The Last Word returns tonight at 6pm on FM 107.5, 1070 The Fan, and 1070TheFan.com as Bob Lamey, Jimmy Matis, Jeffrey Gorman and Matt Taylor dish about the hottest sports stories happening. The fellas also talk a great deal of NFL with Charley Casserly of the NFL Network as training camps across the league fast approach.
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The NFL Draft plays out annually with pomp and circumstance that seemingly grows each spring.
The annual Supplemental Draft, not so much.
The Supplemental Draft was held yesterday and none of the six eligible players – former UNLV defensive linemen James Boyd and Nate Holloway, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross and South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith – were taken.
Each is a free agent now and clubs may partake per their tastes or needs.
It is an avenue the Colts used once tremendously, and one the team narrowly avoided on another occasion that could have been a setback.
In 1984, Indianapolis used three supplemental picks at the close of the USFL. The Colts selected tight end Paul Bergman (UCLA), running back Albert Bentley (Miami) and defensive tackle Byron Smith (California).
Smith played a handful of games in 1984 and 1985, while Bentley went on to a very solid Colts career.
The Miami Hurricane blew into Indianapolis and started 33-of-88 career games through 1991, rushing for 2,355 yards and 19 touchdowns. Bentley was an accomplished receiver who had 226 receptions for 2,245 yards and eight touchdowns.
As a returnman, he held a 21.5 average on 148 career kickoff returns.
Bentley was one of most versatile Colts ever. He shared backfield duties with Randy McMillan and Eric Dickerson and never was full-time starter. Bentley’s career ended abruptly with a knee injury.
“Albert was one of those multi-purpose guys,” said Bill Brooks. “If you put Albert in the backfield, he could run the ball hard. If you say, ‘We’re third-and-one and you need that tough yard,’ Albert would stick his nose right in there and try to run over people. (You might say), ‘Albert we need some yards.’ He could run by people and get on the outside. (You might say), ‘Albert we need to get you out of the backfield and for you to catch the ball.’ Albert would catch the ball.
“If we needed him at wide receiver or kickoff returns, he’d do it. He was one of those guys that whatever the coaches asked him to do he would do that.
“He was a great teammate and did what he could for the team. Albert was a tremendous talent, a great teammate, worked hard, played through some tough injuries, but just wanted to contribute to the team, and he did a great job contributing.”
The USFL Supplemental Draft was not tied to the regular draft like yesterday’s selection process. The regular Supplemental Draft, done via email, carries a price. To use a selection in the Supplemental Draft, a team is forfeiting its rights to that pick in the next year’s main NFL Draft.
Indianapolis nearly had a tough decision in the 1987 Supplemental Draft when Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth was the prize.
As the selection order fell into place, Indianapolis held the second overall slot, just behind Seattle.
The Seahawks grabbed the celebrated linebacker, and Bosworth eventually started 24 career games over three seasons before calling his career quits after four career sacks.
On deck as Seattle mulled the choice, the Colts watched. When the Seahawks pounced, the Colts were spared a decision that would have cost the franchise its first-round pick in 1988.
As history played out, the Colts used that 1988 choice in a package to obtain Dickerson from the Los Angeles Rams, a future Hall-of-Famer who affected Bentley’s playing time.
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The offense is complete on Mike Chappell’s all-Indy team with the center position being named. Also, check out some national headlines on the Colts team preview in USA Today, along with some financial observations from ESPN on the Colts offseason.
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 pieces from Friday, July 12th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The offense is complete with perhaps a surprise at the center position in Ray Donaldson.
Donaldson makes Chappell’s all-Indy team over Jeff Saturday.
“Ray had some issues with management,’’ former long-time Colts assistant coach Rick Venturi said, “but he was just a monster. He was a dominating center.
“He wasn’t just a guy who was part of the five and maybe did the (pre-snap) direction. That guy was a dominating force.’’
By: Nate Davis, USA Today
The Colts team report in USA Today comes with a look at the higher expectations from those outside the city of Indianapolis.
It was a busy offseason for the Colts personnel department and frankly, the staff wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We’re going in the right direction, we have the right temperament,” second-year general manager Ryan Grigson recently told the team’s website. “(But) this league’s about competition. You can never smell the roses in this business.”
The offseason moves were a plenty on both sides of the ball and that included offensive coordinator Bruce Arians taking the head job with the Arizona Cardinals.
“That’s just part of the landscape in today’s NFL, it’s just the way it is. There’s gonna be turnover. Some years, you don’t want it — you’d love continuity,” said Pagano, noting the Colts could be breaking in up to nine new starters.
“When you do win, and you have success, and you put your ego aside, good things are gonna happen. There’s gonna be enough credit to go around. Bruce getting a job, and other guys getting jobs and other players getting contracts — that’s just a byproduct of winning.”
By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN AFC South Blog
Kuharsky’s latest blog entry comes with a look at the spending of the Colts and Titans this offseason.
ESPN analyst John Clayton took a look at the teams who spent $100 million or more each offseason since 2007 and the result has been an average of zero additional wins.
Grigson and Webster made plans, targeted players and crafted deals. Both feel confident their teams will be more like the 2012 Rams (5½ more wins) and 2008 Jets (5 more, and the lone winning record on the list) than like the 2012 Saints (six fewer wins in difficult circumstances) or the 2011 Jaguars (three fewer).
The Colts and Titans spread out their spending more than many of the teams on the list, and more than this offseason’s biggest spender, the Miami Dolphins, who gave receiver Mike Wallace five years and $60 million.
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Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
This Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 11 a.m. During the offseason, the chat will take place every two weeks and it will move to a weekly schedule once the regular season gets closer.
The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.
For this week, the Colts are now just two weeks away from reporting to Anderson for the start of the 2013 training camp.
What are your burning questions heading into training camp where the Colts roster will dwindle down from 90 to the difficult number of 53?
This will be the second-to-last chat before training camp begins. We will have another one on July 26th and then after that the chat will move to once a week through the season.
Feel free to join the chat via this link around 11:00 a.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.
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