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  1. Colt 2017 Offensive Line

    This will be a rough year, but it will be an important year in building. Bond looked decent for a backup center in his first start. Good actually looked solid so it is unfortunate about his injury. At the end of the day, hopefully this forces Clark into a starting role. Let the kid take his lumps and let him develop on the fly. Keep him out there and hope he learns and improves and continues last season's arc before Luck is healthy enough to get back. All game 1 cemented to me were things we all knew: - This team cannot compete without Luck - Missing arguably your best OL and your pivot with a backup QB in there is not ideal - Tolzien is better served as a QB3 and not a direct backup QB - Missing Vontae hurts just as much as missing Luck Things I was pleasantly surprised about: - Our run defense looked solid. Not sure if it will remain that way, but for one game it was nice to see lanes closed, the DL making stops and see runs stuffed and our defense not gashed - Good and Bond looked solid and I did not expect that - Al Woods surprised me as a solid presence on the DL - Nate Hairston seemed to play some effective CB for us, which is a solid step in the right direction
  2. As some have mentioned, Ballard has done a nice job in changing the culture and saying something and truly meaning it. He said he wanted competition and the best guys would win out. He is true to his word. If you weren't cutting it you were gone. Didn't matter if you were a former 1st round pick. didnt matter if you were one of his recent 4th round picks. Didnt matter if you were one of the handful of guys signed to contribute during this past off-season in free agency. You performed or you were gone. Now that is great for the product we put out on the field and for the unknown guy trying to make a name for himself and get a fair shot. My lone concern and what i will like to watch in the future is how this impacts free agents wanting to come here. Some of the better guys will want to come in knowing they are getting a starting job. Everyone always says "I want to be able to compete for a starting job" if they were a backup looking for greener pastures. But guys who are very good want to get paid and dont want to have to keep wondering if theyll be cut right away. Since the Colts have smartly structured contracts where cutting guys is easy and not painful, this will likely mean less impact FAs over time. That is how KC was and i imagine it will be how we are as well. This is all well and good if you build well from the draft and from within and grow talent. We have not shown a very good ability to grow talent in recent years, however. Which is why i expect this thing will not get completely turned around until Ballard has a brand new staff completely in place with his guys that can develop the talent he gets them. Just my 2 cents. But i have liked what Ballard has done so far.
  3. Colts Roster Moves (Countdown to 53)

    Agreed on the Banner surprise. It is not a good practice in general to cut your 4th rounder before his first season really begins. That said, hopefully he can be a PS stash. If not, that is a bit of a head scratcher.
  4. Jon Bostoc

    I still think Bostic will contribute more than a guy like Josh McNary did. McNary was a solid special teams guy. But Bostic can play special teams too. Maybe not as well. However, I fully expect Bostic to be light years better as a backup LB when compared to how terrible McNary was there. In the end I am most excited to see what Spence can do w a full compliment of snaps and excited to see how Walker progresses throughout the year.
  5. LB Gerald Hodges visited Colts today

    Very interesting choice. Buffalo is moving back towards a 4-3 from what i have read and already are stating that Ragland and Brown will compete at MLB with Brown likely going to Weak side if Ragland mans the middle and Ragland possibly going to strong side if Brown mans the middle. Wonder where Hodges fits there? If i were him i think I would have signed w the Giants and tried to take over in the middle there. Still, hopefully this works out for him.
  6. Top 5 Colts players?

    Fun topic. I'd mostly agree. Though I'd go: 1. Luck 2. Hilton 3. Vinatieri 4. Mewhort 5. Davis I really think Mewhort is a pro-bowler with All-Pro potential is a year away from getting Lang/Zeitler money after this season if he stays healthy. That's why I was really hoping we would lock him up long term before he stays healthy for 16 games and turns in a fantastic season.
  7. LB Gerald Hodges visited Colts today

    I think that is exactly what it is . Visiting Buff and then allegedly the NYG too. If you cannot find someone to pay you what you want, you go and visit everyone and see if someone, anyone will pay you. If not, then you take the 1 year deal that you feel either pays you best or gives you the best chance to land another big payday the following year. I would love to get Hodges, but i do not think we are going to be the team that pays him best. So he would have to come here based on the opportunity to play well and pad his future offers.
  8. Colts sign Hankins

    Definitely excited about this. If the rumors are true and it really is $15.9M guaranteed and $10.5M in that first year, then even better. We can easily stomach the $10.5 this year and only owing $5.4M beyond year one if something doesn't work out well is actually pretty decent. If at the beginning of FA someone would have said "You can sign 28 year old Brandon Williams or you can sign 25 year old Johnathan Hankins for 60% of the overall contract value and under 50% of the guaranteed value" i would say Hankins would have been the no-brainer to me. I personally love the fact that it is NOT one of those 1 year deals and gives us a multi-year deal on a young and talented guy. i also love that it is not a 5 year deal like Williams got and basically gives us most or all of Hankins' prime years. Having him from age 25-27 is prime. And it works out well for him too. If he performs, he can still hit the streets for another big deal when he reaches Brandon Williams' age.
  9. Hankins visited Colts today (merge)

    I will say that CB's approach is different than what we are used to and that isn't necessarily bad. The one thing I think we all got spoiled with (and maybe one of the the only good things about that regime) was that when Grigson brought a guy in, he closed. It was rare that we brought in a guy or expressed actual interest in a guy and then didn't get them to sign on the dotted line. Now clearly most of the guys we inked back then did not live up to expectations. But, I will say that I was impressed w how most of those signings were structured in a way that it did not hurt us cap-wise. Think of all of the swings and misses and yet we are in a great cap situation now and even moving forward (even w Luck's big extension and T.Y.'s extension). I'll speak for myself in saying that my biggest disappointment this off-season has nothing to do w who we have and have not gone after. I am more-so disappointed that we have not closed as successfully on guys this year as we have in the past. Hopefully in that regard alone this year is an anomaly.
  10. Akeem Ayers at ILB?

    I will say that I don't think Ayers has shown anything yet to lead me to believe he could make that transition, but you never know. One guy who did it recently (out of drastic need) was Clay Mathews a year or two ago for part of a season. When GB was taking big losses at ILB due to injury, I remember Clay playing there a lot out of necessity. He even did a decent job. But it was a total waste of his skill set and pass rushing prowess. Still some guys can make that switch. But few really should or can be successful when asked to (at least in a 3-4 that is).
  11. At the end of the day, I think most folks would think this is a draft best served to focus early and often on defense. Either a pass rusher or a corner or Foster or Reddick. That said, while I am not against taking an offensive lineman if it makes sense, this class isn't anything special. And if I were to take one I would be more inclined to go w Lamp and plug him in at RG. I think we have a few guys who can be serviceable at RT. Clark has worlds of potential and needs some experience to build. Haeg might be better suited at RG, but he can surely play RT for us. Good as well. So because of all of that, I would not be overly thrilled used the 15th overall spot on Ramczyk.
  12. What to do with about 30 mil

    There's still a bunch of guys w some potential out on the street that I'd love for us to make some small $, short terms offers to in hopes of landing some: Will Compton Gerald Hodges Sam Barrington Nickell Roby-Coleman Brandon Boykin Justin Gilbert TJ McDonald I know Hodges seems to be a forum favorite. I'd love to make a run at Compton, though. He is not anything spectacular. But he is still only 27 and has experience not just starting as an ILB in the 3-4, but also leading a defense and calling plays. I know he didn't "grade out" well as per places like PFF, but having watched him play he is still a guy I would want on my team. Barrington i had some hopes for when with GB and he never truly panned out. I wouldn't mind kicking the tires on him if Compton or Hodges were no goes. I know Roby-Coleman is another forum fave, but i also wouldn't mind seeing if Pagano and company couldn't squeeze some of the untapped potential out of either Boykin or Gilbert. Boykin was a heck of a slot guy in Philly initially and then he just seemed to struggle there and in Pitt lately. Gilbert would just be a guy I'd love to see what the staff could do with and if they could ever get him to reach any of that potential that made him a 1st round pick way back when. With re-signing Butler, safety is a bit less of a need. But McDonald is still young and experienced and I would love adding him and allowing Butler to help in the slot at times or allow Geathers to play in the box more if we went to a 3 Safety set, etc. I still hope we are not completely done w free agency and that we add a few pieces of the scrap heap as free agency winds down
  13. Agreed. Though i do think they probably thought Sean Spence for 1 year and $3M is better than Brown for 2 years and $12M. Since we did not get Minter and he went for 1 year and $4.5M, my guess would be that the Colts were looking all along for an ILB that would be willing to take a contract at the $3M a year range and Spence was the first to bite where Minter and Brown turned their nose up at that. Pure speculation, but connecting all the dots it does seem to make sense.
  14. GoodBye Zach Brown.....

    We will not be getting Brown based on what we currently know. We know he "talked" with us. And then there was nothing after that. We know he visited Oakland and seemed offended by what they offered him. We know he just visited Miami and left without a deal and basically said he wasn't going to shut the door on them or even on Oakland but that he wanted to see if there were better offers out there. We know he fired his agent and hired new ones. At this point he is looking for the largest pay day possible. If he goes the 1 year route, he has to be targeting more than the $4.5M Minter got based on his Pro Bowl season, statistics, etc. I cannot see the Colts dropping $5-6M for 1 year on him when they just put out a 1 year deal for Spence. Sadly, I think the Brown ship has long sailed for us. Hope I am wrong.
  15. FA Rumors

    They grabbed Timmons already too. Thats a nice re-made LB corps if they get Brown as well.