players to view the plays as they are being executed in the 3D environment from the players’ perspective or from any position on the field. To ensure the highest level of coaching and player input was integrated in the GoArmy EDGE functionalities, the Army has partnered with the Indianapolis Colts since 2014. This collaboration has allowed the Army to incorporate invaluable insights to continue enhancing the EDGE technology.
“We are excited to enter our second year working with the U.S. Army on the technology for GoArmy EDGE. Following its implementation last year, we received tremendous feedback from our coaching staff and players,” said Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “Preparation is a critical factor for success in our sport so it made perfect sense to team up with the Army, an organization that truly epitomizes preparedness. This program utilizes the same technology that our brave servicemen and women use to prepare themselves when they are called to action. I believe this app can help revolutionize the way coaches at any level across the country prepare and develop their players for the gridiron.”
“We have been honored to partner with the U.S. Army in adapting the GoArmy EDGE app,” said Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “One of the most important aspects of football is teamwork, and there is no better team to learn from than our military. Many of our principles align with the Army as we both seek to prepare our teams to perform at the highest level.”
As a team reviews an upcoming opponent’s game film, they can elevate their preparation with GoArmy EDGE by modeling the opponent’s plays against their own. This facilitates both coach-led training and individual training, and provides players quality mental reps from anywhere at any time while minimizing risk of injury in contact-based practice.
“For more than 240 years, the Army has been a leader in training the most adaptable team because failure is not an option,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “GoArmy EDGE provides the Nation’s coaches and youth with a preeminent training experience to drive increased player and coach performance, so they can win for their teams like the U.S. Army expects to win when the American people call on us.”
With GoArmy EDGE, coaches can put their plays onto a projector, TV screen, and/or tablet for optimal review during a team strategy session. Other key features of the GoArmy EDGE app include:
- Built-in Playbooks and Drills – GoArmy EDGE comes loaded with built in playbooks and drills for the pro-style, spread, and wing-t offenses, which are mapped against even, odd, nickel, and dime defenses. Coaches also have access to hundreds of offensive and defensive formations, put together as virtual flashcards to test players.
- Draw and Edit Your Plays – Draw routes, blocks, pre-snap motions and more to create plays. Use built-in tools to quickly select standard moves, set the ball on a hash or precisely align players.
- Whiteboard – A pre-populated mode for instantly drawing plays and moving players around. Draw as fast as if using a whiteboard.
- See Your Plays in Real-Time 3D – See offensive and defensive plays in 2D or in 3D virtual environments with accurate animations, timing, and ball-handling. View from any camera angle, or player perspective to see it as they do on the field.
- Precision Player Movements – Use the play editor to fine-tune player movements, such as first cuts, option handoffs, and more, in order to illustrate plays accurately.
- Customize Uniforms – Customize uniforms to match team colors, style and numbers for your team and upcoming opponents.
- Train – Set up drills for players to review formations and plays on their own with notes from the coach.
- Shareable – Coaches can create personnel groups and invite other coaches and players to join in the app to share the information.
GoArmy EDGE is available for free to schools of all sizes and can be used on both tablet and PC browsers. It is available to download through Apple’s App store and Google Play. For more information, visit www.goarmyedge.com.
Coaches can contact their local Army recruiting station by pressing the unlock button to gain access to more features, including additional playbooks, as well as the ability to use drills in their own playbooks and modify players’ uniforms. Recruiters are also available to answer questions about the app and share tips on physical and mental fitness, as well as leadership training for athletes.
GoArmy EDGE was produced by the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center’s Software Engineering Directorate Army Game Studio, located at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., and funded by the Army Marketing and Research Group.
About the Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG)
The Army Marketing and Research Group (AMRG) is the U.S. Army’s national marketing, marketing research and analysis and accessions analysis organization. The AMRG develops innovative and effective ways to: connect with the American public and make the Army more accessible and understood; increase awareness of both the benefits and value of Army service; and motivate the most qualified candidates to choose the Army as their service of choice.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent cornerback Raymon Taylor.
Taylor, 5-10, 184 pounds, worked out with the Houston Texans on a tryout basis during rookie mini-camp but was not signed. He appeared in 46 games (31 starts) at cornerback at the University of Michigan and finished with 171 tackles (122 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, 16 passes defensed and six interceptions. In 2014, Taylor played in 10 games (eight starts) and registered 38 tackles (27 solo), 1.0 tackles for loss and six passes defensed. As a junior, he started 12-of-13 games, recording a team-high 86 tackles (61 solo) and finishing second on the team with four interceptions. Taylor also added 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and nine passes defensed. He appeared in 13 games (11 starts) in 2012 and registered 45 tackles (33 solo), one fumble recovery, one pass defensed and two interceptions. Taylor played in 10 games as a true freshman and made two tackles (one solo) while also contributing on special teams.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed offensive tackle Matt Hall and waived guard Will Corbin.
Hall, 6-9, 326 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending the 2014 season on Indianapolis’ Injured Reserve list. He was waived by the team on May 4, 2015. Hall was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014 and was waived on July 25. He signed with the Colts two days later.
In 2013, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association NAIA All-America first team and was a Mid-South First Team All-Conference West Division selection at Belhaven University, as he helped the team average 387.9 yards of total offense per game. In 2011, Hall started every game at right guard for Ole Miss and was named a finalist for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, given annually to the player voted as the school’s most outstanding player. In 2009, he played in 11 games for the University of Arkansas after redshirting during the 2008 campaign.
Corbin, 6-6, 305 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 26, 2015. He played in 35 games (20 starts) over his collegiate career at Appalachian State.
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The Indianapolis Colts today released offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus.
Cherilus is a seven-year NFL veteran who started 100-of-104 career games between the Detroit Lions (2008-2012) and Colts (2013-14). He was signed by Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. In two seasons with the Colts, he started all 29 games he appeared in, which included two postseason contests in 2013.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with cornerback D’Joun Smith and defensive end Henry Anderson.
Smith, 5-11, 193 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the third round (65th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 44 games (34 starts) at Florida Atlantic and compiled 120 tackles (78 solo), 1.0 sack, 29 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He also contributed on special teams and finished with 47 kickoff returns for 1,093 yards (23.3 avg.) with a long of 49 yards.
In 2014, he started all 11 games he played in and registered 53 tackles (32 solo), eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Smith garnered Second Team Conference USA honors and was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. As a junior in 2013, Smith started all 12 games and finished with 35 tackles (25 solo), 1.0 sack, 13 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. His seven interceptions ranked No. 1 in the conference and No. 3 nationally as he was First Team Conference USA All-Conference, received first-team defensive honors from Phil Steele and was named the team’s MVP. Additionally, he was named the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Back of the Week after recording three interceptions against Tulane. In 2012, Smith started all 11 games he played in and tallied 25 tackles (16 solo), eight passes defensed and one interception. He appeared in 10 games as a true freshman and had seven tackles (five solo).
Anderson, 6-6, 300 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 48 games (35 starts) at Stanford and finished with 140 tackles (76 solo), 17.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed.
In 2014, Anderson started all 13 games he played in and recorded 65 tackles (40 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and two passes defensed. The fifth-year senior received several accolades including First Team All-Pac-12, SI.com All-America honorable mention and Phil Steele First Team All-Pac-12 honors. Anderson boasted honorable mention All-Pac-12 (2013) and Second Team All-Pac-12 (2012) honors during his redshirt sophomore and redshirt junior years. In 2013, he started all eight games he played in and registered 19 tackles (eight solo), 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Anderson started all 14 games as a redshirt sophomore and contributed 50 tackles (27 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2011, Anderson saw his first game action, appearing in 13 games and recording six tackles (one solo) and one fumble recovery. He was also a standout in the classroom, as he received First Team Pac-12 All-Academic honors each of the last three years of his collegiate career (2012-14).
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The Indianapolis Colts will induct former center Jeff Saturday into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Monday Night Football contest against the New York Jets on September 21, 2015.
Saturday spent 13 seasons in a Colts uniform (1999-2011) and ranks tied for fifth in team history in games played (197). He also ranks third in franchise history with 132 wins, sitting behind Reggie Wayne (143) and Peyton Manning (141). Saturday was named to six Pro Bowls (five with the Colts), was a two-time Associated Press First Team All-Pro (2005 and 2007) and was a three-time PFWA All-Conference choice (2005-07).
“Jeff represented both the organization and the City of Indianapolis with a tremendous amount of class for 13 seasons,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “The passion for which he played the game was infectious and he quickly developed into one of this game’s great leaders. His performance on the field matched his dedication and service to the community. Jeff is extremely deserving of this honor and I’m thrilled to add his name with the others who have represented the Horseshoe in extraordinary fashion.”
“I am very honored and excited,” said Saturday. “When you start playing this game, you never really envision this occurring in your career. I tell people all the time that my career was much better than I deserved. That’s really the way I feel about it. This is just another thing to add to it. I’ve been so blessed to be an Indianapolis Colt. To be there as long as I was and for as successful as it was, not only personally, but for the teams that I had the chance to play for, all the men that I got to suit up beside and run out on the field with, I can’t say enough good things. I’m just humbled by it and really excited about it.”
Saturday was part of a team that produced 115 regular season victories from 2000-09, the most wins by an NFL team in a single decade in league history. During his career in Indianapolis, the club made 11 playoff appearances, won eight division titles and appeared in two Super Bowls. Saturday and the Colts also won the franchise’s fourth World Championship with a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
In seven seasons, Saturday was part of an offensive line that ranked first in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (1999-2000, 2004-2006 and 2009-2010). He started all 16 games at center in 10 seasons and helped the Colts offense record 5,000-plus net yards in 12 consecutive years from 1999-2010. In addition, Saturday and Peyton Manning started 170 games as a quarterback-center duo, which is the most in NFL history. The duo recorded a 120-50 record together.
In 2011, Saturday played an instrumental role in ending the NFL lockout as a leader among the players’ executive committee. Currently, he is serving as an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Saturday becomes the 12th member inducted to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and joins Robert Irsay (1996), Bill Brooks (1998), Ted Marchibroda (2000), Chris Hinton (2001), Jim Harbaugh (2005), 12th Man (2007), Tony Dungy (2010), Marvin Harrison (2011), Edgerrin James (2012), Eric Dickerson (2013) and Marshall Faulk (2013).
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