The Indianapolis Colts today waived wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers and running back Kerwynn Williams from the active roster.
Rogers was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 2, 2013 and was elevated to the active roster on September 19. In three collegiate seasons, he posted 139 receptions for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns in 36 games played. Rogers played two seasons at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) before transferring to Tennessee Tech for one year (2012).
Williams was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. At Utah State, he finished seventh in school history with 2,515 rushing yards on 382 carries. He also totaled 22 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns. Williams’ 6.6 yards per carry average ranks fifth in school annals and his 22 rushing touchdowns ranks seventh all-time.
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With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show on Monday night following the Colts 27-7 win over the 49ers:
On running the football 39 times for 179 yards on Sunday:
“We’ve talked about it ever since we stepped foot into this building that you’ve got to be able to run the football and stop the run. It just builds your team, your mindset. The offensive line did a phenomenal job. Samson (Satele) not being able to go, Mike McGlynn stepping in at center, (Jeff) Linkenbch being ready to go at guard, the rookie (Hugh Thornton) at left guard, our tight ends, our backs, (Stanley) Havili, give them all credit. They did a phenomenal job. We said it was going to be tough sledding and it was. We said we weren’t going to be upset with a one, two, three-yard gain. It’s like Pep (Hamilton) says, ‘Invest in body blows.’ To win games like that against physical teams, on the road, you are going to have to be able to pound it, run the ball 30, 35, 40 times maybe, especially late in the season.”
On Reggie Wayne yards after catch and five receptions for 63 yards:
“He must have found the fountain of youth on the way out there (laughing). I’m yelling the whole time, ‘Get down, get down. Protect yourself. Protect yourself.’ He’s a warrior. The young guys in this organization, I keep telling them day-after-day-after-day, ‘Get in this guy’s hip pocket and emulate exactly what he does on a day-in, day-out basis.’ The veteran guys, they know what it takes to win football games like the one we were in yesterday and they play well every week. He sure stepped up his game yesterday and made some huge plays there late.”
On the Colts defense forcing seven punts and two turnovers against the 49ers:
“It’s swagger. It’s attitude. It’s expecting to go out and play well and they expect that. Obviously this is going to be a huge shot in the arm, confidence, all those things. Bob, we talk about it all the time, ‘Next Man Up.’ That’s why we beg and plead with these guys that are backup guys, might not be starters now, ‘you are one play away’. Everybody on that 53-man roster, the taxi (practice) squad, you prepare like starters because you never know when someone is going to get nicked up and you are going to have to be called to duty and perform at the same level.”
On Delano Howell’s play in starting for LaRon Landry:
“During the production meeting, they are asking me who’s going to start in place of LaRon (Landry) and they are like, ‘Who?’ I said, ‘Didn’t you guys watch any preseason games?’ And I told Delano the same thing so that kind of lit a fire under his rear a little bit. He prepares. We saw what he can do in the preseason and he earned that start by doing the things that he’s done since he’s been here. It was great to see him go out and play at a high level.
“He’s always in the right spot. No game is ever going to be perfect but he’s one of those guys that’s first in, last to leave. Takes a lot of pride in his game, studies, prepares, and again that’s why he was able to go out and play at a high level.”
On a 20-point road win against the NFC Defending Champions:
“I’ve been apart of some great ones. But again coming off a loss, traveling as far as we had to travel, we talked about that, I think this was huge on many levels. It’s probably as big a road win as I’ve been apart of. Just looking at the guys in the locker room, the players and the coaches and seeing their faces and just the sense of pride and accomplishment…because no one gave us a chance. We can go back and look at all the pregame shows, all the paper, all the writers, like last year, nobody gave us a chance to do anything. Nobody gave us a chance to go to Candlestick and win that football game and the only ones that believed were the guys in this organization. It was a great, great road victory.”
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive end Lawrence Guy and signed tackle Xavier Nixon from the Washington Redskins practice squad. The Colts will have to make two additional moves to reach the 53-man roster limit.
Guy, 6-4, 318 pounds, rejoins the Colts after being waived by the team following the preseason finale against Cincinnati. He spent the 2012 season with Indianapolis after being signed from the Green Bay practice squad on September 3, 2012. Guy totaled 21 tackles (15 solo) and 1.0 sack in nine games played. He was originally selected by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but spent his rookie season on the Injured Reserve list.
Nixon, 6-6, 314 pounds, was originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2013. He was waived by the Redskins on August 31, 2013 before being signed to the team’s practice squad the following day. Nixon appeared in 46 games (33 starts) on the University of Florida offensive line. As a senior in 2012, he earned All-SEC honors after playing 11 games with eight consecutive starts at left tackle. In 2009, Nixon was part of a Florida offense that ranked No. 3 in the nation in yards per carry (5.59), yards per play (6.97) and total yards (6,410), earning him freshman All-America recognition from CollegeFootballNews.com and a selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
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The Colts enjoyed a Victory Monday to begin Week 4 of the regular season. Today’s news looks at Andrew Luck’s decision-making on his six-yard touchdown run and how the Colts earned Sunday’s 27-7 victory.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, September 24th.
By: Curt Cavin, Indy Star
While Andrew Luck might not admit it, that fourth quarter six-yard touchdown run might have been No. 12’s doing on the bootleg.
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano didn’t know Andrew Luck was going to keep the ball on a key third down at San Francisco’s 6-yard line in what became Sunday’s game-winning touchdown. But he wasn’t surprised.
That decision is what focused, winning football players do, and Pagano had field full of them in the convincing win over the 49ers.
Instead of deferring to a running back, Luck hid the ball on his hip and rolled around the left side of the line for the walk-in score. Not even left tackle Anthony Castonzo knew Luck was coming his way.
“All I heard was ‘sucker,’” Pagano said with a laugh during Monday’s media briefing at team headquarters. “Long play call and then I heard ‘sucker’ at the end of it.
“As soon as I saw him in the end zone and (spiking) the ball, it felt awesome.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
This was what the Colts new regime has envisioned for some time now.
When he was hired nearly 21 months ago, Pagano said he wanted to field a team that hit hard for 60 minutes on both sides of the ball. He wanted to play an old-fashioned smashmouth style that would leave an impression on opponents long after the final gun. And, most importantly, he wanted the team’s performance to be something its fans could take pride in.
On Sunday, in every facet, it was mission accomplished.
“Great team win,” Pagano told the media Monday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “Great win for this city. Great win for our fans. Great win for the organization. Unbelievable. But we all understand it’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint.”
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