Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:29pm
That’s the plan for now at least. That’s because we’ve seen anything can happen when it comes to Luck and the Colts.
Most people thought Luck would play a series or two against Buffalo last weekend.
Owner Jim Irsay had other ideas. He tweeted out about two before kickoff that Luck would sit the game out and took a subtle shot at Bills coach Rex Ryan’s aggressive approach in the preseason.
But there’s bad news for those wanting to see quarterback Andrew Luck in his first action since early November: Luck won’t play in tonight’s game, according to team owner Jim Irsay.
Irsay just sent out a tweet that saying as much: “Colts Fans; it's a long Pre-Season and 2 Home Games are coming in the next 2 Weeks. Look for #12 to make 1st Start then instead of tonight.”
Luck, when speaking to reporters on Thursday, seemed as if he expected to play, the story said. Coach Chuck Pagano singled out specific players who had been ruled out but did not mention Luck.
The Dorsett we saw in Colts camp cannot be accused of being one-dimensional. He showed great skill in running clean routes and displayed consistent hands throughout camp.
Wide receivers often make significant jumps from their first to second years. This sure looks likely in Dorsett’s case, and Rob Chudzinski must stand ready to take advantage.
The Colts have made no secret about their desire to switch from a two-TE base offense (with the departure of Coby Fleener) to a three-WR set featuring the speedy Dorsett as the WR3. This means he should be on the field for at least 70% of the snaps, and playing time is a lead indicator of production.
In 22 games over the past two seasons with a healthy Andrew Luck, Hilton has averaged 5.1 catches for 86 yards and 0.45 TD. Those are fringe WR1 numbers in PPR formats and solid WR1 numbers in standard leagues. With Luck back under center, Hilton should have a bounce back season after finishing #22 in both formats last year.
After wide receiver Jordan Matthews was forced out of last Friday’s practice with a knee injury, Eagles coach Doug Pederson downplayed the severity of the injury by saying Matthews was “just going to be sore” for a couple of days.
It’s been a couple of days and it seems that there’s more concern in Philadelphia than just a big of sorenes. Pederson said on Monday, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that Matthews will be sidelined for a few weeks and that the team hopes that he’ll be able to play in their third preseason game against the Colts on August 27.
This certainly turned into something more serious for the Birds top WR. Matthews was hurt on a low hit by rookie defensive back Jalen Mills in the same practice that saw tight end Zach Ertz leave for a concussion evaluation after another low hit from rookie Blake Countess. That led Ertz to call for younger members of the team to pay closer attention to where they’re hitting their teammates.
The official return of pro football will have to wait another four days. The NFL canceled Sunday night's Hall of Fame game because of poor field conditions. The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts are headed back home.
The disappointing decision came after player safety concerns arose. NFL Media's Steve Wyche reports that the midfield logo was the main area of concern. It recently was painted and it was slick and hard, according to several team officials.
The embarrassing news casts a pall on an otherwise great weekend. Sunday's game was going to be much of a regular season preview, although it provides a chance for end-of-the-roster plays to impress coaches and make the team. Undrafted free agent Joe Callahan was expected to start at quarterback for the Packers. Starters usually play a series or two at most in the first preseason game.
It's safe to say New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener is still trying to learn the nuances of playing with Drew Brees after playing with the same quarterback for his entire college and NFL career in Andrew Luck.
Brees is still learning Fleener's game, of course. Yet Fleener seems well aware of who's the boss and it's more about learning Brees than vice versa.
"There's absolutely some catching up to do on my part," Fleener said after Day 4 of training camp practices Sunday at The Greenbrier. "Drew can write the playbook if he wanted to. He's just that well versed in what we're doing.
The last two days displayed how quickly the two are coming along the story said. It added Brees connected with Fleener on a few intermediate routes in team drills, and also a one-armed grab with a ball thrown behind him in team drills. On Sunday, Brees hit Fleener perfectly on a deep seam route for a long touchdown connection.
Johnson, 35, starred in his first 12 NFL seasons with the Texans before struggling last season with the Colts. Although he appears on the downside of his career, the 6-3, 229-pound veteran will still likely provide a reliable target for second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota and boost a Titans receiving corps that rated among the least productive in the league last season.
Johnson didn't seem to have much left with the Colts last year. And in a recent news story, one of four unnamed team execs said Johnson's upside was in some kind of limited role because of his size. Two of the four execs said he was done while one other said he could serve as a mentor. This particular story said Titans coach Mike Mularkey was impressed by Johnson's productivity in a limited role last season, because 24 of his 41 catches went for 10 yards or longer. It's doubtful Johnson is going to have a huge fantasy value but it's worth monitoring what his role is going to be with Tennessee.
Early in training camp, per the Indianapolis Star, it's "unmistakably clear" that Rob Chudzinski is moving away from the two-tight end offense that was a staple under former coordinator Pep Hamilton.
Along with the coordinator change, the organization's recent personnel moves dictate an adjustment. With receiving tight end Coby Fleener out of the picture and 2015 first-round draft pick Dorsett healthy, it behooves Chudzinski to take advantage with a three wide-receiver attack, the story said. It looks like Moncrief will be the team's WR2 with Dorsett's role expanding as the third WR.
The Colts have talent at their skill positions, but they also have depth concerns.
“We have three guys at wide receiver [who] we know about and then we have a bunch of guys [who] have talent, can run, have height, weight and speed and can catch and do all those things, but they have to go do it now,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “Those guys are all going to compete for that spot, and that’s what training camp is all about. We’ve got talent, we’ve got guys that are capable, they are just unproven.”
The Colts have nine receivers on their roster not with the last name T.Y. Hilton, Phillip Dorsett or Donte Moncrief. Brian Tyms and Josh Boyce are the only receivers who have a reception in the NFL. The Colts have routinely kept around five receivers during the regular season.
There's no clear-cut favorite on who Frank Gore's backup is even though the team is high on undrafted free agent Josh Ferguson out of Illinois. Gore had 227 more carries than his next closest teammate last season.
The Colts are just fine with their starting skill spots, but any kind of injury the team will need to sort out who is up next. Whomever wins the jobs could certainly have fantasy potential if there is an injury at some point. The story also mentioned TE, where it's just Jack Doyle and Chase Coffman behind Dwayne Allen.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7:00pm
The 35-year-old wide receiver visited the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of Johnson's whereabouts.
No signing is imminent, per Rapoport, as the two sides are simply feeling each other out at this point.
There's reason to believe Andrew Luck was never fully healthy at any point in a disappointing 2015 season.
He missed two early-season games with an injury to his throwing shoulder, played through torn cartilage in two of his ribs and went down with a lacerated kidney at midseason.
Going all the way back to the season opener we saw a quarterback with waning arm strength and shaky pocket presence, suggesting Luck was hiding an injury he never revealed.
"Personally, I know I wasn't playing well, whether I was injured or not," Luck recently acknowledged to the Indianapolis Star. "I have some thoughts, but I don't want to share them. I wasn't doing a good job and it's no one else's fault but mine."
Luck said he feels as good as ever coming into a training camp. He should bounce back nicely this season, and we're thinking he ends up a top-five QB.
Drug possession charges have been filed against former Utah State football player Robert Turbin, who was reportedly found in possession of marijuana, during a traffic stop in Logan.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said an officer pulled over a black Audi Friday night, near 950 N. 200 W. after the car ran a stop sign.
“The officer made a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who was Robert Turbin,” said Hooley. “Upon contact, the officer immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.”
Related players: Josh Ferguson
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 11:22am
Ferguson still sits behind Gore, but as we pointed out in June, the others on the depth chart aren't really impressive names - like Robert Turbin and Jordan Toddman for example. We think Ferguson could make a mark in PPR leagues even if Gore stays healthy. He's also drawn comparisons to Darren Sproles so he's that type of back - a pass catcher who can make people miss but also log a few carries as a change of pace.
Giants beat writer James Kratch answered a question about the team's RB situation:
I expect the Giants to start the season with Rashad Jennings as their starting running back and Shane Vereen as the third down/hurry-up back, with Andre Williams being the short-yardage/change-of-pace guy.
I think rookie Paul Perkins could definitely make an impact, but my guess is that would come later in the season. If Jennings stays healthy, I think he can be the Giants' first 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012.
Kratch said it helped last year the Gaints broke up the RB committee down the stretch and as a result Jennings took over as the hot hand behind an improved offensive line. Jennings is 30th on our RB list but is another later-round selection who could produce as part of your fantasy committee.