The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad and signed guard David Arkin to the practice squad. The team also waived running back Dion Lewis from the active roster and released guard Josh Walker from the practice squad.
Quarles, 6-4, 294 pounds, was originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014. He was then waived and acquired from waivers by the Patriots on August 31. Quarles played in 35 games (28 starts) in three seasons at South Carolina and posted career totals of 105 tackles (66 solo), 13.0 sacks, 23.5 stops for losses and eight quarterback pressures. In 2013, he was named a unanimous First Team All-Southeastern Conference choice after leading the Gamecocks with 9.5 sacks to go along with 39 tackles (27 solo). In 2012, Quarles started all 11 games in which he played and had 38 tackles (27 solo) and 3.5 sacks.
Arkin, 6-5, 307 pounds, has played in one career game with the Miami Dolphins in 2013. He was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Missouri State. He spent his first three seasons (2011-13) with the Cowboys before joining the Dolphins in 2013 and most recently, the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. Arkin was a four-year starter at Missouri State and became only the third player in school history to earn All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors every year.
Lewis was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 9, 2014. In two seasons with the Eagles (2011-12), he competed in 24 games and totaled 36 carries for 171 yards (4.8 avg.) and two touchdowns while adding three receptions for 21 yards. Lewis also served as Philadelphia’s kickoff returner and compiled 32 returns for 702 yards (21.9 avg.).
Walker was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on August 31. He was an All-Conference USA selection in 2013 at Middle Tennessee State and never missed a game throughout his collegiate career.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is tight end Jack Doyle.
Taking one look at the snap counts from Monday night and it was clear the Colts were trying to impose their will via the ground against the Eagles.
Jack Doyle played half of the team’s offensive snaps with the Colts implementing several three-tight end sets.
Whether it was blocking as an h-back or making himself available in the passing game, Doyle provided the Colts another offensive weapon on Monday night.
The highlight for the Indianapolis native came late in the second quarter when he caught a two-yard touchdown for his first NFL score.
“It was cool to get a score to help the team,” Doyle said after the game. “Whatever helps the team. It was definitely good, but I wish we could have come out on top.”
Doyle also caught a 10-yard pass to end the third quarter. That drive ended with Ahmad Bradshaw’s seven-yard touchdown reception.
Going forward, the Colts now have shown opposing defenses that when Doyle is on the field there is still the same unpredictability that many people see with Dwayne Allen’s presence.
It was a bitter sweet night for the Cathedral High School product.
“It’s probably something I’ll look back on and appreciate it,” Doyle said of his first touchdown. “Like I said, just trying to do what they ask me to do to the best of my ability.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – Looking for their first win of 2014, the Colts could not hold onto a 14-point second-half lead on Monday night.
After keeping the Eagles electric offense to just six points through three-and-a-half quarters, Philadelphia ended the game on a 24-7 run.
The Colts will now head to Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon to start a stretch of three divisional games in the next four weeks.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
FINISH THE JOB – The Colts played with a lead for the majority of Monday night but could not hold off the Eagles explosive attack. After the game, the talk centered on a fourth quarter drive the Colts had leading by seven points and within field goal range. While opinions will vary on an Andrew Luck interception, the Colts know they had their chances to close the door on a win over the defending NFC East Champions.
GROUND ATTACK EXCELS– All week long, it was no secret that a productive Colts rushing attack would go a long way in slowing down the Eagles offense. Behind a 69-yard rushing output in the opening frame (the largest for the Colts since 2007), the Colts piled up a total of 169 rushing yards. Both Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw eclipsed the 70-yard mark on the ground.
BIG PLAYS PLAGUE COLTS– The Eagles led the NFL last year with 99 plays of at least 20 yards. They had six in their season opener and added another half dozen on Monday night. A pair of third-quarter chunk plays will eat at the Colts. With the Colts leading by 14, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught a 21-yard pass on a third-and-11. On the next Eagles drive, it was LeSean McCoy running for 21 yards on a third-and-15 draw play.
BETTER START – It wasn’t immediately out of the gate, but the Colts start on Monday night was what this team is looking for going forward. Behind a defense holding the Eagles to field goals in red zone trips, the Colts built a 17-6 halftime lead. We saw what playing ahead of schedule can do for this team thanks to a strong run game and sustained drives.
PLENTY OF THREE TIGHT END SETS – A major beneficiary of the Colts ground success goes to some three-tight end sets with Jack Doyle playing h-back. Doyle logged 36 of the team’s 72 offensive snaps on Monday night. The multiplicity of this offense was once again on display and gives opposing defenses something to take into account each week.
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