The Indianapolis Colts today signed fullback Robert Hughes and waived wide receiver Griff Whalen.
Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, rejoins the Colts after being waived by the team following the preseason finale at Cincinnati. He played in five games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards. Hughes was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Whalen played in three games this season and caught two passes for 28 yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012.
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The Indianapolis Colts Women’s Organization will be selling special edition Colts t-shirts during the month of October and will donate all proceeds to the IU Simon Cancer Center. The t-shirts are gray and feature a pink Colts horseshoe on the front. They are $20 each and will be sold at the team’s “Pinking of the Canal” event on October 4, as well as their October 6 game versus the Seattle Seahawks. At the game, the t-shirts will be available in the American Family Insurance Touchdown Town, on Lucas Oil Plaza inside the north end of the stadium, and near sections 117 and 143 on the main concourse.
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Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com 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 Jacksonville.
He wasn’t the most heralded of 2013 free agent signings for the Colts but there’s no denying the impact that Aubrayo Franklin has had up the middle of the team’s 3-4 defense.
Franklin is an 11-year veteran nose tackle and he has 126 games of NFL experience knowing that stopping the run is his main asset.
On Sunday, Franklin helped the Colts defense limit Maurice Jones-Drew to 1.8 yards per carry (13 carries for 23 yard), the lowest output the Jaguars Pro Bowl running back has had in 60 straight games.
In the AFC South, the Colts face some of the game’s premier running back and Franklin’s addition was needed this offseason.
Not only has Franklin helped second-year nose tackle Josh Chapman grow into an NFL run-stopper, but he’s showing why he’s hung around the league at the age of 33.
When the Colts signed Franklin in late March, the veteran nose tackle talked about what brought him to Indianapolis and how he fits into a familiar defense.
“Just the chance to get back with my former defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky. Plus these guys made the playoffs and I feel like they are a contender again,” Franklin said back in March.
“(I’m) a hard, tough-nosed player, ready to give up my body to allow my linebackers to make plays, be free and make tackles.”
A month into his tenure as a Colt and it’s safe to say Franklin has carried out that description.
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Running back Trent Richardson ran for 60 yards on 20 carries and scored his second touchdown with the Colts. Richardson got his first start with the Colts and saw his playing time increase to 55 offensive snaps without Ahmad Bradshaw.
–Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had three catches for 33 yards on Sunday. DHB now has 13 catches for 135 receiving yards on the season.
–Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck saw his first action as a member of the Colts on Sunday. Hasselbeck was 2-of-3 for 37 yards and led the Colts to a late fourth quarter field goal.
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Intro: Indianapolis earned another lopsided road win at Jacksonville, 37-3. The defense set the tone early and the offense responded over the final 45 minutes. After winning 27-7 at San Francisco a week earlier, the Colts now have consecutive road wins by 20-point margins for the first time since 2009.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts won their first divisional game of the season at Jacksonville Sunday, 37-3.
It was a dominant performance defensively for 60 minutes, and the offense found its rhythm after the first quarter.
Chuck Pagano talks about, “60 Minutes, All You Got,” and he got it on Sunday. This team is responding and growing together and at the quarter pole of the season is 3-1. Having winning “quarters” of the season is a solid approach. Doing so almost ensures playing beyond 16 games, as does winning in the AFC South.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ROAD WARRIORS – Good teams win on the road. While it may be too early to proclaim this a good team with 12 contests remaining, the earmarks are evident and if the players follow the “process,” this could be a very fun season to watch unfold. The Colts outscored San Francisco and Jacksonville 64-10, doing so on their home turfs. Indianapolis now is 6-2 in its last eight road games, a good record for any NFL team. While everyone loves the Lucas Oil Stadium feeling, the vibe on the road is a good one, too. These were very solid responses after the NFL’s scheduling elves provided the Colts two home games to start the year.
PAGANO PEDIGREE – Chuck Pagano stated he wanted a defensive presence in Indianapolis when he arrived. It appears four games into the season the time has arrived indeed. The Colts fashioned five three-and-outs at San Francisco and dominated the second half. Sunday at Jacksonville, the defense frolicked. Five straight three-and-outs in the second and third quarters were outstanding – 18 net yards gained, five punts. The possession preceding that stretch ended with Indianapolis returning an interception for a touchdown, and the one after it ended with a red-zone stop after a first-and-goal at the two. The possession after that defensive stand saw Indianapolis swipe its third pass of the game. Well done, guys, very well done. After the win at San Francisco, Jim Irsay said the performance was glimpse of the intended future. Part of his words related to defensive play. Yesterday at Jacksonville, the defensive pedigree was in living color.
WHATEVER IT TAKES – Pep Hamilton has said before he is not interested in numerical balance as much as he is with the ability to do what is needed. In the first half at Jacksonville, the Colts threw on 17-of-21 first-down plays, and one of the rushes was a nine-yarder by Andrew Luck when he extinguished his progressions. Sometimes that is how it is going to go, according to Coby Fleener. After running 12 more times than passing at San Francisco, there were 41 pass calls and 29 rushes. Imbalance? No. Just doing what needed doing. By the way, those 29 rushes produced 154 yards.
AYE, MATES – The Colts pirated three Jacksonville passes Sunday. Vontae Davis was a big part of the process. Darius Butler, after having three takeaways last year in Jacksonville, had another one yesterday and took his interception back for a score – his second consecutive such outing at EverBank Field. Josh Gordy joined Davis and Butler with interceptions. It was the first time since 2008 the Colts have had three defensive backs swipe passes in the same game. From 2008-11, Baltimore under Pagano had 82 interceptions (second in the NFL), returned 11 for scores (tied for second in the NFL) and yielded a 69.6 opponent passer rating (first in the NFL). Again, pedigree. Is a tide turning in Indianapolis?
DEFENDING THE BLADES – Cory Redding talked in 2012 about defending every blade of grass in the running game. With more pieces added to the mix now, the Colts held Maurice Jones-Drew to 23 yards and a 1.8 average. In the last seven quarters, the Colts have allowed only nine, 10, three, 12, 18, seven and three yards for a 2.0 average. Neither the 49ers nor Jaguars found the end zone over that span. Holding Jacksonville without a rushing first down was a first for the Colts since 2009. It marked only the sixth such performance in the franchise’s 61 seasons and but the third time it has been accomplished in the Indianapolis era. Pedigree?
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The Colts finished the month of September at 3-1 after their 37-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Today’s news looks at the big play ability of Darius Butler, avoiding the mousetrap and the defensive effort over the last two weeks.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, September 30th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
There’s something about Colts cornerback Darius Butler and his ability to turn turnovers into points all by himself.
“You only get so many opportunities on the defensive side of the ball to get the ball in your hands,” Butler said. “You want to do something more with it. It’s obviously huge.
“Turning a turnover into points, there’s nothing better than that. It’s like a kick return (for a TD) or a blocked punt. It’s that quick turnaround that demoralizes a team.”
Butler has returned four of his eight career interceptions for touchdowns.
“I’m batting .500,” he said. “I’ll take that.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
Coach Chuck Pagano had a mid-week project at Lowes this past week in trying to let his players know the importance of Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
There was no looking back on the 49ers win and no looking forward to a matchup with undefeated Seattle.
So the coach placed mousetraps in each of his players lockers to make sure the focus was heightened.
“We talked after the 49ers game that human nature is hard to fight,” Pagano said. “You start reading all the nice things, you start patting yourself on the back and you get complacent, then you get your tail kicked. You have to prepare and you have to focus and you have to grind and you have to stick to the process. I’m going to keep beating it and beating it with these guys, that we’re not going to get complacent and we’re going to stay sharp and we’re going to stay focused.”
The win set the stage for next week’s game against the undefeated Seattle Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colts are tied with Tennessee atop the AFC South with a 3-1 record.
“It was great that coach did that,” cornerback Greg Toler said. “Don’t buy into the hype, don’t be overly confident. You can be confident, but don’t be cocky.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
For the second straight week, the Colts held their opponents to single digits and have now provided a string of quarters for an elite defense.
“You can sense when blood is in the water,” Colts cornerback Vontae Davis said. “The first quarter they came out throwing their best shot at us, but we knew once we tasted blood we could jump on them quick. It got to the point where it seemed like they were ready for us to pack up our stuff and head back to Indy.”
It would be easy to wonder if the Colts’ defense is for real because they played the Jaguars, who are just treading water these days. But that thought should quickly get erased because Indianapolis did the same thing to the 49ers.
The Colts have only given up 459 yards, 28 first downs and 10 points in the past two games. It’s time to look at the Colts as more than an offensive team.
Coach Chuck Pagano’s defensive mindset and coordinator Greg Manusky’s schemes have sunk in. It just took a little while for it to happen.
“We are going to stick to the process, keep coming back in here and preparing, staying the course and staying ready,” Pagano said. “We know who we are. … Again, to go on the road, after last week’s road trip, division game, and all those things.”
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