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@Poncho Vegas I agree Poncho. Too many teams spend big on a bust and pay for it for years. We didn't sign anyone we can't walk away from without hurting the team long term. Anyone can be an arm chair quarterback but hearing the gloom and doom here reminds me too much of why I quit reading Brad Wells columns. Time will tell, but I feel we have tried to invest in multiple areas to create a better team, and not just hit a couple areas of concern.
1 year, 10 months ago on An All-22 Examination of Ricky Jean-Francois
Boyett had the surgery on both knees in mid september and already ran a 4.57 at his pro day. Along with running routes and catching passes. Of course the biggest hurdle will be contact, but everyone seems to think he's ready and will be good by camp. I like a lot. But I've been wrong before!
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Hugh Thornton and John Boyett - the “Buzz Saw”
@couchspud44 I completely agree with the article and your assessment. You need to hit on a later round pick or two (which the Colts always seem to do) but it can be a crap shoot. I think Both Hughes and Boyett can be great finds. Time will tell.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Post-Draft Notebook: Montori Hughes
@bradicus18 Yes, I exaggerated the 'hate' word, but for such a great draft class last year, it sure seems Kyle is parlaying it into more of an OK draft. The Ballard as 'just a guy' comment got me. Just because he was a later round pick and came on after Brown once again came up lame, doesn't mean he wasn't 'the guy' when it mattered. The O-line was an excuse for Luck, but not the RB's last year.
1 year, 11 months ago on Final Draft Summary: Colts Focus on Trenches, Forgo Addressing Skill Positions
Last year the new regime came in knowing it needed to restock at skill positions. Peyton was gone and Luck (presumably our #1 pick) needed some complimentary players to go along with Reggie. Drafting TE, TE, WR, RB, WR. Exciting draft! This year, after a surprising season with a playoff berth, we didn't need (as much) the skill, we needed the behind the scenes guys. Last year was all about the O-line sucking. Well, seems Grigson agreed. We spent FA money and picks to fix. CB issues? Brought in Toler in FA. Pass rusher! Got it. D-line help? yep, got that too. I think with FA and this years draft, we are set as a 'team' and not just Peyton's guys, for the first time in many many years. Will be a fun season.
@Kyle Rodriguez So you hated last years draft? You sure aren't high on 4 of the skill players we drafted last year. Ballard may be just a guy, but behind that O-line everyone complains about, he had solid numbers. Hilton not yet, and maybe never #1, but Wayne is still here for a couple years. I know, getting older, but show me how that has translated to his stats yet? Allen was very good last year, I think he's proven what he can do. Fleener will need to show his injuries are behind him.
I think too many people see last years draft, and all the top skill position help we added, and wonder why this year appears to be a let down. Well, we have Luck, and do not need another QB. Have Wayne, Hilton, and DHB at WR, so another would have been fine, but not a need. We have 3 solid RB's under contract and Ballard showed he can run even behind a less than stellar O-Line. So this year we go after more of the 'trenches' type players. Besides QB, they say to build a team from the lines out. And we did a good job of that in FA and in this draft.
I personally think Boyett is a beast. Love this kid. He's had surgery, but way earlier than what we saw with Chapman. Ran a 4.57 at his pro day and was 2nd among safeties with 27 reps @ 225lb @ combine. Plus is known as a team leader in college. With a 6th rounder? Nothing but upside.
1 year, 11 months ago on 2013 Draft Grade Smackdown
Thanks Marcus! Enjoyed all the write ups!
1 year, 11 months ago on The Colts Draft RB Kerwynn Williams and TE Justice Cunningham, Mr. Irrelevant, in the 7th Round
You need more than 2 TE's on your roster, and this guy could fill the spots behind Fleener and Allen. Hopefully Fleener's injuries last year will not be a recurring theme, but if they are, we needed some help in that area. 7th rounder, what to lose?
My only real gripe with this pick, was that Lattimore was still there and then went 10 picks later to San Fran.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Draft Khaled Holmes, Center, USC, with the 24th Pick in the 4th Round
@hankster Yeah, we will not get one of the next 4-5 WR's on the board, but a good one still should be there in the 3rd. I'm hoping WR or Lattimore, but with no HUGE needs I'm fine sitting back and seeing what happens.
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts Select Bjoern Werner with the 24th Pickin the Draft
@paulcareyjr @rogcohen 8.5 sacks in 4-3. We've moved on from him and the scheme. He was one hell of a pass rusher (one of the best) before age and injuries slowed him down. Next man up.
@paulcareyjr @rogcohen Unfortunately, the pay cut was from a huge previous deal. Where did he currently sign? Oh yeah, wants too much money to sign anywhere so far.
@buymymonkey I don't see Jax beating us at home this year. We've improved (on paper) and they really have not IMO. But other than that I agree. Couple can go either way, but can't they all?
1 year, 11 months ago on Colts 2013 Schedule Released
@hankster Hope you get to see a great game! I'm a spoiled season tix holder but only for the last 3 years. Had only caught a handful of games before that and they were always a blast.
Is it Thursday yet? I love the mocks, but I think I'm on overload. I'm preparing for 'we drafted who?'
1 year, 11 months ago on #CAmock Review- First Round
@Kyle Rodriguez The high draft seeding would have more effect on the 1st couple rounds as opposed to the later ones.
1 year, 11 months ago on Looking into the Future: Long Term Drafting Needs
@bradicus18 I also think 'if' we take a WR at #24 after signing DHB, it says the Colts are not sold on Brazill or Walden as solid options.
1 year, 12 months ago on First Round Mock Draft Review - Part Two
@MarcusDugan Yeah, I'm stoked about the signing, but think I've read and commented all I possibly can. Draft almost here? Schedules being released in a week or so? :)
1 year, 12 months ago on Colts Free Agency Notebook: A New Beginning for Darrius Heyward-Bey
1 year, 12 months ago on The Colts Sign Free Agent Darrius Heyward-Bey to a One-Year Deal
@MarcusDugan Highlights make you go 'WOW'. Stats make you go 'HUH?'
8 games vs SEC competition he avg.
3.25 rec 47 yds with 3 TD's
4 games vs lesser foes
5 rec 100 yds with 2 TD's
I don't like how AL held him to 2 rec for 25 yds and he deemed to disappear vs big D's.
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl @DougEngland I think we both see that coming.
Main issue as I see it, is we will hopefully be at the back of the pack in the draft again. If so, most can't miss WR's go in the first 10 picks. Appears to me looking back at past drafts, what we will get at WR at #24, is likely to be the type of guy we would get most years around that spot. I actually like the potential of a couple of the guys who may fall to us.
@Payton It's not you. his prev yr he had 15 tackles with 1 sack. Last year he stepped up with 41 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss. His only real issue was a lot of penalties. I think he could really make another step up with same aggression and more self control.
1 year, 12 months ago on Colts Draft Targets - Trevardo Williams vs Chase Thomas
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl :)
I stumbled on it while studying for a fantasy baseball draft, and ran through the house like a 12 yr old who just got an ice cream cone to tell my 17 yr old son!
1 year, 12 months ago on Colts Wide Receiver Options: If Not Heyward-Bey, Then Who?
@DougEngland My exact thoughts. A 2 or 3 yr would hae been preferable, but I'm sure DHB wants to get the big check next year.
With him on a one year deal, and Wayne with 2 left, I would still look at WR at #24, but this allows a lot of flexibility in that area. Grab the BPA and smile.
@ECB I agree, but just wouldn't consider it a 'biggest need' per article.
1 year, 12 months ago on Colts' Biggest Needs Post-Free Agency
Hey Marcus, get your DHB article going. I hear we signed him tonight!
Colts signed Heyward-Bey to a contract tonight.
I'm super thrilled.
@ECB One of best defenses in NFL was San Fran and they play a 3-4 scheme. Key is not for the DL and DE's to rush the passer, but to create pressure and double teams for gaps in O-line. Justin Smith considered one of top DE's in football had 3 sacks. Linebacker Aldon Smith had 19.5 and LB Ahmad Brooks had 6.5. No one else had over 3.
I like the perspective, but the Walden signing is the only one so far I just think is super questionable. And even that one I am waiting till camps to see what he brings. Landry signing was my favorite. Except for an achiles injury he's now had surgery on, he's only missed one game in his career. Cherilus is who the Colts wanted. He was the target. Plus, we had the money to maybe over spend a tad. More I read on him, better the signing looks. Plus, you can't compare Volmer's contract as he resigned with his current team. Some players give the 'home team' discount if they want to return. Just look at Reggie's contract with us last year.
2 years ago on Playing the Market in Free Agency
@Payton @smonroe I'd rather have the guy with one injury that took him out for an extended time, the than guy who get hurt every season. See Bob Sanders.
@babyjesus107 I agree with the Landry deal as well. Bethea is a free agent after this year so nice to lock up the SS for multiple years.
@MarcusDugan I actually appreciate these articles more than 'will Luck be better than Manning' etc. type articles. Keeps me in touch with guys 45-53 on the roster!!!
2 years ago on Roster Update: Colts Trade Geathers for FB Stanley Havili, Re-sign Linkenbach
Nice to get some insight on a guy I never heard of. So my critique of him. First, no, well, I got nothin'.
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl Looks like he latched on with NYG
2 years ago on Colts Wide Receiver Options: If Not Heyward-Bey, Then Who?
@jelewin I guess I think the exact opposite. After signing FA's, our needs seemed to have shifted off of the lines a bit. Signed 2 OL and multiple DL guys. We lost our #2 (or 3 depending how u c it) WR and have yet to bring anyone in. After Wayne and Hilton he have 5 other receivers on roster (I think) who have COMBINED for 12 catches and 182 yards in their careers. That counts Palmers one catch for -4 yds and 11 for 186 from Brazill.
Need weapons. Luck is not yet Manning.
@MarcusDugan @cwjwl Thought he finished on the practice squad, but I may have missed the cut.
DHB is the only one that makes me tingle inside. If he goes elsewhere, I would say the draft may be the best option. Although I feel we could use BOTH DHB AND a WR in the draft at 24. But I have little faith in Brazill and just a bit more in Whalen. Is it bad to say I actually liked Kris Adams at camp last year?
@MarcusDugan No good article shall go wasted!
PS - my neighbor Packer fan thinks Walden sucks as well. I refuse to believe him too!!
2 years ago on Free Agency Review: Erik Walden Versus the Colts
@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr Nah, that's why we have you!!! I can only hope you're wrong, or hope if you're right that Jerry can step up. You may be right that he was the wrong sign, but keeping Freeney was also not the answer.
Of next 30 (round out top 40) in yards.
8 more 1st round
3 2nd round
6 3rd round (TY Hilton)
4 4th round
1 5th round
1 6th round
2 7th round
2 years ago on The Case for and against Signing Free Agent Darrius Heyward-Bey
If we need a WR, which we do, the sooner you draft him the better. People think we can get a 'good' one later, but it typically doesn't happen. Top 10 in yards last season?
7 were first round picks
1 was second round pick
1 was fourth round pick
1 undrafted (Welker)
#22 pick was Demaryious Thomas, #24 was Dez Bryant, #27 was Roddy WHite, #30 was Reggie Wayne.
Shows to me if we are hoping to replace Reggie as a number one soon, we need round 1 production.
@paulcareyjr @AJ_ I agree, I'd love to see one of those guys a Colt with the #24.
@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr It is amazing the Colts haven't signed you for their personnel department yet. You could have saved them tons of time and money this off season. I will trust them before you if I need to take a side. BUT, nice article, was a good read......
@Nate Dunlevy @paulcareyjr I can see the point if you say it 'could have been', or 'possibly will be' better than signing Walden, but we saw Freeney here last year and it wasn't impressive. We saw him in the 4-3 the year before and it wasn't impressive. We haven't seen Walden in this scheme yet, so we can't say anything definitively, just opinions.
@Nate Dunlevy If they didn't feel he fit what they are trying to do, it doesn't make sense to make an offer. Why fit a square peg in a round hole?
Dwight Freeney rumors: Free agent defender wants $6 million per year
Guess he wouldn't have been a 'cheaper' player than Walden. Sure we could have got the home town discount, but that is a lot of cash for a player on the wrong side of 30 who has shown injuries and scheme issues. Lets give Walden a chance. I think it was too much $'s, but maybe, just maybe, (why do I want to say naughty girls need love too?) Grigson knew what he was doing going younger and more athletic.
@Bobman1 @Colt_Following @hankster @matt_has Drop rate is based on 'catchable' balls and not targets. Although 'catchable' can certainly be debatable.