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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-

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 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

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