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The “Newcomer of the Week” is wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 9, 2013 – 2:44 pm

Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Cincinnati.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.

When the Colts offense came to the line of scrimmage with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, the unit was still looking for their first third-down conversion on Sunday.

The offense was also searching for a playmaker.

Da’Rick Rogers achieved the first mark and might have gone a long way in filling the second.

On a third-and-five from the Indianapolis 31-yard line, Rogers caught a quick slant from Andrew Luck before breaking two tackles and rumbling 69 yards for his first career NFL touchdown.

Rogers wasn’t done there as he finished Sunday with six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns

“Da’Rick Rogers had a huge play,” head coach Chuck Pagano said of his young receives. “LaVon (Brazill) had a couple touchdowns. As far as moving forward with young guys, with only four guys (wide receivers) on the roster, as you know, it was good to see those guys make some plays.”

Rogers became the fourth rookie and the first undrafted rookie in the NFL this year to have a 100-yard receiving day and two touchdowns.

In a 42-28 loss, some solace came with the performances of Rogers and Brazill for a receiving corps that needs those efforts more consistently down the stretch.

“It’s a group effort,” Rogers said. “We come in early. We stay late. We try and get onto the same page with Andrew ever since Reggie Wayne got hurt. We are just trying to come together as an offense.

“We’ve got playmakers all over the field. I’m just trying to get in there and show my talent and show that I be a playmaker as well.

Other Newcomers of Note:

Outside linebacker Daniel Adongo played a total of 22 special teams snaps in his NFL debut and fell on a bouncing Bengals kickoff.

Running back Trent Richardson had 11 touches for 88 yards on Sunday and was particularly effective in the receiving department with five catches for 68 yards.

Safety LaRon Landry finished Sunday with nine tackles and one pass deflection.


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A look at the snap breakdown of Daniel Adongo, the Colts WRs and RBs

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:00 pm

The Colts had a total of 60 offensive and 77 defensive snaps on Sunday afternoon.

There were some interesting takeaways from the snap counts on both sides of the ball:

  • In his NFL debut on Sunday, Daniel Adongo logged 22 special teams snaps. Adongo even fielded a pooch kickoff and had 1 kick return for 0 yards. Adongo lined up in the front line of the kick return unit on the far right side of the field. On kickoff cover, Adongo was the first person lined up to the right of Pat McAfee.
  • The wide receiver breakdown for a total of 60 offensive snaps are as followed: T.Y. Hilton (45), LaVon Brazill (42), Da’Rick Rogers (41) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (23). The rise in Rogers snaps continues the trend from what we saw late in the Titans game on Dec. 1.
  • At the running back position Donald Brown (32 snaps), Trent Richardson (24 snaps) and Chris Rainey (3 snaps) accounted for the snaps. Brown had 8 touches for 29 yards. Richardson had 11 touches for 88 yards.
  • At inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (51 snaps, 5 tackles) got the start. Pat Angerer played 22 snaps and finished with 1 tackle.

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Cory Redding anixous to see pupil Daniel Adongo finally “hit” somebody

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 7, 2013 – 8:00 am

What started back in Anderson has continued at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

The 11-year veteran Cory Redding helping Daniel Adongo learn the game of football in every facet.

“He’s like a baby to the game,” Redding said of the newest member to the Colts active roster.

“The day he got here he was like crawling, and now he’s up and walking, running as a toddler, Now he’s looking at all the defenses, looking at special teams. Studying guys’ body types and different pass rush moves to get on them, just learning everything he can about the game and it’s so exciting to see. He has his notebook in front of him, he has his iPad in front of him, he’s looking at stuff. The guy is being a technician to the game. And that’s what I love to see because it’s going to transition on the field.”

That transition will come on Sunday afternoon as Chuck Pagano expects the 6’5”, 270-pound Adongo to play special teams for the Colts.

Adongo thanks veterans like Redding and Robert Mathis for their guidance since he arrived to training camp in late 2013_1206_Prac_0075July.

Redding is beyond amazed at the progression Adongo has made on a field that was completing foreign to him just four months ago.

“He’s giving the offensive line fits. He’s strong. He’s fast,” Redding said in describing Adongo. “Very aggressive player and I cannot wait to see him line up wherever they put him. Whoever’s across from him is going to be in trouble. He’s a heck of a player, you’re all going to see it. And I can’t wait to see him play.”

When talking about his own development, Adongo uses the phrase ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ to describe the tutelage he’s received from Colts veterans.

That ‘child’ will look awfully big on Sunday when running down on kickoffs.

He’s got a lot of built up anger and frustration from practice. You can tell he wants to hit somebody but it’s practice and your teammates so you want to not do that,” Redding said of Adongo.

“But, he’s going against an opposing team, so he can hit them as much as he can, legally now, from whistle to whistle, snap to whistle.”


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Reggie Wayne talks his rehab, Daniel Adongo, Trent Richardson and much more on his weekly radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 6, 2013 – 9:55 am

On Tuesday, it was once again the Reggie Wayne Show with Queary and Schultz.

The one-hour show aired on WNDE here are some of the highlights from No. 87:

On former rugby star Daniel Adongo being elevated to the Colts active roster:

“He didn’t even know what a football looked like. He’s worked at it. He’s put in a bunch of time, a bunch of hidden hours that a lot of people don’t know about and he’s moved his way up. I’m happy for him.”

“When he was on the scout team and he was giving us looks on the practice squad, I would catch a 15-yard pass and I would start running…I’m at a decent pace and I turn around and Adongo is chasing me. That was him every day. That was part of his conditioning. He would run, run. I think he would get on some of the offensive linemen’s nerves a little bit because he was going a little bit too hard. When you got a guy like that, he’s just showing what he can do. He should go hard. He’s come a long ways. I’m happy for him and I hope he goes out there and create a little noise.”

On 18-year veteran Adam Vinatieri:

“He’s Mr. Automatic. He loves the opportunity. He loves the pressure. We’ve witnessed what he can do in pressure situations but at the same time he will come to you with conversations, “Can we score some touchdowns?” That is his mentality. He loves kicking field goals but he would rather kick an extra point. He’s Mr. Clutch. I’ve been saying it for the longest time, “I’d put my money on him any time.”

“Great locker room guy. Great guy to talk to. Loves to hunt. He’s a big-time hunter, a big-time fisher. He’s not your normal kicker.”

On Trent Richardson and if he’s spoken to Trent:

“Control what you can control. That’s basically it. You don’t have time to go in the tank and pout. He has not done that. He’s been Donald’s (Brown) biggest cheerleader. Whenever you get your opportunity, you go out there and make the best of it. If anything, make it as motivation. Go out there and do better, practice harder, study longer.”

On what he’s seen from rookie WR-Da’Rick Rogers

“He’s got all the talent in the world. He’s another guy that’s been waiting on his number to be called and it’s been called and he was able to go in there and try to make something happen. We will probably see more and more of that from this time out.”

On Wayne’s new “role”:

“From what I’m hearing, I’m a coach. I’m just trying to be a leader. I’m just trying to give them my insight. Guys come up to me and ask me what I see so I try my best to try and simplify for them what I see, especially for the receivers. Just do what I can to help guys out. I do a lot of stuff in the meeting rooms, I run a lot of film study with the receivers. I just try to do whatever I can, rehabbing and in between watch film and try to help them watch film better.”

On Wayne’s rehab:

“I’m still at that first phase kind of, which I believe I’m well beyond that stage and I’m ready for this next phase to kick in. But I got to get clearance to do that. It’s just quad strength, making sure that quad is getting that muscle back the way it should be. Make sure I get the strength that I had before or pretty close to it before I move to that next phase. It’s a lot of balance work, making sure that I get my full extension. You see a lot of guys that when they walk, their leg is kind of bent. I really don’t want that so I’m really stressing the fact that I get my full extension back. I’m kind of doing that stuff over and over again. It’s like a broken record.”

“It’s very boring. As much as I want to go in there and do something else, I don’t want to set myself back so I just do what the doctors tell me to do and just try to do it the best that I possibly can. I try to do it so well to the point where they see me and they’re like, ‘Alright, no more of this. You are mastering it. You are killing it.’ Somewhere by the end of this week I should be in the next phase.”


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Ryan Grigson joins Dan Dakich and talks preseason opener, Chapman, Whalen and Adongo

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 15, 2013 – 7:44 pm

On Thursday, Colts GM Ryan Grigson was a guest on the Dan Dakich Show on 1070 The Fan.

Below are a few of the highlights from the interview:

On the performance against the Bills:

-“We’ve got to get better. It was glaring. Everyone is accountable in our entire building and Jim (Irsay) expects excellence and so do we. That’s why we have all those banners in our facility because whether it’s the preseason game or not, our third’s against their two’s, or the two’s against their one’s, that’s how we all look at it, that we just have to improve. That’s what the preseason is about. It was kind of nice in a sense. It’s good for us because it shows what we need to work on, what we need to work on in practice this week, the things we need to do to get better. It’s what the preseason is for and I think it ends up being a blessing in disguise.”

On how patient he is with the second and third string players:

-“Well everyone is in a different situation, a case-by-case basis. You have to look at a broad scope, how long are the contracts, how much money are you giving them up front. There’s a lot of things that come into play but at the end of the day if the guy is not getting it done, you have to have some tough discussions and make moves because this is a bottom-line business in this league, and everybody will tell you that. It’s hard sometimes but we are always trying to move forward and not be on our heels. You’ve got to keep making forward progress. If you have guys that you evaluated and you really thought they were going to do this and that and they’re not, at some point the light has to come on or else they will be on the outside looking in. Again, it was our first game and we just expect to make big strides each week.”

On Josh Chapman and that position’s importance:

-“It’s a very key, critical piece in the 3-4 (defense). That’s why we drafted him. We felt really good about one, a guy that works as hard as he does and two, a guy that we knew would rehab and do everything that he had to do. Another thing is the guy ended up having a successful year without an ACL, so everything pretty much pointed to him being a pretty good player. I think he’s in a perfect situation behind a true vet that’s a wily, old, crafty veteran in Aubrayo Franklin, that knows the system and has given pointers and tips to him, and to even other players on our defense, including the linebackers and those are tricks of the trade of this defense. It’s nice to have Josh in a position now where we don’t have to thrust him in there, throw him to the wolves. He’s still getting a lot of snaps at the right pace.”

On Griff Whalen:

-“Right now, he’s dinged up a little bit. Griff is one of those guys where you know exactly what he is. You know his skill set. You know that he rarely drops the ball. I don’t know if I can even recollect him dropping a ball in practice. He doesn’t say boo. He just does what he’s supposed to do and he’s a really good pass-catching receiver.”

On his impressions of Daniel Adongo:

-“Well, he had a little bit of a problem with his arm that is getting well so he hasn’t been able to take a lot of reps. We flew him here from Johannesburg one-way, that was before the connection. The guy just has the body type. He’s such a fascinating person to talk to, his background and such. He played (rugby). I know it’s not football but it’s a distant relative and you can see the fierceness, the competitiveness and the toughness that he plays with, and the athletic ability and speed. Hopefully he has the character and the mental capacity to make the transition. He’s showing that each time he gets another rep.”

-“Just to give you an example, I’ve been to a gazillion workouts in my life, and when you have a guy fly that long, that insists on coming into the building and learning about American football the day before he actually works outs, instead of sacking out in the hotel, and he walks up to the line and he broad jumps 11 feet, when he’s never done it before, that get’s people excited. People start grinning and you look over your shoulder after (Adongo) runs the hoop and Chuck (Pagano) kind of gets a grin on his face. Like I said to other people, he’s a lump of Clay and we know he’s a long shot. But the kid has such a good sense of intelligence and integrity and he has all those Colts traits at a really high level that I hope can be the x-factor in transitioning to this sport.”


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Day 12 Impressions: Bradshaw off PUP, the search for another WR and the outlook for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2013 – 6:28 pm

The Colts were back in Anderson on Tuesday to wrap up their final week at Anderson University.

Even though the players were not in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, you couldn’t tell by the physical nature of the 90-minute practice.

Here are three takeaways from day 12…

Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP, but still rehabbing: Like he has done for the majority of the past two weeks of practice, Ahmad Bradshaw was busy rehabbing during the Colts afternoon practice.

Bradshaw said following Tuesday morning’s walk-through that he would like to get some playing time during the Colts third preseason game.

Chuck Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance and pointed to an “angry, downhill” running style of Bradshaw to help that cause.

The NFL is a multiple-back league and having a multi 1,000-yard rusher in Bradshaw would aid Pep Hamilton’s rushing attack.

Will another wide receiver emerge? Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton (in whatever order you want) are the Colts top three wideouts.

It appears as if Griff Whalen is the No. 4 man but he is day-to-day after suffering a groin injury against the Bills.

Who’s next?

LaVon Brazill would seem to be the guy but he will miss the first month of the season.

How about Nathan Palmer? Or Jabin Sambrano?

A fifth wide receiver (not Brazill) will in all likelihood dress for the first four games of the season so these next three preseason games should go a long way in deciding that spot.

What’s in store for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary?: Some of the more interesting sights on Tuesday was seeing Adongo in pads and going through positional drills.

It appears Adongo’s biceps injury has pushed his growth back a bit so a practice squad position is probably the best case scenario for the rugby star.

Josh McNary is still recovering from a hamstring injury but when he’s been on the field he has produced.

The West Point product was signaled out by Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for his play early in training camp, even though McNary is making the transition to a new position at inside linebacker (granted he hasn’t played any football since 2010).

McNary was in the thick of the ILB position battle so getting him back on the practice field will be an interesting topic to watch moving forward.


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 2nd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 2, 2013 – 8:56 am

The national media are making their in roads in Anderson this week and Jason La Canfora from CBS and John Clayton from ESPN both have pieces on the Colts. Also, Mike Chappell takes a look at Daniel Adongo and five takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, August 2nd.  

GM Grigson building a bigger, badder, tougher version of the Colts

By: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports

La Canfora spent Thursday at Colts training camp and came away very impressed by the job Ryan Grigson has done in the past year.

It’s not as if he didn’t savor and relish each accomplishment along the way, but there was so much to do at the micro level that sometimes the macro gains couldn’t be truly appreciated until there was time to take a step back. Of course, everyone in this organization, from Grigson on down, is far from satisfied with a season in which the Colts went from worst in the NFL to giving the eventual Super Bowl champ Ravens a good game before succumbing in the Wild Card round.

“He’s unbelievable,” Pagano said. “I don’t know if the guy sleeps to be honest with you, because it’s everyday. I don’t think there’s a minute that goes by that he’s not thinking about the roster, thinking about the organization, what he can do to give us the best chance to win.

“He’s a tireless worker, he’s got a great eye for talent. It’s been awesome. The communication is always there we’re always on the same page moving forward. It’s a perfect storm for myself and our coaches and players.”

African rugby player/LB Daniel Adongo is the result of the Colts’ on-going exhaustive international search for talent

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell writes about the 90th man on the Colts roster in Daniel Adongo and the process of how Ryan Grigson and his staff went about finding the rugby star.

“He’s a total longshot,’’ general manager Ryan Grigson conceded. “He’s somewhat of an experiment.

“But he has the raw tools and the traits to possibly make it.”

Adongo isn’t interested in making his first trip to America a short one.

“It’s going to be my home for a decent amount of time,” he said. “I’m a guy coming here with a task in mind to serve the team. It’s not really chasing a dream. I want to make it a reality.”

5 scenes from Colts camp: DE Cory Redding is irritated with QB Andrew Luck

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell’s notebook leads off with a focus on the quarterback Andrew Luck.

No. 12 had the play of the day on Thursday with a 30-yard touchdown run, much to the displeasure of Cory Redding.

Chappell also takes a look at some of the Colts injuries and a leaping catch by an offensive lineman.

It’s not all on Andrew Luck

By: John Clayton, ESPN.com

Clayton leaves Colts training camp impressed by what he saw in Anderson.

In this piece he talks about the Colts magical 2012 season before breaking down five different things he learned during his stay.

So often, though, magical playoff teams turn into one-year wonders. There’s a sudden drop-off the next year. Wisely, the Colts built on their success. General manager Ryan Grigson attacked unrestricted free agency with $134 million worth of contracts. Arians left for the Arizona Cardinals, so Pagano brought Pep Hamilton from Stanford to be the offensive coordinator. Hamilton is making the offense a moving target, switching more to the run.

As long as Luck is their quarterback, the Colts know they have a horseshoe of good fortune on the side of their helmets.

 


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 28th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 28, 2013 – 8:03 am

The Colts have moved into Anderson and the 2013 training camp is about to commence. The discussions on Saturday surrounded around a Kenyan rugby player, Reggie Wayne’s arrival, Andrew Luck’s take on the new offense and the physicality of the Colts defense.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Sunday, July 28th.  

Colts new acquisition Adongo learns NFL basics like how to put on a helmet

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Five days into life in the United States, Daniel Adongo was very poised.

The 23-year old rugby player is about to embark on his first experience of playing football.

For the past two weeks Adongo and the Colts have communicated via e-mail.

“To get an email from a National Football League team, you definitely know they’re not kidding,” he said.

What can Adongo bring to the Colts?

“Servitude, loyalty, aggression, physicality and being a team man,” he said. “Being the person I am, I went with my gut feeling. If something feels right, I’m not going to dodge (it) or second-guess myself.

“Rugby is always going to be there. To have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity felt right to me.”

Wayne arrives at AU in helicopter

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

The grand entrance came via the sky as Reggie Wayne entered the 2013 training camp via the co-pilot’s seat of an IU Health Life Line helicopter.

His message behind the arrival…

“I sat back and thought, ‘We’ve got a pretty good team,'” Wayne said after stepping out of the chopper on the intramural fields beside the AU soccer field. “I really think our team this year is better than last year. If we don’t hurt ourselves, the sky’s the limit for us. So … why not come in through the sky?”

Wayne arrived with a special guest, Matt Sercer, a 20-year-old farmer from Plainfield who lost a foot — and nearly his life — in a farm accident last December. Doctors told Sercer he would never walk again, but he had little trouble stepping out of the helicopter beside Wayne.

“Guys like Matt and stories like Matt are the real heroes, they’re the real heroes,” Wayne said. “And it inspires you to go out there and do great and prove people wrong. A lot of people didn’t think Matt was going to be able to walk again, and he’s out here moonwalking with me.”

Luck embraces old-school attack

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Luck hasn’t offered to many particulars when describing what the new Colts offense will look like in 2013.

The second-year quarterback offered a little insight into Pep Hamilton’s scheme upon arriving to Anderson on Saturday.

“I think it’ll be a detailed, exact offense,” Luck said. “We have a fullback now as opposed to last year. That’ll be the biggest difference I think people notice. Personnel and formations change a little bit because of that. It’s still football. At the end of the day, football is football whether you’re (new Philadelphia Eagles head coach) Chip Kelly of whatever offense you’re running. It’s football.”

Like the 23-year old that he is, Luck was giddy heading to Anderson for three weeks.

“I love camp,” Luck said. “Last night, going to bed, it’s like you’re a little kid before your first day of school. You’re nervous. You don’t know what to expect. It’s a nice way to sort of forget about the world and focus on football. It’s simple in that way, and I enjoy it. It’s fun.”

Colts ready to get physical on defense

By: Rick Teverbaugh, The Herald Bulletin

There is a bit of swagger across the Colts defense in 2013 and the backend of the secondary might be the most physical unit.

Antoine Bethea is paired with LaRon Landry and the Colts veteran described what exactly a physical defense means.

“A mindset. Have a mindset and just keep that mindset all the way through the season,” he said. “We want to be a physical defense, and we just need to start that here in camp. Being physical 16 games, 60 minutes. Everybody always says it starts up front, but we got to have 11 guys out there striking. I just think when opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around. Might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”

Bethea has spent eight years as a part of the Indy defense, and he is pondering that this year’s team might be as physical as any team on which he’s played.

“I think it can,” he said. “We’ve been talking, it maybe was my second year when it was myself, Bob (Sanders), Kelvin (Hayden), Marlin (Jackson), we had some physical guys on the defense. But with LaRon (Landry), Vontae (Davis), Greg (Toler), really our whole defense, we have something special, I think.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 26th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 26, 2013 – 8:36 am

With players reporting to training camp tomorrow, the Colts made an intriguing roster move on Thursday afternoon. Also, check out what some members of the national media have pegged the Colts this season.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Saturday, July 27th.  

Colts release suspended TE Weslye Saunders, sign rugby standout Daniel Adongo

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The roster moves continue to pour in for the Colts as the team signed outside linebacker Daniel Adongo and waived tight end Weslye Saunders.

Adongo, 23, is a standout rugby play from Kenya who stands 6-5 and weighs 257 pounds.

“He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport,” Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement released by the team. “We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

Adongo, a 23-year old Kenyan national, is a 2006 graduate of Strathmore High School in Nairobi who attended the University of South Africa the following year. His rugby resume includes playing in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks, the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Colts links: Do the experts think Indy will make the playoffs?

By: Staff, Indianapolis Star

The pundits have weighed in on where the Colts will end up in 2013.

Here’s a list compiled by the Indianapolis Star on where nine national media outlets have the Colts finishing…

The New York Daily News has Indianapolis ninth, No. 4 in the AFC and the No. 1 wild card. Gary Myers wrote: “When the rest of the team catches up to (Luck) in a few years, the Colts will be in the SuperBowl.”

ESPN.com has the Colts ranked 10th and grabbing the sixth and final AFC playoff spot.

NFL.com has Indianapolis at No. 12 and the sixth-best team in the AFC. “Picking up Ahmad Bradshaw was enough to give the Indianapolis Colts a slight bump (overall) over the Chicago Bears,” NFL.com said.

CBSSports.com also has the Colts at No. 12 and as the sixth-best team in the AFC. Pete Prisco said, “They shocked a lot of people last year, and Andrew Luck will be better, but the schedule is tougher too.”

SportingNews.com was also in the consensus: Colts at No. 12 and the final AFC playoff sport. Vinnie Iyer wrote: “Imagine what (Luck) can do with another year and working toward the elite status he’s on track to embrace.”

The experts are pretty much in agreement as FoxSports.com has, surprise, the Colts ranked No. 12 overall and grabbing the No. 6 AFC playoff spot. Though former Ravens coach Brian Billick writes: “I’m not sure they got any better this offseason.”

SportsIllustrated.com has the Colts ranked 14th and pulling down the final AFC playoff spot saying, “below the ‘elite’ squads but capable of surprising everyone again.”

NFLSoup.com mixes things up a little, picking Indianapolis 14th and missing out on the playoffs in favor of Pittsburgh. It writes: “The magic will be gone this year.”

WalterFootball.com completely breaks from the pack, picking Indianapolis 19th overall, putting Miami in the playoffs and ranking Pittsburgh ahead of the Colts. The blurb on the Colts questions the signing of OLB Erik Walden.

 

 

 


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ADONGO A MARCUS POLLARD IN WAITING?????

Posted by craigkelleycolts on July 25, 2013 – 4:15 pm

Ryan Grigson likely never sleeps.

In his first year with the Colts, Grigson pulled off more than 250 transactions.  He plucked talent from the AFL, IFL, UFL and CFL.

The IFL featured eight players per side who clashed on a 50-yard field.  Tight end Dominique Jones was Grigson’s find from that league.

On the near eve of training camp, Grigson has mined new fields, signing rookie linebacker Daniel Adongo – a now-former rugby player.

“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said Grigson.  “He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport.  We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world.  Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school.  In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contact after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year.  He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup.  In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.

Given Grigson’s track record, Adongo may have a shot.  If so, Colts fans have related experience, too.

In 1995, Marcus Pollard hit town.  He never had played football – only basketball.  Even when he was inside the training complex, Pollard did not know what his future held.

When a physician asked what position he played, Pollard responded classically, “I don’t know.”

Pollard had a great Colts career at tight end, finishing with 263 receptions and 35 touchdowns for the Colts and playing 13 years in the league.

Pollard revisited????


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