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.

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.

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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.

Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris are the other quarterbacks on Indy’s roster

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But when he hit free agency, Tolzien said he wanted to sign with a team where he knew he could develop as a quarterback, regardless of his placement on the depth chart.

After that, Scott Tolzien looked like a quarterback that could give his team a chance to pull off the upset.

“Every new offense has its challenges when you’re learning it from the beginning,” Tolzien said recently of mastering the Colts’ system, his bulky binder tucked under his arm. “So the way to combat that is just to be diligent on it every day. You don’t want to get too far behind because they’re throwing a lot at us, but it’s our job to learn it.”

At 28, Tolzien, a Wisconsin product, already has five-plus years of NFL experience in some pretty potent offensive schemes.  nfl colts jersey After going undrafted, he was signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2011 before joining the San Francisco 49ers later that year.

Two years later, it was on to Green Bay to play for the Packers, where he learned under Aaron Rodgers and had the opportunity to play in six total games from 2013-15, completing 56-of-91 of his passes (61.5 percent) for 721 yards with one touchdown to five interceptions.

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Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris are the other quarterbacks on Indy’s roster.

And after his first season as the team’s backup to Andrew Luck, Tolzien said he thinks he accomplished just that.

“It was a good year,” Tolzien said the day after the Colts’ 24-20, season-ending victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. “It was a great learning year. I thought I got some great coaching, I thought we had a really good quarterback room. And the challenge is to keep progressing.”

That didn’t change when Tolzien got to Indianapolis. He said after spending hour upon hour, day upon day at Luck’s side, he would have no hesitancy putting Luck “in the ‘great’ category,” even throwing around the infamous “E” word oftentimes attached to the top quarterbacks in the league.

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In 2014, the Dallas Cowboys traded up in the fifth round of the NFL Draft to pick wide receiver Devin Street out of Pittsburgh.

Street had a decorated career for the Panthers, leaving after the 2013 season as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (202), and third all-time in receiving yards (2,901).

It’s that kind of playmaking ability that the Indianapolis Colts hope they can get out of Street after No. 2 wide receiver Donte Moncrief went down with an injured shoulder during Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos.Nike Colts #1 Pat McAfee Black Men's Stitched NFL Impact Limited Jersey

The Colts announced the signing of Street off the New England Patriots’ practice squad Wednesday morning.

Street certainly has the size (6 foot 3, 200 pounds) teams want at the wide receiver position, though he’s had limited experiences in his professional career thus far. He played in 31 career games with two starts for the Cowboys the past two seasons before the team released him during final roster cuts at the end of this preseason.

“You always have to be ready for that, especially in this business,” he said. “Injuries happen, guys get released, guys come and go, so you always have to be on your Ps and Qs because you don’t no when your number’s going to be called. But you better be ready if you really want to stay in this league.”

Pat McAfee is an athlete with a great right arm

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The Indianapolis Colts have named punter Pat McAfee as their local nominee for the NFL’s Salute to Service Award. This is the second consecutive year McAfee has been named the team’s nominee and in 2015, he was a national finalist. This award was started in 2012 by the NFL to recognize players for their extraordinary efforts to honor and serve U.S. service members and veterans. Every year, each of the 32 NFL teams nominates a player, coach or staff member to be considered for the national award.

Pat McAfee is an athlete with a great right arm. During Training Camp, it’s not far fetched to see McAfee throwing the ball around during practice. That skill allows the Colts to implement such a trick play. One interesting aspect of this play was having Donte Moncrief on the field as a gunner. This should have alerted the Steelers that something was up. This is a unique pre-snap look with Erik Swoope the only in-line body to the left of long snapper Matt Overton.

With McAfee, Barstool is adding a perspective from an ex-professional athlete, with no handcuffs and filter allowing ‘Pat to be Pat.’

Walking away from more than 5 million dollars is something McAfee knows seems crazy to many, but it was time for the former Pro Bowl punter to pursue a new endeavor.

“I will not be getting back in and playing football, unless this completely fails, which it has a chance to,” McAfee admits. “This has a chance to fall right on its face. But we’ll see what happens.

Hilton, meanwhile, received an overall rating of 87.3 from Pro Football Focus this season, a figure that ranks fifth in the NFL.

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But looking at the pure stats, Hilton, for the first time in his career, won the NFL’s receiving title by leading the league with 1,448 yards. In all, he had 91 receptions and six touchdowns, and his 28 receptions of 20-plus yards on the season were the most in the NFL.

In early January, the Colts did go out and sign young punter/kicker Devon Bell, a 2016 undrafted free agent who has punting experience and kickoff work from his collegiate days at Mississippi State. Having yet to play in an NFL regular season game, Bell spent the 2016 preseason with the Detroit Lions.

Hilton, who earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2016, recorded his fourth straight 1,000-yard receiving season and finished with single-season career highs in receptions (91), receiving yards (1,448) and scrimmage yards (1,448).

He led the NFL in receiving yards, becoming the first Colt to do that since Reggie Wayne in 2007, and marking the eighth time in team history that a Colts played led the league in receiving yards (four times in Indianapolis, four times in Baltimore). Hilton also led the league with 16 25-plus-yard receptions, as he continued to establish himself as one of the top deep threats in the NFL.peyton manning colts jersey authentic

New GM Chris Ballard could spend a draft pick on a new punter/kickoff man. The Colts have a full cupboard of draft picks, outside of their seventh rounder (which they traded for former DL-Billy Winn in 2015). If the Colts earn a seventh-round compensatory pick later this offseason, which is a possibility, that could be used on a rookie punter.

Now there are more quarterback with this dimension and ability.

Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said this week that the few quarterbacks in the league with Luck’s playmaking abilities adds “another dimension” to the position.

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That word has been absent from Colts offensive lines for quite some time, well before the days Andrew Luck got under center.

Good news for line coach Joe Philbin: Besides Schwenke, all of the guys competing for the top 7-8 spots on the line started at least a game for him last season.

“You see a lot of quarterbacks, a lot more quarterbacks nowadays have that dimension and the ability to do that,” Chudzinski said. “In today’s NFL you almost have to with the pressure packages and the rushers that are in this league and you have to make quarterbacks step aside and be able to sit in the pocket and make plays and that’s where you see the real special ones excel. They can make plays by side stepping, not be effected by the rush as well as get out and make plays off time.”

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Because it sure looked like an August afternoon in Anderson, Indiana.

For virtually all of Monday night, Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton worked like they were playing pitch and catch during a 7-on-7 Training Camp practice at Anderson University.

Massive separation from Hilton and pinpoint accuracy from Luck led to one of the duo’s finest outings in five seasons together.

Kelly started all 16 games at center for the Colts in his rookie season in 2016, showing that he was more-than ready for the rigors of NFL duties after a decorated career at the University of Alabama. In fact, Kelly didn’t allow a single sack in his first NFL season, even playing through some notable bumps and bruises along the way.

He’s obviously one of the key young offensive pieces moving forward for the Colts and first-year general manager Chris Ballard.

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That’s the belief of NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison, who each year releases his “All-Under-25 Team.” He recently came up with his All-Under-25 Team for this year — in which those listed must be 24 years or younger before the start of the first game of the 2017 season — and Kelly was his pick at center.Nike Colts #10 Donte Moncrief Royal Blue Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Elite Jersey

“I understand that sounds like an oversell. We are in a world of oversells. Everything is breaking news. Everything is incredible. Everything is the best of all time,” McAfee said. “But with Adam Vinatieri, you are talking about literally the greatest of all time.

“I believe he’s the most competitive person in the history of the world. Every single thing with him is a competition to him. And Indianapolis Colts jersey he handles it with class. He’s not the obnoxious competitive person. But every single kick to him is a chance to make his team better, but also to improve himself. Every single kick he wants to prove that he’s the best kicker ever.”

Colts special teams coordinator Tom McMahon has had an up-close-and-personal look at Vinatieri’s approach since 2012, and said the future Hall of Famer’s success is no mistake.

“With Adam Vinatieri, he lives in the moment,” McMahon said. “He’s not going to look at the records (until) later on in life; he’s not going to look at what he’s done in the past. He looks at that play, that moment, what he has to do, where he’s got to put his eyes, where he’s got to put his foot, and it’s that simple. And he makes it that simple, and he does it that way every single time. And those guys are the special guys in this league.”

Reconstruction of the offensive and defensive lines should be the Colts’ priorities

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The key for Hilton and the Colts’ offense now is to put together a second straight week of big plays.

The moment his name was announced with the 18th overall pick back in April, Ryan Kelly was penciled into an NFL starting lineup with more assurance than any other rookie.

If the Colts went with Lamp, as previously mentioned, he would become the team’s second straight offensive lineman selected in the first round, joining center Ryan Kelly, who was picked 18th overall in 2016 and went on to start all 16 games in a solid rookie season.

“Coming into a position that is very difficult to play as a rookie in this league and in a system where a lot is demanded out of him with a quarterback that is always pushing the envelope in terms of those things as well. I can’t say that enough, what a great job he has done. There are a lot of things that you want to Indianapolis Colts jersey china  clean up as a coach but if you look at the big picture, I think he has come in and done everything that we would ask him to do.”

Perhaps the best place for a guy like Lamp in Indy would be at right guard, where the team has quite a few candidates, as well as at right tackle, hoping to secure a starting job in 2017. One might believe Joe Haeg, who stood out as a rookie, starting 14 games at guard and tackle for the Colts in 2016, would be an early front runner for one of those two spots, while the other remains wide open.

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“Rebuilding the offensive and defensive lines has to be a priority for the Colts,” McShay wrote. “Edge rushers such as Takkarist McKinley or Charles Harris could make sense here, but Lamp is the best all-around offensive lineman in this draft. He played left tackle in college, but projects as a guard in the NFL. Flip on his tape against Alabama. This kid is for real.”

But come Sunday night, as he took a slant pass 63 yards to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown in the Indianapolis Colts’ 26-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers, Hilton certainly looked like the two-time Pro Bowler and No. 1 receiver fans have come to love over the years.

Hilton says he put last week’s game “on me,” knowing that for the next month or so, even with coverages more prevalent his way, plays must be made.

What the Colts are missing now in Moncrief is a guy that can use his 6-2 frame over the middle of the field, in the red zone on fade patterns and over the top of underneath coverage.

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“They look for me to make big plays, and I wasn’t doing that the first two games, and I told them, ‘I’m going to be the difference-maker today,’” Hilton said after the game. “I said earlier in the week, ‘I want to put it on me, put the game on me,’ and that’s what I did today.Indianapolis Colts Heart & Soul Pullover Hoodie Grey

Hilton’s first two games produced just 10 total catches for 120 yards and no scores. Worst yet, the Colts lost both weeks to the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos, when they really could’ve used an extra spark or two from one of their top offensive threats throughout the game to get over the hump.

The key for Hilton and the Colts’ offense now is to put together a second straight week of big plays. The unit looked extremely sharp for the entire second half of the Lions game, but often fell flat the next week on the road against Denver.

Indianapolis opens divisional play next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, and going into the game with a win and a 1-2 record certainly leaves a much better taste in the team’s mouth than 0-3 and all the gloom and doom that goes with it.