Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. He wasn’t wearing a harness/sling on his throwing shoulder, which is a good sign. The Colts play early on Sunday, and we expect Luck will be out there.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 4. Allen is practicing but told beat writer Steve Andress that the ankle is “still not quite there.” If Allen remains out, Coby Fleener is a Sneaky Start, though that will have a lot to do with Andrew Luck’s status as well. In 21 games over four seasons where Fleener has played and Allen has not, Fleener has averaged 3.8 catches for 52 yards and 0.38 TD. He posted four catches for 51 yards on six targets in Week 3. The Jaguars are showing well in early aFPA to the tight end position, though Fleener has found the endzone twice in his last four games against Jacksonville.
Colts QB Andrew Luck threw a little before practice today but the Colts shut him down for the day, per league source. It is unlikely Luck throws much, or at all, before Sunday. Luck is now considered legitimately questionable to play Sunday vs Jaguars. Another factor in the Colts' decision will be that they will play again Thursday night against the Texans.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Luck’s shoulder injury might explain the so-so production thus far. He’s still a good start at home against Jacksonville, though he isn’t the “must-start” he usually is. The team is not “overly concerned” per reports.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Coby Fleener has averaged 3.8 receptions for 52 yards and 0.40 TD in the 20 games that Dwayne Allen has missed. The Colts have only targeted their tight ends on 8.3% of their pass attempts this season, which is down from 25.3% last year. Both HC Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck said this week that they want to get their tight ends more involved, so we’re cautiously optimistic about Fleener as a Sneaky Start.
Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is moving Johnson all around the Colts offense, lining the seven-time Pro Bowler up both outside and in the slot, more frequently than he did in Houston.
“One of the things that’s allowed Andre to be such a good pro for so long is his ability to focus and pay attention to the details,” Hamilton says.
“He approached joining our team as if he was a rookie. He took copious notes and he was always focus and engaged in meetings. He’s constantly asking questions and he’s working overtime to build a relationship with Andrew Luck and the rest of our guys.”
Moving Johnson around the formation is a way to create mismatches. Johnson is already a mismatch against a lot of corners but seeing him in the slot more could provide a nice option for Luck. The Colts have plenty of talent at the position to allow Johnson to do this, but it sounds like the team is doing what it has to to make Johnson a key part of the passing attack.
The bulky black brace Cards QB Carson Palmer wears on his left knee is about the only sign he is less than nine months removed from his second torn anterior cruciate ligament.
That and, well, the way head coach Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians still sometimes shakes his head in disbelief that three weeks into training camp, Palmer isn’t just healthy, he’s better.
And maybe better than he’s been at any point since he made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2005 and 2006 while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Carson is in great shape, mentally and physically,” Arians told USA TODAY Sports.
Plenty of coaches gush these sorts of platitudes about their quarterback this time of year. But it means something coming from a quarterback guru like Arians, who has tutored passers like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.
The story said that through three weeks of training camp, Palmer has been among the Cardinals’ most consistent players, something that backs up numerous reports we've had here at 4for4. In a recent fully-padded practice, he zipped pass after pass across the middle of the field to Larry Fitzgerald, and nailed several deep touchdown passes to second-year receiver John Brown — all while playing against a secondary that includes stars Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Then, in his first live action since suffering the knee injury on Nov. 9, Palmer went 4-for-4 for 77 yards to lead the Cardinals to a touchdown in his one series of work in the preseason opener against Kansas City last week. All signs are pointing to Palmer having very nice, later-round value at the QB position, definitely something to note if you're waiting to draft at the position.
"He's a big play waiting to happen, but again he has to take care of the football," coach Chuck Pagano said, per the team's official website. "You're looking at a guy that's going to be an outstanding football player, but you know what you're going to remember is the turnover. But again, he's going to be a dynamic guy for us."
Dorsett finished with a team-high four receptions for 51 yards, displaying game-speed, solid route running and a quick-cut capability. His day wasn't perfect, as the rookie left a few plays on the field and was stripped after a 20-yard catch. It's a crowded group of WRs in Indy and right now Dorsett owners best hope is he turns out to be the team's WR3 behind Hilton and Andre Johnson, however he'll have to battle Moncrief for that spot.
What should quickly become obvious about Colts RB Frank Gore during the preseason is his ability to block. He excels at being able to pick up the blitzing linebacker or defensive end coming off the edge trying to get to QB Andrew Luck. Gore's ability to do that is significant when you take into consideration the concerns the Colts have on their offensive line.
"He protects his butt off," Luck said. "Maybe one of the best in this generation of football players with protecting the quarterback. I know I'm learning a lot from him about protection and how running backs see things, and I know he's passing it along to the younger running backs. He's a great addition."
Gore had no choice but to be a good blocker. That was the message delivered to him when he was at the University of Miami, which was turning out running backs nonstop back in the 2000s.
Gore's rushing résumé is well documented, the story said, featuring eight 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his 10-year NFL career. The Colts finished 22nd in the league in rushing last season, and Luck knows very little about having a player rush for 100 yards in a game because it's only happened once in his 53 career NFL games, the story pointed out. Gore's ability to block won't directly get owners fantasy points, but could keep him on the field more in passing situations, which could also lead to some receptions. Gore's potential in Indy with Luck at QB continues to look good for fantasy owners.
Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:40am
The Colts were already good on offense last year, and spent the offseason getting better.
But the central piece of that success spent the offseason beating himself up.
“The decision-making process bit me in the butt, which in turn hurt the Colts more than a couple times last year,” Luck said. “Obviously the Patriots games, and Philadelphia, second week of the season, I throw a bad pick in somewhat of a four-minute situation. I gotta learn, Just eat it, take the sack, throw it at his feet, whatever.
“That’s what this off-season’s been about. Don’t give them a chance. We watched every interception ad nauseam and we watched balls that should have been intercepted ad nauseam. We [coaches and backup QB Matt Hasselbeck] talk about it and say, ‘Why?’ Do you have the awareness to know where the team is in the game? Is it worth trying to fit a ball in there or not? Do you go out of bounds or do you not?”
Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:59pm
Nicks is in training camp with the Titans this summer after one disappointing season in Indianapolis. Nicks never clicked in the Colts' offense, finishing with just 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns despite playing in 16 games for the first time in his career.
Nicks doesn't blame the poor production on Luck. Instead, he points at the scheme of Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. He believes Ken Whisenhunt's offense in Tennessee is a better fit for his talents.
"It's more one-on-one, trips backside, vertical throw, shallow-cross game, that's more of my style if you look at my past history, where I excelled," Nicks said, according to ESPN.com.
Nicks is just 27, but years have passed since his heyday with the Giants. Nicks had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with Eli Manning in 2010 and 2011 before injuries helped paved the way for his exit. If Nicks can still play, he should have ample opportunity to show. The Titans' wide receiver depth chart is up for grabs behind No. 1 option Kendall Wright, the story said.
Sunday, August 2, 2015, 8:14pm
Some highlights from Colts camp on Sunday:
- Receiver T.Y. Hilton, who could have a new contract with the Colts by Labor Day, highlighted an impressive performance by the offense when he blew by starting cornerback Greg Toler and easily ran underneath a pass thrown by quarterback Andrew Luck to the excitement of the crowd at Anderson University on Sunday.
- Rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett also made a good impression, catching passes in traffic.
- Veteran WR Andre Johnson had consistent hands throughout the session.
- Running back Frank Gore drew one of the loudest ovations when he reached back and snagged a pass thrown behind him from Luck with one hand.
It turns out that 69 percent of Frank Gore's rushing attempts last year with the 49ers were made against a defense that had seven or fewer players in the box. Gore rushed for 833 yards and three touchdowns on 179 attempts when there were seven men in the box.
When it came to facing at least eight men in the box, Gore rushed 76 times for 273 yards and a touchdown last season. Gore's 833 yards against seven or fewer defenders in the box would have been enough to lead the Colts in total rushing in each of the past seven seasons.
The Colts didn't have much success rushing the ball when teams loaded the box against them. Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andrew Luck, Zurlon Tipton and Daniel “Boom” Herron combined to rush for 153 yards on 59 attempts, which is more than 100 yards less than what Gore rushed for.
The numbers don't lie.
The writer concludes that Gore should have plenty of success running the ball this season if the offensive line does its job, because the Colts have too many weapons on offense for defenses to load the box to try to slow Gore down. The hope for the Colts is Gore finally gives them a consistent rushing attack to go with Luck and give the team a bit of balance. Gore is listed 12th on our RB list making him a low-end RB1. Based on ADP, he falls right in that "next tier" of RBs - as the first 11 RBs on our list have ADPs in the first or early second rounds, while Gore's ADP is the early third round. He presents a nice value if you can land him in the third.
When Colts QB Andrew Luck worked out of a three-receiver formation during Wednesday evening’s work at Lucas Oil Stadium, it primarily was T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief. But rookie Phillip Dorsett is going to cut into somebody’s playing time this season. That might be Moncrief. And it might be either Coby Fleener or Dwayne Allen as Hamilton uses more three-wide alignments than two-tight end formations.
The Colts are loaded with talent, but they can't play everyone all the time. We would expect T.Y. Hilton to play a ton, but Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Dorsett and the two tight ends, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, could rotate through the other three positions in typical one-running back sets.
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