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    • This is Doug Farrar from Football Wire's list.   https://www.colts.com/news/seven-colts-make-touchdown-wire-s-top-100-players-list   The players are Kelly (91), Moore II (74), Leonard (59), Hooker (55), Hilton (52), Luck (47), Nelson (43).   Was kind of surprised to see Moore II on the list and also surprised how low Leonard, Luck and Nelson were (and Kelly, but he claims injuries have as much to do w/ that as anything).   I like his write up on Hooker the best... in part: ""In just his second NFL season, Hooker became the recipient of the ultimate gesture of respect given a defensive back — an extreme lack of targets in relation to his snap totals. He was on the field for 977 snaps and saw just nine targets all season. He gave up four catches for 51 yards, 25 yards after the catch, one touchdown, two interceptions, two pass breakups and an opponent passer rating of 60.2."   I have seen a lot of folks suggesting Hooker had an off year... I think a lot of that is because his INT numbers weren't high -- but 9 targets out of almost 1,000 snaps is ridiculous.  
    • Did anyone see "A football Life" on  Namath?  As a fan I went through that era. An as a Colts fan, while it was going on I despised the man. His statistics, (if you are a stats guy)  might not see him as a "GOAT" contender but, It reminded me of how much that man changed the culture of that era. His life had a lot of ups and downs, but, historically he was a major player in the evolution of the NFL. Sometimes it's not just about looking back on statistics but, seeing "  What did this individual do to change the league. Sometimes I think that is also  relevant . Any thoughts on this? Is their other Players, if you look back in history that you can think of also made an impact?
    • Turay was battling nagging injuries a lot of last season, which I think is the main reason his playing time got reduced (coupled with Tyquan Lewis coming off the injured list).   I think everyone knew after Turay was drafted that he needed to get a bit stronger and become a more refined football player rather than just a raw athlete...it seems like he's working his butt off this off season to not only get stronger but to get more polished with Mathis as his mentor.     I think he did hit a bit of a wall, some of which was caused by nagging injuries.  Also, don't forget, he only played very sparingly in his second to last year at Rutgers after a more serious injury to his shoulder which required 2 surgeries.     He only played 2 years of HS football, red-shirted as a freshman.  Ballard said right after we drafted him that the kid had very good physical traits but was still quite raw and needed to get stronger.   I think, aside from him having some nagging injuries and the return of T. Lewis), there was a plan to use Turay's rookie year as somewhat of a developmental year which he was building strength and learning technique.
    • We are finally building a team around Andrew, that he  should have had, years ago. We were impatient, and thought that we could just start where we left off with Peyton. 
    • "Stuff Happens" (Stuff wasn't the word I really meant,  LOL" Can I say the S**t word? 
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