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Robert Mathis (Achilles') said he hopes to play during the preseason.

Mathis is eyeing a return to the field for the start of training camp, but admits rehab from a torn Achilles' has been "slow." It's a tough injury for anyone yet alone a 34-year-old. There's a chance he opens the season on reserve/PUP.
Mar 31 - 9:51 PM

Colts signed WR Vincent Brown, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

The 2011 third-rounder appeared in seven games last season, catching 12 passes. The formerly-hyped prospect has never been the same since missing all of 2012 with a broken ankle. He'll be a long-shot for the Colts' final receiver spot.
Mar 31 - 3:37 PM

Andre Johnson is expected to be an underneath receiver for the Colts.

Johnson is certainly an upgrade on Reggie Wayne, but don't get fooled into thinking he'll be resuscitated into early-career form. The 34-year-old (in July) was less productive on a per-target basis than DeAndre Hopkins and Damaris Johnson last year, and is clearly losing explosion. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief will be the lid-lifters for Andrew Luck, with the tight ends and Johnson working in possession roles.
Mar 31 - 9:39 AM

Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official website believes second-year WR Donte Moncrief will see "significant reps" as an "entrenched" part of the offensive game plan in 2015.

Moncrief's perceived fantasy value took a big hit when Indianapolis brought in veteran WR Andre Johnson during free agency, but the situation may not be as dire as it looks. Departed WRs Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks soaked up 184 targets together last season. Johnson will see a lot of those looks, but there will be plenty left over for Moncrief to build on his 32/444/3 line from 2014. The arrow is still squarely pointing up for Moncrief.
Mar 28 - 11:40 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports contract-year coach Chuck Pagano was offered a one-year extension at a "very modest increase."

Per Russini, that's something Pagano "won't do." With the league's best young quarterback in tow, Pagano is betting on himself. It worked for Jason Garrett last season, but Colts owner Jim Irsay is making it clear 2015 is a "win or else" season.
Mar 26 - 4:05 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Colts are not expected to extend contract-year coach Chuck Pagano before the start of the season.

It's an interesting decision from Indy. Although we've often disapproved of Pagano's maneuverings, he's improved every year. He's adjusted (slowly) on offense, and had an overachieving defense two years running. The Colts have made the playoffs each of Pagano's three seasons at the helm, winning a game in two of them. It's yet another signal that owner Jim Irsay considers 2015 a Super Bowl-or-bust campaign. Pagano's first order of business is to stop getting blown out by Bill Belichick's Patriots.
Mar 26 - 1:13 PM

Colts RT Gosder Cherilus is still recovering from a January knee scope.

GM Ryan Grigson expressed some concern over his $34.5 million right tackle. "We really like Gos, but we have to see how he comes back," he said. Cherilus has a lengthy history of knee injuries that includes microfracture surgery. Cherilus proved to be a liability while playing hurt last season.
Mar 25 - 9:53 AM

Montori Hughes, Zach Kerr, Jeris Pendleton and Kelcy Quarles will all be "in the mix" for Colts nose tackle snaps behind Josh Chapman.

"We have to get stronger up the middle," said GM Ryan Grigson. Kerr played 289 snaps last season to Hughes' 228. The others were non-factors. Indianapolis could have made a play for Vince Wilfork in free agency, but decided to address other needs. The Colts won't be able to make the next step without solidifying their run defense. The Patriots expose it on a yearly basis.
Mar 25 - 9:13 AM

Coach Chuck Pagano made it clear at the NFL owners' meetings that the Colts envision Frank Gore as a workhorse and every-down back.

He'll take on full-time running back duties ahead of Dan Herron, Vick Ballard, and Zurlon Tipton. Even at 32, the Colts think Gore can be a high-volume bellcow. "Some guys are like that. Carry 1-20, they’re OK. And 20-30, they keep getting better as you wear defenses down. And I think Frank is that type of runner," said Pagano. "He’s a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs. He’s a great protector in pass pro. He catches the ball out of the backfield. We all know what he can do as a runner on early downs. He loves football."
Mar 24 - 3:21 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Khaled Holmes and Jonotthan Harrison will compete for the starting center job this season.

Neither player was particularly effective in 2014, though Harrison out-snapped Holmes 669 to 143. Holmes is 25 and Harrison is just 23, so both players have upside. A.Q. Shipley joined the Cardinals earlier this offseason. He played 386 snaps at center for Indy last season.
Mar 24 - 12:00 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the addition of Andre Johnson should take pressure off T.Y. Hilton.

With Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks fading fast, Hilton was Andrew Luck's no-doubt No. 1 receiver last season. He'll still occupy that role in 2015 but Johnson is dangerous enough to attract defenders, which means Hilton shouldn't see as many double-teams. For a wideout who relies on speed rather than physicality, that extra breathing room will be an enormous benefit. Just 25 years old, Hilton has a chance to actually improve on last year's 82-1,345-7 line.
Mar 24 - 11:32 AM

Colts signed CB Deveron Carr.

Carr was a standout at the Veteran Combine on Sunday. He entered the NFL with the Bucs as an UDFA out of Arizona State in 2013 and appeared in nine games on special teams. He'll try to earn the same role with the Colts.
Mar 23 - 10:34 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay said the team will likely wait until next offseason to extend Andrew Luck's contract.

"Andrew still has two years left," Irsay said. "I really think most likely the scenario is going into the offseason next year is when that second contract will come up. That's the vision I have right now." The Colts will exercise their fifth-year team option on Luck this offseason, putting Luck under contract for the next two seasons at around $18-19 million. That's a huge bargain before the Colts will have to hand over quite possibly the largest contract in NFL history to Luck.
Mar 23 - 6:08 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay stated at the NFL owners' meetings that OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles') may not be ready to play until November.

This would make Mathis a candidate for reserve/PUP to open the season, costing him the first six games. Mathis tore his Achilles' in early September of 2014. ESPN reported Mathis suffered a setback during his recovery, but that was denied by Mathis' agent. Based on this new information, we tend to believe Mathis indeed had a setback. Mathis turned 34 years old last month.
Mar 23 - 4:07 PM

Colts re-signed LB Daniel Adongo to a one-year contract.

An exclusive rights free agent, Adongo missed the majority of last season due to a biceps injury. He'll compete for a depth role and can contribute on special teams. Adongo has appeared in two games since 2013.
Mar 20 - 8:07 PM

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