The Indianapolis Colts today acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers. The team also announced that restricted free agent tackle Jeff Linkenbach has signed his qualifying offer.
“Stanley fills an immediate need for us at the fullback position and provides us with a solid option in our new offensive scheme,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His speed, explosion and hard-nosed playing style are his main strengths, but he also possesses sound blocking and receiving skills. Stanley had a very productive career at USC and gained valuable experience as a starting fullback and special teams contributor for Philadelphia last year. The Eagles in return are getting a young, very big and strong player in Clif Geathers that can play every defensive line position to fill a need moving forward in their new scheme as well. We feel it’s a win-win.”
Havili, 6-0, 245 pounds, was selected by the Eagles in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of USC. In 2012, he appeared in 15 games (two starts) and totaled six rushes for 22 yards and his first career touchdown, while adding seven receptions for 43 yards. He also helped pave the way for five 100-yard rushing performances by running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown.
At USC, Havili played in 52 career games (48 starts) and recorded 1,799 scrimmage yards (1,290 receiving, 509 rushing) and 15 total touchdowns (12 receiving, three rushing). As a senior in 2010, he earned All-Pac 10 honorable mention accolades after ranking third on the team with 32 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 166 yards and one touchdown.
Geathers tallied five tackles (two solo) and his first career sack in eight games played with the Colts last season. He was originally signed to the team’s practice squad on October 3, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on October 9. For his career, he has registered seven tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack in 15 games played, while seeing action in one postseason game.
Linkenbach was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Over the past three seasons, he has played in all 48 regular season games, making 28 starts. In 2012, Linkenbach started eight regular season games and one postseason contest. He helped block for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for the most passing yards (4,374) by a rookie in NFL history, while also breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a single game (433) in Week 9 against Miami.
In 2011, Linkenbach started all 16 games for the first time in his career and provided time for running back Donald Brown to set a career-high with 161 rushing yards on 16 attempts (10.1 avg.) against Tennessee (12/18). In 2010, he appeared in all 16 games (four starts) and was part of an offensive line that helped the team produce 5,000-plus net yards for the 13th consecutive season. The line also only allowed 16.0 sacks on the season, which tied for the fewest allowed in the NFL.
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Chuck Pagano was only able to coach four games in person for the Colts in 2012. The rest of the time, he was either in a hospital bed or at home while successfully fighting leukemia.
Pagano returned for the finale and the playoffs, and now his second off-season with the Colts is one month old.
He has seen staff changes, including the departures of two coordinators, and there have been the requisite additions.
Pagano is back in town after helping scout at the Senior Bowl, and he feels fit after getting back in the groove.
“I feel good,” said Pagano said to Colts TV this week. “Coming back from the Senior Bowl it was great. We had some long days down there. It was good moving around and getting around and things like that.
“Just being back, having that date targeted to get back for the Houston game, coming back to work on Christmas Eve, getting back in the swing of things, I feel really good. I feel very blessed, obviously, to be where I’m at and trying to get some normalcy back in my life.”
Normalcy for the NFL is abnormal to most work environments. Hours are long, irregular. Families have to be forgiving because the schedule is not.
Pagano has been married to his wife, Tina, for years. They met through football while he was at Boise State. Their marriage has included collegiate stops like Miami and North Carolina, while NFL locations prior to the Colts were in Cleveland, Oakland and Baltimore.
No season included a medical struggle like last season, and Pagano cited Tina’s strength.
“She’s a warrior. She was by my side every step of the way. I wonder how she got herself through. She’s just a very, very strong lady. I feel very fortunate to have her.”
They both have appreciated their time in Indianapolis, having found this a very receptive area because of the populace.
“It’s awesome. The way this city embraced (me) and my family, they didn’t know me. It just speaks to the kind of people who live in this city and live in this great state,” said Pagano.
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The Indianapolis Colts today hired Jimmy Raye as the team’s VP of Football Operations. Raye owns 18 years of NFL experience, including the last 17 with the San Diego Chargers. He served as San Diego’s director of player personnel from 2008-2012, overseeing the team’s professional and college scouting departments while assisting on player personnel matters.
“We’re excited to be adding someone as high caliber as Jimmy Raye to the Colts organization” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He has a strong football pedigree, is highly intelligent, and is a top notch evaluator along with being a great human being. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with him this offseason as we hit the ground running into free agency, the draft, and beyond.”
Raye joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons (1996-1999) as a scout. He was then elevated to the team’s director of college scouting, spending eight seasons in that role (2000-2007). Raye’s NFL career started with the Kansas City Chiefs as the team’s offensive quality control coach in 1995. He spent the 1994 season as a wide receivers coach at Irvine (California) High School and worked for the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League in April of 1995.
A wide receiver at San Diego State (1986-1990), Raye earned a degree in public administration. He left the university tied for eighth on the school’s all-time receiving list with 111 catches. In 1991, Raye signed with the Los Angeles Rams and spent the entire campaign on the team’s roster. He then went on to training camps with the Chargers (1992) and Houston Oilers (1993).
Raye was born in Fayetteville, N.C. His family moved to Irvine, Calif. where he became an all-league quarterback and defensive back at Irvine High School. He also played basketball and ran track. Raye’s father, Jimmy Raye II, played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969 and is currently an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Raye II owns 35 years of NFL experience and has held an offensive coordinator role in the league for 14 of those years. His longest tenure came with the Kansas City Chiefs (1992-2000) where he coached the tight ends (1992), running backs (1993-1997) and was the offensive coordinator (1998-2000).
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What’s up Colts Nation? What a glorious day we have before us tomorrow! The Colts (8-4), yes the 8-4 Colts host the Titans in a divisional game where the horseshoe is looking for victory No. 9 and getting one step closer to the playoffs. I’m very excited for the game tomorrow and can’t wait to hear Lucas Oil Stadium rocking as always!
As far as football is concerned, I have a feeling the offense is going to perform very well this week. It’s the perfect setting for a good offensive game as Luck, Wayne and Co. have been rather impressive at home this year. I also think that T.Y. will continue to impress the league and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get his fifth 100+ receiving yard game of the season. My fantasy team hopes that as well J
I also look for the defensive front to get after Titans QB Jake Locker as their offensive line has endured some big injuries as of late. It’ll be beneficial for us to get them in third and long situations to allow Mathis, Freeney, and our stable of linebackers to get after the QB.
Now, onto the pre-game festivities as you all well know tailgating that is the only way to start a Colts game-day. There’s a busy day full of tailgating awaiting yours truly tomorrow.
Aside from my continued search for the best tailgate in Colts Nation, I am also going to be visiting the guys from Tailgate 32. These guys are living any football fan’s dream. They’re traveling to all 32 NFL stadiums this season in an RV and throwing their own tailgates at each stop. You MUST check these guys out! Not only their website and some of their webisodes, but their FREE, yes I said FREE tailgate tomorrow taking place in the Blue Crew lot. Full info is available here.
I know it’ll be cold tomorrow, but I should be hitting the lots around 10AM and I WILL be hungry! Think your tailgate has what it takes to win the “Tailgate of the Week” and be entered in the “Tailgate of the Year” promotion? Then let me know where to come this week on Twitter and Facebook.
So if you’re throwing a tailgate, let me know, and if you’re not, join the guys from Tailgate 32 at their tailgate and show them why Colts Nation is the best place in the entire NFL to tailgate. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
And as always, GO HORSE!
Yours in food, fandom, and football,
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Wow, what a great day to be an Indianapolis Colts fan! I know the last few months have been full of mixed emotions, but tonight is finally the night that the Colts will name Andrew Luck their next quarterback.
I remember a little over a year ago when all the speculation was about Andrew Luck going pro after his junior year. As a Colts fan, whoever would have thought that Luck would be our next quarterback? I know I sure didn’t! But here we are, it’s April 26th 2012, and the Indianapolis Colts have the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Andrew Luck happens to be who we’re taking as GM Ryan Grigson said earlier this week. It sure has been a wild ride.
Obviously Luck is just one piece to this new era of Colts football. I’ve been watching some of the videos on Colts.com during workouts and practices and man is there a new level of energy or what!? All of the coaches and players talk about the energy that surrounds this team and it’s traveled out of the complex and right into my head. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 2012 SEASON!!!
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what I am most excited for. This whole new regime and new era has me super excited to be in Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2012 season. My favorite part is the excitement that surrounds the 2012 Colts. I’m like a little kid waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve!
We have a new quarterback, who happens to be Andrew Luck, a new coaching staff headed up by Chuck Pagano with a new level of intensity, not to mention “building the monster” that is our defense, some key offseason additions such as Cory Redding and Tom Zbikowski, as well as the new Nike Jerseys and New Era hats. Such a thrilling time to be a Colts fan!
So in closing fellow Colts fans I say this, think about the great memories from the past decade of Colts football, cherish them for what they are, but at the same time, share the same level of excitement and energy that the players and coaches have exemplified. What is great about this season is we don’t know what will happen, we don’t have expectations, but we all know we’ll be along for the ride. A ride that has me on the edge of my seat, ready for the Indianapolis Colts to continue their pursuit of greatness sharing the same passion as me and you!
The Colts No. 1 pick Andrew Luck will put on the New Era 59Fifty Draft Cap in a few hours when he’s drafted. Get your own right here from the Colts Pro Shop and be like Andrew in this new era of Colts Football!
GO HORSE! COLTSTRONG!
Forever in Football,
Colts Fan Casey
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