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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver Griff Whalen.
Jim Irsay’s tweet announcing a roster move might have caught some by surprise on Saturday morning.
Roster moves usually don’t come at that hour and even the player being elevated to the active roster was a bit surprised.
“I really didn’t know anything. Nobody said anything to me, so it was kind of weird,” Whalen said of elevation.
“That’s something we talk about a lot, having everybody prepared as a starter. You never know who is going to go down or what kind of moves are going to be made, so I was trying to prepare like that all week.”
Whalen had four catches for 45 yards and his 18-yard touchdown on the initial drive was the Colts first opening half touchdown in nearly two months.
Not only did Whalen play 35 offensive snaps on Sunday but he also served as the team’s punt returner with a 51-yard return (season long for the Colts) in the third quarter.
When LaVon Brazill was a late scratch, Whalen was called on to serve in “Next Man Up’ duty.
“When you look at the roster, we know the roster is fluid and things like that happen and you have a choice to make when that happens to you,” Chuck Pagano said of Whalen’s performance.
“Certainly Griff’s not one of those guys that would go in the tank, so to speak. He’s a grinder. He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s got something to prove, obviously, and he’s not one of those guys that got away from doing the things that you need to do in order to have another opportunity, which he had, and then take advantage of it.
Tags: chuck pagano, Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazill
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When Da’Rick Rogers joined the Colts on September 2, his first quarterback wasn’t the guy whose jersey will be found on hundreds of people Sunday inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Instead, Rogers was catching balls from a player with 15 years of NFL experience and 152 starts at the quarterback position.
“Hasselbeck is a good guy. He’s a veteran in the league and he just really, really helped me on being a professional,” Rogers says.
“When I wasn’t getting the real reps with the 1’s, we’d be on the sideline going over stuff. In the locker room, we would be going over how to be a professional, how to stay on this team, how to make a living in the NFL. He’s been big for my growth here.”
Hasselbeck points to one key area where Rogers has particularly developed over the past three months.
“Where have I seen him improve is I’ve seen him accept that coaching, understanding that he needs to get open within the concept of the play and what we are trying to do,” Hasselbeck says.
“For example in the game last week, his first touchdown was him doing it exactly the way the coaches wanted him to and then once the ball is in his hands he can do it however he wants to.”
It’s the reps that Rogers and LaVon Brazill received from the Colts veteran backup that are turning into concrete results on Sunday.
Hasselbeck wants to be careful not to put too much pressure on the young receivers.
He knows the playmaking ability is there and now it’s all about repetition.
“Those two young guys, we just need them to be pros, know their job and do their job. When the ball comes their way, make a play. That’s it.
“They don’t have to have a highlight reel each week. They just have to be consistent.”
Tags: da'rick rogers, LaVon Brazill, matt hasselbeck
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The one-hour show aired on WNDE here are some of the highlights from No. 87:
On Wayne’s rehab and his visit to Dr. Uribe last week in Miami:
“He just wanted to see my progression, where I was at. He was actually pretty excited about it, pretty geeked up of where I am after six weeks. He gave me some good words of encouragement telling me he can’t remember anyone that’s looked this good at this point and time of their surgery. I guess I’m doing something right. He released me to go into that next phase. That next phase is some weight room stuff, some squats, some things like that. It was a great trip.”
“Full-throttle, we are doing everything football related six months from surgery. I’m already a month and a half done basically. Right now, I’m not even looking to that. I’m looking to the three month mark and that’s where I’m able to do straight ahead running. That’s kind of what I have my eyes set on. I want to make sure at that three month mark, I’m ready to go start running, no set backs and so far so good.”
On if Wayne will be good for OTAs, minicamp:
“Yeah, but I doubt if I’ll participate in them. I want to make sure that I’m right. I think training camp is more of an ideal approach. OTAs and stuff, I probably wouldn’t do that stuff if I was 100 percent healthy. I’ve got my goals. I’m breaking them down and hopefully I can get “Comeback Player of the Year” next year. That’s what I want to get accomplished.”
On the play of Da’Rick Rogers against the Bengals:
“I think as a team we knew he was going to have an opportunity to go out there and show what he’s capable of doing. He was out there in practice each week doing a little bit more each time. It was only a matter of time before he was going to get his number called and go out there and really make something happen. I was happy for him and he showed up big for us.”
On LaVon Brazill also recording a two-touchdown game:
“I was very happy because you watch on film and there was times he was open and just didn’t get his number called. But you tell him, ‘Just continue to do your job. It’s going to come your way and when it does, you just make the best of it.’ He was able to some great things for us. He had an outstanding touchdown. He broke like six or seven tackles. He’s one of those guys, just like a T.Y. Hilton, when they have the ball in their hands, it’s almost like a punt return mentality. He was able to go out there and produce, have some good things happen. Hopefully he can build on that.”
On Wayne taking 15 teammates to the Pacers/Heat game and if he’s friends with some of the Pacers:
“Oh yeah. A lot of the guys on their team, they help when it comes to community work, they help support our foundations and vice versa. We help them as well. We all root for each other. We all want to help whenever someone has something going on in the community, you want to help as much as you possibly can with their cause. And that’s just the way it goes. We feel like even though it’s football and basketball, we feel like we are all in the same game. We take pride in that, support each other, support the state of Indiana, the city of Indianapolis and we just want to see each other do well.”
Tags: da'rick rogers, LaVon Brazill, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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Pagano talks the career-day for Andrew Luck and the development of Da’Rick Rogers on weekly radio showPosted by on December 10, 2013 – 9:47 am
With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 42-28 loss against the Bengals
On Andrew Luck’s 326-yard and four-touchdown afternoon:
“He managed that ball game extremely well. He made a bunch of plays for us, not only with his arm but again with his legs. We’ve got to keep talking to him about when to slide (laughs), get out of bounds and those sort of things. He had an excellent outing and again, cold weather, indoors, outdoors, the guy is a football player. We know that.”
On the play of Trent Richardson (11 touches for 88 yards):
“It was good to see Trent have some positive things happen. Whether it was breaking a run outside, or some check downs, here and there, keep his balance on the one play. He runs hard, tough and physical so it was really good to see Trent have some positive things happen.”
On Da’Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill earning more playing time:
“That’s a great question and an obvious answer. Yeah, they have. With only four receivers on the 53-man roster at this point and what they went out and did (Sunday), the production that they had, both guys made huge plays for us. We knew they had playmaking ability and they just needed opportunities. They took advantage of those opportunities and really helped us get back into that ball game. Moving forward, we look for more production and more playing time for both those guys.”
On the addition of veteran running back Tashard Choice:
“He is a veteran guy. He will bring veteran leadership to the locker room and to that running back room. He has carries in the National Football League. He’s got yards. He’s got touchdowns. He’s got receptions. We do hear from reliable sources that he’s a good guy, a really good guy, a good team guy, a really hard worker, all those things, adds character. As quick as we can get him in here, up to speed, play special teams. He does that stuff. Certainly he’ll lend a hand in that department. Coach Walker and those guys will get with him and get him up to speed.”
On the Houston Texans coming to Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend:
“They have a great roster. They’ve got a bunch of good football players as you know and everybody else knows. These guys are professional players. They understand what’s at stake. I fully expect and our team fully expects to get nothing but their best. We are going to have to be on point. We’ve got to worry about us. I’m counting on them coming in here and trying to win a football game. We will prepare accordingly.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, da'rick rogers, LaVon Brazill, trent richardson
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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 Cincinnati.
This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.
When the Colts offense came to the line of scrimmage with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, the unit was still looking for their first third-down conversion on Sunday.
The offense was also searching for a playmaker.
Da’Rick Rogers achieved the first mark and might have gone a long way in filling the second.
On a third-and-five from the Indianapolis 31-yard line, Rogers caught a quick slant from Andrew Luck before breaking two tackles and rumbling 69 yards for his first career NFL touchdown.
Rogers wasn’t done there as he finished Sunday with six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns
“Da’Rick Rogers had a huge play,” head coach Chuck Pagano said of his young receives. “LaVon (Brazill) had a couple touchdowns. As far as moving forward with young guys, with only four guys (wide receivers) on the roster, as you know, it was good to see those guys make some plays.”
Rogers became the fourth rookie and the first undrafted rookie in the NFL this year to have a 100-yard receiving day and two touchdowns.
In a 42-28 loss, some solace came with the performances of Rogers and Brazill for a receiving corps that needs those efforts more consistently down the stretch.
“It’s a group effort,” Rogers said. “We come in early. We stay late. We try and get onto the same page with Andrew ever since Reggie Wayne got hurt. We are just trying to come together as an offense.
“We’ve got playmakers all over the field. I’m just trying to get in there and show my talent and show that I be a playmaker as well.
Other Newcomers of Note:
-Outside linebacker Daniel Adongo played a total of 22 special teams snaps in his NFL debut and fell on a bouncing Bengals kickoff.
-Running back Trent Richardson had 11 touches for 88 yards on Sunday and was particularly effective in the receiving department with five catches for 68 yards.
-Safety LaRon Landry finished Sunday with nine tackles and one pass deflection.
Tags: da'rick rogers, Daniel Adongo, laron landry, LaVon Brazill, Reggie Wayne, trent richardson
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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.
Tags: Chris Rainey, da'rick rogers, Daniel Adongo, darrius heyward-bey, donald brown, kelvin sheppard, LaVon Brazill, pat angerer, T.Y. Hilton, trent richardson
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Intro: Indianapolis won the AFC South title Sunday in a manner less-preferred than anyone wished. The Colts fell behind by 21 points early in the second half at Cincinnati and rallied to make it a one-score affair before eventually losing, 42-28. The Colts have three games left to hone their playoff approach.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ 42-28 loss at Cincinnati was not made any more palatable when three hours later Tennessee lost at Denver to hand Indianapolis its eighth AFC South crown.
The Colts fell behind by 14 points at halftime, a margin that grew to 21 points before the offense roared to life.
Still, four touchdowns in the final 30 minutes could not rescue the day as Cincinnati grew its lead back to 21 before winning.
The Colts are in the playoffs. Time remains to sharpen aspects of the approach in all three phases, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
PLAYOFFS GUARANTEED – The Colts are one of three teams (Denver, Seattle) to nail down a playoff berth, the only one to claim a division crown at this point. That cannot be taken away, and it was the first goal the team had entering 2013. “A division championship is a division championship any way you get it,” said Jim Irsay. Said Robert Mathis, “I’m not going to sneeze at a division title. We just have to work from here.” Sure the team is not functioning at the level it seeks, but a ticket has been punched to play beyond 16 games. That is an accomplishment. Every other goal the team has still is in play.
EXECUTION IS ELIXIR – A scoreless first half with no third-down conversions in six attempts had the Colts in a halftime hole. With five-of-40 third-down conversions in six games, it’s hard not to mention. The Colts have had a first-half lead in only one of the last six games and have been out-scored, 114-24. The combined deficit is 49-9 in the first quarter. During the span, Indianapolis has 15 two- or three-and-outs on 37 possessions, with 16 total possessions not producing a first down. Opponents have four three-and-outs in 34 possessions, with only five drives not yielding a first down. The first-half time of possession disparity in the six games is 101:16 for opponents and 78:44 for the Colts.
HOPEFUL SPARK IS FOUND – Eight Colts receivers had first-half receptions at Cincinnati, but T.Y. Hilton was not among them. Hilton was targeted five times in 46 Andrew Luck passes, and he did not catch a pass until 12 minutes remained in the game. Da’Rick Rogers (six receptions, 107 yards) and LaVon Brazill (three-for-53) saw significant time, and each had two touchdown receptions. Granted the tilted scoreboard created a higher number of passes than planned, still a team looking for a spark among receivers may have found one at Cincinnati. Rogers is young and learning. Brazill needs to make a push as his second year nears completion. Yesterday’s production was a needed boost that needs to remain. Each showed a physical nature that produced yards after the catch.
SERGIO BROWN IS SPECIAL – Sergio Brown has been among many bright spots for the Colts this year. Every unit likes a go-to performer, and Brown has been that on coverage units. With seven tackles, Brown is among club leaders. He also has two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal. Twice against Denver, he downed punts deep in Broncos territory. At Cincinnati, he downed a punt at the one and batted another back into play that was downed at the Bengals’ four. Brown is a heads-up guy, a play waiting to happen.
STINGIER ON GROUND – Seven times this year the Colts have allowed 140-plus yards in a game. Seven of the last nine opponents have rushed at least 30 times, each time topping 30 minutes possession time and but once not reaching a 4.0 average. Cincinnati ran 35 times Sunday, netting 155 yards and a 4.4 average. Where some games have had skewed rushing totals with quarterback scampers (Ryan Fitzpatrick had 54 of Tennessee’s 162 yards and eight of its 36 attempts a week ago), yesterday was not one of them. Five times in the last eight games an opponent had at least 33:55 possession time. Opponents’ rushing production is a factor in the time of possession, and it creates added pressure on the other team to maximize its opportunities.
Tags: Andrew Luck, da'rick rogers, indianapolis colts, Jim Irsay, LaVon Brazill, robert mathis, Sergio Brown, T.Y. Hilton
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver LaVon Brazill.
The Colts are searching for additional receiver help without Reggie Wayne and Brazill showed some flashes of that on Sunday.
Brazill had a season-high three catches for 35 yards and played 29 of the 60 offensive snaps against the Cardinals.
In his rookie season last year, Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards.
However, a four-game suspension to start the 2013 regular season put him behind other receivers when he returned at the start of October.
The Colts know the talented Brazill has a chance to impact the offense and the team moved his locker next to Wayne’s in the offseason for some veteran guidance.
Now with Wayne out of the lineup, look for Brazill’s season numbers (five catches for 55 yards) to continue to rise along with serving as one of the team’s gunners on special teams.
Tags: LaVon Brazill, Reggie Wayne
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Andrew Luck was a guest of Reggie Wayne’s earlier this week on the “Query and Schultz Show” in Indianapolis.
While Wayne joined the show for the first time since his injury, Luck was making his debut.
Here are some of Luck’s highlights from the show:
On having Reggie Wayne back for the Houston game and now in the building:
“I don’t think he could survive sitting at home, watching the guys play without him. His drive and his motivation, even being hurt, he’s still such a locker room presence, still such a voice for the team. I think we wanted him back. Obviously, Mr. Irsay made it happen with whatever strings he pulled. I was very happy to see Reggie walk into the team meeting the night before the game and give us some words and it means a lot when he’s here. It really does.”
On Wayne’s presence now around the complex:
“You can tell he’s taken on more of a coaching role in a sense and breaking it down for T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill or the other guys, or helping (Coby) Fleener out with releases. He’s still incredibly actively involved because again he’s still apart of the Colts fabric. I can’t imagine the Colts without Reggie Wayne. You just don’t imagine it, so I’m thankful he’s around.”
On how the Colts offense is adjusting to life without Wayne:
“It’s definitely a transition. I think what I always admired about Reggie was third down he made a play. When you needed to make a play in the fourth quarter he was open, you needed a two-minute drive, Reggie was getting open. So to lose that safety net, if you will, is different. But I’ve been really impressed with how the other receivers, tight ends, have approached it as a challenge as the guy that gets open on a big third down.”
On Trent Richardson:
“I think he’s done great and I think it’s unfair the flak that he’s been catching from folks. They don’t understand what he’s doing protection wise, what he’s doing coming out of the backfield and how tough it is to switch teams midseason. He’s in Cleveland on a Wednesday then he’s in Indianapolis on a Thursday preparing for third down against another team. Never seen a playbook before, new teammates, new everything. I think the way he’s been able to adjust has been great. He’s a smart, smart football player. He’s a great football player. I think it will be a short amount of time before people get their heads around that.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, Coby Fleener, david reed, Jim Irsay, LaVon Brazill, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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