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  • Colts News: Colts’ interest in Gerald McCoy makes a lot of sense
    by Brett Mock on May 23, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Colts' interest in Buccaneers star Gerald McCoy makes a lot of senseMcCoy, a six-time Pro-Bowler, looks like a perfect fit in an Indianapolis defense that values quickness and penetration at the tackle position Should The Colts Pursue Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy? | 1070 the Fan With Gerald McCoy released by the Buccaneers earlier this week, the Colts have been a rumored next stop for the Pro Bowler. Should the Colts have interest in McCoy? Colts have interest in Gerald McCoy | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Gerald McCoy is available and the Indianapolis Colts will at least kick the tires. That’s where it stands as McCoy, a six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, looks to find a new home after being released this week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Colts continue their search ... Eric Ebron’s Historic Pace Forges On Into 2019Eric Ebron had a record-breaking first season with the Indianapolis Colts in 2018, but as it turns out, it was just the latest quality year for the tight end, who continues to put up numbers at a historic pace with the likes of current and future Pro Foot To go for Gronk's record, Colts' Eric Ebron cuts out honey buns - Indianapolis Colts Blog- ESPNEric Ebron's outlook has come a long way in the past year, and the Colts tight end is making sacrifices to help reach his lofty goals. Mo Alie-Cox Making Route Running Strides For Colts | 1070 the Fan Even in May, the Colts are seeing some key strides in the game of Mo Alie-Cox. Where is Alie-Cox developing? NFL Scouting Combine To Remain In Indianapolis Through 2021The National Football League announced today that the NFL Scouting Combine will remain in Indianapolis through 2021, NFL Combine staying in Indy thru 2021, and perhaps beyond | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NFL Scouting Combine is staying put for at least the next two years. After that? We’ll see. According to the NFL, the Combine, which has called Indy home for more than three decades, will remain in town through 2021. Colts’ Marcus Brady To Take Part In 2019 NFL Quarterback Coaching SummitIndianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady will participate in the 2019 NFL Quarterback Coaching Summit June 24-25 in Atlanta, where the league continues its efforts to strengthen the coaching and personnel development pipeline. […]

  • Analyzing Colts biggest threats in the AFC: Baltimore Ravens
    by Mateo Caliz on May 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Despite some changes in the off-season, Baltimore is still a very dangerous team in the AFC, and could prove to be a tough out in the playoffs. With Lamar Jackson now set as the franchise quarterback, the Ravens have spent the off-season shaping the offense around him. Baltimore is now a run-heavy team with a solid defense, even though they lost some quality starters in free agency, and they once again look the part of an AFC contender. Strengths Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images Baltimore boasts perhaps the most dangerous running game in the NFL as of today. After the emergence of Lamar Jackson as the starter, the Ravens finished the season 6-1 and a lot of that success was owed to how efficiently Baltimore ran the ball. Jackson was extremely hard to stop, both on designed runs and scrambles, and UDFA Gus Edwards broke onto the scene late in the season, rushing for 718 yards, with an excellent 5.2 YPC. As if that weren’t enough, Baltimore added former Saints running back Mark Ingram, who could form a nasty 1-2 punch with Edwards. The Ravens also have a very solid offensive line, featuring players like Marshal Yanda and Ronnie Stanley. With new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, the Ravens are expected to become one of the best rushing teams in the League. Besides their potent running game, the Ravens also have one of the stingiest defenses in the league. Baltimore allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL, and it was nearly impossible to establish a running game against them. The Ravens game plan is simple, yet effective: Run the ball, stop the opponent from running the ball. In that way, Baltimore controls the tempo of the game, wearing down the opposing defense while resting theirs. The Ravens actually lead the league in time of possession, with 32:17 per game. What is interesting about the Ravens defense is that they are so great without relying on forcing turnovers or getting to the quarterback. They ranked just 13th in sacks and T-22nd in takeaways. The Ravens took full advantage of this off-season to help shape the offense around Lamar Jackson, adding speedy receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, previously mentioned thumper Mark Ingram, and uber-athletic Miles Boykin, who will immediately become Jackson’s favorite red-zone target right away. The end result is an offense that will rely heavily on the running game and quick passes to keep the ball moving, a style that fits Jackson’s abilities perfectly. Weaknesses Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images The main weakness of the Ravens is how one-dimensional their offense became once Lamar Jackson took over. For all the damage he can cause on the ground, his arm is rather erratic. Jackson had just 6 passing touchdowns on 7 starts, and his completion rate ranks in the bottom 5 of the League, only above Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Blake Bortles. His YPA and passing yards per game were also among the worst in the NFL. To his credit, though, Jackson does a fine job of taking care of the ball and limiting turnovers. Another knock on Jackson is his poor pocket-awareness and how often he is sacked. On his 7 starts he was sacked on 8.6% of his passing attempts, which ranks among the worst in the NFL, when projected to a full season. This was also clearly evident in the Ravens’ wild card game against the Chargers, were Jackson was sacked an absurd 7 times. #NFL #AFCplayoffs #Chargers 7 Sacks - #FightForEachOther vs #GoPats music by @TheDJHardnox pic.twitter.com/6WbRB9vnZw— PDF Streaming (@PDFStreaming) January 13, 2019 Of course, not all the sacks are Lamar Jackson’s fault, and the Chargers defensive line is among the best in the NFL, but Jackson has not shown the pocket-presence elite quarterbacks have. The Ravens also had a very tough off-season on defense, losing their best two pass-rushers (Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith), star linebacker C.J Mosley, and veteran safety Eric Weddle. Earl Thomas was signed to cover the hole Weddle left, but he suffered a season ending injury last season and just turned 30. Baltimore lost too much talent on defense and did not add enough players to help cover the holes, either in free-agency or in the Draft. The Ravens now have a huge deficit at one of the most important positions on their defense: middle-linebacker, with Kenny Young penciled in as the starter replacing C.J Mosley. Young was impressive in limited action last season, but whether he can replace Mosley adequately remains to be seen. Third round pick pass-rusher Jaylon Ferguson has an outstanding college resumé, but he apparently botched his interviews and tested horribly in his pro-day. He has big shoes to fill, and it does not seem like he is likely to be able to, at least in his rookie season. Ferguson and Matt Judon look set to be the team’s main pass-rushers, as backup Tim Williams has not shown a lot in his first two seasons. Overall, the Ravens pass rush seems like the weak point of the defense. How they match up with the Colts Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Of the other 5 teams that made the AFC playoffs last season, the Ravens are the team that least worries me. Their biggest strength is running the ball, and the Colts were excellent at stopping the run last season, stuffing elite running backs like Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, and a red-hot Derrick Henry. If Jackson is forced to beat the Colts with his arm, then the Ravens are in big trouble. Baltimore does not have a single proven receiver on their roster. The best they have is Willie Snead, who posted a 62/651/1 line last season. After Snead, the Ravens have mostly rookies. Their tight ends are Nick Boyle, who in 4 seasons never had more than 250 receiving yards, and has no career touchdowns, and also Hayden Hurst, whose rookie season was uninspiring to say the least. #3 tight end Mark Andrews was solid, but for whatever reason he is listed as the Ravens third tight end. It is also worth noting that Ballard’s decision to stock up on athletes in the front 7 would limit Jackson’s success on scrambles in a potential match up, severely limiting the Ravens offense. Baltimore’s defense is not as scary as it was last season, and it is reasonable to expect them to drop-off, at least from the top 5. Their pass-rush does not have the level of talent it had before, and the defense is filled with doubts right now. Will Earl Thomas return from his injury in form? Will the unproven pass-rush duo of Ferguson and Judon be effective? Will Kenny Young fill the hole Mosley left? Overall this Colts team looks perfectly prepared to deal with the pesky Ravens, and should they eventually meet in the playoffs, Indy seems to have the upper-hand on the match up. […]

  • Marvell Tell III brings leadership, maturity and rare length to Colts secondary
    by Brett Mock on May 22, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    One of the more interesting observations after the NFL Draft is how differently scouting personnel and members of the national media evaluate players. The media spends weeks analyzing players and projecting how they might transition to the next level. They discuss a player’s expected contributions and the teams that make the most sense, culminating in endless mock drafts. Of course, every year the Draft humbles media members, former scouts, players and general managers by following an entirely different path. One example of a player who fell outside most pre-draft projections is Marvell Tell III. Tell III was recruited as a standout high school safety and spent his entire collegiate career at the position. At 6’2” and 195 lbs. he has rare length in the defensive backfield but lacks ideal thickness for the position. This played a role in Chris Ballard and the Colts scouting staff targeting him as a corner prospect. Tell III was a key special teams contributor early and played a big role in helping USC win the PAC-12 conference championship in his junior season (2017). He was named first team all PAC-12 and finished the season with 85 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, .5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 passes defensed, 1 fumble recovery and 1 defensive touchdown. After such a strong junior performance, Tell III could have declared for the NFL Draft but he chose to return to USC to finish his education. He also felt that he had unfinished business and that he wanted to honor his senior classmates by trying to build on their 2017 success. While that didn’t happen and Tell III didn’t have as productive of a senior season, he was voted a team captain and earned the respect of his peers. He earned a reputation for being a hard worker and as a great representative for the team and university. The following videos share a bit about his background, his interest in real estate, the thought process that went into his decision to return to school as a senior, and some thoughts from his coaches about what he brings to the table as a football player. […]

  • Colts Cast: Howard Mudd’s technique that will shape the Colts’ OL; Latest Colts’ news with Zach Hicks
    by Matt Danely on May 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    As the Indianapolis Colts kick off OTAs we’ll begin to see little bits and pieces of how this team will come together in the coming season. Today, Zach Hicks joins Matt Danely to discuss Howard Mudd, his relationship with Chris Strausser, and their impact and technique that will shape the team’s offensive line. Mudd and Strausser, have a past, their philosophies go hand in hand, and there should be great deal of interest in how different the approach to their blocking schemes will take hold with this unit. Last season the Colts’ OL was not only a surprise to most onlookers and fans alike, but they were quietly one of the best units in all of football as well. The team moved on from Dave Deguglielmo despite their success, but they have quite literally acquired two legends in their own rite to take the reins of this athletic and disciplined group of blockers. Zach discusses how Braden Smith should fare in his second year at RT, attempt to figure out if he’ll improve or struggle to find his way with a new approach, and the two talk about the rest of the line as well as they feel the depth has improved along with the coaching along the position. Additionally, Matt and Zach speak to the latest Colts’ news as well including, some of the latest discussion surrounding OTAs, the Colts’ tight end room and its viability in 2019, as well as why the signing of Chad Kelly isn’t anything to get worked up about in any way, and some discussion into the Colts’ ability to retain their players as well as their front office talent into the future. Please subscribe, rate and review the channel anywhere you listen to podcasts. Follow our hosts on Twitter: @MDanelySB | @HolderStephen | @TheStable_Pod Stampede Blue Podcast Links: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Megaphone | SB Colts Cast YT Channel | Google | Spotify […]

  • Colts News: Andrew Luck to sit out the first week of OTAs with a calf strain
    by Brett Mock on May 22, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Andrew Luck Sits Out First OTA Practice With Calf StrainIndianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Tuesday sat out the team’s first OTA practice with a strained calf; head coach Frank Reich anticipates re-evaluating Luck’s status next week. Colts Day One OTA Notebook: Cal Strain Sidelines Andrew Luck | 1070 the Fan The Colts held their first OTA session of the 2019 spring on Tuesday. Here are the highlights from the first OTA of the season. Colts OTAs: Newcomers shine, receiver battle heats up, Gerald McCoy under consideration? – The AthleticJustin Houston looked impressive, and the battle at wide receiver is already heating up during OTAs. Colts OTAs: Frank Reich on Andrew Luck's injury, Chad Kelly and Justin HoustonAndrew Luck sat out Tuesday's practice with a minor calf strain according to coach Frank Reich Top Takeaways: Frank Reich On OTAs, Day 1Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich on Tuesday spoke to reporters after the team’s first OTA practice of the offseason. What were the top takeaways from Reich’s session? 2019 Colts Practice Notes: OTAs, Day 1Colts.com’s Andrew Walker breaks down the action at the Indianapolis Colts first day of 2019 OTA practices at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Colts Feel Good About Current Defensive Tackle Depth | 1070 the Fan Chris Ballard offers his thoughts on how the Colts currently look at the defensive tackle position. Frank Reich needs new motivational material in year 2 with Colts | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Motivation is where you find it, and Frank Reich found his in the complete lack of respect shown for the team he had inherited. Peyton Manning reportedly isn’t interested in Jets job – ProFootballTalkThe Jets may want Peyton Manning to run the football operations, but they apparently aren't going to get him. Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports, citing an unnamed source close to Manning, that the Jets G.M. job is "not a job he seems to want. Where does Gerald McCoy go? Our writers offer eight landing spots – The AthleticMcCoy's $13 million salary was too expensive for the Bucs, but he should attract teams looking to upgrade their interior pass rush. COLTS MEDIA We could definitely get used to seeing this. @PCampbell21 | #ColtsForged pic.twitter.com/6aRoZePPIS— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) May 21, 2019 Look, we knew @Colts rook @PCampbell21 could run like the . His passing accuracy, however, was something of a revelation. #WhoDoYouCollect #NFLPARookiePremiere pic.twitter.com/BQ2x9z5zlR— Panini America (@PaniniAmerica) May 21, 2019 Devin Funchess getting his first OTA work in with the #Colts: pic.twitter.com/bAkeIDDcJy— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) May 21, 2019 Quenton Nelson on what he wants to improve in this fall: pic.twitter.com/rXYMHJggIq— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) May 21, 2019 Would Peyton Manning want to be an NFL GM? @ReggieWayne_17 sees him as a "new, modern Jerry Jones" pic.twitter.com/3niSJnk3Wm— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) May 20, 2019 […]

 

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