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It’s time for Dwayne Allen of the Indianapolis Colts to take his game to the next level in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 4:44 pm

Coby Fleener left the Indianapolis Colts in free agency to join the New Orleans Saints, so it’s up to 26-year old Dwayne Allen to step up in 2016.  Allen played in 13 games (12 starts) for the Colts last year and he caught 16 passes for 109 yards (6.8 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Allen has now played in 43 games (42 starts) in his first four years with the Colts and he has caught 91 passes for 1,045 yards (11.5 avg) with 13 TD grabs.  Allen has also carried the ball 4 times for 6 yards (1.5 ypc) so far in his NFL career.  Allen has the potential to be one of the better pass catching TEs in the NFL…….but it’s up to him to step up his game in 2016!

26-year old Jack Doyle is also going to have to step up his game in 2016.  He played in 16 games (2 starts) for the Colts last year and he caught 12 passes for 72 yards (6.0 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Doyle has now played in 47 games (7 starts) in his first three years in the NFL and he has caught 35 passes for 209 yards (6.0 avg) with 3 TD grabs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE COLTS’ TEs IN 2016 B-

The Indianapolis Colts have speed to burn at WR

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 4:29 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have speed to burn at WR, as all of their top three players at the position can score from anywhere on the field.  26-year old T.Y. Hilton is an outstanding player!  He played in 16 games (15 starts) for the Colts last year and he caught 69 passes for 1,124 yards (16.3 avg) with 5 TD grabs.  Hilton has now played in 62 games (41 starts) in his first four years with the Colts and he has caught 283 passes for 4,413 yards (15.6 avg) with 24 TD grabs.  He also has carried the ball 9 times for 55 yards (6.1 ypc) so far in his career.  Hilton has been a Pro Bowl WR in the last two years with the Colts.  He is already #13 in receptions (283), #10 in receiving yards (4,413) and he is tied for #12 in receiving TDs (24) in Colts’ history!

22-year old Donte Moncrief had a semi-breakout season for the Colts in 2015.  He played in 16 games (10 starts) for the Colts last year and he caught 64 passes for 733 yards (11.5 avg) with 6 TD grabs.  Moncrief has now played in 32 games (12 starts) in his first two years with the Colts and he has caught 96 passes for 1,177 yards (12.3 avg) with 9 TD grabs.  He has also carried the ball 4 times for 17 yards (4.3 ypc) so far in his NFL career.  His upside is pretty huge!

23-year old Phillip Dorsett will get more P.T. than he got as a rookie last year and he could have a good year in 2016.  Dorsett played in 11 games (0 starts) for the Colts last year and he caught 18 passes for 225 yards (12.5 avg) with 1 TD grab.  He also carried the ball 3 times for 17 yards (5.7 ypc) last year.  Dorsett has speed to burn and a QB with a very strong arm in Andrew Luck!

25-year old Josh Boyce, 23-year old Quan Bray and 27-year old Brian Tyms are going to battle for roster spots behind the top three at WR in 2016.  Boyce didn’t play last year.  In his first two years in the NFL (both with the Patriots), Boyce played in 10 games (3 starts) in which he has caught 9 passes for 121 yards (13.4 avg).  Bray played in 9 games (0 starts) as a rookie for the Colts last year, but he didn’t catch any passes.  Bray did all of his work returning punts and kickoffs last year for the Colts.  Tyms didn’t play in the NFL last year.  He last played in 2014 for the Patriots.  Tyms has played in 18 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the NFL and he has caught 7 passes for 94 yards (13.4 avg) with 1 TD grab.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE COLTS’ WRs IN 2016 A-

Undrafted rookie RB Josh Ferguson is making a good first impression for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Saturday 2 July 2016 at 11:25 pm

The Indianapolis Colts wanted to draft running back Josh Ferguson, but they kept passing on him.  Then they signed the 5’11”, 200 pound running back out of Illinois right after the 2016 NFL Draft.  Ferguson played in 9 games for Illinois last year and he carried the ball 129 times for 708 yards (5.5 ypc) with 3 TD runs.  He also caught 37 passes for 280 yards (7.6 avg) with 2 TD grabs last year.  Ferguson played in 47 games in his five years with the Illini and he carried the ball 505 times for 2,586 yards (5.1 ypc) with 18 TD runs.  He also caught 168 passes for 1,507 yards (9.0 avg) with 8 TD grabs in college.  Ferguson could start a jaunt up the depth chart when training camp opens, as the Colts really have only journeyman type RBs behind Frank Gore.

The Indianapolis Colts look decent at RB for 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Friday 10 June 2016 at 12:28 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed a couple of veteran backups over the off-season to make sure that they don’t overwork 33-year old Frank Gore in 2016.  Gore played in 16 games (all starts) for the Colts last year and he carried the ball 260 times for 967 yards (3.7 ypc) with 6 TD runs.  He also caught 34 passes for 267 yards (7.9 avg) with 1 TD grab last year.  Gore has now played in 164 games (150 starts) in his first 11 years in the NFL and he has carried the ball 2,702 times for 12,040 yards (4.5 ypc) with 70 TD runs.  He also caught 376 passes for 3,150 yards (8.4 avg) with 12 TD grabs so far in his career.  Gore has been to the Pro Bowl five times and he has rushed for at least 1,036 yards in a season six times so far in his career.  Gore is currently #15 in rushing yards (12,040) and #30 in TD runs (70) in NFL history!

26-year old Robert Turbin is a pure power back.  Turbin played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Cowboys and Browns last year and he carried the ball 50 times for 199 yards (4.0 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He also caught 7 passes for 23 yards (3.3 avg) last year.  Turbin has now played in 58 games (3 starts) in his first four years in the NFL and he has carried the ball 281 times for 1,127 yards (4.0 ypc) with 1 TD run.  He has also caught 50 passes for 450 yards (9.0 avg) with 2 TD grabs so far in his career.

26-year old Jordan Todman really impressed during the playoffs for the Pittsburgh Steelers last year, and that is likely what got him signed by the Colts.  Todman played in 11 games (0 starts) for the Steelers last year and he carried the ball 4 times for 22 yards (5.5 ypc).  He has now played in 45 games (3 starts) in his first five years in the NFL and he has carried the ball 115 times for 472 yards (4.1 ypc) with 3 TD runs.  He has also caught 40 passes for 314 yards (7.9 avg) with 2 TD grabs so far in his NFL career.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE COLTS’ RBs IN 2016 B-

The Indianapolis Colts have to keep Andrew Luck in one piece in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 9:36 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have to keep 26-year old QB Andrew Luck healthy in 2016, or they are going to lose a lot of football games in 2016.  Luck played in 7 games (all starts) for the Colts last year and he completed 162 of 293 passes (55.3%) for 1,881 yards with 15 TD passes and 12 INTs (74.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 33 times for 196 yards (5.9 ypc) for the Colts last year.  He was beat up badly last year and it effected his performance before he was finally knocked out for the season.  Scott Tolzien (the new backup QB) is no Matt Hasselbeck.  Luck has played in 55 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Colts and he has completed 1,224 of 2,106 passes (58.1%) for 14,838 yards with 101 TD passes and 55 INTs (85.0 QB Rating).  He also has carried the ball 222 times for 1,101 yards (5.0 ypc) with 12 TD runs so far in his career.  Luck has been to three Pro Bowls (his first three years with the Colts) and he is 35-20 (63.6%) as a starting QB!  Luck is #4 in passing yards (14,838) and TD passes (101) in Colts’ history, behind only Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas and Bert Jones.

28-year old Scott Tolzien will be the new #2 QB for the Colts and he’s not too good.  He played in 3 games (0 starts) for the Packers last year and he completed his only pass attempt and it was good for 4 yards (83.3 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 3 times for -3 yards (-1.0 ypc) last year for the Packers.  Tolzien has now played in 6 games (2 starts) in his first five years in the NFL and he has completed 56 of 91 passes (61.5%) for 721 yards with 1 TD pass and 5 INTs (67.1 Rating).  He has also carried the ball 8 times for 52 yards (6.5 ypc) with 1 TD run so far in his NFL career.  Tolzien is 0-1-1 as a starting QB so far in his NFL career.

23-year old Stephen Morris and undrafted rookie Josh Woodrum out of Liberty will duke it out in training camp for the #3 QB job.  Morris played in 6 games (0 starts) in 2014 for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as he was a holder on kicks.  He didn’t throw any passes or carry the ball in 2014.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE COLTS QBs IN 2016 A-

 

The Indianapolis Colts release center Khaled Holmes

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 9:23 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have released 26-year old center Khaled Holmes.  Holmes played in 9 games (7 starts) for the Colts last year.  He played in 17 games (9 starts) in his three years with the Colts.  When the Colts drafted Ryan Kelly and Austin Blythe, Holmes had to know that he was on the way out.

The Indianapolis Colts claim QB Josh Woodrum off waivers from the Giants

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 9:19 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have claimed QB Josh Woodrum off waivers from the New York Giants.  Woodrum is 6’3″, 231 pounds.  He played in 11 games for Liberty last year and he completed 242 of 390 passes (62.1%) for 2,772 yards with 12 TD passes and 4 INTs.  He played in 46 games in his four years in college and he completed 833 opf 1,304 passes (63.9%) for 10,266 yards with 61 TD passes and 30 INTs.  Woodrum will compete with Stephen Morris for the #3 QB job in training camp.

The Indianapolis Colts had a great 2016 NFL Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 9:16 pm

The Indianapolis Colts needed offensive line help and toughness on the defensive side of the football.  I think they got what they wanted.  Here is a look at the guys they drafted:

1st round (#18 overall) – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

2nd round (#57 overall) - T.J. Green, S, Clemson

3rd round (#82 overall) – Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

4th round (#116 overall) – Hassan Ridgeway, DE/DT, Texas

4th round (#125 overall) – Antonio Morrison, ILB, Florida

5th round (#155 overall) – Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State

7th round (#239 overall) – Trevor Bates, LB, Maine

7th round (#248 overall) – Austin Blythe, C, Iowa

OFFENSE:  The Colts knew going into this draft that they had to improve the offensive line.  Colts’ QBs got the hell beat out of them last year.  If it happens again, they will be in deep trouble as they don’t have quality depth behind Andrew Luck this time around.  They missed out on the top tackles in the draft, so they shifted gears and took the best center (Ryan Kelly) in the first round and he will start from Day #1.  In the 3rd round the Colts got good value in taking OT Le’Raven Clark.  Adding Joe Haeg (OT, 5th round) and Austin Blythe (C, 7th round) could wind up helping the Colts down the road!

DEFENSE:  The Colts took a safety with blazing speed in T.J. Green and he has a nice upside.  He could be a starter in the near future for the Colts.  The Colts also helped the front seven with the picks of Hassan Ridgeway, Antonio Morrison and Trevor Bates.

OUTLOOK:  I really loved this draft for the Colts as the front office finally seems to have seen the light!

The Indianapolis Colts pick center Ryan Kelly in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 5:30 pm

The Indianapolis Colts picked center Ryan Kelly with the #18 overall pick (1st round) of the 2016 NFL Draft.  Kelly is 6’4″, 298 pounds and he runs a 5.27 40.  Kelly made all the line calls for Alabama last year and he should start right away for the Colts.  He is a good run blocker, as he can hit a moving target at the second level.  He is also a pretty solid pass blocker.  Kelly played in 15 games (all starts) for Alabama last year.  He played in 46 games (35 starts) in his four years with the Crimson Tide.  The Colts probably preferred to draft an offensive tackle, but they were flying off the board early in the draft.  That being said, Kelly was a solid pick for them, as they need to do whatever they can to protect Andrew Luck better.

The Indianapolis Colts sign Patrick Robinson

Blogged under Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 8:45 pm

The Indianapolis Colts sign 28-year old CB Patrick Robinson.  Robinson played in 16 games (10 starts) for the Chargers last year and he had 49 tackles, 8 passes defensed and 1 interception.  He has now played in 74 games (43 starts) in his first six years in the NFL and he has 229 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 54 passes defensed and 10 interceptions (one returned for a TD).  Robinson is likely going to be a starting corner for the Colts in 2016.

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