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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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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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“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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Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: San Diego Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 15, 2013 – 11:34 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 Diego.

The normal reps for Trent Richardson were not there on Monday night.

Limited offensive possessions only allowed for 10 Richardson carries against the Chargers but he did average 4.0 yards on those attempts.

Richardson had both of the Colts third-down conversions from Monday night.

During the Colts lone third quarter drive, it was Richardson with 12- and three-yard rushes on separate third-and-ones.

“That’s how it should be all season,” Richardson said of the physical running nature.

The most impressive Richardson play of the evening came on a 13-yard reception where he broke three separate tackles.

However, it was a late fourth quarter drop that had Richardson’s attention following the 19-9 loss.

“I dropped a screen pass (because) I took my eyes off the ball,” Richardson said after the game. “I can still see myself running. That’s not the football I play. I don’t like to have missed assignments. I’m beating myself up about it, but good thing we have a game this Sunday.”

“We beat ourselves. Don’t get me wrong they made a lot of good plays and that’s a good team, but I felt the whole game that we weren’t going to lose.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Inside Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard saw ample playing time in the second half with Jerrell Freeman sidelined (concussion). Sheppard finished with four tackles and had a nine-yard sack of Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Tackle Ricky Jean Francois was back in the starting lineup after he missed the last two weeks with a groin injury. Jean Francois had three tackles and a tackle for loss which forced a field goal attempt by the Chargers.

Fullback Stanley Havili returned to the lineup on Monday night and while his stats might not indicate it, his contributions should not be taken for granted. Havili did have a 12-yard reception in the fourth quarter that set up Adam Vinatieri’s 51-yard field goal.


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“Back-Up of the Game” is inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:42 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

When Jerrell Freeman exited the game late in the first half with a concussion, it was time for a little in game “Next Man Up”.

Sheppard played a majority of the second half in Freeman’s absence and had four tackles, including a critical fourth quarter sack of Philip Rivers.

The Colts had cut the lead back down to seven points on an Adam Vinatieri field goal with 7:21 to play.

On the ensuing drive, Sheppard bull-rushed Chargers running back Danny Woodhead and sacked Rivers for a nine-yard loss.

The sack came on a second-and-10 and two plays later the Chargers were punting, giving the Colts one final opportunity to tie the game.

Sheppard was acquired via trade following April’s NFL Draft. He previously started 24 games in two years with the Buffalo Bills.

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Greg Toler is the Colts Newcomer of the Week-Oakland Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 9, 2013 – 11:00 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 Oakland:

It’s the same ball-hawking skills that have been on display since OTAs.

Greg Toler just decided to show a few more people that ability on Sunday afternoon.

With the Raiders into Colts territory on the game’s first possession, Toler ended any scoring opportunity with an interception in the end zone.temp2013_0906_prac_0969--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

On the interception, Toler had tremendous coverage inside of Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater.

“I was fortunate enough to get a beat on the ball coming down. Our defensive line and linebackers, hats off to those guys for getting pressure on Terrelle (Pryor) and he just kind of lofted it up and I found the ball early and was able to make a play for my guys,” Toler, who received a game ball, said following the Colts 21-17 victory.

Toler also had a pair of pass deflections on Sunday and was apart of a Colts secondary who continually kept plays alive for well over five and six seconds.

“It gets hard, talking from a DB aspect, just covering your guy with your back to the quarterback,” Toler said. “It’s just kind of hard not knowing where he’s scrambling to, if he’s up on your back, the guy’s trying to run a comeback, it’s pretty hard, but I think we did well and we can get better.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

-Safety LaRon Landry led the Colts defense with 15 tackles (10 solo).

-Wide Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had three catches for 33 yards.

-Inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard started for the injured Pat Angerer and finished fourth on the team with six tackles.


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Burning Topics heading into the final week of Colts Training Camp

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 12, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The Colts will conclude their 2013 training camp at Anderson University this Friday.

Practices will take place each afternoon through Thursday, before a final Friday morning session wraps up three weeks in Anderson.

With a preseason game in the books, here’s a look at five topics to focus on before the Colts travel east this weekend to take on the New York Giants.

Andrew Luck looking for scoring drives: It was a short, but solid, afternoon for the Colts first-team offense on Sunday.

Luck admitted to a mental error with his cadence at the line of scrimmage that led to a sack. Also, a Coby Fleener fumble ended a potential scoring drive.

Against the Bills, Luck was 4-of-6 for 41 yards. Expect the Colts second-year quarterback to get a few more series of action on Sunday night.

Putting together sustained drives, ending in points, is a point of emphasis this week.

Getting DHB his first catch with the Colts: Darrius Heyward-Bey is still working his way back from a knee sprain.

He ran with the first unit against the Bills but did not record a catch.

Expect DHB to get some more 11-on-11 work in practice this week as the Colts try to solidify a potent top three receiver group in Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and DHB.

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Starting offensive line needs to stay in tact: This goes without saying but given the depth behind the starting five, keeping the current unit healthy is vital.

Each member of the starting five has been out there for every practice during training camp which is a welcoming sign with two new starters being brought in.

Backup Joe Reitz got multiple quarters at left tackle against the Bills after primarily working at guard in the early part of training camp.

If the Colts can get rookies Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes back out on the practice field than the offensive line would have some depth as the midway point of the preseason approaches.

LB-Justin Hickman could be done for the year: Chuck Pagano said Hickman’s foot injury suffered against the Bills is potentially season ending.

Hickman was starting at ILB on Sunday with Pat Angerer, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey and Josh McNary all sidelined with injuries.

The competition for a starting spot next to Freeman seems to be between Kavell Conner and Kelvin Sheppard, at least until the names mentioned above return from various injuries.

Waiting for the debuts of LaRon Landry and Bjoern Werner: Two of the Colts more intriguing defenders sat out against Buffalo with minor injuries.

Having Werner back out on the field this week, as Pagano said he expects, will help a Colts pass rush that recorded just one sack and one quarterback hurry in the preseason opener.

At the backend of the defense, the Colts missed five safeties with Landry the headliner of the group.

If Landry makes his debut next weekend, he will do it in the stadium that he called home in 2012 with the New York Jets.

Also, the Giants are an opponent Landry knows well after five seasons with the Washington Redskins.


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Colts ready for “Friday Night Lights” feel at Anderson University on Tuesday evening

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 6, 2013 – 12:43 pm

Cory Redding is used to playing under the lights.

As a product of Texas High School Football, Redding knows the feeling that he will get when the Colts head out for night practice on Tuesday.

“Anytime you are under the lights, you kind of get the hair on the back of your neck to stand up a little bit, kind of get the jitters,” Redding said.

“It’s almost like Friday Night Lights Football all over again.”

Macholtz Stadium on Anderson University’s campus will be the sight of the Colts under the lights this evening as practice is scheduled to run from 6:30-8:50.

The Colts got a glimpse of an evening practice during minicamp when the team headed down to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Even Chuck Pagano mentioned that tonight’s atmosphere is a bit different with the Colts expecting a capacity crowd.

“We are excited about tonight,” the Colts head coach said this morning after the team’s walk-through. “The guys are excited for a little change up. It will be great to be inside the stadium, great to be in front of the fans here.”

“Anytime you go under the lights, the hair on the back of your neck seems to stand up, there’s a little bit more excitement. It brings some new added energy to camp.”

The schedule for tonight’s practice will open up with 20 minutes of special teams, before the offense and defense take over from there.

Full pads are expected before the team takes an off day on Wednesday.

Former Colts punter Hunter Smith and his band will perform in Colts City beginning at 5 p.m., getting the energy started early for a unique practice that players relish.

Ricky Jean Francois played his high school football in the hotbed of Miami before moving on to the SEC.

Safe to say he knows what “playing under the lights” is all about.

“It’s going to feel like a high school night so hopefully the city shuts down and everybody comes out and enjoys practice with us.”


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Day Eight Impressions: Competition behind DHB, new names at ILB and Greg Toler returns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 5, 2013 – 4:58 pm

The Colts spent most of Monday afternoon’s practice drilling specific situations (Hail Mary, last second field goals, getting out of bounds, etc).

During the live portion of practice though, Andrew Luck caught fire early on, connecting on his first 10 passes.

Here are three takeaways from day eight…

DHB’s injury “not serious”: Darrius Heyward-Bey did not practice on Monday afternoon, watching from behind the receivers group.

The Colts said the injury is “not serious” following practice but without DHB in the lineup the door is open for some significant receiver reps.

T.Y. Hilton added yet another strong day of practice to his impressive training camp. Hilton caught four of Luck’s first seven passes on Monday.

Griff Whalen and Nathan Palmer should see their reps increase with DHB sidelined. Also, Jeremy Kelley and Lanear Sampson have had a nice first week of camp.

Inside Linebacker spot filled with competition: Colts fans were checking their rosters frequently on Monday with some different names sliding into the inside linebackers spot.

Jerrell Freeman was sidelined with a shoulder injury on Monday, which gave some first team reps to Justin Hickman.

Last year, Hickman played extensively on the outside but this year he has also been taking reps at inside and was with the first unit for a quite a while on Monday.

Other names that Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky mentioned for the starting spot next to Freeman includes Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Pat Angerer and Josh McNary.

Cornerbacks welcome back Greg Toler: Back with the first unit on Monday afternoon was Colts cornerback Greg Toler.

While Toler was back with the first unit, it was Vontae Davis and Darius Butler who both added to their numerous camp pass deflections.

After Davis was victim of a terrific catch by Reggie Wayne during red zone drills, he bounced back the following play knocking a potential touchdown away from the Colts six-time Pro Bowl receiver.

Earlier in practice it was Butler leaping high in the air to knock away a pass that would have been a significant gain for Wayne.

 

 

 


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