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  1. 28 points
    Thanks for creating a thread for this. I was having a hard time finding whether or not anyone was disappponted with free agency so far. This was much needed.
  2. 24 points
    According to the PFF folks there have been series of stories about Quenton Nelson and his participation in the combine last year. You can hear the stories here(go to 47:25): Story 1: Quenton was interviewing with the 49ers and they showed him the tape of him blowing the safety away coming from the other side of the formation from the game vs Georgia. So they ask him "what did you see, how did you see the safety blitz? Talk us through this" and Quenton answered the regular stuff "I've studied tape, I saw the formation and picked up the blitz, etc."... then he looked straight at John Lynch and added "I would have done the same thing if it was you" Story 2: Quenton and his trainers had decided to not do one of the drills at the combine and some team told him "if you don't run that drill we are not going to draft you" and he was like "Look, all I do is bury people into the dirt every single play and if you cannot work that out from the tape then I can't help you"
  3. 23 points
    Look, I know there are a lot of upset people about how free agency has played out, but I wanted to take a deeper look into Ballard's process and maybe relax some people's anxiety. 2 of Ballard's core philosophies are.. 1. Take care of your own players. 2. He wants the Colts to be the best team in the league at developing talent. I think we can all agree that FA has been full of huge contracts payed out to (outside of Earl Thomas and a few others) good, but not elite players. Ballard's view is likely that he'd prefer to spend our cap room on resigning OUR guys and keeping our core together, rather than let our stars go and try to find their replacements. Next year, we have a ton of big name free agents. AC, Kelly, Ebron, Moore, Sheard... just to name a few. Then TY is the year after. So, the question is, where is all this money we have gonna go? Its gonna go right there, to OUR guys. Now, I have seen many people say, "It doesn't matter what they spend, if we want to win a Superbowl we need better talent." If you are of that belief, you're not wrong.. What is wrong is assuming Ballard doesnt believe that too. He knows it. The difference is how he chooses to find that jump in talent. Instead of bringing new faces into the building on big expensive contracts, he is putting all his resources into developing the talent we have. Taking good players and making them great. Let's look at pass rush for example. (I'm gonna use Madden like terminology just because it's easy to digest) Let's say, on a scale of 0-100, Kemoko Turay was at a 75 last year. Maybe Preston Smith was an 84. Ballard drafted Turay with the belief that, (and again, I'm just thinking hypothetically here) with time/reps/the right coaching, Turay could be a 90. So, in his mind, his answer for the pass rush is already on the roster. Instead of REPLACING a 75 with an 84, he wants to UPGRADE his 75 to that same level and hopefully beyond. It's more affordable on the cap, and it establishes a culture of progression. When players think, "Man, the Colts can help me get the best out of myself. They can help make me the best version of me." then not only do they want to come here and stay here, but they also trust the coaches and lean into them. They work harder knowing that the team has a proven track record of success developing players. They become better players, we win more games, they earn their more money for their next contract. The entire system is symbiotic. It takes time, and I know that's frustrating when we as fans can't look on paper and just already know the team is definitively better than it was last year. But Ballard has proven that he can do this. Just look at last year... Ebron went from ridiculed bust to leading the league in touchdowns. Glow went from obscurity to incredibly impressive starting RG and earned a nice contract. Kenny Moore and Pierre Desir, even Quincy Wilson were mocked and called "the weakest position group on the team"... and look how well they played as they got better and better throughout the season. Ryan Kelly went from a solid Center to arguably the best center in the NFL. So, yes, its easy to be upset. Theres nothing wrong with wanting impact players to come to the Colts. But Ballard is banking on himself, and trusting that they're already here. He's earned the right to have this season go HIS way and on HIS terms, where he can prove to all of us that he can make that process work.
  4. 21 points
    Don’t know if you all saw this. Darius Leonard and his wife had a baby girl named Mia a couple of weeks ago.
  5. 20 points
    You seem like an individual who could win the $20 million lottery but then complain that there were 2 winners and you only received $10 million each.
  6. 19 points
  7. 19 points
    Ballard's line about... "we're not building a team to match up with others, we're building a team for them to match up with us." Was brilliant.
  8. 19 points
    . The average age of the current roster: 25.2 Average experience of current roster: 3.2 Without AV's 46 years and 23 years.... Age: 24.8 & Experience: 2.9 For an 10-6 and 1-1 team with Rookie HC and coordinators and a 2nd year GM that is pretty spectacular. ****************************************** Carroll Phillips and Jihad Ward both played at Illinois and were coached by Phair ****************************************** Carroll Phillips and Ahmad Thomas won state football championships together in Miami in High School ****************************************** Antonio Garcia, after being a 3rd Round Pick (with lots of accolades) of the Patriots, was released after being diagnosed with blood cl.ots in his lungs and dropping 40 pounds. Fully healthy now he COULD be the hier apparent to Castonzo. ****************************************** Al-Quadin Muhammad was a 4 star recruit at Miami and was suspended with then teammate Jermaine Grace (former Colt) and missed 2 years of college ball due to another suspension where he was falsley accused of an domestic altercation with a roomate - he was still drafted in the 6th round by the Saints on pure talent - redshirted even though he tore up the preseason twice - and Ballard scooped him up at cut down day. Theoretically he would now have his 4 years of college experience and I believe he will breakout candidate this year! ****************************************** Deon Cain and Marcus Johnson both started their college careers as quarterbacks until transitioning to wide receivers. We will reap those benefits. ****************************************** Jihad Ward is my other breakout candidate on the defensive line. He was always better suited for the UT position, and Eberflus surely saw that when he coached him at the Senior Bowl and with Dallas briefly, as does Phair his old college line coach. Now that he is in a position to use his natural abilities with us, I see 5-10 sack potential in him and he will be my second breakout candidate of the year. ****************************************** We have 6 tightends on the current roster, only one of which was drafted. Additionally, 2 were college bball players (Travis & Alie-Cox) and one was a wide receiver (Billy Brown). Very interesting and diverse backgrounds for the deepest TE room in the league. ****************************************** Lastly, while I will not have Cain or Fountain as breakout candidates (yet), but, I will say that they will contribute this year in the offense. Likely at the expense of Pascal and/or Rogers.
  9. 18 points
  10. 18 points
    The Colts will probably be linked to half of the free agents on the market this week. There will be a lot of smoke, there probably won't be much actual fire.
  11. 17 points
    First off.... ths is NOT a mock. Just my 32 best players. I don't do mocks, but I try to rate the top talent. Very little film study. Mostly going by the evaluators I respect most. I've done as many as four rounds per year. But this year, as I did last year, I'll only do one. Life has too many obsticles in the way. As I always do, I break down the round into a top-10, a bottom-10, and a middle-12. I'm rarely satisfied getting the right names into the first round projection, I'm tryng to get them into the right third of a round. I've had as many as 28 of 32 right names and as few as 24. So.... here we go.... 1. Nick Bosa DE Ohio State He's rated for me equally with Q. Williams, but gets the nod for the top spot based on the importance of the position he plays, DE over DT. 2. Quinnen Williams DT Alabama Second String last year; 2nd overall pick this year. Has anyone comes so far; so fast? 3. Josh Allen Edge Kentucky Can play OLB in a 3-4 or a DE in a 4-3. Is he Kahlil Mack 2.0? 4. Devin White LB LSU Can reportedly play MLB or the Will. Athletic and powerful. 5. Ed Oliver DT Houston Been a roller coaster ride. Start of the year; top-5. Middle of the year; top-15. Wowed at the combine has him back in the top-10 and my top-5. 6. Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State 6'6" 260; nearly 36' arms; 10 1/2 hands; 36' vert; 125" broad; 7.0 3-cone, And he has very good tape. Wow! 7. Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma The size makes him Russell Wilson, but far, far more athletic. Scary athletic. Baker Mayfield's rookie year gives Murray even more credibility. May go 1st overall. 8. Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State Only one year as a starter. (Same with Murray) Always a big red flag. But he's a pocker passer. Pure arm talent. Are recent reports of dipping stock a smoke screen? 9. TJ Hockenson TE Iowa 6'5" 250 Best all around TE this year, and in the last few years. Comparison to Gronk may be somewhat overstated, but TJ is still a top-10 player. 10. Andre Dillard OT (LT) Washington State Consensus best LT in the draft, yet many have him 5-10 spots lower than I do. Whatever flaws he has are correctable. Positional value trumps all. 11. Devin Bush Will OLB Michigan Can also play MIKE, but some teams will view him as too small for the inside. Great athlete, great backer. And yet I often see him mocked lower. Not sure why? 12. Drew Lock QB Missouri Some say he has the best arm of this class. Others fear his 9" hands, well below average. Teams reportedly either love Lock, or are meh on him. 13. Jonah Williams OL Alabama Started for 3 years for Alabama. Played LT the last two years. He's 6'4", 302, and has 33 5/8" arms. Too small for LT at NFL level for some teams. But could play (start) any of the other 4 OL positions. He's that good. Many think he's the best OL in this draft. Not for me, but he's close. 14. Brian Burns DE/OLB Florida State One of my favorites this year. He and Sweat are what Ballard is looking for to be his RDE. Will Ballard trade up? Not likely, but we have reportedly shown considerable interest. 15. Jawan Taylor OT (RT) Florida Big and powerful. A pure right tackle and not a LT. Could play G if need be. His game is not finesse. You run hard behind guys like him. 16. Colin Ferrell DE Clemson He was top-10 eight to ten months ago. Not sure what he did wrong, but now I mostly seem him in the teen's or the 20's. But I think he's a RDE at the next level. 17. Jeff Simmons DT Mississippi State Can you believe Simmons and Sweat were on the same Bulldog Defensive Line?! Simmons has two strikes against him, otherwise, he'd be top-10, and perhaps even top-5. He blew up a knee in early February training for the combine. And 3 years ago, in high school, he beat up a girl who was reportedly bullying his sister. It's on videotape. Everyone says he was a good kid before the incident, and he's been perfect for the last 3 years since then. Saw a story this week saying everyone in the scouting community loves the kid and will back him as a great kid. Called a culture changer for your program. Jim Irsay, are you listening? Please? 18. Rashaan Gary DE/DT Michigan One of my least favorite players. Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. Tremendous tools and mostly under-achieving tape. Where are the results? Teams will gamble on his great, raw, and mostly untapped talent. 19. Noah Font TE Iowa Font and Hockenson, the two top tight ends both on the same team. Nice for Iowa. If Hockenson is the pure tight end, then Font is the more receving option. He'd compare more to Ebron in style (minus the hands issue) 20. Christian Wilkins DT Clemson Measured smaller and heavier than expected at the combine. 6'3" and 315. Not 6'4" and 305. Does that scare anyone? Maybe. But he didn't test as well as expected. Does THAT scare anyone? Maybe. Read within the last week he's both a 3-tech AND now also a Nose Tackle. Hmm? Said by all to be great in the locker room. A natural team leader. A very Ballard-like guy. Been mocked well into the 20's for the better part of a month. Does he reach the Colts? 21. Cody Ford G/T Oklahoma Played at 340 this year, but showed up at the combine 10-12 pounds lighter. Can play both right tackle and inside at guard. But he's not a LT. 22. DK Metcalf WR Mississippi My first wide receiver appears. And I wouldn't be surprised if he falls to the 2nd round. Incredible body, incredible athlete EXCEPT, he's more a straight line runner with blazing speed. But he's not a sophisticaed rout runner. Runs a more limited rout treet. Raw. Needs polishing. Boom or bust? 23. Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma Some think he could've gone top-15 if not for a foot injury in early January. Very small. 5'9" and sub-170. Said to play bigger than his size. Compared favorably to DeSean Jackson. Can catch deep or take a short pass a long way. Field changer. Game changer. Good hands. 24. Greedy Williams CB LSU Best man corner in the draft. Tall and lean. Tested better than expected at the combine. Was thought to be possible top-10 pick eight to ten months ago. Stock has slipped by still a first round player for me. But not for everyone. 25. Demarcus Lawrence NT Clemson 6'4" 342 and that weight is down from his high in the 350's. Vince Wilfork 2.0? If he reaches us and we try to get him at 34, will New England let him get past them? Vince Wilfork 2.0! Some have questioned whether he's a scheme fit for the Colts. Said to be better in a 2-gap scheme, not our 1-gap. 26. Garrett Bradbury C North Carolina State Fast riser late in the draft process. Said to be the top center in what is reported to be a very good class of centers. 27. Johnathan Abram S Mississippi State Yet another stud defender from the 2018 Bulldog defense. He has supporters and detractors on ths website. But the Colts are reportedly high on him. Will they take a safety in the first round for 2nd time in Ballard's 3-years? Maybe. He'd be the strong to Hooker's free. 28. Chris Lindstrom G Boston College Could also slip into the top of the 2nd round. But I'm calling this the Quincy Nelson effect. You can improve your o-line with high quality guard play. Lindstrom reportedly tested through the roof at the combine. Advanced metrics off the chart. Scouts ran back to double check the tape. Colts said to be high on him too. 29. Deandre Baker CB Georgia High confident, highly competitive and highly successful corner. Has a fearless attitude. At 5'11" and 193, is he big enough to play outside? Or is he only an inside slot/nickle corner? Teams will differ on this. But he's an easy first round talent. 30. AJ Brown WR Mississippi A pro's pro. Not flashy, but he just gets the job done. I liken him to DeAndre Hopkins with Houston. The guy you want to look for on key 3rd downs. 31. Byron Murphy CB Washington Another corner with a lot of support on this website. He's another sub-6'0" corner who may only play in the slot. But he shutdown whoever he faced, so maybe he can play outside? Could slip into the 2nd round, but he's only my third corner on my board. Hard to see only two. 32. Chauncy Gardner-Johnson S Florida Just my second safety. If you don't like this choice, then pick someone else. But so far, only Abrams makes my list. And I don't see a draft with only one safety going in the first round. Some team will take another, and I picked CGJ for his all-around versatility. But it could be someone else. Close, but just missed: Josh Jacobs RB Alabama Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame kaleb McGary OT Washington Erick McCoy OL Tex A&M Dalton Risner OL Kansas St Parris Campbell WR Ohio State N'Keal Harry WR ASU Rapp/Savage/Adderly S Various schools Rock Ya Sin CB Temple Daniel Jones QB Duke (Will someone trade up to take him at the bottom of the first round? Entirely possible) OK..... there's my board.... feel free to vent and give me your opinions. Happy to hear from all... Thumbs up or down? Bring it! We're now inside a week.... the excitement grows! I'll have more posts & threads in the next 6 days..... Thanks for checking out my board.... NCF
  12. 16 points
    It's so quiet around here that even the trolls and Negativians are nowhere to be found. I'd even be happy with people making stuff up at this point. I guess its good tho for us to catch our breath and let the skin grow back on our fingertips. Soon enough, we'll be back to name-calling, backstabbing, and slander. Yes, Colt fans, its draft time.....enjoy.
  13. 16 points
  14. 16 points
    Lmao... there's the door. Don't let it hit you on the way out.
  15. 16 points
    1. Get a new good LT 2. Get a new good LG 3. Get a new good C 4. Get a new good RG 5. Get a new good RT 6. Build a new stadium that is not owned by TY Hilton 7. Try not to call TY Hilton a clown, a scrub or anything of the sort the week before the games.
  16. 15 points
    How the heck does this guy keep things so quiet
  17. 15 points
  18. 15 points
    Fans and media get enamored with free agency, but those experienced and shrewd in the business of making such team decisions on free agents have some basic rules dictated by their experience. I'm fortunate to have access to them and thoughts about them from some. (it is even edited for forum brevity) ******************************************** 80-85% of the time an FA is a bad value because a team has decided that a players projected production will no longer match the price his contract demands. 15-20% of the time, players can be on the market simply because teams are being squeezed by the cap. (too many good players to keep). These have higher value, but the scarcity drives up the price, so it still is not great value. Rarely do true difference makers hit FA, and they will be exceptionally expensive. Because of the salary cap impingement, a free agent must be productive (600+ plays per year) and have longevity. More mistakes are made in free agency at the cornerback position than any other. Never sign a player 27 or older to a 5 year deal, nor a 4 year deal for a player 28 and older. Never sign any high risk injury player to long term deal. You must evaluate the player, establish the schematic fit and establish the right price. Never, ever sign a player and change his technique or schematic fit. It just doesn’t work. Be cautious of the player who's production dramatically increases in their contract year. Teams are more likely to be paying for the production of that contract year while getting the lower production from those non contract years. The team needs to carry at least $6 million in cap resources (preferably $10 million) into the season for replacement(s) for injured players. This is after off season- FA signings Spending $6- 8 million for rookie draft pool Spending $1 million of cap space allocated for practice squad players Stick to your budget. If the team spends recklessly, there will inevitably come a time when there's a need for the money that you no longer have. Spending Tier I money on a Tier II player only inflates what you have to pay your own Tier I player when it is time. The salary cap eventually penalizes severely for overpaying players relative to what their production value is. Player must be at least a good or great 3rd down player. Any high priced FA must be on the field and productive for those critical downs. Do not sign a player for more than the team leader or your best player at that position. This about rewarding loyalty and maintaining a balanced cost structure within your team because otherwise it creates bad locker room chemistry. Players know. They do. Never believe that your locker room culture will change a person’s behavior. This is rarely the case and when it does work it is only on a minimum salary short deal. Giving a large money or long term deal in this situation RARELY works if ever. You're never 'one player away' from a Super Bowl because there is a 100% injury rate in this sport. Ignore the outside noise. A segment of the fan base will be unhappy. The local media will be unhappy, the agents will be unhappy and you are sure to hear that you are not trying to win. ** STAY FOCUSED—REMEMBER THE MISSION** Every one looks out for their own interest. You have to look out for the best interest for the team and stay focused on that. Set a price that is fair and if that price escalates, walk away. You are not in a church auction. You run a football team. If you do so, your cap will be well managed which is absolutely essential for sustained success and you will have the ability to sign your own free agents first. They are the priority when you are a good team, and you are a good team because you draft well. Always remember that the free agent you lose hurts you more than he helps his new team. This is why historical trends show that it takes a free agent changing teams and systems almost a year to fit and become really efficient. *********************************************************** I didn't write these excerpts, but written by one has been there and did the job before they penned a very long list. I trimmed it down slightly for the forum.
  19. 15 points
    I THINK that I am reasonably a smart guy......... (My wife of 25 years, may does think differently During FA last year........ I was clamoring for FA A, or FA B............ Ballard said "I will wait for value in FA" Result - He picked up an egg or two, but we brought in a few needed players..... he dumped the "eggs" HE WAS RIGHT....... I WAS WRONG During the draft last year, I was clamoring for a sexy pick...... Not a GUARD!!!! Ballard SAID........ "I will build the lines FIRST" Result - Believed to be the best single draft of last year. Of 32 Teams..... thats special Its a LONG way from now......... but there is a decent, not THAT remote, if the player can stay healthy, CHANCE that his top 2 picks MAY wear a yellow jacket some day HE WAS RIGHT........ I WAS WRONG This year........ I am hoping for a specific FA pick or two that I think we need....... If we dont get MY choice..... I am not going to wet my pants I think you have to give benefit of the doubt to CB https://www.stampedeblue.com/2019/3/12/18261988/does-spending-big-in-free-agency-translate-to-success Quote from Article The raw data shows that just 37% (9/24) of the 6 biggest spenders in Free-Agency made the Playoffs the following year. As the success of a football team depends on a lot of different factors other than free-agency spending, take the data with a grain of salt. Injuries happen, and a player a franchise considered a sure-bet ends up failing. Something to consider.....
  20. 15 points
    If the Colts are having trouble reaching the 89% mark, I will happily sacrifice myself and sign a 1 year, $XX mil deal to help them out.
  21. 15 points
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  23. 14 points
    A few things on Kindred: 1) He was pretty damn good in 2017. He didn't play well last year and got hammered for it. But his 2017 season was great. I think he had a PFF Grade of 82.0 then for those that like to hammer home on PFF 2) His contract was set to be $720K this year based on his 4th round drafting. Why is everyone continuously reporting his $2M figure? Because he played well enough in 2017 and enough snaps in 2018 to bump his salary up to $2.025M through the proven performance escalator system. 3) We paid Chris Milton $1.5M for his contributions as depth and special teams. Kindred is the same type of player at the S position. He can contribute on both coverage units and he is a very solid backup S who can play in the box. And he costs slightly more than Milton. And less than Geathers and Farley. 4) We are paying him as a 4th Safety and special teams contributor and we are paying him around 50th-60th best S money. Sure he makes around what Adrian Phillips got which some of our board wanted. But he also comes in around the cost of guys like Chris Banjo, Blake Countess, Jordan Lucas, etc 5) He has a decent amount of starting experience. Which will prove valuable if/when our S position takes a hit health-wise and he is thrown into the fire 6) He is still only 25 years old. He is a solid guy to get and evaluate and see if he earns a follow on contract. He is the quintessential low risk grab. He's a one year deal w a chance to be a diamond in the rough or be gone if not needed. Since his contract is only salary with Cleveland eating the rest of his pro-rated signing bonus, I don't even know if he would hurt us cap-wise if he is cut before the season and doesn't make the final 53. Even if he does count there it will be small potatoes. I like the move personally.
  24. 14 points
    You all are extra busy this time of year. Just a quick thanks for keeping things moving here.
  25. 14 points
  26. 13 points
    I mean if year one of the rebuild results in 10-6 and a playoff win, then I'm down Honestly, just in general with sports, I don't like it when teams throw in these arbitrary timelines for when the team would/could/should be good. It just adds pressure. Because lets say everyone buys into this '3 year rebuild' and by 2020, the fans, the media, the FO and all them expect to be SB or bust. Well that 2020 thing is gonna be set in stone no matter what happens to the roster from now till then. Everything can go wrong in the drafts and injuries can hit and FAs can bust and people will still expect the Colts to be SB contenders in 2020 since thats the timeline the team gave. Just in general the team should never stop building. Keep adding talent, being smart with your money, and have a culture that can grow its own, because the NFL is crazy and rosters change fast. I've said this before a bunch and I'll say it again. I'd rather the Colts compete in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and so on rather than just 2019. Lets do that by constantly drafting our own players, coaching them into solid NFL guys, and being smart with our money.
  27. 13 points
  28. 13 points
    Well, we’re gonna suck now.
  29. 13 points
    Concur. I will say his strategy is very sound and works well for us. It also is something that I think should make players happy. He is basically making an offer and if they think they can do better he is saying "hey we want you back but if you want to see what's out there, please do what's best for you and your family. go shop around and then come back to us. if it works and we can match then great. if not, at least you did what is best for you and no hard feelings." I would love that of an employer. It doesn't work for everyone (think R.Melvin who seemed angry and then allegedly took less to leave us), but for most people this would be a culture you would embrace and want to be a part of.
  30. 13 points
    thought some humor would be enjoyed.
  31. 12 points
    We've noticed more outreach from the Colts media department. This is evidently the reason why. https://www.colts.com/news/colts-productions-is-changing-the-way-you-see-your-team
  32. 12 points
    I'm starting this as kind of a catch-all for my WR draft thoughts, since @stitches keeps calling me out... ;) Feel free to add your thoughts, whether random or well thought out, or whatever, so we can discuss 2019 draft class wide receivers together. First up for me: I definitely have Hakeem Butler ahead of DK Metcalf. Metcalf is a raw athlete with inconsistent hands, little understanding of route running and body positioning. While he's super fast and can break tackles, if he's not running past the secondary or breaking short against off coverage, I'm not convinced he can get open in the NFL. He's big and fast and can jump, but I don't see him using those tools to catch the ball at the high point consistently. He does have incredible range once the ball is in the air, and he has a "go get it" mentality, leading to some highlight catches, but mostly against DBs who have no ball instincts (Lonnie Johnson, for instance). He can play, he can definitely run, but he's not a skilled route runner, he's not consistent with his hands, and he doesn't use his body to create separation. He also doesn't have any production. He is the athlete with upside who, IMO, will get overdrafted because of his insane potential, but he has a lot of work to do to live up to that potential. Hakeem Butler is another athlete with upside. He's not as freakish as Metcalf, not as quick, not as fast in the 40, probably doesn't hit the same top speed either, but still an eye-popping athlete with plenty of explosiveness. More of a long-strider, like Braylon Edwards, with some Josh Gordon to him when the ball is in the air. Similar issues with route running, and creating separation out of breaks; he also is an inconsistent ball catcher, like Metcalf. But I think he's more physical, more imposing, uses his body better, has better awareness for where he is on the field, I think his footwork is better, and his tenacity once he has the ball is unmatched. He has double the production of Metcalf, and fewer injuries in his past. So my comparison for Metcalf is Cordarrelle Patterson, and my comparison for Butler is Vincent Jackson. Both are promising prospects, but I prefer Butler over Metcalf.
  33. 12 points
    Colts Fans, Man, I just couldn't take anymore of the talk about Funchess, his drops, his speed, he's not a legit number two receiver etc. I do live in NFC South country so I do see a lot of Panther games and always thought highly of Funchess so I went to all the video I could find and here are my humble conclusions on the guy. 1. He catches almost everything with his hands, he let's very few balls get in on him and when he does that's when he has some trouble but this guy has very strong hands! 2. He catches the ball in traffic extraordinarily well, I would go so far as to say 4.5/5. 2a. You could make the case he lacks separation speed but that's not necessarily what the tape shows. More what the tape shows is a lot of designed throws to Funchess no matter the coverage and Newton seemed to throw to him in traffic without hesitation, that to me speaks volumes. The throws in traffic could be the reason for the drops, frankly, what I saw I would rate him well above the likes of Pierre Garcon as an example we can relate to. 3. He can and will run every route. 4. He plays faster than his 40. 5. He high points the ball very well. 6. I see a guys who's every bit of a number two receiver, in fact, he appears to be closer to a one than a three. 7. He plays to his size (a lot of big WR's don't). I would be very excited about Hilton, Funchess, Inman combo. Ok to call me crazy. I've been wrong before...I'll be wrong again!
  34. 12 points
    Scheme fit doesn't bother me. He has the traits of an edge rusher, he has the ideal body type, ideal length, and ability to beat blockers from the edge. Scheme change is a problem for stiff rushers who can't bend and/or don't know what they're doing on the field. I don't think that's the case for Houston.
  35. 12 points
    Imagine being a young pass rusher on the Colts having Justin Houston and Robert Mathis teaching you
  36. 12 points
  37. 12 points
    Not this again, I rarely post here, but enough is enough... I can't wait for the Steelers to trade AB to another team, so this nonsense can stop!
  38. 12 points
    Can you be more pacific?
  39. 11 points
  40. 11 points
    Ebron has done all the things you want when you sign a free agent. He has played at a high level, been good in the locker room, and has endeared himself to the fan base. I admit when they first signed Ebron I was nervous, but he has quickly become one of my favorite Colts.
  41. 11 points
  42. 11 points
    That was really well done. That locker room was so quiet after that KC loss. Ebron crying at the beginning had me. He is turning into quite the leader. His response to the video.
  43. 11 points
    Yeah, I don't like when players on my football team are trying to win the Masters, either.
  44. 11 points
    Wait...what the hell? I thought FA was over and we failed....
  45. 11 points
    Hooker & Hooker @ Safety?
  46. 11 points
  47. 11 points
    I'm done. Collins goes for $14 million and we sign a garbage receiver in Funchess for $13 million. F Ballard. Can't take this anymore.
  48. 11 points
    How quickly they forget. You really think you know more about Funchess than Chris Ballard and his team? Get a grip. What he's thinking is that the market for WR's went way over his comfort level and so he dropped out of the bidding when the numbers went crazy. And he got a WR he can work with for 1-year. Too long? Should we have tried to sign him for a game to game contract? You think that happens? Ballard is the most disciplined GM in football. He sets a number and when things get way, way out of whack, he walks away. Good for him. Good for the club. Nobody was really happy a year ago when we signed Eric Ebron. How'd that work out?
  49. 11 points
  50. 11 points
    Follow Kent Lee Platte on twitter(@MathBomb), he's a good follow on those. I will list some interesting relative athletic scores here. Just so you know - 5 is average for the position(and size), over 8 is great, over 9 is elite... most all pro players in the league have scored over 9 on this score. Also, almost all of Ballard's picks last year were over 8 if I remember correctly. Anyways.... here we go: WRs: AJ Brown 9.45 Andy Isabella 8.41 Anthony Johnson 7.07 Ashton Dulin 9.07 DK Metcalf 9.65 DaMarkus Lodge 4.11 Yikes. Darius Slayton 9.57 David Sills V 6.97 Deebo Samuel 8.94 Dillon Mitchell 7.98 Emanuel Hall 9.92 !!! Gary Jennings 9.43 Hakeem Butler 9.92 !!! Hunter Renfrow 3.62 ... bad but had great 3cone and good shuttle Jazz Ferguson 7.52 KeeSean Johnson 3.11 Kelvin Harmon 4.89 Lil Jordan Humphrey 3.08 - bad Mecole Hardman 8.73 Miles Boykin 9.92 N'Keal Harry 9.46 Nyqwan Murray 1.14 Yikes! Paris Campbell 9.77 Riley Ridley 4.17 Stanley Morgan 8.83 Terry McLaurin 9.65 Travis Fulgham 8.69 Tyre Brady 5.85 TEs: Alize Mack 8.56 Caleb Wilson 6.79 Dawson Knox 7.47 Dax Raymond 6.27 Drew Sample 8.68 Foster Moreau 9.62 Irv Smith Jr 5.84 Isaac Nauta 1.54 Yikes. Jace Sternberger 5.9 Josh Oliver 8.87 Kaden Smith 3.32 Kahale Warring 9.35 Noah Fant 9.89 TJ hockenson 9.15 Trevon Wesco 5.29 Zach Gentry 2.85 OC/OG: Garrett Bradbury 9.95 DT/DE: Anthony Nelson 9.23 Ben Banogu 9.57 Brian Burns 9.91 Byron Coward 6.2 Cece Jefferson 1.16 Charles Omenihu 6.89 at DE Chase Winovich 8.58 Jachai Polite 3.82... YIKES! He was supposed to be an athletic freak. What happened? Jalen Jelks 3.86 John Cominsky 9.75 Jonathan Ledbetter 1.44 at DE, 4.12 at DT Jordan Brailford 8.96 LJ Collier 3.65 at DE, 7.5 at DT Maxx Crosby 9.92 !!!! Montez Sweat 9.91 !!!! Nick Bosa 9.37 Oshane Ximines 6.63 another one that was supposed to be an athletic freak but didn't test like one Rashan Gary 9.91 at DE, 9.90 at DT Shareef Miller 5.78 Wyatt Ray 7.53 Zach Allen 4.8 at DE and 8.83 at DT Albert Huggins 5.71 Chris Slayton 6.95 Christian Wilkins 8.51 Daniel Wise 3.72 Daylon Mack 4.56 Demarcus Christmas 2.66 Dexter Lawrence 9.81 !! Dontravius Russell 4.17 DreMont Jones 6.95 Greg Gaines 6.06 Isaiah Buggs 2.03 Jerry Tillery 9.74 Kevin Givens 7.24 Khalen Saunders 8.61 Kingsley Keke 8.48 Quinnen Williams 9.84 !! Renell Wren 9.67 Terry Beckner 2.55 Trysten Hill 8.77 LBs: Ben Burr-Kirven 8.94 Blake Cashman 9.55 Bobby Okereke 9.33 Bryson Allen-Williams 0.59 Yikes Cameron Smith 7.78 Cody Barton 9.35 Dakota Allen 6.01 Deshaun Davis 2.82 Devin Bush 9.33 Devin White 9.34 Drue Tranquill 9.88 Emeke Ogbule 6.63 Gary Johnson 5.96 Germaine Pratt 9.3 Gerri Green 8.18 Jamal Davis II 9.26 Jeff Allison 1.08 Joe GIles Harris 2.76 Jordan Jones 8.15 Josh Allen 9.84 Justin Hollins 9.86 Otaro Alaka 6.24 Porter Gustin 9.52 Ryan Connelly 8.08 Sione Takitaki 9.10 Sutton Smith 5.68 Terrill Hanks 4.69 Tyrel Dodson 8.41 Ty Summers 9.88
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