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.

The 2016 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, is the next try at that

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

The consecutive number of wins the Jaguars have over the Colts

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The consecutive number of wins the Jaguars have over the Colts. Revenge should be on the minds of the Colts this week. Jacksonville has struggled mightily against the rest of the NFL lately. In their last 21 games, the Jaguars are 2-0 against the Colts and 2-17 versus the rest of the NFL.

I used yards per game and compared the colts vs the opponent and that didn’t quite tell the whole story. I looked how many carries we had too. If we had more carries we won if we didn’t we lost. The only two games that disproved my theory were against the Texans Week 6 and the titans week 7.

The Jaguars have beaten the Colts the last two times these teams have met. Those losses (one this past October and the other last December) were pivotal in the Colts missing the playoffs the past two years.

Even though Mathis will no longer be part of the playing family of the Colts, his impact and longevity is unparalleled.

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Of all the pillar Colts this franchise has had over the past 20 years, Mathis is the only one to have never donned another uniform in a game or practice.

“They gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to start,” Mathis said of the Colts selecting him in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, “and to end in the same place, in one place, that is something a whole lot of guys, a whole lot of greats are not able to say.NFL Indianapolis Colts Stitched Snapback Hats 014

“I appreciate it to the utmost that they have given me the opportunity to play 14 seasons in one place.”

Watching Mathis speak on Friday, it was clear this decision was not an easy one.

While Mathis’ family gets to see more of their father and husband, football has provided him a bevy of unforgettable moments.

And Jim Irsay confirmed the obvious: Robert Mathis will one day be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor.

Friday is Robert Mathis’ day at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

Following the final practice of the week, Mathis speaks to the media. The answers aren’t long in quantity, but they come from the heart.

That’s Mathis. Quiet by definition, but plenty loud once third-down rolls around.

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The same quiet Mathis spoke on Friday. This message perked ears up though—Sunday will be the final game for the Colts’ all-time sack leader.

Joe Reitz retired. Jonotthan Harrison was not re-signed (Harrison has moved on to the Jets). Brian Schwenke was added to provide some depth/competition in the interior of the line.

Why the lack of activity in the offensive trenches?

It’s because Ballard has been pleasantly surprised by what the tape has shown him.

Ballard believes the future is bright involving the current offensive line personnel.

“The O-line is very young, but I think it has a chance to really grow,” Ballard says. “It’s been fun to watch that group work together.

“They are all in the building working together. That’s what you want. It’s never about one guy. I think that’s part of the misconception on the O-line. That it’s about one guy. It’s about those five guys playing together. They’ve all been in town, all their workouts they are doing them together. And that’s been fun to see.”