The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent cornerback Raymon Taylor.
Taylor, 5-10, 184 pounds, worked out with the Houston Texans on a tryout basis during rookie mini-camp but was not signed. He appeared in 46 games (31 starts) at cornerback at the University of Michigan and finished with 171 tackles (122 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, 16 passes defensed and six interceptions. In 2014, Taylor played in 10 games (eight starts) and registered 38 tackles (27 solo), 1.0 tackles for loss and six passes defensed. As a junior, he started 12-of-13 games, recording a team-high 86 tackles (61 solo) and finishing second on the team with four interceptions. Taylor also added 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and nine passes defensed. He appeared in 13 games (11 starts) in 2012 and registered 45 tackles (33 solo), one fumble recovery, one pass defensed and two interceptions. Taylor played in 10 games as a true freshman and made two tackles (one solo) while also contributing on special teams.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed offensive tackle Matt Hall and waived guard Will Corbin.
Hall, 6-9, 326 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending the 2014 season on Indianapolis’ Injured Reserve list. He was waived by the team on May 4, 2015. Hall was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014 and was waived on July 25. He signed with the Colts two days later.
In 2013, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association NAIA All-America first team and was a Mid-South First Team All-Conference West Division selection at Belhaven University, as he helped the team average 387.9 yards of total offense per game. In 2011, Hall started every game at right guard for Ole Miss and was named a finalist for the C Spire Conerly Trophy, given annually to the player voted as the school’s most outstanding player. In 2009, he played in 11 games for the University of Arkansas after redshirting during the 2008 campaign.
Corbin, 6-6, 305 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 26, 2015. He played in 35 games (20 starts) over his collegiate career at Appalachian State.
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The Indianapolis Colts today released offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus.
Cherilus is a seven-year NFL veteran who started 100-of-104 career games between the Detroit Lions (2008-2012) and Colts (2013-14). He was signed by Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. In two seasons with the Colts, he started all 29 games he appeared in, which included two postseason contests in 2013.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with cornerback D’Joun Smith and defensive end Henry Anderson.
Smith, 5-11, 193 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the third round (65th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 44 games (34 starts) at Florida Atlantic and compiled 120 tackles (78 solo), 1.0 sack, 29 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He also contributed on special teams and finished with 47 kickoff returns for 1,093 yards (23.3 avg.) with a long of 49 yards.
In 2014, he started all 11 games he played in and registered 53 tackles (32 solo), eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Smith garnered Second Team Conference USA honors and was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. As a junior in 2013, Smith started all 12 games and finished with 35 tackles (25 solo), 1.0 sack, 13 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. His seven interceptions ranked No. 1 in the conference and No. 3 nationally as he was First Team Conference USA All-Conference, received first-team defensive honors from Phil Steele and was named the team’s MVP. Additionally, he was named the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Back of the Week after recording three interceptions against Tulane. In 2012, Smith started all 11 games he played in and tallied 25 tackles (16 solo), eight passes defensed and one interception. He appeared in 10 games as a true freshman and had seven tackles (five solo).
Anderson, 6-6, 300 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 48 games (35 starts) at Stanford and finished with 140 tackles (76 solo), 17.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed.
In 2014, Anderson started all 13 games he played in and recorded 65 tackles (40 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and two passes defensed. The fifth-year senior received several accolades including First Team All-Pac-12, SI.com All-America honorable mention and Phil Steele First Team All-Pac-12 honors. Anderson boasted honorable mention All-Pac-12 (2013) and Second Team All-Pac-12 (2012) honors during his redshirt sophomore and redshirt junior years. In 2013, he started all eight games he played in and registered 19 tackles (eight solo), 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Anderson started all 14 games as a redshirt sophomore and contributed 50 tackles (27 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2011, Anderson saw his first game action, appearing in 13 games and recording six tackles (one solo) and one fumble recovery. He was also a standout in the classroom, as he received First Team Pac-12 All-Academic honors each of the last three years of his collegiate career (2012-14).
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The Indianapolis Colts will induct former center Jeff Saturday into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the Colts Monday Night Football contest against the New York Jets on September 21, 2015.
Saturday spent 13 seasons in a Colts uniform (1999-2011) and ranks tied for fifth in team history in games played (197). He also ranks third in franchise history with 132 wins, sitting behind Reggie Wayne (143) and Peyton Manning (141). Saturday was named to six Pro Bowls (five with the Colts), was a two-time Associated Press First Team All-Pro (2005 and 2007) and was a three-time PFWA All-Conference choice (2005-07).
“Jeff represented both the organization and the City of Indianapolis with a tremendous amount of class for 13 seasons,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “The passion for which he played the game was infectious and he quickly developed into one of this game’s great leaders. His performance on the field matched his dedication and service to the community. Jeff is extremely deserving of this honor and I’m thrilled to add his name with the others who have represented the Horseshoe in extraordinary fashion.”
“I am very honored and excited,” said Saturday. “When you start playing this game, you never really envision this occurring in your career. I tell people all the time that my career was much better than I deserved. That’s really the way I feel about it. This is just another thing to add to it. I’ve been so blessed to be an Indianapolis Colt. To be there as long as I was and for as successful as it was, not only personally, but for the teams that I had the chance to play for, all the men that I got to suit up beside and run out on the field with, I can’t say enough good things. I’m just humbled by it and really excited about it.”
Saturday was part of a team that produced 115 regular season victories from 2000-09, the most wins by an NFL team in a single decade in league history. During his career in Indianapolis, the club made 11 playoff appearances, won eight division titles and appeared in two Super Bowls. Saturday and the Colts also won the franchise’s fourth World Championship with a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
In seven seasons, Saturday was part of an offensive line that ranked first in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (1999-2000, 2004-2006 and 2009-2010). He started all 16 games at center in 10 seasons and helped the Colts offense record 5,000-plus net yards in 12 consecutive years from 1999-2010. In addition, Saturday and Peyton Manning started 170 games as a quarterback-center duo, which is the most in NFL history. The duo recorded a 120-50 record together.
In 2011, Saturday played an instrumental role in ending the NFL lockout as a leader among the players’ executive committee. Currently, he is serving as an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Saturday becomes the 12th member inducted to the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor and joins Robert Irsay (1996), Bill Brooks (1998), Ted Marchibroda (2000), Chris Hinton (2001), Jim Harbaugh (2005), 12th Man (2007), Tony Dungy (2010), Marvin Harrison (2011), Edgerrin James (2012), Eric Dickerson (2013) and Marshall Faulk (2013).
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent inside linebacker Justin Shirk and waived defensive end Camaron Beard.
Shirk, 6-0, 243 pounds, played in 45 games over his four-year career (2011-14) at Bloomsburg and finished with 392 tackles, 45.0 tackles for loss, 18.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He earned conference honors in each of his four collegiate seasons as he was named First Team All-PSAC East twice (2014 and 2013) and Second Team All-PSAC East twice (2012 and 2011). Additionally, Shirk was named PSAC Defensive Player of the Week six times.
He played in all 12 games as a senior team captain in 2014 and totaled 120 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. Shirk was named 2014 AP Second Team Little All-America, 2014 Super Region 1 Defensive Player of the Year and was a 2014 Cliff Harris Award Finalist (awarded to the small college Defensive Player of the Year). In 2013, he appeared in 12 games and registered 123 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble. Shirk saw action in 11 games as a sophomore and had 93 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He played in 10 games in his first season at Bloomsburg and tallied 56 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery.
Shirk was also a standout collegiate track and field performer. Prior to Bloomsburg, he attended the University of Oklahoma and as a freshman in 2010, finished fourth overall in the Big XII in the javelin throw. After transferring to Bloomsburg, Shirk participated in one season of track and field for the Huskies and won the 2012 DII National Championship in the javelin throw.
Beard, 6-5, 290 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on June 2, 2015. He played in 41 games at Cincinnati and finished with 75 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
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