Colts Notebook: Offensive Optimism and Guys Who Like Training Camp

Follow @MarcusDugan Good morning, Colts fans. It’s time to take a break from reading your 2014 Colts Authority Annual and welcome the Colts Notebook back from its offseason hiatus. Grit, next man up, saying “guy” or “guys” two or more times in a sentence.  Yes, training camp is upon us, and that means the football coaches – and their quotes – are back.  Over the next...
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Colts Positional Preview: Defensive Line

The defensive line made a big addition in Arthur Jones, but with a couple of losses and some aging players, hasthe defensive line improved? Current Depth Chart:StartersLDE: Cory Redding
NT: Josh ChapmanRDE: Arthur Jones Backups (Not in order):DEs: Tyler Hoover, Ricky Jean Francois, Nnamdi Obukwelu, Jeris PendletonNT: Montori Hughes, Zach Kerr, Brandon McKinney Arthur JonesArthur...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Finally the Indianapolis Colts will have depth on the defensive line

The Indianapolis Colts will be able to enjoy some depth at the defensive line in 2014, something that they could not say in years past. With training camp just two days away, many Colts fans will be able to watch a new unit try to mesh together, and come out as one of the most improved units for the Colts. In the offseason the Colts acquired Art Jones, a 6’3″ 337 pound monster...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts: projected starters for 53-man roster

Yes, I know it is way too early to think about, but why not? Let’s fast forward to the fall of 2014 and predict who will be starting for the Indianapolis Colts. There are a lot of unknowns and rookies that will be coming in to fill some of the positions. But I can pretty accurately depict what the depth chart will look like. Let’s get to it: Offense QB: Andrew Luck HB: Trent...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Bust city: Defensive end addition

When it comes to worst defensive ends the Colts drafted, only two come to mind that were terrible picks. These two men are the only ones that are worthwhile of such an esteemed honor of being the worst of the worst. One player was marred with injury while the other was devoid of any talent on the field. The evaluation of what makes a bad draft pick is a difficult decision based off...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Texans NT Earl Mitchell Could Be In For A Better Than Expected FA Market

Former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik mentioned that Texans NT Earl Mitchell could end up being a ”good value” in this year’s free agent market, per Adam Caplan. Caplan mentions that could be this year’s version of Ricky Jean-Francois who secured a four-year, $22 million contract that included $5.5 million guaranteed from the Colts last year. Jean-Francois wound up having...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Colts put 3 starters on inactive list against Jags

The Colts have put starting defensive linemen Ricky Jean Francois and Cory Redding and starting offensive lineman Mike McGlynn on the inactive list for Sunday's game against Jacksonville (4-11). McGlynn's absence means Indianapolis (10-5) will start its sixth offensive line combination in six weeks. Indy's other inactives are safety Sergio Brown, cornerback Sheldon...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts' Week 17 Injury Report: Vontae Davis, Ricky Jean Francois

This has been a season rife with injuries for the Indianapolis Colts, with their offensive line feeling the effects in the latter part of the year. Head coach Chuck Pagano is the NFL's version of MacGyver, turning paper clips and duct tape into an offensive line when under duress. The only player listed as out for the season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars is defensive...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts missing 6 starters against Texans

AFC South champion Indianapolis will be missing six starters against Houston. Cornerback Greg Toler is out again with a groin injury, while receiver LaVon Brazill also is inactive for the Colts (8-5) with an ankle injury. The other players sitting out Sunday were outside linebacker Pat Angerer, fullback Stanley Havili, defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, right guard Jeff Linkenbach...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts' Injury Report: Ricky Jean-Francois, Gregory Toler, LaVon Brazill

While it hasn't been pretty for the Indianapolis Colts this season, it has been "good enough." The Colts will look to push their record to 9-5 against the Houston Texans tomorrow afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Much like their opponent, the Colts have been decimated by injuries this season (14 players on injured reserve). All-Pro wide receiver...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Week 14 Indianapolis Colts Injury Report: Mathis, Toler, Jean-Francois

Paul J. Everette, Flickr Creative Commons The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals square off tomorrow afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Both teams have security within their division, with the Bengals having a three-game lead and the Colts maintaining a two-game lead. Both are considered viable threats in the fast-approaching NFL playoffs. For their Week...
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December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts' Ricky Jean-Francois Out 2-4 Weeks

The Colts suffered a bad injury on Sunday against the Titans when defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois went down with an injury. He sprained his foot and did not return to the game and head coach Chuck Pagano said today that he will miss 2-4 weeks at best. This should really test the depth of the Colts' defensive line.The Colts are going to need Jean-Francois come playoff time...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts DT breaks out raging sack dance - while losing by 21 points (GIF)

Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois broke out an raging sack dance in the second quarter of Sunday's game against Arizona - while the Colts were losing 24-3. Sorry, Ricky, but there's no way to justify that celebration when your team is losing by that much. It just looks ridiculous. H/T FTW. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks Three key match-ups week 5 vs. Colts

Time to Tame the Colts Fresh off their gritty overtime road win in Houston, the Seattle Seahawks travel north to visit the Texans divisional rival Indianapolis Colts. How’s that for a set of road opponents, two weeks straight? With the Seahawks having all the momentum in the world right now and a 4-0 record, I’m convinced it’s going to take more than a once in a generation...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts: 2013 Week 2 NFL Power Rankings (#26)

I thought the Colts would be improved over last season (in talent, not record), but barely beating the Raiders, after winning 7 games by 7 points or less against 7 win or worse teams last season, doesn’t inspire any confidence. Andrew Luck looked good, completing 18 of 23 for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another 39 and a score on 6 carries, and he could be on his...
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September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Week 1 preview: Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland Raiders

Hallelujah! The best time of the year is finally here! Let’s preview the week 1 matchup for the Indianapolis Colts against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have unofficially, officially, announced Terrell Pryor as their starting quarterback for this week’s game. Can’t say it’s surprising, what is Matt Flynn going to do behind that offensive line? Pryor has the ability to...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Team Previews: Indianapolis Colts

Key Additions QB Matt Hasselbeck, WR Darrius Heyward-bey, OT Gosder Cherilus, G Donald Thomas, DE/DT Ricky Jean-Francois, NT Aubrayo Franklin, DE/OLB Erik Walden, ILB Kelvin Sheppard, CB Greg Toler, S LaRon Landry, DE/OLB Bjoern Werner (draft), G Hugh Thornton (draft), C Khaled Holmes (draft) Key Losses QB Drew Stanton, WR Donnie Avery, WR Austin Collie, OT Winston...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts 2013 NFL Draft Team Needs

The Indianapolis Colts are among the more improved teams around the league after four weeks of 2013 NFL Free Agency.  Let’s take a look at the club’s updated needs heading into the 2013 NFL Draft (in no particular order). Photo Credit: Colts.com 1. Offensive Line Picking up one of the premier offensive line in the first three rounds of the draft to go along with the additions...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

All Quiet on the Niner Front

Free Agency is almost a week old now and based on reports the 49ers are still looking at cornerbacks and safeties. Here are the moves the 49ers have made so far this offseason.Traded Alex Smith to the Chiefs for a 2013 draft pick and a conditional 2014 draft pick.Traded for Anquan Boldin for a 2013 6th round draft pick.Extended Ian Williams’ contract 2 years.Tendered free agent...
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March 18, 2013  |  Discuss

What are the Colts doing?!

Well, the Colts decided they needed to go out and add some players via free agency. As I stated a few days ago, this was a good free agent market for the Colts, as there were several players that suited the Indianapolis needs. The Colts definitely tapped the free agent market, but they didn’t ever seem to look for the top names on the market. Compounding the problem, they paid...
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March 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts making questionable moves in free agency

The Indianapolis Colts have been on a wild tear to sign free agents for top dollar contracts. The only problem has been that their free agent signings haven't been top tier additions to their team. The recent activity has many wondering exactly what is going on in Indianapolis. Below is a list of free agents signed so far by the Colts with contract details. [H/T to Rotoworld...
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March 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Pagano eager to get started with revamped defense

Colts coach Chuck Pagano will get a chance to dial up his favorite defensive looks in 2013. Blitzes, exotic packages, yes, Indianapolis will roll it all out next season. Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson spoke to reporters Friday morning, less than 24 hours after completing the first phase of their second offseason by signing a seventh free agent. The class of newcomers...
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March 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts add DL Jean Francois to list of new players

The Indianapolis Colts are on a defensive spending spree. Less than 24 hours after adding Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry to the roster, the Colts struck two more deals, this time landing San Francisco defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois and re-signing cornerback Darius Butler. Terms of the deals were not immediately available. The latest moves are intended to help revamp a traditionally...
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March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Ricky Jean Francois signs with Colts

The 49ers are now 0-for-4 in re-signing their top free agents after defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois came to terms Thursday with the Colts. The deal is reportedly worth $22 million over four years. Jean Francois, 26, will likely be a starter on the Colts’ D-line after being a key reserve for much of his three years in San Francisco. A starting role opened up for him on the...
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March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts sign Ricky Jean Francois (4y/22M)

The Indianapolis Colts have signed 49ers defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois.The Indianapolis Colts continue to make big signings. Ricky Jean Francois is the latest one. Jean Francois started in only 5 games with the 49ers, but saw the field a good amount rotating with Justin Smith and Ray Macdonald (the two starters). He also saw a bit of action at nose tackle. He has good versatility...
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March 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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