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Colts defense comes up big on third downs and in the red zone against Giants

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 20, 2013 – 8:45 am

Two statistics that every NFL defensive coordinator looks at when scouring a post game box score are third-down efficiency and red zone efficiency.

Greg Manusky has to be very pleased with what his eyes are seeing after looking over the Colts/Giants box score.

Third Down efficiency: 3-15

Red Zone efficiency: 0-4

“We finished (eighth) last year in the NFL in red zone defense and they’ve kind of picked up right where they left off,” Head Coach Chuck Pagano said of the team’s defense following the Colts 20-12 victory. “

The Colts four red zone stops of the Giants offense in the first half were as followed:

  • 12:17 to go in 1st quarter-With the Giants facing a fourth-and-one, Andre Brown is stuffed on a run to the left by Erik Walden and Antoine Bethea.
  • 6:44 to go in 1st quarter-The Giants settle for a 25-yard field goal after reaching the seven-yard line before an Eli Manning incompletion.
  • 4:09 to go in 2nd quarter-The Giants drive down to the Colts five-yard line but lose four yards on a David Wilson carry before eventually kicking a 27-yard field goal.
  • :03 to go in 2nd quarter-The Colts force a pair of incompletions from the Giants 12-yard line. New York kicks a 45-yard field goal after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The Colts defense holding the Giants to a 20 percent conversion rate on third-down was impressive but the unit also had some timely plays on the “money down.”

Greg Toler’s interception came on a third-and-one late in the first quarter.

Then in the second half with the Colts not allowing the Giants into the red zone, Caesar Rayford and Marshay Green both recorded sacks on third downs.

From a first-half yardage standpoint, there wasn’t much of a differential (15 yards) between the Colts and Giants.

It was all about defending the goal line that made up the eight-point difference.

“Our mindset down there is they aren’t in until they are in,” Pagano said of the red zone. “That’s third and goal from the 10, the seven, or from the one-yard line, we are going to do everything we can to keep them out.”

“Our guys are really comfortable with what we do down there, the schemes, the calls we make down there and the players do a nice job of executing them.”


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THREE COLTS PLAYERS HAVE BRAGGING RIGHTS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 27, 2013 – 12:20 pm

The NCAA Tournament has been trimmed down to the Sweet 16 and for nearly all the 75 players currently on the Colts roster, fandom will have to turn elsewhere than the colleges they attended.

For wide receiver Reggie Wayne (Miami), nose tackle Brandon McKinney (Michigan State) and running back Delone Carter (Syracuse) hope is still there to watch their respective schools cut down the nets in Atlanta a week from Monday.

For others like Erik Walden (Middle Tennessee State) the dream died in the play-in game.

A trio of Ole Miss Rebels (cornerbacks Marsahy Green/Cassius Vaughn and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell) saw their school go from a No. 13 seed to a shot away from making the Sweet Sixteen.

Players that saw their schools bow out in round of 64 included: safety Sergio Brown/running back Robert Hughes (Notre Dame), outside linebacker Justin Hickman (UCLA), offensive tackle Ben Ijalana (Villanova), offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach/defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews (Cincinnati), wide receiver Jabin Sambrano (Montana), nose tackle Martin Tevaseu (UNLV) and kicker Adam Vinatieri (South Dakota State).

Defensive tackle Kellen Heard (Memphis) watched his Tigers drop a round of 32 matchup with McKinney’s Spartans.


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ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 19, 2012 – 5:34 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today activated guard Justin Anderson from the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, signed cornerback Marshay Green to the practice squad and waived tight end Kyle Miller.

Anderson, 6-5, 342 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He started 26-of-40 games for the Bulldogs and was named Freshman All-SEC by the league’s coaches and to Phil Steele’s All-Freshman second-team in 2008. He also earned recognition for Freshman Honorable Mention Team honors by CollegeFootballNews.com.

As a senior in 2011, Anderson started all 14 games, helping lead the school to a 10-4 record and berths in the SEC Championship Game and Outback Bowl.

Green, 5-10, 175 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 1, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on October 29. He appeared in one game this season against Jacksonville (11/8) and made three solo tackles. He was waived on November 16.

Miller, 6-5, 260 pounds, appeared in the team’s last contest at New England (11/18). He joined the Colts as a free agent on April 3, 2012 and was waived on August 31. He was then signed to the practice squad a day later and elevated to the active roster on November 12. Miller was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mount Union on July 26, 2011 before being waived on September 3.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 29, 2012 – 6:47 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated cornerback Marshay Green and fullback Robert Hughes to the active roster and signed cornerback Teddy Williams to the practice squad. The Colts also released nose tackle Antonio Dixon and running back Mewelde Moore.

Green, 5-10, 175 pounds, originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2010. He was waived by the Cardinals on September 5 before being added to the practice squad two days later. Green was elevated to the 53-man active roster on November 23 and was active for the final six games of the 2010 season.

Green was waived by the Cardinals on September 2, 2011 and was signed to the practice squad on September 5. He was then elevated to the active roster on December 31 and appeared in the final game of the season, making one solo tackle in the game. Green was waived by the Cardinals on August 24, 2012 and signed to the Colts practice squad on October 1.

Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame on July 26, 2011 and was waived on September 3. He was signed to the Bears practice squad on December 19 where he spent the remainder of the season. He was then signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 19, 2012 and waived on August 31. Hughes was then signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 3 before being released on September 11 and signed to the Colts practice squad on October 10, 2012.

Williams, 6-1, 201 pounds, was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas-San Antonio on July 29, 2010. He was waived on September 4 before being signed to the practice squad a day later. Williams switched positions to wide receiver midway through the season and was elevated to the active roster on December 21, 2010. He was inactive for the final two games. Williams then spent the entire 2011 season on the Cowboys practice squad before being waived on August 31, 2012.

At UTSA, Williams did not play college football, but was a standout on the track and field team. He was the school’s only four-time All-America selection and helped lead the Roadrunners to six Southland Conference Championships (four indoor/two outdoor) from 2007-10. Williams claimed nine Southland titles (five indoor/four outdoor), was twice named the league’s Indoor Athlete of the Year (2009-10) as well as Outdoor Outstanding Track Performer (2009-10). He also established UTSA records in the 55m (6.23 seconds), 60m (Southland-best 6.59), 100m (9.90), 200m (20.60) and 400m relay (39.59).

Williams’ 9.90-second 100-meter time was the fastest in the world during his junior season.

Dixon, 6-3, 322 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 9, 2012. This season, he recorded one tackle in two games played. For his career, Dixon has appeared in 37 career games (10 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles and Colts, totaling 50 tackles (39 solo), three sacks and two passes defensed.

Moore, 5-11, 209 pounds, was signed by the Colts on June 19, 2012. He has appeared in six games this year, totaling nine carries for 14 yards and four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. He also returned three kickoffs for 50 yards. In his nine-year NFL career, Moore has played in 119 games (15 starts), rushing 503 times for 2,261 yards and six touchdowns. He has also recorded 218 receptions for 1,911 yards and eight touchdowns.


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COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 1, 2012 – 1:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated center A.Q. Shipley to the active roster and signed cornerback Marshay Green to the practice squad. The Colts waived outside linebacker Mario Addison from the active roster and released cornerback D.J. Johnson from the practice squad.

Shipley, 6-1, 309 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts on January 28, 2012. He was waived on September 10 and signed to the practice squad on September 11. Shipley saw action on the offensive line in Week 1 at Chicago.

Green, 5-10, 175 pounds, originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2010. He was waived by the Cardinals on September 5 before being added to the practice squad two days later. Green was elevated to the 53-man active roster on November 23 and was active for the final six games of the 2010 season.

Green was waived by the Cardinals on September 2, 2011 and was signed to the practice squad on September 5. He was then elevated to the active roster on December 31 and appeared in the final game of the season, making one solo tackle in the game. Green was waived by the Cardinals on August 24, 2012.

Addison, 6-3, 257 pounds, was acquired from waivers by the Colts on November 23, 2011. For his career, he has appeared in nine games, making five tackles.

Johnson, 6-1, 191 pounds, was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu on July 22, 2012. He was waived by the Colts on September 1 before being signed to the practice squad on September 2. For his career, Johnson has appeared in 10 games, making three tackles with the New York Giants.


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