Player News - Colts

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The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer believes 2015 first-round WR Phillip Dorsett is in line for a "breakout season."

With Andre Johnson and Coby Fleener gone, the Colts are shifting to more of a three-wide offense after employing a ton of two-tight end sets with Fleener and Dwayne Allen in years past. Dorsett is taking over as the No. 3 receiver behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. Dorsett missed five games as a rookie due to a broken fibula and played the final three games with Matt Hasselbeck, Josh Freeman, and Ryan Lindley. With a MyFantasyLeague.com ADP of 151 overall, Dorsett is an excellent late-round flier. He'll be close to a full-time player in an offense that lost a ton of targets from 2015 and gets Andrew Luck back healthy.
Jul 25 - 8:03 PM

NFL suspended Colts DL Arthur Jones four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

It is yet another setback for Jones in what has been an extremely disappointing three years in Indianapolis. Jones was limited to nine games after signing a five-year, $33-million deal in 2014, and he missed all of last season after tearing ligaments in his ankle in the preseason. With Henry Anderson (ACL) still questionable for Week 1, the Colts are extremely thin along the defensive line. That lack of depth matched with the pay cut he accepted in March should ensure Jones keeps his roster spot, but it would not be surprising if this is his last season in Indianapolis.
Jul 22 - 3:57 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells said ILB Nate Irving saw the majority of the first-team snaps during the offseason program.

Irving struggled to stay in shape last year coming off a 2014 ACL tear, but he reportedly lost nearly 30 pounds over the offseason. Now in shape and healthy, Irving looks like the favorite for the starting job opposite D'Qwell Jackson. Sio Moore is also in the mix.
Jul 21 - 11:53 AM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells believes Donte Moncrief will lead the team in receptions this season.

Moncrief only saw 11 fewer targets than T.Y. Hilton in Andrew Luck's seven starts last year and led the Colts in touchdowns (5) in those games. This may seem like a beat writer "hot take" on the surface, but it's not crazy with Moncrief a prime candidate for a third-year leap. The Colts lost 222 targets from 2015.
Jul 19 - 12:32 PM

Appearing on Mike Clay's Sirius XM Fantasy show, ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells said Indianapolis is "definitely going to be a three-wide-receiver offense" moving forward.

A two-tight end team when they had Coby Fleener, the Colts will run more of a true "11 personnel" system following Fleener's departure. 2015 first-round pick Phillip Dorsett should be a near every-down player in the revised offense. Wells went as far as to predict Dorsett "is really going to surprise people." Dorsett could become a fantasy starter if T.Y. Hilton or Donte Moncrief went down.
Jul 19 - 12:24 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells says the team wants to "lighten" Frank Gore's workload this season.

It makes sense with Gore entering his age-33 season, but it's unclear which backs would "lighten" Gore's workload. Appearing on Mike Clay's Sirius show, Wells mentioned UDFA Josh Ferguson "first" when asked about a change-of-pace option behind Gore. Ultimately, Gore's workload will likely be dictated by his effectiveness. He should open the year as an every-down back.
Jul 19 - 12:20 PM

Colts RG Hugh Thornton will have to hold off at least three challengers for the starting job.

Right guard is the only spot on the Colts' line up for debate, and Thornton will face tough competition. His main rival is Denzelle Good, who is switching to guard after making four starts at right tackle as a rookie. Former starting C Jonotthan Harrison could also get a look, and fifth-round pick Joe Haeg saw some first-team reps during the offseason program.
Source: colts.com
Jul 18 - 9:27 AM

Frank Gore says he uses critics doubting his ability to produce at age 33 as motivation in his offseason training.

"Believe me, I listen," said Angry Frank. "When I hear it, that’s when I attack my training. When I’m tired, I tell myself what the people are saying about me. In that second workout when I’m saying, ‘Man, I don’t want to do this,’ I remind myself, ‘They’re saying you’re old. They’re saying you’re 33. They’re saying you can’t do it this year.’" Gore is doing two-a-days training at least three times per week. He is 240 yards shy of cracking the NFL's ten all-time leading rushers.
Jul 17 - 12:46 PM

Colts DE Henry Anderson (ACL) is in the final stages of his recovery.

Anderson has been shut down since November, but hasn’t had setbacks. He's expected to open training camp on the active/PUP list. Anderson isn’t a lock to be ready for Week 1.
Source: colts.com
Jul 13 - 7:04 PM

Colts RB Robert Turbin was charged with one count of possession or use of a controlled substance Tuesday in Utah.

Turbin was in Utah last week hosting a football camp at Utah State. On Friday, he was pulled over after rolling through a stop sign, and the officer found a joint. Turbin is now subject to a suspension. The arrest puts him even more on the roster bubble in Indianapolis, and potentially narrows the Colts' No. 2 running back competition to Jordan Todman and ballyhooed UDFA Josh Ferguson.
Jul 13 - 9:21 AM

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


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