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Andrew Luck exceeded all expectations for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at 2:32 pm

23-year old QB Andrew Luck was a sight for sore eyes after Colts’ fans endured a very rough 2011 season,  Luck started all 16 games as a rookie for the Colts last year and he led them to a 11-5 (68.8%) record and a Wild Card berth in the playoffs (which they lost in the first round for the Ravens in Baltimore).  Luck completed 339 of 627 passes (54.1%) for 4,374 yards with 23 TD passes and 18 INTs (76.5 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 62 times for 255 yards (4.1 ypc) with 5 TD runs last year.  Luck passed for more yards in NFL history than any rookie QB, which says a lot about his big time right arm.

28-year old Drew Stanton was Luck’s backup last year and he didn’t play a down for the Colts.  He has played in 13 games (4 starts) so far in his NFL career and he is 2-2 (50%) as a starter.  He has completed 104 of 187 passes (55.6%) for 1,158 yards with 5 TD passes and 9 INTs (63.1 QB Rating).  Stanton has also carried the ball 30 times for 166 yards (5.5 ypc) with 2 TD runs so far in his career.  The Colts hope that they don’t need Stanton to play any time soon.

The Indianapolis Colts did an awesome job in last April’s NFL Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by admin on Saturday 12 January 2013 at 10:23 pm

The Colts did an excellent job in last April’s NFL Draft, with the main focus on adding some offensive firepower.  They definitely achieved that goal in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Here is a look at how the Colts’ rookies did lat year:

1st round (#1 overall) – Andrew Luck, QB – 23-year old Andrew Luck had a rookie year for the ages as he threw for more yards (4,374) than any QB in NFL history.  Luck started all 16 games for the Colts last year and he completed 339 of 627 passes (54.1%) for 4,374 yards with 23 TD passes and 18 INTs (76.5 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 62 times for 255 yards (4.1 ypc) with 5 TD runs in 2012.

2nd round (#34 overall) – Coby Fleener, TE – 24-year old TE Coby Fleener was Luck’s college teammate at Stanford.  He played in 12 games for the Colts in 2012 and he caught 26 passes for 281 yards (10.8 avg) with 2 TD grabs.  He caught 26 of 48 passes (54.2%) thrown in his direction last year and 14 of his catches resulted in first downs.  The Colts hope that Fleener steps up a little bit in 2013 and down the road.

3rd round (#64 overall) – Dwayne Allen, TE – 22-year old Dwayne Allen outplayed Coby Fleener in 2012.  He played in 16 games for the Colts last year and he caught 45 passes for 521 yards (11.6 avg) with 3 TD grabs.  He caught 45 of 66 passes (68.2%) thrown in his direction last year and 30 of his catches resulted in first downs.  Allen could develop into a Pro Bowl TE in the near future.

3rd round (#92 overall) – T.Y. Hilton, WR – 23-year old speedy WR T.Y. Hilton was excellent in 2012 for the Colts.  He played in 15 games for the Colts in 2012 and he caught 50 passes for 861 yards (17.2 avg) with 7 TD grabs and he also carried the ball 5 times for 29 yards (5.8 ypc).  Hilton caught 50 of the 91 passes (54.9%) thrown in his direction and 30 of his catches resulted in first downs.  Hilton also helped out on special teams as he returned 26 punts for 300 yards (11.5 avg) with 1 TD return and he also returned 7 kickoffs for 118 yards (16.9 avg).  The sky is the limit for Hilton.

5th round (#136 overall) – Josh Chapman, DT – 23-year old DT Josh Chapman didn’t play at all last year as he had ACL surgery.

5th round (#170 overall) – Vick Ballard, RB – 22-year old RB Vick Ballard turned into the Colts main back as the year went on.  He played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he carried the ball 211 times for 814 yards (3.9 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  He also caught 17 passes for 152 yards (8.9 avg) with 1 TD grab last year.  Ballard has a huge upside.

6th round (#206 overall) – LaVon Brazill, WR – 23-year old WR LaVon Brazill played in 15 games for the Colts last year and he caught 11 passes for 186 yards (16.9 avg) with 1 TD grab.  He caught 11 of the 24 passes (45.8%) thrown in his direction last year and 7 of his catches resulted in first downs.  Brazill also returned 2 punts for 12 yards (6.0 avg) and 3 kickoffs for 50 yards (16.7 avg) last year.

7th round (#208 overall) – Justin Anderson, OT – 24-year old Justin Anderson didn’t play in any games for the Colts last year and he was waived by them on November 20th.

7th round (#214 overall) – Tim Fugger, DE – 23-year old Tim Fugger didn’t play in any games last year for the Colts.  He wound up on the Cardinals at the end of the year, but he didn’t play in any games for them either.

7th round (#253 overall) – Chandler Harnish, QB – 24-year old Chandler Harnish was cut right before the regular season started.  The Colts re-signed him to a future/reserve contract earlier this week.

GRADE FOR 2012:  A

GRADE FOR THE FUTURE:  A+

Baltimore Ravens 24, Indianapolis Colts 9

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs by admin on Monday 7 January 2013 at 3:45 pm

It seemed to me that Andrew Luck’s WRs heard a lot of footsteps yesterday and it caused them to drop a lot of very catchable footballs.  Luck completed 28 of 54 passes for 288 yards with 0 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 4 times for 35 yards (8.8 ypc), but he lost a fumble.  Vick Ballard led the way on the ground with 91 yards rushing on 22 carries (4.1 ypc) for the Colts in this game.  WRs Reggie Wayne (9 rec, 114 yards), T.Y. Hilton (8 rec, 66 yards) and TE Dwayne Allen (4 rec, 51 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts yesterday.  The Colts finished up with 152 yards rushing on 30 carries (5.1 ypc) and they also completed 28 of 54 passes (51.9%) for 267 yards as they had possession of the ball for 37:32.

The defense was awful for the Colts yesterday.  Safety Antoine Bethea (10 tackles) and DE Cory Redding (7 tackles) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  LB Pat Angerer (6 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) and DE Lawrence Guy (4 tackles and 1 fumble recovery) also had solid games for the Colts on D.  The Ravens finished up with 172 yards rushing on 32 carries (5.4 ypc) and they also completed 12 of 23 passes (52.2%) for 269 yards.  The Colts’ season ended on a sour note, but it was still a rock solid 2012 season for them.

Indianapolis Colts (10-6) vs. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs,This Week's Matchup Report by admin on Friday 4 January 2013 at 9:23 pm

Head coach Chuck Pagano returned last weekend and the Colts beat the Texans in Houston.  They are hoping that they don’t have a let down this weekend against the Ravens, coming off such an emotional football game.  The fans of Indianapolis would love to stick it to Baltimore once again this Sunday.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts should change things up and come out running the ball against the Ravens.  The Ravens have had issues stopping the run as they are giving up 122.8 yards rushing per game and 4.0 yards per carry so far this year.  Running the ball with rookie Vick Ballard will help the Colts in a couple of ways, as long as he is effective.  It will help slow the Ravens’ pass rush a bit and it would help the Colts control the ball and keep the Ravens’ offense on the sidelines.  Andrew Luck needs to be careful with the football this Sunday as the Ravens have a solid secondary.  That being said, I look for Luck to attack the Ravens’ D by spreading the football around in the passing game to Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie Avery, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.

When the Ravens have the ball:  The Colts are going to need to slow down Ray Rice and force the Ravens to pass the ball.  That will be easier said than done as the Colts are giving up 137.5 yards rushing and 5.1 yards per carry so far this year.  Not only will the front seven have to deal with Rice, but they will also have to deal with power running rookie RB Bernard Pierce.  The Colts need OLBs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney to get pressure on Joe Flacco, or he’s going to have a good day throwing the ball.  On the shorter stuff, the Colts’ secondary will have to worry about slowing down WR Anquan Boldin and TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.  When Flacco goes deep, he will be looking for WRs Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, who are blazers.

PREDICTION:  RAVENS 28, COLTS 20

The Indianapolis Colts don’t have a lot of playoff experience offensively

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Playoffs by admin on Thursday 3 January 2013 at 9:03 pm

Chuck Pagano will be taking a pretty youthful roster with him to play his old team in Baltimore.  Only two offensive skill players have experience in the playoffs.  WR Reggie Wayne is one of them of course.  Wayne has played in 17 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he has caught 83 passes for 1,128 yards (13.6 avg) with 9 TD grabs.  Wayne will probably Andrew Luck’s go to guy this Sunday.  Backup RB Mewelde Moore has played in 8 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he has carried the ball 12 times for 47 yards (3.9 ypc).  He has also caught 7 passes for 54 yards (7.7 avg) in the playoffs.  At least the Colts have to feel good if this game comes down to a last season kind, as Adam Vinatieri has been a money kicker in the playoffs.  He has played in 24 games so far in the playoffs in his NFL career and he has made 45 of 54 field goals (83.3%) and all 52 of his extra points, good for 187 points.

The Indianapolis Colts are sending two players to the Pro Bowl

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Pro Bowl by admin on Wednesday 2 January 2013 at 6:20 pm

31-year old OLB Robert Mathis and 34-year old WR Reggie Wayne will be representing the Colts in the Pro Bowl.  Mathis played in 12 games for the Colts this year and he had 33 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and 2 passes defensed.  This will be the fourth time that Mathis has represented the Colts in the Pro Bowl.  Wayne will be heading to his 6th Pro Bowl.  He played in 16 games for the Colts this year and he caught 106 passes for 1,355 yards (12.8 avg) with 5 TD grabs.  He caught 106 of 194 passes (54.6%) thrown in his direction this year.  73 of his catches resulted in first downs for the Colts.  It will be like old times for Wayne as he will likely catch some passes from Peyton Manning in the Pro Bowl.

The Indianapolis Colts have signed safety Larry Asante to a reserve/future contract

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by admin on Wednesday 2 January 2013 at 1:15 pm

The Colts have signed 24-year old safety Larry Asante to a reserve/future contract.  He last played in the NFL back in 2011 for the Buccaneers.  He has now played in 12 games in his first two years in the NFL and he has 14 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass defensed, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 forced fumble.  Asante will get a chance to make the Colts in 2013, if he has a good training camp and pre-season.  He will try to win a back-up/special teams role with the Colts next year.

UPDATE:  (8/31/2013) – The Colts have waived Larry Asante.