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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CB-LOUCHEIZ PURIFOY

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 12, 2014 – 11:46 am

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with cornerback Louchiez Purifoy.

Purifoy, 6-1, 189 pounds, played in 37 games (19 starts) for the Florida Gators and recorded 102 tackles (69 solo), 12 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2013, he was named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference by Athlon Sports after totaling 24 tackles (14 solo), seven passes defensed, two interceptions, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 11 games played (seven starts). His passes defensed total ranked second on the team. As a sophomore in 2012, Purifoy finished the season fourth on the team with 51 tackles and added five passes defensed. He also played an instrumental role on special teams with three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. As a freshman in 2011, Purifoy tallied a team-high 22 special teams tackles.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH 19 UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 11, 2014 – 2:11 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with 19 undrafted free agents including: cornerback Qua Cox, guard Marcus Hall, center Jonotthan Harrison, defensive end Tyler Hoover, cornerback Kameron Jackson, nose tackle Zach Kerr, quarterback Seth Lobato, cornerback Keon Lyn, safety Dewey McDonald, wide receiver Gregory Moore, defensive end Nnamdi Obukwelu, kicker Cody Parkey, tackle Eric Pike, cornerback Darius Polk, tight end Erik Swoope, wide receiver Eric Thomas, running back Zurlon Tipton, guard Josh Walker and wide receiver Tony Washington.

Cox, 6-0, 185 pounds, finished his senior season at Jackson State with 32 tackles and 12 passes defensed, which earned him a place on the Sports Network Buck Buchanan Award watch list. As a junior in 2012, he led the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) with five interceptions and was third in the league with 13 passes defensed. Cox also finished fifth on the team in tackles (50), while contributing five tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. As a sophomore in 2011, he led started all 11 games and led the team with three interceptions to go along with 35 tackles. His older brother, James Patrick, spent three seasons in the NFL, two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-06) and one with the New England Patriots (2007).

Hall, 6-5, 315 pounds, competed in 46 games for the Ohio State offensive line. He started 31 games, including 25 as a junior and senior, during which time the Buckeyes set a school-record winning streak of 24 consecutive games. As a fifth-year senior, Hall started 13-of-14 games and was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection. He assisted an Ohio State offense to a national ranking of fifth in rushing (308.6 yards per game) while shattering school records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87) and touchdown passes (38).

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hall was a teammate with Colts fifth-round draft selection, Jonathan Newsome, at Glenville High School.

Harrison, 6-4, 299 pounds, appeared in 51 games and made 39 starts in four seasons at Florida. As a senior in 2013, he started all 12 games at center and was voted a team captain for the year by his teammates. He was the only offensive lineman on the team to start at the same position in all 12 games and was named to the 2013 Rimington Award watch list. As a junior in 2012, Harrison started at center in all 13 games and earned Phil Steele Midseason All-SEC third-team honors.

Hoover, 6-7, 290 pounds, played in 48 career games (23 starts) at Michigan State and recorded 93 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2013, he started 11 games and posted career highs in tackles for loss (4.5) and sacks (4.0). He was also named MSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient. As a sophomore in 2010, Hoover appeared in all 13 games (nine starts) and tallied a career-high 36 tackles, including 3.0 sacks. He was presented with the Danziger Award as the team’s outstanding Detroit-area player.

Jackson, 5-9, 175 pounds, played in 30 games (14 starts) over three seasons (2011-13) with Cal, posting career totals of 75 tackles, nine passes defensed, four interceptions, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. He became the first Bear to record a three-interception game in over 10 years. As a junior in 2013, Jackson played in all 12 games (11 starts) and totaled career highs of 42 tackles, six passes defensed and two tackles for loss, to go along with one interception. He was named Cal’s Defensive Player of the Week in its win over Portland State that season.

Kerr, 6-2, 310 pounds, played in all 12 games for Delaware in 2013 and totaled 57 tackles (28 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles. As a junior in 2012, he earned Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors after starting all 11 games and leading a defensive front that ranked second in the conference in rushing defense (134.2 yards per game). Kerr finished the year with 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. He also became the first Delaware defensive lineman since 1996 to return an interception for a touchdown.

Lobato, 6-6, 223 pounds, is a former college basketball player who walked on at Colorado before transferring to Northern Colorado. As a senior in 2013, he threw for 2,725 yards in 10 games while contributing with 16 touchdowns. Lobato totaled a season-high 390 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado State-Pueblo. He averaged 272.5 yards per game while averaging 7.9 yards per completion. In 2012, he was named a Big Sky All-Conference honorable mention choice as well as earning Big Sky All-Academic accolades. As a junior, he threw for 2,797 yards, which is the third-highest total in school history and the highest total for a non-playoff quarterback.

Lyn, 6-1, 190 pounds, played in 38 career games at Syracuse and totaled 89 tackles (75 solo), 20 passes defensed, five tackles for loss, three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, two forced fumbles and 1.0 sack. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 13 games (10 starts) and tied for seventh in the Big East in interceptions (three) and eighth in passes defensed (10). Lyn also added a career-high 46 tackles (36 solo), three tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

McDonald, 6-0, 220 pounds, transferred to California University of Pennsylvania from Fairmont State. As a senior captain with the Vulcans, he tallied a career-best 89 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions (all returned for touchdowns) and eight passes defensed. His three interception returns for touchdowns made him the first PSAC player to accomplish the feat in over 10 years. For his performance, McDonald was named a Don Hansen All-America third-team choice, a D2football.com All-America honorable mention selection, a Don Hansen First Team All-Super Region One choice, a First Team All-Daktronics Super Region One selection and a First Team PSAC West choice. McDonald finished his career with the second-most career interception return yards (475) among active Division II players. He also corralled 12 career interceptions, including his five as a freshman at FSU.

Moore, 6-4, 197 pounds, finished the 2013 season at Lane College with 59 catches for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to All-SIAC accolades. He also had three 100-yard receiving contests. Moore started 10 games as a freshman in junior college at Mesabi Range before transferring to Lane and starting nine contests as a sophomore. Moore is known as a versatile player with impressive speed for his size.

Obukwelu, 6-3, 275 pounds, played in 39 games at Harvard and registered 109 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2013, he was tabbed the winner of the George “Bulger” Lowe Award as the New England Defensive Player of the Year, while also being named to the All-Ivy first team and the College Sports Madness All-Ivy first team. For the year, Obukwelu played in nine games and contributed with 31 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, a career-high 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Parkey, 6-0, 190 pounds, ranks in the top five in all Auburn kicking categories. He finished his senior season making 14-of-19 field goals, 62-of-63 PATs and ranked first in the nation with 69 touchbacks. He totaled an SEC-long streak of 90 consecutive PATs made throughout his career, which ranked seventh in the nation. As a junior in 2012, Parkey converted 11-of-14 field goals and 27-of-27 PATs for 60 total points.

Pike, 6-5, 298 pounds, was a four-year starter at left tackle for Towson and was a co-captain during his senior season. In 2013, he was named a Football Championship Series All-America selection as the Tigers compiled a 10-2 regular season record while reaching the NCAA FCS Championship Game. Pike also earned All-CAA first-team honors for the second straight season. He capped his collegiate career having started in all 49 games he appeared in. As a junior, Pike started all 11 games and blocked for a Tigers offense that averaged more than 31.0 points per game as Towson reached the Colonial Athletic Association championship.

Polk, 5-11, 190 pounds, was named to the All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) second team in 2013 after leading Kent State with seven passes defensed and ranking fourth with 60 total tackles. He was also voted as a defensive captain by his teammates. As a junior in 2012, Polk finished the season with 58 tackles, three tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions. He earned East MVP honors of the MAC Championship game and also was named the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by the Ebony Achievement Awards.

Swoope, 6-5, 220 pounds, was a four-year standout on the University of Miami basketball team who is being signed by the Colts as a tight end. Although he has not played organized football at any level of his athletic career, Swoope’s athleticism gives him the chance to make the transition to football similar to the paths of San Diego tight end Antonio Gates and New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. With the Hurricanes, he started 27-of-110 games and totaled 291 career points, 186 rebounds, 37 steals, 31 assists and 25 blocks in 1,190 minutes. He connected on 51.9 percent from the field and 57.7 percent from the free throw line. At Harvard-Westlake High School, Swoope was named a Mission League Most Valuable Player. The Los Angeles Daily News also referred to him as the “most dominant boys’ basketball player” in the San Fernando Valley.

Thomas, 6-1, 209 pounds, is the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader with 29 career touchdowns, surpassing T.Y. Hilton’s previous record of 24from his time at Florida International University. As a senior, he caught 66 passes for 993 yards and finished the year ranked 10th nationally after catching 12 touchdowns. Thomas led the country at one point in the season with a touchdown reception in eight straight games. He finished his Troy career ranked third all-time in school history with 197 receptions, third with 2,655 career receiving yards and second with 29 touchdown receptions. He was named an All-Sun Belt first-team selection prior to participating in the Senior Bowl, NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl and the Medal of Honor Bowl. As a junior in 2012, Thomas was named an All-Sun Belt honorable mention after catching 55 passes for 667 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns.

Tipton, 6-0, 221 pounds, ranks fourth in Central Michigan history with 34 career rushing touchdowns. As a senior, he was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List while earning the 2013 CMU Gridiron Gladiator Award. As a team captain last season, Tipton rushed for 398 yards on 74 attempts while leading the team with a 5.4 yards per rush average and eight touchdowns. In a Senior Day victory over Eastern Michigan, he rushed for 216 yards on 20 carries while adding four touchdowns and a career-long 86-yard score. In 2012, Tipton was named a Second Team All-MAC recipient while being selected as the CMU Most Valuable Player. His 1,492 rushing yards that season ranked fourth in Central Michigan history while his 19 rushing and 20 total touchdowns tied for the second-most ever by a Chippewa. Tipton finished the regular season having recorded seven-straight 100-yard games.

Walker, 6-5, 323 pounds, was an All-Conference USA selection in 2013 at Middle Tennessee State and never missed a game throughout his collegiate career. As a junior in 2012, he earned honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC), Third Team All-SBC by CollegeSportsMadness.com and Second Team All-SBC by Phil Steele. For the year, he started all 12 games and was part of a line that tanked second in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, while also paving the way for three different 100-yard rushers.

Washington, 5-11, 200 pounds, competed in 49 collegiate games and totaled 139 receptions for 1,837 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also contributed with 13 carries for 90 yards and two scores. Washington ranks eighth in Appalachian State history in both receptions (139) and receiving yards (1,837). He enjoyed a breakout season as a senior in 2013, when he led the SoCon with 939 receiving yards and ranked second with 64 receptions, en route to all-conference first-team recognition. Washington also earned all-conference accolades as a return specialist after ranking 11th in NCAA Division I FCS with a 27.3-yard kickoff return average and 21st nationally with a 9.0-yard punt return average as a junior in 2012. His 23.4-yard career kickoff return average ranks fifth in Appalachian State history.

Washington is also one of only 16 nationwide recipients of the National Football Foundation’s 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Award, graduating from Appalachian State with a 3.80 cumulative grade point average. He was the University’s Most Outstanding Architectural Design Student in 2012-13 and was the winner of the architectural design department’s Spring 2013 portfolio


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH SAFETY COLT ANDERSON 

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on April 21, 2014 – 6:58 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent safety Colt Anderson.

 

Anderson, 5-10, 194 pounds, appeared in 48 games (six starts) over the past four seasons (2010-13) with the Philadelphia Eagles and recorded 47 tackles (33 solo), four passes defensed, one interception, two forced fumbles and 46 special teams stops. He appeared in 14 games in 2013 and led the team with a career-high 16 special teams tackles. In 2012, Anderson started the final four games at safety and posted a team-high 36 tackles during that span. He was also named the Eagles 2012 Ed Block Courage Award recipient.

 

Anderson was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Montana in 2009. He was then signed by the Eagles off the Vikings practice squad on November 10, 2010. Anderson finished his college career at Montana ranked fifth on the school’s all-time list with 313 tackles. He also registered 17 passes defensed, 14.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 1.0 sack.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:22 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that restricted free agent cornerback Josh Gordy has signed his qualifying offer.

Gordy appeared in 12 games in 2013 and registered nine tackles (eight solo), three passes defensed, one interception and four special teams stops. He competed in both postseason games and totaled eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed. Gordy’s interception came in Week 4 at Jacksonville where he was part of a defense that limited the Jaguars to 165 net passing yards.

For his career, Gordy has tallied 77 tackles (56 solo), eight passes defensed, four interceptions, 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and nine special teams tackles in 43 games played (10 starts). In three postseason games, he has notched eight tackles, one pass defensed and one special teams stop.

The Colts also placed center Phil Costa on the Reserve/Retired list.

“Phil feels it’s in his best interest to retire from the game,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “We certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best.”


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN FREE AGENT FULLBACKS STEPHEN CAMPBELL AND CAMERON WHITE

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 17, 2014 – 6:42 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent fullbacks Stephen Campbell and Cameron White.

Campbell, 6-1, 245 pounds, attended the 2014 New York/New Jersey NFL Regional Combine as well as the Super Regional Combine at Ford Field in Detroit. In 32 career games for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats (2009-2012), he totaled 65 receptions for 625 yards and eight touchdowns. As a junior in 2011, Campbell earned honorable mention West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) accolades after starting all 11 games and catching 38 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns. In 2010, he appeared in all 11 games and recorded 14 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

White, 6-2, 251 pounds, attended the 2014 Chicago NFL Regional Combine in addition to the Super Regional Combine in Detroit. In four seasons (2009-2012) with the Hillsdale College (Mich.) Chargers, he registered 94 receptions for 1,145 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also scored one rushing touchdown and contributed with 17 tackles on special teams. As a senior in 2012, White started eight games and caught 38 passes for 443 yards and five touchdowns. He earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) first-team honors as a junior after posting 32 receptions for 372 yards, four touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RESTRICTED FREE AGENT G-JOE REITZ SIGNS QUALIFYING OFFER

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:04 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that restricted free agent guard Joe Reitz has signed his qualifying offer.

Reitz saw action in 14 games, making three starts in 2013. He helped pave the way for the Colts to rush for 1,743 yards, their highest single-season total since 2006. Reitz also blocked for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for 3,822 passing yards, bringing his career total to 8,196, which is the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons.

Reitz was originally claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on September 8, 2010. For his career, he has appeared in 34 games and has made 20 starts.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT WR-HAKEEM NICKS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 14, 2014 – 7:52 pm

nicks-hakeem-01The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

“Hakeem is a big, tough, and highly competitive wide receiver who knows what it takes to win,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His big-play potential requires attention from the defense every time he’s out on the field. He adds another highly talented playmaker to our offense and we are happy to announce he is now an Indianapolis Colt.”

Nicks, 6-1, 208 pounds, caught 311 passes for 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns in 70 regular season games (59 starts) over the last five seasons (2009-2013) with the New York Giants. He also totaled 28 receptions for 444 yards and four touchdowns in four postseason starts. Since 2009, Nicks ranks eighth in the NFC in receiving yards, ninth in receptions and tied for 15th in receiving touchdowns.

Nicks’ 27 career touchdown receptions place him in a tie for 11th place in Giants history, while his career-high 11 touchdowns in 2010 are tied for the fourth-most in a single season in team history. He posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2010 and 2011, including a career-high 1,192 yards in 2011.  In 2013, Nicks tallied 56 receptions for 896 yards in 15 starts.

Nicks recorded 444 postseason receiving yards en route to the Giants 2011 Super Bowl XLVI victory, which ranks as the second-most in a single postseason in NFL history. His 28 receptions also rank tied for second, while his four touchdown receptions are tied for sixth.

Nicks was originally selected by the Giants in the first round (29th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the North Carolina. He started all 36 games he played in at UNC and holds school records for the most career receptions (181) and touchdown receptions (21).

 

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN FREE AGENT C-PHIL COSTA

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 13, 2014 – 5:18 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent center Phil Costa.

“Phil is a young, hard-nosed and physical center who has shown he can play at a winning level in our league,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He will provide strong competition at the center position.”

Costa, 6-3, 302 pounds, played in 26 games (20 starts) over the last four seasons (2010-13) with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2011, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career and blocked for quarterback Tony Romo to throw for 4,184 yards, 31 touchdowns and a career-high 102.5 passer rating. Costa also helped block for a Cowboys offense that ranked fifth in the NFC in passing yards and eighth in total yards and rushing yards.

Costa was originally signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland on April 30, 2010. At Maryland, he played in 40 career games, including 30 starts, at the guard and center positions.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CB-VONTAE DAVIS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 11, 2014 – 5:32 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with cornerback Vontae Davis.

 

“We are very pleased to announce that Vontae Davis will remain part of the Colts family,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He is a rare talent at 25 years of age who is still ascending as a player. We are excited to see him reach new heights in his career and help us attain our ultimate goal.”

 

Davis started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2013 and recorded 48 tackles (42 solo), a career-high 13 passes defensed and one interception. In two postseason games (one start), he posted four solo tackles. In 2012, Davis started all 10 games he appeared in and compiled 53 tackles (40 solo), seven passes defensed, three interceptions and a sack. He earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 17 against Houston after intercepting two passes and adding a career-high three passes defensed.

 

For his five-year NFL career, Davis has competed in 70 games (62 starts) and has totaled 243 tackles (208 solo), 52 passes defensed, 13 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble. Since 2009, his interception total ranks tied for 10th in the AFC, while his passes defensed total ranks 12th in the conference.

 

Davis was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on August 26, 2012. He was originally selected by the Dolphins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT DE-ARTHUR JONES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:42 pm

jones-arthur-01The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive end Arthur Jones.

“We are happy to announce we have agreed to terms with defensive lineman Arthur Jones,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He is an outstanding producer down after down versus the run and pass. He’s a guy who plays at a championship level week after week and lays it on the line every time he steps out on the field. He is a great fit for our team.”

Jones, 6-3, 315 pounds, totaled 118 tackles (66 solo), 8.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 46 career games (20 starts) for the Baltimore Ravens over the past four seasons. In six postseason games (two starts), he recorded 10 tackles (five solo), 1.0 sack and two fumble recoveries.

 

In 2013, Jones started a career-high 13 games and registered a career-high 53 tackles (27 solo) and 4.0 sacks. He was part of a defense that ranked fourth in the AFC in rushing yards allowed and sixth in total yards allowed. In 2012, he played in all 16 games (six starts) for the first time in his career and tallied 47 tackles (27 solo), a career-high 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He set a personal best with 2.0 sacks in Week 12 at San Diego and recorded 1.5 sacks two weeks later at Washington in Week 14. In the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Jones contributed with two solo tackles, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery.

 

Jones was originally selected by the Ravens in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. He started 32-of-44 games for the Orange and totaled 145 tackles (85 solo), 38.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries. His 38.5 tackles for loss are the most in Syracuse history by an interior defensive lineman and rank third on the school’s overall career record list. As a junior in 2008, Jones earned All-Big East First Team honors after tallying 60 tackles (33 solo), 3.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth in the conference.

 

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