Donte Moncrief (foot) might take a little time, but not a long term concern.
Moncrief is still working his way back from a late-season foot injury, but should be fine for training camp. He finished his second season with 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns, but his numbers were a bit depressed due to the midseason loss of Andrew Luck. In seven games with Luck, Moncrief averaged 4.6 catches 50 yards and 0.71 TD (on 7.7 targets per game), which extrapolates to a 73-802-11 season. Fantasy-wise, that’s about what Michael Crabtree scored as the #19 receiver in standard formats. With Andre Johnson out of the way, Moncrief’s playing time and targets should increase a bit. He’s a serious threat to break out in his third season.
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The Texans re-signed Weeden, the team announced on Friday. The new deal is for $4 million over two years, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source with direct knowledge of the contract.
Claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in mid-November, Weeden relieved an injured T.J. Yates in Week 15, tossing a touchdown to rookie Jaelen Strong to push the Texans past the Colts in a crucial battle for control of the division. A week later, he accounted for three touchdowns in a 34-6 rout over the Titans.
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The Saints announced that tight end Coby Fleener agreed to a five-year contract Wednesday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports it's a $36 million contract. The former Indianapolis Colts tight end should be a good match for Drew Brees, who is at his best throwing the ball up the seams.
This is a great landing spot for Fleener after the Colts decided to instead re-sign Dwayne Allen. In the 22 games that Fleener has played over the last three seasons with Allen sidelined, he has averaged 4.1 catches for 54 yards and 0.45 TD. Those averages would have been good enough to finish 7th in standard scoring and 6th in PPR in 2015. When only looking at seven such games in the last two seasons, Fleener has averaged 5.4 catches for 82 yards and 0.86 TD. It doesn't hurt that he hasn't missed a game in the last three years, either. He and Brees should develop a quick rapport.
The Colts had two tight ends poised to become free agents. They now have one. But the one who re-signed isn’t the one anyone expected to re-sign.
Per a league source, the Colts and tight end Dwayne Allen have worked out a four-year, $29.4 million deal. He’ll get $12 million in year one, $17 million total through two years, and $22 million through three years. The includes $16 million guaranteed; it’s unclear how much is fully guaranteed at signing.
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This is a surprise since the Colts were rumored to be set on re-signing Coby Fleener, not Allen. If Fleener moves on, Allen will be a sleeper provided he's the primary receiving tight end in Indianapolis. He has only averaged 3.4 targets per game in 43 career games, but if Fleener is out of the way, that number may double.
Donte Moncrief finished his second season with 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns, but his numbers were a bit depressed due to the midseason loss of Andrew Luck. In seven games with Luck, Moncrief averaged 4.6 catches 50 yards and 0.71 TD (on 7.7 targets per game), which extrapolates to a 73-802-11 season. Fantasy-wise, that’s about what Michael Crabtree scored as the #19 receiver in standard formats. With Andre Johnson out of the way, Moncrief’s playing time and targets should increase a bit. He’s a serious threat to break out in his third season. Phillip Dorsett figures to step into the WR3 role, and will be fantasy relevant assuming the Colts' offense returns to form.
Andrew Luck’s return to being full-go?
It’s something Colts fans never saw in the final two months of the 2015 season.
Luck’s return though has a target date, one that marks the beginning of the team's 2016 offseason program.
“April 18th, he should be ready to roll,” Chuck Pagano said of Luck during this week’s NFL Combine.
Luck was the #22 QB through the first three weeks before hitting the injury report in Week 4 with a shoulder injury. By the time his season ended in Week 9, he was the #16 QB in total fantasy points and owned the #13 per game average. This was disappointing production given his top-overall finish in 2014 and his previous production (#8 in 2012, #6 in 2013). He should bounce back into the top 5 assuming he stays healthy.
If the Colts have to choose between their two young promising tight ends – Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen – Fleener appears the better fit, at least based on how the two have been used in recent seasons. Don’t expect Fleener to end up anywhere but Indianapolis in free agency.
If the Colts do re-sign Fleener while letting Allen walk, Fleener will be one of our favorite sleepers heading into the 2016 season. In the 22 games that Fleener has played over the last three seasons with Allen sidelined, he has averaged 4.1 catches for 54 yards and 0.45 TD. Those averages would have been good enough to finish 7th in standard scoring and 6th in PPR at his position. When only looking at seven such games in the last two seasons, Fleener has averaged 5.4 catches for 82 yards and 0.86 TD. It doesn't hurt that he hasn't missed a game in the last three years, either. We'll be keeping a close eye on the Colts' tight end situation this offseason.
The Colts made interim OC Rob Chudzinski their permanent coordinator.
Chudzinzki had back-to-back top 12 offenses (yardage-wise) while he was the OC for the Panthers, and his 2007 Browns were 8th in both yardage and points. He has a reputation for featuring the tight end position (Kellen Winslow, Greg Olsen and Jordan Cameron), though Dwayne Allen probably wouldn't agree. If the Colts re-sign Coby Fleener and let Allen walk, then Fleener has top 10 potential under Chud.
According to his Wikipedia page, Monachino has not served as a defensive coordinator since running the Hannibal High School (MO) defense. He has coached in the NFL since 2006, serving as the defensive line coach for the Jaguars from 2006-10, followed by a long stint (2010-15) as the Ravens' LB coach.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Colts have fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, per a source.
The Colts yielded the 7th-most yards per play, the 7th-most yards and the 8th-most points this season.
Against season-long odds, coach Chuck Pagano is staying with the Indianapolis Colts on a new deal.
The team announced Monday night that Pagano has agreed to a contract extension after a trying season featuring well-documented in-fighting with general manager Ryan Grigson and persistent "hot seat" reports emanating from Indiana.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirms Grigson will also return in the same capacity after lengthy meeting through the day on Monday. Although the relationship between Grigson and Pagano was described as toxic as various times during the season, Rapoport was told that it was closer to two passionate professionals with mutual respect.
Pagano carried momentum into owner Jim Irsay's office after winning the final two games with a revolving door of quarterbacks featuring street free agents Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley in the season finale.
The surprise is not only that Pagano survived, but also that there was no clear victor in the power struggle, the story said. The piece also added this was expected to be perhaps the top available job in the offseason.
Chuck Pagano and Jim Irsay met Monday afternoon. Were they reminiscing, quarreling or maneuvering?
No one seemed to know. But the longer Irsay, the Indianapolis Colts owner, and Pagano, the team's embattled coach with an expiring contract, remained hunkered down at team headquarters, the less certain the outcome seemed.
Pagano was universally expected to be dismissed Monday, whether because of the team's inconsistent results on the field (blowout losses and struggles outside the AFC South), the infighting between he and General Manager Ryan Grigson, or both, the story said.
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