Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by thafuture3886, Nov 4, 2013.
Coming off a disappointing end to the season, the Colts front office was determined to make some big moves in order to improve one of their main weaknesses last season; getting off the field on defense. With that said, the only purpose of this offseason was to beef up the front 7 and solidify the secondary and the Colts front office feels they did just that. Let's take a look at some of the additions...
LE Kendall Reyes - 86 OVR
In a trade with the San Diego Chargers, the Colts managed to pick up this young stud only in his 2nd year. Reyes comes over and immediately steps in as the starter on the left side of the defensive line. Coming in at 86 ovr with 88 power moves and block shedding, the sky is the limit for these kid. The Colts had to part with one of their new additions in the 2013 offseason in LG Donald Thomas but felt the defense was a far bigger concern than the offensive line.
LOLB Koa Misi - 83 OVR
Picked up in a trade with the Dolphins, Misi comes over and will slide in as the strongside linebacker. With Robert Mathis on his way out, the front office needed to find a more versatile OLB to pair with 2nd year player Bjern Werner who now moves to weakside linebacker. Misi brings the versatility to cover tight ends with 70 mcv as well as the ability to rush the passer off the edge with his speed.
LG Antoine Caldwell - 84 OVR
Caldwell comes via free agency and will fill the gap left by the trade of Donald Thomas. Caldwell will pair with LT Anthony Castanzo to form a tough left side that we hope to protect Andrew Luck as well as lead the way for reigning MVP Bernard Pierce as he looks to improve on his breakout season.
CB Jonte Green - 81 OVR
Green is another addition via free agency that we got in on the bidding late and were able to pick him up. In only his 2nd year, Green has all the potential in the world and his combination of size (6'0''), speed (94) and coverage abilities (85 mcv and zcv) make him a guy to look out for and an insurance policy in case CB Darius Butler decides to walk this year in free agency.
CB Tremaine Brock - 78 OVR
A guy we didn't expect to land but are happy we did, Brock comes in via free agency and will compete with Butler for the nickel spot. Brock has good speed (93) and mcv ratings (83) but we really like his press rating (84) and feel he can be a factor against smaller slot guys.
FS Taylor Mays - 77 OVR
Mays comes in and immediately takes over the FS spot from Laron Landry. Management was not happy with Landry's play last season and have placed him on the block. With the addition of Mays, we have gotten younger and faster and look for Mays to be a Colt for a long time.
TE Nelson Rosoario - 73 OVR
Nelson was signed strictly as an insurance policy in case the team moves TE Donald Allen. Nelson brings excellent speed (83) and catching (81) and will certainly be utilized to his abilities.
Overall, the Colts front office is thrilled with their first offseason under Owner Curtis Nesmith as they have filled 5 starting positions while also remaining young in the process. We hope these additions will mesh well with our current players as we strive to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
The future is secured!
The Colts were able to lock up key members of their young core as they agreed to terms with Andrew Luck, Bernard Pierce, Cody Fleener, Daniel Allen, Kendell Reyes and TJ Graham among others. Terms were not immediately available. The team is still negotiating with TY Hilton who thinks he deserves top WR money so that should get interesting.
Moore and DHB celebrate after a touchdown
Denarius Moore earns his money in big win vs Titans
The Colts made a huge splash in free agency when they signed WR Denarius Moore for 85M. Some may have questioned the big money thrown to a player such as Moore but the Colts front office viewed Moore as an up and coming star and when teamed with Darrius Heyward-Bey on the other side, the Colts would be set for many years to come. After a slow start to the season against the Patriots, Moore would erupt for 123 yards including 2 scores leading to a victory.
The game would start with the Colts winning the toss and deferring until the second half. The Titans would come out and methodically move the ball down field mixing short passes and runs while taking up more than half the quarter. Chris Johnson would cap the drive off with a 1 yard score and 7-0 lead for the Titans. The Colts would put together a nice drive of their own but would stall at the 4 yard line and would be forced to settle for the field goal shortly after the 2nd quarter began. On the Titans next possession they would once again easily drive down field and this time it would be fullback Craig Stevens punching it in from 5 yards out to take a 14-3 lead with just under 2 minutes left in the half. Knowing they would get the ball back after the half, the Colts just wanted to put some points on the board and after a few key conversions by Andrew Luck, kicker Connor Barth would convert on a 41 yard field goal to go into the half with a 14-6 deficit.
With the running game stifled for most of the first half the Colts came out and put the game in Andrew Luck's hands and he did not disappoint. On the Colts first possession, Luck would connect with Denarius Moore for a 55 yard catch and run to bring the Colts to within 1. Following a punt by the Titans, Luck would once again connect with Moore as he saw press coverage and no safety help over the top and would audible from a run which proved to be right as Moore easily beat the press coverage and would haul in another 55 yard touchdown pass to give the Colts the 20-14 lead in the 3rd quarter. Another punt by the Titans would result in another quick score by the Colts, this time by DHB as he would also beat press coverage for a 50 yard score and 27-14 lead. Still in the 3rd quarter, once again the Colts defense would step up and force a punt. Following a good drive in which they finally were able to establish a run game, 2013 MVP Bernard Pierce would get into the action as he would rush for a 23 yard score and 34-14 lead capping a 28 point 3rd quarter by the Colts. The rest of the game both defenses held serve and there would be no more scoring.
GG ThaBayouChef see ya in week 4!
Andrew Luck 13-15 301 yards, 3 td, 158.3 rating
Kirk Cousins 14-22 178 yards
Bernard Pierce 19 rushes for 134 yards and 1 td
Denarius Moore 3 catches, 123 yards, 2 td
Colts defense suffocates Chargers; pitches shutout
The Colts welcomed the Chargers to Lucas Oil Stadium for their week 3 matchup. The Colts came into this game still trying to figure themselves out. During the 2013 season, the Colts prided themselves on a strong rung game paired with a suffocating defense that wreaked havoc on opposing offenses. So far this year the defense remains the same but it's the offense that's undergoing a change with more of a burden being place on the arm of Andrew Luck and so far he has not disappointed.
After winning the toss, the Colts elected to defer until the 2nd half. The Chargers would get the ball and on the 2nd play of the game, MLB Jarell Freeman would pick off a Phillip Rivers pass and return it to the 4 yard line. It only took 1 play for Bernard Pierce to punch it in for the score and the Colts took a quick 7-0 lead. The Chargers would be forced to punt on their next possession and Luck would drive the Colts down field before the Chargers defense stiffened up and forced a field goal. The Colts would lead 10-0 after one.
Following another punt early in the 2nd quarter, the Colts would march down field again. On 1st and 10 from the Chargers 35, Luck would notice the single coverage on WR Denarius Moore and would audible the play to a pass. The change worked great as Moore easily beat the press coverage and outran the defender for a 35 yard score to take a 17-0 lead. The Colts defense would force another punt and the Colts took advantage of good field position. Luck would connect with TE Coby Fleener on a PA pass for an 18 yard score to take a 24-0 lead with a little under 3 minutes left in the half. Following a few first downs by the Chargers, they would again be forced to punt late in the half and on the ensuing possession, Connor Barth would connect from 41 yards out with 12 seconds remaining to send the Colts to the half with a 27-0 lead.
Opening the 2nd half with the ball the Colts were determined to put the game away. This time Luck would connect with DHB on a crossing pattern and after eluding a couple defenders, he would run 75 yards for score and 34-0 lead. The rest of the half became a defensive battle and the Chargers would get into Colts territory a few times, only to end up with interceptions and the Colts would pitch their first shutout in 2 years.
GG KNICKSFAN_84 and gl with the rest of your season
Andrew Luck 11/15 for 259 yards, 3 td
DHB 3 catches, 101 yds, 1 td
Phillip Rivers 16/30 192 yards, 3 int
Bjoern Werner 2 sacks
Jarell Freeman 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 int
CHANGES MUST BE MADE!!!
After struggling running the ball all season, mainly the previous 2 games the Colts are announcing some depth chart changes across the offensive line.
C Samson Satele is being benched in favor of C Khaled Holmes
RG Hugh Thornton is being benched in favor of rookie G Greg Guthe
RT Ben Ijalana is being benched in favor of versatile rookie Tramon Hooks
The Colts front office is hoping this injection of youth and new blood will lead the Colts rushing attack to where it was season 1 and to also provide some motivation to others that no job is safe.
Luck leads Colts to big win over Bears
On the heels of their first 2 game losing streak under the new ownership, the Colts felt going into their week 6 game against the Bears that it was a must win, regardless of how early it was in the season. Someone or something had to stop the bleeding. That person was Andrew Luck as he also rebounded from 2 ugly showing is back to back weeks.
The opponet would not be easy as a very tough Chicago Bears squad was coming to town behind one of, if not the most balanced passing attacks in the league. That passing attack would come out firing on all cylinders on the first drive as Cutler hit receiver after receiver like it was a 7 on 7 drill. Matt Forte would handle the rest as he would scamper untouched 12 yards for the score and 7-0 lead for the Bears after a 4 and a half minute drive to start the game. Luck would lead his team right back downfield hitting multiple receivers of his own before finding TE Coby Fleener behind the defense for a 29 yard score to tie the game up after 1.
On the very first play of the Bears next possession, Indy decided to bring some pressure and it would pay off as CB Cortez Allen would sack Cutler forcing a fumble and Sergio Kindle would scoop it up and run 24 yards for the score. Cutler would march the Bears down on their next possession but would ultimately have to settle for 3 to bring the score to 14-10. After exchanging punts, the Colts would have the ball with a little under 2 minutes left looking to add another score. Mixing in some no huddle, Andrew Luck would connect with speedster TY Hilton as he would blow by the CB for a 42 yard score making it 21-10 and following a field goal by Connor Barth after an interception by Cutler, the Colts would lead 24-10 heading into the half.
The Bears would get to within 7 in the 2nd half but would never get closer as the Colts would run off 14 unanswered points on touchdowns by HB Bernard Pierce and Coby Fleener. Cutler would get yanked in favor of QB Blake Bell late in the 4th and Bell would put together a nice drive resulting in a score but it would be too much too late for the Bears.
GG LLCoolGrey and gl with your season
Andrew Luck 13/22 for 221 yards and 3 td
Bears Qb's 21-35, 290 yards, 3 int and 1 td combined
HB Bernard Pierce 17 carries for 108 yards, 1 td
Sergio Kindle 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 td
PIERCE LEADS COLTS TO VICTORY
In their 2nd game together as a unit, the Colts offensive line had probably their best game under the Nesmith regime. Newly inserted Tramon Hooks, Greg Guthe and Khaled Holmes provided plenty of holes for Pierce to run to on the right side and mainstays Anthony Castanzo and Antoine Caldwell did the same on the left side. The end result is Bernard Pierce rushing for 214 yards on just 18 carries and 5 touchdowns, which gained him player of the week honors.
Pittsburgh would come out on fire moving the ball on their first drive but would have to settle for a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead. The Colts would respond scoring 14 unanswered points thanks to the legs of Pierce as he scored from 24 and 48 yards respectively. Never one to give up the Steelers would respond with a touchdown drive of their own, a 4 yard run by Ryan Williams. However, from there on out it was all Pierce as he would score from 60, 1, and 1 yards on his way to a career day. The Steelers would add a field goal back before the half ended but would be shutout in the second half as the Colts defense would thwart any opportunities for their offense.
GG AveryB and gl with the rest of your season
Bernard Pierce 18 rushes for 214 yards, 5 td
MLB Jarell Freeman 5 tackles, 2 int
The Steelers Defense which was build for the run, didn't have a answer for stopping B. Pierce .... GG Curtis
Luck leads Colts to comeback win in overtime
Going into their week 10 game against the Texans, the Colts knew it would be a tough hard fought game as this Texans team always gives the Colts issues. With both teams off to disappointing starts to the season, this game could serve as a season changer and possibly lead to a second half surge from the winner.
After winning the coin toss the Texans deferred and quickly forced the Colts to a 3 and out. Luckily for the Colts they were able to pin the Texans at the 1 yard line thanks to a great punt. On their first play from scrimmage the Texans would come out passing only to be picked off by SS Antoine Bethea, his 1st of 3 on the day at the 11 yard line. The Colts offense couldn't muster anything yet again and would be forced to settle for a field goal. The Texans would have more success on their next possession mixing short passes and runs and eventually would punch it in from 2 yards out on a run by FB Jones to take a 7-3 lead after one. The second quarter was quiet for the most part. The Texans would add another touchdown late in the quarter on a pass to Deandre Hopkins in which he seemed to break 4 tackles before running for the score. With little time before the half was over the Colts attempted to get into field goal range but Luck would be picked off and the score remained 14-3 at half.
The Colts knew if they had any chance of coming back in this game they would have to get back to their gameplan. The Colts came out with a focus on the running game and it paid off as Bernard Pierce would have a big 2nd half. Pierce would provide the only scoring of the 3rd quarter as he ran it in from 2 yards out to make it 14-10 after 3. Pierce would score again, this time from 1 yard on the first play of the 4th quarter to give the Colts their first lead at 17-14. Feeling they had the momentum on their side and expecting a run, the Colts came out in a blitz but the Texans had other plans as Peyton Manning hit stud rookie WR Magee for a short pass that he would turn into a 75 yard touchdown snatching momentum back and a 21-17 lead. Faced with a 4th and inches at the Colts 31 yard line just before the 2 minute warning, the Texans elected to kick the field goal to stretch the lead to 24-17. Armed with no timeouts and 2 minutes to drive the length of the field, Luck put together a great drive that also required some Luck. On the first play, Luck would be late on a throw to Denarius Moore but luckily Moore was the only one that saw the ball coming up short and was able to turn around and elevate for the catch and a 33 yard gain that could have easily been intercepted and ended the game. From there, Luck would connect with Ty Hilton, Coby Fleener and Denarius Moore a few times while also mixing in a few runs by Pierce. With 28 seconds left and at the 16 yard line for the Texans, the Colts knew they had to start taking shots at the endzone since they had no timeouts. Coming out in a 5 wide set, Luck saw Fleener open over the middle and threw a dart that Fleener held on to while getting sandwiched by defenders to tie the game at 24 with 22 seconds left. ON TO OVERTIME!!
The Texans again won the coin toss, this time electing to receive. Manning would put together a great drive looking as if he was destined to lead his team to the game winning score. Luckily for the Colts, their defense stepped up and would force the Texans to kick a 47 yard field goal. With just over 3 minutes left, time was not an issue for Luck and the Colts. Luck would lead the Colts downfield thanks to timely running by Pierce and a few passes. Faced with a 1st and 10 on the Texans 37, Luck would hit backup TE Dwayne Allen in the seam and after eluding a defender, Allen would run it in untouched for the game winning score!
Hell of a game saintsdave75, see ya in a couple weeks!
Andrew Luck 21/32 306 yards, 2 td, 3 picks
Peyton Manning 13/21 215 yards, 2 td, 3 picks
Bernard Pierce 25 rushes, 104 yards, 2 td
Dematrae Magee 4 catches, 110 yards, 1 td
Antoine Bethea 2 tackles, 3 picks
Colts Defense Swarms Bills en route to 21-0 victory
Looking to continue the momentum from their huge comeback victory last week against the Texans, the Colts welcomed the young Bills to indy for their week 11 matchup. After seeing the Bills upset a tough Patriots team the Colts knew not to overlook the Bills in preparation for their huge week 12 game versus the Dolphins. With the multidimensional Cam Newton and the speedy CJ Spiller looming the defense knew they had to just keep it simple and stay true to their assignments because one mistake and either of those 2 are taking it to the house on you.
The defense did totally that as they pitched their second shutout of the season and controlled the game from start to finish. Cam Newton was never able to get into a rhythm passing or running and there weren't many holes for CJ Spiller to run through. The Colts also simplified their offense and got back to what was successful earlier in the season which is leaning on Former MVP Bernard Pierce in the running game and relying on Andrew Luck to make the throws when needed. It would pay off as Pierce would finish with 106 yards on 20 carries, and a touchdown that broke the scoreless tie early in the 2nd quarter. The team would have a scare early in the 4th when Pierce went down with an injury but thankfully it was not serious and Pierce would return within a few plays. The other scores came in the 3rd quarter when Luck connected with TE Dwayne Allen for his 2nd touchdown catch in as many weeks and in the 4th when backup RB Freddie Barclay came in for an injured Pierce and punched it in from 4 yards out.
GG Michael Overman and hope to play you again soon!
Andrew Luck 10/12 204 yards, 1 td and 1 int
Cam Newton 11/22 136 yards, 2 int..3 yards rushing
Bernard Pierce 20 carries for 106 yards, 1 td..1 catch for 8 yards
Jonte Green 2 tackles, 2 int
Luck is perfect in rain soaked Miami
The Colts traveled to Miami to face the AFC East leading Miami Dolphins in a rain soaked affair. Indy knew this would be a game they had to win in order to remain in the AFC wildcard race as well as the division race.
The game would start with the Colts receiving the ball first. Andrew Luck would put together a great drive taking up almost 5 minutes before punching it in himself from 1 yard out to take a 7-0 lead. On the next possession, CB Vontae Davis would pick off a Ryan Tannehill pass giving the Colts the ball back in Dolphins territory. This time, Andrew Luck would waste no time as he would connect for a 38 yard score with Darrius Heyward-Bey for the early 14-0 lead. The Dolphins would get on the board in the 2nd quarter when RB Ben Tate would run it in from 3 yards out with just over 2 minutes left. Looking to put more points on the board before the half knowing the Dolphins would get the ball to start the 3rd quarter the Colts came out aggressive and it paid off. They would move the ball down field deep in Colts territory and would score when Andrew Luck would find Bernard Pierce leaking out of the backfield for an 11 yard score and 21-7 lead at half.
The 2nd half would start out quiet as both defenses would force the opposing team to punt to start out. The Dolphins would get things going late in the 3rd quarter and Ben Tate would score his second touchdown on the day, this one from 4 yards out making it 21-14 and setting up an epic 4th quarter. The first half of the 4th quarter would be quiet as both teams would be held scoreless. The final 3:30 of the quarter provided more action than these teams probably would have liked. The Dolphins would get things started with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace to tie the game at 21. Unfazed, the Colts would come back and respond quickly as Luck would hoist up a bomb to Heyward-Bey who would out jump 2 defenders on his way to a 74 yard touchdown and 28-21 lead. On the following drive, the Dolphins showed why they are one of the best teams in the league. Tannehill put together a masterful drive, ultimately ending with another Ben Tate touchdown run to tie the game at 28 with just under 2 minutes left. This proved to be too much time for the Colts as they would easily move the ball down field and would get it deep into Dolphins territory. After forcing the Dolphins to burn all of their timeouts, the Colts would then kick the game winning field goal as time expired for a 31-28 win.
GG DJDunn6 and good luck with the rest of your season
Andrew Luck 16/17 for 268 yards, 3 td, 1 td rush, 158.3 qb rating
Bernard Pierce 24 rushes for 114 yards, 2 catches for 26 yards, 1 td
DHB 5 catches for 144 yards, 2 td
Mike Wallace 5 catches for 76 yards, 1 td
Ben Tate 6 rushes for 14 yards, 3 td
Colts survive a rash of injuries, win in overtime
In a game that saw the Colts lose seemingly every skill player to injury at one point or another, the biggest injury would be that to former MVP and AFC leading rusher Bernard Pierce who would exit early in the 3rd with an abdominal tear and is likely out for the remainder of the regular season. Wide receivers DHB and TY Hilton as well as TE Coby Fleener would all go out during the game but luckily they would return. The rash of injuries did not help the Colts offense which struggled the entire first half before getting into a rhythm in the second half and overcoming a 10 point deficit.
From the outset, the Packers came out and took control of the game. Aaron Rodgers would lead his team down field with ease to start the game as he went 6/6 on the drive and and connected with TE D. Williams over the middle for a 9 yard touchdown score. The rest of the 1st half would be quiet as both defenses picked up their intensity and neither team could get into a rhythm. However, late in the half with under a minute left and assuming the Packers would just run out the clock and get to the half Aaron Rodgers would hit Randall Cobb on a screen pass and he would race down the sideline for a 49 yard gain putting the Pack in field goal territory. A couple plays later Mason Crosby would hit a 39 yard field goal as time expired and the Packers heading into the half leading 10-0.
Feeling heavily outplayed the 1st half, the Colts came into the second half looking to change the tide. The offense came out clicking and drove the ball downfield quickly thanks to a big run by Bernard Pierce who would then be injured the following play. A couple plays later, Andrew Luck would sneak in from 1 yard out to make it 10-7. The Packers would come right back as Aaron Rodgers would connect with Jordy Nelson for a huge gain putting them in Colts territory. Rodgers would sneak it in a few plays later stretching the lead back to 10 midway through the 3rd. Yet again, the Colts would strike fast. This time, it would be backup rookie RB Freddie Barclay seeing his 1st extended playing time of the season. Barclay would take the handoff and race 62 yards for the score to get the Colts back to withing 3 pts heading into the 4th quarter.
Following an interception by Rodgers the Colts would drive down the field early in the 4th. Faced with a 1st and goal from the 1 yard line and looking to take the lead the Colts would be forced to settle for a field goal following a great goal line stand by the Packers defense. Just under a minute later with the score tied, Rodgers would see something in the defense and would call a perfect audible as Nelson would take a hitch route and easily juke CB Vontae Davis in route to a 36 yard score for a 24-17 lead. Feeling the pressure, Luck would step up when he was needed most. With Pierce and his favorite target since college in TE Coby Fleener both out at this point Luck needed to make something happen. Luck would engineer a drive by throwing to rarely used WR's TJ Graham and Donald Jones before finally hitting backup TE Dwayne Allen in the corner of the endzone to tie the game at 24 with just under 3 minutes to go. Both defenses would step up and keep the offenses from scoring distance and this game would go into overtime.
The Colts would win the toss and only had one thing on their mind, score a touchdown to end the game rather than giving the Packers offense a chance. With DHB finally back from injury, the Colts would get the big play they needed when Luck would find DHB for a 41 yard gain putting the Colts deep in Packers territory. Following a first down, the Colts would put the ball in the hands of Barclay and he would find a huge hole in the right side and run it in from 11 yards out for the score to end the game!
GG CSteud it was a hell of a battle!
Andrew Luck 15/31 275 yards, 1 td, 3 int
Aaron Rodgers 16/25 2 td and 3 int
Freddie Barclay 10 carries for 92 yards and 2 td
Former MVP will miss rest of season
Former MVP and current leading rusher, Bernard Pierce will miss the rest of the season with an abdominal tear. There is hope Pierce can return for the playoffs if the Colts make it that far but he plans on taking it one week at a time. Pierce was injured on a hit where he was leveled going up the middle and the team immediately knew it was something serious. Luckily for the Colts, it was not as serious as they first imagined. Losing Pierce is a huge loss for the Colts as he has looked like he regained his form from a couple seasons ago. The Colts front office was very pleased with what they saw in rookie RB Freddie Barclay who ran for 92 yards and 2 scores after coming in for Pierce. Barclay will take over as the workhorse back with 2nd year RB Telvin Barr spelling him and the team will rely on FB Stanley Havili to be the 3rd down back now, in the mold the Packers used to utilize FB John Kuhn.
Funny you say that. I lost Gratz, Williams, and Blake in my game as well; all starters. Just glad they were only out for the game versus a loss like yours. Sorry to hear it. Way to overcome adversity and win in OT!
Great game Curtis, I came in expecting to lose and was shocked to find myself leading in the fourth quarter...lol. I knew going into OT if I lost the toss I was toast.
Luck leads Colts to playoff berth
The Colts welcomed their nemesis the Houston Texans to Lucas Oil Stadium for their week 16 matchup. In their previous 3 matchups, the Texans dominated the time of possession and the Colts were looking to change that this time, while also hoping to secure a playoff berth. Without star HB Bernard Pierce, the burden would fall on Andrew Luck and boy did he deliver. Luck would post another perfect QB rating finishing 13/14 for 186 yards and 4 touchdowns and appears to be hitting his stride at the right time. Luck would connect with 6 different receivers on the day, with each hauling in at least 2 passes on the day. Dwayne Allen, Ty Hilton and DHB would be the recipients of touchdown passes. The Colts defense would also step up as they would hold the Texans to just 3 points and forced 3 turnovers on the day including forcing 2 fumbles when the Texans were in scoring position.
The Colts focus now shifts to their huge week 17 matchup, dubbed "The Brawl For It All" as they welcome the Jaguars to Indy in what is a de facto AFC South Championship Game. The Jags were victorious in their earlier meeting and the Colts are looking to avenge that loss and secure the #2 seed in the playoffs.
Andrew Luck 13/14 186 yards, 4 td
RB Freddie Barclay 21 carries, 108 yards and 2 rec for 7 yards
DHB 2 catches, 26 yards and 2 td
WR Dematrae Mcgee 6 catches for 74 yards
OLB Sergio Kindle 3 tackles and 2 sacks
PAGANO GETS EXTENSION
Fresh off a superbowl win, Head Coach Chuck Pagano gets rewarded with a new 4 year deal worth more than 4 million per season. Under Pagano, the Colts defense has been a mainstay at the top of most defensive categories and with the youth this team currently has the future is bright.
Colts revamp Linebacker core
Going into next season the Colts do not have many holes but one part of their team they wanted to improve on was their linebacking core. Though the lb core played great last season, the front office wanted more. With no room on the roster for rookies and with most of their team under 28 years old the Colts set out to acquire talent that can come in and play now.
Even though the Colts defense was great statistically last season, the front office felt it could be even better. Ever since the retirement of Robert Mathis, the Colts pass rush has been inconsistent. OLB's Bjoern Werner and Sergio Kindle did a nice job rushing the passer as they combined for 10 sacks on the season but the Colts front office feel as if Mclellin can be a 10 sack guy by himself and will look to him to be that consistent pass rusher they've needed.
In their second move and looking to sure up the middle of their defense, the Colts made a blockbuster trade for Seahawks OLB KJ Wright. Wright will slide over to play the MLB position with DPOY Jerrell Freeman.
With their final trade, the Colts wanted to get rid of their 2nd rd pick they received from the Colts as a part of the Laron Landry trade. To their surprise, the Bills came calling and offered up young LB Steele Grable. At only 22 years old, Grable is basically a rookie and would most likely be better than anyone the Colts could have grabbed in the 2nd round. Grable possesses nice attributes across the board and based on how he progresses, he may challenge OLB Koa Misi for his starting spot.
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