Bret Bielema has seen many of his players go on to have successful NFL careers

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The Colts also signed Fahn Cooper earlier this offseason. Cooper, a tackle, was a 2016 fifth-round pick of the 49ers.

Chris Ballard has mentioned the Colts would not be opposed to keeping 10 offensive linemen if the numbers allow for it come roster cut down.

Cooper, 6-5, 306 pounds, spent the entire 2016 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He participated in the 49ers 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3 and was signed to the team’s practice squad the next day. Cooper was originally selected by San Francisco in the fifth round (174th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Dawson Dahnke accounted for 200 yards of offense with two scoring runs and two touchdown catches as Harrison (West Lafayette) earned a share of the North Central Conference title with a 68-7 win over Richmond.

Will Jones carried the ball 26 times for 194 yards and three scores for Lapel in a 42-14 win over Eastern Hancock.

So with that in mind, it certainly wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities for the Colts to pursue a young, talented player like Wilson in this year’s draft.

At cornerback, the Colts go into the offseason with two of their starters from 2016 ready to return in Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson (who ended the season on IR). The team also got strong contributions from four-year veterans Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris, and signed Charles James II late in the season.

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Eric Jones ran 25 times for 195 yards and five touchdowns for Mount Vernon (Fortville) in a 40-21 win over Yorktown.

Zander Horvath ran 25 times for 192 yards and four touchdowns and caught a pass for another tally as Mishawaka Marian claimed the Northern Indiana Conference South Division title with a 35-13 win over South Bend Washington.

Behind Vontae Davis, the Colts have Rashaan Melvin, Darryl Morris and Charles James. Those guys have never been full-time starters in the NFL. The staff did like what Melvin provided Indianapolis in extended action last season.

So while the cornerback position appears set for the most part, the Colts know from experience that anything can happen, and Indianapolis Colts jersey china  that building depth at the position will be key. Which makes a prospect like Wilson all the more interesting.

Vontae Davis was added to the injury report with an ankle injury. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with the Titans. Nike Indianapolis Colts Sideline Legend Authentic Logo Dri-FIT NFL T-Shirt Dark Green

Davis was a full participant in practice Thursday and Friday after resting on Wednesday. It is not known when or how Davis got the ankle injury.

Bret Bielema has seen many of his players go on to have successful NFL careers, but it was Tevin Mitchel, more than anyone else, that turned on the jets in just one year’s time to go from virtual unknown to NFL prospect during the 2014 NCAA college football season.

“I don’t know in my coaching career now, head coach for 10 years, I don’t know if I’ve seen a player change the value of [his] name more in one year than Tevin Mitchel,” the Arkansas head coach told ESPN 980 last year. “A guy that maybe a year ago was a guy that people targeted and his last year they didn’t want to have anything to do with him.”

But after sitting out an entire year, Mitchel says he has a new appreciation for the game, and considers himself lucky that his self-described Colts “family” took a chance on him.

Hope this week to let Langford back to practice

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The Colts returned to Anderson on Tuesday morning and will be on the practice field without veteran defensive end Kendall Langford.

After 135 straight games played, the most of any active defensive lineman, Kendall Langford was inactive.

Langford had never missed a game in more than eight NFL seasons, such a feat defensive lineman hopelessly dream about, with little shot at reality.

Chuck Pagano was hoping to get Langford back to practice this week, but clearly the injury did not allow for that.

A preseason knee scope back in August for Langford was the beginning of a very difficult 2016 for the nine-year veteran.

Langford, who also dealt with an abdomen injury earlier this year, was healthy enough to play in the regular season opener, but was not himself in the first seven games.

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In today’s media scrums, Chuck Pagano talked about the injury news to Langford, center Ryan Kelly returning to practice and how the Colts will handle the rest of the preseason after having their opener cancelled on Sunday night.

Langford was supposed to be in Wisconsin, where the Indianapolis Indianapolis Colts jersey were prepping for their game the next day against the Green Bay Packers.

After 135 consecutive games played (which was the longest active streak for an NFL defensive linemen) this was the second  straight Saturday Langford spent knowing the following Sunday wasn’t going to include football.

With 300-pound bodies constantly clanging and banging in the trenches, health in the defensive front can evaporate quickly.

Langford signed with the Colts as a free agent in March 2015 after seven productive seasons with the Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams. He made an immediate impact on the Indianapolis defense, turning in a career year last season with 40 total tackles (10 for a loss), a team-high-tying seven sacks and three passes defensed in 16 games, all starts.

He entered the 2016 offseason sure to play a similar role for the Colts once again, only with a little more competition and depth along the defensive line. But a nagging injury to his right knee only got worse, so Langford and the team elected to go with minor surgery to clean everything up on Aug. 8.

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The Colts caught a late break right before halftime. With the Jaguars looking to score again, Jacksonville kicker Jason Myers missed wide right from 30 yards out.

For Kendall Langford, he quickly knocks a fist on his wooden locker when asked about the “h-word.” Indianapolis Colts Nike KO Logo Essential Hoodie Royal Blue

“But the Green Bay game was that much more difficult because the guys traveled. I was at home. My wife and my kids all went to the Pacers game. I’m like, ‘This feels weird.’ I’m at a (NBA) game and my guys are in Green Bay. Then come Sunday, I’m watching them from the couch. It was very weird.”

In the week leading up to the Chiefs’ game, the Colts elected to shut Langford down for a period of time.

On Thursday, the Colts elevated tackle Jeremy Vujnovich to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Vujnovich, 6-5, 300 pounds, has spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad this season.

On Wednesday, third-round pick Le’Raven Clark became the final draftee to ink his rookie deal.

At pick No. 82 back in April, the Colts selected Clark. During the team’s offseason program, Clark has worked as a reserve right tackle.

No Colts’ rookie waited longer for their NFL introduction than Le’Raven Clark.

Inactive for 8 of the first 12 games this past season, Clark had what looked to be a glorified redshirt season through the first three months of the year.

Darryl Morris is an NFL survivor

Monday night’s game against the New York Jets was just the latest example.

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Darryl Morris is an NFL survivor. What’s interesting is the cornerback position, assuming 100 percent health, is one of the more stable spots within the Colts’ defense heading into the 2017 offseason. Returning are the team’s No. 1 and 2 corners — Davis and Patrick Robinson — and four-year veterans Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris, late-season signee Charles James II and undrafted rookie Christopher Milton could all be back on the offseason roster.

But Butler is one of two members of the Indianapolis Colts jerseys secondary that will likely go into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, joining veteran (and starting) safety Mike Adams.

So with that in mind, it certainly wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities for the Colts to pursue a young, talented player like Wilson in this year’s draft.

At cornerback, the Colts go into the offseason with two of their starters from 2016 ready to return in Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson (who ended the season on IR). The team also got strong contributions from four-year veterans Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris, and signed Charles James II late in the season.

He was an All-Pac 12 pick at Colorado, where he was especially effective at the nickel spot, and would compile 265 tackles — 25 for a loss — with an impressive nine sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in four seasons with the Buffaloes.

Behind Vontae Davis, the Colts have Rashaan Melvin, Darryl Morris and Charles James. Those guys have never been full-time starters in the NFL. The staff did like what Melvin provided Indianapolis in extended action last season.

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On the season, Rogers has caught 11 passes for 156 yards (14.2 yards per catch average), and he has returned five punts for 27 yards.

Frankie Williams, cornerback: Williams, an undrafted member of the secondary out of Purdue, last week was elevated to the Colts’ active roster from the practice squad, as the team’s No. 1 cornerback, Vontae Davis, deals with a concussion. He played in 10 total defensive and 20 special teams snaps, logging his first-career NFL tackle.

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Melvin, a Northern Illinois product, played in 15 games with nine starts, finishing fifth on the team with 58 tackles (one for a loss), while also finishing tied for second on the team with seven passes defensed and forcing two fumbles. Morris, meanwhile, played in 12 total games with two starts, totaling 34 tackles, one interception, six passes defensed and two quarterback hits.

The Colts also got late-season contributions from former Texan Charles James II and 2016 undrafted rookies Christopher Milton and Frankie Williams.

Morris, a fourth-year cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts, snagged his second-career interception on the Jets’ final drive of the game. Nevermind it was in garbage time; the play was made in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football, and Morris was simply happy just to have been on the field in the first place.

And there’s a good chance another name will be joining that bunch in 2017.

While Melvin, who the staff remains high on, and Darryl Morris are still on the roster after filling in adequately last season, Pagano knows where the premium talent is likely to come.

Castonzo definitely caught Polian by surprise

Since Andrew Luck was drafted in 2012, Anthony Castonzo has been the Colts’ starting left tackle in 77 of 80 games.

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The man was Anthony Castonzo, Polian’s final first-round pick in 2011.

Firstly, Stephen Gilmore, whilst he may be a little pricey, the investment I believe is their to pair him with Vonate as our 1 & 2 corners. His been a solid starter in buffalo and from the best of my knowledge is good in man to man defence. If we do sign him, it would mean that we could potentially release Patrick Robinson and free up some cap space. Also allowing us to exercise maybe a cornerback draft pick in rounds 3/4 compared to 1/2 which can be more geared to a pass rusher.

Castonzo definitely caught Polian by surprise.

You are correct in that Anthony Castonzo has rarely had a serious competitor to his left tackle throne since 2011. Sure, first-round picks aren’t supposed to have a lot of competition for their starting job. You spent a first rounder on the guy for a reason. Obviously, I don’t think the lack of “nobody pushing him for the job” is why Castonzo hasn’t been as consistent as some would like him to be. Per Pro Football Focus, Castonzo was the 12th rated LT last season. So it’s not like he should be in risk of his starting job. When you have so many other needs, it’s hard to acquire such a serious threat to compete with Castonzo.

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The Colts closed out their 2016 Draft with Iowa center Austin Blythe being selected with pick No. 248, which they acquired from Green Bay.

Less than 10 picks remained in the 2016 NFL Draft and it looked like Austin Blythe was going to have to make a decision.

As pick No. 253 approached, the one held by the Colts after they traded back with Green Bay during Friday’s second round, Blythe was speaking to another team about coming in as an undrafted free agent.

McCreight: “The leverage that takes to be a wrestler shows up on tape. The toughness, the tenacity, another player that we really liked. We picked four offensive linemen and we didn’t feel like we wanted to fix that position half way. We wanted to Indianapolis Colts jersey cheap fix it all the way. After picking four linemen and picking four guys that have character, have position flexibility, you feel really good after we left on Saturday night that we picked four offensive linemen. With Austin, he can play guard, he can play center. He just has versatility and is smart. And he comes from a program where they really learn how to play offensive line.”

In all, Ferguson, who went undrafted out of Illinois, has 20 receptions for 136 yards on the year, with 13 rushes for 19 yards on the ground. He also has Three kickoff returns for 61 yards (20.3-yard average), one punt return with no yards, and has two special teams tackles.

Blythe, however, was inactive on Thursday, for a second straight week, in the Colts’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nike Colts #23 Frank Gore White Men's NFL Pro Line Fashion Game Jersey

Guys picked No. 151 overall don’t do what David Parry did in his rookie season.

A third-and-one, facing Jets Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold. Parry makes this stop happen, yet such a note won’t appear in the box score.

When the Colts saw Parry still on the board early in Round Five of the 2015 Draft, they had to make a move.

The Colts were already dealing with Henry Anderson

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The Colts were already dealing with Henry Anderson, arguably their best defensive lineman, working back from a serious injury, and Langford was eventually headed for injured reserve.

Langford had never missed a game in more than eight NFL seasons, such a feat defensive lineman hopelessly dream about, with little shot at reality.

If the Colts can get Hankins to play like the highest paid defender on the team, they will have an important piece needed for better defensive play.

Though he would play every snap just four days later against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving Night, Robinson then re-aggravated that groin injury, and he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season, on Dec. 13.

In all, Robinson played in seven games with six starts for the Colts in 2016, collecting 26 tackles with five passes defensed.

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In four starts at right tackle last season, Good showed enough to the Colts that they think he could factor in at right guard or right tackle this season.

“His toughness and desire to make plays on the ball is remarkably similar to his friend and off-season workout buddy, Marcus Peters,” Zierlein said. “Jones has lockdown corner talent but will have to prove he can add muscle without sacrificing speed. His football character and play traits should make him a long-time starter with Pro Bowl potential.”

One of the questions of the offseason for the Colts is where does Good fit into the line going forward.

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The aforementioned apparent riches at the cornerback position in this year’s draft will be an interesting storyline to follow. In fact, Jones is the fourth corner that has been linked to the Colts in more major mock drafts (including Campbell’s previous selections of Lattimore and Wilson), as Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo has also linked the Colts with Iowa cornerback Desmond King.

What’s interesting is the cornerback position, assuming 100 percent health, is one of the more stable spots within the Colts’ defense heading into the 2017 offseason. Returning are the team’s No. 1 and 2 corners — Davis and Patrick Robinson — and four-year veterans Rashaan Melvin and Darryl Morris, late-season signee Charles James II and undrafted rookie Christopher Milton could all be back on the offseason roster.

That’s not even factoring in veteran Darius Butler, who had yet another productive season in 2016 playing both at cornerback and at safety for the Colts, but heads into the  Indianapolis Colts jersey authentic offseason as an unrestricted-free-agent-to-be.

The Colts made a run at former Pro Bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe earlier this offseason. Poe eventually signed with the Falcons.

Melvin, a Northern Illinois product, played in 15 games with nine starts, finishing fifth on the team with 58 tackles (one for a loss), while also finishing tied for second on the team with seven passes defensed and forcing two fumbles. Morris, meanwhile, played in 12 total games with two starts, totaling 34 tackles, one interception, six passes defensed and two quarterback hits.

The Colts also got late-season contributions from former Texan Charles James II and 2016 undrafted rookies Christopher Milton and Frankie Williams.

The smile on 314-pound Hassan Ridgeway wasn’t disappearing

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When it comes to the long-term future of the Colts offense, so much of its core is already in place.

“Margus has rare size, speed and athleticism,” Ballard said in the team’s press release. “He has good experience on defense and is a significant contributor on special teams as well. I’m excited to see how he progresses this year.”

Hunt was a second-round (53rd overall) pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013 NFL Draft, and the SMU product has amassed 26 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed and four special teams tackles in 44 career games.

By second-round pick standards, it’s been an underwhelming beginning to the NFL career of Margus Hunt.

In four seasons, Hunt has yet to start a game in 44 career contests.

Names like Luck, Hilton, Castonzo, Allen, Kelly don’t have their contracts coming up anytime soon.

One name that could/should be added to that list in the next year is Jack Mewhort.

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The 2017 season is Mewhort’s fourth in the NFL. It’s also the final on the rookie deal he signed after being taken in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jack Mewhort caught the injury bug in 2016, and couldn’t really shake it.

But Mewhort’s 2016 season almost never started. He suffered a knee injury in the team’s third preseason game, and the immediate fear was that Indianapolis Colts jersey cheap he had suffered a torn ACL and would miss the entire year.

Those fears were quickly diminished, however, and Mewhort would work his way back into the starting lineup by the Colts’ 2016 season opener against the Detroit Lions.

The smile on 314-pound Hassan Ridgeway wasn’t disappearing.

Nope, it wasn’t going anywhere for the big Texas defensive lineman having just reached the National Football League.

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This moment was why Ridgeway made the difficult decision to forego his final season of eligibility at Texas to pursue NFL aspirations.

“We weren’t just going to take a guy to take a guy if we didn’t feel like they could come in and actually contribute in some way,” the Colts’ general manager said. “We’re going to have a really good, competitive training camp in a lot of position groups this year, which is a good thing.” Nike Colts #13 T.Y. Hilton Royal Blue Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Limited Tank Top Suit Jersey

The last two weeks, the Indianapolis offensive line has featured three of those rookies — Kelly, Haeg (at right guard) and Clark (at right tackle) — and the group has responded to the tune of zero sacks allowed in both contests, marking the first time in Luck’s 69 career games with the Colts he’s gone consecutive games without being sacked.

Grigson pointed to the fact that, as a whole, the Colts’ offensive line has allowed just nine sacks the previous seven weeks, ranking tied for fifth in the NFL in that category.

As you always says “you can always find good RBs in the late rounds”. Occurred to me that there’s a good chance other teams are thinking this way too.
Last year everybody said that there was depth at DL, so teams simply passed o D-linemen, because they could resolve it later, that way, Hassan Ridgeway that was projected by NFL.com to be a second rounder ended up going in the middle of the fourth to the Colts. Knowing that, some entire positions may slide, because the general mindset could be “there’s a bunch of guys, we see that later”, and I think that all RBs might fall because, it’s a loaded class and it’s not a preemium position like Edge rusher, lockdown CB or a mismatch TE.

Welcome back, Donte Moncrief

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Welcome back, Donte Moncrief.

The return of Moncrief to the lineup two weeks ago has seen the 6-2, 222-pound wideout snag a pair of red-zone touchdowns.

At Wednesday’s practice a blue No. 10 jersey was spotted, marking the return of Donte Moncrief to the field for the first time since mid-September.

For the better part of his 14 seasons in Indianapolis when the money down arrived, it was time for Wayne to pay the bills.

Coming into 2016, many figured Donte Moncrief would ascend into a role that Wayne took so much pride in.

As Wayne takes a closer look into the sort of impact a guy like Moncrief can make, he pictures those critical moments.

“Once a Donte Moncrief gets back, that will help them out,” Wayne says. “He’s kind of the junkyard dog in that receiver room, to go Indianapolis Colts jersey authentic   inside/outside, across the middle, around linebackers. He’s the guy to do that.

It’s no secret that the size of Moncrief is a major asset when the field shrinks.

Something the Colts missed since the Week Two of 2016 has now returned to an offense that could be on the verge of becoming the productive unit many thought would develop this season.

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Last season, Moncrief continued to build upon that reputation, giving the Indianapolis Colts some big-time production when his number was called.

T.Y. McGill was the defensive star of the 2016 preseason.

With the defensive line depth getting some guys back from injury since then, McGill’s early regular season role hasn’t been too immense.

It’s a word that’s been used to describe Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle T.Y. McGill.

At first glance, McGill — at 6-foot, 310 pounds — might not look the part. But the second-year North Carolina State product has already made believers out of his fellow defensive linemen.

“He’s real quick off the ball, real quick to change directions and has a good nose for the ball, too,” defensive tackle David Parry said.

McGill was one of the standouts of the Colts’ training camp practices the past few weeks at Anderson University — his pick-six early in camp practices was certainly a defensive highlight — but that’s no surprise to head coach Chuck Pagano.

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Pagano thinks McGill has “picked up right where he left off” to end last season, when he finished his rookie campaign with three sacks in the final two games of the year, which included a safety on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the Colts’ Week 16 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

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An undrafted college free agent out of North Carolina State, it took a while for McGill to catch on with his first NFL team, signing with the Seattle Seahawks last May. But once the Seahawks waived McGill at the start of the regular season, the Colts and general manager Ryan Grigson were quick to scoop him up, signing him the next day.

Indeed, McGill did earn rave reviews for his preseason play — against starters, no less — with the Seahawks last season. But with no room on Seattle’s roster for one more defensive lineman, and with some interior D-line depth needed in Indianapolis, the Colts didn’t let the Seahawks sneak McGill onto their practice squad.

That’s not to say McGill was on a fast track to immediate playing time with the Colts, however. He would be inactive for four of the first five games in 2015 as he learned behind some more established veterans and prized draft picks.

The Colts have tried six different nose tackles in Pagano’s five seasons. A potential seventh, veteran Al Woods, was signed back in March.

A month into free agency it looked like the nose tackle position was once again going to be unresolved heading into the offseason program.

The good news of the Colts in 2017

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The one-dimensional nature that has been associated with Phillip Dorsett’s game through two NFL seasons is something wide receivers coach Lee Hull wants to eliminate.

Following the selection of Phillip Dorsett in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Irsay spoke to just how that atypical speed can come into play when the lights are the brightest.

Dorsett’s second season in the NFL was quieter than expected, given the opportunities that presented the former first-round pick.

Others currently at the wide receiver position for the Colts are veteran Devin Street, as well as Tevaun Smith and Marcus Leak, both of whom impressed as undrafted rookies last offseason but spent much of the year on the practice squad.

This year the guy I want to follow is an UDFA that signed with the team– Marcus Leak WR – Attended UNC Charlotte pro day- seems to have been away from football for a year – any background he wants to share? All the reports I see just say personal reasons – hope things are sorted and going well for him now..

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Returner/wide receiver Quan Bray has joined outside linebacker Trent Cole on the injured reserve list.

This time i’m here to ask about Phillip Dorsett! I understand Quan Bray did a great job last year returning both kickoffs and punts, but will we see Dorsett kick returning again after a rough go at it last year? Personally, I think Dorsett can be as lethal as a returner as Tyler Lockett, and Antonio Brown.

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The good news for the Colts in 2017 is that they know exactly what they have at kicker and long snapper, and they have an established veteran coming in to try to do what he can to keep the momentum going at punter.

And don’t overlook the team’s talent at its returner spots. In 2015, Quan Bray was considered one of the best kick and punt returners in the entire league as a rookie, but his 2016 season was cut short and he was placed on IR after an ankle injury.

So with the San Diego Chargers coming to town on Sunday, Colts special teams coordinator Tom McMahon is stressing the importance of staying ready to go for any and every return opportunity that comes their way against a young — but talented — kicker/punter duo for the Chargers. Nike Colts #87 Reggie Wayne Royal Blue Youth Stitched NFL Limited Rush Jersey

“Some games you get every single (kickoff) you bring out, and every single punt, it’s right to you,” McMahon said this week. “But we’ve been in situations where they’ve been able to pooch punt from the 50, so a lot of balls end up in the end zone, or they try and pin you on the 10-yard line.”

McMahon is confident, however, that Bray is “ready to roll” whenever his number is called.

Quan Bray showed he could be electric for the Indianapolis Colts’ special teams units in 2015, etching in his name as one of the top returners in the league for the second half of the season.

But through two games in 2016, Bray’s opportunities have been limited at best. He has had just three kickoff returns and two total punt returns — with two additional fair catches — in the Colts’ losses to the Detroit Lions and the Denver Broncos.

The Colts put the ball in the hands of Robert Turbin in 2016

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Robert Turbin certainly was that last season for the Colts and he was rewarded earlier this week with a new contract to stay in Indianapolis.

Last spring, the Colts went out and inked Turbin to a one-year contract. Turbin had primarily spent his first four NFL seasons as Marshawn Lynch’s backup in Seattle.

The Colts relied heavily on Turbin for three main roles: short-yardage back, third-down threat and even on special teams.

It was a three-and-out start for the Colts with a Robert Turbin drop ending things.

Jacksonville took over at its own 14-yard line and drove into field goal range. After a 42-yard reception by Allen Robinson, the Jaguars got a 47-yard field goal from kicker Jason Myers. The Jags lead was 3-0 at the 10:05 mark of the first quarter.

“It’ll be interesting to see if he can progress even more on first and second down and take some of the load off (Gore). But that’ll be completely up to our coaching staff and Robert and how he performs.”

In Turbin’s first season with the Colts, his roles were primarily situational.

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That’s not going to happen in Indianapolis this coming fall. But you can easily consider Turbin a starting-caliber player, with how much the Colts used him last year and will continue to do so, as Gore reaches the age of 34.

With Gore and Turbin atop the depth chart again in 2017, the Colts could still add a rookie running back in an extremely deep draft class at the ball carrier position.

Seemingly each and every time the Indianapolis Colts put the ball in Robert Turbin’s hands in 2016, something good happened.

As the team’s second-string running back, Turbin, a bruiser at 5 foot 10, 225 pounds, oftentimes found himself on the field in  Indianapolis Colts jerseys short-yardage and goal-line situations throughout the season, and the fifth-year Utah State product responded to the tune of eight total touchdowns — seven on the ground and one via the pass.

His running back during those four seasons? Frank Gore, who would combine to run the ball 1,071 times for 4,659 yards — a 4.4-yard yards-per-carry average — with 29 rushing touchdowns over that same span.

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There was Turbin’s first three NFL years playing behind Marshawn Lynch in Seattle.

Here in Indianapolis, Turbin is about to head into a second season with Frank Gore as the team’s starting running back.

If Gore continues his rare run of durability, the “starter” label is not expected to come for Turbin in 2017.

Gore, of course, has continued his assault on the all-time National Football League rushing record book. In 2016 alone, he passed the likes of Thurman Thomas, Franco Harris, Marcus Allen, Edgerrin James, Marshall Faulk, Jim Brown and Tony Dorsett to move into eighth-place on the league’s all-time rushing list (13,065 yards); his 1,025 rushing yards during the season made him the first running back age 33 or older since the Washington Redskins’ John Riggins in 1984 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Three plays into the drive, Morris found wide receiver MeKale McKay down the ride side of the field for a 23-yard play to get into Cincinnati territory at the 48. Five plays a later, a pass interference call on the Bengals gave the Colts a 1st and 10 at the Bengals’ 30-yard line. Colts #18 Peyton Manning Black Shadow With Super Bowl Patch Stitched NFL Jerseys

After a short pass play to Tevaun Smith and an incompletion, Morris and the Colts’ offense got the presnap look they wanted, and decided to go with a jailbreak screen play to Smith.

And through the first two preseason games, a couple receivers in particular have really seemed to take advantage of their opportunities: Tevaun Smithand Chester Rogers.

In Indianapolis’ opening game of the preseason against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Smith was targeted a team-high six times and caught three passes for 34 yards. His value was also felt beyond the stat sheet, as he drew a pass interference penalty late in the first half that led to a game-tying field goal.

Rookie Chester Rogers grew into a pretty solid punt returner by the end of the season

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Jordan Todman gave them more than a spark at kick return. Rookie Chester Rogers grew into a pretty solid punt returner by the end of the season.

The name “Chester Rogers” might not have been on a lot of NFL teams’ radars at the start of the 2016 season, but by the end of the year, Rogers proved he can hang with the big boys.

As he grew up playing football in Alabama, Chester Rogers could only dream that he’d one day make an NFL regular season roster.

But after signing with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie, Rogers went out, starting with offseason workouts and ending with the final preseason game, and won himself a spot on the Colts’ initial 53-man roster.

On the fourth play of the drive, Luck, in the no-huddle offense, dropped back and found Chester Rogers across the middle for a huge 19-yard reception, putting the ball at the Jacksonville 44-yard line.

Some have started games due to unforeseen circumstances, such as injuries or suspensions to those ahead of them on the depth chart. But, in some cases, those rookies have simply earned starts due to their obvious talents on the field.

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For Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, the contributions by this year’s rookie class confirms his comments right after the draft that “this was as prepared as we’ve ever been” when it comes to the team’s draft picks and rookie free agents.

An undrafted college free agent signee out of Grambling State, Rogers quickly ascended up the Colts’ crowded depth chart at wide receiver last offseason, and, after a particularly strong training camp and preseason, earned himself a spot on the team’s Week 1 roster.

He said his rookie season that followed — in which he played 14 games with two starts and became the team’s primary punt returner, as well — made him learn exactly how important it was to focus on the details of his job.

Alex Bazzie certainly showed off his talents in college playing at Marshall, particularly his senior year, when he had 13 tackles for a loss and  Indianapolis Colts jersey cheap  was a major reason for the Thundering Herd’s turnaround as a winning program.

In January 2009, after two dominant seasons in the CFL, Wake finally got the opportunity he was looking for and signed with the Miami Dolphins, and he has been one of the NFL’s top pass rushers ever since.

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Buono says he sees a lot of Wake in Alex Bazzie.

Bazzie has been a productive pass rusher the past three seasons with Buono’s BC Lions, and this week signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts as he hopes to take his game to the next level, a la Wake.

Hey Kevin. I saw the colts signed CFL stud Alex Bazzie this week and I had a couple questions about the signing. First I’ve seen a lot of talk about how small he is and how we won’t make it in the NFL. The first thing that comes to my mind is another too small edge rusher who just happened to turn into the colts all time sacks leader. How much of a difference in size is there between Robert Mathis and Bazzie. I’ve seen him listed at about 4 different weights and 2 different heights.

The Colts are certainly going to need some fresh blood at outside linebacker in their 3-4 defensive scheme, where they lose the aforementioned Mathis — this franchise’s greatest pass rusher — to retirement, while Erik Walden, Trent Cole and Chris Carter head into the offseason as unrestricted free agents.Nike Colts #51 Pat Angerer White Women's Stitched NFL Limited Jersey

The team also recently signed Alex Bazzie, who has shined as a pass rusher in the Canadian Football League, to see if his game can transfer to the NFL.

The Colts also coincidentally have Curt Maggitt — the Volunteers’ top pass rusher in 2014 before he went down with a season-ending injury in 2015 — whom they signed as an undrafted free agent last May. Maggitt played in nine games in his rookie season before going on IR.

And while Todman certainly showed off an impressive burst of speed to break away and high-step his way into the end zone, the play might not have even developed had it not been for Todman’s fellow running back, Josh Ferguson.

Of all the undrafted free agents the Colts signed in 2016, Josh Ferguson has seen the most starting work.