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“Newcomer of the Week”: Arizona Edition is Ricky Jean Francois

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 26, 2013 – 9:00 am

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 Arizona.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois.

In coming over from the 2012 NFC Champions, Jean Francois has been a welcomed addition to the Colts defensive front.

Jean Francois put together his best game of the season on Sunday with five tackles and a career-best 2.0 sacks.tempD3S_8503--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

The second quarter sack by Jean Francois forced a Cardinals punt and he followed that up with a third quarter takedown of Carson Palmer, which ended that Arizona drive in a punt.

After the game, Jean Francois wasn’t one to talk about his individual performance.

Jean Francois realizes what it’s going to take to get to the Super Bowl and that means an evaluation across the board.

“It’s still the same team,” Jean Francois said after the game. “We are just going to take it back to Indy and we have to break down everything.

“Aint’ no finger pointing. We literally have to break EVERY thing down because to make this run, it ain’t going to be easy.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard filled in for 30 of the team’s 75 defensive snaps on Sunday in place of the injured Kavell Conner. Sheppard finished the game with five tackles and one quarterback hurry.

Tight end Justice Cunningham made his NFL debut on Sunday, playing 14 offensive snaps while filling in for fullback Stanley Havili. Cunningham had one catch for four yards on Sunday.

Running back Daniel “Boom” Herron had four carries for 33 yards in the fourth quarter on Sunday and had the Colts second longest play of the day with a 22-yard rush.


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Mo’ Better (Visits) Blue(s)

Posted by craigkelleycolts on November 15, 2013 – 3:33 pm

Down 17-3 and having been out-scored 69-6 in the first halves of the last three games, the Colts captured something that led to another comeback win, this time at Tennessee, 30-27.

That something was ‘Mo’ – momentum.

It started on a 68-yard drive in the final 2:32 of the first half when the Colts navigated for an Adam Vinatieri 30-yard field goal at the gun.

Andrew Luck found rhythm (a cousin of ‘Mo’) on the drive by connecting with six different receivers on the march, good for 62 yards.  A third-down interference call extended the drive early on – ‘Mo.’

“You can feel it,” said Luck.  “We wish we didn’t have to rely on momentum to do that, but it’s a part of sports.  It’s a weird phenomenon.  You could feel it.”

An 18-year veteran, Vinatieri can sense intangibles, and he felt it when the club narrowed its halftime deficit to 17-6.

“It was important to get the momentum back,” said Vinatieri.  “To put it back to 11 for some reason feels better.”

The Colts shaved the margin closer with a 74-yard march where Luck converted third downs with passes to T.Y. Hilton and Griff Whalen.  He even scrambled 13 yards for a first down.

To close the final 14 yards of the march, Luck connected with Hilton for eight yards, then Donald Brown burst off left tackle for the score.

“You kind of feel it,” said Hilton.  “We’ve been down that road time and time again.  Once we start to click……”

The ball came out on the ensuing kickoff return and special teamer Daniel Herron made a play.

“The wedge was coming to me,” said Herron.  “The next thing I know, I turned around and the ball was right there.  Right place, right time.”

Pat Angerer notice how ‘Mo’ visited a number of teammates.

“Yeah, it’s just one guy making a play after another,” said Angerer.  “We never get down.”

Be it Luck, luck, the horseshoe or ‘Mo,’ it’s better to have than not.

“Credit these guys,” said Chuck Pagano.  “They find a way.  We just gained momentum and held on.”

 


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Colts “Newcomer of the Week” Titans Edition…

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:30 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 Tennessee.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” comes in a combo effort on the Colts offensive line.

Free agent right tackle Gosder Cherilus and rookie left guard Hugh Thornton helped pave the way for a 137-yard effort on 32 carries Thursday night.

The Colts are now 11-0 when rushing at least 30 times since the beginning of the 2012 season.

Chuck Pagano summed it up pretty directly when describing the offensive line’s mindset heading into Nashville.

“They took this personal,” Pagano said of the offensive line.

For a majority of the season, the Colts offensive line has been under heavy scrutiny.

Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton has not wavered in his belief of the Colts rushing attack and games like Thursday night are the reason why he has faith in the ground game.

The unit helped pave massive holes in the second half with the Colts rushing for over 100 yards for the seventh time this season.

“What a great job up front by the o-linemen,” quarterback Andrew Luck said after the game. “Staney Havili, the tight ends, Trent [Richardson] and Donald [Brown] getting tough, tough yards. We know to win football games consistently we are going to have to run the football well. We did a decent job in the first half. I think the game sort of dictated that we couldn’t run it as much as we wanted, but I think it was great to settle down and to get points at the end of the half and to start the second half with points was big.

“To get that run game going, and that last drive, what a great job. It’s tough in the fourth quarter for o-linemen when you continually pound and pound and pull and block and hit. They did a heck of a job.

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Daniel Herron was in the right place at the right time when he pounced on a fumbled kickoff return midway through the third quarter. The turnover gave the Colts the ball at the Titans 20-yard line.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden bounced back from a foolish first half penalty to record four tackles (two for a loss) and had a sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois sniffed out a second-half screen pass for a tackle for loss, which forced a Titans field goal attempt.


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“Newcomer of the Week” Rams Edition is Stanley Havili

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 11, 2013 – 1:02 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 St. Louis.

When Pep Hamilton was named Colts offensive coordinator earlier this year, he was looking for a versatile fullback to fit his scheme.

In trading for Stanley Havili, the Colts have gotten exactly what they were looking for at that position.temp2013_1110_STL_1375--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Havili had three catches (career-high) for 25 receiving yards on Sunday and is showing how he can impact the receiving game.

Along with being a versatile cog on offense, Havili is also playing a variety of roles on special teams.

On the season, Havili has 16 offensive touches for 74 yards along with his top duty of blocking for the Colts running backs.

Havili has four special teams tackles and a forced fumble in 2013.

Following the loss on Sunday, Havili was ready to turn his attention to Thursday night.

“It was frustrating to say the least. We just couldn’t get things going,” Havili said after the game.

“I think with a short week, it’s an advantage for us to put this loss to rest, learn from the mistakes and get ready for Thursday, very excited to get this sour taste out of my mouth.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Daniel Herron saw his first offensive action with the Colts and he had one catch for 57 yards. Herron mainly contributes on special teams and he had one kick return for 13 yards on Sunday.

Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner played in his second game back from injury and had three tackles (one for loss) while playing a total of 23 snaps on Sunday.

Defensive tackle Montori Hughes dressed for his second career NFL game and contributed three tackles in just 17 snaps.


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