Ryan Grigson’s connection with the Philadelphia Eagles helped contribute to three trades for the Colts last season.
The Colts general manager dipped back into that well on Thursday afternoon when Indianapolis acquired Eagles fullback Stanley Havili in a trade for defensive end Clifton Geathers.
How does this trade impact the Colts?
One of the first questions offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was asked upon arriving to Indianapolis was if he would utilize a fullback.
In 2012, rookie tight end Dwayne Allen was the Colts primary fullback (h-back) and players such as running back Robert Hughes and inside linebacker Mario Harvey also saw time at the position.
With Havili, the Colts are adding a versatile threat out of the backfield and the USC product set a Trojans’ school record in receptions for fullbacks.
Last season, Havili played in 15 games for the Philadelphia Eagles carrying the ball six times and catching seven passes.
The 245-pound fullback will be entering his third season in the NFL and adds another dimension to Hamilton’s offense. The Colts offensive coordinator preached that he wanted multi-faceted players to line up in a variety of spots and Havili appears to fit that role.
On the other side of the football, Geathers played in eight games at defensive end for the Colts last season.
Geathers, who was signed on Oct. 3 by the Colts, added much needed depth during the season when the Colts began losing bodies (Fili Moala and Drake Nevis) at the defensive end position.
The Colts are expected to have Moala and Nevis back in the fold this season and have added Ricky Jean-Francois in free agency. That trio goes along with Cory Redding and Lawrence Guy (who both started in the AFC Divisional Round game against the Ravens). Kellen Heard and Ricardo Mathews also bring depth along the outside of the three-man front.
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The Indianapolis Colts today acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers. The team also announced that restricted free agent tackle Jeff Linkenbach has signed his qualifying offer.
“Stanley fills an immediate need for us at the fullback position and provides us with a solid option in our new offensive scheme,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His speed, explosion and hard-nosed playing style are his main strengths, but he also possesses sound blocking and receiving skills. Stanley had a very productive career at USC and gained valuable experience as a starting fullback and special teams contributor for Philadelphia last year. The Eagles in return are getting a young, very big and strong player in Clif Geathers that can play every defensive line position to fill a need moving forward in their new scheme as well. We feel it’s a win-win.”
Havili, 6-0, 245 pounds, was selected by the Eagles in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of USC. In 2012, he appeared in 15 games (two starts) and totaled six rushes for 22 yards and his first career touchdown, while adding seven receptions for 43 yards. He also helped pave the way for five 100-yard rushing performances by running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown.
At USC, Havili played in 52 career games (48 starts) and recorded 1,799 scrimmage yards (1,290 receiving, 509 rushing) and 15 total touchdowns (12 receiving, three rushing). As a senior in 2010, he earned All-Pac 10 honorable mention accolades after ranking third on the team with 32 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 166 yards and one touchdown.
Geathers tallied five tackles (two solo) and his first career sack in eight games played with the Colts last season. He was originally signed to the team’s practice squad on October 3, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on October 9. For his career, he has registered seven tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack in 15 games played, while seeing action in one postseason game.
Linkenbach was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Over the past three seasons, he has played in all 48 regular season games, making 28 starts. In 2012, Linkenbach started eight regular season games and one postseason contest. He helped block for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for the most passing yards (4,374) by a rookie in NFL history, while also breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a single game (433) in Week 9 against Miami.
In 2011, Linkenbach started all 16 games for the first time in his career and provided time for running back Donald Brown to set a career-high with 161 rushing yards on 16 attempts (10.1 avg.) against Tennessee (12/18). In 2010, he appeared in all 16 games (four starts) and was part of an offensive line that helped the team produce 5,000-plus net yards for the 13th consecutive season. The line also only allowed 16.0 sacks on the season, which tied for the fewest allowed in the NFL.
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