The Indianapolis Colts today signed tight end Weslye Saunders. The Colts also waived outside linebacker Jerry Brown and quarterback Chandler Harnish from the active roster and released tight end Dominique Jones from the practice squad.
Saunders, 6-5, 270 pounds, spent last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played in 16 games, making six starts. He compiled a total of four receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown. Saunders originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011 and was waived on October 12, 2012.
Brown played in one game this year, his first career game against the New York Jets in Week 6. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 23, 2012 and was waived on August 31. Brown was then signed to the practice squad on September 1 and elevated to the active roster on October 10.
Harnish was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft and was inactive for all five regular season games this year.
Jones played in four games (one start) this season and had one reception for eight yards. He was originally signed by the Colts on April 30, 2012. Jones was then waived on October 8 and signed to the practice squad on October 10.
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For the first time in the 2012 season, the Colts offense was unable to score a touchdown on Sunday.
The Colts have scored at least two touchdowns in their first four games but the inability to finish off drives and protect the football limited the Indianapolis offense.
In starting out each half, quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts offense marched into Jets territory before drives stalled out on what interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called ‘manageable’ third downs.
-On the opening drive of the game, the Colts reached the Jets 40-yard line before facing a third-and-one. On a play-action pass, Luck appeared to have tight end Dwayne Allen open in the flat but overthrew his fellow rookie.
-The Colts defense forced a three-and-out and the offense was able to take over at its own 41-yard line. After a trio of first downs, the Colts had a third-and-one from the Jets two-yard line. Luck faked a handoff to running back Delone Carter, but threw it just over the outstretched hands of tight end Coby Fleener. The Colts would settle for a 20-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal.
Arians talked on Monday about what he saw from his ‘amped’ up rookie quarterback in missing those two opportunities.
“Just set your feet and throw it, you don’t have to throw those balls on the run. And take a little bit off of it because they’re there,” Arians said.
“The first one just keep moving, draw the defense in too you a little bit more and let Dwayne (Allen) clear it instead of just trying to lob it over his head. The second one same thing, you’ve got time, you don’t have to play at such a fast pace. Slow down and let the play happen.”
Following the Vinatieri field goal, the Jets would outscore the Colts 21-3 the rest of the half in pushing the margin to where a comeback would have to rival the one Indianapolis pulled off in the previous week against Green Bay
-The Colts defense forced an opening half three-and-out, providing the offense a chance to cut into the 21-6 lead. The offense drove to the Jets 43-yard line but on a third-and-three, Luck was under duress and in trying to throw the ball away he was penalized for intentional grounding
-On the following possession, the Colts defense once again forced a Jets three-and-out. Indianapolis drove to the New York 48-yard line but on a third-and-three, Luck’s deep pass intended for wide receiver Donnie Avery fell incomplete.
For the game, the Jets were 5-of-5 in red zone efficiency where as the Colts were 0-of-2.
The four turnovers for the Colts was the focus coming out of Monday’s media session but in looking closer at the game, Arians knows the importance of converting ‘manageable’ third downs.
“We got ourselves in very manageable situations and didn’t make the plays, especially early in the ballgame,” Arians said.
“We’ve been getting ourselves in good third-down situations, between one and five (yards) and that’s probably been the worst scenario to be in. That’s something we have addressed for two weeks and we just have to continue to address it.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, bruce arians, Coby Fleener, donnie avery, dwayne allen
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On Sunday, October 21st, stop by the first-ever NFL Fit for You Colts Style Lounge! Located inside Lucas Oil Stadium in the James Allen Corner (SW) across from Section 132. The lounge will be open from 11AM till the end of the Colts vs. Browns game.
– Strut your style in the photo booth
– Treat yourself to a complimentary manicure featuring blue and white colors.
– Listen to music by our DJ
– Talk with our professional stylist about how to create your personal Colts look!
– Shop for the newest Colts gear made just for women featuring Nike, Touch by Alyssa Milano, and more!
Don’t worry guys, we didn’t forget about you! New Era will have Fit Technicians to help you get fitted for the Colts 59Fifty, the official on-field cap of the NFL.
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Interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians sat down with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday to talk about a variety of topics. Here are a few highlights on what Arians was pleased with from the Jets game, Andrew Luck’s resiliency, a preview of the Browns and an update on head coach Chuck Pagano:
On the play of rookie tight ends Coby Fleener (four catches for 42 yards) and Dwayne Allen (two catches for 33 yards) against the Jets:
“First game they both played without a mental error. They played fast and they made plays for us.”
On what Arians sees from quarterback Andrew Luck’s ability to bounce back from mistakes:
“He’s got the grit in his eyes every time you talk to him. He knows exactly what he did wrong. Before you can tell him, he’s telling you and he’s really ticked off about it. And normally it doesn’t happen again. It takes a special personality. That’s the beauty about him.”
On if Arians has talked to head coach Chuck Pagano and if so, how is he doing?
“Right before the ball game, he had his best night he said since he’s been in. Talked to him twice (Monday) and he’s had a very a good. I know there’s going to be another down period coming but right now he’s doing very well.”
On a preview of the Browns, who won their first game of the season on Sunday 34-24 over the Bengals:
“They’ve been in every ball game. Took the Giants to the wire, took the Eagles to the wire, beat a really good Bengals game at home. They are playing extremely good football. They are younger than we are so youth obviously is no excuse this week. We have two rookie quarterbacks going against each other. They are a very talented young team. (Defensive coordinator) Dick Jauron does a great job defensively of keeping it very simple, playing an attack style, a Cover 2 team.”
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For a decade, Indianapolis Colts fans have resided in the NFL’s high-rent district. After 10 years of ten or more wins and playoff appearances that came to be viewed as a birthright (and one horrid season where losing was a weekly expectation), Colts fans may have forgotten that the name of the game in the NFL is parity. What you’re seeing now is exactly how the NFL is designed to work.
After six games, nine of the league’s 32 teams stand dead even at 3-3. Another five teams, including the Colts, are within a half game of the .500 mark having played one game less because of byes. That’s almost half of the league straddling the fence between success and failure. The entire AFC East is 3-3.
This is no statistical outlier either. Last year, while the Colts and Rams limped toward 2-14 and the Packers flirted with perfection at 15-1, 13 of the 32 NFL teams finished at either 8-8 or within a game either way. One of those teams, the New York Giants, won the Super Bowl.
The norm for the NFL over the decade the Colts were dominating was clearly slanted toward mediocrity. Since 2002, 40 percent of the NFL’s teams have finished either at .500 or a game above or below in an average season. That trend was only broken in three seasons.
What does that mean for Colts fans? It means that we need to recalibrate our expectations back to the pre-Peyton Manning era when 8-8 and 9-7 was the rule rather than the exception. This is what we can expect, at least in the short run while the Colts retool the team that broke the mold of mediocrity.
That’s the way the NFL is designed, with its inverted draft order and schedules loaded to challenge division winners with tougher paths the following year. It should give us a profound respect for what those Manning-led teams accomplished. They managed to succeed at a level that was not only a cut above everyone else, but did so in spite of playing in a league that systematically tries to prevent such runs of success.
For right now it should also give us a great appreciation for the work done by Ryan Grigson and the new Colts’ staff. Just like the decade of 10 win seasons was an aberration, so too was last season’s 2-14 mark.
So pull down the bar, Colts fans, and make sure to secure all loose objects. We are once again passengers on the NFL’s annual roller coaster ride. We’ll see more games like the one in New York Sunday when Andrew Luck looked more like Curtis Painter than Peyton Manning. But we’ll also see the flashes of brilliance like we did two weeks ago when the Colts knocked off the Packers.
It will be frustrating and exhilarating, depending on the week. Enjoy the ride.
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.
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