Indianapolis Colts Football

DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 6TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 6, 2013 – 6:40 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
NFL draft questions: Did plans change for the Colts?
Antonio Johnson visited with Chargers

COLTS.COM
2013 NFL Draft preview: Centers

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Massaquoi rounds out Jaguars receivers
What would help game-day experiences?
Eight in the Box: Under the radar

NFL NEWS
Schaub thinks ‘new’ guy will fit right in for Texans
Pollard: Griffin reminds me of Reed
Jaguars agree to terms with WR Mohamed Massaquoi
Advocate: Players may come out
Memo to Barkley critics: he could be this year’s Andy Dalton
Many teams add new No. 2 QBs, but who has best backup plan?

AFC TEAM NEWS
Bills receiver Steve Johnson stirs up storm with Patriots tweet

NFC TEAM NEWS
NY Giants will play Pittsburgh Steelers in early August to open their NFL preseason


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DEFENSIVE LINE READY FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF ‘NEXT MAN UP’

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 29, 2012 – 3:23 pm

Throughout the first three months of the season, the Colts defense has had to deal with injuries in each respective position group.

Perhaps no position has been hit as hard as the outside of the defensive line.

Nose tackle Antonio ‘Mookie’ Johnson has been a mainstay in the middle of the 3-4 hybrid defense but the players flanking the nose position will be ever-changing the rest of the season.

Fili Moala and Drake Nevis were placed on injured reserve at different times this month, sending Ricardo Matthews into the starting lineup.

The loss of Moala and Nevis means more playing time for Clifton Geathers, who was signed by the Colts at the start of October when Moala was inactive for four weeks.

“It’s hard to see a player go down,” Geathers said. “Fili and Drake, they helped me out a lot but as football goes on I do look at this as another opportunity, another football game, another day to get better.”

Geathers and defensive end Lawrence Guy (signed on Oct. 17) will take on a greater role in the coming weeks as the Colts continue to plug in interchangeable parts along the defensive line.

“We’ve just done a good job around here of having guys pick up the baton,” outside linebacker Dwight Freeney said. “Really hats off to management on bringing the right guy in so that he can fit right in and it’s not really a big deal. Obviously, it’s a big deal because you don’t want to lose Fili, you don’t want to lose those guys but it’s football and unfortunately these things happen.”

Earlier this week, the Colts signed defensive tackle Kellen Heard and interim head coach Bruce Arians is anxious to see the 6-foot-6-inches, 339-pound Heard in action.

After injuries with outside linebackers Robert Mathis and Freeney early in the season, the Colts defense was just starting to get completely healthy in the front seven before the losses of Moala and Nevis.

“When I look out there right now, the core guys are there,” interim head coach Bruce Arians said.
“We’re going to miss Fili (Moala), but we didn’t have him for three weeks, we know how to play without him, it’s not the first time. So plug in the guys that we have and never use it as a crutch or an excuse.”

 

 


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