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Ricky Jean Francois a popular man this week playing his former team

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:25 pm

Ricky Jean Francois is more popular than normal this week around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

The new Colts defensive end played for the 49ers from (2009-2012) and his brain will be picked and prodded by many of his teammates going into Sunday’s matchup with San Francisco.

“As soon as I walked in (Monday) I said, I know I’m looking for Andrew Luck. If nobody else asks me something, I said I know it’s got to be Andrew Luck,” Jean Francois said earlier this week.

“I’m going to just help my offense the best I can, help my coaches to the knowledge of what I did, offense and defense-wise.”

Jean Francois is one of three Colts (Aubrayo Franklin and Cam Johnson) that have recent ties to the 49ers.

The Indianapolis offensive line should be asking their fair share of questions to those three as all of them played in the front seven of the vaunted 49ers defense.

For his last two seasons in San Francisco, Jean Francois played under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Colts fans watched Harbaugh from 1994-1997 and Jean Francois talks about the former Indianapolis signal caller from a coaching standpoint.

“He’s one coach I can tell you that’s into it, almost feels like he’s a player again,” Jean Francois said of Harbaugh. “You’ll see him out there this week throwing passes to the receivers and I believe he’s still got it. We used to mess with him about it, ‘Coach, just sign a one-game contract, see what you can do.’”

Perhaps more than anyone inside of the Colts locker room this week, Jean Francois knows the task at hand Sunday.

“A lot of teams say they want to be in the Super Bowl, play against a team that was in the Super Bowl,” Jean Francois said.

“That’s San Francisco. If we want to be the best, we got to beat the best.”


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Eye on the Prize: AFC South Standings after Week Two

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:11 am

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.

Here is a look after Week Two:

Texans 30, Titans 24, OT

-In arguably the most exciting game of the weekend, the Texans overcame a late fourth quarter interception and an injury to Andre Johnson. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw an interception with 4:59 remaining, which gave the Titans a 24-16 lead. The Texans answered with an Arian Foster one-yard touchdown run with just under two minutes left and Foster’s two-point conversion tied the score. Houston missed a last second field goal to win the game in regulation but with the flip of the coin toss, the Texans wouldn’t miss another opportunity. On the opening drive of overtime, Schaub found rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a three-yard game-winning touchdown.

NEXT GAME: @Baltimore, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST

Texans 30, Titans 24, OT

-The Titans looked prime to take the AFC South lead with a huge road divisional win over the two-time defending champs. However, that 24-16 lead with under five minutes to play evaporated thanks to Foster’s touchdown run. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker threw for two touchdowns but finished the game just 17-of-30 for 148 yards. An Alterraun Verner interception late in the fourth quarter gave the Titans an eight-point lead but the defense could not garner up one final stop.

NEXT GAME: San Diego, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST

Raiders 19, Jaguars 9

-It was a struggling afternoon for the Jaguars offense. While the Jacksonville defense hung tough in the red zone, the Jaguars offense barely got into the opponent’s 20-yard line. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne was 25-of-38 for 241 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 29 rushing yards on 10 carries and his counterpart, Darren McFadden had 19 carries for 129 rushing yards. The Jaguars lone touchdown came with 2:53 left in the fourth quarter when Henne found Clay Harbor for a 13-yard touchdown.

NEXT GAME: @Seattle, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST.

2013 AFC South Standings

Houston 2-0

Indianapolis 1-1

Tennessee 1-1

Jacksonville 0-2


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Colts Daily Headlines: September 18th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:29 am

The Colts practice schedule for the 49ers begins this afternoon. Today’s news is pretty quiet but here are a couple of observational pieces on Ahmad Bradshaw and Pep Hamilton’s offense.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 18th.  

Colts Insider: Ahmad Bradshaw’s performance a silver lining in Colts’ loss

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

Holder points to the play of new running back Ahmad Bradshaw as a positive from Sunday’s game.

But now that we’ve gotten a closer look at Bradshaw, here are my observations.

* He’s got good vision. Bradshaw’s ability to both follow blocks and anticipate how a play will unfold allowed him to pick up extra yards that he otherwise might not have. Bradshaw showed a knack for knowing there the crease was going to be, often before it even developed. This allowed the Colts to move the chains even in instances where they didn’t necessarily have perfect run blocking.

* Bradshaw had a lot more pop than I expected. He showed, perhaps, more quickness than we gave him credit for, and that allowed him to hit the hole the moment it opened.

* Finally, Bradshaw still has that trademark toughness we’ve always seen from him. Put simply, he runs hard, punishing defenders who dare try to tackle him.

Some early assumptions about Colts offense under coordinator Pep Hamilton have proven true

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell also gives some observations and his come on the offensive side of the ball looking at Pep Hamilton’s scheme.

• “Chunk plays,” the over-the-top strikes so prevalent in 2012, will be less frequent.

After two games, Colts receivers rank 16th in the league, averaging 11.6 yards per reception. They were No. 3 last season, averaging 12.9 yards, the club’s sixth-best per-catch average since 1970.

Only three of Andrew Luck’s 43 completions have gained at least 25 yards, tied for eighth-fewest in the league. Philadelphia’s Michael Vick has a league-high 10 and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers nine.

• When chunk plays occur, T.Y. Hilton figures to be the target on the majority of them.

Among receivers with at least nine receptions, Hilton’s 16.2 average ranks 13th. His acrobatic 47-yard grab against the Miami Dolphins is Luck’s longest completion this season, and the latest evidence that coordinator Pep Hamilton should maximize Hilton’s big-play skills.

 


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Donald Thomas goes to IR

Posted by craigkelleycolts on September 17, 2013 – 5:19 pm

A player signed to make an impact in 2013 had his season end on Sunday, Donald Thomas.

Thomas suffered a quadriceps injury to his right leg very early in last week’s game against Miami.

Thomas was placed on injured reserve today and will be undergoing surgery very soon to repair the injury.

Thomas was a big-splash signing by Ryan Grigson on March 13 after starting 21-of-43 career appearances with Miami and New England from 2008-12.

Thomas opened the first two games at left guard, and Grigson hoped the club could establish a firm line that would open more games together than the four that were able to be started last year with the intended linemen.

The injury ensures the Colts will be in flux in the near future.  Rookie Hugh Thornton played 60 snaps after Thomas’ departure.

On Monday, Chuck Pagano talked about the line.

“We’ve got nine guys with Link (Jeff Linkenbach) and Khaled Holmes sitting there.  As you know, the roster is fluid and it’s ever-changing because of injuries.  We have options there,” said Pagano.

The Colts could be in a position-for-position signing mode as they face a talented San Francisco team Sunday.

Among players on a talented defense is linebacker Aldon Smith, the NFL’s sack leader since 2011 (37).

In addition to Thomas being placed on injured reserve, the Colts released Dan Moore from injured reserve.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 5:03 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today placed guard Donald Thomas on Injured Reserve and waived fullback Dan Moore from Injured Reserve.

 

Thomas was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. He made two starts at left guard this season before being injured in the team’s Week 2 contest against Miami (9/15). For his career, Thomas has appeared in 45 games, including 23 starts.

 

Moore was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. He was a four-year letterman at Montana and compiled 924 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 38 career games. Moore also caught 26 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.


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Pagano talks play of Hilton, Thornton, Mathis before looking ahead to 49ers match up

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:43 am

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:

On the play of T.Y. Hilton with six catches for 124 yards: 

-“He’s a special, special player, an athletic guy, a competitor. That ball that he caught going over the top of (Brent) Grimes, that’s a special play. We saw him make those all through the second half of last year. It was good see him to get back involved, more than the first ball game. We’ve got to do everything possible to try and create plays and get him the ball as much as we can.”

On the play of Hugh Thornton filling in for Donald Thomas:

-“He did play well. It’s never going to be all well, especially for a rookie, but he came in and again he’s knocking a lot of rust still because he missed most of training camp and the preseason with that ankle injury. This is the first time he’s really getting significant reps so to speak. He’s prepared mentally during the time he was out. He came in and did a nice job.”

On the 24-hour rule after losses:

-“You’ve got that sour taste in your mouth. You really don’t get rid of it until you line up the next Sunday and hopefully get that taste out of your mouth with a victory. The 24-hour rule, you try like heck to put it behind you, obviously win or lose. You have to do that. You have to move on so that’s what we are going to do.”

On Robert Mathis with 94.5 career sacks:

-“He’s like a fine wine, he just keeps getting better with age. He’s a game wrecker. He plays his heart out. He prepares. He takes care of himself and his body and he’s able to go out and play at a high level still. He’s the leader out there of that defense and what he brings from just a football standpoint is great, but from leadership and energy and all those types of things, I’m sure glad he’s out there.”

On Gosder Cherilus and keeping Cameron Wake to just a half tackle on Sunday:

“He’s a really good football and a great team player. He’s great in that (offensive line) room. He’s come in and done everything that we’ve asked of him. He’s a very unselfish guy. Gos certainly had his hands full. He knew it. He’s a pro. He prepared. He practiced extremely hard and he went out and did what he had to do to try and take care of Cameron.”

On how much he can get from Ricky Jean Francois and Aubrayo Franklin this week, both who used to play for San Francisco:

-“From a personnel standpoint is the biggest thing. They can talk scheme and all that stuff but they can really talk about the type of people they are going to face, the personnel. If Ricky were going to go in and talk to our offensive linemen and tell them about the defensive line group, in particular talk about Aldon Smith and here’s his favorite pass rush move. This is what he loves to do. This is his counter, those types of things.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: September 17th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:38 am

The Colts will have an off day on Tuesday as the 24-hour rule is gone following Sunday’s loss. Today’s news looks at the implications of Sunday’s loss, the search for consistency and the Colts dealing with depth issues.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, September 17th.  

From the Colts locker room: What does Sunday’s loss to Miami mean to playoff possibilities?

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The 2013 regular season is just two weeks old but the word “playoffs” is already being thrown around.

Yet considering the challenges facing the Colts over the next five weeks, beginning with Sunday’s visit to San Francisco, it’s only reasonable to wonder whether the 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins will have a lasting impact.

“We realize we can’t go back and do anything about it,” quarterback Andrew Luck said Monday afternoon. “They won fair and square. You can’t complain about it. You can’t say you got cheated or robbed.

“We realize we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Colts searching for complete game

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

The word consistency is what Bremer uses to describe what the Colts are looking for over the course of 60 minutes.

There have been flashes of the team Indianapolis can become, but they have not been sustained. The first quarter of the opener against Oakland was one high point. The second quarter Sunday against Miami was another. But the other six quarters of football the Colts have played this season have ranged from mediocre to … well, miserable.

“I just think we got to play better,” Pagano said. “We got to play 60 minutes of consistent football on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We’ll continue to look for ways to make sure that we can do that.”

And Andrew Luck’s thoughts?

“I just think we need a little more focus, realize it’s a long ballgame,” Luck said. “We’ve got great veterans in this locker room. I think we’ve got great football players. We realize we can’t survive our mistakes every week. We realize we can’t make as many mistakes, especially in the second half. Maybe that is a bit of lack of focus, or whatever it is, I don’t think I can put my finger on it. But it’s something we’ll focus on and hopefully improve upon.”

Colts suddenly dealing with depth issues

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

Similar to the word “playoffs”, the word “depth” is already being thrown around the Colts complex.

Some significant injuries on the offensive side of the ball have tested the Colts depth already in 2013.

“I’m glad we were able to acquire the pieces that we did through free agency and the draft last year because it brought us more depth and more competition at all spots,” Pagano said. “You hate to lose anybody. You watch any game, you pick up any box score you look stats, it happens. It’s part of the NFL. I feel good about the guys we have at those positions that filled in.”

Rookie Hugh Thornton has moved into the starting left guard spot in Thomas’ place and Ahmad Bradshaw is starting at running back for Ballard. Bradshaw was likely going to become the starter at some point this season. Ballard’s injury just sped up the process. Donald Brown is backing up Bradshaw.

The Colts still have eight offensive linemen on the roster. Khaled Holmes and Jeff Linkenbach were inactive against the Dolphins.

“Guys get injured,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “It stinks when it happens. Your heart breaks when it’s Vick Ballard or Donald Thomas, really anybody, it stinks. Whether it’s last year, the head coach going down, or any year when players go down, you got to play and you can’t miss a beat.”

 


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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, 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 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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