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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.
7 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!
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Draft Grade Smackdown
Thanks Marcus! Enjoyed all the write ups!
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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?
7 months, 3 weeks 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?'
7 months, 3 weeks 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
8 months, 1 week 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? :)
8 months, 1 week ago on Colts Free Agency Notebook: A New Beginning for Darrius Heyward-Bey
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Colts Sign Free Agent Darrius Heyward-Bey to a One-Year Deal