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Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 28, 2013 – 1:50 pm

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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  1. By Christopher on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    That’s not a very smart move letting Clifton Geathers go cause Fili Moala and Drake Nevis aren’t good at defensive end they can’t stop the run nor can they rush the QB I hope they give starting defensive end job to Lawrence Guy! But then again a good fullback could improve the run game a lot I’d rather have Geathers instead!

  2. By Frank on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Cliff is huge i think we should of kept him on the roster not to often can you get a guy that size and as versitile as he is. but im pretty sure the pros know what there doing lets see how this plays out.Yea we need a full back but we should of traded someone else he showed alot of potential! i just hope this doesnt turn around and bite us in the butt!

  3. By Jason on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Not A Bad Trade At All, He Has Talent Out Of The Backfeild Hope They Use It & He Blocked For McCoy In Philly How Did McCoy Do > Ballard & Brown Say Thanks

  4. By Chris C on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Personally, I think this was a smart move. Although, I liked Geathers, I think a true fullback who, as Jason pointed out, blocked for someone like McCoy would be more valuable to the team dynamics this season! I hope it works out! Go Colts!

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