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Indianapolis Colts Season In Review – INFOGRAPHIC

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

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 9, 2013 – 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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Will Hilton and Whalen continue to receive the bulk of third-down targets?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 6, 2013 – 9:41 am

Reggie Wayne’s loss has been analyzed in about every aspect.

One of the main areas that people focused on with Wayne’s loss is where Andrew Luck would turn to on third-down.

It’s no secret Wayne was Luck’s “security blanket” and the Colts signal caller would have to look elsewhere to sustain drives.

The Colts had 13 third downs on Sunday with Luck dropping back to pass on 12 of those occasions (Luck had 11 pass attempts, was sacked once and Donald Brown had one rush attempt).

Against the league’s top pass defense, Luck was 5-of-11 for 50 yards (4 first downs) and a touchdown on third-down. He had an 89.2 quarterback rating on third-down.

Here’s a breakdown of those attempts:

  • T.Y. Hilton’s targets-Hilton was the most frequent target on third-down with five targets including two second-half completions (one that went for a 10-yard touchdown). Hilton bounced back from an early drop with some important catches down the stretch and one would have to imagine the defensive attention will only increase towards No. 13 on the third downs.
  • Griff Whalen’s targets-Whalen was similar to Hilton in his number of targets on third-down with Luck turning towards his college roommate in times of duress. Whalen’s 17-yard catch on the eventual game winning touchdown drive came from a clean pocket for Luck. Whalen was lined up on Houston’s nickel cornerback on many third downs, another reason for his four targets on those downs.
  • Other targets-Luck only targeted Darrius Heyward-Bey once (DHB missed the entire 4th quarter due to injury) and many other times Luck was under intense pressure which forced some balls into crowded coverage. Moving forward, the attention that Hilton receives from opposing defenses will greatly impact the targets for Coby Fleener and DHB on third-down.

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Pep Hamilton’s bye week plans took a bit of a turn when Reggie Wayne went down

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 1, 2013 – 3:00 pm

Pep Hamilton wasn’t expecting to spend his bye week in this fashion.

Instead of reviewing film of the first two months of the season and getting a head start on the Houston Texans, Hamilton also dealt with the task of preparing for life without Reggie Wayne.

“It’s one of the harsh realities of the National Football League. It was tough to say the least,” Hamilton said of Wayne’s absence.

“We feel like we got to find ways, even if it’s by committee, to continue to move the ball and continue to move the ball in the passing game and be effective as a passing offense without Reggie. Andrew (Luck) had a tremendous amount of trust in Reggie and knowing that Reggie would get to the spot and ultimately that Reggie would make the play. We feel like we’ve got some other guys that are very capable of stepping in and making plays for us.”

Another area that Hamilton focused on during the bye week was creating more chances for new running back Trent Richardson.

Without Wayne, Hamilton knows that more attention will move towards opponents stopping the Colts run game.

“I have to do a better job of coming up with schemes that not only give our offensive line a chance to be successful, but of course to create holes for Trent. Create schemes that complement his wealth of talent,” Hamilton said on Thursday.

“That’s one of the things that we spent time as an offensive staff just looking at during the bye week. Finding ways to better feature our playmakers. Not just Trent, but Donald (Brown) and T.Y. (Hilton) and DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey) and Coby Fleener and Stanley Havili for that matter. But yes, I have to do a better job of finding ways to get Trent out in space.”

The last time Wayne missed a game with the Colts, Hamilton was a 27-year old offensive coordinator at Howard University, his alma mater.

His game plans for the rest of 2013 won’t include No. 87 but that doesn’t change the goals for this offense.

“We feel like even up until this point we’ve been an offense by committee. We’ve had a lot of different guys step up and make plays for us,” Hamilton said.

“We just know moving forward that it’s the next man up. DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey), T.Y. (Hilton), some of the younger guys that may get an opportunity to go in there and make plays for us in the passing game. Somebody is going to have to step up and make the plays.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 29th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 29, 2013 – 8:31 am

The Colts bye week is now over with the team starting a nine-game stretch in Houston on Sunday night. Today’s news looks back on the first two month of the season and how the team’s offense has stayed true despite injuries.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, October 29th.

It’s time for Darrius Heyward-Bey to step up

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

Darrius Heyward-Bey didn’t flinch when asked if there is “pressure” in receiving some more reps with Reggie Wayne’s absence.

“No pressure,” Heyward-Bey said when asked Monday afternoon. “I was just talking to [quarterback] Andrew [Luck] about that. We all work hard and our craft, that’s what we expect to do week in and week out.”

All eyes will be on the receiver spot every time Luck steps back in the pocket and throws to Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton or whoever manages to step up to be the No. 3 receiver – it’s anybody’s guess on that spot right now.

Miscues will likely be followed by, “Reggie could have made that catch,” or “Reggie would have known to get to the first-down marker.”

That’s what happens when you attempt to replace a future Hall of Famer. But Heyward-Bey, the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft, has soaked in everything Wayne has taught him since the first time the two met after he signed with the Colts during the offseason.

“Things don’t always go how the coaches draw it up,” Heyward-Bey said. “Reggie has taught me that’s OK. I’m a very black and white type of guy. I’m not a gray area [guy], but that’s what football is, a gray area. Every day coming to work and putting in that grind, I thought I was putting in a good grind in Oakland, I worked my butt off, but he took it to another level. He doesn’t come out of any reps. Me and T.Y. have definitely taken that in.”

From the Colts locker room: WR Reggie Wayne is already rehabbing his injured knee

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chuck Pagano and the Colts players offered some updates on Reggie Wayne having surgery last Friday.

The No. 2 receiver in Colts history underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered during the fourth quarter of the Oct. 20 win over the Denver Broncos. Dr. John Uribe, who also repaired the torn ACL in Edgerrin James’ left knee in 2001, performed Wayne’s surgery.

“Uneventful as they usually say … everything came out great,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s in good spirits, rehabbing three times a day, grinding it out as we would all expect.”

The initial phase of Wayne’s rehabilitation will take place in Florida until he’s allowed to travel.

“He’ll be back here eventually; as soon as they let him,” Pagano said.

Safety Antoine Bethea and linebacker Robert Mathis were among the first players to check out Wayne as he remained on the ground after suffering the injury. Along with placekicker Adam Vinatieri, they’re Wayne’s longest-tenured teammates.

“I’ve talked to him a couple of days,” Bethea said. “He’s doing well. Everybody knows what type of fighter he is. He’s going to bounce back.”

Added Mathis: “He’s upbeat, very positive, back on the trail.”

Recharged Colts ready for some football after bye

By: Mike Marot, The Associated Press

After a 5-2 record through the first two months of the season, the Colts returned to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center eager for the final stretch.

Players were focused, excited and eager to get back to work as they embark on a critical two-week stretch that could dictate their fate in the AFC South.

No, one week wasn’t enough to get everyone healthy, but it was long enough to give these players time to rest, recover and recharge before turning their competitive switch back on.

“You’ve got to, you’re a professional,” cornerback Darius Butler said. “Even on the off time, you’re still watching film, still rehabbing, still talking to some of the guys. You’ve always got to stay tuned in and you’re right back to it on Monday.”


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Colts “Newcomer of the Week” is Darrius Heyward-Bey

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 22, 2013 – 10:03 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 Denver.

His contributions will only grow moving forward but on Sunday night, Darrius Heyward-Bey had arguably his best game in a Colts uniform.

DHB caught four passes for 44 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch.

On the play, the threat of DHB in motion taking a handoff caused confusion for the Broncos defense. DHB then motioned back to the left side of the field and Luck found him for a well-executed touchdown.

“The last couple of games we’ve been running some reverses and we just wanted to give that look and get back out in the flat,” DHB said of his first touchdown with the Colts.

“Reggie (Wayne) said he had me on the block and I was able to get into the end zone. I give it up to the O-line, Reg and Coach Pep (Hamilton) for calling the play.”

Later in the game, DHB did take a handoff on a reverse and ran for a 30-yard gain.

“It felt great,” DHB said of his season-long rush. “The O-line did a great job blocking and Reg did a great job blocking down the field. When you see that open up, you just got to go.”

With Reggie Wayne sidelined for the remainder of the season, DHB’s role will only expand over the final nine games.

The Colts are sitting at 5-2 heading into the bye week and it’s wins like Sunday night that are a major reason why DHB signed with the Colts this season.

“Any win is big. In this league, it’s tough to win,” DHB said after the game. “Everybody is good so if you can get a win and play well, that’s big.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Outside Linebacker Erik Walden had a hand in all three Colts turnovers on Sunday. Walden hit Peyton Manning’s throwing arm on a fourth quarter pass that rocketed the ball up into the air and Pat Angerer eventually caught the interception. Walden also forced a goal line fumble in the fourth quarter to help the Colts preserve their nine-point victory.

Safety LaRon Landry was back in the starting lineup after he missed the past month. Landry had six tackles, including several critical stops in the open field.

Fullback Stanley Havili impacted the game in several ways on Sunday. Havili forced a fumble on punt coverage and had two tackles on special teams. He also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to give the Colts a 19-14 lead that they would not lose.


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Five Things Learned, Denver-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on October 21, 2013 – 10:34 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are 5-2 and have a two-game AFC South lead at their bye week.  The last two home wins – 34-28 over Seattle, 39-33 over Denver – were 60-minute slugfests that showed the spunk of this bunch.

Chuck Pagano lauded resiliency, passion, toughness, fortitude and, most of all, grit in the locker room following the victory over Denver.  The Colts still have not lost consecutive games under Pagano, going 7-0 and with a 7.1-point victory margin following losses.

It was a three-phase effort that is a blueprint of the program in Indianapolis.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

MR. TEAM – Andrew Luck may have thrown for three first-half touchdowns and raced in from 10 yards out for another in the second half, but all he would do was cite the full-team effort in beating Denver.  Luck always casts light on teammates and the program, never wishing any personal limelight.  His maturity has been on full display since his opening game, and Luck stayed grounded in the bluster of the return of Peyton Manning.  While some would call this a signature win over a team that had won 17 straight and with the finest Indianapolis Colt ever with Manning, Luck took delight in the team aspect of the win.

POSITIONAL PUNTING/KICKOFF EXCELLENCE – Pat McAfee had a 48.9 average on nine punts, with six landing inside the Denver 20.  The Broncos had one first down on those resulting drives and a team that had averaged only 3.2 non-scoring drives per game came away empty on 11-of-17 possessions.  More importantly, Indianapolis got 19 of its 39 points directly/indirectly as a result of those punts.  The first TD came after a fumble created on a return.  Another set up a strip-sack-safety that caused a nine-point swing to give Indianapolis a lead it would not lose.  The final one led to an interception and a clinching FG.  McAfee’s eight kickoffs all reached the end zone, four accounting for touchbacks.  Denver averaged a drive start at its 25, an 11-yard advantage for Indianapolis in that category over the course of the game.

RUNNING STILL EQUALS WINS – Of the Colts’ 71 offensive snaps, 31 were rushes.  Indianapolis upped its record to 10-0 under Pagano when attempting at least 30 rushes in a game – the league’s best record since 2012.  Luck had 29 yards, including an 11-yard first-down dash on third-and-11 in the second quarter.  That led to a touchdown, then he rolled in from 10 yards out himself in the second half.  Darrius Heyward-Bey gained 30 yards on a reverse.  The ground influence helped the Colts own the ball almost 32 minutes, 10 minutes more than in last week’s loss at San Diego.

LINEBACKER MAYHEM – Robert Mathis is Robert Mathis, a fifth multi-sack game this year to push his seasonal total to a league-best 11.5.  It is his fifth 10-plus sack season (plus ties his seasonal-bests from 2005 and 2008), and his second-quarter sack-strip-safety triggered a nine-point swing for a lead Indianapolis never relinquished.  Erik Walden was a free agent signee added to the corps to fight the run and harrow the quarterback.  Walden hit the right arm of Peyton Manning with 7:07 left, creating an interception for Pat Angerer at the Denver 24.  It led to a field goal and a nine-point lead after Manning cut a 36-17 deficit to six points with two scoring drives.  Walden then forced a fumble at the Colts’ two with 3:03 to go, staving off a sure score that could have swung the final advantage to Denver.  In a 35-possession game, there were plays made all over the field, but linebacker mayhem was a big reason Indianapolis emerged winners.

PAGANO VISION – It has been a season of successful replay challenges for Pagano and another one netted results against Denver when a punt return ruled out of bounds before a fumble was reversed, and it led to an Indianapolis TD.  Pagano’s eagle eyes keep paying dividends.  Also, stressing a plus-two turnover ratio per game, he got it for a fourth time in 2013.  The Colts have defeated Oakland, San Francisco, Jacksonville and Denver with that margin.  NFL home teams with plus margins were 20-2 heading into yesterday’s games.  The Colts are 2-0 in home games with a plus margin.


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 3rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 3, 2013 – 8:51 am

Today’s news looks at the milestones that Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne are closing in on. The other two pieces focuses on the Seattle Seahawks and their elite secondary and elusive quarterback.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 3rd.  

Out of the shadows: Colts LB Robert Mathis and WR Reggie Wayne are closing in on career milestones without their famous running mates

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell looks at the milestones that Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne are closing in on.

For Mathis it’s the 100-sack mark.

“Not enough talent, too small, too this, too that to be where I am today,” Mathis said, rattling off the skepticism that preceded the Colts selecting him in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. “But I’m here and still trying to hang around and kick with the young guys.”

He’s 32, in his 11th season and showing no signs of slowing down despite being a marked man this season following the off-season departure of Dwight Freeney.

“He’s the benchmark for any young player coming in here,” coach Chuck Pagano said.

And for Wayne it’s the 1,000-reception clip.

“If you look at how long they’ve been keeping stats, look at all the people that’s come and gone and all the great receivers and great defensive linemen that never got anywhere close to those numbers, it’s humbling. It really is,” Wayne said.

Colts face a tall challenge against Seattle

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

The Seahawks secondary is one of the tallest and longest in the NFL and it will be up to the Colts to try and get off that press coverage.

The other challenge for the Colts will be on the outside when they are on offense. They are about to go up against the best cornerback tandem in the league: Seattle’s starters Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman stand 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively. Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattle’s defense as fast and physical. Quarterback Andrew Luck called it their biggest game of the young season.

“They get up in your face, they’re great pass-man corner guys, they challenge you, they make it extremely difficult to get off the line of scrimmage, so our guys are going to have to do a great job of working constantly to get away from those guys,” Pagano said. “They basically get up there and get their hands on you and they can take you out of a game.”

Darrius Heyward-Bey is the Colts’ tallest receiver at 6-foot-2. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are 6-0 and 5-foot-9. Hilton said the key to be able to get off their jams at the line of scrimmage.

“They’re going to try to use their advantage and their advantage is height and long arms,” Hilton said. “I’m just going to work on my technique and get better at the line.”

Determined Wilson ready to test Colts

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Wilson wasn’t one of the four first-round quarterbacks taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Yet the former baseball star led his team the furthest of any rookie quarterback last season.

On Sunday, he’ll arrive in Indianapolis as the leader of perhaps the NFL’s most complete team and one of the rising faces of pro football’s next generation.

“I’ve always been extremely, extremely confident in myself,” Wilson said Wednesday during a conference call at the Colts’ training facility. “I’ve never doubted myself or my abilities. I think the more experience you get, the more you understand situations. I think great quarterbacks are always great situational football players. I’m still trying to learn right now. I’m still in that constant quest for knowledge right now. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can through my experience.”

He’s proven to be a quick study.

Wilson won the starting job and completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,118 yards and tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record with 26 touchdown tosses last season. He also threw just 10 interceptions and finished with a sparkling 100.0 quarterback rating.


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Aubrayo Franklin is the “Newcomer of the Week”-Jaguars Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 30, 2013 – 10:38 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 Jacksonville.

He wasn’t the most heralded of 2013 free agent signings for the Colts but there’s no denying the impact that Aubrayo Franklin has had up the middle of the team’s 3-4 defense.

Franklin is an 11-year veteran nose tackle and he has 126 games of NFL experience knowing that stopping the run is his main asset.

On Sunday, Franklin helped the Colts defense limit Maurice Jones-Drew to 1.8 yards per carry (13 carries for 23 yard), the lowest output the Jaguars Pro Bowl running back has had in 60 straight games.

In the AFC South, the Colts face some of the game’s premier running back and Franklin’s addition was needed this offseason.

Not only has Franklin helped second-year nose tackle Josh Chapman grow into an NFL run-stopper, but he’s showing why he’s hung around the league at the age of 33.

When the Colts signed Franklin in late March, the veteran nose tackle talked about what brought him to Indianapolis and how he fits into a familiar defense.

“Just the chance to get back with my former defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky. Plus these guys made the playoffs and I feel like they are a contender again,” Franklin said back in March.

“(I’m) a hard, tough-nosed player, ready to give up my body to allow my linebackers to make plays, be free and make tackles.”

A month into his tenure as a Colt and it’s safe to say Franklin has carried out that description.

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Trent Richardson ran for 60 yards on 20 carries and scored his second touchdown with the Colts. Richardson got his first start with the Colts and saw his playing time increase to 55 offensive snaps without Ahmad Bradshaw.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had three catches for 33 yards on Sunday. DHB now has 13 catches for 135 receiving yards on the season.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck saw his first action as a member of the Colts on Sunday. Hasselbeck was 2-of-3 for 37 yards and led the Colts to a late fourth quarter field goal.


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Ahmad Bradshaw is the Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: 49ers Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 23, 2013 – 10:20 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 San Francisco.

For the second straight week, running back Ahmad Bradshaw takes home the honor and this one comes after a week in which he fell under the radar.

New Colts running back Trent Richardson received the headlines late in the week but it was Bradshaw’s “angry” running style that sealed the victory on Sunday.

Bradshaw had 19 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in the 27-7 win. He also added three catches for 16 yards.

Following halftime, Bradshaw rushed for 62 yards and it was his three-carry, 42-yard stretch on the fourth quarter, seven-minute touchdown drive that sealed the game.

Early in the second quarter, Bradshaw was shaken up following a one-yard rush and it looked as if the Colts would have to rely on Trent Richardson and Donald Brown for the rest of the afternoon.

However, the toughness of Bradshaw was evident when he returned later in the quarter and that was needed considering how little of the playbook Richardson had learned since Thursday.

The physical nature that Bradshaw brings to the running back position is something his teammates continually rave about and those runs were a major reason why the Colts knocked off the defending NFC Champions on Sunday.

“A lot of people didn’t believe we were physical. A lot of people thought we were just finesse,” defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said after the game.

“But we can do both and when you have both, that’s a dangerous weapon to have. We want to show the Porterhouse steak and the meat and potatoes with the gravy on it.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Trent Richardson ran for 35 yards on 13 carries and scored a one-yard touchdown in his first game with the Colts. Richardson’s touchdown on his first ever rushing attempt with the Colts marks the first time a player achieved such a feat since Gordon Brown on 10/4/87.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had five catches for 59 yards on Sunday and his yards after the catch were particularly effective.

Offensive guard Hugh Thornton started his first NFL game on Sunday. Playing left guard, Thornton helped the Colts offense amass 172 rushing yards on 39 carries on Sunday.


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