This is somewhat surprising given Hoyer's recent play, but it's more of the status quo in Cleveland. If Hoyer doesn't play well against the Colts, then we may be going through this again early next week.
Herron’s 49-yard touchdown run against Washington was the longest for the team since Week 16 of last season.
“He's a talented, talented guy and I think we've seen that out of him,” HC Chuck Pagano said after Herron’s 88-yard outing against Washington.
“He's quick, he's fast to hit the hole and once he gets outside, he's got some long speed. I think we all found that out (Sunday). It's always nice to be able to get outside and get those guys loose in the secondary and have a guy that can take it the distance."
Herron has quickly become the top fantasy back in Indianapolis with Trent Richardson continuing to struggle running the ball. Over the past two weeks, T-Rich has gained 54 yards on 21 carries (2.57 YPC) while Herron has gained 153 yards on 20 carries (7.65 YPC). Even when Herron's 49-yard TD run is removed, he's still averaging 5.47 YPC in the last two games. He should continue to see his role increase, though Pagano has said that he's not ready to give Herron the majority of the touches. For now, Herron is a low-end RB2 due to his limited workload.
Indianapolis Colts backup running back Daniel "Boom" Herron has outplayed starter Trent Richardson in the past two games. But coach Chuck Pagano is not ready to make a switch and give Herron the majority of the workload in the backfield.
"We're not there," Pagano said. "You guys might be, but I'm not."
Still, Pagano is sticking by Richardson, who returns to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, because he has "no level of concern with how he's playing."
"He's a professional, he understands," Pagano said. "None of us can ever get away from working at our craft regardless of the circumstance, regardless of adversity, just keep grinding, just keep working, just keep swinging the ax. If he keeps swinging the ax, the tree will fall. If you put the ax down, the tree is never coming down. Just keep chopping wood and good things will happen."
Herron has rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown in the past two games. Richardson has only rushed for 54 yards in the past two games. He gained 12 yards on eight attempts against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and that performance came two weeks after he didn't rush for any yards on six attempts against New England. Herron looks like the better fantasy back to own and it didn't take long for him to emerge over Richardson. It seems like Richardson is still going to get his work for now though.
“Trending in the right direction,” Pagano said about Allen. “Looks like we could have him available for practice on Wednesday, which would be great. They’re going to take him out and test him and run him and move him around. He’s doing well.”
Allen could end up being eased back in Week 14, but that remains to be seen. He could also go back to splitting up targets with Colby Fleener. Fleener, of course, busted out for a monster game against Washington in Week 13. Either way, it appears Allen is on track to play Week 14, but we'll continue to update his status this week.
With Reggie Wayne losing a step, the Colts need Moncrief's playmaking ability as an alternative to T.Y. Hilton. The third-round rookie has the size and athleticism to become a star with Luck as his quarterback.
While it may have just become official this week, it's no surprise Moncrief is now the team's WR3. We had a news item on Saturday that said it remains to be seen if he passes Reggie Wayne for the WR2 role. The item said that Wayne is still a security blank for Luck, but there's no denying Moncrief's big-play ability. He's certainly worth a pickup, at least in deeper leagues, but owners should probably still consider him boom or bust at this point. However he's one big play away from giving owners very nice fantasy numbers.
In Coach Jay Gruden’s mind, it represented enough of a spark for McCoy to retain his hold on the starting job he assumed after the coach benched Robert Griffin III following three consecutive losses.
“Colt competed,” Gruden said following the defeat, which dropped Washington to 3-9 and assured a losing season. “There are some things I wish we would have done differently — play calls and execution-wise. But I feel like he competed and did a nice job out there.”
Although McCoy earned a passer rating of 113.1 in his second start this season, he was sacked six times and had one of four fumbles — the only one Washington failed to recover — returned for a touchdown. The offense’s first-half showing was particularly disappointing, producing just three points off of three turnovers. Under McCoy’s direction, the unit converted just one of seven third downs in the first half. Six of the seven third downs were third-and-10 or longer, the story said. McCoy and the Skins offense host St. Louis in Week 14, who is coming off shutting out the Raiders in Week 13.
Jackson was streaking down the left sideline past Colts cornerback Josh Gordy when he fell to the turf and immediately grabbed his right leg. Though Gordy was flagged for pass interference on the play, it did not appear as though Gordy was responsible for Jackson’s injury.
After a brief examination on the sideline, Jackson was taken by a cart to the locker room. Jackson actually missed a few plays earlier in the game because of the injury but he never returned after being carted off. Despite being in catchup-up mode, WRs like Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts weren't really factors. TE Jordan Reed ended up hauling in nine catches for 123 and RB Roy Helu finished with a 4-61-1 receiving ilne.
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4:00pm
Failure with the long ball has helped turn the 49ers (7-5) into long shots at a playoff berth.
Kaepernick went 0-of-10 on throws of at least 10 yards in Thursday night’s 19-3 flop against the Seattle Seahawks, and both of Richard Sherman’s interceptions came on two such passes.
“It’s not an evolved passing game. It doesn’t seem like cutting edge,” said Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton, an all-time great deep threat.
There’s no doubting Kaepernick has one of the league’s strongest arms. That helped make him such a fascinating prospect when he replaced Alex Smith in the midst of a 2012 run to the Super Bowl the story said. Kaepernick’s accuracy, however, ranks 20th when it comes to passes of 20 yards or more, the story continued. He’s attempted a league-high 61 passes in that range, and he’s completed 20, with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:13am
Colts beat writer Mike Wells answered a question about Donte Moncrief and the WR2 role on the team:
T.Y. Hilton will hold onto the torch for a number of years before Donte Moncrief gets hold of it. Hilton has unofficially taken the torch from Wayne as Andrew Luck's big-play target. Wayne is still Luck's security blanket, but the days of him outrunning the defense for a 50-yard touchdown have passed. Wayne knows it, too.
But I'll still take Wayne over most defensive backs when it comes to getting open on short to intermediate routes. Moncrief will become the Colts' No. 2 receiver sooner than later. It just won't happen until Wayne decides to call it quits on his likely Hall-of-Fame career.
According to Wells it looks like Wayne may hold the WR2 role a little longer. But Moncrief at least appears to be poised to steal WR3 targets away from Hakeem Nicks. By next year, it looks safe to assume Moncrief will be the clear WR3.
I'm going with Dan Herron. He spent most of the season as the Colts' third running back, then moves into the starting lineup against Jacksonville and rushes for 65 yards and has 31 yards receiving. Richardson, who everybody has been waiting to see get going, rushed for 42 yards and didn't have any catches out of the backfield.
The thought was coach Chuck Pagano started Herron over Richardson because Richardson missed a day of practice because he was sick. Turns out Pagano went with Herron because he outperformed Richardson in practice. I wouldn't be surprised if Herron starts at running back again this week against the Redskins.
Wells didn't mention anything about beyond this week, but reading into it a bit, it would sure seem like Herron could end up being the starter over Richardson. Herron didn't need a lot of time to out-perform Richardson in practice and move into the starting role. Richardson will still get his carries which will likely cap Herron's fantasy value, but Herron seems like the back to own between the two.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. No worries here.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. Coby Fleener is locked in to heavy snaps with Allen out.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. This is typical for Wayne.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. We’re assuming Allen is out until he starts practicing. Coby Fleener was a disappointment last week, but he’s still a low-end TE1 against Washington this week.