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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.
Source: colts.com
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

NFL.com'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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Colts signed ILB Nate Irving, formerly of the Broncos, to a three-year, $9.25 million contract.

A torn ACL cut Irving's 2014 season in half, but he was having a fine year before the injury. He finished 22nd out of 60 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings. Teams ran all over the Colts last season and Irving can help in that area. D'Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman will hold down the fort at linebacker until Irving is healthy enough to contribute.
Mar 20 - 11:39 AM

Colts OLB Erik Walden was treated at a Georgia hospital last weekend after being slashed in the arm with a knife by his ex-girlfriend.

Walden suffered minor injuries and was quickly treated and released from the hospital. But his new girlfriend suffered a broken arm when the ex hit her with a baseball bat. Walden allegedly had to wrestle a gun away from the attacker as he called 911. Walden has nine sacks across 29 starts the past two years.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 20 - 9:31 AM

Colts signed OT Demarco Cox.

Cox spent the past five years playing college basketball. A mountainous 6-foot-8, 294, Cox began his hardwood career at Ole Miss before transferring to Georgia Tech, where he started every game in 2014-15 and led the Yellow Jackets in block shots (28) as a senior. Cox obviously offers loads of athletic upside, but he's the longest of long shots to crack Indy's roster.
Source: colts.com
Mar 19 - 4:28 PM


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