Ryan Grigson made his 13th trade as general manager with the Colts today.
Grigson is a non-stop shopper for any way to improve his football team.
He sent running back Delone Carter to Baltimore for wide receiver/kick returner David Reed.
A fourth-year pro, Reed made a rookie splash with a 103-yard scoring kickoff return in 2010. In 2011, he zipped 77 yards with another return effort.
In 29 career games, Reed owns a healthy 29.5 average on 39 kickoff returns.
The return game is an area on which Grigson and the Colts coaches want to improve.
The value of explosion was underscored last year when Deji Karim bolted 101 yards for a score against Houston in the finale.
Karim’s coast-to-coast effort took 12 seconds, and that was the only clock time the Colts trailed all game.
It was the club’s first scoring return on a deep kickoff since 2009.
“This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” said Grigson. “David is a very competitive football player, and we welcome his style of play and energy.”
Grigson kids that one of the things he has learned about himself during his tenure with the Colts is just how much coffee he can drink. The man never stops working.
What Colts fans have learned about him is that Grigson’s eyes are always peeled for ways to improve his team.
Tags: david reed, Deji Karim, Delone Carter, indianapolis colts, ryan grigson
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The Indianapolis Colts today acquired wide receiver David Reed in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for running back Delone Carter.
“This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “David is a very competitive football player and we welcome his style of play and energy. At the same time, we wish Delone well with his opportunity to play for another first-class organization and we thank him for his efforts.”
Reed, 6-0, 195 pounds, has appeared in 29 career games with Baltimore, totaling 39 kickoff returns for 1,150 yards (29.5 avg.), including a 103-yard touchdown return. He has also contributed with 19 special teams tackles. As a rookie in 2010, Reed led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards per kickoff return, recording 616 yards on 21 returns. He also posted a then-Ravens-record 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half at Houston on December 13, 2010. Following that performance, he was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Carter was originally selected by the Colts in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. For his career, he has played in 26 games (three starts) and has registered 499 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go along with six receptions for 31 yards.
Tags: david reed, Delone Carter, roster moves
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The name “Drake Nevis” had barely gotten out of my mouth before Donald Thomas started ‘oohing’.
Thomas is in his first year with the Colts but is fresh off three weeks of training camp work where he was a frequent recipient of Nevis’ multi-faceted pass rush.
“It’s just really impressive he can create that much pass rush because just looking at him, no offense, but he doesn’t look as athletic as he is,” Thomas said of Nevis on Tuesday.
“It’s hard to get your hands on him. He starts one way, then goes the other. He uses his hands well. You’ve got to sit back on him. You can’t be overaggressive because that’s when he gets you.”
Even an Alabama guy in Josh Chapman is praising Nevis, an LSU product.
“He’s one of those guys that is constantly working,” Chapman said of Nevis. “He’s got that power and fast twitch and you rarely find guys that have both. With him, he has three or four counter moves that people don’t really think of.”
At 310 pounds, Nevis doesn’t have ideal size as a 3-4 nose tackle but has found a niche as an interior pass rusher on passing downs.
Nevis was a force against the Giants on Sunday night with a pair of sacks and his high motor has caught the eye of Chuck Pagano.
“He’s relentless in his pass rush. Going in there getting a couple of sacks late in that game that’s just Drake,” Pagano said.
“He’s snap to whistle, all out. If he gets singled up, he’s got the ability to beat guys.”
Tags: chuck pagano, donald thomas, drake nevis, josh chapman
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The Colts began their practice week on Tuesday for the third preseason game of 2013. Today’s news looks at Andrew Luck’s excitement over his receivers catches, along with another piece on the training camp mode that still exists even with the team away from Anderson.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, August 21st.
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
No matter how many times it happens, Andrew Luck still gets giddy when watching Reggie Wayne or T.Y. Hilton makes an impressive catch.
“I still get excited,” Luck said. “I don’t know if it makes me look good or bad. It’s still a completion. That’s what matters.”
For any quarterback, a welcoming sight is a receiver that can make the difficult catches become almost routine.
“It’s nice when you develop that feeling, you know, if I throw this ball up I know that our guy is going to go up as hard as he can, and there’s a great chance for him to make the play,” Luck said. “Those catches are special. Just because it seems to happen over and over again now, it doesn’t make it lose its luster. I guys you do sort of come to expect it from those guys.”
By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune
The scenery has changed but the mindset has not.
The Colts have eight days left for their final two preseason games and it’s all about preparing for the gauntlet of an NFL season.
“It feels like home and everybody’s ready to get [to the] in-season routine. And even though we’re treating this week like that, we’re still at camp,” Chuck Pagano repeated. “As I just told [the players], it may look like West 56th [Street], but treat it like you’re still at Anderson.
“We’re still in training-cap mode. This is no time to get complacent. We took a big step this past weekend [with a 20-12 preseason win over the New York Giants]. We certainly don’t want to take a step backwards. So we’re still in training-camp mode. And that’s the mindset we’ve got to have.”
According to quarterback Andrew Luck, the coach’s message got through loud and clear.
“We’re still in that training-camp mentality. We’re still trying to grind as much as we can during the day. And, honestly, we are focused on the Browns. We’re trying to make this as much of a game like it would be during the season,” Luck said.
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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