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The Indianapolis Colts are suddenly deep at RB for the 2008 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by admin on Friday 13 June 2008 at 2:05 pm

The Colts went into last season with a bunch of question marks behind Joseph Addai but that’s not the case this season as Dominic Rhodes, Kenton Keith and rookie Mike Hart are now behind him.  Joseph Addai stepped up last season and it made the offense even more potent than when Edgerrin James was the main back because of his speed.  Addai can score from anywhere on the field and he’s tough enough to run between the tackles.  He also has soft hands and is a solid receiver out of the backfield.  Addai played in 15 games (all starts) last season for the Colts and he carried the ball 261 times for 1,072 yards (4.1 ypc) with 12 TD runs.  He also caught 41 passes for 364 yards (8.9 avg) with 3 TD grabs.  Look for Addai to even have better numbers in 2008 for the Colts.  Addai has now played in 31 games (15 starts) in his NFL career and he has carried the ball 487 times for 2,153 yards (4.4 ypc) with 19 TD runs.  He has also caught 81 passes for 689 yards (8.5 avg) with 4 TD grabs.

Dominic Rhodes is returning to the Colts after signing on as a free agent.  He still runs the ball hard and he should be fresh as he was in the Raiders’ Dog House last season.  He played in 10 games (2 starts) for the Raiders last season and he carried the ball 75 times for 302 yards (4.0 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He also caught 11 passes for 70 yards (6.4 avg).  Look for Rhodes to get more action than that this season unless Kenton Keith steals some of his playing time away.  Rhodes has now played in 81 games (29 starts) in his NFL career and he has carried the ball 625 times for 2,576 yards (4.1 ypc) with 20 TD runs.  He also has caught 101 passes for 719 yards (7.1 avg) with 1 TD grab.

Kenton Keith came out of nowhere last season and he played well for the Colts as Joseph Addai’s caddy.  Keith will have to battle Dominic Rhodes to get his job back as the #2 RB on the Colts in 2008.  Keith played in 16 games (1 start) for the Colts last season and he carried the ball 121 times for 533 yards (4.4 ypc) with 3 TD runs.  He also caught 13 passes for 77 yards (5.9 avg) with 1 TD grab.

Rookie Mike Hart was a big time player at Michigan but he slipped into the 6th round for some reason.  He could challenge Keith for the #3 job at running back.  He averaged 1,260 yards rushing and 10.3 rushing TDs per year in 4 seasons with the Michigan Wolverines.  Hart has a nice upside.

Clifton Dawson will have a hard time making the roster this season despite being the #3 RB last year for the Colts.  Dawson played in 11 games (0 starts) for the Colts last season and he carried the ball 30 times for 64 yards (2.1 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He also caught 2 passes for 15 yards (7.5 avg).  Don’t look for him to make the team unless the Colts suffer injuries ahead of him on the depth chart.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON:  A-

Peyton Manning continues to roll on for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by admin on Monday 9 June 2008 at 10:27 am

Peyton Manning continues to amaze as he keeps playing at a Hall of Fame level.  He did so last season without one of his buddies (Marvin Harrison) who missed most of last season due to a knee injury.  Manning did a good job of spreading the ball around last season which helped essentially replace Harrison’s production.  He might not have the best arm in the league and he’s not the most mobile but Manning and Tom Brady stand alone at the top of the heap as far as NFL QBs go.  In fact, Manning has a good shot to break all of the All-Time NFL records that Brett Favre set last season as long as he can stay healthy and he’s never missed a start in his 10-year career.  Manning started all 16 games last season for the Colts and he completed 337 of 515 passes (65.4%) for 4,040 yards with 31 TD passes and 14 interceptions (98.0 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 20 times for -5 yards (-0.3 ypc) with 3 TD runs.  Look for Manning to be even better than he was last season with Marvin Harrison hopefully healthy.  Manning has now played in 160 games (all starts) in his NFL career and he has completed 3,468 of 5,405 passes (64.2%) for 41,626 yards with 306 TD passes and 153 interceptions (94.7 QB Rating).  He also has carried the ball 289 times for 696 yards (2.4 ypc) with 16 TD runs.

The Colts really hope that Peyton Manning stays healthy or the season will go straight down the tubes.  Jim Sorgi has a lot of limitations due to arm strength and he’s also not to good at avoiding the pass rush.  Sorgi played in 4 games (0 starts) for the Colts last season and he completed 18 of 36 passes (50%) for 132 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 interceptions (68.3 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 6 times for -4 yards (-0.7 ypc).  Sorgi has only played in garbage time late in games so it has been hard to evaluate him so far in his career.  He has now played in 14 games (0 starts) in his NFL career and he has completed 77 of 126 passes (61.1%) for 751 yards with 6 TD passes and 1 interception (90.4 QB Rating).  He has also carried the ball 26 times for -8 yards (-0.3 ypc).

Josh Betts is the #3 QB for the Colts and they would be in deep trouble if he was ever forced into the starting lineup due to injury.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON:  A

The Indianapolis Colts trade fullback Luke Lawton to the Eagles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Saturday 7 June 2008 at 10:24 am

The Colts have traded fullback Luke Lawton to the Eagles for a conditional 7th round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft if Lawton makes their 53-man opening day roster.  Lawton played in 11 games for the Colts last year and he carried the ball 5 times for 13 yards (2.6 ypc) and he also caught 4 passes for 29 yards (7.3 avg) with a TD grab.  The Colts won’t miss Lawton much.

7. (236) Jamey Richard, G/C

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 6 June 2008 at 9:41 pm

Jamey Richard is likely too tall to stay at center as he is 6’5″, 297 pounds.  He needs to work hard to improve his foot work, especially in the passing game.  But, Richard is nasty and mean which means he has potential to work his way up the Colts’ depth chart.  He played in 42 games (37 starts) at Buffalo.  Richard will likely wind up at guard in the pros if he makes the Colts’ roster.

6. (205) Pierre Garcon, WR

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 6 June 2008 at 9:38 pm

The Colts felt like rolling the dice with this pick as Garcon played his ball at tiny Mount Union in Ohio.  He has nice size at 6’0″, 210 pounds and he was very effective in college.  In 41 games (39 starts) at Mount Union, Garcon caught 202 passes for 3,363 yards (16.7 avg) with 47 TD grabs.  He also carried the ball 19 times for 176 yards (9.3 ypc) with 4 TD runs.  Look for the Colts to take it slow with Garcon who will need to make quite a jump in competition.

6. (202) Mike Hart, RB

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 6 June 2008 at 9:35 pm

The Indianapolis Colts were amazed to see RB Mike Hart still on the board in the 6th round.  Hart is a pure football player as he stands 5’9″, 200 pounds and he runs a 4.55 40.  He might not be the fastest running back around but he’s one of the toughest as he always seems to get the extra yard.  He is also a good receiver and he gives a good effort on pass blocking.  Hart played in 43 games (39 starts) at Michigan and he carried the ball 1,015 times for 5,040 yards (5.0 ypc) with 41 TD runs.  He also caught 67 passes for 566 yards (8.4 avg) with 2 TD grabs.  Look for Hart to push Kenton Keith for his roster spot during training camp and in the pre season.  This was an outstanding pick for the Colts.

6. (201) Steve Justice, C

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 6 June 2008 at 9:20 pm

Many experts had Steve Justice rated as the top center in this year’s draft so the Colts were happy to pick him up in the 6th round.  Justice is very fast and smart and that makes up for his lack of bulk as he is 6’3″, 289 pounds.  He could probably also handle guard as he’s efficient at hitting moving targets.  Still, he will need to get stronger to deal with NFL nose tackles who will outweigh him by quite a bit.  Justice played in 49 games (38 starts) in his career at Wake Forest.  This was a solid pick for the Colts.

6. (196) Tom Santi, TE

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 6 June 2008 at 9:16 pm

The Colts got another solid TE here in Tom Santi who doesn’t stand out at anything but he’s solid at everything.  He is a solid blocker when on the move matching up against linebackers and defensive backs.  He does have problems blocking against DEs however in the running game.  He is 6’5″, 250 pounds and runs a 4.7 40.  Santi has good hands and he doesn’t mind going over the middle to make a tough catch.  Santi played in 47 games (28 starts) at Virginia and he caught 97 passes for 1,184 yards (12.2 avg) with 6 TD grabs.  He will fit right in on the Colts on both offense and special teams.

5. (161) Marcus Howard, OLB/DE

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 6 June 2008 at 9:12 pm

Marcus Howard is too small to play DE in the NFL as he is 5’11″, 226 pounds but he runs a 4.6 40 so the Colts will likely switch him to OLB.  Howard is very fast off the ball and he gets into the backfield often.  But, he can be controlled by bigger offensive linemen that get their hands on him.  Howard played in 50 games (13 starts) at Georgia and he had 79 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, had 12 sacks, batted down 3 passes, forced 4 fumbles and recovered 3 fumbles.  Look for Howard to play some in passing situations on defense and for him to help out on special teams this season.

4. (127) Jacob Tamme, TE

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 6 June 2008 at 9:07 pm

The Colts came into this draft looking for a TE to replace Ben Utecht on the roster and they think they got their man in selecting Jacob Tamme.  Tamme is 6’3″, 234 pounds and he can run a 4.6 40.  He’s a solid receiver but he’s not much help in the running game.  He played in 48 games (35 starts) for Kentucky and he caught 133 passes for 1,417 yards (10.7 avg) with 11 TD grabs.  Tamme will like catching passes from Peyton Manning.