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Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 26, 2013 – 8:52 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent safety Corey Lynch to the active roster.

Lynch, 6-0, 210 pounds, has appeared in 71 career games, making 12 starts for Tennessee (2013), San Diego (2012), Tampa Bay (2009-2011) and Cincinnati (2008). He holds career totals of 95 tackles (65 solo), 15 passes defensed, five interceptions, one fumble recovery and 48 special teams tackles. In 2013, he appeared in three games with the Titans and totaled three special teams tackles.

In 2012, Lynch saw action in all 16 games for the third consecutive season and notched career highs with 47 tackles and two interceptions to go along with eight special teams tackles. In 2010, he played in all 16 games (five starts) for the Buccaneers and registered 24 tackles, one interception, two passes defensed and a career-high 18 special team tackles.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 5:03 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated inside linebacker Josh McNary from the practice squad to the active roster. The team also waived tight end Justice Cunningham and wide receiver David Reed and placed safety Delano Howell on Injured Reserve.

McNary, 6-0, 251 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 11, 2013. He finished his collegiate career as Army’s all-time leader in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (49), while adding 195 tackles (117 solo), nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons and also holds school records for the most sacks in a single game (4.0) and a single season (12.5).

Cunningham was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft and was signed to the practice squad on September 2, 2013. He was then elevated to the active roster on November 19 and caught one pass for four yards in one game played.

Reed was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on August 21, 2013. He played in seven games this season and returned 24 kickoffs for 590 yards (24.6 avg.). For his career, Reed has returned 63 kickoffs for 1,740 yards (27.6 avg.) and one touchdown in 36 games played.

Howell was originally signed by the Colts from the Buffalo Bills practice squad on November 28, 2012. In 2013, he appeared in six games, making three starts and recording 24 tackles (14 solo) and two passes defensed. He also recovered a blocked field goal and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown against Seattle (10/6/13).

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“Newcomer of the Week”: Arizona Edition is Ricky Jean Francois

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 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 Arizona.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois.

In coming over from the 2012 NFC Champions, Jean Francois has been a welcomed addition to the Colts defensive front.

Jean Francois put together his best game of the season on Sunday with five tackles and a career-best 2.0 sacks.tempD3S_8503--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

The second quarter sack by Jean Francois forced a Cardinals punt and he followed that up with a third quarter takedown of Carson Palmer, which ended that Arizona drive in a punt.

After the game, Jean Francois wasn’t one to talk about his individual performance.

Jean Francois realizes what it’s going to take to get to the Super Bowl and that means an evaluation across the board.

“It’s still the same team,” Jean Francois said after the game. “We are just going to take it back to Indy and we have to break down everything.

“Aint’ no finger pointing. We literally have to break EVERY thing down because to make this run, it ain’t going to be easy.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard filled in for 30 of the team’s 75 defensive snaps on Sunday in place of the injured Kavell Conner. Sheppard finished the game with five tackles and one quarterback hurry.

Tight end Justice Cunningham made his NFL debut on Sunday, playing 14 offensive snaps while filling in for fullback Stanley Havili. Cunningham had one catch for four yards on Sunday.

Running back Daniel “Boom” Herron had four carries for 33 yards in the fourth quarter on Sunday and had the Colts second longest play of the day with a 22-yard rush.

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Andrew Luck Checks in After 11 Games

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 8:55 am

Andrew Luck made an appearance on the NFL Network on Monday, the day after the Colts’ 40-11 loss at Arizona left them at 7-4.

The Colts maintain a two-game lead on Tennessee in the AFC South chase and host the Titans on Sunday in a key contest.

A victory Sunday and one in one of the remaining four games (at Cincinnati, vs. Houston, at Kansas City, vs. Jacksonville) would hand the Colts their eighth AFC South crown and the first since 2010.

Luck weighed in on some questions surrounding the club:

  • On reasons Indianapolis has fallen behind in the first halves of the last four games:

“A myriad of factors but really at the end of the day it’s lack of execution. Credit to the other teams as well, but we’re not handling our business; I know from the offensive perspective, I’m not doing a good enough job getting completions, getting first downs, getting drives together which usually end up in points if you can get some first downs. So lack of execution and we’re working on it. Guys are anxious and excited to get back on the practice field and work on it. We understand you can’t survive your mistakes forever, as evident by this past weekend [against Arizona], so we’ll keep working on it.”

  • On what are the biggest issues facing the Colts moving forward:

“Again, it’s lack of execution. The slow start [against Arizona] definitely hurt; I know I need to pick my game up, I know everybody else in the locker room feels the same way. It’s one guy here, and the next play maybe it’s another guy, the next play it’s another guy. We all just have to get back on the same page and get back on the practice field and work at it.”

  • On if the game plan is to get Trent Richardson and Donald Brown involved a little bit more with wide receiver Reggie Wayne out for the rest of the season:

“I think with Reggie [Wayne] out it’s an opportunity for a lot of guys, not just the running backs, but our wideouts, tight ends to get involved. We know when we’ve been successful we’ve been able to run the football. Last weekend we didn’t do a great job of running the football, and a lot of that falls on me to make sure we’re getting in the right play. So we know when Trent’s rolling, when Donald Brown is rolling, that usually means our team is rolling.”

  • On how big this weekend’s game against the Tennessee Titans is:

“It’s huge. In my short career so far, I’ve realized that every game is huge in the NFL, especially when it’s a division game at home against a salty, good team in Tennessee. It’s always fun to play them because we know it’s going to be a heavyweight fight.”

KELLEY’S VIEW:  The mood of the fans is of understandable concern, but they should be heartened by the ability of the team to respond to challenges.  Four games without Reggie Wayne have added to the difficulty of competing, but a time-tested process is in place that will work with accompanying execution.  It’s not a very popular answer, but it is the appropriate one.

There are 52 players on the roster in addition to Luck.  Each player needs to do his part (Luck and many are), and it’s good to hear leaders pointing toward themselves in saying they must produce at their highest individual level.

The margin of error shrunk a little with the Arizona loss, but no goals have been lost.  The team controls its own destiny.

While the Colts have beaten Tennessee nine of the last 10, half have been by one-score margins.  The last three have included comebacks.

It will be an exciting day in the stadium.  Players want to atone for a 38-8 loss in their last home appearance.  Tennessee is one of six teams at 5-6, and they harbor legitimate post-season hopes.

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