Indianapolis Colts

AFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    IND @ DEN

    09/07/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 2

    PHI @ IND

    09/15/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 3

    IND @ JAC

    09/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    TEN @ IND

    09/28/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    BAL @ IND

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    IND @ HOU

    10/09/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    CIN @ IND

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    IND @ PIT

    10/26/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 9

    IND @ NYG

    11/03/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 10

    bye

  • Week 11

    NE @ IND

    11/16/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 12

    JAC @ IND

    11/23/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    WAS @ IND

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    IND @ CLE

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    HOU @ IND

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    IND @ DAL

    12/21/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 17

    IND @ TEN

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Indianapolis Colts - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Indianapolis Colts - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview 


 


 


Last year nine teams had three or more fantasy starters in the top 60 and it is likely that it’ll continue to be that way in 2014. This series: Dressed for Success, will look at NFL teams going into 2014 that have assembled the right players to be a treasure trove of fantasy studs.


 


We have to talk about the team with the easiest strength of schedule going into the 2014 season, the Indianapolis Colts. The whole AFC South received the top 4 easiest strength of schedule for 2014; drawing the NFC East and AFC South. Undoubtedly this schedule is deflated by the 2-14 Texans, 3-13 Redskins, 4-12 Browns, and 4-12 Jaguars (they don’t even have 16 wins combined!). Fortunately for the Colts, they appear to the only team in a position to take advantage of this schedule as the only team in the division that has a settled QB.


 


If history is any indicator, the team with the easiest SOS has almost always produced bountiful amounts of fantasy points; unless you’re the 2011 Arizona Cardinals and started Kevin Kolb as your QB. In 2012, the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady finished as the 3rd best QB in standard fantasy scoring, Stevan Ridley finished 10th at RB,  Wes Welker finished 12th at WR, and Rob Gronkowski finished 2nd at TE. The 2013 Broncos, needlessly to say, also ran away with the lead. But can the 2014 Colts make the cups of fantasy owners everywhere overflowth with fantasy points?


 


Andrew Luck hasn’t produced a great number of high passing games. Luck in 2013 had 3 games of 300 or more passing yards. By comparison, Carson Palmer had 5 games of 300 or more, Tom Brady had 6 such games, Drew Brees had 11, and Peyton had 12. Despite the low production, Luck still finished 7th at QB in standard fantasy scoring (345.2 FF Points), with a stat line of 3830 passing yards, 23 passing TDs, 9 INTs, 377 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs.


 


Andrew Luck underachieved in 2013 compared to 2012, when he scored 368.2 FF Points. That would have been good for 4th in 2013. In his last year at Stanford, Luck threw for only 313 less yards than he did in 2013. Some of that might be attributed to the lack of talent without Reggie Wayne.


 


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Without Reggie, Luck still produced near similar Fantasy stats. With that kind of consistency, a full complement of WRs and TEs going into 2014, plus the easiest schedule in the league, one has to believe that he has a fighter’s chance to break into the top three of QBs. This season is Luck’s chance to break into NFL’s elite echelon of QBs. As a fantasy owner, you should probably jump on this gravy train. The ranks of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning should best prepare itself for its uncouth compatriot.


 


 


 


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Behind Andrew Luck, the skill positions for the Colts are quite a conundrum. Not for lack of talent, but because there is more talent on the team than in the past two years. All of the top three receivers have 1000 yard seasons.


 


With WRs, the initial question to ask is who will step into the number one, two, or three receiver positions on the team? The positioning of these receivers have played huge part in targets received. In 2013 TY Hilton received 138 targets, Coby Fleener received 88 targets, DHB received 62 targets. In 2012, Reggie Wayne received 194 Targets, Donnie Avery received 125, and TY Hilton received 91 targets. In years past the highest receiving target received about twice as many targets as the third best receiver, and the second receiver got about 30% more targets than the third best receiver. With a crowded WR group in 2014, TY Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks and back-ups LaVon Brazill, Da’Rick Rogers, it’s hard to tell who will fall into what roles.


 


Adding to the complexity is Pagano’s stated preference to run a two TE scheme, which typically would only field two WRs at a time. The statistics show that Pagano in 2013 only ran two TEs about 158 times compared to one TE 499 times. Whether these stats hold water in 2014 is up in the air since starting TE Dwayne Allen was injured for most of the season.


 


TY Hilton is undoubtedly the future of the Colts at WR. Hilton did a good job stepping in as a second year receiver, but didn’t tremendously exceed his rookie year campaign. While TY had 33 more receptions in 2013, he produced a number of duds – 7 games of 6 points or less in standard. He also produced a similar amount of explosive games in 2012 as in 2013. He already h ad five 100+ yard receiving games in 2012 and only matched that number in 2013. In a worst case scenario, Hilton could stay at this level of production; in 2012 he was still second fiddle to Wayne and as a starter he maintained this level of production. But he has developmental upside and a better repertoire with Luck than either Nicks or Wayne now. The best case scenario is that he takes over as WR and with the plethora of offensive weapons, has more space to make big plays.


It is rare to see a 5’10” receiver be the number one receiver (ask Julian Edelman) and still be fantasy relevant in standard scoring, but Hilton showed flashes of success on the outside and between the numbers. As the number-two receiver in a two TE system, Hilton could shine, especially in a PPR league. If I draft a WR out of the three it would be TY. 


 




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When to pick up Wayne or Nicks is a tough question because a variety of reasons. Wayne is old and coming off an ACL tear meanwhile Nicks has never played a full regular season and is coming off a year where he failed to score any touchdowns. Am I convinced that the Colts offense can score enough points to support all three of them? Last year the Colts finished 14th in scoring, with 15 rushing TDs and 23 receiving TDs. Those numbers aren’t exactly bountiful amounts of TDs; if somehow all receiving TDs were split evenly by three people that would be about 8 TDs a person. Undoubtedly however, those TDs will be split amongst RBs and TEs as well, further diminishing the amount of fantasy points that Wayne and Nicks can score.


Going into next season, I think Nicks has significantly more upside than Wayne; he is playing for a contract, is playing against a weak division, is playing in a whole new conference, and is actually better than his stats have made him out to be. Former head coach Coughlin even suggested that Nicks needed a change. If you are feeling bold, pick him up to be a WR2 in the fifth round. I can’t say Wayne is done for, but I would’t pick him up.


 


I would avoid drafting any of the TEs on Indianapolis out of concern that there are too many receiving options. Coby Fleener, being the second best option on the team in 2013, mustered only 52 catches, ranking only 14th. Given a chance to shine, Fleener just didn’t seem to impress. While Dwayne Allen could emerge to be a good tight end, with this many receiving options, it’s hard to imagine Dwayne Allen emerging into a consistent fantasy starter.


 


Finally, there’s the curious case of Trent Richardson, who was atrocious last year. Running backs Rashad Jennings and Joique Bell both got 20 less carries than Trent, but both ran for nearly 200 more yards than Trent. Even with Donald Brown gone, Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard (That diving football player on the NFL mobile app loading screen) still remain and could easily out compete Trent for the starting job. Sure Trent might be the Colt’s 2014 first round pick, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a bust. If you end up drafting Trent let’s hope that Pagano does actually run the ball more and that Trent can take advantage of the soft schedule. Last year, even against favorable matchups, Trent failed to produce, perhaps an indicator that he is missing the natural talent to succeed at the next level. He’s not the greatest catcher and doesn’t have tremendous breakaway speed, but is really elevated by being the biggest name back in the Indy backfield. All Indy running backs also run a risk of having TDs vultured by Luck.


The snap counts certainly suggest that the team was trying hard with Trent. Since being acquired by the Colts, he only rushed 20 times once, averaging about 11 carries a game. In his rookie season, Trent was nearly averaging 20 carries a game. This suggests that a lot of his 2013 draft stock could have been driven by volume. But if you consider that he can play all the downs, his potential for more attempts is higher than a lot of the two down backs in the league.


Trent is certainly no sure-fire back, so don’t overpay for Trent; the earliest I would pick him up is in the fourth round, but if I see some promise with the offensive line during the off-season, I would pick Trent in the third.


 


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The Great Don Shula

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The greatness that is Don Shula and his relationship with the Baltimore Colts started in a most unusual way. His first stint with the team began when he was traded from the Cleveland Browns in a 15 player deal.  There he started as the Colts corner back in 1953. He played four season in Baltimore, and in an era where passing was not readily used, Shula came away with three interceptions, but Baltimore finished with only a 3-9 record.  The following season, Shula had five interceptions, but again the Colts finished 3-9. In 1955, Shula again had five picks, and Baltimore finished with just a 5-6-1 record.  Don Shula missed the final three games due to a broken jaw. In 1956, was a low point in Don's career as he had just one interception, and was waived prior to the start of the 1957 season.  The Colts also finished the '56 season with another losing record.  It would not be long before Shula ended up being part of the Baltimore franchise once again, this time not as a player.

In 1963, Don Shula began his head coaching career in Baltimore.  The signing made him the youngest head coach ever in the NFL at the age of 33. In his first season he had a winning record finishing 8-6 for third place in the NFL West.

In 1964, he guided the team to a 12-2 record that won the NFL West, and put them in the NFL championship game, and even though they lost to Cleveland 27-0, Don Shula was named the NFL's Coach of the Year Award.

In 1965, the Colts finished tied with the Green Bay Packers (10-3-1), forcing a one game playoff to determine which team would be playing for the championship.  Baltimore ended up losing 13-10 in an overtime battle.

In the 1966 and 1967 seasons the Colts found themselves out of contention for a playoff spot, even though they finished 11-1-2 in 1967. Their only loss was a blow out to the Los Angeles Rams, which ended up being the tie-breaker to get into the playoffs.

In 1968, the Colts finished the season again with just one loss (13-1).  The Colts defeated the Vikings in the Divisional match-up, and eliminated the Browns in the conference championship the following week to get into the Super Bowl to face the New York Jets.  Even though Baltimore were large favorites, they ended up losing to Joe Namath and his guarantee stated victory.

Shula finished his coaching career in Baltimore in the 1969 season. The Colts finished with an 8-5 record and did not compete in the playoffs.  He finished with a 71-23-4 record, but only 2-3 in the postseason, including two losses where Baltimore was a heavy favorite.


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In February of 1970, Don Shula was lured away from the Baltimore Colts by Joe Robbie of the Miami Dolphins.  Shula received a long-term contract, a percentage of the ownership, and named Vice-President. Pete Rozelle the NFL Commissioner at the time, took this to be tampering and found the Dolphins guilty. The consequence was a forfeiture of their first round draft choice to the Baltimore Colts, where they selected running back Don McCauley out of North Carolina with the 22nd pick. McCauley had a solid career with the Colts, playing from 1971 to 1981. He finished with 770 carries for 2627 yards and 40 touchdowns, he also added 333 receptions for 3026 yards and 17 touchdowns, and was the Colts kickoff and punt returner for 10 of the 11 years he played.

Don Shula retired as Dolphins head coach at the conclusion of the 1995 season.  He led Miami into the playoffs with a 9-7 record, but was eliminated in their first game to the Buffalo Bills.  Shula finished his coaching career with 347 wins only 173 defeats and six tie games (.678 winning percentage). Only he and George Halas have 300 wins under their belt, and Don has coached in six Super Bowls, winning back-to-back in Super Bowl VII and VIII. He won the NFL Head Coach of the Year six times. Winning it from 1964-1968 and then again from 1970-1972.  In 1997, he was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame as a head coach of the Miami Dolphins.


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The Mayflower Move

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On the night of March 29, 1984 in the sleet of snow, a slew of Mayflower trucks, with the Mayflower emblem floated away from home of Baltimore Maryland to arrive in their new port of Indianapolis Indiana. Even though people of Maryland had heard complaints from owner Robert Irsay, nobody would believe that a professional team would deceive all fans, and leave in a stealth like move in the dead of night. Even if it was a deceitful move, was it justified? Could have it been halted?

Irsay never thought he was wrong for the move.  He believed that the mayor and city let him down. He wanted a new stadium, from his stand point the 1953 Memorial Stadium could no longer fill his needs for renovation. Carroll Rosenbloom who eventually sold the rights of the Colts to Irsay, called Memorial Stadium "Antiquated." Rightfully so, Rosenbloom had to share the stadium with the Baltimore Orioles, and when Baltimore mayor William Schaefer and state governor Marvin Mandel investigated the complaints in 1971, they found a messy situation. 

Some of the problems mentioned: 10,000 of the stadium's seats had views that were "less than desirable"; 20,000 seats were out-dated bench seats that had no back support; 7,000 so called seats were actually poorly constructed temporary bleachers that were installed for football games only.

There was not enough office space for the Orioles or Colts, much less both teams combined. Both teams had to share locker rooms, the upper deck of Memorial Stadium did not circle the field, ending instead at the 50-yard line.

Maryland decided to pull together to save the team in Baltimore, by creating a facility near the inner harbor and call it Camden Yards. The $78 million dollar project would keep all sides happy and keep the teams in Baltimore. Unfortunately, the proposal did not pass Maryland legislature.

Rosenbloom was tired of having to deal with the ultra financial conservative of the city of Baltimore and the rejection of the state to refuse to create bonds to invest in making Memorial Stadium a better place to be. In July of 1972, Rosenbloom decided to make a change of his own.  He decided to agree to let someone else inherit the mess, and made arrangements with Jim Irsay to sell the club.  The agreed deal would be: Irsay would buy the Los Angeles Rams for $19 million then trade the Rams and along with $3 million in cash to Rosenbloom for the Baltimore Colts. The situation never got any better.

In 1974, Irsay still remained patient and believed in the city to get things right. He went on to say "It's not a matter of saying that there will be no stadium. It's a matter of getting the facts together so everybody is happy when they build the stadium. I'm a patient man."

The Colts continued to be successful, as they made the playoffs from 1975-77, even though there was no step forward to making any kind of stadium  improvements. In 1976, Robert Irsay began a trek to shop his team to another location. He visited Arizona and Indianapolis, and also got bids from the Los Angeles Coliseum, and from cities in Tennessee and Florida.

In 1977, Irsay went on to say "I like Baltimore and want to stay there, but when are we going to find out something about our stadium? I'm getting offers from towns like Indianapolis to build me a new stadium and give me other inducements to move there. I don't want to but I'd like to see some action in Baltimore."

Jim Irsay even approached Maryland governor Harry Hughes with a request for $25 million in improvements, which was decreased to $23 million by the legislature. There were improvements in the seats, but the luxury boxes were ignored. The money toward the improvements were based on the Colts and Orioles management signing a long term agreement.  Neither owner decided to sign that long term contract, and as a result the funds never arrived.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, the Mayor Richard Lugar and then was proceeded by William Hudnut to make an investment in the city to become a 'Great American City'. The plan was also to attract a major sport team, and in doing so they created the Indiana Sports Corporation in 1979. In 1982, construction of the Hoosier Dome, renamed later to the RCA Dome, began.

In February of 1983, business relationships between Irsay and the city of Baltimore had deteriorated, and Mayor Schaefer asked the Maryland General Assembly to approve renovations, the legislature finally approved a $15 million reconstruction, but half would go towards the Orioles' and at that time the lease had expired on the Colts.

In March of 1983, the NFL owners voted to give Irsay the permission to move where he felt was the best situation for his team. In January of 1984 Mayor Schaefer announced that there would be a new stadium.  Schaefer stated: "We're not going to build a new stadium. We do not have the bonding capacity. We don't have the voters or taxpayer who can support a $60 million stadium. One-third of the people in Baltimore pay taxes. Unless private enterprise builds it, we won't build it."

In March of 1984, the Maryland Senate passed legislation to Baltimore, giving the city the right to seize the Colts through eminent domain.  This move put an extreme amount of pressure on Irsay, and cities such as Phoenix removed their offer. Irsay then called Mayor Hudnut and the city of Indianapolis offered the Colts owner a $12,500,000 loan, a $4,000,000 training complex, and the use of the brand new $77.5 million, 57,980 seat Hoosier Dome. This set a chain of events into motion that would bring about the move.

After the phone call Hudnut called his neighbor and friend, John B. Smith, after the deal was finalized, and Smith happened to be the chief executive officer of Mayflower Transit. Upon direction from Hudnut, Smith sent fifteen Mayflower trucks to Owings Mills, and they arrived at the Colts' facility at 2:00 AM the following morning. The reasoning for the late hour of the move was out of fear that the Maryland House of Delegates would also approve the eminent domain bill the State Senate had, which would have resulted in the team being seized the next morning once Maryland Governor Harry Hughes signed the bill into law. Workers loaded all of the team's belongings and the trucks left for Indianapolis. Within eight hours of the Mayflower trucks' arrival in Owings Mills, the Colts were completely gone from Baltimore. Even though the eminent domain bill got signed by a favor of 103-19, and Governor Hughes signed it into action, it was too late to enforce.

To make it more difficult for Maryland State Police was that each Mayflower van took a different route to Indianapolis, and therefore keeping the state from using their powers to keep the Colts in Baltimore through the newly signed legislation. March 30, 1984 became a proud day for the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis as the Colts became an official part of the sports rotation.

In December 1985, a U.S. District Court judge threw out the lawsuit which sought to return the team to Maryland, though the city of Baltimore was allowed to keep the Lombardi trophy for winning Super Bowl V.

The Colts’ final game in Baltimore was played on December 18, 1983 against the Houston Oilers, which they beat Houston 20-10.

Punter Rohn Stark was the last active NFL player who played for the Colts while in Baltimore, retiring after the 1997 season. Stark will also be the only player to play for the Baltimore Colts and against the Baltimore Ravens.


 







 


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Ahmad Bradshaw will be getting more carries this week, and it looks like the Colts are going to be using a 50-50 split on carries. Bradshaw outperformed Trent Richardson last week, and last year as well. Trent Richardson went on to say about the split "I think it's going to be a good, equal load," Richardson said of the backfield plans, via The Indianapolis Star. "Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. ... We work well together."

Pagano mentioned how he felt about the split "From game to game, it'll be different depending on the score and how we're using different personnel groups," coach Chuck Pagano said. "They're both more than capable of being every-down backs. ... Whether it's Ahmad out there or Trent out there, I feel good about both those guys."

Pyro's take: Ahmad Bradshaw has always been a good back, and he is young too. The issue has always been when not if he is going to get hurt. When he is out there he performs all tools of duty, and he does it well.

If Bradshaw is on the waiver wire, try to get him, he should have a solid night as he faces the Eagles defense, and should be considered a flex option in all PPR leagues.

09/12/14, 02:18 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Richardson still not showing up in games

Yes, people still have visions of Trent Richardson stampeding the competition for Alabama back in 2011 en route to a national championship. Sadly, his transition to the NFL has brought nothing but frustration for three seasons. Not only is he struggling to put up any sort of meaningful number, but he’s also dealing with injury problems as well. It was hoped a fresh start in Indianapolis would be just the boost he needed to show doubters his status as the #3 overall pick was worth it. Two games into his latest preseason, it’s clear nothing has changed. Despite reports from Pep Hamilton and coaches that Richardson has looked good in camp, he still can’t take it into games. Thus far he has averaged well under three yards per carry in the preseason, setting an even worse pace from last season.

Pyro's take: I have been the lone man here at Pyro that is so off the Trent Richardson bandwagon. I know the Colts have a great offense, and that will help to take the pressure off of Trent, but he continues to show that he is incapable of getting the second level of the defense. In two preseason games Richardson has five carries for 13 yards. This is becoming the norm for the #3 overall draft pick, who has a career 3.3 YPC average. He is not going to be a first or second round draft pick this season, but from what I have seen in games, I would stay away from him altogether. It seems less and less likely that he will be the beast I once thought he could as I watch his game film.

08/17/14, 05:23 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: nflmocks.com

Edge to Richardson

Edgerrin James, the Indianapolis Colts all-time rushing leader, was in Indianapolis on Saturday mentoring Trent Richardson.“It was a blessing, man. Just to watch practice, he said he’s going to do a lot more with me, going to be hands-on,” said Richardson Saturday after practice. “We’ve been having phone calls back and forth, but I never had the chance to practice in front of him.”

Edgerrin was asked why he was at the Indianapolis facilities, and how he felt about Trent Richardson and his struggles as a player in a Colts uniform. “Last year when he got here during the middle of the season, it wasn’t fair to him to try to get in with all the stuff he had going on,” said James Saturday after spending more than 30 minutes with Richardson following the end of practice. “I told (Colts owner) Mr. (Jim) Irsay that I would come up during training camp.”

James went on to say about Richardson “It’s unfair to kind of judge him on last year, because it’s two different systems, and the terminology is totally different,” James explained. “He was just kind of thrown out there. You can’t really get an assessment.”

Edgerrin James finished his seven year career with 3028 attempts for 12246 yards and 80 touchdowns. He also had 433 receptions for 3364 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also obtained four Pro Bowls and two NFL rushing titles.

Pyro's take: The Colts having 'Edge" at practice leads to further proof that the Colts are doing all they can to support and help Trent Richardson get back on track.

Even though Richardson's overall numbers looked poor, in week one of the preseason, as he rushed for 13 yards on five attempts. Keep in mind, that three of those attempts came inside the 10 yard line, and on his first attempt he rushed for nine yards. His nine yard run, looked good, as he cut through open space, even though he did seem a bit hesitant in the process.

08/10/14, 02:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.colts.com

Nicks off to a slow start

Fans are excited to see Nicks on the field with the Colts.

Those who have seen Nicks on the field with the Colts, however, don't seem to be as impressed. At least Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton still wants to see more from Nicks, that's for sure. In his presser on Friday, Hamilton was asked whether he's seen enough from Nicks:

"I don't know if I can say that I've seen enough. I think he is still working to get himself in game shape. His talent is well documented and his ability to be a productive receiver in the league is without a doubt something that we are not questioning, he's a special talent. Hakeem and I had the same high school coach and I've been watching him for quite some time."

Pyro's take: Sounds like Nicks is out of shape and not picking up the offense very quickly. The Colts only invested a one-year contract on Nicks, but they were hoping for the Hakeem of old. This is good new for T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. The Colts are going to use a two tight end, two receiver set as their base set, which means Nicks is not going to see a lot of snaps each game. Add to this that he is not in shape, and he is a player I want to avoid in drafts this year,

08/05/14, 09:36 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.stampedeblue.com

Wayne looking good

It was fitting that with the lights of Macholtz Stadium shining down on the Colts, Reggie Wayne might have been the brightest star. Wayne caught seven of Andrew Luck’s first 10 completions and was the main threat with T.Y. Hilton out on Thursday night with a jammed finger. Several of Wayne’s catches he had to make adjustments to, which was a good sign for a player needing to be tested during a continued rehab process.

Pyro's take: Wayne is the cog that really makes the Colts offense move. Luck has such faith in him, which is why without Wayne Luck threw for more than 500 less yards than he did in his rookie season.

Now that Reggie is back, and looking good, the calming influence in the offense is back. With the question marks surrounding the running game, Wayne's health is crucial to their success.

07/31/14, 10:06 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.colts.com

Ballard Tears Achilles

Two days into training camp and the Colts already are dealing with their first major injury.

Running back Vick Ballard, only now returning from season-ending knee surgery last September, suffered what team owner Jim Irsay said is a likely torn left Achilles tendon during a non-contact drill Friday. Ballard was set to undergo an MRI Friday night or Saturday morning to confirm the initial diagnosis, made by team medical personnel.

Pyro's take: Ballard missed all of last season after tearing his ACL and now will miss his second straight year with another major injury. While not an elite athlete in the first place it has to hurt his chances of staying in the league for much longer. Ballard was a solid fantasy performer his rookie season when he led the Colts in rushing but has been a non factor recently due to injuries.

The worst part of the injury might be the the mental toll it takes on Ballard after spending the last 12 months battling back in rehab. The carries behind Trent Richardson look to fall solely on the shoulders of Ahmad Bradshaw now, and if Trent runs like he did last season then Bradshaw will be a major factor in leagues this season and should move up your tiers with this news.

07/26/14, 11:52 AM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.indystar.com

Trent was injured

Indianapolis Colts reporter for ESPN, Mike Wells, discussed how Trent Richardson was suffering from a chipped collarbone and his AC joint was separated last season. “Toward the end of the season I felt a lot more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured,” Richardson said.

Pyro's take: Now, that the injury excuse has been played out, and the time to get the playbook under control has been cleared, it is now up to Richardson to get it going. Trent Richardson will be the full-time starter to open the season, but his chances to prove himself will be harnessed, and the Colts wont hesitate to bring in Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard to replace him. Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made a statement about his running back situation: “I think through the course of camp it’s all going to take care of itself, shake itself out,” Pagano said. “You’d like to have a bell cow. We’ll see if that happens…We’ll do a good job of getting the guys the necessary reps to make evaluations. If someone separates himself and becomes that guy then that’s your bell cow.”

One of the largest boom or bust risk for your fantasy season, plan when you feel the time is right to draft him, especially in PPR leagues. His ADP at this moment, is rated 24th for running backs, and is being drafted in the fifth round, sixth selection, in 12 team PPR leagues.

07/24/14, 02:27 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Wayne's team impact

Reggie Wayne has major impact on the young Colts. When he went down with an ACL injury last year. Colts still found a way to make the playoffs and beat the Chiefs in the Wild-Card, but there was a vacant hole on the wings. "He can still play. You know he's gonna get open, you know he's gonna make the catch," Pagano says of Wayne, whom he's known since their days together at the University of Miami (Fla.) two decades ago.

"And you know what he brings to the table as far as the locker room and your facility with the type of leader and type of man that he is. It's gonna be great to have him back in there."

Pyro's take: Andrew Luck may have the "C" on his chest, but Reggie Wayne lead's this team, both in the locker room, on-the-field, and off-the-field. He is pushing the age threshold, as he is 36, but he will be Andrew Luck's security, as he was last year. How will he perform coming off a torn ACL at the age of 36? Tracking his performance over the off-season should be the first step in answering that question.

07/19/14, 07:16 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.indystar.com

Someone enjoys the pipe too much

Colts backup WR LaVon Brazill has been suspended with no pay for 1-year by NFL. He was suspended for 4 games last year, and admitted to marijuana at the time, which means he was probably doing coke or molly :) actually.

Pyro's take: Nice work numb nuts. You are going to have to work at a grocery store or something this year if you want to earn a penny. Brazill was not going to do much this year regardless, but now I'm really going to keep an eye on the Da'Rick Rogers and Donte Moncrief training camp battle. Let's also remember that Hakeem Nicks is no lock to be the WR3, lot's can happen there.

Anyway, for LaVon - Not sure if he and Josh Gordon are buddies, but this doesn't bode well for Flash's punishment for the same exact thing, not looking good Cleveland. Indy, you'll be fine without this player. Love the Nike jersey on Brazill though!

07/04/14, 06:22 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: www.miamiherald.com

Hilton hitting on all cylinders

T.Y. Hilton off-season so far has been what Andrew Luck called "phenomenal." The offense has Hilton moving around in different positions trying to cause mismatches and disruptions to the opposing defenses. "He's played all four spots, both outside positions (and) both slots. We feel like that's important so that teams can't scheme to take him away," said offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

Pyro's take: The Colts definitely can pull this off. They have future Hall of Fame wide-out Reggie Wayne, and new comer Hakeem Nicks, with rookie Donte Moncrief in the fold. Also, don't count out Da'Rick Rogers, LaVon Brazill, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener at tight end.
This could be a scary situation for all defense coordinators, and match-up nightmare's for all defensive players involved. Keep Hilton up high on your tiers, because he is primed to explode.

06/10/14, 07:22 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cbssports.com

Richardson more acclimated

Trent Richardson has stated that he is getting more fluid and his timing which is helping him understand how the offense works. “I didn’t know the snap count last year until the fourth week. “When I had to step in and start..it was hard." Richardson went on to say: "I didn’t have the chance to learn. With the timing, it’s way easier now.”


Pyro's take: After the Cleveland Browns stole a first round draft pick in exchange for Richardson, it made many Colt fans happy even with the price, but it didn't last long as his 2.9 yard per average carry was disastrous. The main reason for his down year was contributed to not understanding the offense. Obviously, that wont be the case any longer, and the leash will be tightened real early. Trent Richardson will need to impress and do it often if he wants to hold on to his starting position, and keep in mind that there was a reason that Indianapolis held onto the oft injured Ahmad Bradshaw.

06/03/14, 03:17 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.colts.com

Nicks to Colts

Hakeem Nicks is now an Indianapolis Colt, according to NFL beat writer Chris Wesseling. Nicks will be the third wide receiver, and is under contract for one year. The Colts will pay Hakeem $3.5 million with a chance to get more. Nicks has been hurt and his production has dropped, but the one year contract hedges the risk for the Indianapolis franchise. The Colts will now rely on Reggie Wayne, TY Hilton, and Nicks as primary receivers.

Pyro's take: What kind of player are the Colts going to get? If Hakeem Nicks can play up to pre-injury form, then the Colts have themselves a great steal off the free-agent board, if not, then they can still develop LaVon Brazill and Da'Rick Rogers. Nicks is only 26 years of age, and has great cut-back ability with run after the catch skills, but last year, he was the only player not to catch a touchdown while being targeted 100 times. With Andrew Luck throwing the ball, look for that goose-egg streak to be broken quickly.

03/14/14, 08:13 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Bradshaw signs one-year deal to stay in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed RB Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year contract worth the veteran's minimum at $855,000.

Pyro's take: With Donald Brown on his way to San Diego, Vick Ballard coming back from a torn ACL and Trent Richardson playing like utter rhinoceros shit last season, the cheap signing of Ahmad actually looks pretty darn good.

Believe it or not, though he only played in three games last season, Bradshaw turned in the highest rushing performance of 2013 for the Colts when he ran for 95 yards at San Francisco in Week 3.

Another 'believe it or not' - Despite playing in just 60 (35 starts) of a possible 80 games over the last five years, Bradshaw has the 12th-most rushing touchdowns (32) in the entire NFL. That's more rushing TDs than a couple of elite RBs like Jamaal Charles (29) and Matt Forte (27) have put up in that same time period, and only one less than the combined career rushing TDs by Trent Richardson (14), Vick Ballard (2) and the departed Donald Brown (17).

03/12/14, 06:44 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.colts.com

Vick Ballard improving

Head coach Chuck Pagano has stated that Vick Ballard (knee) is making progress in his rehab from the torn ACL he suffered in practice last September.

Pyro's take: Ballard might be counted on heavily, especially if Trent Richardson keeps playing like a slab of concrete. Vick was considered number one on the depth chart, coming into the 2013 season, and his injury was a main factor the Colts traded for Richardson. If he can continue to get healthy, he can be a nice sleeper pick in many drafts.

02/25/14, 12:28 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.thehuddle.com

Colts are high on Trent's possiblites for 2014

“Any time you go through what Trent went through – you play a game, wake up in one city and the next day you’re waking up in a different city, and enter a new building and having to learn a brand new offense and learn the terminology (it’s tough),” said Pagano. “He’s probably learned all the same plays as far as the runs, protections and pass routes, but it takes some time.

“We’ve got a volume of calls and concepts. Having a full year and having an off-season is going to do nothing but benefit Trent.”

“We’re all on the same page,” said Grigson, who added Friday he would make the trade again if provided the chance. “We all have expectations for Trent and he has expectations for himself, and they’re for him to be great. I think he’s in a great place, and we’re in a great place with him.

“We’re looking forward to having a great offseason with him. We have the bar set high. There’s room for improvement like I can say for anyone, but there are areas in Trent’s game where he did show up and help us in key situations.”

“We think the sky’s the limit for Trent,” said Pagano. “This will be a very important offseason for him and for everybody on our roster. I look for great things from Trent. Trent looks for great things from himself. There are high expectations not only from us but (what) he has for himself.”

Pyro's take: That is a lot of high praise, and I understand why they are giving it. They want to get the best out of Trent next year, but he will have a lot to prove.

Richardson has yet to have a signature game in the NFL. Trent has played in 31 NFL games, and he has only averaged 4.0 Yard Per Carry or better six times. He has a 3.3 YPC career average. He has not shown the ability to break the big run, and he struggled in the redzone last year.

I though Trent was going to be a beast, and after watching more and more tape, I am not seeing what the Colts are. I am not buying into this hype until I see him produce in a game.



02/21/14, 05:29 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.colts.com

Nicks' TD futility puts him in rare company

2013 Stats: 56 recs, 896 yards, 0 TDs, 16.0 YPC


Whether you play fantasy football or not, if you're a football fan, you've probably at least heard about Hakeem Nicks and his horrific 2013 season.

However, my guess is you haven't heard these two little-known facts:


- Nicks became just the SIXTH wide receiver in the Super Bowl era (1966-2013) to post 55 or more receptions in a season without scoring a single touchdown.

- 175 different wide receivers caught at least one pass this season and of those 175 WRs, 119 caught at least one touchdown pass. Nicks and his 56 receptions was not one of them.

- The receiver with the next highest reception total who was also held without a TD was Chris Givens, who had 34 catches - 22 fewer than Nicks.

Pyro's take: Wherever the talented Mr. Nicks ends up next season, I'd like to warn future fantasy drafters against underestimating his worth. I mean the kid just turned 26 years old, so he at least still has a handful of productive years left in him. It's possible a change of scenery is all he needs to rise back up in 2014.

Granted, he may never become the super-stud we all thought he would be after his first few years in the league, but he shouldn't be ignored on draft day, either. If he's still available after your three WR positions have been filled, he could end up being one of the major steals of your draft.

01/28/14, 05:09 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Reggie is set to begin running again

A week from Saturday will mark three months since Wayne had surgery for his torn ACL. Wayne is looking forward to Jan. 25, as it will be the next phase in his rehab process.

“I’m going to do straight ahead running, I’m looking forward to doing that. I’ve been walking quite often lately. I get to run on a treadmill and that’s basically it,” Mr. Wayne said.

Pyro's take: This is awesome news for Colts fans and fantasy football owners alike, Reggie Wayne is going to start straight line running this Saturday, just 3 months post op! Unreal.

Since Manning split and Luck took over, this has been Wayne's team by default- so when he went down in the 4th quarter of a Week 7 win vs. Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos, it was a huge blow to the team.

One step at a time, not going to get ahead of myself here, but it appears Reggie will be ready to go right from the get-go for the Colts next season. Welcome back buddy, can't wait to see another 100 catch season!

01/22/14, 08:06 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: www.colts.com

Hilton struggling as number one option

After having a club rookie record five 100-yard receiving games in 2012, T.Y. Hilton sped to four more in the first nine games of 2013.

Two of those came in games immediately after Reggie Wayne departed with a knee injury, and the approach by opponents since then is to limit Hilton however possible.

Following consecutive seven-reception games against Houston and St. Louis that generated 121- and 130-yard totals, the bolts for Hilton have tightened dramatically by opposing secondaries.

Entering Sunday’s game at Cincinnati, Hilton had been targeted 25 times in the most three recent games, and he had 15 receptions for 128 yards.

Sunday, he was targeted three times without success in the first half, then caught his lone two passes on consecutive plays early in the fourth quarter. They accounted for seven yards, his second-lowest career yardage total and tying his fewest receptions in a game this season.

“I’m seeing double teams. Sometimes they roll the coverage my way. It just means guys got to step up, which they did, so we’re moving in the right direction. (LaVon) Brazill, DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey) made a big play and Da’Rick (Rogers) making plays, so as long as they continue to keep doing that, we should be fine.”

Pyro's take: Hilton now only has 135 yards on 30 catches over his last four games. It is great that other players are starting to make plays around T.Y., but if you are counting on him for fantasy production it's just not there.

Hilton will see the Texans and Chiefs over the next two weeks, which is not great news. If you are still in your playoffs it might be wise to look for a better option than T.Y. this week.

12/09/13, 06:06 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.colts.com

Luck could be out of luck this week

In a remarkable 20-game stretch that began on Nov. 11, 2012, all sorts of the quarterback species have been unleashed against the Bengals. From the Super Bowl winners (Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco), from the No. 1 overall pick (Matthew Stafford), from America's quarterback (Tony Romo), from America's villain (Jay Cutler), from the Next Great One (Nick Foles), from the next Not So Great One (Geno Smith), from the journeyman (Jason Campbell) and from the Whodunits (Brian Hoyer and Thad Lewis), and the Bengals have emerged from the brush with a 15-5 record.

Not only that, they have allowed just 19 touchdown passes in those 20 games while picking off 22 passes and leaving opposing passers with a total passer rating of just 70.5, which in this week's NFL stats would be fourth from the bottom, just ahead of Brandon Weeden at 70.5. A total of eight of the quarterbacks the Bengals have faced in that stretch have ratings of at least 88 this week.

Only once in that stretch have the Bengals allowed three TD passes and a 300-yard game and that was both to Stafford in a 27-24 win in Detroit back on Oct. 20. They've allowed just five 100-yard receivers, two in the last two games with Cleveland's Josh Gordon and San Diego's Keenan Allen going for 125 and 106, respectively. Of the 19 TD passes the Bengals have allowed, only nine have been longer than 20 yards.

The numbers are even more dominating at PBS this season, where Roethlisberger, Rodgers, Brady, Smith and Campbell have been a combined out of luck 0-5 with a passer rating of 56 and a suffocating third-down percentage of 26 percent on 18-for-70.

Pyro's take: Luck has been extremely unlucky over the past four weeks. He has thrown for 948 yards, but has been under 232 yards in three of the four games. Andrew has only thrown two touchdowns and five interceptions over that span.

This week he is going to get a very stout Bengals defense who should keep him feeling bad. Luck is not recommended as a starter this week, in fact he may be the poster child for the sit'em this week.

12/07/13, 02:05 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.bengals.com

Richardson continues to struggle, but not according to him

Richardson likely isn't living up to his own — or his team's —expectations. His 2.8-yard per carry average since joining the Colts via a trade with the Browns in September has sparked significant debate among fans and media about Richardson's ability to be a true franchise back.

But Monday he offered a vigorous defense for himself.

"I'm not frustrated at all because I think I've been playing good," Richardson said. "If you turn on the film, I don't have any missed assignments. I haven't had any missed reads. I've been playing good. Stuff just hasn't matched up like we thought it would when I'm in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in.

"But if (running back) Donald (Brown) is having a good day or (quarterback) Andrew (Luck) is having a good day, I think that's a good day for me even if people are keying on me. That might let Donald get going or let Andrew have a big day. That's a good day for me, too."

Pyro's take: Richardson may be doing all that he is being asked to do by the Colts, but he is failing in giving fantasy owners any type of return on their investments.

Trent has been purely disappointing in the fantasy world, as he is not rushing for a lot of yards per carry, 2.8, does not break any big runs, and has not scored a touchdown since week 4. He is definitely worth benching, and in 10 team leagues he is close to being worth dumping.

11/18/13, 07:08 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.indystar.com

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