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Jerrell Freeman is in beast mode for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 5:34 pm

27-year old ILB Jerrell Freeman is in beast mode right now for the Colts.  He has played in all 3 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 26 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss and 2 forced fumbles.  He has now played in 19 games in his first two years for the Colts and he has 171 tackles, 8 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception (which he returned for a TD) and 2 passes defensed.  Freeman has been a machine defensively for the Colts and I see no reason to think that he is going to slow down any time soon.

Andrew Luck is raising his game in 2013 for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6:15 pm

24-year old QB Andrew Luck was rock solid as a rookie in 2012, but he’s getting better.  Luck has started both games for the Colts so far this year and he has completed 43 of 66 passes (65.2%) for 499 yards with 3 TD passes and 1 INT (96.7 QB Rating).  Luck has also carried the ball 10 times for 76 yards (7.6 ypc) with 1 TD run so far this year.  Luck has a big time right arm and he is also a very good runner.  I look for Luck to make a real run for the Pro Bowl in 2013, as long as he stays in one piece.

The Indianpolis Colts’ safeties were overworked in the season opener

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 8:51 pm

28-year old LaRon Landry and 29-year old Antoine Bethea were overused against the Raiders last Sunday.  Landry had 15 tackles and 1 pass defensed and Bethea had 11 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 interception to lead the way for the Colts’ on D last Sunday.  It’s a bad sign when your safeties lead your defense in tackles, but that is exactly what happened against the Raiders.  The Raiders rushed for 171 yards on 33 carries (5.2 ypc) last week, and it’s hard for a team to beat a team that runs the ball that effectively.  So tip your hat to Landry and Bethea, while hoping that they never has as many tackles as they did last Sunday again in 2013.

Bruce Arians of the Indianapolis Colts is named the 2012 NFL Coach of the Year

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Monday 4 February 2013 at 3:34 pm

60-year old Bruce Arians has been named the 2012 NFL Coach of the Year.  Arians was the Colts’ offensive coordinator at the start of the 2012 season and he did an excellent job with rookie QB Andrew Luck and the rest of the guys on that side of the football.  But, head coach Chuck Pagano went down early in the season due to leukemia.  While he was being treated, Arians took over the head coaching duties.  Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record, which helped them get into the playoffs.  Arians is now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and he will be missed in 2013 and beyond.

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.

Antoine Bethea has been solid at the back end of the D for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Thursday 27 December 2012 at 2:42 pm

28-year old safety Antoine Bethea has been a hammer at the back end of the Colts’ D.  He has played in 15 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 94 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 passes defensed and 1 tackle for a loss.  Bethea has now played in 106 games in his first seven years with the Colts and he has 690 tackles, 12 interceptions, 41 passes defensed, 10 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.  Bethea continues to be one of the more dependable players on the Colts’ D.

Reggie Wayne is still a force for the Indianapolis Colts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Sunday 16 December 2012 at 6:27 am

34-year old WR Reggie Wayne is still a force for the Colts.  He has played in 13 games for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 94 passes for 1,220 yards (13.0 avg) with 4 TD grabs.  Wayne has caught 94 of 152 passes (61.8%) thrown in his direction so far this year.  21 of his receptions have went for at least 20 yards this year and 65 of his catches have resulted in first downs.  Wayne has now played in 186 games in his first 12 years with the Colts and he has caught 956 passes for 12,928 yards (13.5 avg) with 77 TD grabs.  He is currently #2 in Colts’ history in receptions (956), receiving yards (12,928) and TD grabs (77), behind only Marvin Harrison.

The Indianapolis Colts are getting good work from their rookie TEs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Friday 30 November 2012 at 10:40 pm

It was thought that 24-year old Cody Fleener would be the main TE in 2012, as he played with Andrew Luck at Stanford, but that just hasn’t been the case so far this year as 22-year old Dwayne Allen has outplayed him so far this year.  Allen has played in 11 games for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 34 passes for 385 yards (11.3 avg) with 2 TD grabs.  He has caught 34 of 49 (69.4%) passes thrown in his direction by Luck so far this year.  He also has 7 catches of 20 yards or more and 22 of his catches have resulted in first downs.  Fleener has had injury issues in his rookie season.  Fleener has played in 7 games for the Colts so far this year and he has caught 21 passes for 222 yards (10.6 avg).  He has caught 21 of the 36 passes (58.3%) thrown in his direction by Luck so far this year.  Fleener has 3 catches of 20 yards or longer so far this year and 10 of his catches have went for first downs.  Fleener better make up for lost time when he finally gets healthy, as Dwayne Allen has outplayed him so far this year.

Jerry Hughes is stepping up for the Indianapolis Colts this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Saturday 17 November 2012 at 3:33 pm

24-year old OLB Jerry Hughes is finally showing that he can play in the NFL in 2012.  In his first two years with the Colts, he has played in 24 games in which he has 21 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for a loss.  But, injuries have opened up more P.T. for Hughes in 2012 and he is making the most of it.  Hughes has played in all 9 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 23 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 tackles for a loss.  The Colts need Hughes to keep up the good work the rest of the way in 2012.

The Indianapolis Colts finished the first half with a 5-3 record in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Steppin Up by admin on Wednesday 7 November 2012 at 11:55 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have a 5-3 record heading into the second half of the 2012 season, exceeding all expectations.  The Colts are averaging 19.9 points per game so far this year and they are giving up 23.9 points per game.  Here is a look at the guys who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season:

Offensive MVP:  Andrew Luck – 23-year old rookie QB Andrew Luck is having a great rookie season for the Colts.  He has played in 8 games for the Colts so far this year and he has completed 190 of 336 passes (56.5%) for 2,404 yards with 10 TD passes and 8 INTs (79.0 QB Rating).  Luck has also carried the ball 27 times for 148 yards (5.5 ypc) with 3 TD runs so far this year.  He is only going to get better.

Defensive MVP:  Jerrell Freeman – 26-year old linebacker Jerrell Freeman was plucked out of Canada as a free agent over the summer.  He has really stepped up as a rookie for the Colts this year.  He has played in 8 games for the Colts so far this year and he has 71 tackles, 1 sack, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 pass defensed, 1 interception (one returned for a TD) and 1 forced fumble.

Special Teams MVP:  Pat McAfee – 25-year old punter Pat McAfee has played in 8 games for the Colts so far this year and he has punted the ball 33 times for 1,587 yards (48.1 avg).  He has also pinned the opposition inside their 20-yard line 10 times (30.3%) and he has 6 touchbacks (18.2%) so far this year.

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