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Coach Chuck Pagano seemed to hint that the Colts will lean toward an aggressive passing offense in hopes it will kick start their running game.

"I think having the capability to do the other thing is going to open things up in the run game for us," said Pagano. Trent Richardson has two eight-yard gains in the preseason, and 16 yards on his other 12 carries. Both eight-yarders came on shotgun runs -- a passing formation. Richardson has been unsuccessful without room to operate, and pass-oriented sets might give him more space. From a personnel standpoint, Indy's roster strength is its QB and pass-catching corps.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 10:14 PM

Colts GM Ryan Grigson says Trent Richardson "needs to answer the bell" and be "accountable."

Richardson gained eight yards on his first preseason carry, and has 26 yards on his last 13. "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability," said Grigson. "We’re all accountable here. ... He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53." If this was an outward expression of disappointment from Grigson, it'd be a first from the Colts' organization, which has propped up T-Rich at every opportunity since trading for him last September. Richardson's ADP has finally begun to dip. He's going late in the fifth round of standard drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 10:08 PM

The Indianapolis Star expects a "more even distribution" of targets in the Colts' pass-catching corps this season.

T.Y. Hilton finished 14th among NFL wideouts in targets last season, but might be lucky to finish top 20 in 2014. "It's week-to-week. It's all how they match up," is how GM Ryan Grigson described the Colts' target distribution. The Colts will use Hilton, Reggie Wayne, and Hakeem Nicks in three-wide sets, and Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener in two-tight end packages. Don't expect any member of this pass-catching corps to be a true target monster.
Aug 20 - 8:51 PM

Colts acquired RB David Fluellen from the Eagles in exchange for K Cody Parkey.

The Eagles were planning to cut Fluellen. He was a priority UDFA signing out of Toledo after rushing for 3,336 yards and 28 scores in his college career. Fluellen fell to the bottom of the depth chart after spending too much time on the trainer's table with a calf injury. He'll compete for a backup job in Indianapolis.
Aug 20 - 3:10 PM

Eagles waived RB David Fluellen.

Fluellen was a priority UDFA pickup immediately after the draft, having rushed for 3,336 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career at Toledo. But he's missed a bunch of camp time due to a calf injury, and now loses his roster spot to Chip Kelly's Oregon connection -- Kenjon Barner.
Aug 20 - 11:24 AM

Colts FS Delano Howell has been battling a neck injury the past two weeks, leaving his status for the season in question.

Howell spent the final ten games of last season on I.R. with a neck issue. He's visited multiple experts the past two weeks and plans to talk to another specialist this week. GM Ryan Grigson hinted at a heightened level of concern for Howell, saying Howell will talk "with his wife and his agent." As we've seen, the neck is a tricky situation in the NFL. It's hard to gain clearance. If Howell is to miss time, veteran Mike Adams would step in next to LaRon Landry.
Aug 19 - 12:46 PM

Colts signed RB Deji Karim and waived RB Davin Meggett.

Karim will probably just be a practice body for the rest of camp. He spent time with the Texans last year before breaking his collarbone in December.
Aug 17 - 1:31 PM

According to the Indianapolis Star, Hakeem Nicks had a "run-of-the-mill," ordinary training camp.

Nicks exploded for 53 yards on five catches in Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants, dominating the opening drive. He also had a 35-yard catch-and-run negated by a taunting penalty after he waved his finger at ex-teammate CB Trumaine McBride. While his effort Saturday night was promising, Nicks may have had a little more fire in his belly going against his former team. We hope to see this same Nicks once the real games get under way.
Aug 17 - 10:27 AM

Griff Whalen caught five passes for 32 yards and one touchdown in the Colts' second preseason game on Saturday.

With Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton sitting out, Whalen ran as the slot man with the starters. It's a position that sees a ton of targets in OC Pep Hamilton's offense. Whalen saw eight balls come his way. Whalen reeled in 22 passes over the final five games last season, and has good chemistry with Andrew Luck as they are former college teammates. He's a scrappy backup for the Colts.
Aug 16 - 9:50 PM

Third-round pick Donte Moncrief started the Colts' second preseason game Saturday night, catching his lone target for a gain of nine yards.

He opened in a two-wide set with Hakeem Nicks. It's worth noting T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne were both resting, but this is further confirmation Moncrief is in the lead for No. 4 wideout duties in Indianapolis.
Aug 16 - 9:10 PM

Trent Richardson managed 21 yards on nine carries in the Colts' second preseason game Saturday night, adding a four-yard reception.

He's now at 34 yards on 14 carries (2.43 YPC) through two exhibition affairs. We saw some praise on Twitter for Richardson's running against the Giants, but the production still isn't there. He remains an incredibly dicey fantasy investment. We did notice Richardson execute a strong first-quarter pass block. Pass protection has been one of Richardson's weaknesses to this point.
Aug 16 - 8:30 PM

With T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne resting, Hakeem Nicks started Saturday night's second preseason game opposite rookie Donte Moncrief and secured 5-of-5 targets for 53 yards.

Nicks caught three balls for 28 yards on Indy's opening drive to set up an Andrew Luck touchdown toss to Griff Whalen. Nicks still struggles to create after the catch, but he's going to see a lot more single coverage in Indy than he ever did with the Giants, and still looks capable of being a quality role player on the perimeter. Nicks did commit an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Colts' second drive, drawing the ire of coach Chuck Pagano. He "taunted" Giants CB Prince Amukamara by waving his finger at him. The flag negated a 35-yard gain, which would've brought Nicks' totals to 6-88 on the night.
Aug 16 - 8:22 PM

Andrew Luck completed 12-of-18 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' second preseason game Saturday night.

The Colts' first-team offense was generally on point, even with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne resting. Luck hit Hakeem Nicks five times for 53 yards, and Griff Whalen for a five-yard score. With a deep pass-catching corps and dual-threat ability, Luck is a good bet to repeat as a top-eight fantasy QB1 this year.
Aug 16 - 8:15 PM

Ahmad Bradshaw is inactive for Saturday night's preseason game.

Bradshaw expects to play in the third preseason game, but he could be held out for the entire exhibition season. Dan Herron will back up Trent Richardson. In addition to Bradshaw, the Colts are resting T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.
Aug 16 - 6:01 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder says Trent Richardson is "off to a great start" at Colts training camp.

The sample size was small, but T-Rich managed 13 yards on five carries in the Colts' exhibition opener, showing hesitance and lacking impressive first-step burst. Holder says it's been a different story on the practice field, where Richardson has reportedly run with "determination and decisiveness." T-Rich also claims he's healthier now than he was in each of his first two NFL training camps. Richardson offers lots of theoretical upside at his fifth-round ADP, but drafters need to be absolutely certain to handcuff him with Ahmad Bradshaw.
Aug 14 - 12:20 PM


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