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Colts welcome Tyvon Branch for a visit

As PFT put it, “it’s like the Colts want to do the Bob Sanders thing over again”.

The Colts welcomed Tyvon Branch to Indianapolis to begin his free agency tour today.

Branch was cut by the Raiders recently after playing just five games in two seasons. They need a healthy version of Branch if they’re going to sign him. You can view his Pro-Football Reference page here.

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March 5, 2015 Posted by | Free Agency, Indianapolis Colts | | Leave a comment

Mike Florio says to pay Andrew Luck and do it now

Video can be seen here.

Florio says:

1. Improve the run defense to get through teams like New England – pointing to the last three games against New England getting it run down their throats.

2. He said it’s time to nudge Reggie Wayne aside. The time has come, even if Indy is letting Reggie come to that conclusion on his own and despite his relationship with Chuck Pagano. Don’t nudge him too much, but both sides need to move on. Sad.

3. He mentions Trent Richardson is a goner. Upgrade the position and get rid of Trent.

4. PAY UP ANDREW LUCK. He said Luck won’t politic for a new deal, Colts need to learn from the Peyton Manning examples that it would be smart and save them money to get it done sooner. Needs to happen this off-season. They still have two more years but it would just be the right thing to do to get the nucleus of the franchise locked down now. I agree.

5. Clean up the problem guys on the roster. He mentions several guys who can’t be relied upon and guys who continue with off the field problems, it’s eventually going to drag down the reputation of the franchise and the makeup of the locker room.

March 5, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | , | Leave a comment

Lots of talk linking Colts & Demarco Murray

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My buddy Jordan thinks Indy lands Demarco.

There is an increasing amount of talk that the Indianapolis Colts will land Demarco Murray. I think it’s more like a pipe dream. The need is there says Mike Wells who writes for ESPN’s NFL Nation. Ian Rappoport says the Colts would be the top suitor if he hits the market, and that there is a ‘slim chance’ that he remains in Dallas.

I really feel like today’s trade of Lesean McCoy to Buffalo shows that the days of paying a premium for an NFL running back are over. You need to find a running back who can get the job done in the mid to late rounds of a draft. Once he gets too expensive; like Murray has, you move onwards.

Reports today on Sirius NFL radio were that if Dallas offers anywhere in the area of what other teams are, he’s going to stay. Doesn’t seem to make it a done deal, but I feel like in the end he stays in Dallas.

March 4, 2015 Posted by | Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts | | Leave a comment

NFL.com Personalities debate Rodgers, Luck, Brady

I thought this was an interesting post today on NFL.com, debating which QB was second best after MVP Aaron Rodgers.

It’s really a tough an unfair debate to have. Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls. Is anyone really better than him, even Rodgers? Andrew Luck is obviously the Rolls Royce of Quarterbacks in the game. I think he’s equal with Aaron Rodgers.

Luck has youth on his side and had a couple experts on his side because of this. Take Marc Sessler for example:

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It’s nice to see a guy saying that Luck has about 15 years left. One can only hope.

March 1, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | , , | Leave a comment

I think I’m going to like Donte Moncrief

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I think I’m going to like Donte Moncrief. I hate to admit this being a burgeoning Colts fan; but I didn’t know the guy went to Ole Miss. He finished his rookie season with 32 catches for 444 yards and three touchdowns.

His best games came against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 26th, 2014 (seven catches, 113 yards, one touchdown) and in Indianapolis on Thanksgiving Weekend against the Redskins (three catches, 134 yards, two touchdowns).

He’s a big-bodied target for Andrew Luck who figures to grow into a more prominent role with the Colts next year with the receiving corps thinning out.

Here’s Moncrief’s NFL.com Scouting Report from before the 2014 NFL Draft:

Strengths

Terrific size. Smooth accelerator — jets off the line, eliminates cushion and has speed to stretch the field vertically. Good balance and body control. Can stem his pattern and leverage defenders. Drives off cornerbacks and creates separation. Knows where the sticks are. Outstanding leaping ability to elevate and pluck throws out of the air. Flashes playmaking ability. Able to sidestep the first tackler and pick up chunk yards after the catch. Gives effort as a blocker to engage and seal. Has experience going head-to-head with NFL-caliber cornerbacks. Will be a 21-year-old rookie and has upside. Tied for the longest broad jump (11-foot) among receivers at the combine.

Weaknesses

Needs to sharpen his route running. Inconsistent ball reactions, particularly in traffic — better running through or under passes. Does not always play to his size — gets outmuscled for “50-50” balls and is still coming into his own as a dependable go-up-and-get-it guy. Average hand strength. Tends to trap some throws against his body and occasionally drops catchable balls. Could be more physical. Average elusiveness and open-field electricity. Showed he could be contained — seven games of 60 yards or less as a junior.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1-2

Bottom Line

Big, physically gifted “X” receiver with deep speed, leaping potential and playmaking ability. Could emerge a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in a vertical passing offense, and his best football is in front him. Solid combine showing and pro-day workout have ascended his draft standing.

Seeing as how the Colts stole him in round three, this could be a guy that Ryan Grigson adds to his belt notches as home run picks. It seems like Grigson can pick this position group better (I credit him for T.Y. Hilton and Da’Rick Rogers at the very least).
I can’t wait to see how Moncrief develops in 2015. I felt like having a post devoted solely to him was deserved on this blog.

February 28, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | | Leave a comment

A Cranky Canuck former Colts Writer is Cranky

Brad Wells used to write for Stampede Blue, until he got fired for being grumpy. He was fired up on twitter yesterday.

Someone is gonna sign the guy. I just want to win a damn ring. Switches or not. There are a lot of guys wearing the Colts uniform who do bad shit, Brad. The media just doesn’t catch it all. If we only knew the amount spent on strippers and sex acts by Colts players in 2014 alone. But you can’t think about that stuff. It will make you bitter, and make you hate the NFL.

I don’t know if I’ll make it up to Vancouver, BC to hang anyways. Give me Peterson!

I felt this season was lackluster as well, FWIW. Something was just….. missing. Even with the Colts going hopelessly to the AFC title game, I just felt like it was a shitty season and had a hard time feeling the nostalgic way I felt when I really loved the NFL more than anything in this world. From the early 90’s until the 2005’s or so. Before Madden the video game sucked. Before the game got so damn corporatized.

The jury is out on Grigson, but agree the Chuck Pagano gets out-coached far too often for my liking and while he’s a nice guy and all that; he probably never wins the big one. I just don’t think he’s that good of a head coach. I agree with the Canuck here.

I like football and can’t wait for 2015. The NFL has me hook, line, and sinker. Somehow, they’ve Jedi mind tricked me, and I still have the NFL Network on most nights even though I’m a huge baseball fan and the season is approaching. But this season was lacking something, Goodell is a crook politician, yet there’s a drama created by NFL football on Sunday’s that I still live for. I still have hopes that the game I love is restored fully.

Plus, every time you think of hating the NFL; just think about Andrew Luck. What is NOT to love about this guy? He’s everything that’s great about football, even being a dorkus malorkis.

February 27, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Colts re-sign Matt Hasselbeck to one-year deal

Bah, so much for the Colts drafting a young QB to groom as the long-term back-up for Andrew Luck. Today the Colts agreed to a one year contract worth $3 million dollars to bring Matt Hasselbeck back at age 39 and hold the clipboard for Luck.

But seriously – I know the Colts don’t want to waste a pick on a position they don’t feel is of need – but Blake Sims from Alabama or Connor Halliday from Washington State would be more than fine with me.

We understand that Andrew Luck is a superstar, an eater of worlds. But you have to be prepared beyond a 39-year old second stringer. The Colts need to find a young guy who can be comfortable in the role of backing up luck for a half decade or so the way the 49ers always had one long-term backup for Montana and Young.

Maybe this isn’t the year for it. The QB class in the draft looks beyond thin after those first couple guys.

February 27, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | , , , | Leave a comment

Adrian Peterson to Indy? Oh Football Gods Please Please Let this Happen

I have been flirting with the idea of Adrian Peterson somehow ending up in speedway blue all off-season. They have the money to make this happen, and Peterson fills a hole the Colts could avoid filling in the draft. Adrian Peterson’s dad says that his son is rumored to be going one of three places:

“I’ve heard rumors, Arizona,” Nelson Peterson told Tomasson. “I’ve also heard the rumors of Indianapolis and the Colts, going there with a quarterback the caliber of [Andrew] Luck. I’ve also heard the Cowboys, coming back home with the Cowboys, behind that offensive line that they have.”

It kind of seems like Mr. Peterson just created these three teams himself to create some buzz for three desirable destinations that Adrian would want to play for. Good enough for me.

February 27, 2015 Posted by | Minnesota Vikings | | Leave a comment

Colts look at 40-yard Dash as a drill of most importance

In the spirit of preparing for the NFL Combine 2015 that kicks off tomorrow, Pro Football Talk checks in with a reminder that the Colts place 40-yard dash times of prospects very high on their ‘like’ list.

“The actual interview with the player we feel is incredibly important,” Grigson said. “It is where you find out how the player fits in so many ways from primarily a mental and character standpoint. Every year there is a guy who walks through the door that just brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm that is tangible and you make note of those types of strong interactions. The other I would say is the 40 time, not that it is or isn’t the reason to draft a guy, but at the end of the day it helps you assign proper market value to the player. Especially at those skill positions.”

The Colts clearly want a fast and agile group of players to dot their roster, but should they be geared towards a more physical animal? What kind of roster group is better to beat the New England Patriots in a winner take all scenario?

That’s the question the Colts need to ask themselves, because as long as Brady and Belichick are still around; the Colts will have to get through them to get to Super Bowls. We know New England has kept the Colts from one, and arguably two Super Bowl Sundays.

February 18, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts, NFL Combine | | Leave a comment

Colts getting thin at linebacker

Today the Colts not only released veteran Shaun Phillips (who was never the Shaun Phillips of old), but word came out that Robert Mathis has re-injured his achilles tendon injury that sidelined him all of last season.

Couple this with the fact that Bjoern Werner seemed to be a real question mark for most of last season including being inactive against the Patriots in the playoffs, and you’ve got a new need for the Colts this offseason. As Pat Kirwan said tonight on Sirius NFL Network radio, the Colts have some cap money to spend and while they can’t get Justin Houston; they need a pass-rushing linebacker to come their way via free agency.

Here’s a look at what’s available – it’s thin. The Colts will enter this spot with a real question mark in 2015.

February 17, 2015 Posted by | Indianapolis Colts | , , | Leave a comment