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The Indianapolis Colts are hoping for another solid year out of punter Pat McAfee in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 28 August 2013 at 6:18 pm

26-year old Pat McAfee was solid as a rock for the Colts in 2012.  He played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he punted the ball 73 times for 3,520 yards (48.2 avg).  He also had 8 touchbacks (11.0%) and he pinned the opposing team inside their own 20-yard line 26 times (35.6%) last year.  McAfee has now played in 63 games in his first four years in the NFL and he has punted the ball 290 times for 13,186 yards (45.5 avg).  He also has 24 touchbacks (8.3%) and 89 punts downed inside the opposing 20-yard line (30.7%) so far in his NFL career.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PUNTER IN 2013:  B

The Indianapolis Colts are in good shape at safety for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 24 August 2013 at 7:18 pm

28-year old strong safety LaRon Landry and 29-year old free safety Antoine Bethea give the Colts a nice starting safety tandem for 2013.  Landry played in all 16 games for the Jets last year and he had 100 tackles, 2 interceptions (one returned for a TD), 8 passes defensed, 3 tackles for a loss and 4 forced fumbles.  Landry has now played in 80 games in his first six years in the NFL and he has 483 tackles, 6 interceptions (one returned for a TD), 39 passes defensed, 16 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.  23-year old Delano Howell, 25-year old Sergio Brown and 23-year old rookie John Boyett are competing for the backup strong safety job.  Howell played in 6 games for the Bills and Colts last year in which he had 2 tackles.  Brown played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 11 tackles and 1 pass defensed.  He has now played in 42 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 59 tackles, 1 interception, 2 passes defensed and 1 fumble recovery.  Boyett was a 6th round pick (#192 overall) out of Oregon in last April’s NFL Draft.

Antoine Bethea is a solid player at the back end of the Colts’ D.  Bethea played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 100 tackles, 7 passes defensed, 2 sacks and 1 tackle for a loss.  He has now played in 107 games in his first seven years in the NFL and he has 696 tackles, 12 interceptions, 41 passes defensed, 10 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.  25-year old Joe Lefeged will be the backup free safety for the Colts in 2013.  He played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 31 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.  He has now played in 32 games in his first two years in the NFL and he has 65 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defensed and 1 fumble recovery.  25-year old Larry Asante didn’t play in any games for the Colts last year.  He last played in the NFL in 2011 for the Bucs.  Asante 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.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SAFETIES IN 2013:  B+

The Indianapolis Colts have nice depth at CB for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 7:49 pm

25-year old Vontae Davis and 28-year old Greg Toler will likely be the starting CBs for the Colts in 2013.  Davis played in 10 games for the Colts last year and he had 51 tackles, 3 interceptions, 7 passes defensed, 1 sack and 3 tackles for a loss.  He has now played in 54 games in his first four years in the NFL and he has 201 tackles, 12 interceptions (1 returned for a TD), 39 passes defensed, 7 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.  Toler played in 11 games for the Cardinals last year and he had 27 tackles, 2 interceptions (102 return yards, 1 TD), 8 passes defensed and 1 tackle for a loss.  Toler has now played in 38 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 128 tackles, 5 interceptions (2 returned for TDs), 19 passes defensed, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles.  27-year old Darius Butler and 25-year old Cassius Vaughn will compete for the nickel job with the loser being the dime back.  Butler played in 11 games for the Colts last year and he had 31 tackles, 4 interceptions (101 return yards, 2 TD returns), 7 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.  Butler has now played in 53 games in his first four years in the NFL and he has 121 tackles, 7 interceptions (3 returned for TDs), 28 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.  Vaughn played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 66 tackles, 9 passes defensed and a interception that he returned for a TD.  Vaughn has now played in 38 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 94 tackles, 2 interceptions (both returned for TDs), 13 passes defensed, 1 tackle for a loss and 3 fumble recoveries.  26-year old Josh Gordy will be the #5 CB for the Colts in 2013.  He played in 15 games for the Colts last year and he had 19 tackles and 1 sack.  Gordy has now played in 31 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 63 tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 passes defensed, 1 sack and 1 tackle for a loss.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CORNERBACKS IN 2013:  B

The Indianapolis Colts are hoping to put heat on opposing QBs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Monday 12 August 2013 at 5:33 pm

32-year old Robert Mathis adjusted pretty well to his new position last year, after playing DE early in his career.  Mathis played in 12 games for the Colts last year and he had 33 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and 2 passes defensed.  He has now played in 147 games in his first 10 years in the NFL and he has 428 tackles, 91.5 sacks, 31 tackles for a loss, 40 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 14 passes defensed.  27-year old Erik Walden and 22-year old rookie Bjoern Werner will compete for the starting job opposite of Mathis.  Walden played in 15 games for the Packers last year and he had 46 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions and 4 passes defensed.  Walden has now played in 66 games in his first five years in the NFL and he has 154 tackles, 9 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 passes defensed and 7 passes defensed.   Werner was the #24 overall pick (1st round) out of Florida State in last April’s NFL Draft.  He was a DE in college, so it might take some time to adjust to his new position.  27-year old Lawrence Sidbury and 28-year old Justin Hickman will likely be competing for one roster spot.  Sidbury played in 10 games for the Falcons last year and he had 1 tackle.  He has now played in 42 games in his first 3 years in the NFL and he has 17 tackles, 5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.  Hickman played in 12 games for the Colts last year and he had 12 tackles and 2 tackles for a loss.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS IN 2013:  B

The Indianapolis Colts have a lot of quality depth at ILB in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Monday 12 August 2013 at 5:25 pm

27-year old Jerrell Freeman played in Canada until last year when he burst onto the scene in the NFL for the Colts.  Freeman played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 145 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception (he returned it for a TD) and 2 passes defensed.  26-year olds Kavell Conner and Pat Angerer will compete for the other starting job at ILB for the Colts, with the loser being the top backup.  Conner played in 14 games for the Colts last year and he had 54 tackles, 1 sack, 4 tackles for a loss and 4 passes defensed.  Conner has now played in 42 games in his first three years with the Colts and he had 215 tackles, 1 sack, 13 tackles for a loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 6 passes defensed.  Angerer played in 11 games for the Colts last year and he had 28 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass defensed.  Angerer has now played in 43 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 264 tackles, 2 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception and 6 passes defensed.  25-year old Kelvin Sheppard will likely be #4 at ILB for the Colts in 2013.  He played in all 16 games for the Bills last year and he had 80 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss and 1 pass defensed.  Sheppard has now played in 32 games in his first two years in the NFL and he has 150 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 fumble recovery and 2 passes defensed.  26-year old Mario Harvey will be #5 in line at ILB for the Colts in 2013.  He played in 13 games for the Colts last year and he had 12 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE INSIDE LINEBACKERS IN 2013:  A

The Indianapolis Colts need better play out of their DEs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Friday 2 August 2013 at 12:59 am

The Colts need more production out of their DEs in 2013.  32-year old Cory Redding will start at one end spot in 2013.  He played in 14 games for the Colts last year and he had 36 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 fumble recovery and 4 passes defensed.  Redding has now played in 145 games in his first 10 years in the NFL and he has 342 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 46 tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 16 passes defensed.  26-year old Ricky Jean-Francois is the likely favorite to start opposite of Redding at end in 2013.  Jean-Francois played in all 16 games for the 49ers last year and he had 22 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 tackles for a loss.  He has now played in 50 games in his first four years in the NFL and he has 49 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble and 2 passes defensed.  28-year old Fili Moala, 26-year old Ricardo Mathews and 24-year old Drake Nevis will duke it out for P.T. in training camp.  Moala played in 8 games for the Colts last year and he had 14 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 tackle for a loss.  He has now played in 48 games in his first four years in the NFL and he has 69 tackles, 2 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss, 1 fumble recovery and 2 passes defensed.  Mathews played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 13 tackles and 1 pass defensed.  He has now played in 36 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 33 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for a loss and 3 passes defensed.  Nevis played in 9 games for the Colts last year and he had 16 tackles and 1 sack.  Nevis has now played in 14 games in his first two years in the NFL and he has 35 tackles, 1 sack and 1 pass defensed.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DEFENSIVE ENDS IN 2013:  C

The Indianapolis Colts need someone to step up at NT for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 27 July 2013 at 7:40 pm

The Colts are going to have five players compete for the starting nose tackle job in training camp, with none of them having a clear edge.  24-year old Josh Chapman has the size the Colts like (6’0″, 341 pounds), but he didn’t play at all as a rookie, due to injury.  32-year old Aubrayo Franklin has the most experience of the contenders for the job.  He played in 12 games for the Chargers last year and he had 20 tackles.  Franklin has played in 126 games in his first 10 years in the NFL and he has 224 tackles, 4 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception and 8 passes defensed.  29-year old Brandon McKinney last played in the NFL in 2011, under Chuck Pagano with the Ravens.  He has played in 61 games in his first six years in the NFL and he has 60 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 2 passes defensed.  The Colts traded a fourth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns for the right to take 22-year old Montari Hughes out of Tennessee-Martin in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft, so they must like him a lot.  25-year old Martin Tevaseu played in 13 games for the Colts last year and he had 12 tackles and 1 pass defensed.  He has now played in 18 games in his first two years in the NFL and he has 13 tackles and 1 pass defensed.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE NOSE TACKLES IN 2013:  C-

The Indianapolis Colts are going to need some young guys to step up on special teams in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 8:57 pm

The Colts are hoping that some young guys on the team step up as return men in 2013.  23-year old T.Y. Hilton will likely be the punt return man for the Colts in 2013, despite having a bigger role at WR.  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) for the Colts as a rookie last year.  22-year old rookie RB Kerwynn Williams is likely the favorite for the kickoff return job for the Colts in 2013.  Williams is the favorite for the kickoff return job due to the fact that 24-year old LaBon Brazill will miss the first four games of the 2013 season due to a league suspension.  Brazill returned 2 punts for 12 yards (6.0 avg) and 3 kickoffs for 50 yards (16.7 avg) as a rookie last year for the Colts.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RETURN MEN IN 2013:  B-

Adam Vinatieri is still humming along for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Thursday 18 July 2013 at 1:21 pm

40-year old kicker Adam Vinatieri is starting to lose a little accuracy due to his advancing age, but he’s still a clutch kicker when the game is on the line.  He played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he connected on 26 of 33 (78.8%) field goals.  He also made all 37 of his extra points last year as he scored 115 points for the Colts.  Vinatieri has now played in 259 games in his first 17 years in the NFL and he has connected on 413 of 500 (82.6%) field goals.  He has also made 626 of 636 extra points as he has now scored 1,865 points so far in his NFL career.  The Colts hope that Vinatieri still has some gas left in the tank for 2013.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE KICKER IN 2013:  B-

The Indianapolis Colts are hoping for improved play on the O-Line in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 13 July 2013 at 2:42 pm

The Colts are hoping for improved play on the offensive line in 2013.  They signed a couple of free agents (Donald Thomas and Gosder Cherilus) and they drafted a couple of guys (Khaled Holmes and Hugh Thornton) who they hope will help them right away.  LT Anthony Castonzo will again be blocking on Andrew Luck’s blind side in 2013.  He can handle speed rushers but he still has problems with power rushers and stronger defensive linemen.  The Colts signed Donald Thomas in the off-season.  He is a much better run blocker than a pass blocker at this point of his NFL career.  Samson Satele is a solid all-around center, but he has had issues staying healthy.  The Colts hope that he stays in one piece in 2013.  RG Mike McGlynn isn’t the strongest guy around, so he is a better pass blocker at this point in his career.  He can also slide to center in a pinch if the Colts need him to play there.  The Colts made a smart move in inking RT Gosder Cherilus as he is a player on the rise.  He will probably be the Colts’ top offensive lineman in 2013.  Center Khaled Holmes (4th round) and guard Hugh Thornton (3rd round) could wind up winning starting jobs if they look good in training camp.  Regardless if they are starting, I see Holmes and Thornton playing a lot in 2013 for the Colts.  T Jeff Linkenbach, G Joe Reitz, T Bradley Sowell and G/T Ben Ijalana will compete for roster spots in training camp for the Colts.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE O-LINE IN 2013:  C