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Colts Daily Headlines: July 24th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 24, 2013 – 9:05 am

The roster moves are beginning and Mike Chappell takes a look at a pair of moves the Colts made yesterday. Also, the Colts are scheduled to have a potential free agent receiver visiting on Wednesday. Lastly, ESPN.com delves into how Dwight Freeney’s loss might affect Robert Mathis.

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 Wednesday, July 24th.  

New Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw to begin training camp on PUP list

By: Mike Chappell Indy Star

Roster moves will be popular over the next few weeks and the Colts announced their first in a while on Tuesday evening.

New free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been placed the physically unable to perform list and rookie safety John Boyett was placed on the non-football injury list.

Bradshaw is recovering from an offseason foot injury but reassured Colts fans that he will be ready come September.

Bradshaw offered an up-beat tweet shortly after the Colts announced the roster moves.

“For all y’all believers, just know tht I will b ready to rock. Come regular season. So, thank u, and keep believing. God-bless!’’ he wrote.

Indianapolis Colts to host workout with Donald Jones Wednesday

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The search for additional roster moves is never-ending for the Colts.

According to a source of Mike Chappell, wide receiver Donald Jones is scheduled to work out for the Colts on Wednesday.

Jones, 25, was recently released by the New England Patriots. The former Youngstown State standout was with the Buffalo Bills from 2010-12. He had a career-best 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns with the Bills last season.

On Robert Mathis without Dwight Freeney

By: Paul Kuharsky, AFC South Blog

Kuharsky along with Pro Football Focus takes an in-depth look at the presence of Robert Mathis without Dwight Freeney.

This will be Mathis first season in the NFL without No. 93 opposite him and it remains to be seen how that will affect the five-time Pro Bowler.

Here is an overview of Mathis’ sack numbers without Freeney on the field.

These numbers also include the postseason.

2008 — 14 of Mathis’ 14 sacks came with Freeney on the field

2009 — 8 of 10

2010 — 6 of 10

2011 — 9 of 10

2012 — 5 of 9

That’s 79.2 percent of Mathis’ sacks in the past five years with Freeney also on field. (In all, Freeney was on the field for 73.3 percent of Mathis’ plays.)

 


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: WEEKEND EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 1, 2013 – 8:44 am

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 five pieces from Monday, July 1st

All-time Indy Colts tight ends: Dallas Clark and Marcus Pollard

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

On Chappell’s team, he moves on to the tight end position with a pair of mainstays that have donned the horseshoe over the past 15 years.

Chappell spoke with former Colts head coach Tony Dungy to give his thoughts on the duo.

“Marcus was a very good player,’’ he said. “Dallas Clark was special, a unique guy.

“He was Marcus Pollard (before Pollard joined the NFL); in my mind just a little bit better than Marcus Pollard.’’

Police: Colts safety Joe Lefeged arrested after fleeing from traffic stop, found with unregistered pistol

By: Eric Weddle, Indianapolis Star

It was an unfortunate start to the weekend for Colts safety Joe Lefeged.

The special teams standout was arrested in Washington D.C. late Friday night and here’s a few bits of information from Weddle’s article…

Lefeged is being held without bail pending a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Lefeged, 25, was in a white Camaro with two other men when police attempted to stop it for driving erratically. After an unspecified chase, he and another passenger, Timothy Wilson, were arrested, said Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman. The driver fled on foot and had not been identified, but Alali said police were confident of apprehending him.

A handgun was found in the vehicle, Alali said.

The arrest occurred in northeast Washington on the 4200 block of Blaine Street Northeast at 12:05 a.m. today.

Colts rookie John Boyett still inspired by late sister’s spirit in the face of death

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indianapolis Star

Wilson wrote a tremendous feature on Colts sixth round draft pick John Boyett and how he remembers his sister who died a little over two years ago.

Danielle Boyett died after a fight that started with a brain tumor at the age of 12.

“I think about her every day,” said John, 23, during a break from May’s rookie mini-camp. “It’s still tough for me.

“The necklace reminds me that I play the game for a greater cause. Yes, I personally want to be successful and help my team win. But me wanting to make my family and sister proud means the most.”

Applause for Colts TE Dwayne Allen

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN AFC South Blog

Colts rookie tight end Dwayne Allen spent a portion of last week at the NFL rookie symposium.

Kuharsky found these words from Allen (through Rick Maese of the Washington Post) where he addressed the issue of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

“A lot of people are afraid of the words, ‘Oh man, you different,’” Allen said. “You damn right I’m different. You damn right I’m different. I got a lot more money in my pocket, and a lot more sense. That’s the way you got to go about it.

“If you just turn on your TV to ESPN, this is a brotherhood. This is a brotherhood. One of our brothers in trouble right now. It really hurts me, man. But one of our brothers is in trouble right now because he didn’t want to be different. You got to make a choice right now. …You’re not the same dude you was when you grew up. You different now. That doesn’t mean you can’t hang out with your boys, do things you used to do with your boys. You still do those, but you got to be smart about it, smart about your decisions, man.”


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 7TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 7, 2013 – 8:58 am

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 five pieces from Friday, June 7th.

Colts welcome arrival of Wayne for offseason work

By: Mike Marot Associated Press

Marot takes a look at the 34-year old Wayne and how the six-time Pro Bowler is adjusting to another offseason with new faces and a new scheme.

With faces continuing to change around Wayne, he remains one of the most experienced Colts on the entire roster.

“The last few years my main focus on Day 1 has been just getting to know my teammates, getting to know their names, getting to figure out where everybody comes from and then going into the playbook because at the end of the day, you are out there with them and they are out there with you and you are doing whatever you got to do for each other. So I think it would be bad to go out there and not know the guy next to you, his first and last name,” Wayne said. “It has been a challenge, but I’m getting it done. It’s a little new to me still, but it’s cool.”

Finding the Fits: John Boyett could be solution to Colts’ secondary

By: Rob Rang, CBS Sports

CBS Sports is taking a look at some of the more intriguing draft picks from this April’s draft and Boyett fits the mold for Indianapolis.

Rang analyzes Boyett’s knee injuries that are currently holding him out of OTAs and how that will impact his future at the safety position.

As a sixth-round pick, Boyett isn’t likely to overtake Antoine Bethea or Landry as a starting safety for the Colts this season. His reliable open-field tackling and passion, however, could make him a special teams demon and valuable backup as a rookie. Considering that Landry hasn’t started all 16 games since 2008, Boyett’s readiness could be tested earlier than anyone expects.

The article also takes a look at first round pick Bjoern Werner and fifth round selection Montori Hughes.

Indianapolis Colts must run the ball better in 2013

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

On a day when the Colts news centered around Ahmad Bradshaw visiting the team’s complex, Chappell took a look at the running back position in Indianapolis.

For more than a decade, the Colts have been more prone to go through the air than carving up yardage on the ground.

While the attempts are one thing, Colts coaches look at another stat when evaluating the running game.

“It’s not necessarily how many yards we rush for, it’s … how efficient we are when we’re doing certain things,” said running backs coach David Walker. “If we run it 30 times but only gain 30 yards, we really didn’t do much.

“If we run it 30 times with 120, 130 (yards), then we’ve probably won the game and allowed other parts of our offense to open up.”

Ahmad Bradshaw, if healthy, would boost Colts’ running game

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

In Chappell’s blog, he takes a closer look at Bradshaw and how his potential addition may impact the Colts backfield.

Chappell believes that Bradshaw would “bolster” the position and says the following about the former Giants running back.

Bradshaw, 27, is a proven commodity. He rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns in six seasons with the Giants, and topped the 1,000-yard mark in two of his last three seasons (1,015 yards in 2012, a career-high 1,235 in ’10).

Breakout Player to Watch: Vick Ballard

By: Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

Burke is running a series on players he expects to breakout in 2013 and Ballard was one of his selections.

The article takes a look at a number of reasons on why Burke believes Ballard’s numbers will rise in 2013, including being involved in Pep Hamilton’s scheme.

Simply entering the season as the No. 1 back puts Ballard in position for a statistical boost. Ballard averaged just 5.8 carries per game and a measly 13.4 yards from Weeks 1 through 5; over the Colts’ final 11 contests, those numbers bumped to 16.5 and 67.9, respectively. Those averages, extrapolated out over a full season, put Ballard at nearly 1,100 yards.

How underrated? Well, just for discussion’s sake, Ballard was the 31st running back taken in Sports Illustrated‘s offseason fantasy mock draft (on shelves in our annual Fantasy Football magazine soon), behind such players as Baltimore backup Bernard Pierce, oft-injured Chargers starter Ryan Mathews, rookies Le’Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy, and unproven Jets back Chris Ivory.

Ballard has a very realistic shot to soar past the production of any player listed there — his 67.9 yards-per-game average in his final 11 outings would have been a top-20 mark were it not for his lack of carries in games 1 through 5.

The Colts have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai ran for 1,072 yards back in 2007. If he stays healthy and the Colts do not freeze him out of the offense, Ballard should break that drought.


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ROOKIE JOHN BOYETT BRINGS A STORIED PAST TO THE NFL

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

The University of Oregon football program carries a storied tradition that has only grown over the past decade.

While the Ducks have soared to national prominence since the turn of the century, the program has 10 conference championships to its name.

Yet back in 2009, there was a 5-10, 205-pound safety doing something that had not been done by any other player in the history of Oregon football.

Freshman John Boyett would lead the Ducks with 90 tackles while filling in for future NFL safety T.J. Ward.

With his 90 tackles, Boyett became the first Oregon freshman to lead the Ducks in tackles since defensive stats were first recorded in 1969.

“John’s a thinker,” Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. “His motor is always running. He studies so much film that he feels that he knows what’s going to happen before it happens.”

“You’ve got to love what John brings because he really studies the game, really loves playing, enjoys practice. That’s why I call him a football gym rat, a guy that’s always around, always asking questions, always looking at film, just loves playing.”

Aliotti is beginning his 15th straight season at the helm of the Ducks defense and knows what is missing now that Boyett, a four-year starter, has moved onto the NFL.

The accolades that Boyett accumulated (a two-time All-American resume) speaks for itself but Aliotti provided some light on the type of player that Colts fans might not see from purely a stats standpoint.

“(Boyett) comes to work everyday, to practice, to get better and study. He loves being around it and he’s a fun kid to be around. He might even give Coach (Chuck) Pagano and (Greg) Manusky some defenses to run. He’ll draw up some ‘Boyett blitz,” Aliotti said with a laugh.

Boyett’s senior season was cut short due to knee pain that he played through during the better part of his career in Eugene.

Pagano said following the draft that Boyett’s rehab was pointing in the right direction and the two were able to talk at this year’s NFL Combine.

As a former defensive back, Pagano sees the fire in Boyett that is needed to be a successful member of the secondary

“We had a few minutes in between (formal combine interviews), and this guy just blew us away in about a two-minute interview,” Pagano said of Boyett. “You could tell that this guy was very, very passionate about playing this sport, playing football, and what he could bring to the table.”


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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2013 COLTS ROOKIE CLASS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 6, 2013 – 7:50 am

Here is a compilation of highlights for virtually all of the Colts rookies. Apologies to the quality and music choices of some of the videos but I wanted to include highlight clips so people can get a look at what the Colts will be working with the next few months.

2013 Colts Draft Picks

OLB Bjoern Werner, Florida State

-A highlight film of Werner’s senior season at Florida State showcases his ability to get off the ball extremely fast while also including clips in pass coverage. Check out the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and his 13 sacks below.

OG Hugh Thornton, Illinois

-The Thornton highlight film shows the All-Big Ten offensive lineman’s versatility along the line and compiles clips from multiple seasons.

C/OG Khaled Holmes, USC

­-Holmes’ highlight film shows his strengths and weaknesses and includes clips from his senior season, where he fought through a high ankle sprain in his final season as a three-year starter.

NT Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin

-The footage on Hughes is from the 2013 Senior Bowl. The film begins with individual drills from Hughes (No. 54) before moving into plays in the game where the Colts fifth round draft pick was on the field.

S John Boyett, Oregon

-Boyett’s highlights showcase the All-American safety’s impressive instincts and a blocked kick against UCLA.

RB Kerwynn Williams, Utah State

­-These highlights don’t include Williams’ kick return ability but it does show his senior film with numerous big plays both via rush and out of the backfield.

TE Justice Cunningham, South Carolina

­-While Cunningham is thought to be more of a blocker, these clips prove that he can be a threat in the passing game, too.

2013 Undrafted Free Agents

CB Dax Swanson, Sam Houston State

­-Many draft scouts thought Swanson would be drafted and this interview with Sam Houston State includes highlights of the school’s all-time leader in interceptions.

RB Dan Moore, Montana

­-This highlight film doesn’t come from the greatest of angles but gives people a look at the running ability that the 235-pound Moore brings to the fold..

LB C.O. Prime, Wagner

­-Wagner did an interview with Prime following his signing with the Colts.

WR Rodrick Rumble, Idaho State

­-The highlights on Rumble include his 10-catch, 218-yard performance he had against Washington State back in 2011.

RB Denodus O’Bryant, Lindenwood

­-The highlights on Rumble include his 10-catch, 218-yard performance he had against Washington State back in 2011.


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 29TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 29, 2013 – 8:42 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts emphasize needs along offensive, defensive lines
New Colts Hugh Thornton, John Boyett and others have dealt with a lot

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Mel Kiper Jr.’s early reviews
Jaguars’ undrafted rookies

NFL NEWS
Scout.com: 20 Best Undrafted Players
Secrecy helps Bills land E.J. Manuel, perhaps long-awaited return to postseason
Jaguars add 23 undrafted rookie free agents
Titans scored big in draft
Almost no veteran player is safe following NFL Draft

AFC TEAM NEWS
Scarlett letters OK by Patriots
Some Steelers draft picks could make a quick impact
Smooth draft for Chargers in transition
Idzik sticks to guns

NFC TEAM NEWS
Selections are truly Giants
Eli’s not looking over his shoulder


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 28TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 28, 2013 – 10:30 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
2013 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts brass delighted with bevy of draftees
Colts trade way into 5th round, grab Tenn.-Martin DT Montori Hughes
Colts pick Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams in 7th round
Colts add USC center Khaled Holmes with 4th round pick
Peyton Manning says October game vs. Colts not on his mind yet
Justice Cunningham is 2013 NFL Draft’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’
Instincts key Colts safety Boyett
Hughes brings troubled past to Colts
Colts continue O-line revamping

COLTS.COM
Five more become Colts
Trojan Horse
Instant Reaction: TE-Justice Cunningham with the No. 254 pick
Instant Reaction: RB-Kerwynn Williams with the No. 230 pick
Instant Reaction: S-John Boyett with the No. 192 pick
Instant Reaction: DT-Montori Hughes with the No. 139 pick
C/OG Khaled Holmes with the No. 121 pick
Grigson finds trench player in a former wrestler, Thornton
Harnish looks back on eventful final day of 2012 NFL Draft
Thornton’s toughness continually praised by draft analysts

AFC SOUTH BLOG
The work left to do in the AFC South
AFC South draft analysis
Wooten’s best quality for Titans: speed
The Texans’ four sixth-rounders
Jaguars now have options at safety
Titans may need run downs from Edwards
Denard Robinson: Offensive weapon?
Texans grow LB depth with Williams
Titans continue to add to O-line
Ace Sanders could give Jaguars a jolt
On the Jaguars’ restraint at quarterback

NFL NEWS
Eagles take Matt Barkley at No. 98
Source: LB Shaun Phillips to Denver
LeGarrette Blount dealt to Pats
QB Ryan Nassib goes to Giants
The 2013 draft’s winners, losers
Five best, worst matches of the draft
2013 NFL Draft: Breaking down winning and worrisome picks
Stephen Ross: Dolphins better without Tony Sparano
2013 NFL Draft: Winners and losers; rookie GMs do well
NFL Draft: Fraternal brothers of rehab helping Lattimore
Big weekend for the Packers and other thoughts on Day 3 of draft

AFC TEAM NEWS
Bill Belichick’s plan speaks to depth
NY Jets GM John Idzik, who helped build talented Seattle Seahawks, right to draft QB Geno Smith

NFC TEAM NEWS
NY Giants grab Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib after trading up in the fourth round of the NFL draft
Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene thrilled to be joining the Bears’ legacy of linebackers


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