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Colts owner Jim Irsay said undrafted rookie RB Josh Ferguson has "a chance to be special."

The Colts reportedly considered Ferguson as early as the fourth round of April's draft, and he "made a distinct impression" during the offseason program. Indy does not have much of anything behind 33-year-old starter Frank Gore, so it is not crazy to think Ferguson carves out a role this year. The 5-foot-10, 198-pound back ran a 4.48 forty with a 10-foot broad jump at the Combine.
Source: colts.com
Jun 30 - 11:35 AM

Updating a previous item, Andrew Luck's new six-year, $140 million contract makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Prior to Luck signing, Joe Flacco paced the market at $22.1 million per year. Luck blows that out of the water. With the salary cap rising each of the past couple years and continuing to swell, it made it easy for the Colts to get this done. T.Y. Hilton is also under contract for the next five years through 2020.
Jun 29 - 3:35 PM

Colts signed QB Andrew Luck to a new six-year, $140 million contract through 2021.

This deal resets the top of the quarterback market and contains a record-setting $87 million guaranteed. Luck was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Despite missing half of last season and struggling for large chunks of the eight games he was in there, Luck deserves every penny. GM Ryan Grigson hasn't done anything to protect Luck during his now-four-year career, failing to get him any offensive linemen and subjecting "the franchise" to unnecessary hits. Now back to full health, Luck should be in for a big bounce-back year as a top-flight QB1. He's now signed through his age-32 season.
Jun 29 - 3:19 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells left RB Jordan Todman off his 53-man roster projection.

Todman is theoretically competing with Robert Turbin for the backup role behind Frank Gore, but both could be supplanted by undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson. Todman looked good in limited work with Pittsburgh last season, and it would not be a shock if he beat out Turbin in camp.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 10:14 AM

Frank Gore says he’s aiming for a 1,000-yard season.

The Colts haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2007. Andrew Luck's healthy return boosts the offense's outlook tremendously, however, while stud first-round C Ryan Kelly should additionally make Gore's life easier between the tackles. Gore has very little competition for carries and running back targets in Indy. With his ADP down several rounds from last year, Gore has the potential to be a bargain, even at age 33.
Source: scout.com
Jun 18 - 6:12 PM

Donte Moncrief (toe) tweeted Thursday he has resumed running routes.

Moncrief did not participate in the offseason program, but he shed his walking boot last week and has now progressed to running routes. He is fully expected to be ready for the start of training camp. With Andrew Luck back healthy, Moncrief is poised for a breakout.
Jun 18 - 12:27 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts began considering UDFA Josh Ferguson as early as the fourth round of May's draft.

The Colts wound up devoting their entire draft to defense and the offensive line, but Ferguson still fell into their laps after going undrafted. Beat writer Stephen Holder reports Ferguson "made a distinct impression" during OTAs. "He’s a mismatch out in space," coach Chuck Pagano. "He’s got juice. He can go." Ferguson reminded us of Dion Lewis on college tape. Competing with journeymen Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman, Ferguson is a name to keep in mind behind 33-year-old starter Frank Gore.
Jun 17 - 7:55 PM

Per the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer, Colts WR Brian Tyms "especially stood out" at OTAs.

Tyms has long flashed in offseason practices, but he's never been able to stay healthy or translate it to real football games. He dominated in the 2014 preseason for the Patriots but ended up being inactive much of the season and missed all of last year with an Achilles' injury. He's competing for the No. 4 job in Indy.
Jun 13 - 7:29 PM

According to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer, T.Y. Hilton has been the best player at Colts' OTAs and "could be in line for a career year."

Receivers and defensive backs shine the most in non-contact settings, so it's not surprising Hilton is standing out. But Hilton is coming off a down season where his deep speed was rendered useless half the year by Matt Hasselbeck's noodle arm. The entire Colts offense is flying a bit under the radar.
Jun 13 - 7:22 PM

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe expects Andrew Luck's next contract to be a four-year deal worth over $100 million.

The Colts have the option to franchise tag Luck in 2017, but the two sides are working to complete an extension before training camp. Luck would be smart to take a four-year deal so he can hit the market again when he's still in his prime at age 30. The former No. 1 pick is expected to become the first player in NFL history to sign a deal worth more than $25 million in annual salary.
Jun 12 - 10:27 AM

Colts RB Tyler Varga (concussion) was able to participate in the offseason program.

Varga sat out the first couple days of OTAs, but he was able to participate in most of the sessions. He even saw some first-team work with Frank Gore sidelined late in minicamp. It sounds like he is completely healed from the scary concussion which ended his rookie season prematurely. He will compete for a role in camp.
Source: colts.com
Jun 11 - 9:36 AM

Colts CB D'Joun Smith had an offseason setback in his recovery from last year's knee injury.

The initial knee injury sent Smith to I.R./recall last year. He returned in mid-November, but made just four appearances as a bit player. Smith is due back for training camp, but the Colts can't be counting on him for a big role.
Jun 8 - 8:35 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay conceded Wednesday that second-year DE Henry Anderson (ACL) may not be ready for Week 1.

The Colts are "hoping" Arthur Jones (ankle) will be back by then to ease the burden of Anderson's likely absence. Anderson was a sneaky DROY candidate before tearing his ACL in Week 9, flashing high-level ability as both an interior pass rusher and run stopper. He'll be sorely missed by a weak Indy defense.
Jun 8 - 8:20 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Colts and contract-year QB Andrew Luck are working on a "blockbuster" extension.

Owner Jim Irsay previously said the deal will be "shocking." Per RapSheet, Irsay initially wanted to offer Luck a whopping 10-year contract, but the two sides have since begun talking five- and six-year pacts that will make Luck the highest-paid player in the game. Even with Luck missing eight games last season, he's expected to net at least $25 million annually.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 12:53 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder singled out undrafted RB Josh Ferguson as someone to "keep an eye on" at Colts minicamp.

According to Holder, Ferguson "got strong consideration" from the Colts in the draft, but they ultimately gave him a $10K signing bonus to sign as an UDFA. The Colts did very little to add to their running back group this offseason, so Ferguson should have a chance to carve out a role as a space back.
Jun 8 - 10:54 AM


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