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  1. Drafting DE Ben Banogu instead of A.J. Brown was a major goof by Ballard.  I remember watching the draft live and telling my wife,  A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf was both available and we were going to select one of them as WR was a big need.  If a GM reaches with an early pick, he better hit on it and he missed, very costly to the Colt organization. 

  2. I think the 30 yard pass interference call on Rhodes was questionable and came out late but an referee, not the referee close to the play. However the worse was the non-call on the DB guarding Pascal in the end zone. He wasn't even looking at the ball. If he had turned, seen and played the ball, that would be OK. He was just looking at Pascal and moving into him as Pascal was trying to make a play on the ball. Those were 2 big calls that did not go in our favor.
  3. I'm not running away from this post. We had a shot but was not good enough today. On the other end of the spectrum, we are in last place. Hopefully we got our first win against Miami next week. Now I know hindsight is 20/20 but I question if Wentz should have played. It was obvious he was gimpy and affected his play and decision making although he did a commendable job playing with his injury. We had a chance to get him under the 75% of plays to avoid giving up a 1st round draft choice. Also is we had started Hundley or Eason, the outcome could not be any worse, maybe a win.
  4. We'd be tied for first but would have the early season tie breaker with the Titans. So like all games, this is another big game. Remember Reich's 1st year, we went 1-5, then went on a run to make the playoffs and at the end of the season, Reich held up #32 in the locker room, as that is what the experts had us in the power ratings, last in the league. What do those experts know. Last season, we lost in our first game to the worse team in the NFL and still made the playoffs. So far, at least the we lost to 2 playoff caliber teams and we still had our chances. With the 17 game season, I say we or any team needs a 12-5 or no worse than 11-6 to make the playoffs. We just need a win, get on a role and momentum. I never give up hope until we are mathematically eliminated. I felt the same way when we were 1-5, and back in 1975 as a Baltimore Colts fan, starting 1-4, then QB Bert Jones led us to 9 straight wins and a 10-4 Division Champion. To bad the Pittsburgh Steeler team of the century stopped our roll in the playoffs, but it was a fun run.
  5. Wentz has tried his best and played pretty decent. Unable to take charge get us TD's in the red zone is a sore spot. His is a big man, good athlete and good runner but runs and dives for extra yards head first which is a double edge sword. I like that he is going for extra yards instead of sliding to protect himself and eventually can catch up to him and it did. However, as I hate to say it, we are a little in desperation mode and he is running aggressively to get all he can, which shows his heart as a competitor. Hopefully, we can get a few wins, be in control of games and he can sliding after getting a first down or decent gain on the runs. I'll just place my other editorials here: OT Braden Smith, besides getting knocked on his backside giving up a s. ack a important play against the Seahawks last week. Also on the 2 pt failed attempt, he seem to DE Dunlap run right past him to get to Wentz. Reminded me of LaRaven Clark on that play. Going to Pittman early and often is good game plan. On Eason's interception, Doyle was cover from in front and behind. He should have thrown deeper to his friend Pittman who was open and single covered with the DB on his back side and I believe Pittman would have better than a 50/50 chance to make a catch to get if a game tying FB try.
  6. He says he was cleared last week and is 100%. That brings a smile to my face and provides added optimism for a special season, not only for Campbell but the Colts. Hopefully he still runs close to a 4.3 forty. Pictures of him shows decent size too as far as bulk, he does not look like a slim 4.3 man but at 6-0 208 lbs, a decently built 4.3 WR. He did look impressive when health, hopefully this is his season. With Pittman, Hilton, and Pascal, that's a nice 4 WR set if go to that on passing downs. A lot good competition for the #5 and 6 WR, won't list the names, if you are on this forum, you know most of them by memory. With the depth, may keep 2 WR on the practice squad.
  7. Reece Fountain had a good pre-season in his 2nd year after not doing much his rookie year but I think he was caught up in the number of WR's fighting for the last WR slot. He still has a shot at being a decent NFL WR if given the opportunity. Playing Mahommes doesn't hurt. Good luck to him, except when they play the Colts.
  8. He also missed a makeable FG in our 1st game loss to Jacksonville. Not a good first and last impression
  9. Vaughns may just a good solid WR/Football player. 6-1 height is sufficient. A little on the light side for his Ht at 185-190 lbs, but not anymore slight than Marvin Harrison or TY Hilton. Now I'm not saying he is the same status as those great Colt WR, just a build comparison, but they are both faster. They say Vaughns did not have a good 40 time at the USC Pro-Day, 4.6+, slow for a slight WR but thought I seen he had run a 4.5 in the past. Still he was very productive and consistent at USC, kind of don't measure him, just play him and throw to him, he makes plays. Competing for the #5 or 6 WR spot, maybe a practice squad spot.
  10. Tough question, but I'm going by the perspective of Colt free agents that we re-signed. I don't think it can be overstated how important the re-signing of CB Xavier Rhodes was to outlook for the season. When he was re-signed, I had a big sigh of relief. Good CB's are are to find and if he can replicate his season, we are in good shape. With Moore playing solid as well, we just have find some dependable play from the other CB, instead to 2 CB's (if Rhodes signed else where).
  11. He has a similar body type to Stallworth, and I think they will compete for a roster spot got for the back-up DT/NT. To back-up Grover Stewart, can also play the NT, good complement to DeForest Bucker. Although Antwaun Woods was an UDFA, we was a Co-Captain at USC his senior year, which is a good endorsement. Also started a bunch of games for the Cowboys and fans on youtube said he was decent, I read a comment the defense played better with him starting. He may also have a bone to pick with his first team, Tennessee Titans, which is good internal motivation against our primary division rival this year. I wonder how much he signed for?
  12. This is what I got on him from a Packers virutual meeting. Looks like he steps up in the big game. Has an impressive game against Ohio St in the Big Ten Championship. The Green Bay Packers held a virtual pre-draft meeting with Northwestern receiver Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, according to Justin Melo of The Draft Network. Bowman, a Minneapolis native, played in 47 career games at Northwestern, catching 82 passes for 986 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2020, Bowman led the team in receiving yards (508) and receiving touchdowns (five), set a new career-high in catches (41) and earned All-Big Ten honorable mention recognition. In the Big Ten Championship Game against Ohio State, he caught eight passes for a career-best 103 receiving yards. He also caught a touchdown pass against Wisconsin and during Northwestern’s bowl game against Auburn. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst was in attendance to see Bowman at Northwestern’s pro day last month. Bowman (6-1, 204) ran a slow 40-yard dash but was quick in the three-cone drill, making him a potential late-round or undrafted free agent option for the Packers.
  13. I think Wilkins is underated, he would a solid #2 RB on any team. He did have some starts for us and didn't he his 1st game as a rookie for us. Mack coming of his injury, being brought back slowly could be #3/4 with Wilkins, Plus Wilkins contributes on special teams. Jackson my be able to save on the practice squad. Hopefully Mack makes it back to his pre-injury form. I was at the game when Mack made the 56 yard TD runs against the Chargers in there temp Carson, California stadium. My wife was screaming go, go, GO! during that run, around the Charger fan who was yelling when impressive Austin Eckler made his catch and TD run, getting pass Darius Leonard who hit him but did not wrap up. We lost in OT but should have won as Vinateri missed a PAT and 2 makeable FG's.
  14. The year of the Achilles with Mack, Dayo, and possibly Fisher. If it works out, we will be the standard for which players with Achilles injures will use a a reference point about coming back from this type of injury. On Fisher, I did not realize he was the #1 pick in the draft in 2013. I knew he was a 1st round pick but thought he was a mid 1st round pick. If we sign him. Have Tevi start the first month or so, and if Fisher comes back close to form. It will be a O-line I'd pay money to watch, which I'm doing already. A healthy Fisher, next to Nelson and Kelly, WOW!, with Glow and Smith of right, I can fantasize. I don't see why Fisher would not want to sign with the Colts. Obviously, the Colts Orthopedic Specialist with evaluate his closely. If good to go, hopefully the Colts and Fisher can find a fair contract.
  15. I give them a D- for their ability to grade drafts and that is being generous.
  16. It is interesting. I'm sure everyone knows they can find a negative on any player drafted, Peyton Manning - they said would spread his legs too far during his drop back and can't win the big one. This years #1, Trevor Lawrence - They said something about his commitment prior to the draft. Says he takes too much risk, stairs down targets, contributing to his 17 career int. If we drafted OT Darrisaw - maybe due to a lack of condition which leads to different energy levels from one play to the next/inconsistent play. Not a good pull blocker. Like mentioned, regardless of who we drafted, someone will find a negative to keep us grounded. Ehlinger and Granson playing High School football on the same time and catching a TD from him, that is Cool. Funny, the say Granson is 6-3 210, he got shorter in College. At 6-2 240, he can also play FB/RB in short yardage. Not sure of he would be a better option that Jonathan Taylor though but could like up as a lead blocker and be deception receiver out of that play or run Granson going up the middle as Taylor is moving away away from the hole at the snap and defense has to respect and follow Taylor.
  17. WR Vaughn, is a good UDFA signing. Lindy's had him projected at a 4th round pick. His measurables was not desirable, Ht is OK 6-1, a little light 190, but not too light. Not saying he is Devonte Smith who is 175 lbs, but faster. They say Vaughn did not have a good Pro Day 40, but Lindy's has him at 4.47. Vaughn may be just a good, solid, reliable, smooth ER who knows how to get open. Did not put up great numbers but was consistent. Highlights shows he did receive a lateral pass then threw a TD pass to Pittman at USC. We could do worse with Vaughn as our 5th WR or practice squad. There will be good competition for that spot between 3-4 other decent WR prospects. Black I think, the Texas/Ehlinger connection may have something to do with it. LB Anthony Butler, I like his physicality I seen at Liberty Univ, he looks like he played MLB there and showed good hitting and range at 227 lbs. Liberty looks like they had a good year, was 6-0 when the beat Virginia Tech. LB Isaiah Kaufusi at BYU seemed like a intelligent, character guy, leader OLB at 220 lbs. Could be a special teams asset. Interesting how we have not signed more UDFA, usually we have 10-15 signed every year.
  18. Although I like Wilkins, we could trade him for a mid round draft choice next year. I mentioned last year we should not trade or release Wilkins who has average over 5 yards per carry for his career unless he proves he cannot do that or 4.5 ypc. In 2020 he avg 3.7 ypc but keep in mind with J. Taylor and Hines being the 1-2 RB combo, a lot of Wilkins carries were mop up duty at the end of the game, running out the clock, when the defense knows it is a running play. I think Wilkins can be a solid #2 RB in a 1-2 RB combo in NFL but we at well stocked at RB with Taylor, Hines, and Mack, and now Jackson or other already on the roster. Like I said, I do like and respect Wilkins, remember his Univ of Miss team went up against powerhouse Alabama, he manned up took them on, had impressive performance, was not intimidated by them. However, if things does not change, we may lose him to free agency anyway. Jackson's highlights against Notre Dame had some nice runs, against highly rated LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Just an observation, someone said he did not look 220 lbs, I kind of agree, his biceps look kind of small for 220 lbs, does not mean a lot but just an observation. Also did not look like a 4.32 runner, but 4.4 is still darn fast, maybe his smooth stride is deceiving. Good 4th RB or practice squad RB.
  19. Alright the dream is the have our 7th round draft choice plug and play a mean LT, next to Q. Nelson and help lead us to the Super Bowl along with contributions of our new crop of draftees and 1-2 UDFA who we have always had make the team. Ballard may now see where he has to spend money on a key FA acquisition.
  20. Like someone said earlier, he reminds me of the Saints QB Taysom Hill because of his running ability and similar size. Not sure of Hill's speed but not sure can similarly play WR in a pinch with 4.74 speed, unless he just has the knack to get open. OK to compete with Eason for the back-up QB. It is good to have it understood the it is know that Ehlinger or Eason will be the back-up QB to Wentz, we don't want the Philly syndrome in Colt Nation. I have a old Army buddy, my room mate in Iraq who bleeds burnt orange like I bleed blue blood and he knows it, is from Austin, grad from the Univ of Texas. He must be thinking of me as one of the most prolific Texas QB will be playing for my Colts.
  21. He did say he can block, but did mention he is considered a fast TE. I think at 6-2 240 he should be able to block if he mindset is to do so. I would think a 6-2 240 TE should block better than a 6-5 240 TE, more compact, lower center of gravity. I like to use quotes if I can remember it. Vermeil in his days with Philly, said something about a 190 lbs RB or something like that, he said, you're 190 lbs, you're tough, you can block. About his drops, it mentioned about 4 drops in game. He said that is behind him and he is confident in his hands. The highlights does show a 1 handed TD catch.
  22. I was surprised with the pick, considering they passed to OT Dan Moore, Texas A&M who the Steelers took with the next pick. Moore started at LT for 3 years. The Colts scouts must have seem something they did not like about Moore. Also, their higher best available TE's still there. Ballard/Reich must be think he is a Burton like player and replacement the Wentz will like and be factored into the offensive game plan. I seen him listed at 6-2, has good speed and is good with run after the catch. The reported drops is concern and they often come at the most worst time. Hopefully, that was an aberration and not a trend in the NFL. Trying to remain optimistic. Looks our Left Offensive Tackle will be a veteran free agent with the cap money we have been holding on to.
  23. I thought the Colts was trying Banogu at LB in his rookie year but that did not work out and played him at DE. Perhaps he could not grasp the pass defense concept needed to play LB.
  24. Another perspective is the recipe to beat the AFC Champs KC Chiefs is the provide a lot of pressure on Mahomes like Tampa Bay did to him in the Super Bowl. Granted KC had offensive line injuries but still, the pass rush did make a difference in the Super Bowl.
  25. Drafting defensive lineman may not be sexy picks but necessary for winning football. Actually DL/Edge rushers are semi-sexy draftees. Like when we drafted OL Q. Nelson and B. Smith, not sexy but effective for winning football and is a big reason we are considered an upper echelon team. Ballard's explanation did make sense. Re-signing Denico Autry and Justin Houston would not be cheap and drafting Paye and Dayo brings in young, quality, super athletic, players in rookie contracts. We should not be have situations where we are constantly saying the loss of Autry and Houston is having an effect. Every defense gives up plays once in a while, but these players should help, Dayo later in the season. Can't wait to see them play with DeForest Buckner. Ballard said they did check his injury status and feels good about his recovery. Dayo mentioned the same on his interview. Like mentioned, not sexy picks but as they saying goes: "DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS". Another funny analogy, like in the movie Rounders, at the end of the movie, when KGB (John Malkovich) played against Matt Damon who just made his initial $1000 bet. KGB said "very aggeeressive", telling Matt Damon (Us/Colts) of his new found confidence and "WE WONT BE PUSHED AROUND".
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