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Colts sign running back Miguel Maysonet to the practice squad

Posted by on September 16, 2013 – 1:07 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Miguel Maysonet to the practice squad.

Maysonet, 5-10, 210 pounds, was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2013 before being waived on May 20. He was then acquired from waivers by the Cleveland Browns the following day and waived on August 30.

Maysonet spent three seasons at Stony Brook University (2010-12) after transferring from Hofstra University (2009). While at Stony Brook, he was a two-time Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year, totaling 4,725 career rushing yards and 48 touchdowns on 695 carries (6.8 avg.). As a senior in 2012, Maysonet started all 13 games and recorded 267 rushing attempts for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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Ahmad Bradshaw is Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: Miami Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:40 am

Throughout the course of the season, will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the” Newcomer of the Week” from Miami.

In his first start with the Indianapolis Colts, Ahmad Bradshaw took the bulk of the carries on Sunday afternoon.

Bradshaw had 15 carries for 65 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown.5a882ad99b6d42b9b2ad74782f89e47a--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

“It felt great and I’m ready for more,” Bradshaw said of his 49 offensive snaps (68 percent of the Colts offensive snaps).

“I wish we could have won this one. We all wanted it. We all gave all our effort. We just got to take the chances that we get and take advantage of them.”

Bradshaw added three catches for 19 yards as the lead back for the Colts.

With Vick Ballard out for the season, Bradshaw is the starter moving forward and the seven-year NFL veteran was very effective in Sunday’s loss.

The Colts are currently fifth in the NFL at 5.0 rush yards per attempt.

Other Newcomers of Note:

-Safety LaRon Landry once again led the Colts defense in tackles. He had 11 tackles on Sunday and leads the team with 26 stops after two weeks.

-Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner had three tackles on Sunday including a half sack and added a quarterback hurry of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

-Offensive guard Hugh Thornton filled in at left guard for the injured Donald Thomas and played 60 offensive snaps (83 percent) on Sunday afternoon.

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Five Things Learned, Miami-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:09 am


Intro:  Miami erased two three-point Colts leads after Indianapolis rallied back from an 11-point (14-3) second-quarter deficit.  One final chance to win ended for the Colts at the Miami 23 with four snaps in the final 1:50.  The Colts are 1-1, just like last year, and face a two-game road trip.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts tight-wired their way to eight comeback wins in the last 17 games and nearly pulled off another one Sunday against Miami.

Miami 24, Colts 20.

One final bid ended with four snaps from the Dolphins’ 23 after the Colts had moved from their 14.  Indianapolis did not hold onto two different three-point leads and lost at home for the first time in almost a year.

Indianapolis had its chances.  Chuck Pagano said the team made plays, but not enough to win, something he claimed Miami did in reaching 2-0.

The mood was deep disappointment in the locker room, but one that tactfully placed blame on those present.  Players pointed fingers at themselves.  The feeling today should turn to resolve for a team Pagano credits with passion and integrity.

“This team is going to fight.  We know that,” said Pagano.  “We know they’re going to play for 60 minutes, and it doesn’t matter what the score (or) the situation is.  It speaks to the character and resiliency of this group.  If we get some things cleaned up, we’ll keep getting better every week.”


GOSDER CHERILUS IS SOLID INVESTMENT – Cherilus is a quiet presence and one who showed grit against Miami.  Most observers said he would need help from backs or tight ends in facing Cameron Wake.  Cherilus did not miss a snap.  Any help he had was minimal.  A talented Wake with 2.5 sacks at Cleveland was credited with one assisted tackle yesterday.  Well done, Mr. Cherilus.

POINTS ARE PRECIOUS – A missed field goal early from 52 yards out was tough, though Adam Vinatieri hitting the upright halfway up the pipe validated the decision to kick.  Andrew Luck’s two savvy third-down conversions maximized the club’s third possession when it trailed by 11 points.  Allowing three points on a 44-yard drive in the first half’s final 1:26 hurt, as did the field goal Indianapolis settled for after a second-half-opening takeaway.  While the Colts won the replay to uphold the turnover, another replay negated a Colts reception to the one.  Indianapolis then had a touchdown wiped out by a motion penalty.  The final drive ended in frustration with two deep throws from the Miami 23 that produced third- and fourth-and-10.  Luck, in self-analysis mode, said afterward setting up a more manageable distance with some shorter routes might have been a better approach.

STAY DEDICATED ON GROUND – Through two games, Indianapolis is averaging 5.0 yards per rush on 52 attempts.  While Luck’s 7.6 average boosts the effort, Vick Ballard was 4.8 against Oakland and Ahmad Bradshaw was 4.3 against Miami.  Rushing ability and the threat of the rush only keeps defenses honest and aids the passing game.  Keep eyes peeled straight ahead and discount any who decry the ground efforts.

CAPABLE, MORE CONSISTENT – Pagano was right on two counts – the Colts made plays, but not enough to win, while Miami made enough to win; the Colts had good statistics, but only points mattered.  On Miami’s four scoring drives, it snapped 22 plays and gained 251 yards.  The Dolphins had an 11.4 average and faced only two third downs on those combined drives (one was a spike before the half-ending field goal).  On the other 44 plays, the Colts held Miami to 147 yards, a 3.3 average.

PAGANO ON HIS GAME – Pagano was on-point in challenging a spot of the ball on a fourth-down Miami rush in the final period.  He believed Ryan Tannehill was short on a second-effort run over left tackle, and Pagano’s spunk resulted in an overturned replay.  Indianapolis then trailed by four points with 12 minutes remaining, and the game could have been determined on that drive.  His feel for the game and his team is where Colts fans want it to be.   Pagano’s moxie at 1-1 will be a guiding aid with two looming road trips.

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Hugh Thornton was ready for short-term duty, and that could very well turn into long-term action at left guard

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:48 am

For nearly the entire offseason, rookie Hugh Thornton worked at the right guard position.

But when left guard Donald Thomas went down midway through the first quarter on Sunday afternoon, it was time for a little muscle memory re-teaching for the Colts third-round draft pick.

Thornton entered at left guard and played the rest of the game there for the Colts.

“I’m ready,” Thornton said of his first thoughts when Thomas went down. “In every aspect of the game and every phase of the game, I was ready.

“There’s some things that I’ve got to go back and improve on technique and just get better so I can help the team win more games.”

Following the game, head coach Chuck Pagano said Thornton did an “admirable” job filling in for Thomas.

With Thomas tearing his quad and out for the rest of the season, Thornton is the likely starter moving forward.

When the Colts selected Thornton in the third round of April’s NFL Draft, Pagano and GM Ryan Grigson called the rookie a “mauler”.

An ankle injury sidelined Thornton for all of training camp but on Sunday he showed the run blocking prowess that was talked about back in April.

Whether it was as a pulling guard on running plays or paving the way for Ahmad Bradshaw’s one-yard touchdown run, Thornton looks ready for long-term duty at the left guard position.

“When that happen, you’ve got to pick up where that last guy left off,” Thornton said of the injury to Thomas. “I was ready to play any position the team needed me to play so I went out there and did the best that I could today, not the best that I can do.

“As a team, we can improve and as an o-line we can improve. So just look for us to improve, get better and win more games this year.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: September 16th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:44 am

The Colts suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Miami Dolphins 24-20. Today’s news looks at the Colts comeback attempt coming up short, the play of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and T.Y. Hilton’s career afternoon.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, September 16th.  

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill outplays fellow 2012 first-round pick Andrew Luck

By: Michael Pointer, Indy Star

Last year it was Andrew Luck making the plays at the end of both halves against the Dolphins.

But on Sunday, it was Ryan Tannehill who made those plays.

“It’s very satisfying anytime you can win on the road,” Tannehill said. “To play a complete game, to make plays in tough situations, with the defense stepping up at the end. … Everyone had to make a play.”

He completed 23-of-34 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown. On this day, he outplayed Luck — who completed 25-of-43 for 321 yards, but threw a key fourth-quarter interception and was sacked on the Colts’ final offensive play. Tannehill’s QB rating was 107.4; Luck’s was 79.7.

“We’ve seen a gradual improvement for the last 18 months,” Miami wide receiver Brian Hartline said. “Even since March, we’ve seen a lot of improvement. Maybe to the national media this is something new, but not to us.”

Dolphins Stop Indy Comeback, Hold On for 24-20 Win

By: Michael Marot, The Associated Press

It had all the makings of comeback No. 9 for Andrew Luck.

The stage was set but a day full of missed opportunities continued on Sunday afternoon.

“You start thinking about the plays afterward. I think some of those, instead of throwing the ball up for grabs, take the underneath guy, get 5 yards and get in second-and-5 instead of ending up in second-and-10, third-and-10, fourth-and-10,” Luck said.

“I don’t think I managed that particularly well. They did a good job of pressure on that last play. You never want to get sacked on fourth down. That’s almost one of those cardinal sins.”

T.Y. Hilton has a career day in the loss

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

Getting T.Y. Hilton the ball was a focus for the Colts early and often on Sunday afternoon and the Colts held true to their word with the second-year receiver finishing the game with a career-high 124 receiving yards.

It was obvious the Colts made Hilton a focus in the offense early Sunday. He had three catches for 54 yards by the end of the first quarter.

“We knew we had to get him back involved,” Pagano said. “We made big plays and he made huge plays. It was good to see him get back and have the number of catches and big plays. He’s an explosive guy.”

Hilton’s best catch came late in the first half when he went over the top of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes and hauled in a 47-yard pass down the right sideline. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored four plays later.

Hilton had already set a career high in receiving yards by the end of the first half.

“We know T.Y.’s a stud,” Luck said. “The one he caught on the right side before the end of the half was something special. We know he’s a phenomenal football player.”


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