The Indianapolis Colts officially signed free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw and waived running back Denodus O’Bryant.
O’Bryant was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Lindenwood University on April 30, 2013. He is the school’s all-time career leader in total touchdowns (62), rushing touchdowns (38), rushing yards (3,237) and kick return yards (1,377).
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw. When the contract is officially signed, the Colts will have to make a roster move to keep the roster at 90 players.
Bradshaw, 5-10, 214 pounds, joins the Colts after spending the last six seasons (2007-2012) with the New York Giants. In 84 career games (33 starts), he holds totals of 921 rushes for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns and 132 receptions for 1,087 yards and three touchdowns. Bradshaw ranks sixth in Giants history in rushing yards, seventh in rushing attempts and ninth in rushing touchdowns. He has topped 1,000 rushing yards in a season on two occasions (2010 and 2012) and has rushed for over 100 yards in a game 12 times. Bradshaw also ranks fourth in Giants history with 1,788 kickoff return yards on 77 returns (23.2 avg.).
Bradshaw has been a part of two Super Bowl Championships (XLII and XLVI). In nine career postseason games (three starts), he has recorded 480 yards and two touchdowns on 111 rushing attempts to go along with 20 receptions for 141 yards. He ranks second in Giants postseason history in rushing yards, fourth in rushing attempts and tied for fourth in rushing touchdowns.
In 2012, Bradshaw ran for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns, while catching 23 passes for 245 yards. He posted four 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 200-yard performance against Cleveland in Week 5.
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It’s been a quiet few weeks for transactions and the Indianapolis Colts.
With minicamp beginning this afternoon, Colts GM Ryan Grigson added another major splash in the 2013 offseason as the Colts have agreed to terms with former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
How does this acquisition impact the Colts?
The Colts are getting a bona fide 1,000-yard rusher who has been apart of a pair of Super Bowl winning teams with the Giants.
Bradshaw was the Giants leading rushing in both Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl XLII victories, including a 17-carry, 72-yard, one-touchdown (the game winner with less than a minute to play) performance at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012.
Fans should not worry about the durability of Bradshaw as he has missed an average of less than two games per season since 2007.
Where Bradshaw, who has played all six of his NFL seasons with the Giants, exactly fits in the Colts backfield remains to be seen.
What we know about Bradshaw is he is a consistent threat in both the rushing and receiving departments, and is a physical runner at 214 pounds.
Pep Hamilton’s offensive system highlights backs that can run between the tackles and Bradshaw certainly fits that type of runner, along with being a more than adequate pass blocker.
How about Bradshaw against the AFC?
In 20 career games against his new conference, Bradshaw has averaged 5.4 yards per carry and gained over 1,300 yards.
Colts running backs coach David Walker said a few weeks back that although Vick Ballard ended the year as the starter, the team will undoubtedly have to rely on multiple backs in order to get through a 16-game regular season schedule.
I see Bradshaw and Ballard forming a very solid one-two punch (both getting ample carries) that is up there with some of the better ones in the AFC.
Throw in Donald Brown, Delone Carter and Kerwynn Williams and the Colts have significantly upgraded the depth at a position that needs more than one threat over the course of a season, one that has the potential to last into 2014.
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LaRon Landry did not want to take things slow when he hit the practice field Tuesday morning.
With the Colts opening up with a walk-through Tuesday morning, Landry was ready to ramp it up even though the official practice would not begin until the afternoon.
“I can’t wait,” Landry said as he waited for the Colts first afternoon minicamp practice.
“I couldn’t even hold back going through a walk-through, so I’m ready to get out to practice.”
Upon arriving in Indianapolis, Landry feels right at home on the playing field and in a system that he is comfortable with, outside of some different terminology.
Rex Ryan was Landry’s coach last year with the Jets. Chuck Pagano and Ryan were on the same staff in Baltimore during the 2008 campaign.
Landry’s comfort level doesn’t stop there, as he will be lining up with another veteran, Pro Bowl, safety in Antoine Bethea.
“I worked out with (Bethea) in Arizona. We have a familiar background with each other,” Landry said. “I’ve been knowing him for a while so it’s like a brotherhood back there already. The chemistry is going to be well.”
Pagano, a former defensive backs coach, has already made an impression on Landry.
“First off he’s a fighter. Anybody that can fight for themselves, sustain what he sustained and went through, and bounce back, speaks a lot about him,” Landry said of Pagano.
“I’d do anything for him.”
Landry has spent the offseason working out in Arizona, trying to remain healthy after a Pro Bowl season with the Jets.
The 2012 campaign followed two seasons in Washington where an Achilles injury forced him to miss 15 games.
“Coming off that injury, I just wanted to make sure everything was fine,” Landry said of the reason for training in Arizona.
“This year I wanted to make sure everything was fine so when I come in right now, I can sustain a full season and everything can be perfect.”
Much has been made about the physical prowess that Landry brings to the backend of the secondary, but when asked what Colts fans will see in No. 30, the Pro Bowler took a different route.
“I’m going to bring 100 percent all the time,” Landry said.
“I’m going to do anything to help my team win. Anything.”
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Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top five pieces from Tuesday, June 11th.
By: Amanda Maynard WISH-TV
Coby Fleener is putting that Stanford education to use thanks to his unique writing skills.
WISH-TV has the story on Fleener’s website where he writes blog posts on a variety of topics that are inside and outside of the football.
“I wanted an avenue to express my opinions outside the standard Twitter, Facebook and small posts,” Fleener told WISH-TV’s Amanda Maynard. “I wanted to show a side of me that wasn’t just the helmet and shoulder pads on.”
The writing avenue allows Fleener a chance to “decompress” a bit along with giving people a look into what the second-year tight end is like away from the gridiron.
“Rather than me just dictate to them what I think, it’s about starting an educated conversation on whatever the topic may be,” said Fleener. “To be able to go back and forth with other people’s opinions is, to me, a real sign of true openness and intelligence.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Chappell takes a look at the friendship between Colts tackles Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus that is continuing in Indianapolis.
Back in 2007, it was Cherilus looking out for Castonzo, the then Boston College freshman, as the two started opposite each other for the Eagles.
Now in 2013, it’s Castonzo returning the favor for the Colts new free agent tackle with some living arrangements during the offseason.
“He’s got a place to stay and a cook,” Castonzo said. “I’m not charging him rent. I’m kind of repaying him for helping me through college.”
The article takes a deeper look into the Boston College roots at the tackle position, including a tidbit on current Colts rookie tackle Emmett Cleary.
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
The Ahmad Bradshaw news resurfaced on Monday morning with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeting that the Colts are still in “heavy negotiations” on contract talks with the former Giants running back.
Chappell points out a similar notion and is interested to see whether the start of minicamp today as any impact on a deal getting done.
Although no details of the negotiations are known, a person with knowledge of the situation indicated a resolution — one way or the other — could occur later today.
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
One of the most popular topics over the next few days will be the first look at new Colts safety LaRon Landry.
Like he has done throughout his career, Landry spent the offseason working out on his own and reports today for the beginning of Colts minicamp.
Bremer wrote a column on Landry’s arrival and what it will mean to the Colts secondary.
A defensive backfield of Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Bethea and Landry has a lot of promise on paper. And Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano made his name coaching defensive backs. There are endless possibilities for what he might do with this kind of talent.
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Greg Toler laughed when he heard what animal his position coach, Mike Gillhamer, compared him to last week.
“A cheetah?” Toler said making sure he heard right.
Yes, he was correct.
Gillhamer called Toler a cheetah, thanks to the new cornerback’s aggressive nature when the ball is in the air and his striking ability.
What exactly does that mean to Toler?
“Honestly, coach Gilhamer gives me a lot of credit for playing high level football,” Toler said. “He said he likes my intensity so I think he just likes the way I finish plays, instincts.”
It’s only a matter of times when Colts fans see why Gillhamer is gushing over the presence of Toler on the outside of the Indianapolis secondary.
Numerous times during OTAs, Toler has forced pass breakups and benefits from having an abnormally long wingspan.
“I think it helps me out in my press,” Toler said of his long arms. “When I press I can be a little more patient because my arm length gives me more reaction time where as a shorter guy would have to lunge. I can actually keep my distance with my arms and still make plays on the ball.”
Toler might not have been the headliner of the Colts 2013 free agent class but thanks a strong offseason he has already established himself opposite Vontae Davis.
The Colts secondary has had pieces in and out over the past few years and after a few key additions, it appears the unit has a strong starting corps together for 2013.
That corps includes Toler and the 6-0, 192-pound cornerback is hungry for a season in which the Colts secondary can be counted on to force turnovers.
“In meetings, coach just tell us that as long as we play as a cohesive unit, one guy makes a play then everyone makes a play,” Toler said. “We are just trying to get the camaraderie going and just keep coming one day at a time and trying to get better.”
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