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“Newcomer of the Week” Texans Edition is Trent Richardson

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 16, 2013 – 12:21 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 Houston.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is running back Trent Richardson.

Just prior to the Cincinnati game, Trent Richardson announced that he was feeling the best he had felt since arriving to Indianapolis in the middle of September.

Richardson’s stats over the past two weeks would certainly back up his statement. tempDD4_3090--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

On Sunday, Richardson had 23 touches for 102 yards, giving him 34 touches for 190 yards over the last two weeks.

Richardson’s effort on Sunday was vital considering he played 46 offensive snaps (out of a possible 70) once Donald Brown exited with a “stinger”.

“I come out and train and practice hard and make sure I do everything I can to be in that position for whenever they call on my number, I’m ready,” Richardson said after the 25-3 victory.

“Our offensive line did a tremendous job today. The wide receivers did a really good job today and tight ends. As a group, as an offensive unit, we did a really good job today.”

Richardson scored on a nine-yard shovel pass midway through the second quarter and caught a total of four passes for 38 yards.

His season long rush of 22 yards came in the second half as Richardson received all of the running back load once Brown went down (before Tashard Choice came in to run out the clock).

“Trent’s been practicing extremely well. Trending in the right direction, obviously. Feeling more comfortable with the offense, so you’re going to see him do nothing but take off from here,” Chuck Pagano said.

“We saw it two weeks ago, last week and now with the positive things that happened to him today, it’s great for Trent and great for our offense and great for his confidence.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Outside linebacker Erik Walden had three tackles and a 10-yard sack of Case Keenum on Sunday.

Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner had his first career full sack in the NFL with a seven-yard takedown of Keenum in the fourth quarter.

Safety LaRon Landry was a part of a terrific safety duo on Sunday and led the Colts with nine tackles (eight solo).


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What were the Colts players saying after Sunday’s win?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 2, 2013 – 1:20 pm

The Colts returned to play in front of their home fans on Sunday afternoon and delivered with a vital 22-14 divisional win over the Tennessee Titans.

With the win, the Colts moved to three games up in the AFC South with just four weeks remaining in the regular season.

Find out what the Colts players said on Twitter after their Week 13 victory:

Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard:



Linebacker Erik Walden:



Tight End Weslye Saunders:

Cornerback Vontae Davis:



Safety Antoine Bethea:



Punter Pat McAfee:



Long Snapper Matt Overton:



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Colts “Newcomer of the Week” is Kelvin Sheppard

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:31 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 Tennessee.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

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The third-year linebacker had five tackles in 21 defensive snaps and was a major reason why the Colts defense put together its best effort in over a month.

“Really proud of the defense playing the way they did,” head coach Chuck Pagano said after the 22-14 win. “They were asked time and time and time again to go out there and make stops and got off the field against a team that came in doing a really good job on third down.

Sheppard has seen a variety of playing time in his first season with the Colts and has accounted for 11 tackles the last two weeks.

The Colts acquired Sheppard via trade for outside linebacker Jerry Hughes in late April.

At 256 pounds, Sheppard gives the Colts a physical presence at inside linebacker that is critical in stopping the opponents rushing attack.

That was once again the case on Sunday as the Colts held Chris Johnson to just 3.8 yards per carry with his longest rushing being just nine yards.

“It took every man that was donning a jersey on that side of the ball to get the job done,” Pagano said of the defense. “Every one of them that played tonight went in there and gave everything they’ve got and again, getting off the field was a major emphasis during the week, and obviously we’re always stressing turnovers.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Safety LaRon Landry was roaming the middle of the field all afternoon Sunday. He recorded four tackles, including a four-yard loss on a screen pass.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden returned from his one game suspension and played all 75 defensive snaps. Walden had four tackles and one pass deflection.

Inside Linebacker Josh McNary made his NFL debut on Sunday and played a total 21 snaps. In McNary’s three defensive snaps, the Army product recorded a quarterback hurry.


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Colts “Newcomer of the Week” Titans Edition…

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 15, 2013 – 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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Colts Daily Headlines: November 6th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 6, 2013 – 8:38 am

The Colts will head back onto the practice field this afternoon in preparation for the St. Louis Rams. Today’s news looks at hazing around the NFL and the extra attention Colts receivers will be receiving with T.Y. Hilton’s stellar play.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, November 6th.

Indianapolis Colts LB Erik Walden on hazing: ‘We have a no-nonsense policy’

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

With the hazing news around the Miami Dolphins locker room, talk is around the NFL on whether this is prevalent with other teams.

It occurs in every NFL locker room — yes, even with the Indianapolis Colts. But here in Indy, there are a few, well, subtle differences from the despicable accusations being levied against Miami guard Richie Incognito for his treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin.

If you’re a rookie here, you had better not forget the sunflower seeds. That’s a must. And you’d be wise to carry veterans’ helmets and shoulder pads to the locker room after practice.

But that’s as deep as it gets in the Colts’ locker room, according to players and coaches. More troublesome hazing has long been considered off limits, going back to at least to the earliest days of former coach Tony Dungy, who was hired in 2002.

“Nothing to the extreme where you have a person pulling a no-show, messing with their confidence or anything of that nature,” outside linebacker Erik Walden said. “I don’t really (believe) in that.

“(We have) a no-nonsense policy. We don’t feel like we have to do that to your younger players to get a point across.”

Who’s going to help T.Y. Hilton at receiver?

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

After a second-half to remember, the attention will certainly grow for T.Y. Hilton.

How will that affect the rest of the Colts receivers?

Things aren’t going to get easier for Hilton. He’ll likely start seeing some double teams as opponents try to slow him down.

That comes with success.

“Everybody else’s game has got to pick up because [teams are] going to find ways to not let [Hilton] wreck the game,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We know that and certainly our opponents are going to do everything they can to make sure he doesn’t have seven catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns.”


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“Newcomer of the Week” is safety LaRon Landry

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 4, 2013 – 11:18 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 Houston.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” goes to LaRon Landry for what the new safety has done since returning to the lineup.

Landry was second on the team with nine tackles on Sunday night.

Despite missing half of the Colts eight games, Landry is third on the team with 41 tackles.

Having Landry alongside Antoine Bethea gives the Colts a physical presence in a player that is always going full speed. tempD4D_2407--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Landry had some crucial open field tackles on Sunday night and helped the Colts defense bounce back from a difficult first half.

Early on it was Landry combining on a third-and-one run stop of Houston running back Ben Tate.

That stop was followed up by a failed fourth-and-one and the Texans missing a chance to go up 14-0 in the first five minutes of the game.

For a Colts secondary that was missing three contributors on Sunday night, Landry roaming all over the field has provided some play making ability to the backend of the defense.

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Trent Richardson had a pair of screen passes that came at critical times. Richardson had nine and 24-yard fourth quarter grabs that both led to T.Y. Hilton touchdowns.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden continues to play at a high level and he had a pair of tackles for loss to go along with a 10-yard sack of Case Keenum. The sack forced a Texans field goal attempt.

Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin had three tackles which is pretty high for a nose tackle. Franklin was apart of the middle of the Colts defense that stuffed the Texans on a pair of short yardage situations early in the first quarter with Houston in Indianapolis territory.


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Five Things Learned, Colts-Houston

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:59 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are 6-2 and have a two-game AFC South lead at the season’s midpoint.  The wins that followed a loss at San Diego came in dramatic style over unbeaten Denver and against a 2-5 Houston group fighting for its 2013 survival.

The Colts produced a 10th comeback win under Chuck Pagano by wiping out an 18-point halftime deficit in a 27-24 victory at Houston.  Plays were made across the board in keeping a two-game AFC South lead over Tennessee.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

PERFECT WITH PERFECTION – The Colts are 7-0 under Pagano (3-0 in 2013) in turnover-free performances.  That the club has seven in 24 outings (almost 30 percent of the time) is a pretty healthy percentage and is a testament to his ball security preaching.  Prior to Pagano, it took a 37-game span back to 2010 to encompass seven spotless performances.  The Colts’ six giveaways lead the league.  Only four other teams are in single digits.  Three of those seven miscue-free games have been on the road, further evidence of the ability to play like Pagano preaches.

OVERCOME ADVERSITY – Houston sucker-punched the Colts one minute into the game with a long TD pass.  Adam Vinatieri had a field goal blocked moments later to the delight of the Houston fans, but the defense held on third- and fourth-and-one rushes to thwart the Texans.  One possession later, a near blocked punt helped set up a short field and a second Houston TD in the opening quarter.  After replay overturned what appeared to be a recovered fumble on a kickoff return, Houston added its third TD for an 18-point lead.  It came on a gut punch with 34 seconds left in the first half, a time when late scores can damage a team’s mindset.  The Colts hung tough on the road and after trading field goals in the third quarter, scored on three straight drives to take the lead.  It was producing and being non-judgmental in adversity.  “Chuck (Pagano) puts into us the ‘never-give-up’ spirit,” said Anthony Castonzo.  “It’s a trickle-down effect.  Everybody buys in.  We’re all 100 percent in on every play.  There’s no give-up in this game.”

LUCK REMAINS MASTERFUL – With 10 game-winning drives in fourth quarter and overtime, Andrew Luck has the most of any quarterback in the first two years of a career since 1970.  Luck’s manner in the huddle and calm leadership style affects teammates deeply.  “Andrew basically takes control of the huddle.  He’s telling us, ‘One play at a time, one play at a time.’  He’s focused,” said Castonzo of Luck, who must have read Kipling while earning his architecture at Stanford.  Even after the latest Houdini act, Luck credits teammates and coaches first.  There is no “I” in Luck.  If a player can have a virtuoso career after 24 games, Luck has done it.

LINEBACKERS MORE THAN MATHIS – Houston was able to neutralize Robert Mathis probably better than any team this year.  Still, Erik Walden had a 10-yard second-quarter sack of Case Keenum that preceded a missed field goal that would have put Houston up, 17-0.  After the Colts took the 27-24 lead with four minutes left, Mathis and Angerer stopped Ben Tate for short yardage around midfield, then Angerer stayed at home and dropped Keenum for a three-yard loss on a Pistol keeper, a superb one-on-one effort.  On the ensuing play, Mathis contained Keenum and Angerer delivered a hit on Keenum’s release.  Keenum’s pass hit Walden in the facemask and Mathis nearly corralled the ball for a touchdown.  Three linebackers, three plays in the clutch, and the Colts forced a punt.  While Angerer’s 12 tackles topped the team, Walden was in the middle of key moments for a second straight game.

PRODUCTION PAST WIDE RECEIVERS – With Reggie Wayne gone for the season, developing production past the wide receiving corps is a must.  Luck hit wide receivers 12 times in 29 targets, with more plays being made in the second half than the first.  Indianapolis was able to get three receptions from Coby Fleener, plus a critical two-point snare.  Trent Richardson had two receptions, including a 24-yarder that set up T.Y. Hilton’s third TD.  Success in spreading the ball paid dividends, and the club must continue that as Luck’s cohesion with wide outs continues to develop.


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 24th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 24, 2013 – 8:46 am

With the players away from the complex, the news has simmered down a bit for the Indianapolis Colts. Today’s news looks at the play of Erik Walden and Andrew Luck’s honor.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 24th.

Time was right for Colts linebacker Erik Walden to make huge contribution against Denver

By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star

For Erik Walden, Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos was a coming out party of sorts.

After the season, the Packers elected not to bring him back. Grigson hauled in him, part of roughly $140 million spent on free agents in the offseason. Through six games, it was the Packers, and not the Colts, who appeared to have gotten the better end of the bargain.

“They earned it,” Pagano said. “What they’ve done to this point, they earned the extra time off. We got a great group, we got great leaders and I trust everyone will take care of themselves and do the right things and get away and have time to recharge, take care of their bodies, get healthy, be with family and reconnect with whoever they need to reconnect with.”

“You can’t listen to the critics,” Walden said. “I was growing into my role, but I got hard on myself, because of course I want a bunch of sacks.”

Everything was different Sunday because Walden was everywhere: Of Denver’s four turnovers, he had a role in three of them.

“It’s been a process,” said FitzGerald. “It takes time, but the things we’re teaching him are good things. When guys haven’t had the exposure, or you’ve learned over the years to do something a different way, you have to learn the new way and flush out the old way.”

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck named AFC’s offensive player of week

By: Staff, Indy Star

Every Wednesday, the NFL announces their weekly awards and for the first time in 2013, the Colts were recipients of some honors.

The NFL announced today that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 7. This marks the second time Luck has earned the award in his career.

“It’s a true honor and very indicative of a great team win over a good Broncos team,” said quarterback Andrew Luck. “We’ve still got a long way to go in the season, but we’re on the right track.”

Last week, Luck led the Colts to a 39-33 victory over Denver on Sunday Night Football. He completed 21-of-38 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns for a 99.5 passer rating. Luck also rushed for one touchdown in the game.

With four total touchdowns, Luck tied his single-game career-high (four at Detroit on Dec. 2, 2012). His three touchdown passes are the most he has thrown in a first half of his career while his 199 passing yards marked the third-highest total for a first half in a single game. Luck’s rushing touchdown was the eighth of his career, which ranks second among NFL quarterbacks over the last two seasons.


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Pagano talks the Denver game living up to the “hype”, Wayne’s injury, Mathis’ safety and the home crowd

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 23, 2013 – 9:15 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday night.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the Colts 39-33 win over the Denver Broncos:

On the Colts/Broncos game living up to the hype:

“Yeah, no question about it. It’s one of those games that you are going to remember forever and forever. Of course our fans were lights out. They were tremendous and they were there for us the whole way. Our guys stepped up and they made plays when they had to make plays. We knew Denver was going to make plays and we knew Peyton was going to make plays but we made a couple more then they made. We got contributions from so many different players, all three phases. I can’t speak enough about our defense and the job that they did. Nobody has been able to do that to that bunch to this point. Really proud of the guys.”

On Reggie Wayne’s season ending injury:

“It breaks your heart because you know what a warrior he is, what a warrior he has been, what he’s meant to this organization, to this franchise, to this city. To see a guy go down, we hate to lose anybody, Bob, and we’ve lost our fair share as you know, I just go back and look at that IR list and you don’t want to see it keep growing. You can’t replace Reggie and what he means and what he’s done and what he does on game day and what he does Monday-Saturday. We talked at length about that. We said we’ll get through the surgery and we’ll get him back in here and he’s got to be here. His presence, he’ll be in meetings. He’ll be doing all the same stuff, the only difference will be he won’t be suiting up and playing until a year from now. I know the guy and I know how he’s wired, his mindset and I know everybody else does, he’ll be so determined to work his tail back because I know he’s not going out this way.”

On Erik Walden’s game against the Broncos:

“He showed up big time, just like he showed up in every ball game this year. We feel very, very fortunate to have landed Erik. He was huge (Sunday). He came up big, recovering the one that was darn near a touchdown and he got the safety off Robert’s sack. Getting great pressure on the quarterback, harassing him as much as he did, to get (Peyton Manning’s) arm just in time and that ball goes straight up in the air, and right when we needed it too. I think I was saying “Hail Mary’s” on the sideline and then you look up and that ball lands in Pat’s (Angerer) lap. He played a great ball game.”

On the home crowd Sunday night:

“They were unbelievable. Even though the roof was open, and the window, it was electric in there. It was loud. They showed up just like we knew they would. They’re Hoosiers. They’ve been behind the horseshoe the entire time and I knew it wouldn’t change on Sunday night. I can’t thank them enough and I know our players appreciate and love them. The 12th man is unbelievable.”

On Robert Mathis sack/safety and if it changed momentum:

“I think that was huge because I think after that for maybe the second or third quarter, any time you can get after the quarterback, I don’t care who you’re playing, you can sense that and that clock in their head starts to tick a little bit faster. There was a lot of game changing plays in that game but that was the biggest one.”


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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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