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.
Reich, 56, spent the past two seasons in Philadelphia helping the Eagles' offense, led by quarterbacks Carson Wentz and (after Week 14) Nick Foles, improve from 22nd to seventh in the NFL this season.
On Sunday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported there still are doctors who have concerns about Andrew Luck's shoulder and whether he could wind up needing additional surgery.
Luck is not out of the woods yet for 2018. This report could have influenced Josh McDaniels' decision to renege on his agreement to join the Colts as head coach. Stay tuned.
Schottenheimer has nine years of experience as an offensive coordinator. In those nine seasons, his offenses have finished inside the top 20 in total yards two times (Jets in 2008 and 2010).
Philbin started in Green Bay in 2003 as an assistant offensive line coach, and eventually worked his way up to being the team's offensive coordinator. He served in that role from 2007 through 2011 before going to Miami. He lasted four years with the Dolphins before being replaced by Adam Gase, and has spent the last two seasons working as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach with the Colts.
During his time as Green Bay's OC, the Packers routinely had offenses that ranked near the top of the league in yards, points, and Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA.
Mike McCarthy is likely to keep the play-calling duties.
Jim Irsay: "Andrew Luck is going to be back, and back with a fierce fire in his eyes, I promise you."
"You put (Andrew Luck) on that field, healed up, and you put an Edgerrin James - maybe that's bigger, faster, stronger - and let this man continue to do the job that he's already begun to do, this is going to be a special place to be and a special place to play."
A year after the Indianapolis Colts surprised many by choosing to retain Chuck Pagano as their head coach, a third straight season of missing the playoffs has compelled the team to move in a new direction.
Pagano posted a 53-43 record in Indianapolis. After posting three consecutive 11-5 marks that culminated in an appearance in the 2014 season's AFC Championship Game, the Colts failed to make the playoffs in 2015 after an 8-8 season hampered by injuries to franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.
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Colts TE Jason Vander Laan (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.
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