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Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 3, 2013 – 5:02 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated tight end Dominique Jones from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster and signed tight end Justice Cunningham to the practice squad.

Jones was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. In four games (one start) last season, he caught one pass for eight yards.

Cunningham was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. At South Carolina, he recorded 50 receptions for 581 yards and one touchdown in 53 games played (23 starts).

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Day 13 Impressions: A spirited day in full pads, Coby Fleener is back and could the Colts have their own Darren Sproles?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 14, 2013 – 5:30 pm

The Colts had their final full padded practice in Anderson on Wednesday.

It was an extremely spirited afternoon practice from 1-on-1 drills to some competitive 11-on-11 sessions.

Here are three takeaways from day 13…

A very competitive afternoon in Anderson: With the full pads back on, the Colts definitely got after it during the two-hour plus practice on Wednesday.

Special teams coverage was a focus early on in practice before the team divided into positional groups.

You had some spirited one-on-one blocking drills in the Colts final padded practice before this weekend’s game with the Giants.

The offense and the defense both had their share of wins during 11-on-11 drills and you could tell Chuck Pagano was very pleased with how things operated on Wednesday.

Coby Fleener back out practicing: Fleener was back at practice on Wednesday, which was critical for a tight end group that was down to two healthy bodies the prior day.

Even though Fleener was out there, it was Justice Cunningham and Dominique Jones who continued to make some impressive catches with the first team offense.

The Colts obviously feel comfortable with the Cunningham/Jones duo because they haven’t rushed to make any moves at tight end with Dwayne Allen sidelined.

Speaking of Allen (who is now walking on a boot at practice), there’s no one happier on the Colts sideline when the tight ends catch a pass during practice.

Could the Colts have their own Darren Sproles?: That name might not sit well to many Colts fans but maybe the team has acquired their own version of the former Chargers running back.

Rookie Kerwynn Williams has showed some flashes as an elusive receiver out of the backfield during training camp.

Williams role this season looks to be primarily on special teams but he caught a couple of passes with the first team offense during two-minute drills on Wednesday.

The Colts backfield does not have someone with the shiftiness of Williams so it would not be a surprise at all if down the road the seventh-round draft pick impacts the receiving game.

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Day Four Impressions: DHB’s big catch(es), 7th round picks impress and the defense continues strong start

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 31, 2013 – 5:53 pm

Spitting rain in the morning ceased in the afternoon as the Colts moved over to Macholtz Stadium for Wednesday’s padded practice.

With the pads on, the spirit continued to rise in the trenches and some of the Colts rookies at the skill positions shined on Wednesday.

Here are three takeaways from day four…

DHB wastes no time getting involved: Pep Hamilton talked about the diligent work that Heyward-Bey is putting in trying to sure up his hands.

The jugs machine seems to be DHB’s second home, before and after practice.

The hard work paid off on Wednesday.

On the Colts first 11-on-11 rep of the afternoon, Andrew Luck went deep to DHB and the new receiver hauled in the 50+-yard grab.

DHB said he needs to make plays in order to gain Luck’s trust and the one to start Wednesday’s practice, along with several others throughout the two-hour session added up to a very strong afternoon for the 219-pound receiver.

A day for the seventh-round draft picks: The Colts 2013 rookie class won’t come anywhere close to the same production of last year’s group but a few skill players stood out on Wednesday.

Running back Kerwynn Williams made a few nice catches out of the backfield and showcased an ability for yards after the catch. While kick returns might be Williams’ first opportunity on the playing field, he showed that he’s more than capable of getting reps in the backfield.

At the tight end position, Justice Cunningham is putting together some quality reps in the receiving department.

There are some chances behind Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener and Cunningham is a true tight end (where as Dominique Jones is more of a hybrid) that caught the ball much more consistently on Wednesday than he did during OTAs.

Defense right on pace: With two padded practices in the books, the Colts appears to be right on queue with their progress in the 3-4 system.

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said that is usually the case early on in training camp but it has been impressive to see the Colts secondary get their hands on so many passes.

The front seven has been winning their fair share of battles during run game drills and a second unit with guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis, Bjoern Werner and Lawrence Sidbury creates quality depth.

It will be interesting to see how the offense vs. defense plays out the rest of the camp, with Pep Hamilton’s system getting more familiar with the unit.

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on July 25, 2013 – 4:15 pm

Ryan Grigson likely never sleeps.

In his first year with the Colts, Grigson pulled off more than 250 transactions.  He plucked talent from the AFL, IFL, UFL and CFL.

The IFL featured eight players per side who clashed on a 50-yard field.  Tight end Dominique Jones was Grigson’s find from that league.

On the near eve of training camp, Grigson has mined new fields, signing rookie linebacker Daniel Adongo – a now-former rugby player.

“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said Grigson.  “He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport.  We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world.  Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school.  In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contact after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year.  He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup.  In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.

Given Grigson’s track record, Adongo may have a shot.  If so, Colts fans have related experience, too.

In 1995, Marcus Pollard hit town.  He never had played football – only basketball.  Even when he was inside the training complex, Pollard did not know what his future held.

When a physician asked what position he played, Pollard responded classically, “I don’t know.”

Pollard had a great Colts career at tight end, finishing with 263 receptions and 35 touchdowns for the Colts and playing 13 years in the league.

Pollard revisited????

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 7, 2013 – 7:30 am

When taking a glance at the Colts new offensive scheme during OTAs a number of things stand out.

One of the more intriguing observations over the past month has been the role of the tight end in Pep Hamilton’s new offense.

As the practice days go by, numbers 80, 83, 85 continue to find themselves stretching the field, hauling in receptions for large chunks of yardage.

“It’s definitely more of a focal point this year,” tight end Weslye Saunders said of the role of the tight end in the Colts new offense.

“They are definitely expecting more things out of us in the passing game and in the running game as well. It’s definitely exciting to have more of a vital role in this offense.”

Saunders joined the Colts early last season and has been a frequent target with OTAs coming to a close on Thursday afternoon.

The Colts tight end group does not bring much to the table in experience but makes up for that in versatility.

There’s the 23-year olds in Dwayne Allen and rookie Justice Cunningham.

One year older comes Saunders and Coby Fleener.

Dominique Jones is the eldest statesman at the age of 25.

We are probably by far the youngest tight end group in the league,” Saunders said. “But it’s pretty excited especially with the amount of strides those guys are making and we haven’t even made it to training camp yet.”

Late in OTAs, Fleener is one name that has begun to garner attention with some impressive catches in traffic and his ability to utilize a 6’6” frame.

Fleener was a terror scoring touchdowns during his one season with Hamilton as his offensive coordinator at Stanford.

The progress of Fleener is being observed around the Colts locker room, including by a certain Pro Bowler receiver.

“I see (Fleneer) growing every day,” Reggie Wayne said. “I think this offense is something that he’s more familiar with and may help him out even more. He’s already a big kid, so hopefully he can just grasp everything, as he’s been doing.

“I really believe the sky is the limit for him.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 3, 2012 – 10:03 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had just two catches on Sunday but they came at critical times. His 40-yard screen pass early in the second quarter came with the Colts down 17-7 and led to Coby Fleener’s touchdown. Allen’s second catch, a 10-yarder, came on the game-winning touchdown drive.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard had nine carries for 41 yards on Sunday to go along with three receptions for 21 yards. Ballard’s 11-yard touchdown run to begin the second half scoring was his first career NFL rushing touchdown.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill scored his first career NFL touchdown on Sunday as he slipped past the defense for a 42-yard score late in the fourth quarter. Brazill leads the Colts with 17.8 yards per catch.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener was back in the lineup after a shoulder injury that kept him out since Oct. 28. Just like Brazill, Fleener had only one catch but it was immense. Fleener hauled in a 26-yard touchdown in the second quarter for his first NFL score.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton recorded yet another 100-yard receiving day (on six catches). Hilton now has four games of at least 100 receiving yards on the season and his 588 receiving yards ranks third on the team. Hilton’s 60-yard first quarter grab was the longest reception of the season for the Colts.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 24-of-54 for 391 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions on Sunday afternoon. It was an eventful afternoon for Luck who led a 75- and 80-yard touchdown drive in the final five minutes.

Delano Howell, S: Howell was signed on Tuesday and saw his first action in a Colts uniform, playing on special teams on Sunday.

Rookie wide receiver Nate Palmer, tight end Dominique Jones, and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell were inactive against the Lions.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 26, 2012 – 9:15 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen was second on the team with three catches for 36 yards on Sunday. Allen continues to lead all rookie tight ends in the NFL with 34 catches for 385 yards.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard had 13 carries for 41 yards on Sunday and leads the team with 118 carries for 427 yards on the season.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill had one catch for 11 yards on Sunday and was called on for punt coverage duty in the fourth quarter as well. On the season, Brazill leads the team with averaging 15.1 yards per catch.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was the star on Sunday ending a five-year punt return drought for the Colts with a 75-yarder for a touchdown early in the first quarter. Hilton added three catches for 33 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 20-of-37 for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Bills. With the win, Luck tied Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for the most wins (seven) by a quarterback selected No. 1 overall since 1970.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer was active but did not play on Sunday.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was used as a tackle eligible on several occasions on Sunday.

Rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman, tight end Coby Fleener and tight end Dominique Jones were inactive against the Bills.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 21, 2012 – 6:00 pm

There wasn’t a bigger smile going around the Colts locker room on Wednesday afternoon than that of tight end Dominique Jones.

Back in his normal locker spot, Jones was signed to the Colts active roster on Wednesday morning.

Jones played the first four games of the season for the Colts before injuries forced Indianapolis to juggle their roster.

On Monday, the Miami Dolphins released Jones after he spent a month on their practice squad.

Now, he is back with the team that gave him an opportunity as an undrafted free agent out of Shepherd University.

“It’s real crazy just not having a job, to having a job,” Jones said. “These last five weeks have just been crazy going back and forth, getting a taste of this league.”

“You never know what’s going to happen. You can never get comfortable in this league. You have to take it day-by-day and just be happy that you have a job so that’s how I’m taking it.”

It was a whirlwind 24 hours for Jones beginning with a phone call from a familiar area code last night.

“I was picking up my girlfriend from the (Miami) airport to celebrate Thanksgiving and they give me a call saying that they are going to bring be back,” Jones said.

No. 46 was back at practice on Wednesday re-joining the tight end position that is filled with fellow rookies.

In the Colts season opener against the Bears, it was Jones catching an eight-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Luck for the first catch of his career.

Jones is experiencing first hand what life in the NFL is like but the smile on his face explained just how grateful he is to be back in Indianapolis.

“I’m excited to be back. It’s a great place. I’ve spent a lot of time here so I’m comfortable with the place and it’s just a good thing.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:10 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tight end Dominique Jones to the active roster.

In four games (one start) this season, Jones has one reception for eight yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012 before being waived on October 8. He was signed to the practice squad on October 10 and released on October 16. Jones was then signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on October 23 and released on November 19.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 8, 2012 – 9:12 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had his second straight productive week in the passing game with four catches for 38 yards. His eight-yard touchdown early in the third quarter marked the first touchdown of the game for the Colts. Allen has 10 catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Mewelde Moore inactive, Ballard saw significant action backing up Donald Brown. Ballard had six carries for 11 yards on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL catch in the second quarter.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and also saw time offensively when the Colts went to five receivers.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener was second on the team with five catches for 41 yards on Sunday. After four games, Fleener has 13 grabs for 139 yards.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had three catches for 37 yards against the Packers and returned a pair of punts for 13 yards. Early in the fourth quarter with the Colts facing a second-and-12 from the Packers 37-yard line, Hilton made an impressive 26-yard grab in front of All-Pro cornerback Charles Woodson. The catch helped set up an Adam Vinatieri 28-yard field goal, which gave the Colts their first lead of the day.

Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck set career highs throwing for 362 yards on 31-of-55 passing, two touchdowns and one interception. For the fourth straight game, Luck helped lead a two-minute scoring drive which was set up by his seven-yard run a third-and-seven with 47 seconds remaining. Luck had six carries for 24 yards.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer saw his first career NFL action on Sunday, seeing action on offense and special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday and blocked on special teams.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers

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