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Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 11, 2012 – 6:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today released wide receiver Kashif Moore from the practice squad and signed center A.Q. Shipley to the practice squad. Moore was originally claimed off waivers by the Colts on August 28, 2012. He was released on August 31 and added to the practice squad on September 1.

Shipley was originally signed by the Colts on January 28, 2012 and was waived yesterday. He appeared in last week’s game at Chicago.

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Posted by on – 4:05 pm

What’s up Colts Nation!? Well I’m back and the topic of this blog is going to be a little fantasy football. Now I will warn you ahead of time, by no way am I a fantasy expert, but I am a football expert and I think that I know more than the average fantasy football player. With that being said, I got absolutely worked this week in fantasy!

This week might be lowest scoring first week in any league ever. I got beat 69-90. That’s just terrible. But I’m not worried about it, there are a few reasons that my team only scored 69 points. As you can see from my roster below, I started Toby Gerhart and Trent Richardson at running back. Now that’s not as dumb of a move as it seems, or at least that’s what I thought. Adrian Peterson’s status was unsure and I figured they’d use their big back Gerhart to do the dirty work. Well they didn’t and Gerhart scored 2.6 points for me.

On the other hand, I just took a leap of faith on Trent Richardson being everything everyone made him out to be. I still have faith, but I doubt he’ll be starting for me this week. Ryan Mathews named inactive really hurt me this first week, but from everything I’ve heard he’ll be back next week.

So I’ve put in a trade to get Frank Gore in return for Richardson and Ryan Williams of the Cardinals. We’ll see if that goes through. Also, I’ve claimed Kevin Ogletree (Dallas WR) and Alfred Morris (Washington RB) off of waivers just have to wait for the league to approve them.

So as you can see, I’m trying to amend my first week debacle and am looking forward to week two where I think I can get back into contention. The good news is that it’s still early so I have time to make some moves to make sure I am in the best position at the end of the season.

Below you will find my “sit em and start em” as well as a “random thought” pick which I will bring you each week.

Week 2 Start em: I would say go ahead and start CJ Spiller this week as the Bills host the Kansas City Chiefs. He came off the bench last week and did great against a tough Jets defense and I look for him to do the same against the Chiefs.

Week 2 Sit em: This was a close one, and by all means I don’t think this guy is going to get shut down, but I think it would be safe to sit Juilo Jones against Denver. Jones is similar to the wide outs of the Steelers and they weren’t able to get things going against this defense. I just don’t see Jones getting over 20 points like he did against the Chiefs.

Week 2 Random Though: This might sound a little crazy, but I think that starting the Indianapolis Colts defense might not be a bad idea. They play at home where everyone knows they’ll have the home field advantage, they’re playing a young quarterback that they can get pressure on, and if they can make the Vikings one dimensional, I think they could force a couple turnovers and score some points on the defensive side of the ball.

Well that is it for my fantasy blog; I’ll be back later this week to talk about some TAILGATING!!! Until then GO COLTS and enjoy the second week of NFL action!

Yours in Football,

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:06 am

Tight end Dwayne Allen joined ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday evening for the Pagano Show.

Below are some highlights from Allen’s interview:

On what it was like to fulfill his dream of playing in a NFL game:

“It was very exciting starting with the National Anthem and just hearing the crowd roar. It was quite an experience being on the road, facing that caliber of defense. They definitely played lights out and put us in tough situations. It’s definitely a first experience I’ll remember, build and learn from.”

On one thing that stood out to him as a surprise from his first NFL game:

“The physicality of the linebackers. I knew they were going to be physical in the run game but they were in the passing game (too). Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher and (Nick) Roach, and the rest of the those guys did a great job of getting their hands onto us. That’s just one thing I need to go back to practice and work out, getting releases in order to get open and create lanes for Andrew (Luck) to throw the ball.”

On some of the positives he saw out of the Colts on offense against Chicago:

-“There’s no quit in us. It doesn’t matter what the score is and I believe we showed that with the one two-minute drive right before the half to get into field goal range. In the second half, we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. It’s just the little things. We are a young team and we had a couple mistakes turning the ball over, not making some tough catches on third downs to move the sticks and keep a drive going. It’s little things like that that we need to correct and build on, and learn from our mistakes.

On where that no-quit mantra comes from:

-“The credit needs to go to the coaching staff. The players of course do a great job of being self-motivated. We’re professional athletes and we have to be. We have great coaches on this staff who do a great job of keeping us in the game, letting us know that we are never out of it.”

On if he believes the games will now get easier now that he has experienced an NFL game:

-“I don’t believe it’ll get easier. I want to heighten it up. The tempo and speed of the game in practice last week was great but we need to take it up a notch because we have that experience of a game and we know what it’s going to be like. The harder you work in practice, the easier it will be in the game. It’s going to take a tough week of practice because Minnesota is coming off a win. We just have to execute, convert on third downs especially when the opportunities are given to us. We have to stay on the field and help our defense out.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:25 am

Head coach Chuck Pagano had his first radio show of the season on Monday night at 6:00 p.m. Voice of the Colts Bob Lamey hosted the broadcast and fielded questions to Pagano that had been sent into the show. Click here to send a question to the Pagano Show. Here are a few highlights from Monday’s show that Pagano spoke about:

On the negative four turnover margin and how he believes the players will bounce back from such a deficit:

-“Going into (the game) that’s the first thing we said, ball security was going to be at a premium. Chicago is a great football team and they do a great job of teaching interceptions, stripping the football. To be minus four in that category at the end of the day, it’s going to be hard to win.”

-“We’ve got guys that are accountable in that locker room. Everybody is man enough to accept responsibility and ownership. We do have a young team but we don’t make any excuses by any means. I’m not making excuses but I’m just telling you we do have the right guys in the locker room and they’ll get it fixed.”

On the nine-catch, 135-yard performance of wide receiver Reggie Wayne and what his veteran presence has meant to such a young team:

-“It doesn’t surprise me one bit just because the type of pro that Reggie is, the way he prepares. Day in and day out he shows up to this facility ready to go to work. When he has a day like he had yesterday, unfortunately he’d be the first one to tell you he’d trade it in for a victory every day of the week. But that’s just Reggie. He’s been a great leader since he signed back with us. He’s a pillar guy. He’s a Colt for life and he’s going to have an outstanding season. He’s going to be a benefit to all our young guys.”

-“If I’m a young receiver and I’ve got Reggie Wayne in the meeting room. I’m going to follow him around, hourly, minute-by-minute and I’m going to see exactly what this guy is doing on Monday-Thursday. For a guy like T.Y. (Hilton), for a guy like LaVon (Brazill), I said you’ve got to be in this guy’s hip pocket. He’s done it for 12 years and to go out have the kind of day that he did that just doesn’t happen. It takes preparation.”

-“He’s obviously developing a great chemistry and relationship with the quarterback. There is a ton of trust there already and Reggie is going to have phenomenal year. I wouldn’t be shocked if he has over 100 catches this year, 12-1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns. That’s the type of year he can have even in his 12th season.”

On Pagano’s experience his first game as an NFL head coach:

-“Obviously it was very exciting. Just like anything else, like a player running down on kickoff, once you get that first lick in and you get the flow of the game going than things just kind of fall into place. I have a tremendous coaching staff, support, players and things like that. They make it easy to do my job. Collectively, I was really excited and anxious and I look forward to the next one.”

-“You always want to come out of there with a victory. There were a lot of guys that did a lot of good things and you always start with the positives. We’ll get to the corrections later on. It is a kid’s game that we are playing. We understand the expectations. We know that they are very high and we’re judged by one thing and one thing only, and that’s winning and losing and that’s the bottom line. But it is a kid’s game and we always stress that to our players, know what you’re supposed to do, play 60 minutes all you got, one play at a time but go out there and have a good time. Have fun doing it.”

On how the staff is able to use technology to enhance preparation for next week’s game as quickly as Sunday evening:

-“As soon as we got on the planes (video director Eric Kunttu) and his staff are able to grab their iPads and put the game right on it. Players and coaches can start diving into the tape and grading the game. You can get a lot of things knocked out in a short flight just the way technology is now. Everybody got a good jump on it (the Bears game) that night.

-“(Players) can even jump ahead if they want and put the preseason games on there from Minnesota, offense/defense/special teams. If they get done watching our game and they want to take it home and dive into it sometime (Sunday) night and get a jump on the Vikings, than that film is already on there.”


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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:06 am

It’s an extra familiar homecoming for newly signed Colts offensive guard Trai Essex.

Not only will the 6-foot-5-inches 324 pounds Essex be back in the state he went to high school but he will also be reunited with his offensive coordinator and position coach.

Essex graduated from Fort Wayne Harding High School in 2001 and has spent all seven of his NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He will now be playing in the same offense Bruce Arians conducted with the Steelers (2007-2011) and under former offensive line coach Harold Goodwin (2007-2011).

In his seven seasons in the NFL, Essex has played in 76 career games with 28 starts while winning two Super Bowls with the Steelers.

He brings versatility to a Colts offensive line that is in need of some depth. Last year, Essex played all five positions along the Steelers offensive line.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that offensive guard Joe Reitz will miss his second straight game due to a leg injury.

The status of right tackle Winston Justice is also up in the air after he left the Bears game with a concussion.

Pagano said the offensive line needs to be better up the middle in protecting its rookie signal caller.

“For the most part we’re on the right guys, and now it’s just a matter of firming things up a little bit,” Pagano said. “Being a little more stouter in there, and trying to give Andrew (Luck) that pocket, that comfort zone in there where he can see the field and step up and make the throws that he needs to make.”

The 324-poound Essex will certainly add some bulk to wherever he fits onto the line as his knowledge of Arians’ scheme should speed up the process for him this week.

It remains to be seen whether or not Essex finds himself in the lineup come Sunday but his eight years of NFL experience is the second most on the Colts offense.

Pagano stressed the importance of finding a consistent running game to help out an offense filled with young pieces.

“If we can run the ball like (the balance) you’re talking about and not get behind so to speak and keep that thing balanced it’s obviously going to help (Luck) too,” Pagano said.

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