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Colts tight end coach Alfredo Roberts said getting Dwayne Allen (hip surgery) back "is like getting a brand new player."

Allen was pegged for a big role in OC Pep Hamilton's offense last year, but he injured his hip only 32 snaps into the season and was placed on injured reserve. Now healthy, Allen should once again be a big part of the Colts' plans. He is a solid TE2 with upside.
Source: colts.com
Jul 10 - 10:58 AM

Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck said he now wants to continue playing past 2014.

Hasselbeck is entering his age-39 season and the final year of his contract. Last October, Hasselbeck said this season would be his last. He's apparently had a change of heart and wants to remain Andrew Luck's backup for a couple more playoff runs in hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. We'll see how Hasselbeck feels after another grueling training camp and long season.
Source: colts.com
Jul 8 - 10:15 AM

Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) is on track for training camp.

Ballard didn't participate in offseason workouts and will open camp as the No. 3 back behind Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. He's reportedly close to 100 percent, but the Colts have concerns about his effectiveness coming off a major injury. Ballard is 10 months removed from September ACL surgery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 8:38 PM

Mike Adams has the early edge for the Colts' free safety job.

Delano Howell entered OTAs as the favorite to start, but ESPN's Mike Wells now considers Adams the leading candidate. Adams, a ten-year veteran, was an every-down player for Denver from Week 12 on last season. If he wins the starting job, SS LaRon Landry could be asked to play more deep coverages. The back end of the Colts' secondary is a 2014 concern.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 8:08 PM

NFL suspended Colts WR LaVon Brazill for at least one season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

A multiple offender, Brazill was suspended the first four games of 2013 for the same offense. Brazill was unlikely to make an offensive impact for the Colts this season, but his steady contributions on special teams will be missed. The Brazill ban opens the door for Da'Rick Rogers and rookie Donte Moncrief to battle for playing time behind T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne, and Hakeem Nicks.
Jul 3 - 4:54 PM

In poll of 26 general managers, personnel men and coaches, Andrew Luck landed in "Tier 1" of quarterbacks.

The only other Tier 1 quarterbacks were Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Although Luck has been in the NFL for just two years and is yet to go off statistically, it's clear to anyone with two eyes that he's a "once in a generation" kind of talent. Luck is just a middling QB1 in re-draft formats due to the presence of stubborn run-first OC Pep Hamilton, but he's arguably the No. 1 quarterback in Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 3 - 8:30 AM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells considers second-round OL Jack Mewhort the favorite to open the season as the starting left guard.

Mewhort, the 59th pick in the draft, ran with the ones late in spring practices after bypassing Lance Louis on the depth chart. Donald Thomas should also enter the mix come training camp, but he sat out all of OTAs while recovering from last year's torn quad. Mewhort can play any position on the line.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 8:42 AM

During the offseason program, Colts third-round WR Donte Moncrief focused on his breaks and "attacking" the football.

The 6'2/221 Moncrief ran a 4.40 forty and posted truly freakish measurables at the Combine. He lasted until the 90th pick largely because of raw route-running and a tendency to body-catch the ball. We're not expecting 20-year-old Moncrief to have a significant impact this season, but he's an ideal Dynasty stash thanks to natural athletic ability and the presence of transcendent quarterback Andrew Luck. Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks are on one-year contracts.
Jun 30 - 9:31 AM

Colts coaches say Trent Richardson is now relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking it through.

Obviously, the Colts are going to try to grasp at any excuse for Richardson's awful performance following last year's trade. But hesitancy to hit the hole and a lack of vision were certainly glaring issues as he averaged a humiliating 2.91 YPC in Indy. Gaining more comfort in the scheme and letting his natural talent take over should produce results for Richardson, who will head to camp with his nose in front of Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard. Note that Marshawn Lynch didn't clear 100 yards until his 19th game with Seattle after getting traded out of Buffalo during the 2010 season. T-Rich is still only entering his age-24 season.
Jun 23 - 9:28 AM

Per the Indy Star's Stephen Holder, rookie WR Donte Moncrief "look(ed) good) during OTAs and minicamp, and the Colts' coaching staff is "excited" about the third-round pick.

Holder cautions to "not get carried away" after pad-less practices, but OTA praise is always more positive than negative. A prototypical "X" receiver at 6-foot-2, 221, Moncrief is likely viewed as the heir apparent to short-term stopgap Hakeem Nicks. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are Indy's other top wideouts.
Jun 22 - 3:31 PM

Colts signed NT Brandon McKinney.

A nine-year veteran, McKinney was a Colt in 2011-12, but spent both years stowed away on injured reserve with knee issues. Going on 31, McKinney will fight for a rotational role along the Colts' defensive line, but has to prove he's healthy before anything else.
Jun 19 - 2:30 PM

Colts third-round WR Donte Moncrief spent "considerable time" with the first-team offense Wednesday.

Moncrief reportedly had a "spectacular practice." It's an excellent sign that he's showing well early, but we'd expect the athletic freak to perform in non-contact work. He's still going to need some time to learn the NFL game, which he'll get while operating behind Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks and T.Y. Hilton this season. Dynasty owners should note that both Wayne and Nicks are on one-year deals. Young for a rookie, Moncrief is still only 20.
Jun 19 - 9:37 AM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano would be "shocked" if Reggie Wayne (ACL) wasn't ready for training camp.

The Colts have held Wayne out of OTAs, but he's been cleared for football activities. Indy has zero incentive to rush its veteran stalwart, but it sounds like there will be no reason to keep the training wheels on once camp rolls around. Fantasy players can draft Wayne as if he'll be 100 percent for Week 1.
Jun 17 - 4:16 PM

Free agent NT Brandon McKinney is participating in Colts minicamp on a tryout basis.

McKinney, 31 in August, hasn't played a snap since the Divisional Round of the playoffs with the Ravens in 2011. He came to Indianapolis with coach Chuck Pagano in 2012 but tore his ACL in August of that year and ended up missing the next two seasons. If healthy, McKinney would be a worth a flier. That's a big "if."
Jun 17 - 1:22 PM

Former Colts and Ravens TE Dallas Clark has retired from football.

He'll formally retire as a Colt on Wednesday. A one-time Pro Bowler and All Pro (2009), Clark was one of the NFL's premier "move" tight ends with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis during the late 2000s. A sticky-handed possession threat, Clark finishes his career with 505 catches for 5,665 yards (11.2 YPR) and 53 touchdowns. Clark was a top-five fantasy tight end in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The 35-year-old spent 2012 with the Bucs and 2013 in Baltimore.
Jun 16 - 3:59 PM


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