Jabaal Sheard can do it all from the outside linebacker position

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The Patriots signed Sheard in 2015, after he spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cleveland Browns.

In Super Bowl LI, Sheard played 47 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps and had a half sack of Matt Ryan.

When the Patriots traded Chandler Jones last September, that move thrusted Sheard into a bigger role.

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And now he’s being counted on to help lead the way for the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive makeover for the 2017 season.

After Sunday’s practice, Chuck Pagano spoke very highly of Hooker. Pagano said Hooker is further along than the staff could have hoped after just one week of practice. Is Week Two of camp when we see Hooker take consistent starting reps?

Mingo, then, is a player looking to put it all together after the Cleveland Browns took him sixth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. A freak of an athlete, Mingo hasn’t quite been the pass rush threat many had hoped – he had five sacks his rookie season, two sacks the next season and hasn’t registered a sack the previous two seasons with the Browns and the New England Patriots – but he has 11 career passes defensed, as well as an interception.

Pagano said after practice that nothing should be read into Luck being at practice the last two days possibly leading to an imminent return. Luck remains on the PUP list. The Colts are five weeks away from their regular season opener.

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After never even sniffing the playoffs in four years with the Browns, Mingo finally got to experience something on his mind since college.

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While Simon has yet to record a regular season interception as he enters his fifth season in the NFL, he certainly takes pride in his coverage skills, and appreciates the help of those around him as they try to continue working on the overall goal of creating more takeaways as a unit.

“Vontae did a hell of a job just being able to put that ball in play for the rest of the defense, getting his hands on the ball,” Simon said. “It was, pretty much, just great coverage and trying to capitalize on our opportunities and put our offense in good field position.”

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Sheard, meanwhile, displayed the explosiveness on Sunday that makes Pagano believe he can be a double-digit sack guy for the Colts and defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.

“I think we came out there and did some good things; obviously did some things poorly that we’ll have to go on the film and correct,” Simon said. “Gave up zero points, so that’s a plus, but gave up some big plays here and there, which we’ll have to limit.

One of the main storylines of free agency for the Colts has been Chris Ballard’s revamping of the outside linebacker position.

“I think next week we’ll be playing more and more reps, so we’re going to have to treat it more like a game week going into next week,” Simon continued. “They’re another good team that we’re going to have to go up against, and it’s going to be a good challenge for us to see where we really are.”

Coming off two straight 8-8 seasons is obviously disappointing, and as a result a lot of people write the Colts off this season and I don’t really understand why. Now, I’m not saying that the Colts are going to compete for a Super Bowl this year. That’s just unrealistic, but I can absolutely see them getting back into the playoffs this year. Pretty easily in fact. Provided Luck returns to form after his shoulder surgery in January, he should be even better without the lingering injury he dealt with all of 2016, and he was pretty good in 2016. The offensive line remains intact from last season, and I saw improvements towards the end of the year. Defensively, there’s no way we can be as bad in 2017.

They say rookie seasons in the NFL can be a learning experience

The radio entertainment that day had on South Florida head coach Willie Taggart.

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Moore was listening to Taggart rave about a freshman starter named Marlon Mack and his 275-yard, four-touchdown debut. “He’s saying, ‘I’m telling you there’s something unique about (Mack),’” Moore now says about how Taggart was describing the program’s eventual school-record holder.

Ferguson will rely on that experience as he tries to battle for a roster spot the next few months. Indianapolis used a fourth-round pick in last week’s NFL Draft on another speedy running back, Marlon Mack, who had a standout career at the University of South Florida.

You listen to Zach Banner and he sounds like a walking spokesperson for the city of Indianapolis. Banner has spent four days in his new home, all coming earlier this year at the NFL Combine.

Before the final day of the draft got underway on Saturday, Chris Ballard met the media. Ballard said he was interested in drafting an offensive lineman on Saturday to add some competition. The Indianapolis Colts jersey cheap took four offensive linemen in last year’s draft but still wanted to add one more in 2017, despite a weaker OL class this year.

Similar to Zach Banner on offense, the Colts do not need immediate contributions from their trench rookies.

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The huge Banner offers depth and a lot of potential as a 6’10 right tackle for the future and you can’t ignore how the size could make him a great blocker with a Joe Haeg like impact. “I thought he was the best defensive lineman there,” Chris Ballard said after selecting Stewart with the final pick of Round Four. “For a big man, he can move. He can get off the ball. He’s got strength. We think there’s a lot of upside, and we think he can play three different spots. Nike Colts #12 Andrew Luck Black Women's Stitched NFL Limited Gold Salute to Service Jersey

Basham is a physical and relentless presence as a pass rusher, traits that earned him Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year awards last season with Ohio University. But he will be making the transition from playing with his hand in the dirt at all times to becoming a stand-up 3-4 outside linebacker in Monachino’s defense.

We had a few T.J. Green questions in this week’s mailbag. The Colts do have some flexibility back there given what Darius Butler can do. However, I think they want Butler at safety. Now, if the Colts can’t find any cornerbacks in the draft, maybe that changes some things. I still believe that how Butler’s skills can co-exist with the physical nature of Geathers, makes more sense at the safety position. Let Green play that nickel roll and find some corner talent in the draft.

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They say rookie seasons in the NFL can be a learning experience.

Ask T.J. Green if that accurately describes his debut year in the NFL and the safety’s hand is likely to be raised in the air.

Basketball in high school kept Hooker away from the football field until his junior year. Hooker is very raw with his experience at safety. Hooker redshirted at Ohio State in 2014 and did not become a full-time starter until 2016. The Colts are going to have plenty of options in how they choose to use Hooker and the other defensive backs next season. With Hooker, Clayton Geathers, T.J. Green and Darius Butler, the Colts have some decisions to make when multiple defensive backs are needed. Butler, who moved to safety when he re-signed in March, has ample nickel cornerback experience. Coming out of college, Green was thought to be a possible cornerback at the next level. Ted Monachino now has plenty of choices for his defensive packages in 2017.

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In Round Three of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Colts selected edge rusher Tarell Basham at No. 80 overall.

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They were encouraged about what they saw. That, along with the length and quick reaction at the snap, has the Colts intrigued about the pass rushing Basham will try to bring to professional football.

Ballard does believe that Basham can be more than just a pass rusher. The 42.5 tackles for loss from Basham backs up that belief.

From his talks at the Combine and observations of the Colts after three defenders in three draft picks, Basham knows he is part of something big in Indianapolis.

When looking at potential pass rushers each year in the NFL Draft, one of the most important questions a general manager asks himself is, “Is this guy a flash in the pan, or has he shown consistent improvement that can continue at the next level?”

And while there are countless examples of teams across the league falling in love with players who might’ve exploded their final year in college, only to see them become completely overmatched and rendered useless in the NFL colts jersey cheap , it appears Tarell Basham’s story could be much different.

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A young pass rusher was an absolute must for the Colts in this draft. Basham had 29.5 sacks and 42.5 tackles for loss in his four seasons at Ohio University. At 6-4 and 249 pounds, Basham will likely move to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense for the Colts. He was a 4-3 defensive end at Ohio. The Colts have tried unsuccessfully to groom the franchise’s next top pass rusher. Basham, the 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, is the next try at that. Colts #85 Pierre Garcon White Stitched NFL Jersey

Cornerback was easily the most obvious need for the Colts going into the 2017 NFL Draft. In the previous five drafts for the Colts, D’Joun Smith was the lone cornerback chosen by Indianapolis. Wilson’s name often appeared in the first round of Mock Drafts throughout the draft process. He ended up being the third cornerback taken in Friday’s second round. Per Pro Football Focus, Wilson’s quarterback rating allowed last season was 29.9, the lowest for any SEC cornerback.

A capable third cornerback is vital for a defense to survive in the NFL this decade. Is that D’Joun Smith’s role in his second NFL season? The Colts remain optimistic on Smith after some “buzzard luck” shelved him for all but four games of his rookie campaign. A name missing from that trio is 2015 third-round pick D’Joun Smith, the highest draft selection of the guys mentioned above.

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For the first time under Ryan Grigson, the Colts traded down in the NFL Draft. With the No. 65 overall pick, they selected D’Joun Smith, a cornerback from Florida Atlantic. After trading back to the No. 65 pick (the top of the third round), the Colts took Florida Atlantic cornerback D’Joun Smith with their second selection of 2015.

The team elected to waive/injure D’Joun Smith, after knee and ankle injuries limited the second-year corner to just one preseason game (15 snaps) in 2016.

Confidence is a necessity when being on an island at the cornerback position and D’Joun Smith spoke like one on Friday night. Known as an “instinctive” player, Smith was a two-time Conference USA selection highlighted by seven interceptions as a junior. Smith said he “hit it off” with the Colts during a Combine interview and Chuck Pagano was present at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day to watch Smith.

The Colts now have nine cornerbacks remaining on their 74-man roster. Injuries will still play a role in who rounds out that corner group this weekend. Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET is the deadline for the Colts to cut their roster down to 53.

The Colts started off their 2017 NFL Draft by finding a defensive playmaker

The Colts started off their 2017 NFL Draft by finding a defensive playmaker. Safety Malik Hooker, from Ohio State, was the choice with the 15th overall pick.

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The kid from an hour north of Pittsburgh growing up a Colts fan. It’s not something you hear very often, but that was childhood life for Malik Hooker.

Real life, Malik Hooker was joining the Indianapolis Colts. “I definitely didn’t expect it at all,” Hooker said minutes after the Colts took him with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The cement was drying on the 2017 draft board in Indianapolis, but Ballard wanted to bring in another prospect for a top-30 draft visit. Had Mock Drafts caught wind of the Colts hosting Ohio State safety Malik Hooker for a draft visit, they probably would have laughed.

But the immediate reactions are in, and the Colts’ selection of Ohio State safety Malik Hooker as the 15th-overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has brought with it an overwhelmingly positive vibe. The due diligence and homework of Ballard paid off when seven offensive players were taken in the top 10 of Thursday’s first round.

We had quite a few inquiries regarding these sorts of questions in Saturday’s mailbag. In short, I have no idea how the Colts will handle the abundance of safeties on the roster. The Colts needed to upgrade their playmaking at safety. Malik Hooker jersey does exactly that. The Colts had eight total interceptions last season in 16 games. Hooker had seven himself in 13 games. Geathers is going to play. He has a presence that you have to have on the field. Maybe this pick means we will see Geathers closer to the line of scrimmage more often. With Butler, the Colts know they have some flexibility, but I still think the veteran voice of his is necessary at the back end of things.

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One thing missing from the Colts last season was playmaking out of the secondary. The Colts ranked 26th in forced turnovers, not creating enough chances for the offense via takeaways. Hooker took three of his seven interceptions back for touchdowns last season. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, Hooker’s ball skills were a major reason why some draft pundits thought he would go in the top-10 of the draft. While Hooker’s tackling is a concern, his coverage ability was a definite strong suit. As Chuck Pagano said, “see ball, get ball” is how the Colts will handle Hooker, offering up an Ed Reed comparison. The Colts will have to wait a bit to see Hooker on the field. Surgery earlier this year for Hooker (hip/groin) will likely keep the first-round pick out of action until Training Camp.

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So with so much talent on the board at an obvious position of need, the Colts landed on Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson, whom they selected 46th overall.

However much confidence/swagger is needed to play on Sunday’s, new Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson believes he’s got it.

“You got to have the confidence to play this position and I feel like I definitely have that and that’s why I make the plays that I make,” Wilson said after the Colts selected him at No. 46 overall on Friday night.

From a sheer immediate need standpoint, the pick of Wilson was higher on the list than that of Hooker, when talking strictly about 2017 and the state of the current roster.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.