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The path to the NFL is unpredictable, winding, and unique for every player -- no matter the position, no matter the school.
Take, for example, Bjoern Werner. His well-documented path began in Berlin, included a stop in Tallahassee, and ultimately ended in Indianapolis.
The former Seminole-turned-Colts defensive end was made the No. 24 overall pick in last week's Draft. But it likely wouldn't have happened if it weren't for a true American staple: "Madden" video games.
“That is so correct. I knew every NFL star probably when I was 12, 13 or 14," Werner said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I learned every team, every player in the game and I always created my little All-Star games, All-Star teams. I was just telling a few people when I was 12, 13, 14, I played with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. They were like the dynamic duo for years. Now I’m going to play with Robert Mathis. He’s going to be my veteran. I can ask questions, I can look...
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The Colts had a nice draft, with some solid players that could be impact players in the near future. 1st Round -- Bjoern Werner -- Defensive End / Outside Linebacker -- Florida StateA lot of people are saying that Werner will have a tough transition to stand up outside linebacker. Here's the thing, the guy is so athletic and so versatile that I bet you a switch would be quite...
Colts first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner says he learned about the NFL by playing the popular Madden football video game.
One of the most underrated post draft activities is the chase for undrafted free agents. Teams can find diamonds in the rough by combing though their draft boards and finding out who is left.
According to Colts.com, in the everlasting quest for talent, the Colts have signed 9 rookie free agents.
Boston College tackle Emmett Cleary
Temple kicker Brandon McManus
As Colts P Pat McAfee put it: the “Bjoern Supremacy.” Indy’s 1st overall pick (#24), Bjoern Werner.
The 2013 NFL draft probably didn’t dazzle fans of the Indianapolis Colts the way they might have hoped.
It was a “build from the inside-out” philosophy that ruled this draft, as evidenced by the team’s first four picks. First off the board with the 24th overall selecetion...
Chris Polian, son of former Colts GM Bill Polian, has officially been hired by the Jaguars as their new director of pro personnel. The hiring shouldn't be surprising, considering that David Caldwell worked for Bill Polian and Chris Polian in Indianapolis from 1998 to 2007 before moving to Atlanta. In Atlanta, Caldwell helped Chris Polian find employment, and now, Caldwell is...
For today's installment of Choose Your Quarterback, we'll pit Andrew Luck vs. Eli Manning the Nos. 9 and 10 signal-callers in my rankings of the 32 presumed starting quarterbacks.
(That countdown will be updated soon.)
Here's a week-by-week fantasy breakdown of Manning vs. Luck ... just in case you're torn on which quarterback offers better value in Round 3:
It's proven a tough free agent market for veteran defensive lineman and linebackers, as several either remain unsigned or had to take significant pay cuts to reach new agreements. An example of this has been Indianapolis Colts free agent Dwight Freeney, who has been forced to lower his asking price since the offseason began, according to Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.
Remember when Dwight Freeney and John Abraham visited Foxborough?
Yeah, that was over a month and a half ago, and neither have found teams. The reason? Despite the fact that both are aging veterans past their prime, they are looking for big pay days.
This hasn't been the best off-season for players looking for that, even a lot of guys in their prime have had to settle for...
The Indianapolis Colts acquired inside line backer Kelvin Sheppard from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for outside line backer Jerry Hughes. Neither player is expected to make an immediate impact for their new teams.
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Earlier this offseason, free agent defensive end Dwight Freeney was looking for $8 million per year.
Now that Freeney is still a free agent, it sounds like he’s willing to accept something similar to the two-year, $8.5 million contract Osi Umenyiora received from the Falcons.
Freeney has since told teams he wants a deal similar to Falcons’ Osi Umeniyora — $8.5 million over...
According to Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, free agent DE/OLB Dwight Freeney has reportedly informed interested NFL teams that he willing to lower his asking price to what the Atlanta Falcons gave DE Osi Umenyiora.
Freeney was believed to be seeking as much as $8 million annually just a few weeks ago, but he appears to be willing to sign for just over $4 million per year, considering...