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Five Things Learned, Colts-Kansas City

Posted by craigkelleycolts on December 23, 2013 – 9:52 am


Intro:  Indianapolis controlled every aspect of the game at Kansas City over the final 56 minutes.  The Colts did not allow a point, ran for 135 yards, forced four turnovers and had four sacks and won going away (23-7) in a very tough road venue.

INDIANAPOLIS – With one game left in the season, Indianapolis is in play to move to the AFC’s second playoff seed, or it could shift to third or stay put at fourth.

Regardless, it has been a season of accomplishment on all fronts, and the Colts are gearing for a 16th playoff berth in 30 seasons in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis was dominant at Kansas City on Sunday, bouncing back from a 7-0 deficit with 56 strong minutes on defense and with an offense that thrived accordingly.

A two-game winning streak has the Colts at 10-5 and creating momentum beyond next Sunday.

After the club’s fourth-largest victory margin and the fourth over an opponent with 10-plus wins, here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

OFFENSIVE LINE INTEGRITY – If Chuck Pagano had his way, Santa Claus might put a little something extra in the stockings of OL coaches Joe Gilbert and Hal Hunter.  The Colts started their seventh different line of the season Sunday at Kansas City, and it was the fifth straight week a different unit opened.  While Samson Satele and Mike McGlynn are regulars, along with tackles Gosder Cherilus and Anthony Castonzo, Xavier Nixon was making his first start at left guard.  Nixon, a natural tackle, made his career debut (in extended play) the previous week against Houston at right guard.  The Colts managed with a 10th 100-yard ground day, played turnover-free ball and Andrew Luck was sacked once.  While the offense is an 11-man operation, if the line doesn’t perform everything gets ugly (in all phases).  Kudos to the coaches and everyone associated with a stellar performance.

RESILIENCY IN GETTING BACK ON TRACK – A band of brothers hung tough after a 6-2 start went to an 8-5 juncture.  Indianapolis has rallied with two straight wins where every phase of the team performed well – particularly the defense and ground game.  The Colts have forced six turnovers and eight sacks in two games and have allowed only six-of-23 third downs to be converted.  The Colts led for the final 54 minutes against Houston and did not surrender a point at Kansas City over the final 56 minutes.  Indianapolis held the Texans without first downs on seven-of-14 possessions, including a five-possession marathon stretch.  While Houston had no post-season designs, Kansas City did, and Indianapolis shutout the Chiefs on five-of-seven drives, while one that did yield a first down ended two snaps later with a fumble.  The season never was in extreme jeopardy, but a five-game lull tested moxie around the locker room.

MAKING YOURSELF RELEVANT – Chuck Pagano used the phrase about Griff Whalen in training camp and while Whalen has done a very good job of doing so, Donald Brown has done a whale of a job.  Brown on Sunday scored on a 33-yard reception and a 51-yard run.  It was the first scoring run beyond 50 yards for Indianapolis in 33 games, and Brown had that last one as well in 2011.  Brown has a 5.6 average on 90 rushes, bucking to become only the fourth Colts back ever to have a 5.0 average on 80 seasonal attempts.  It has been done just once in the team’s Indianapolis era (George Wonsley, 1985), and Brown has contributed 24 receptions for two more scores.  Undervalued by many outside observers, Brown has cast himself in a much different public light.  His integrity and ethic are exemplary in all areas.

TEN WINS TRULY NOTEWORTHY – Indianapolis had a nine-year streak (at the time the NFL’s second-longest in history) with 10-plus wins end in 2010.  Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano have reconstructed a roster where only 10 players remain from 2010 and before.  Indianapolis has gotten to 10 wins in a year when a league-high 72 players have been pressed into service.  Getting to 10 wins is an accomplishment for any team and though this is the 13th in 30 seasons in Indianapolis, it is only right to acknowledge achievement.

PLAY TO WIN – Pagano was vocal in recent weeks about the NFL scheduling 16 games and that he intends to play them all.  Indianapolis still can grab the coveted second seed.  The Colts could jump to third or stay fourth.  Regardless, he plays to win and this Sunday should be no different.  Pagano has instilled a process around the team in which players buy in and excel.  The process sustained through his 12-game absence last year and with his full-time presence this year.  So much of coaching is messaging to players.  Players buy Pagano’s message.

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Colts “Newcomer of the Week” Titans Edition…

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 15, 2013 – 1:30 pm

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 Tennessee.

This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” comes in a combo effort on the Colts offensive line.

Free agent right tackle Gosder Cherilus and rookie left guard Hugh Thornton helped pave the way for a 137-yard effort on 32 carries Thursday night.

The Colts are now 11-0 when rushing at least 30 times since the beginning of the 2012 season.

Chuck Pagano summed it up pretty directly when describing the offensive line’s mindset heading into Nashville.

“They took this personal,” Pagano said of the offensive line.

For a majority of the season, the Colts offensive line has been under heavy scrutiny.

Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton has not wavered in his belief of the Colts rushing attack and games like Thursday night are the reason why he has faith in the ground game.

The unit helped pave massive holes in the second half with the Colts rushing for over 100 yards for the seventh time this season.

“What a great job up front by the o-linemen,” quarterback Andrew Luck said after the game. “Staney Havili, the tight ends, Trent [Richardson] and Donald [Brown] getting tough, tough yards. We know to win football games consistently we are going to have to run the football well. We did a decent job in the first half. I think the game sort of dictated that we couldn’t run it as much as we wanted, but I think it was great to settle down and to get points at the end of the half and to start the second half with points was big.

“To get that run game going, and that last drive, what a great job. It’s tough in the fourth quarter for o-linemen when you continually pound and pound and pull and block and hit. They did a heck of a job.

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Daniel Herron was in the right place at the right time when he pounced on a fumbled kickoff return midway through the third quarter. The turnover gave the Colts the ball at the Titans 20-yard line.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden bounced back from a foolish first half penalty to record four tackles (two for a loss) and had a sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois sniffed out a second-half screen pass for a tackle for loss, which forced a Titans field goal attempt.

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Colts Daily Headlines: September 26th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 26, 2013 – 8:33 am

It was back to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon for the Colts. Today’s news look at the stout Colts defense, the can’t overlook attitude of the Colts and the play of the team’s offensive tackles.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, September 26th.  

Dominant Colts defense gets Jaguars next

By: Michael Marot, Associated Press

Sunday’s defensive blueprint could not have been better scripted for success.

Now the challenge becomes turning that in week-in-and-week-out.

Cory Redding finally got a chance Wednesday to start talking about the Colts defense on his terms.

Aggressive. Physical. Dominant.

Over the past decade or two, those three words have largely been missing from Indianapolis’ defensive lexicon. After last weekend’s impressive breakout performance at San Francisco, they become trendy descriptions.

Now the Colts (2-1) just have to prove they can keep playing this way, week after week.

“That’s what we always try to do,” Redding said. “It ain’t playing bad one week and good the next or good one week and bad the next. You want to play good football every week.”

Colts using mouse traps as a reminder

By: Mike Wells,

0-3 or 3-0, the Colts are treating the Jacksonville Jaguars like they would any other opponent this week.

“It’s a big week for us,” Pagano said. “We know what our ultimate goal is and the easiest way to get into the (playoffs) is to win the division. So our guys understand the importance of this game and this week.”

The Colts are tied with Houston and Tennessee atop the AFC South with a 2-1 record.

The Colts were in a similar situation last season. They came from behind to beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 only to turn to get blown out by the New York Jets the following week. Quarterback Mark Sanchez only threw for 82 yards, but running back Shonn Greene ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns in New York’s 35-9 win.

Castonzo, Cherilus offer long-term hope as tackle bookends for Colts’ O-line

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

It’s a topic that isn’t receiving a ton of attention but Chappell looks at the success of the Colts two tackles, both who figure to be key cogs for a long time.

Exhibit A: Gosder’s work against Miami defensive end Cameron Wake. One of the NFL’s most disruptive pass-rush threats was a non-factor in the Dolphins’ 24-20 win earlier this month. Wake’s line on the stat sheet: 0 sacks, one tackle. He entered the game with 45 1/2 sacks in 63 career games, including 2 1/2 the previous week against Cleveland.

Exhibit B: Castonzo’s work against San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith in Sunday’s 27-7 Colts’ win. Smith brought a daunting resume with him to Candlestick Park – 37 career sacks, including 19 1/5 last season – and was virtually neutralized by Castonzo. Smith had five tackles, but zero sacks and wasn’t credited with any pressures.

That’s what top tackles are supposed to do.

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Five Things Learned, Colts-San Francisco

Posted by craigkelleycolts on September 23, 2013 – 9:28 am


Intro:  Indianapolis posted a dominant 27-7 win at San Francisco on Sunday.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw and earned their most lop-sided road victory since 2009.  Facing a physical defending Super Bowl team, the Colts were more physical.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts answered a tough home setback by meeting the challenge of their first road game with a 20-point victory margin over a team (San Francisco) that made the Super Bowl last year and nearly did the previous season.

The Colts met a physical opponent by being even more so.  On a national television stage, Indianapolis showed a much different blueprint for victory than past seasons have had.

Colts 27, San Francisco 7.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL – Nothing is more telling than the words of an owner.  In this case, Jim Irsay, “To bring in Ahmad Bradshaw and now to have Trent Richardson…You can see Trent with his lateral movement, his explosion, he’s always going forward.  What we’re looking for is what we saw today.”  When Irsay changed his organizational dynamic in early 2012 by bringing in Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, the new duo spoke of a different style of play.  Every move since then has reflected that approach and progress made over 18 games prior to yesterday was incremental.  Yesterday, it was dramatic.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw, a first for that disparity since 2011.  The Colts are 4-0 in the last 19 games when they have rushed more often than thrown, and they are 4-0 in games in that span when out-rushing opponents by 59 yards.  “Run and stop the run” has been a mantra.  It was reality yesterday.  It is a much different feeling for long-time Colts fans.  This new pair of shoes could be broken in quickly.

1-2 PUNCH, AND MORE – Ahmad Bradshaw carried 19 times for 95 yards.  Trent Richardson had 13 carries for 35 yards.  Bradshaw said the plan never was to ease his new buddy in, “We’ve got a one-two punch and we used it.  It’s going to be tough for a lot of opponents this year.”  The duo had 32 of the team’s 39 rushes.  Get used to it.  Pep Hamilton mentioned Friday that Donald Brown would be in the mix.  Brown had 25 yards on three carries, including a 16-yarder for a first down that led to a field goal.  Indianapolis has a more pronounced “hammer” look to the offense.  Pagano spoke 20 months ago of the Colts having an AFC North look (like that of Pittsburgh and Baltimore).  That was the look at San Francisco.

MULTI-POSITIONAL OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – The offensive line had one of its grittiest and most productive performances of recent memory.  Mike McGlynn shifted to center for the injured Samson Satele (the third time he has done this in 19 games), and played well.  He competed successfully while being battered all game.  Jeff Linkenbach showed his versatility again by starting at right guard for McGlynn.  In 29 career starts, Linkenbach has opened five times at LT, four at LG, four at RG and 16 at RT.  Mixed in among stalwart veterans Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus was rookie left guard Hugh Thornton.  Versatility among all linemen provides big-time currency for the offense.  Often is it not acknowledged, but Sunday it was on full display.  They ventured into Candlestick and shined.  Well done, gents.

VALUE OF KICKERS, COVERAGE, FIELD POSITION – San Francisco started nine of its 11 possessions at or inside its 20.  Pat McAfee reached the end zone on four of his six kickoffs, producing three touchbacks.  The other three returns reached the 13, 11 and 12.  McAfee pinned the 49ers to their eight (twice) and nine with three of his four punts.  Adam Vinatieri hit clutch efforts from 43 and 41 yards, and his lone miss from 51 yards was wide while attempted into the wind.  The Colts won the average field position drive start by eight yards, and three-of-five three-and-outs defensively for Indianapolis came after solid kicks.  Again, a part of the game sometimes overlooked.  Not today.  It was probably great flights home for special teams and offensive line coaches.

BELIEVE IN COACHES – Defensive players heard it for two weeks after Terrelle Pryor ran for 112 yards.  With Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson looming in the next month, getting squared away on a diverse offense was necessary.  Chuck Pagano said research was done and that players would be prepared.  Kaepernick rushed seven times for 20 yards, and the only TD run by a quarterback belonged to Andrew Luck.  The phrase heard after Sunday’s win was “assignment football.”  Assignments were sound and execution was solid.  The Colts are 13-6 under the new regime, with players buying in and competing for each other.  They’re coachable, and everyone enjoyed the fruits of a decisive win.

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Five Things Learned, Miami-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on September 16, 2013 – 9:09 am


Intro:  Miami erased two three-point Colts leads after Indianapolis rallied back from an 11-point (14-3) second-quarter deficit.  One final chance to win ended for the Colts at the Miami 23 with four snaps in the final 1:50.  The Colts are 1-1, just like last year, and face a two-game road trip.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts tight-wired their way to eight comeback wins in the last 17 games and nearly pulled off another one Sunday against Miami.

Miami 24, Colts 20.

One final bid ended with four snaps from the Dolphins’ 23 after the Colts had moved from their 14.  Indianapolis did not hold onto two different three-point leads and lost at home for the first time in almost a year.

Indianapolis had its chances.  Chuck Pagano said the team made plays, but not enough to win, something he claimed Miami did in reaching 2-0.

The mood was deep disappointment in the locker room, but one that tactfully placed blame on those present.  Players pointed fingers at themselves.  The feeling today should turn to resolve for a team Pagano credits with passion and integrity.

“This team is going to fight.  We know that,” said Pagano.  “We know they’re going to play for 60 minutes, and it doesn’t matter what the score (or) the situation is.  It speaks to the character and resiliency of this group.  If we get some things cleaned up, we’ll keep getting better every week.”


GOSDER CHERILUS IS SOLID INVESTMENT – Cherilus is a quiet presence and one who showed grit against Miami.  Most observers said he would need help from backs or tight ends in facing Cameron Wake.  Cherilus did not miss a snap.  Any help he had was minimal.  A talented Wake with 2.5 sacks at Cleveland was credited with one assisted tackle yesterday.  Well done, Mr. Cherilus.

POINTS ARE PRECIOUS – A missed field goal early from 52 yards out was tough, though Adam Vinatieri hitting the upright halfway up the pipe validated the decision to kick.  Andrew Luck’s two savvy third-down conversions maximized the club’s third possession when it trailed by 11 points.  Allowing three points on a 44-yard drive in the first half’s final 1:26 hurt, as did the field goal Indianapolis settled for after a second-half-opening takeaway.  While the Colts won the replay to uphold the turnover, another replay negated a Colts reception to the one.  Indianapolis then had a touchdown wiped out by a motion penalty.  The final drive ended in frustration with two deep throws from the Miami 23 that produced third- and fourth-and-10.  Luck, in self-analysis mode, said afterward setting up a more manageable distance with some shorter routes might have been a better approach.

STAY DEDICATED ON GROUND – Through two games, Indianapolis is averaging 5.0 yards per rush on 52 attempts.  While Luck’s 7.6 average boosts the effort, Vick Ballard was 4.8 against Oakland and Ahmad Bradshaw was 4.3 against Miami.  Rushing ability and the threat of the rush only keeps defenses honest and aids the passing game.  Keep eyes peeled straight ahead and discount any who decry the ground efforts.

CAPABLE, MORE CONSISTENT – Pagano was right on two counts – the Colts made plays, but not enough to win, while Miami made enough to win; the Colts had good statistics, but only points mattered.  On Miami’s four scoring drives, it snapped 22 plays and gained 251 yards.  The Dolphins had an 11.4 average and faced only two third downs on those combined drives (one was a spike before the half-ending field goal).  On the other 44 plays, the Colts held Miami to 147 yards, a 3.3 average.

PAGANO ON HIS GAME – Pagano was on-point in challenging a spot of the ball on a fourth-down Miami rush in the final period.  He believed Ryan Tannehill was short on a second-effort run over left tackle, and Pagano’s spunk resulted in an overturned replay.  Indianapolis then trailed by four points with 12 minutes remaining, and the game could have been determined on that drive.  His feel for the game and his team is where Colts fans want it to be.   Pagano’s moxie at 1-1 will be a guiding aid with two looming road trips.

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Colts Daily Headlines: July 27th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 27, 2013 – 8:01 am

It’s move in day at Colts training camp. To get you started here are a couple of pieces that look back on the  Colts history with the team celebrating their 30th season in Indianapolis. Also, an article on the emergence of T.Y. Hilton and the unique approach the Colts took to the 2013 offseason.

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Saturday, July 27th.  

Trio’s tenures with Colts predate infamous move from Baltimore

By: Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal

With the Colts about to embark on their 30th season in Indianapolis, the IBJ takes a wonderful look back on the move from Baltimore.

Schoettle interviewed the three Colts employees still left from that move—Pete Ward, Jon Scott and John Starliper to get some background on the late night mission.

“We just started throwing and shoving stuff in boxes,” Scott said. “There wasn’t even time to label the boxes.”

In the hours before the move, Starliper was sent to the airport to pick up Colts General Counsel Michael Chernoff and Mayflower CEO John B. Smith.

“I felt like I was on ‘Miami Vice,’ with media trucks and everything following us around,” said Starliper, who was a 25-year-old assistant film director.

“All these reporters were buzzing around the airport looking for any kind of information they could find,” Starliper recalled with a wide grin. “But nobody approached me or asked me anything. I guess I looked like the last guy who would know anything.”

Colts’ $140 million free agency spending spree is a new (and risky) team-building approach for the franchise

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell takes a look back at the Colts offseason and how things have changed from an approach standpoint.

Ryan Grigson and the Colts were big spenders this offseason and moving forward the 2013 offseason could have a significant impact on the team’s success.

The Colts were criticized for some of their moves, most notably giving outside linebacker Erik Walden $16 million over four years. The heftiest outlay was a five-year, $35 million deal for right tackle Gosder Cherilus.

Grigson insisted the free agents were good “fits” for the offensive and defensive schemes. Pagano agreed.

“We went out and got a collection of individuals that are really good football players, really good people. They’re ‘horseshoe’ guys,” he said. “Going through the offseason and seeing the participation, specifically out of that group and what they brought to the locker room … it was almost seamless.”

All-time Indianapolis Colts: Some easy choices, some tough ones

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell wrote a blog to explain the difficulty in choosing his all-Indy team that celebrates the Colts 30th season in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Star writer has followed the team nearly every step of the way since the move to the Circle City.

From that first regular-season game in the Hoosier Dome – a 23-14 loss to the Pat Ryan-led New York Jets Sept. 2, 1984 . . . yes, Pat Ryan – to the 24-9 AFC wild-card playoff loss to the Ravens in Baltimore Jan. 6.

From Clarence Verdin and Tony Siragusa to Jeff George and Eric Dickerson, from Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James to Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.

So many lows and highs. So many personalities. So many memories.

Making the Leap, No. 9: Indianapolis Colts T.Y. Hilton

By: Gregg Rosenthal,

The offseason praise for T.Y. Hilton continue to pour in.

In this article, Rosenthal explains why Hilton finds himself at No. 9 on the 40-player list of guys “making the leap” in 2013.

2013 expectations

The Colts signed Darrius Heyward-Bey, who will compete with Hilton for snaps. But this is more about Hilton’s own personal development.

Hilton played fewer snaps last year than Donnie Avery, who is very similar to Heyward-Bey as a straight-line speed guy. Hilton has a higher ceiling and a more natural feel of the receiver position. He just has to show improved awareness and consistency as a second-year pro.

If Hilton played in Jacksonville, he wouldn’t be on this list. But Luck’s presence gives guys like Hilton and tight end Dwayne Allen a real shot to be annual Pro Bowl selections. (Chris Wesseling had a great write-up on Allen here.) Luck is our favorite young quarterback in the league and could be a top-five quarterback as early as this season. Guys like Hilton will look even better than they really are, and that should mean a 1,000-yard season for Hilton in Year 2.


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Who is the Colts “most important” player in 2013? It is probably not the name you are thinking

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 19, 2013 – 8:38 am

On Thursday,’s Adam Schein came out with an interesting list of players.

Schein broke down the “most important” player for each team.

Now, when looking at the Colts roster the names Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne or Robert Mathis were probably the first to pop into Colts fans heads.

If not those, how about Ahmad Bradshaw, Gosder Cherilus, Vontae Davis, or LaRon Landry?

But here was Schein’s criteria…

Now, this isn’t a presentation of the best player on each roster. (In many cases, that would be obvious.) We are diving deeper. We’re identifying the guy who needs to achieve — and overachieve — for the team to reach its potential.

And under those parameters, Schein chose safety Antoine Bethea as the Colts “most important” player heading into 2013.

He’s been an underrated player for a while. Bethea is a very good defensive back, and like the rest of his teammates, he’s now in his second year in Chuck Pagano‘s defense. Bethea’s importance includes leadership, in addition to his playmaking skills.

When breaking down the choice of Bethea you can see Schein’s thinking. First off, the secondary will be incorporating two new starters in 2013 and the unit was not all together until the start of minicamp this offseason. Beteha’s leadership (like Schein mentioned) will be leaned on heavily with a defense that does not have a ton of veterans. Also, for this defense to make a jump into one of the better units in the NFL than one would think the secondary will be apart of some game changing plays in 2013.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 11, 2013 – 8:46 am

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Tuesday, June 11th.

Colts’ TE uses offseason to develop love of writing

By: Amanda Maynard WISH-TV

Coby Fleener is putting that Stanford education to use thanks to his unique writing skills.

WISH-TV has the story on Fleener’s website where he writes blog posts on a variety of topics that are inside and outside of the football.

“I wanted an avenue to express my opinions outside the standard Twitter, Facebook and small posts,” Fleener told WISH-TV’s Amanda Maynard.  “I wanted to show a side of me that wasn’t just the helmet and shoulder pads on.”

The writing avenue allows Fleener a chance to “decompress” a bit along with giving people a look into what the second-year tight end is like away from the gridiron.

“Rather than me just dictate to them what I think, it’s about starting an educated conversation on whatever the topic may be,” said Fleener.  “To be able to go back and forth with other people’s opinions is, to me, a real sign of true openness and intelligence.”

Together again: Colts reunite former Boston College teammates to upgrade offensive line

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell takes a look at the friendship between Colts tackles Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus that is continuing in Indianapolis.

Back in 2007, it was Cherilus looking out for Castonzo, the then Boston College freshman, as the two started opposite each other for the Eagles.

Now in 2013, it’s Castonzo returning the favor for the Colts new free agent tackle with some living arrangements during the offseason.

“He’s got a place to stay and a cook,” Castonzo said. “I’m not charging him rent. I’m kind of repaying him for helping me through college.”

The article takes a deeper look into the Boston College roots at the tackle position, including a tidbit on current Colts rookie tackle Emmett Cleary.

Colts expect resolution – good or bad – with RB Ahmad Bradshaw today.

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

The Ahmad Bradshaw news resurfaced on Monday morning with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeting that the Colts are still in “heavy negotiations” on contract talks with the former Giants running back.

Chappell points out a similar notion and is interested to see whether the start of minicamp today as any impact on a deal getting done.

He wrote…

Although no details of the negotiations are known, a person with knowledge of the situation indicated a resolution — one way or the other — could occur later today.

Landry’s debut worth noting

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

One of the most popular topics over the next few days will be the first look at new Colts safety LaRon Landry.

Like he has done throughout his career, Landry spent the offseason working out on his own and reports today for the beginning of Colts minicamp.

Bremer wrote a column on Landry’s arrival and what it will mean to the Colts secondary.

He writes…

A defensive backfield of Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Bethea and Landry has a lot of promise on paper. And Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano made his name coaching defensive backs. There are endless possibilities for what he might do with this kind of talent.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 23, 2013 – 9:04 am

Indianapolis Colts’ worst draft picks: No. 1 cornerback Leonard Coleman
Luck throws passes, helps Chuckstrong fundraising top $1.1M
2013 NFL Draft: Colts’ selections this week will be the result of thousands of miles and dozens of doughnuts
George Bremer: One draft guess as good as another

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Cornerbacks
Castonzo returns favor to Cherilus
Colts Top Draft Picks: Inside Linebacker

The games I want to be at…
Stats on why the Houston Texans need a WR
Titans embracing Gregg Williams at start
Stats on why the Colts need an OLB
Monday’s nuggets from Jaguars brass
Monday Morning Quarterback
Jerry Jones would like to trade down
Numbers show Texans overdependence on Andre Johnson
Jake Locker says he must earn leadership role

Patriots may peek around the corner
Kevin Colbert: Steelers unlikely to make move before draft
Revis says Idzik didn’t tell him the truth

Bears hold private workout for Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pug

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 12, 2013 – 7:42 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed in principle with the following players: tackle Gosder Cherilus, linebacker Lawrence Sidbury, guard Donald Thomas, cornerback Greg Toler and linebacker Erik Walden. All deals will be completed pending a physical.

“Chuck and I have a vision and we want players who love the game, play snap-to-whistle and do all of the little things to achieve greatness,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “Those traits are prevalent in all of the players we signed today. They love the game and play at a high level. They are team players and their focus is to dominate the person across from them every snap. That showed in the film and we agreed as a staff that these guys fit the mold of what we are trying to accomplish here. At the end of the day, we wanted players who would mesh well with our current roster and with one another. We feel these guys undoubtedly fit that style.”

Cherilus, 6-7, 325 pounds, started 71-of-74 games at right tackle for the Detroit Lions after being selected by the team in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Last season, he started all 16 games and helped pave the way for an offense that ranked second in the NFL in passing yards (4,927), third in overall net yards (6,540) and ninth in sacks allowed (29).

In 2011, Cherilus started 15-of-16 games and blocked for a Lions offense that ranked fourth in the league in points scored, passing yards and red zone percentage and fifth in overall yards. In 2010, he started all 12 games he appeared in and was part of an offensive line that finished fifth in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play, giving up just 27.0 sacks on 660 passing plays.

Sidbury, 6-3, 261 pounds, appeared in 48 games with the Atlanta Falcons, totaling 17 tackles (14 solo), 5.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. In 2011, he played in all 16 games and recorded career highs of 11 tackles (nine solo) and 4.0 sacks. As a rookie in 2009, Sidbury competed in all 16 games and registered five solo tackles, 1.0 sack and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

Thomas, 6-4, 305 pounds, played in 43 games (21 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2008-2009) and New England Patriots (2011-2012) over the past five years. Last season, he played in all 16 games (seven starts) and helped blocked for an offense that ranked first in the NFL in points (557), net yards (6,846), first downs (444), third down percentage (48.7) and red zone percentage (70.0). In 2011, he appeared in 10 games (one start), playing mainly on special teams and in short-yardage situations. With the Dolphins, Thomas started 13-of-17 games played.

Toler, 6-0, 192 pounds, competed in 38 games (15 starts) for the Arizona Cardinals after being selected in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. For his career, he has tallied 128 tackles (118 solo), 19 passes defensed, five interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and 1.0 sack.

Last year, he saw action in 11 games (two starts) and totaled 27 tackles (26 solo), eight passes defensed and two interceptions, including a career-long 102-yard return for a touchdown. In 2010, Toler started 13-of-14 games and recorded a career-high 90 tackles (82 solo), nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, including a 66-yard return for a touchdown.

Walden, 6-2, 250 pounds, has played in 68 games (26 starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008), Miami Dolphins (2008-2010) and Green Bay Packers (2010-2012) over the last five seasons and has notched 163 tackles (96 solo), 9.0 sacks, seven passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2012, he made nine starts in 15 games played and totaled 46 tackles (27 solo), 3.0 sacks, four passes defensed and the first two interceptions of his career. In Walden’s first full year in Green Bay in 2011, he started 15-of-16 games and registered a career-high 86 tackles (50 solo), 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Walden signed with the Packers for the final nine games of the 2010 season and finished the year with 31 tackles (19 solo) and 3.0 sacks.

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