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  1. esmort

    True or False: Week 1 Edition

    I think you are setting your expectations a little high and also not giving Grant enough credit. I know it seems that rookie WRs make an impact sooner then they used to, but it is still the exception and not the rule. In 2017 only 2 Rookies were able to put up those type numbers ... TY Hilton barely put up those numbers his rookie season; Deandre Hopkins didn't, Jarvis Landry fell just short, Antonio Brown didn't, etc ... Those are high expectations for any rookie WR; especially a 6th rounder. Not saying it can't or won't happen, just that I wouldn't count on it.
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    Linebacker Jenga

    Unless he makes a major jump/impact in camp I think Franklin is destined for the Practice Squad.
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    Josina Anderson Tweet

    I don't mind it when it is used with a little responsibility.... ... Quick instant observations from training camp... ... Trades, signings, etc.... ...breaking news... ... I can even get on board with a legitimate teaser: ex: "just talked with player X about Y; read my full story tomorrow on NFL, ESPN, etc..." It's the "maybe I know something, and I may or may not expand on it... Follow me just in case" just to get followers, clicks, or to promote themselves... or they say something outrageous just to hope it sticks or gets retweets... That's the stuff I don't like.
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    Josina Anderson Tweet

    You are always on the Colts about their handling of the Luck info... But then defend this "click bait pseudo-journalism" She could have handled this in a more professional way if she was interested in helping to maintain some credibility for the field of real journalism.
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    CB Bashaud Breeland likely to sign with Colts

    Don't think he's looking for a one year deal. Someone will offer a multi year deal even if not for what he was originally offered.
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    CB Bashaud Breeland likely to sign with Colts

    Right he won't be a FA in 2020, but being in the last year of his contract it wouldn't be unheard of to work out an early contract extension, and then that can tack a big chunk into 2020 year (or is that against the CBA rules?).
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    CB Bashaud Breeland likely to sign with Colts

    2020 is also the last year of Hilton's contract.
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    CB Bashaud Breeland likely to sign with Colts

    Just out of curiosity I would like to see where we are percentage wise against the cap floor as well. Although it wouldn't be hard to work some accounting magic and get that 89% if we really wanted to without going crazy in FA...just heavily frontload some contracts on current players who are up for or close to new contracts.
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    Colts Rookie Minicamp 5/11/2018

    I see the point you are trying to make and partially agree ... Grigson was definitely a huge part of the problem, but Pagano and company definitely were not great teachers and lacked creativity and vision. The glaring example of not developing a player or seeing the potential is Jerry Hughes .. I think Dorsett and Moncrief both could possibly fall into that category in the future. But, one could also argue that many rookies may have been good but were never properly developed early and by the time they left/waived/cut by the Colts their development was permanently stunted. You could also look at players that maybe didn't turn into stars, but other teams were able to get production out of them or find roles that suited their skills often at positions of need for the Colts .... AQ Shipley, Dion Lewis, ..the Steelers even found a use for DHB, etc ... I believe the former regime was horrible at trying to force a square peg into a round hole instead of being flexible and playing to a players strengths.
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    Anyone realize this?

    I think it was less about attractiveness and more about how much Ballard was willing to pay at this point in the rebuild.
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    Anyone realize this?

    I don't think Ballard was the high bidder... I think it would have leaked (likely by someone in Jags organization) if Norwell turned down a higher offer from a Division rival.
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    Anyone realize this?

    Paid Norwell and drafted Nelson at #6... That is would have been a waste, and tying way too many resources to our OL. We already have three 1sts and two 2nd rnd picks devoted to the OL, If they can't figure something out at this point several people need to lose their jobs.
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    Roster update - Improvement ?

    I don't think 8-8 is "unreasonably optimistic" as the earlier poster put it, but I also don't think 5-11 is unrealistic. I think when we see the odds released for this season(I haven't seen official ones yet)... that the over/under for wins if Luck is healthy will be 7. I think it's possible we do better than 8-8, but I think expecting that (or more) is setting yourself up for disappointment. 8-8 would be a solid season at this point, especially if we seen a lot of young players develop.
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    FA Comp. Threshold Date??

    Anyone know the definite date when we can sign FAs without them counting against compensatory picks? Thought I read somewhere it was second Tuesday after end of draft (May 8th), but don't see it on any of the NFL important dates calendars I have looked at.
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    The big Nelson gamble

    You are kidding yourself if you don't think there is some level of doubt in the minds of Ballard, Reich, and Irsay. Nothing is definitive until Luck is making passes and taking hits in a real game. I wouldn't have used an early pick on a QB, but I would have been fine taking White or Falk in 5th/6th. Just as an insurance policy and/or future backup.