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The Indianapolis Colts re-sign Dwayne Allen

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 5:28 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed 26-year old TE Dwayne Allen to a 4-year, $29 million dollar deal.  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.  It was smart for the Colts to lock up Allen as his best days are probably still in front of him.

The Indianapolis Colts release QB Josh Freeman

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Monday 7 March 2016 at 8:19 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have released 28-year old QB Josh Freeman.  Freeman played in 1 game (he started it) for the Colts last year and he completed 15 of 28 (53.6%) for 149 yards with 1 TD pass and 1 INT (65.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 8 times for 24 yards (3.0 avg) in his game with the Colts last year.  Freeman was the winning QB for the Colts, which is amazing seeing how he was sitting on his couch until the last week of the 2015 season.  Freeman has now played in 62 games (61 starts) in his first six years in the NFL and he has completed 1,179 of 2,048 passes (57.6%) for 13,873 yards with 81 TD passes and 68 INTs (77.6 QB Rating).  He also has carried the ball 205 times for 946 yards (4.6 ypc) with 4 TD runs so far in his career.  Freeman is 25-36 (41%) as a starting QB in the NFL.  The Colts won’t miss Freeman, but they did him a favor last year as they gave him the opportunity to prove he could still play in the league.

Peyton Manning retires from the NFL

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 7 March 2016 at 7:25 pm

39-year old QB Peyton Manning has retired from the NFL.  He played in 208 games (all starts) for the Indianapolis Colts and he completed 4,682 of 7,210 passes (64.9%) for 54,828 yards with 399 TD passes and 198 INTs (94.9 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 346 times for 722 yards (2.1 ypc) with 17 TD runs for the Colts.  Manning was a Pro Bowler in 11 of his 14 years with the Colts.  He is the Colts’ all-time leader in both passing yards (54,828) and TD passes (399).  Manning is also #37 in rushing yards (722) and he is tied for 15th (with Donald Brown) in TD runs in Colts’ history with 17!

Manning also played in 19 games (all starts) for the Colts in the post-season and he completed 453 of 718 passes (63.1%) for 5,389 yards with 29 TD passes and 19 INTs (88.4 QB Rating).  Manning also carried the ball 23 times for 27 yards (1.2 ypc) with 3 TD runs in the post-season for the Colts.  Manning last year became the first QB in NFL history to win Super Bowls with two teams as a starting QB!  He is the best player in the history of the Indianapolis Colts!

The Indianapolis Colts had a lousy draft in 2015

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Friday 4 March 2016 at 7:17 pm

Phillip Dorsett, WR (1st round, #29 overall) – The Colts wanted another speedster for Andrew Luck to throw to and they got one in Dorsett.  Dorsett played in 11 games for the Colts as a rookie in which he caught 18 passes for 225 yards (12.5 avg) with 1 TD grab.  Dorsett also carried the ball 3 times for 17 yards (5.7 ypc) last year.  Dorsett also returned 2 punts for 1 yard (0.5 avg), 1 kickoff for 12 yards and he also had 1 tackle.  The Colts are going to have to give Dorsett a bigger role in the near future to justify taking him this highly.

D’Joun Smith, CB (3rd round, #65 overall) – Smith didn’t get on the field much as a rookie.  He played in 4 games for the Colts last year and he had 1 tackle and 1 fumble recovery.

Henry Anderson, DE (3rd round, #93 overall) – Anderson played in 9 games as a rookie for the Colts last year and he had 31 tackles, 1 sack and 2 passes defensed.  Look for him to play more in the near future for the Colts.

Clayton Geathers, SS (4th round, #109 overall) – Geathers played in 15 games as a rookie for the Colts and he had 34 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass defensed.  Geathers, like Anderson, should see more P.T. in the near future.

David Parry, NT (5th round, #151 overall) – Parry played in all 16 games for the Colts last year and he had 31 tackles and 1 sack.  Look for him to play more in the near future.

Josh Robinson, RB (6th round, #205 overall) – Robinson didn’t get on the field as a rookie for the Colts in 2015.

Amarlo Herrera, ILB (6th round, #207 overall) – Herrera played in 3 games for the Colts as a rookie, but he didn’t have any tackles.

Denzell Goode, OT (7th round, #255 overall) –  Goode played in 4 games (2 starts) as a rookie for the Colts last year.

VERDICT:  The Colts must have not been too worried about protecting their QB in 2015, as they didn’t draft an offensive lineman until the 7th round.  I wonder if they would have picked different players if they could have looked into a crystal ball.  Phillip Dorsett and D’Joun Smith were huge disappointments as rookies for the Colts last year.  The only reason I won’t give them an F for this draft is because Anderson, Geathers and Parry look like they could help the D moving forward.  But, they still get a D- for this draft!

The Indianapolis Colts release WR Andre Johnson

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Friday 4 March 2016 at 4:44 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have released 34-year old WR Andre Johnson.  Johnson played in 16 games (14 starts) for the Colts last year and he caught 41 passes for 503 yards (12.3 avg) with 4 TD grabs.  Johnson has played in 185 games (183 starts) in his 13 years in the NFL and he has caught 1,053 passes for 14,100 yards (13.4 avg) with 68 TD grabs.  He is #8 in receptions (1,053), #9 in receiving yards (14,100) and he is tied for 41st in TD grabs (68) in NFL history.  He has been to 7 Pro Bowls and he had at least 1,142 receiving yards in each of those seasons.  He has also caught 100 or more passes five times in his career.  The QB play of the Colts could have resulted in Johnson’s sub par numbers last year.  But, it’s more likely that his age is catching up to him.  The Colts cleared $5 million bucks in cap space by making this move.

The Indianapolis Colts lose Bjoern Werner for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports by joelapinski on Tuesday 1 October 2013 at 10:06 pm

The Colts will be without 23-year old rookie OLB/DE Bjoern Werner for the next four to six weeks due to a torn plantar fascia.  Werner has played in 4 games so far this year for the Colts and he has 5 tackles and 1/2 a sack.  The Colts hope that Werner gets healthy soon, as he has a huge upside.

Indianapolis Colts 37, Jacksonville Jaguars 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Monday 30 September 2013 at 2:49 am

The Colts destroyed the Jaguars completely in Jacksonville earlier today.  Andrew Luck was sharp in this game as he completed 22 of 36 passes for 260 yards with 2 TD passes and 1 INT.  He also carried the ball 2 times for 26 yards (13.0 ypc) for the Colts today.  Matt Hasselbeck finished up this game at QB by completing 2 of 3 passes for 37 yards without a TD pass or INT.  Donald Brown led the way on the ground for the Colts with 65 yards rushing on 3 carries (21.7 ypc) and he also caught 2 passes for 11 yards.  Trent Richardson pitched in with 20 carries for 60 yards (3.0 ypc) with 1 TD run.  WR Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 100 yards, TD grab), TE Coby Fleener (5 rec, 77 yards, TD grab) and WR T.Y. Hilton (5 rec, 48 yards) led the way in the passing game for the Colts today.  The Colts finished up with 154 yards rushing on 29 carries (5.3 ypc) and they also completed 24 of 39 passes (61.5%) for 283 yards as they had possession of the ball for 36:38.

The defense was amazing for the Colts today.  They sacked Jaguars’ QB Blaine Gabbert four times and they continued to force him into making mistakes all day long.  CB Darius Butler (6 tackles, 1 pass defensed and a interception that he returned 41 yards for a TD) and OLB Robert Mathis (5 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss and 4 QB hits) led the way for the Colts on D in this game.  DE Cory Redding (3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for a loss and 2 QB hits), CB Vontae Davis (3 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception) and CB Josh Gordy (2 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 1 interception) also made big plays in this game for the Colts on D.  The Jaguars finished up with 40 yards rushing on 18 carries (2.2 ypc) and they also completed 17 of 32 passes (53.1%) for 165 yards in this game.  The Colts are now 3-1 on the year.

The Indianapolis Colts won’t have Ahmad Bradshaw this weekend

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Injury Reports,Needs to Pick It Up by joelapinski on Friday 27 September 2013 at 7:15 pm

The Colts will be without 27-year old RB Ahmad Bradshaw for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars due to a neck injury.  Bradshaw has played in all three games for the Colts so far this year and he has carried the ball 41 times for 186 yards (4.5 ypc) with 2 TD runs.  He has also caught 7 passes for 42 yards (6.0 avg) so far this year.  It will be up to 22-year old RB Trent Richardson to carry the load in the running game this weekend for the Colts.  He carried the ball 13 times for 35 yards (2.7 ypc) with 1 TD run in his Colts’ debut last weekend against the 49ers.  This is the reason why the Colts dealt for Richardson, so they need him to step up this Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts (2-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,This Week's Matchup Report by joelapinski on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 9:31 pm

The Indianapolis Colts are back on the right track after thrashing the 49ers 27-7 in San Francisco.  They travel to Jacksonville to play easily the worst team in the NFL…..the Jaguars.  The Jaguars are resorting to offering people two free beers (or soft drinks if they are under 21 years old) to come to this game.  The Jaguars are only averaging 9.3 points per game so far this year.  Here is a look at the matchups in this game:

When the Colts have the ball:  The Colts will likely come out running the ball with Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson and Andrew Luck against a Jaguars’ D that is allowing 167.7 yards rushing per game and 5.2 yards per carry.  The Jaguars don’t have much of a pass rush and they have a very young secondary, so look for Luck to take a lot of shots down the field after the Colts establish the running game.  WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and TE Coby Fleener are all likely going to have good games this Sunday.  I look for the Colts’ offense to move at will this weekend against an overmatched Jags’ D.

When the Jaguars have the ball:  The Colts will likely gang up on RB Maurice Jones-Drew and force the Jaguars to beat them by getting someone else the football.  Blaine Gabbert is back at QB for the Jaguars and he makes mistakes with the ball when he gets hit early in the game.  Look for LBs Jerrell Freeman and Robert Mathis to be chasing Gabbert around this Sunday quite a bit.  WR Cecil Shorts is by far the best receiver on the Jaguars, so look for the Colts to double team him and dare Gabbert to throw the ball to someone else.  Gabbert is going to make some mistakes with the ball this Sunday and the Colts need to make him pay for them (I think they will).

PREDICTION:  COLTS 34, JAGUARS 10

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.

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