Player News - Colts

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Colts DB Darius Butler claims he is a safety until told otherwise.

Butler wants to move from corner to safety, but the Colts are expected to keep him as a nickel back. The Colts drafted FS Malik Hooker in the first-round and have Clayton Geathers at SS. The major opening for the Colts is behind CB Vontae Davis and rookie Quincy Wilson. Despite his wishes, Butler seems destined to remain in the slot, though it is worth noting that Geathers is recovering from neck surgery.
May 23 - 2:21 PM

Phillip Dorsett said he will be "a new and improved guy" this season.

"I took my body to another level this offseason," Dorsett added. A first-round pick in 2015, Dorsett missed a chunk of his rookie year after breaking his leg and failed to step up with Donte Moncrief sidelined last season. With a new front office in town and Kamar Aiken joining the team in free agency, it is now or never for the third-year player.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 9:01 AM

Colts signed third-round DE Tarell Basham to a four-year contract.

The Colts now have all eight draft picks under contract. A star edge rusher at Ohio, Basham has the skill set to be a productive NFL starter, though it may not happen in year one.
May 19 - 3:51 PM

Colts signed fourth-round DL Grover Stewart to a four-year contract.

With first-round S Malik Hooker also signing on Thursday, only third-round OLB Tarell Basham is left unsigned out of the Colts' draft class. Standing 6-foot-5 and over 330 pounds, Stewart is a solid athlete for his size and put up 30 reps of 225 pounds at Albany State's Pro Day. He might take some time to adjust to NFL competition, but Stewart carries a high ceiling.
Source: colts.com
May 18 - 12:38 PM

Colts signed first-round S Malik Hooker to a four-year contract.

As with all first-round picks, his deal comes with a team option for a fifth year. Hooker is currently recovering from offseason shoulder and sports hernia surgeries, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. He should step into a starting role as soon as he is healthy.
Source: colts.com
May 18 - 12:19 PM

Colts signed fourth round RB Marlon Mack to a four-year contract.

Mack needed just three seasons to set the all-time rushing records at USF. He was a top performer at the Combine, running 4.5-flat with a 10-foot-5 broad jump. Mack's success behind suspect offensive lines makes him a good fit in Indy. He'll push 34-year-old Frank Gore for carries.
May 17 - 5:13 PM

Colts SS Clayton Geathers is recovering from offseason neck surgery.

Geathers was placed on I.R. in December following a concussion and neck issue. The latter required some sort of operation, though details are scarce. The Colts say Geathers remains without a timetable for recovery. A hybrid safety-linebacker who plays in the box, we have no reason to believe Geathers won't be ready for training camp. He could play even more linebacker in 2017.
May 16 - 9:04 PM

Colts signed fourth-round G/T Zach Banner to a four-year contract.

A mountainous 6-foot-8, 353 pounds, Banner is unsurprisingly being listed as a tackle by the Colts. Banner has tree-like arms and hands to match his monster frame, but has struggled with his conditioning. His rookie season is likely to be an NFL-acclimation year.
May 15 - 1:20 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells projects 2016 third-rounder Le'Raven Clark to start at right tackle.

Clark started the final three games of last season at right tackle, so it makes sense for him to open this offseason as the favorite. If Clark and RG Joe Haeg are able to build on their rookie seasons, the Colts will finally have the makings of a solid offensive line.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 10:19 AM

Colts hired Jets director of college scouting Rex Hogan as VP of player personnel.

The Colts also hired Morocco Brown (director of college scouting), Kyle Childress (college scouting coordinator), Brian Decker (player personnel strategist) and Ed Dodds (co-VP of player personnel). Hogan had been with the Jets since 2015. He also has a history with new GM Chris Ballard. Hogan and Ballard spent nearly a decade working side-by-side as college scouts for the Bears.
Source: colts.com
May 12 - 4:10 PM

Colts signed DL Josh Boyd.

The 2013 fifth-round pick spent his first three seasons with Green Bay but was out of the league last year. Boyd has dealt with ankle issues in the past but could be useful as a rotational player if his health cooperates.
May 12 - 1:20 PM

Colts first-round S Malik Hooker (shoulder, groin) expects to be ready for training camp.

Hooker underwent shoulder and sports hernia surgeries after the season. He will likely miss the entire offseason program, but there does not seem to be much worry about his availability for camp. A ball hawk who has earned Ed Reed comparisons, Hooker has the look of an impact rookie.
Source: Stephen H
May 12 - 1:09 PM

Colts signed second-round CB Quincy Wilson, fifth-round CB Nate Hairston and fifth-round ILB Anthony Walker to four-year contracts.

The No. 46 overall pick of the draft, Wilson stands in at 6-foot-2, 211 pounds. Wilson tested as an ordinary athlete, with some pre-draft observers believing he should play safety. A gambling type, the Colts are hoping Wilson will make plays for their re-tooled defense.
May 11 - 8:30 PM

Retired OLB Robert Mathis has been helping the Colts as an "unofficial" assistant coach with the pass rushers.

The franchise's all-time sack leader with 123, Mathis retired immediately following the 2016 season finale. The Colts haven't been able to keep him away, however, and Mathis has hinted he may be interested in becoming a coach. One of the most feared edge rushers of his era, he's a good sounding board for the Colts' current new and improved group of edge defenders.
May 10 - 9:57 AM

Donte Moncrief wants to increase his yards after the catch in 2017.

Playing hurt, Moncrief averaged a pitiful 2.5 yards after catch last season, placing in the bottom 12 of Pro Football Focus' metric. He averaged 4.1 in 2015. The contract-year wideout expects to move around the formation more this season. Moncrief was a 2016 fantasy bust, but is a strong bounce-back candidate.
May 9 - 2:19 PM


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