The Indianapolis Colts today waived tight end Dominique Jones and placed guard Seth Olsen on Injured Reserve. Olsen is designated for return to the active roster. The Colts also signed wide receiver Kris Adams to the practice squad.
Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. In four games (one start), he had one reception for eight yards.
Olsen was acquired from waivers on September 12, 2011. For his career, he has played in 12 games (four starts), including three this year (all starts).
Adams was signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 5, 2012 and waived on October 6. In three games this season, he caught two passes for 26 yards.
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Chuck Pagano’s cell phone certainly needed a charge late Sunday evening.
Just like his team had done to the scoreboard in the second half, Pagano’s phone was lighting up with text messages from Colts players.
On Monday afternoon, some of his players shared their thoughts on the interaction between teacher and pupil.
“We texted back and forth last night and it was nice to read those,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “I think he was obviously excited and proud of us and I’m sure very emotional.”
Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney had to chuckle when recalling the texts he exchanged with Pagano.
“He’s fired up in the text message,” Freeney said. “That’s just how he is. It’s good to see he’s doing well and we could just do a little bit to get him going on the right track.”
Players laughed when describing the exclamation points and caps lock that Pagano used to show how happy he was of his players.
“Since he’s not in the meeting rooms, he most definitely has some good speeches with him,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “Through texts, that’s the way to get your point across with the all caps. He seems like he’s doing good and is in good spirits.”
When Luck took a three-yard quarterback draw into the end zone late in the third quarter, he showed his own emotion by spiking the football and running through the back of the end zone.
He had a destination, and that was slapping the ‘CHUCKSTRONG’ sign that was hanging on the wall behind the end zone.
Colts and Packers players donned ‘CHUCKSTRONG’ shirts during pregame on Sunday with many in the crowd purchasing them on their way into Lucas Oil Stadium.
Punter Pat McAfee has utilized his social media prowess to carry the ‘CHUCKSTRONG’ motto to fans and doesn’t see it coming to a halt anytime soon.
“Chuck is going to beat leukemia and CHUCKSTRONG is something that is going to live on forever and it’s going to help a lot of families going through the same things,” McAfee said.
“This city rallies behind people like nobody else I’ve ever been around. This CHUCKSTRONG thing is an amazing movement. The city of Indianapolis and the legion of Colts fans everywhere has really bought in. It’s amazing to see the power of the people and what you can really do.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, antoine bethea, chuck pagano, Dwight Freeney
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In the first half, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers carved up the Indianapolis secondary like so many others he’s faced during his stellar NFL career. He had already thrown two touchdowns and guided the Packers to a 21-3 halftime lead. With the Packers getting the ball to start the second half, it appeared that the Colts’ undermanned secondary was ripe for Rodgers to deliver the death blow.
After Rodgers scrambled 12 yards for a first down, it looked like the Packers were ready to do just that. Jerraud Powers had other ideas. On a third down and two, Rodgers called a pass play intended for James Jones who was covered by Powers. Jones ran his route down the right sideline and pulled up ready to bring in one of Rodgers’ patented back-shoulder throws that are virtually impossible to defend. Nobody told Powers that though.
Powers read Jones perfectly and stepped in front of the Rodgers pass for an interception, giving the Colts their first possession of the second half. Andrew Luck would convert the short field into a touchdown, giving the Colts the needed confidence to go on what would be an incredible comeback victory. It all started with the veteran Powers stepping up to make a play when the opportunity came to him.
“Any time you face the Packers, it’s going to be tough,” Powers said after the game. “We knew we were going to have opportunities because they throw it so much. As a corner, that’s what you want, the opportunity to make plays.”
“I was reading the receiver and saw which way he was going to turn. I read the play and the ball was right there.”
One of the reasons Rodgers was picking on Powers was because of the play of Cassius Vaughn, who was making only his fourth NFL start in place of injured starter Vontae Davis. Rodgers went at Vaughn early in the first half, but except for a questionable pass interference penalty, he didn’t find much there when he looked Vaughn’s way.
For Vaughn, he was just happy he acquitted himself well for his teammates and Coach Pagano”
“I was out there for myself and out there for Chuck. All I wanted to do was make sure my teammates and everybody here knew that I could be accountable.”
“I knew they were going to try me early and if I gave them anything, they were going to keep coming after me.”
Vaughn’s performance caused Rodgers to look elsewhere for success. This allowed the front seven time to get to Rodgers, which they did five times overall.
For the game, Rodgers threw for only 243 yards. He had only one score in the second half.
With the Colts secondary banged up and facing one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, most pundits (including this one) expected the Packers to have their way in the passing game. Jerraud Powers and his fellow defensive backs had other ideas.
Chuck Chapman is entering his second season as the editor and lead writer for Colts 101. He also covered the Cincinnati Bengals for the Sports Media 101. Chuck and his family are originally from Ohio, but have settled in Central Indiana and become big Colts fans. You can read Chuck’s other writing about the Colts at www.colts101.com.
Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Cassius Vaughn, jerraud powers
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It is no secret that just four games into his NFL career Andrew Luck has excelled near the end of each half. His calm demeanor has contributed to that success which has been even more impressive considering Luck has had to deal with a different offensive line from week-to-week. Below are some stats Luck has had in the final minutes of each half with finding No. 87 being a common denominator.
Starting with drives that happen in the final five minutes of the second and fourth quarters, the Colts have scored 37 points on 13 of those drives. Those 37 points, coming in 10 of the game’s 60 minutes, accounts for more than a third of the Colts 90 points through four games.
Luck is 40-of-64 during those drives, throwing for 476 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Those numbers equate to a 94.27 quarterback rating which would be good for 11th best in the league when comparing his quarterback rating to those of other quarterback’s rating from the entire game.
Wayne has 15 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns during the 13 drives, accounting for nearly half the offense’s production during that time.
These numbers beg the question of if/when will the Colts start doing more ‘two-minute’ offense? Luck and head coach Chuck Pagano have talked in the past about the need for a consistent, healthy offensive line before accelerating the up tempo style throughout the game. There is no question though that a big reason the Colts are 2-2 despite so many injuries, has been the play of Luck and the offense late in halves.
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, Reggie Wayne
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With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.
Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had his second straight productive week in the passing game with four catches for 38 yards. His eight-yard touchdown early in the third quarter marked the first touchdown of the game for the Colts. Allen has 10 catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Mewelde Moore inactive, Ballard saw significant action backing up Donald Brown. Ballard had six carries for 11 yards on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL catch in the second quarter.
LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and also saw time offensively when the Colts went to five receivers.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener was second on the team with five catches for 41 yards on Sunday. After four games, Fleener has 13 grabs for 139 yards.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had three catches for 37 yards against the Packers and returned a pair of punts for 13 yards. Early in the fourth quarter with the Colts facing a second-and-12 from the Packers 37-yard line, Hilton made an impressive 26-yard grab in front of All-Pro cornerback Charles Woodson. The catch helped set up an Adam Vinatieri 28-yard field goal, which gave the Colts their first lead of the day.
Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck set career highs throwing for 362 yards on 31-of-55 passing, two touchdowns and one interception. For the fourth straight game, Luck helped lead a two-minute scoring drive which was set up by his seven-yard run a third-and-seven with 47 seconds remaining. Luck had six carries for 24 yards.
Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer saw his first career NFL action on Sunday, seeing action on offense and special teams.
Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday and blocked on special teams.
Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers
Tags: Andrew Luck, Bradley Sowell, Chandler Harnish, Coby Fleener, Dominique Jones, dwayne allen, LaVon Brazill, Nate Palmer, T.Y. Hilton, vick ballard
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G’Day from Downunder
“What do you put on your Cornflakes?” and “You’re living in 2005!” are just some of the comments made before the game to the Colts fans by those who don’t understand us. It makes me realize that those that aren’t COLTSTRONG don’t get us. They actually believe a win matters! We’ll take the win, sure and we’ll be happy about it but it’s not what counts here. Of course, those that aren’t COLTSTRONG now want an explanation or a definition, “what’s this dumb Aussie talking about.” Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to tell you. It’s an unspoken law that those that are COLTSTRONG abide by. But you don’t have to suffer entirely as I can give you some examples. You see, there are some individuals in Baltimore that are still Coltstrong. Oh, they hide it from their neighbors and friends, but if you are a Ravens supporter in Baltimore, you should know that there is at least one Coltstrong person living in your street. Sounds like more fiction than a Stephen King Novel? Actually, Stephen King himself is COLTSTRONG, though he may not admit to it publically!
So when we took the field this week, win, lose or draw wasn’t on our mind. The whole process was about staying COLTSTRONG. Am I being too idealistic? Too ethereal? If you’re not a Colts supporter, then you still may not get it; you see, we’re not fair weather supporters that get on the band wagon if it looks like we might make the playoffs (though none of us will be shocked if we do this year) but it’s a state of mind (and you might say, “yeah a crazy state you’re in”) that brings with it an understanding of who we are and what we are about.
Much screaming was to be heard from our household in the outskirts of Sydney Australia, starting at 4am, Monday 8th October and finishing around 7:30am! Nah, I wasn’t having a donnybrook with the Mrs! (That’s a fight with my wife in Aussie terms). We were watching the game. Despite the result of the first half, we remained COLTSTRONG. The win did not justify that feeling; it simply added to it. Also, we were ecstatic to see the signs, CHUCKSTRONG because we were all doing it for the coach. So when some of the players visit Chuck this week, saying they did it for him, Chuck Pagano will simply say, “Thanks” and then go on to tell them how to improve, avoiding the things that went wrong and how to build on the things we did right. Chuck will do that to keep us COLTSTRONG on the gridiron!
Go the Colts from your Aussie supporters Downunder
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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