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The Indianapolis Colts sign Robert Turbin

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 12:39 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 26-year old RB Robert Turbin.  Turbin played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Browns and Cowboys last year in which 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 also caught 50 passes for 450 yards (9.0 avg) with 2 TD grabs so far in his career.  Turbin adds a sledgehammer to the Colts’ backfield, as he is a big guy that runs hard.

The Indianapolis Colts sign Scott Tolzien

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Free Agent Additions,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Saturday 12 March 2016 at 12:46 am

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 28-year old QB Scott Tolzien to a 2-year deal.  Tolzien played in 3 games (0 starts) for the Packers last year and he was 1 for 1 passing (100%) for 4 yards (100%) with 0 TD passes and 0 INTs (83.3 QB Rating).  Tolzien also carried the ball 3 times for -3 yards (-1.0 ypc).  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 QB Rating).  He also has carried the ball 8 times for 52 yards (6.5 ypc) with 1 TD run so far in his career.  Tolzien is 0-1-1 as a starting QB so far in his career.  The Colts better hope Andrew Luck can stay healthy in 2016, because Tolzien isn’t too good.

Matt Hasselbeck decides to retire from the Indianapolis Colts and the NFL

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 6:00 pm

40-year old QB Matt Hasselbeck has decided to retire from the NFL.  He played in 8 games (all starts) for the Indianapolis Colts last year and he completed 156 of 256 passes (60.9%) for 1,690 yards with 9 TD passes and 5 INTs (84.0 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 16 times for 15 yards (0.9 ypc) last year.  Hasselbeck was 5-3 (62.5%) as the Colts’ starting QB last year, but boy did he take a beating.  He played in 15 games (8 starts) in his three years with the Colts and he completed 193 of 312 passes (61.9%) for 2,121 yards with 11 TD passes and 6 INTs (85.7 QB Rating).  He also carried the ball 26 times for 2 yards (0.1 ypc) in his time with the Colts.  Hasselbeck finishes up his career with the Colts in 15th place in team history in passing yards (2,121) and he is also tied for 15th in TD passes (11) in Colts’ history with Gary Kerkorian.  Hasselbeck as a solid mentor to Andrew Luck and he also was a solid backup QB for the Colts, so he will be missed.

The Indianapolis Colts re-sign kicker Adam Vinatieri

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 2:04 am

The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed 43-year old kicker Adam Vinatieri to a 2-year, $6 million dollar deal with an extra $1 million that he can earn in incentives.  Vinatieri played in 16 games (0 starts) for the Colts last year and he connected on 25 of 27 field goals (92.6%).  He also nailed 32 of 35 extra points (91.4%) last season as he scored 107 points for the Colts.  He has now played in 146 games in his 10 years with the Colts and he has connected on 240 of 277 field goals (86.6%).  He has also made 375 of 381 extra points (98.4%) for the Colts and he has scored 1,095 points for them!  Vinatieri is the Colts’ all-time leader in field goals made (240), extra points made (375) and points scored (1,095).

Vinatieri has now played in 306 games in his first 20 years in the NFL!  He has made 503 of 598 field goals (84.1%) and 742 of 755 extra points (98.3%) so far in his NFL career.  Vinatieri has scored 2,251 points as a kicker and he has also scored on 1 two point conversion in his career so far.  He is #3 in field goals made (503), #5 in extra points (742) and #3 in points scored (2,253) in NFL history!  It was smart of the Colts to re-sign Vinatieri, as he is showing no signs of slowing down.

 

The Indianapolis Colts release Bjoern Werner

Blogged under Big Colts News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General Colts Chatter,Leaving Town by joelapinski on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 10:46 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have released 25-year old DE/OLB Bjoern Werner.  Werner played in 10 games for the Colts last year and he had 11 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.  He played in 38 games (16 starts) in his three years with the Colts and he had 80 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 5 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.  Werner was the #24 overall pick of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.  He was a complete bust.  The Colts opened up $1.48 million dollars in cap space by letting Werner go.

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.

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