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Good article, I will say that I think the biggest thing about him being under utilized was the perception I have that he was not targeted in enough key situations, to me it seemed like we targeted Fleener too much on 3rd an short or 3rd downs when he was already inconsistent, it did not seem like a good idea, so some of that has to go on Luck, but also on Pep. What will make this all go away in my eyes is if Fleener learns how to become more effective in 3rd down situations, weird that I come to this point but yeah I am here.
Also I would like to add, that one of the things that made Dallas Clark great for our offense was that he was able to get open in small spaces and come down with some hard catches on key downs, I think sometimes we use Fleener in a Clark type of role and he is not there yet, but if he can get close with his frame and speed he could be a really wonderful weapon for Luck to have.
Right now I feel Hilton can get open in those short areas, even if it is against quicker defenders and seems to have more reliable hands so that is why I suggest going this route, should be interesting with Allen back as well, he will also help out in these situations.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Yard per reception really different, but also I feel the comparison should be made about how they play, not just the numbers they put up. TEs are supposed to also be safety valves, if Fleener can not make easy catches or get open on some of the shorty distance routes because of his lousy route running(something Clark excelled in) then he won't be anywhere to what Clark was value wise, atleast that is my take.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-charting-project-receiving-on-third-down.html
Fleener is such a scheme fit type and he seemed limited coming into the league, but he did put up impressive combine numbers and that really helped his case along with the dominance of tall long TE's in the league, I wasn't thrilled with the pick, but I still feel he has a lot of room to improve and he is by no means a done product... I have more hope that he turns out to be good than I do Werner, by a long stretch.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-charting-project-receiving-on-third-down.html
Two things, wish we would have grabbed Allen, I was pushing for him hard, especially when he dropped(Keenan), second, this explains why regardless of the concussion situation teams should stay away from Jermichael Finley
Yeah RBBC really hurts the rb position, especially when you have his who are so good in specific situations, if you draft a RB in the first he better excel in many areas, blocking, and receiving running, you should be able to motion him to the wing and he should be able to be on the level of a 4th-5th receiver atleast in now days game because that is what RBBC does add well as keeping fresh legs in the game.
Interesting thing there is also WRBC but you typically only see that in 3rd through 5th wide, and sometimes 2nd, however the value for WR seems to be more because of longevity, and the increased focus on passing in the NFL, I think both play a role in devaluing the running back position.
Additional thought this is making a lot of running backs in the NFL worried, because the value of the position is going down so they know their future moneyou is being affected, maybe this is a good thing for us since we traded a forest for Richardson, if he does well and we decide to bring him back we should be able to do so for a much cheaper contract than a few years ago.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14364.html
This is exactly what I projected coming away from his college tape, I honestly had no idea why the Colts drafted him at that position, during the draft there were so many decent options and the only two guys that I did not want the Colts to take who were projected as possible options were Marcus Hunt and Bjoern Werner, when it happened I turned off the TV, that was it for me.
Looking at the college tape he had bad bend, did not seem that strong against the run, he typically had good effort, but either did not stand his ground or couldn't get off blocks.
I will say he actually looked more explosive to me standing up than hand in the ground in college, but the sack numbers were ridiculous and I talked about this in a previous post, many of his sacks I think 8.5 or so came in the first 3 games against bad competition, many others were coverage sacks.
Not really sure where he goes from here, but glad that he is learning how to smartly use his abilities at the next level.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
Not that this move was super surprising, but I wonder if the Colts organization knew of the possibility of an impending suspension of Mathis during the draft.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-colts-fifth-round-pick-jonathan-newsome.html
Kind of sound Alshon Jerrery-ish without the consistent hands.
Even with that said what I do like is that unlike DHB who had bad drops atleast most that I saw from Donte were with his hands out reaching for the ball instead of letting it come into his body.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/analyzing-the-colts-third-round-pick-donte-moncrief.html
Doesn't look super bad, but the part that hurts the most for me is the awareness issue, I think this is what really ended up hampering the season of Thornton, he really had an inability to react to stunts, which often allowed a lot of pressure up the middle which is a sure sign for catastrophe.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/analyzing-colts-second-round-pick-jack-mewhort.html
@AJ_ I think with this group it all depends, what position and what year. Last year was all about plugging holes, and shoring up the run game, this year seems to be about size and versatility. It seems like they draft specifically from some of the problems they had the previous year.
With WR it seems they are still looking for that tall athletic speedster, First Donnie, then DHB, now Donte.
LB to me is interesting, for inside they saw that our ILBs vs there run were a weakness so they tried to help sure that up. For OLB they see that we do not get a lot of pressure and that Mathis is getting up there in age. I believe they saw the limitations of Werner as a rush LB and wanted to go for someone who was not that. It will be interesting to see what they try to do with Werner, I don't think he will really do much as a rush LB and could honestly be out of the league in a few years... hopefully he develops his functional strength and drop back skills and can end up holding down the right side, that would be great.
For CB Safety they are looking for a long play-maker I believe, and they really didn't see much of that draft, but if you look at the FA signings they targeted CB's that were athletic play-makers and a safety that is also a play-maker, even though it was at a lower level, he is a real big hitter, too bad we still think of Landry as a FS, I really do not get that part.
I think a lot of it comes from the organizing, system and coaches once they get drafted, which is why certain teams typically do above average coming from the draft, but with that said you also have to make wish choices, I think grigson over thinks the hidden gym mindset, and where we are we don't need to find just average guy who are versatile, or Huge conversion prospects early in the draft we needed guys who are good at one position early in the draft, and I don't think Grigson is good at doing that.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html
Not about how deep, but more about quality of weak positions. We have versatile guys, so two deep is enough at those positions
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-undrafted-free-agent-tracker.html
@codrutc @paulcareyjr @ScooterinSpo Yeah I have optimism, I think Centers come along quicker, but yeah I believe the will be better this year by far.
So I have high hopes for Qua Cox, I think he makes the roster, also I was not a huge fan, but thought Dion Bailey would have been decent as a UDFA, wonder if we contacted him, also Marcus Roberson is still out there I think, wouldn't mind giving him a shot.
@hankster Yeah don't think we will get a bunch out of production out of our draft picks, but hopefully they will create competition.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/what-to-expect-2014-jonathan-newsome-andrew-jackson-ulrick-john.html
@codrutc Hopefully he knows his team better than I do, but I really don't buy that. It is not always about are they better right now, but do they have the potential to be better, and I think there were many guys who had the potential to be better.
I should add that this would be a time to trade up; when you know you have a huge area of need, and you know that there are only few guys who you would actually draft.
Should also add that not sure all the other guys we drafted are better than people we currently have on our roster, but maybe Grigano thought they did, I guess at this point I will just see how it turns out, I think some of the picks we took could turnout to be pretty good, so I am not completely disappointed, but I think we didn't have a good draft due to what I feel we needed and what was available.
@ScooterinSpo @codrutc Yeah, honestly picks can turnout a lot of ways, it is really hard to predict, but I will say that I really hated last years draft, I didn't know what Grigson was doing, and also I really don't care about this draft much, I feel that he over thinks and also doesn't address areas of needs efficiently.
With that being said, he may see areas of need that I do not so maybe that justifies the ways that he does things.
BTW right now the only pick that grigson has made in the draft that have really worked out are Allen and Hilton, everything else is a question mark in my books...
P.S. Everyone was going to take Luck #1 so I am not counting that.
@LovinBlue You have to question some of Grigson's moves, I really wish we would have addressed that area, the only thing I will say is atleast 6 games that we will be playing in the QB's are very questionable(AFC South) so maybe that will afford us one more year to try and figure it out, lol
Never mind, dude has some crazy issues going on right now, pretty much sure he had been taken off every board
really wanted to get victor hampton
@TrueBlue wasn't disappointed at all, seems pretty good at the point of attack and stay engaged, yeah the next level stuff isn't great, but i think he is pretty solid at tackle. My problem is i think Grigson over thinks stuff, always lookingfor the diamond inn the ruff. I get so tired of these conversion projrcts, and honestly i think could have areas other areas first, we had bigger needs. I wish i could see the Colts board after the draft is over just for kicks.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/14126.html
Huh so will Sutton is a beast, instant fan
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/colts-authority-day-2-target-board.html
So ummm yeah, officially hate grigson
@AJ_ Demarcus Lawrence is a good edge rusher, I really like him..
@hankster @RobertItoh Yeah, I think it would be hard going WR in the 2nd knowing all of our other needs, but if Lee were to fall all the way to us it would be hard for me to not want us to take him...
@hankster Not a Vereen fan myself, looks very average, put up good combine numbers though. I think he is a lifetime solid back up at the CB and S position.
Wish I saw more game tape on Pierre Desir, seemed pretty fluid, he got a lot of picks, but to me most seemed like they came off bad passes or because the WR did not make good adjustments on the ball, not sure he would have had that same luck at a higher level. He shows good hands though.
I'm thinking we go BPA at either FS, CB, G/C with the 2nd round pick...
Vereens tape is so average, doubt he will be much at the next level, best thing about him is his versatility, he should be a decent back up at the safety and corner position.
His combine numbers excited people, but going back and watching the tape was very beneficial in his case.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/camock-final-results.html
@JayVeeThree @ColtsAuth_Kyle So yeah, thought Rams might surprise and grab sammy watkins...
@jasonmcmeekin @ColtsAuth_Kyle umm yeah, dude if Clowney plays up to potential he is going to have to do more than take a hit, he will have to learn how to get rid of the ball.
Should say I try to look at game tape more than highlights, for me it seems more beneficial that way...
Deon has some pretty awesome highlights, but not blown away from the potential he shows in game tape, he will be decent, but not sure how pairing him with Landry would go.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
@Kyle Rodriguez @paulcareyjr humm don't like the game tape?
Bold Prediction from this draft class Marqueston Huff will push Ha Ha Clinton Dix as the top FS to come out of this class, make that top safety period...
I hope we get him in the 3rd, that would be awesome.
Make it happen Colts...
Looking at FS video right now Johnathan Dowling is pretty interesting... Lanky, but has a lot of power at the point of contact, seems like a really high ceiling guy, has room to put on a ton of bulk, I guess they said he has a lot of character concerns though, and for a lot of guys this does not bother me a bunch, but having multiple run ins with the coach is a no no, got kicked off of FLA.
Interviews are going to be huge for this guy.
Draft day being tomorrow, just seems like we need more draft chatter around here, I guess not having a 1st kind of halts that a bit...
@smonroe I think they could for depth, I mean O-line, backup QB, Safety is an interesting position, we have guys now, but not all of their spots are locked, that goes for CB as well.
But you have to remember that some of these players will be stashed on the practice squad as well.
@bradicus18 I think we might address OLB with UDFA, I am excited to see what Adongo can do, he has really added some bulk this offseason, hopefully it works out for the Colts.
Isaiah Crowell is kind of interesting also...
I guy I wouldn't mind drafting late is Josh Huff...
Honestly I would have him in on every run play, he is a receiver but he is more than a willing blocker, his game tape form 2012 reminds me of Wayne out there blocking.
If he had better hands I think he would go much higher... still has room to improve, but I like him, and he can be a special teams player.
@hankster lol for 3 days straight...
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/report-colts-talking-with-troy-qb-corey-robinson.html
@unitas19 I think unless a guy is a bonafide #1 WR at this point there is no need to take one at 59, we have way too many options for Luck right now in the passing game, but we really still have a lot of weaknesses elsewhere, I would address any of those at this point rather than Weapons for Luck.
We also have young guys in waiting that have potential, they need to continue to keep getting some playing time even if it is sparingly, and at this point if we added one of these guys in the draft they would just be joining that pool honestly, I also don't think Matthews is a #1 type receiver, have to look more at Bryant though, but if he is lasting this long , even in a deep WR draft I doubt most view him as having high #1 WR potential.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-mock-draft-second-round-begins.html
@bradicus18 I think this thing has hit a snag... lol
I think the Ravens through Patriots section could get kind of rough, but yeah not too bad, favorable enough that we should have a good shot at making the playoffs again, haven't looked at the rest of the afc south schedules.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/2014-nfl-schedule-colts-to-visit-denver-on-sunday-night-football-to-open-season.html
Just want to say that Oakland is excited that one of our 3 guys is still available. :)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/ca-mock-draft-second-round-begins.html
Feels like this draft is going faster than last years :)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/ca-mock-draft-commences-houston-takes-jadeveon-clowney-with-the-first-overall-pick.html
Pryor more of a SS I think, but man if you pair those two together you will have one of the hardest hitting safety groups in the NFL.
Great, really enjoying the perceived harder competition at home compared to the road, we will need the best scenarios because we have some tough games that should be pretty close.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/
I like the Barr Pick, the other guys I would have been interested in for the Lions had been taken as well, he should be a good addition to what they already have there
@smonroe Oakland, I think the Fans will rally behind him, he has that grit and nastiness they crave, and he seems to be a hard worker so hopefully that rubs off on his teammates.