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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 20, 2013 – 10:11 am

Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 4, RB Edgerrin James
One play from Super Bowl title, Ricky Jean-Francois knew where he wanted to go for another opportunity
What can the Colts get with the 24th pick? More than you might think
Colts veteran among those excited to see Luck’s growth in 2013-14
Colts keep options open at No. 24

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Outside Linebackers
Relentless Grinder
Big Announcement
Something of Value

Eight in the Box: Ideal first rounds

Titans will draft guard in first round, expert says
James Harrison agrees to deal with Cincinnati Bengals
Browns’ Haslam denies wrongdoing won’t step down as CEO of company

Risky business: Steelers need to find an impact outside linebacker
Chargers in good hands with Tom Telesco
Sanchez: Jets fueled Tebow drama by letting ESPN invade training camp

Eli Manning says he understands why Victor Cruz isn’t at the Giants’ voluntary program
Bears have to hope history doesn’t repeat

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 16, 2013 – 8:51 am

The draft is on April 25-27, starting nine days from now.

To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.

This is a contest where you can vote, and vote.

In a week’s worth of tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:

1268, Peyton Manning (D1-98)

814, Andrew Luck (D1-12)

757, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)

660, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)

497, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)

497, Edgerrin James (D1-99)

439, Robert Mathis (D5-03)

398, Dallas Clark (D1-03)

389, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)

280, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)

Six days ago, we posted the early leaders, and there has been no change in the order.  Edgerrin James has caught Dwight Freeney, and Marshall Faulk has sneaked up on Dallas Clark.

Faulk (1994) and Marvin Harrison (1996) are the two draft-oldest players in the voting.

Peyton Manning (1998) is the third-oldest in draft chronology, and he leads runner-up Andrew Luck, the youngest player in the top 10, by a wide margin.

The Manning-Luck 1-2 punch could underscore the value of their position while highlighting the talent each brings to it.  It is a quarterback-driven league.

Numbers three (Reggie Wayne) and four (Marvin Harrison) are and were (respectively) frequent targets in the club’s potent passing offense.

Both Harrison (12,766) and Wayne (10,602) went past 10,000 yards in completions from Manning, while Wayne snared 106 passes for 1,355 yards from Luck in 2013.

The bulk of the players in the top 10 were a part of the 2000-09 decade when the Colts won 115 regular-season games, six division titles, two AFC crowns and Super Bowl XLI.  Manning (141), Wayne (127), Harrison (118), Freeney (112) and Mathis (105) are five of the 14 Colts players who participated in more than 100 regular-season wins.

Faulk’s 1999 departure opened the door for James and from 1994-2005, the Colts had some of the most productive rushing offenses in the NFL.

As the voting continues, feel free to vote your convictions, but there are a number of players on the list who had very noteworthy careers beyond the opening rounds.

Mathis (fifth-round) and Antoine Bethea (sixth-round) are the two lowest round players in the top 10.  There are some on the list of 60 who had great careers, too.

Thank you again for voting.  We love the support you have for the Colts.

We know you are looking forward to next week’s draft.

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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 10, 2013 – 11:29 am

The draft is on April 25-27, starting 15 days from now.

To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.

This is a contest where you can vote, and vote.

In early tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:

908, Peyton Manning (D1-98)

599, Andrew Luck (D1-12)

547, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)

489, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)

361, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)

358, Edgerrin James (D1-99)

322, Robert Mathis (D5-03)

295, Dallas Clark (D1-03)

272, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)

205, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)

How this shapes up at the moment is no real surprise, but take a look sometimes at a player in later rounds who had a truly noteworthy career.  There are some.  Many great teams are built through successes beyond the first day of the process.

In the next few days, I will feature who I think is the best player taken during our local era at 10 different positions.  The stories already are written.  If they reflect the vote, that’s great, but you never know.

Thanks for checking the site and voting.  We love it.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 21, 2012 – 3:48 pm

As divisional play opens up this weekend for the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Reggie Wayne will be facing the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 21st time in his 12-year NFL career.

Wayne holds the club record for the most receptions by a Colts player versus one franchise with 117 against the Jaguars (Wayne also has 117 against the Texans).

He has had some of his finest contests against the Jaguars and he would love to have another in front of a close friend on Sunday.

Former Colts great Edgerrin James will be in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday as he will become the ninth member to be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor.

When James talked with the Indianapolis media on Thursday he said he wants to see Wayne’s name right next to his in the Ring of Honor.

Wayne doesn’t want to fast forward in time just yet.

“Tell him don’t be rushing my career,” Wayne joked on Friday. “I’m happy for him. I believe it’s well deserved. He’s excited about it and I’m excited to see it go down.”

With James in attendance, Wayne has a chance to pass his former teammate in career touchdowns as he currently stands one behind him with 74 career scores.

The two’s friendship dates back to their college days at the University of Miami.

During Wayne’s first season in Coral Gables, it was the constant-smiling James who approached him to offer advice.

“He was my first non-freshman to give me a little knowledge, a little tutelage,” Wayne said. “From that day on, we’ve kind of hung around each other.”

The two spent five seasons together in Indianapolis after sharing three together as teammates in Miami.

Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning called James the ‘best teammate’ he ever had and Wayne couldn’t argue with those words.

“I miss being in the same locker room with (James),” Wayne said. “He brings good spirit from the locker room onto the field. Just seeing him smile always makes you think that it’s not going to be as bad.”

“He’s definitely a major part of this foundation that’s been built when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts. I’m excited for him to be back in the house and hopefully we’ll have a good showing for him.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:00 am

To go along with Craig Kelley’s story on Edgerrin James being inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor on Sunday, below are some of the highlights from Thursday’s conference call James had with the media.

Some of the topics covered were similar to what is in the story linked above but no one can get enough ‘Edge’, so here you go:

What can you tell us about Chuck Pagano from your days at the University of Miami?

“Everybody loves Chuck. When we were at the U, he’s a players’ coach but he’s going to get in your face. Everybody likes Chuck, he’s a fun guy, always laughing around and everything. I had to deal with Chuck because they tried to put me on special teams. I wasn’t a special teams guy, but being that I was a freshman. Chuck he was in charge of I think kickoff return and I was not too fond of doing all that stuff but that’s how we ended up bumping heads a lot in meetings. But we started hanging around more because I had to actually be in those special teams meetings.”

How surprised are you that Reggie Wayne is still playing at this level?

“Not surprised at all because Reggie puts in the work. Reggie don’t take no days off. Reggie is going to train. Reggie is going to do everything that it takes. And then Reggie is smart so Reggie understands what it takes to play at a high level and then he takes good care of his body. A lot of this is about taking good care of your body. Reggie has gone through that year in and year out.”

There’s probably a spot on the wall for Reggie in a few years?

“Put it right beside me, man. That’s my boy. Everywhere I’ve been, me and Reggie have been together. At the University of Miami, Reggie was right there in the audience, he was one of the people that has always been with me every step of the way.”

What type of impact did Peyton Manning have on your career?

“Peyton was real detailed, a hard worker, he outworked everybody. Peyton did everything it took to put himself into position to have success. I’m never surprised about what he’s able to accomplish because he was not only the top player in the league but he actually did everything it took to put himself in that position. He put in hours upon hours, upon hours. Then when you would go to his house and it looked like you were back in the locker room again. That’s the stuff that kind of made you. When you start saying how much time he put into that stuff.”

What did it mean to you that Mr. Irsay had you come down and be with the team at the Super Bowl in Miami?

“It’s like family. I didn’t expect anything other than that because Mr. Irsay has always been somebody that’s been super close to us.  I’ll always be a part of that team and I’ll always be a part of that family. There’s the business side of it that takes you in a different direction. But the day that Joseph Addai was drafted and on that team, I was on the phone with him trying to get him a good grasp of the offense, trying to make sure that he understands what he has to do and I made sure that he was able to call me. I was still a part of that team. I stayed in contact with everybody. I was just on Colts west probably.”

Of everything that you accomplished, is there one thing that you are the most proud of in your career?

“Just going out there to help win games and be able to do everything that is required to be a running back. Not just a back that just runs the ball but somebody that can actually catch the ball, somebody that can actually block, do everything. That’s one thing that I liked about it. You can go out there and do some of everything so there’s nothing out there that you can’t actually do.”

Did you feel you had a couple of years left in you?

“If everything in my personal life wouldn’t have taken the turn it has taken, then I could have continued to play. Once you stopped doing the training and you stop doing the things that it takes, that’s when you know it’s over. I had bigger things to take care of. I didn’t want to be out playing football when I had my kids and they need me more than football needed me. Let somebody else get out there. Open the door for somebody else. That spot I was using, somebody else could steal that spot that really needed it.”

Were there teams that expressed interest after Seattle?

“Yeah, we got phone calls from teams to come. Drew (Rosenhaus) was my agent and I remember one particular call when I told Drew, ‘I’m not even going to lie, I’m not even up for it.’ There’s more important things out there than just football, to be with the kids. I didn’t want to be playing football all these years and then all of a sudden I look up and my daughter’s grown. I want to at least be there and spend time with them.”

Do you feel like there was a transition with the fans where they didn’t know what to think of you at first but by the end you were one of the most popular Colts that has ever come through the town?

“You know coming from the Midwest, coming from South Florida, it’s totally different. Coming up and just being myself and doing what I had to do and kind of just staying out of everybody’s way, it kind of started meshing the right way. I enjoyed it. The people up there have always been nice. There are some nice people up there in Indianapolis.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 20, 2012 – 2:52 pm

With 20 years of NFL experience, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has seen his fair share of exceptional talents.

From Pro Bowlers to Hall of Famers, Arians has coached and coached against numerous players with endless resumes.

Arians had the privilege to coach former Colts running back Edgerrin James for his first two seasons (1999-2000) in the NFL and hasn’t seen a finer back.

“As good as there’s ever been in my opinion,” Arians said of James. “I mean he could do it all. He’s in the top five or six backs to ever play the game in my opinion. He was fun-loving, he practiced hard, he played hard, and I just have great, great memories of him.”

James will be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday’s contest with the Jaguars.

Memories of James ran through Arians head on Thursday as he recalled what type of player James was on the field.

“He never had to come out of the game, never would come out of the game,” Arians said. “I had to laugh because we were talking about it this morning, it’s kind of become fashionable now for a running back to fall down at the end of the game when all the defensive guys are going to let you score. Edge said, ‘I ain’t falling down, I’m going in for a touchdown.’

Outside linebacker Robert Mathis is just one of three Colts players on the current roster who called James a ‘teammate’ in Indianapolis.

Mathis played his first three seasons in the NFL with James and enjoyed how No. 32 always seemed to ‘lighten the mood’ in the Colts locker room.

“I view him as a big brother because he helped show the ropes and helped you out,” Mathis said. “He’s not a guy that’s going to tear anybody else down in the locker room to build himself on. He’s going to bring you up to this level.”

“You couldn’t ask for a better teammate. It will be a good to see him and he’s well-deserving of his honor.”

Since James retired from the NFL in 2009, there has been a lot of debate on whether or not he will find himself in Canton, Ohio one day.

If it was up to Arians, that would not even be a question.

“Oh there’s no doubt, first ballot, has to be,” Arians said of James’ Hall of Fame candidacy. “With all the things he did early in his career and then finishing up. Everybody ahead of him is already in. A lot of people were upset when we traded Marshall (Faulk) and didn’t take Ricky Williams, but Bill (Polian) knew what he was doing.”

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