Vinatieri is well within striking distance of the NFL records for career points and field goals, both of which are currently held by Morten Andersen, and he’ll close in on others with a season that’s in line with what he’s done during his first 22 years in the league. If he does post such a season, it sounds like he’ll be looking to continue to pad his totals during the 2019 season as well.
Vinatieri was quoted as saying he loves playing in the NFL today as much as he did 23 years ago when he started. He added he's not looking to hang up his cleats anytime soon.
Colts tight end Eric Ebron was a draft bust in Detroit, but he might be ready to make his mark in Indianapolis.
That’s the word after the Colts wrapped up their offseason workouts, and coach Frank Reich said he loved what he saw of Ebron.
“He’s really smart,” Reich said of Ebron, via the Indianapolis Star. “I knew that because we did our homework before he got here. We knew he was a smart player. But he’s like really a highly intelligent football player. And that’s really good because you want to use a guy with the versatility that he has and move him around and call all kinds of things with him. That helps. And he’s an explosive athlete.”
According to Albert Breer of SI.com, the Colts plan to limit Andrew Luck’s work throughout the summer to make sure there are no setbacks, including days off during training camp. They also plan to monitor his practice reps, to try to mirror his workload during the regular season.
Seems like Luck is still very much recovering from his shoulder injury. However, it seems like it's going to continue to put him behind in terms of repetitions and learning the new system.
“I think he brings an element of size and power and strength to the mix,” Reich said of Turbin. “We have Nyheim and (Josh Ferguson) and Marlon, when he gets back (from shoulder surgery), who has some juice. Then we have a couple guys who kind of provide us with some size and power. And Turb is one of those guys. And he’s shown it. But what I like about him is not only has he shown that size and power and strength, he’s smart, he’s good in protections and he’s good enough of a route runner that he can be a three-down back.”
Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines are currently the only running backs being drafted from the Colts in fantasy drafts, but it appears as though Turbin could make some noise as a between-the-tackles grinder with touchdown upside, particularly if Andrew Luck is healthy and ready to go Week 1. Keep him on your watch lists as the offseason progresses.
“Deon is built like you want a wide receiver to be built. He runs how you want a wide receiver to run. What’s impressive about him is he can really get out of breaks. To me, that’s what separates really good receivers in this league. He can separate at the top, which combined with the other two things I said, can really make him a person that we think can develop.”
T.Y. Hilton is a lock as the team's top wide receiver, but the second spot is wide open in a passing game that looks even more appealing with Andrew Luck on the mend. The sixth-rounder Cain will compete with veterans Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant, as well as fellow rookie Daurice Fountain (fifth round).
Today he did, though only to people very close to him.
Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star was like the guys who get video of Bigfoot, providing the footage of what was thought to be a mythical creature.
The story went on to say Luck apparently threw about 10 passes, mostly to retired wideout Reggie Wayne, and they were all around 10 yards. It’s the first time anyone has seen Luck throw a football since last October’s failed attempt to come back from shoulder surgery.
Frank Reich loves what Eric Ebron has shown this spring, including in the classroom. Ebron is lining up all over the field and lauds the versatility that this offense prides itself on.
Ebron is still presumably behind Jack Doyle on the tight end depth chart, but with Ebron's history of being an ineffective blocker, it's possible Doyle could run fewer routes this season. Nevertheless, the Colts are lacking an established second option in the passing game behind T.Y. Hilton. Ebron's athleticism and red zone ability makes him a name to watch this summer.
Andrew Luck threw in four practice settings in mid-October. Soreness and swelling led to his rehab being restarted after that.
This would have Luck going roughly 250 days since he last threw a football, far less than the previously reported 523 number that has been circulating the interwebs. It is still a concern that Luck hasn't thrown in the eight months since that October setback, but it does shed a little more light on the process that has led to this point. It also gives more logical backing to head coach Frank Reich's commentary that Luck is expected to throw soon, given that an almost equitable amount of time has passed as when he first attempted to throw again.
It was revealed today by GM Chris Ballard that RB Marlon Mack played with a torn labrum during the entirety of his rookie campaign, and that he is currently recovering from offseason surgery. There was no timetable provided as to when the surgery took place, but Ballard believes Mack will be ready by the time training camp starts.
The running back depth chart in Indianapolis is thin with proven commodities, with Robert Turbin as Mack's main backup. That puts a bit of a spotlight on fourth-round pick Nyheim Hines. Hines ran a 4.38 at the Combine, and broke out during his junior campaign at North Carolina State, rushing for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also involved in the passing game, catching 89 career passes. At this point, we know Turbin doesn't possess much upside, so if it appears that Mack is slow to recover, you might want to consider Hines as a late-round fantasy option when draft season rolls around.
Colts QB Andrew Luck missed all of last season and remains in rehab mode after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in January 2017. The expectation is for Luck, who’s been working out on the West Coast with a pair of throwing specialists, to be on hand April 9 when the Colts open their offseason conditioning program.
Irsay did nothing to suppress those expectations Monday when he met with local reporters covering the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.
“All indicators are (the) healing is going really well and we feel really optimistic that he’s turned the corner and has a full decade ahead of him of excellence,’’ Irsay said. “That’s a long period of time.’’
At the recent NFL Scouting Combine, Ballard and coach Frank Reich shared their boss’ optimism.
“Do I have any doubt that he’s going to be ready? No, I don’t,’’ Ballard offered.
Added Reich: “I’m anticipating that he’s going to be ready to go. Again, we’ll have to determine what level that will mean. There’s no way to predict that. I’m thinking optimistically.’’
At this point, we're in "believe it when we see it" mode with Luck, but this is certainly encouraging news. In 22 games since 2015, Luck has averaged 278 passing yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. He has also averaged 1.1 interceptions in that span.
Gore will team up with Kenyan Drake to form a 1-2 duo at the RB position. Gore has spent the last three seasons of his career in Indianapolis and finished as the No. 18 scoring RB in PPR leagues last season. He's someone you might consider targeting as an RB2/RB3 option in drafts later this summer.
A day after adding tight end Eric Ebron to their offensive, the Colts are bringing in former Washington (and almost Raven) WR Ryan Grant on a one-year deal worth $5 million. If you will recall, Grant was set to sign a free agent deal worth almost $29 million with the Ravens, but it was voided due to a failed physical.
Ebron caught 53 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns last season, en route to being the No. 13 scoring tight in PPR leagues. He will join Jack Doyle (the No. 7 scoring tight end) to form a dynamic duo at the position. Look for the Colts to run a lot of 2-TE formations next season.
We have a trade to announce: the New York Jets have traded a 2018 first round pick (sixth overall), two 2018 second round picks (37 and 49 overall), and a 2019 second round pick to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the third overall pick in this year's draft. If the Jets want to draft one of the top-tier QB prospects, they now have a much better chance of landing one.
Following a somewhat breakout season in 2015, when he caught 64 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns, Moncrief has been pretty quiet the last two seasons. He did score seven touchdowns in only nine games in 2016, but he caught only 26 passes last season without Andrew Luck. He will join a crowded WR depth chart in Jacksonville.
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