The Indianapolis Colts today elevated wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster and signed wide receiver Josh Lenz to the practice squad. The team also waived-injured safety Larry Asante. If Asante clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.
Rogers, 6-3, 215 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 2, 2013. 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). As a sophomore in 2011, Rogers earned Associated Press First Team All-SEC honors after leading the conference with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and ranking second with nine receiving touchdowns.
Lenz, 6-0, 194 pounds, was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2013 before being waived on August 30. He was then signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on October 8 and was released on November 5. For his collegiate career at Iowa State, Lenz caught 96 passes for 1,213 yards and 10 touchdowns in 47 games played (19 starts). As a senior in 2012, he started eight-of-10 games and compiled 430 yards and six touchdowns on 29 receptions.
Asante was signed by the Colts on October 4, 2013 and appeared in five games this season. For his career, he has totaled 12 tackles (nine solo), one interception and one forced fumble in 17 games played.
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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 St. Louis.
When Pep Hamilton was named Colts offensive coordinator earlier this year, he was looking for a versatile fullback to fit his scheme.
Havili had three catches (career-high) for 25 receiving yards on Sunday and is showing how he can impact the receiving game.
Along with being a versatile cog on offense, Havili is also playing a variety of roles on special teams.
On the season, Havili has 16 offensive touches for 74 yards along with his top duty of blocking for the Colts running backs.
Havili has four special teams tackles and a forced fumble in 2013.
Following the loss on Sunday, Havili was ready to turn his attention to Thursday night.
“It was frustrating to say the least. We just couldn’t get things going,” Havili said after the game.
“I think with a short week, it’s an advantage for us to put this loss to rest, learn from the mistakes and get ready for Thursday, very excited to get this sour taste out of my mouth.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Running back Daniel Herron saw his first offensive action with the Colts and he had one catch for 57 yards. Herron mainly contributes on special teams and he had one kick return for 13 yards on Sunday.
–Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner played in his second game back from injury and had three tackles (one for loss) while playing a total of 23 snaps on Sunday.
–Defensive tackle Montori Hughes dressed for his second career NFL game and contributed three tackles in just 17 snaps.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is running back Donald Brown.
As he has done for nearly the entire season, Brown continued to be a productive piece of the Colts offense.
On Sunday, it came in the receiving department as Brown caught a career-high five receptions and his 64 receiving yards were the second highest of his career.
Brown’s 13-yard touchdown reception was his first touchdown catch in the NFL and after the game, the veteran running back did not want to chat much about his individual effort.
“They came out to play and they outplayed us. There’s no other way around it,” Brown said of the 38-8 loss.
With Reggie Wayne out of the season, Brown is the most experienced member of the Colts skill position players and he talked about the big picture after the loss.
“We knew going into the game that we have to be able to run the ball. We didn’t do that and we didn’t take care of the ball. We will correct those errors,” Brown said.
“We have a short week so we have to move on. This is a resilient team. We will do what it takes, myself included, to get things going.”
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Intro: Indianapolis suffered a 38-8 setback to the Rams, the first-ever NFL game that ended by that score and the club’s largest-margin loss of the season. Here are Five Things Learned from Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are 6-3 and lead the AFC South by two games, but the game that dropped Indianapolis from two to three losses was a 38-8 home defeat to St. Louis.
The Rams scored touchdowns offensively, defensively and on special teams before the game was 20 minutes old. Indianapolis was not able to get on track the rest of the day.
The Colts have four days to rebound in facing Tennessee in Nashville on Thursday Night Football. The Titans are 4-5 and are the Colts’ nearest divisional competitor.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
COMEBACKS NOT THE BLUEPRINT – During the week, Andrew Luck said the Colts would not be able to survive their mistakes forever. Miscues in every phase of the game put the Colts behind by three touchdowns before 20 minutes ticked off the clock. Twice under Luck and Chuck Pagano, the Colts have rallied from 18-point deficits to win. The franchise record for the largest deficit overcome is 21 points on four occasions. No one wants this scenario, and Luck likely would prefer that an 11th comeback win in late, dramatic fashion doesn’t happen any time soon. Early execution can avoid these deficits. It has not been a consistent part of this team’s DNA, but it doesn’t mean it cannot become so going forward.
EFFORT NOT ISSUE – Pagano made clear his team battled for 60 minutes Sunday, though the field was tilted heavily against it quickly. He is correct. The team will not give up its fight. Improving the techniques, fundamentals and communication can yield the desired results. Pagano has a “process” instilled in this team. He told it Sunday to give credit where it is due – to the Rams – then put the game behind it and move on. It’s the only approach. Dismissing problems is not done in Pagano’s program. Correcting ills is the tactic. It starts today and will be on display again Thursday in Nashville.
PROTECTION IMPROVEMENT – St. Louis was the NFL’s top team with one quarterback sack per 9.8 attempts, and Indianapolis knew this going in. In less than three minutes clock time, Luck suffered a sack-strip-touchdown. The Colts knew going in protection was a premium. Luck had been taken down four times among 11 hits at Houston. Sunday was three more sacks and seven hits. A team with an elite quarterback like Luck is going to have protect their asset with schemes, chips and protection from backs. Anthony Castonzo said there was a misjudgment in protection on that first play. Pagano stressed execution is the issue. In seven remaining games, the target is for marked improvement in this area.
WINNING FIELD POSITION – Putting pressure on an opponent can be helped by winning the field position edge. St. Louis clearly did so in the first half Sunday, averaging its five-possession half with a start point at its 40. Indianapolis had seven possessions in the half with an average start at its 15-yard line. The Colts had six punts and turnover. Indianapolis did not start a drive outside its 35 until St. Louis had scored all its points. Kickoff returns netted the Colts starts at their 35, 7, 7, 20, 13, 13 and 20. Field position is not an intangible among statistics.
RED ZONE/THIRD DOWNS – The Colts did not convert a third down at Houston until the third quarter and then not until their eighth attempt. For the game, they were four-of-13. The Colts were one-for-eight Sunday against St. Louis in the opening half and two-for-12 for the game. Extending drives lies in execution and staying in manageable situations. The club has converted 13 of its last 52 third downs over four games, a total that needs juicing. A heavily-tilted scoreboard took the Colts out of typical game situations and precipitated aggressive play calls. Indianapolis scored on one-of-five red zone chances against St. Louis. Entering the game, the Colts were 11th in the NFL in TD percentage in the red zone with 15 TDs in 25 trips (60%). Prior to Sunday, Indianapolis had not failed to score in the red zone (25 trips, 15 TDs/10 FGs). It was the NFL’s only perfect red zone scoring percentage. The club now is tied-for-17th with 16 TDs in 30 trips, and its total red zone scoring percentage is 86.7.
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