Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 6:40pm
The Colts released the veteran running back Saturday, NFL Network reported, ending what was essentially a tryout period of less than a week.
Ridley participated in a workout with the Colts on Friday and had been weighing his options in the days since. There were believed to be other teams interested in his services, which is a reason no immediate decision was reached with Indianapolis. Ridley ended up agreeing to a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum salary, according to a league source.
Frank Gore is the undisputed starter, but the signing seems to impact rookie Josh Ferguson and veteran Jordan Todman most. If the Colts elect to keep just three backs, the likely three would be Gore, Ridley and Robert Turbin. Ferguson's issues with pass protection haven't helped him, although the Colts were very excited about adding him as an undrafted free agent, the story said.
Words and tone from Drew Brees and Sean Payton have told a lot about the Saints' newest tight end. My translation: The Saints yearn for more from Coby Fleener. The former Colts tight end hasn't been reliable enough lately on catching passes. He also isn't on the same page with Brees on some routes. Maybe I'm reading too much into things, but I feel like I've seen Josh Hill more involved in the passing game the last couple of practices. Maybe the weird drop to third team in a Saints "unofficial" depth chart really was a message.
This report came a few days after Sean Payton said that Fleener is still a "work in progress." Brees has spoken very favorably of Fleener this offseason, but the latest buzz isn't terribly encouraging. Fleener has a ton of upside in this offense but he's suddenly looking a bit risky. We're still buying, but we've moved him behind Delanie Walker and Travis Kelce, who are more established in their respective offenses.
When it comes to Josh Ferguson, the promise he offered coming into the season has not translated thus far. The Colts had extremely high hopes for him after signing him as an undrafted free agent from Illinois, but he has been frustrating to watch rushing for 9 yards on 13 carries this preseason. That’s not to say he had wide running lanes; the run blocking has been lacking, at best. But throw in the fact that Ferguson has had a couple of missed assignments as a pass protector and one could argue he faces an uphill climb against the veterans.
But the Colts still love Ferguson’s potential.
“He’s a third down match-up nightmare,” Chuck Pagano said.
Related players: Frank Gore
Ferguson hasn't carried his OTA momentum into camp or into the preseason games, so he's fallen behind Turbin, apparently. Turbin is a career 4.0 YPC journeyman who can hold down the fort if anything happens to Gore.
Given the state of the Eagles receivers, this shouldn't come as a surprise. Nelson Agholor looked better in preseason game two, but with Jordan Matthews hurt, no one else has really stepped up. It's hard to imagine DGB making a huge fantasy impact coming to a new team, but if he can show any kind of signs of consistency the Eagles may have no other choice but continue to give him chances.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 2:10pm
The New England Patriots drafted Boyce in the fourth round in 2013. He has appeared in 10 games with three starts. Boyce, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, has compiled nine catches for 121 yards.
He spent most of this year with the Indianapolis Colts until they waived him Aug. 16.
Parks signed with the Browns on May 20 as an undrafted rookie. He's dealing with a knee injury.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:47am
Ryan Mallett led the Baltimore Ravens to an upset victory over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers eight months ago. He has a 99.5 quarterback rating and a 74 percent completion rate through two preseason games.
Despite that success, Mallett could lose the backup quarterback job to surprisingly electric journeyman Josh Johnson, according to coach John Harbaugh.
In Baltimore's 19-18 preseason win at the Indianapolis Colts, Johnson led the team in passing and rushing, showing great touch on his throws and the ability to scramble for yards. His best moment came when he directed a near flawless two-minute drill before halftime, driving the Ravens 79 yards with poise and hitting Jeremy Butler for a 12-yard touchdown.
"[Johnson] is making a case to make this team," Harbaugh said after the game. "There is a competition for that spot. It's been on-going through training camp."
The story said it's been long assumed that Mallett is the primary backup to Joe Flacco. He took all the first-team reps in the spring when Flacco was sidelined while recovering from knee surgery, and he started both preseason games.
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.