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On 2/1/2019 at 7:14 AM, wabashalwaysfights said:

I know I am not the only Colts fan that has been saying since the early Manning days that we need to focus on the defensive side of the ball, and even given the way this defense overachieved, I still think that is your focus.  I think the discussion around TY and whether he is a #1 receiver seems silly to me because the Colts' focus this year was on multiple formations out of multiple personnel groups, especially with multiple tight ends, and TY is able to fit into just about any of those groups.  He is your #1 because first, he has the ability to play it multiple positions and second, because the focus of the offense is on tight ends.  Also, what happened to the perimeter screen game?  It seemed like that was a huge part of the offense in spots this year, but they kind of got away from it late in the year.  That was an area where TY thrived, maybe the ankle injury took away from this?

Back to the defense, there were two times this year where injuries made me nervous.  One was Ryan Kelley, but Evan Bohem stepped in nicely.  The other was when Leonard went down on literally the first or second play against the Dolphins.  Forget all the talk about the Pro Bowl snub, whether he is the DROY/DPOY, all of it; if he doesn't come back there the Colts are done.  The d-line is good for what they needed to do and that is keep Leonard clean, they deserve a lot of credit for those 190 or whatever tackles.  As much as I loved Dwight Freeney, and I mean loved, I don't want a player like that for this defense.  Freeney took himself out of the running game a lot, not because he didn't like contact or anything like that, just stylistically he was so fast up the field that a lot of times you didn't even need to block him.  For a pass rusher, I would love to see an outside linebacker type, a la a Dee Ford actually, someone who not only has the edge speed needed to give elite tackles issues, but also the awareness to understand when to use that speed and when to stay anchored to the LOS.  That or a big time "pocket pusher" in the middle, like one of the Clemson DTs (names escape me now), someone who can push the pocket and make QBs antsy with their feet, but also still draw doubles in the run game.  The DBs had a surprisingly good year, Hooker is solid when he is healthy, and Kenny Moore had a pretty great year as well.

On both sides of the ball Ballard's genius was that he gave Reich and Company players who could do multiple things well, that needs to be the focus.  I agree that Antonio Brown as a player would be nice, but this has never been an organization that puts up with a lot of off the field issues (call them distractions).  Not that I begrudge AB, or anyone for that matter, for being a big personality, but when it becomes detrimental to an organization, that is a problem.  Same kind of deal with a Le'veon Bell.  I'm sorry, but Trent Richardson is still fresh in my mind.  I know it is a different situation, with a different GM and much better, more proven back, but you are still talking about a big name running back in the modern NFL where running backs almost always come in pairs anyway.  With 9 picks, I would almost like to see them try to trade a couple of them to move up, I mean like top 10 or top 5, to take a guy that they really like.  Again, don't go crazy, I'm talking like 2, 3 picks max, to move up into that top area and only if you are going to get a guy you really feel can be a long term guy.  I love that the Colts have simply pieced things together, and it has worked, to an extent, for a while, but every now and then you've got to make a big move, not a desperate move, but a big move.

I don't think anyone is arguing that TY was the Colts #1 receiver this season.  I strongly feel he is a guy that needs a player like AB to allow him to reach his full potential.  He has big play potential, but would be deadly if he was opposite a big time receiver type or motioned into a match up situation.  This is need for the Colts to be able to beat the top tier teams in the NFL.  

I want us to improve the defense also.  But I believe we have the cap space to sign back what we want and bring in a top CB/DE/WR. You may need to decide between a DE and CB.  

I just don't want us to sit back and stay the course.  I am all in on Ballard and his drafting success, but even he said they were lucky this year.  I think even he knows it is the right time to pull the trigger on a deal if it works for the team and locker room.  

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The Colts have hired legendary OL Coach Howard Mudd as a Senior Offensive Assistant. 

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The hiring of Mudd is phenomenal!  A proven guy who has done it here once.  Mock draft article from Colts.com found here.   Compilation of several "experts," several of whom go with Lawrence or Wilkins, the two Clemson DTs I blanked on earlier.  A majority seem to go with defense, but credit to you punttheball, there are a few WRs in there too...

Does anyone know which of the AAF teams have rights to the Colts practice squad players by chance?  I am a little wary yet of suggesting that NFL team seriously consider using the AAF as a talent pool just yet, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but would still like to know moving forward.

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2 hours ago, wabashalwaysfights said:

The hiring of Mudd is phenomenal!  A proven guy who has done it here once.  Mock draft article from Colts.com found here.   Compilation of several "experts," several of whom go with Lawrence or Wilkins, the two Clemson DTs I blanked on earlier.  A majority seem to go with defense, but credit to you punttheball, there are a few WRs in there too...

Does anyone know which of the AAF teams have rights to the Colts practice squad players by chance?  I am a little wary yet of suggesting that NFL team seriously consider using the AAF as a talent pool just yet, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but would still like to know moving forward.

I don't believe there is a direct link yet.

GB 

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35 minutes ago, GB4 said:

I don't believe there is a direct link yet.

GB 

I had hyperlinked it.  I've tried several times, but it keeps getting flagged as spam so I'll attach it here as a PDF if it will let me. The ads stretch the PDF out to be around 15 pages, but I promise the reading is not that much.

Indianapolis Colts 2019 Mock Draft Monday_ Feb. 11.pdf

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Colts sign WR Devin Funchess to a one year deal.

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13 hours ago, GB4 said:

Colts sign WR Devin Funchess to a one year deal.

GB 

I am indifferent about this deal.  I think that they are using Devin as a buffer for Cain to come along.  It is a one year deal, so it is off the books fast.  I like the big body.  Maybe Frank and the boys can get this guy up to 70+ receptions and 10-15 TD receptions this year.

 

I am really shocked by some of the deals that are going down right now.  CJ Mosely just received 85 million over 5 years with 51 of that guaranteed.  If the Jets were one or two players away I would say bravo.  But they aren't close in my opinion.  The Redskins are spending money like they are in the hunt.  Landon Collins is a good player, but I cannot see the money he received either.  This market is crazy right now.

 

I want the Colts to get CJ Mosely caliber guys in, but this type of movement will destroy a team long term.  

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I'm good with Ballard and his decisions thus far, would I like to see a couple big splash guys, sure, but he proved last year that he knows what he's doing.

On the other side of the coin, the Redskins, Jets, Jags, and others have routinely "won the off season" and look how much success those teams have had.

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All the teams making these big contract signings missed the playoffs. I absolutely trust Ballard to get the right guy. I know a lot of fans are upset at the lack of moves, but Ballard has preached patience the last two years. It should not be a shock.

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Man, it's taken me forever to get back on here.  Since I'm months behind, I'll just pick up post draft.  The Colts did pretty well again this year.  I really was hoping the Colts would draft Butler out of Iowa State.  After they passed on him and took Paris Campbell, I sat and thought about it.  Campbell is the perfect type of WR to fit in Reich's offense.  He is going to blow people's minds the first time he catches an underneath route and takes it to the house.  Now Luck has his "Marvin and Reggie" to throw to.  Great selection Colts!  I also liked the Rock Ya-Sin pick.  Great fit for the secondary as is Willis at safety from Michigan State.  With the guys they have resigned and coming back, the secondary looks totally solid.  I'm going to mention an FA signing here.  Getting Houston from KC was fantastic.  Putting him at DE and no more pass coverage will allow him to get after it.  I expect to see him back to double digit sacks this season.  I was a bit disappointed the Colts didn't draft any Defensive Tackles.  I thought They would grab at least one in the first couple of picks.  Even though Autry had 9 sacks, I still feel the middle of the D line is a bit "soft".  Then again, I'm not Ballard, so there's that.  Was also hoping for another linebacker.  Was totally surprised they took three of them!  Grabbing two offensive linemen at the end, was kind of "icing on the cake" so to speak.  Depth is ALWAYS a good thing.  So an early prediction:  With what we have coming back and what we signed in FA plus the new "recruits", I'd say the Colts will win the South and will be one of the early favorites to be in the AFC title game.  It's a good time to be a Colts fan!

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14 minutes ago, itiswhatitis said:

Man, it's taken me forever to get back on here.  Since I'm months behind, I'll just pick up post draft.  The Colts did pretty well again this year.  I really was hoping the Colts would draft Butler out of Iowa State.  After they passed on him and took Paris Campbell, I sat and thought about it.  Campbell is the perfect type of WR to fit in Reich's offense.  He is going to blow people's minds the first time he catches an underneath route and takes it to the house.  Now Luck has his "Marvin and Reggie" to throw to.  Great selection Colts!  I also liked the Rock Ya-Sin pick.  Great fit for the secondary as is Willis at safety from Michigan State.  With the guys they have resigned and coming back, the secondary looks totally solid.  I'm going to mention an FA signing here.  Getting Houston from KC was fantastic.  Putting him at DE and no more pass coverage will allow him to get after it.  I expect to see him back to double digit sacks this season.  I was a bit disappointed the Colts didn't draft any Defensive Tackles.  I thought They would grab at least one in the first couple of picks.  Even though Autry had 9 sacks, I still feel the middle of the D line is a bit "soft".  Then again, I'm not Ballard, so there's that.  Was also hoping for another linebacker.  Was totally surprised they took three of them!  Grabbing two offensive linemen at the end, was kind of "icing on the cake" so to speak.  Depth is ALWAYS a good thing.  So an early prediction:  With what we have coming back and what we signed in FA plus the new "recruits", I'd say the Colts will win the South and will be one of the early favorites to be in the AFC title game.  It's a good time to be a Colts fan!

I thought the same thing about Campbell. My initial thought was disappointment but then as I thought about it, Campbell could be a great fit for what Reich wants to do. And people keep forgetting about Cain, as that kid could be very dangerous too coming off his knee injury. I like Ya-Sin, and I'm sure Willis will grow on me. I think the DT position is either stronger than we as fans know, or Ballard has a FA in mind that he just hasn't signed yet. And you'll see Houston in coverages. The beautiful thing about any 4 man defensive front is the amount of stunts you can do, and I don't think the Colts will hesitate to send a Mike in on a outer gap and let Houston take care of the center of the field. Then again, maybe they'll get feeling froggy and use a Zone Blitz now and then, and Houston would be the perfect guy to drop out into coverage.

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I agree with what most are saying on here about our draft.  I was also high on Butler out of Iowa State but see Campbell as a guy like Hill for KC.  Still not real excited about the Ben Banogu pick.  Mainly because I had not even heard of him before.  I am not sure that we couldn't have traded out again and still gotten him.  There may not have been a trade partner.  Maybe another Darius Leonard situation.

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52 minutes ago, Punttheball said:

I agree with what most are saying on here about our draft.  I was also high on Butler out of Iowa State but see Campbell as a guy like Hill for KC.  Still not real excited about the Ben Banogu pick.  Mainly because I had not even heard of him before.  I am not sure that we couldn't have traded out again and still gotten him.  There may not have been a trade partner.  Maybe another Darius Leonard situation.

I'm hoping any of the 3 linebackers selected could turn into a Darius Leonard situation.  The kid from Stanford and the kid from Tarleton State also have the potential to really be something as well...

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I will just just say this about Butler out of Iowa State, he can't catch! Lol

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1 hour ago, GB4 said:

I will just just say this about Butler out of Iowa State, he can't catch! Lol

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But when he did, man could he break tackles and a get a ton of YAC.  I just looked at him as you cant teach/coach 6'5".  But as I said earlier, I am really onboard with the Campbell selection.  I don't care if he ever goes deep much. he is off the charts when catching an underneath route  or a slant and breaking it big.  That's Reich's offense:  get the ball out quick to speedy guys and let them do their magic.  TY, Campbell, Hines and hell even Ebron are going to be a nightmare to try to cover.  It appears the Colts will have one of the fastest group of receivers in the league.  This is gonna be so much fun to watch.  And I haven't even mentioned Cain and Doyle coming back.  Looks like Luck is heading for another career season in stats.

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9 minutes ago, itiswhatitis said:

But when he did, man could he break tackles and a get a ton of YAC.  I just looked at him as you cant teach/coach 6'5".  But as I said earlier, I am really onboard with the Campbell selection.  I don't care if he ever goes deep much. he is off the charts when catching an underneath route  or a slant and breaking it big.  That's Reich's offense:  get the ball out quick to speedy guys and let them do their magic.  TY, Campbell, Hines and hell even Ebron are going to be a nightmare to try to cover.  It appears the Colts will have one of the fastest group of receivers in the league.  This is gonna be so much fun to watch.  And I haven't even mentioned Cain and Doyle coming back.  Looks like Luck is heading for another career season in stats.

Right, my only issue was that I kept seeing him going in Round 2 and some even had him in Round 1. He has a lot of potential, but he had 19 drops the last two seasons and only had a catch % of 57.3%. I always thought he would be a day 3 pick. Now he gets to learn from the great Larry Fitzgerald, which is awesome for him. As for Campbell, that is a Reich pick all the way. I am really excited to see what he can do in this offense. That Parris, Hilton combo could be deadly.

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11 hours ago, GB4 said:

Right, my only issue was that I kept seeing him going in Round 2 and some even had him in Round 1. He has a lot of potential, but he had 19 drops the last two seasons and only had a catch % of 57.3%. I always thought he would be a day 3 pick. Now he gets to learn from the great Larry Fitzgerald, which is awesome for him. As for Campbell, that is a Reich pick all the way. I am really excited to see what he can do in this offense. That Parris, Hilton combo could be deadly.

GB 

Funchess has a rep of dropping balls too and so did Ebron.  Just saying that may be something that can get fixed with Butler.  Anyway, I agree that Hilton and Campbell could become a deadly duo, no make that WILL become a deadly duo.  Both of them are very fast.  Hines is also very fast.  You know what they say, "Speed kills" and this offense is going to "kill" a lot of defenses this year.

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THE COLTS SIGN FREE AGENT RUNNING BACK SPENCER WARE FROM THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!  They've got their big back now.  He is on a one year deal signed at 1.3 million with another 2.5 million in incentives.  Another great signing and another great contract by Ballard.  Even if he only gets 500 yards rushing and 5 or 6 TD's, it is worth the contract.  I've been told (by KC fans) he's a great blocker and is good in the passing game as a receiver out of the backfield.  He was the featured back just a few years ago until an injury side lined him and KC got Hunt and Williams.  A couple of the KC fans I spoke with said they are pissed that KC let him go.

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Loved the comment by Reich:  "You're four for four".  I guess that means they got the first four guys they had on their "wish list".  Interesting.

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I read an article on CBS sports that showed a list of teams that made the most sense for signing free agent defensive lineman, Suh.  The Colts were #1 on the list but the list was by who had the most cap space.  With the recent signing of Spencer Ware, I wouldn't be shocked if Ballard signed someone like Suh.  Yeah he's older but I don't think the Colts would use him as an every down player.  Besides, he does a lot of his damage these days in the playoffs.  It seems to me his "dirty playing" is behind him and he might be a possibility for the Colts to pursue.

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Read an article on another website that said the Colts rookie mini camp this past weekend was quite successful.  I guess Rock Ya-Sin got an INT that had the sidelines going crazy.  Also Paris Campbell was impressing everyone in the camp.  They tried to go deep to him but had to overthrow him because Sin was in his pocket!  But he was catching everything that he was targeted on even one throw that was behind him.  I predicted after the draft these 2 guys would be starters as rookies.  I know it's just one camp, but things look VERY promising.

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