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TIGHT END ROOM IS FULL OF ENERGY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 26, 2012 – 4:04 pm

When Alfredo Roberts walks into his tight ends room each morning he can’t help but smile.

Looking at him is a trio of excited players experiencing their first NFL season.

“Energy, energy, energy,” Roberts said of his tight ends room. “It’s been fun because they are buying in. It’s a new lesson each day.”

The elder statesmen of Roberts’ room is 25-year old Dominique Jones.

This time last year Jones was playing in the Indoor Football League but his versatility to line up at a number of spots on the field has him in the NFL.

“He’s an interesting story because he had to persevere to actually get to this spot,” Roberts said of Jones. “He adds a different dimension because he had some success in the preseason catching the football so guys know that he can catch and run, so you can’t just turn a blind eye to him.”

Following Jones, is the recently turned 24-year old Coby Fleener.

At six-foot-six-inches and over 250 pounds, Fleener’s frame is similar to many of the premier tight ends in the league.

Fleener caught six balls for 82 yards in his first career NFL game playing in front of family and friends in Chicago.

While Roberts is preaching consistently with his young group, having a player like Fleener can make up for the inexperience.

“Everything is not going to be perfectly laid out for you so sometimes you need that great athlete to make that unusual play to get yourself going,” Roberts said of Fleener.

Allen brings the physical nature to the group, excelling in run blocking but showed what he can do in the receiving game with a handful of catches for 35 yards on Sunday.

“He’s always had the opportunity to have some production in the passing game,” Roberts said of Allen. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t find him just based on defensive structure or play call.”

Roberts admitted that the energy he gets from his players has rubbed off on him. He has seen strides daily from the trio and for a coach that has kids a few years younger than his tight ends, he knows he must keep things interesting.

“For me it’s a lot of college football talk, get those guys motivated and keep them consistent,” Roberts said. “We got Green Bay coming in next week and that’ll be interesting because those linebackers will be a nice matchup to see how they guard these guys.”


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK THREE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 24, 2012 – 12:00 pm

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had a career-high five catches for 35 yards on Sunday. His five catches were second most on the team.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard saw action offensively and on special teams against the Jaguars. He had five carries for 12 yards as the Colts once again used a trio of backs on Sunday.

LaVon Brazill, WR: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL tackle on a kick return.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener did not record a catch on Sunday as Allen had all the production in the receiving game for the tight end position.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was the star of the rookie class against the Jaguars. He had three of the four longest plays for the Colts offense on Sunday including his first career touchdown via a 40-yard reception. Hilton returned four punts for 29 yards and had one kickoff return for 26 yards.

Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-46 for 313 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He threw his fifth touchdown pass of the season, all of which have gone to different receivers. Luck also had a productive day on the ground against the Jaguars, rushing for 50 yards on four carries.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell were inactive against the Jaguars.


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ROOKIE RECAP: WEEK 2

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 18, 2012 – 12:00 pm

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen recorded his first career catch that also ended up being his first career touchdown on Sunday. On a third-and-goal from the three-yard line, Allen found a spot in the Vikings zone and quarterback Andrew Luck found him for the first Colts score on the afternoon.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard saw action offensively and on special teams against the Vikings. He had six carries for 13 yards on Sunday. Ballard is second on the Colts with 10 carries through two games.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had a pair of catches on Sunday for 16 yards. Both of Fleener’s catches came during the Colts 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half. Fleener is third on the Colts in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (98).

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton saw his first NFL action as receiving and returning punts and kicks. After missing the Bears game due to a shoulder injury, Hilton caught a screen pass for 15 yards, and returned one kick for 19 yards and a punt for 11 yards.

Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 21-of-30 for 224 yards with two touchdowns in his home debut. He was at his best during the game’s most crucial moments. Luck and the offense scored 13 of its 20 points in the final two minutes of each half.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was signed earlier this week off the Tampa Bay practice squad and played on special teams against the Vikings. When center Samson Satele left the game with a leg injury, Sowell was the Colts lone healthy lineman left on the bench.

 

Rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill was active but did not see action against the Vikings. Quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive for the second straight week.


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WEEK 1 ROOKIE RECAP

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 10, 2012 – 9:53 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen did not start on Sunday but saw ample playing time throughout the game. The rookie from Clemson lined up at a number of positions for the Colts offense and was used mainly as a blocker against the Bears. Allen also played special teams on Sunday.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard entered the game on the Colts third offensive series and finished the contest with four carries for six yards. The running back position saw the return of Mewelde Moore to the lineup on Sunday. Ballard was also on various special teams units on Sunday.

LaVon Brazill, WR: Brazill was the Colts kick and punt returner for Indianapolis on Sunday and also saw some action at wide receiver. He had a 15-yard kickoff return which he fumbled and had a pair of punt returns for a total of 12 yards. With T.Y. Hilton not active due to a shoulder injury, Brazill was the lone rookie receiver for the Colts and had one catch for 10 yards.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener’s six catches for 82 yards placed him third among tight ends around the league on Sunday. On the Colts final drive before halftime, Fleener had three catches for 51 yards including a pair of 22-yard grabs. Fleener caught four balls in the preseason but showed his abilities in the receiving game against the Bears.

Dominique Jones, TE: A year after playing in the Indoor Football League, Jones caught Andrew Luck’s first NFL pass on Sunday. Lining up at fullback, Jones’ lone catch on the afternoon went for eight yards.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 23-of-45 for 309 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He pointed to his four turnovers as an area for improvement but there were flashes of production for the Colts offense. Luck’s first NFL touchdown came in the fourth quarter when he found wide receiver Donnie Avery for a four-yard touchdown. Luck’s 309 yards passing is the most ever for a Colts quarterback making his NFL debut.

Fellow rookies Chandler Harnish and T.Y. Hilton were inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bears.


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JONES’ VERSATILITY SEEN IN RUNNING GAME

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 23, 2012 – 8:00 am

He isn’t the John Mackey Award winner and wasn’t a prime target of quarterback Andrew Luck in college.

Despite not having the resume of his fellow rookie tight ends, Dominique Jones has found an established niche in the Colts offense.

Among the normal roles that tights ends fill (a mixture of receiving and run blocking), Jones has also seen some action in a short yardage role for the Colts by carrying the football.

Jones’ first NFL carry came on a third-and-one against the Rams with the rush gaining three yards.

“We had worked on it a couple of times in practice but other than that, that’s my first time carrying the ball,” Jones said. “I carried the ball a little bit in the IFL (Indoor Football League) league but that was in January. The Rams game was pretty much my first experience carrying the ball in an NFL game.”

Lined up in the fullback position, Jones took the carry from Luck and accomplished the main objective on short yardage plays—move the chains.

“Anything the coaches are asking me to do, I’m going to do it whole heartedly and try to get that first down because that’s a big down and distance for us to get and keep that drive moving,” Jones said.

On the Colts depth chart right now, Jones has the letter ‘F’ next to his name to indicate his position within the offense.

During training camp, head coach Chuck Pagano explained the position that currently has Dwayne Allen and Jones penciled in.

“He could be split out wide, or he could be lined up right behind the quarterback in front of the tailback, or offset behind the guard or tackle. There are multiple positions for that position,” Pagano said.

Against the Rams, along with his first down rush, Jones also caught his first NFL pass for 22 yards.

Jones signed with the Colts on May 1 and benefited from familiarity with general manager Ryan Grigson following a tryout he had with the Eagles in 2011.

After figuring out what type of offense he would soon be playing in, Jones is ready to see his skill set used all over the field.

“When I first got here for the tryout and started learning a little bit about the offense, I was very excited about it because they used a lot of tight ends and then when I saw they were using three tight end sets, I felt like it was a good opportunity for me to come in and get an opportunity to play,” Jones said.


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