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  1. Here's a nice read on Anthony "Benjamin Button" Castonzo... https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2019/05/16/indianapolis-colts-anthony-castonzo-rusty-jones-andrew-whitworth-jason-peters/1164815001/ --- sounds like Rusty Jones really helped him last off-season by getting him to work on some hip imbalances and strengthening some muscles to support his knees, hamstrings and chest which had been bother Castonzo in the past.
  2. And I think Quincy Wilson could play S if needed (Ballard said this multiple times around draft time that Q. Wilson is so valuable because he can play any position in the secondary). And another draft pick, Tell III was a S in college -- the plan for him is to move him to outside CB, but imagine (if he makes the team, which I think he will) he can play S in a pinch.
  3. I thought we reached on Fleener at the time (at least talent wise)... but I liked the pick as he was a Stanford kid and gave Luck someone to be comfortable with right away after coming to fill Peyton's shoes. Yes, it's kind of nuts how much of this roster Ballard has had to overhaul in such a short time.. Grigs really left him without much talent.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. We had 4 backs on our final roster last year each of the past 3 years, so I think there's a good shot of that trend continuing. Hines' receiving abilities may allow for him to be used some in the slot, making a WR more expendable at cut time. Also, Mack and Ware have both missed good chunks of time with injuries, which is one more argument to keep 4 for depth purposes. I can't find the exact interview, but I also think Ballard really thinks Williams can be a good player in this league. Ballard was with KC when Ware was brought over there, so he has some connection with him... doesn't mean he'll keep him, but that's the major advantage I think Ware may have over Williams (plus he's had a few very productive seasons). I think his fumbles were more a result of how he was carrying the ball. This is a fundamental thing which can be coached, so I'm sure they've been working with him a lot on it. He saw significant reduction in playing time after his second fumble last year against Miami. My guess is the coaches didn't think he was changing his style well enough since his first fumble in NE and needed time to work on it in practice before trusting him in a game again. He saw touches again in week 17 and in the playoffs after having only 2 touches in a 4 week span after his Miami fumble. He had 60 regular season carries and 16 receptions (76 total touches) and fumbled just 2x, which is ~2% of his touches. Ware had 4 fumbles on 247 touches in 2016, or 1.6% fumble rate.... any fumbles are too much, but it's not like Wilkins has a major fumbling issue. TY fumbled 2 times with 57 touches in 2017, a 3.5% fumble rate and nobody complained much about it. I do agree with you, that for his size, Wilkins runs pretty soft. Hopefully that's a coachable thing as well, but who knows. Where Wilkins has the advantage over Ware/Williams is his ability to play well on STs (he returned a kick in the playoffs, but he was more used on STs as a non-returner..... there's value to that).
  7. https://www.espn.com/blog/indianapolis-colts/post/_/id/24627/frank-reichs-latest-comeback-gives-colts-great-expectations I thought this was a very good read. Essentially, it talks about Reich changing his approach to leading/motivating players this season. Last year, he said it was easy when we were ranked last in the league in the pre-season NFL power rankings.... this year he says the challenge will be to keep players motivated day in and day out with the expectations they have on them due to last year's success. I like his quote here: "Yeah, that will be a little bit of the challenge. I don't think -- maybe I overplayed the preseason ranking thing a little bit. It seemed like the right thing to do at the time," Reich said, laughing. "... As you know me and as you know how we roll around here, we typically don't make a big deal out of that. So really the challenge this year will be keeping the same approach, the 1-0 approach. Keeping the getting better every day, not being complacent in any way. Not falling into the trap of thinking, 'We are supposed to be this and that.' We did nothing. We've got to go prove it every day and that should be our mentality."
  8. The fact that they did a multi-part documentary about Cain (IMO) says a lot. It'd be pretty awkward to give the guy that much hype and publicity and then release him.
  9. Replying to @Chloe6124 and @Jared Cisneros here... I really liked a press conference with Ballard (I think it was right after the draft)... I don't think this is an exact quote, but essentially he said "You know you're doing it right when you make the cut from 75 to 53 and you have 9 or 10 guys getting signed by other teams and playing on Sunday." I don't know we'll have 10 cuts go play for other teams this year, but I bet we have at least 5.... I really like Ballard's logic there. Yes, he was on the practice squad the vast majority of 2016 and then became a starter in 2017 when Ballard took over. Thanks for pointing that out. Thanks, Scott! I thought we had more than 6 still on the team, but didn't do my due diligence to figure out who the author of the article left out..... but, as you said, Ballard has really turned this team around and has done a major overhaul. (on a side note, you left out the most important player of the Grigson era -- Andrew Luck).
  10. https://www.colts.com/news/colts-roster-transformation-continues-into-2019-season?fbclid=IwAR3MEyQMMC5Y3HT1_S5OiyK1EU2KuwtmqhCXLGypjGwNVJnXMfVSbwN4knA Pretty cool article just posted on the front page of Colts.com Only 6 players are left on this team from the Grigson era -- Luck, Castonzo, Vinatieri, Geathers, Doyle and TY Hilton. I give major kudos to Ballard, as he has basically conducted a total rebuild of this team in just 3 years and has kept us in very good salary cap shape. I like Irsay's quote as well, and think Ballard has Irsay buying into his philosophy of building mainly from within. “We've signed several players that can make a difference,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said back in March at the annual league meetings. “So the arrow keeps pointing up, because like I've told you guys before, it's not only who you sign, but it's who you don't lose. So the fact that we're adding to the roster, but not losing any key components, any guys that are really big-time starters in their prime that were pulling the team with them with several other guys. “We've signed our own guys and we've added some guys that are going to make a difference. And I feel really confident about that. Chris has done a great job in just patiently evaluating talent.”
  11. If by Winston you mean Jameis Winston, he played in 11 games and only started 9 last year. Threw for 19 TDs and 14 INTs... based on last year, he's not even close to top 10. In terms of Wilson, I'm torn -- at times I think he's overrated, but then if you look at his OL and supporting cast on offense, he has had a pretty remarkable career. I know he had a stellar defense the years they went to the SB, but he's still been very good (led the NFL in passer rating in 2015, led the NFL in TDs in 2017, 6x pro-bowler, etc.). He makes very few poor decisions and makes a lot of plays very few QBs in the NFL could make. I would rather have Luck, but I think Wilson's definitely somewhere in the top 6-7.
  12. 5. Ballard has already stated he thinks Stewart will make a big leap this year and be a very serviceable player for our team. Basham didn't work out and Banner didn't work out for this team -- though, they are both still in the NFL. They were in no way worse than Grigson picking Werner in the first round or picking Khaled Holmes, Hugh Thornton or overpaying for Samson Satele or being stubborn with keeping Jonnathan Harrison in the starting lineup. In fact, Ballard should be praised for moving on from his draft picks who didn't work out (more of them have worked out for him than the other way around... but Grigson literally forced Pagano to keep his mistakes in the line-up because he was too proud to admit he made a mistake -- look no further than Trent Richardson). 4. We had a lot of other needs (we were the worst team in the league when Ballard took over). We desperately needed secondary help, and it was addressed early in Ballard's tenure with additions like Hooker, Wilson, Moore II, Desir, etc. We also needed to address the OL, which he did with picks like Smith and Nelson as well as several FA additions. This team had so many holes, it was ridiculous... Ballard has also added Autry (9 sacks last year in less than 16 games), Hunt (5 sacks), Turay (4 sacks), Lewis (2 sacks in ~1/2 season), Leonard (7 sacks in 14 games), etc... just those guys alone accounted for 27 sacks last year (more than our entire team combined in 2017). Ballard has also added Houston and it seems as though Turay and Stewart are developing nicely. Sure, Basham didn't work out, but he was a 3rd round pick and a project pick at that.... it is pretty clear Turay is working harder in his first off-season than Basham was and Basham is still in the NFL (with the NYJ)... it's not like that was a terrible pick (not even close to as bad as Grigson wasting a first-rounder on Bjoern Werner). 3. Our OL was the laughing stock of the league when Ballard inherited this team. Last year was the deepest group of OL I have seen in Indy since I became a fan in 1994. We dealt with injuries to AC, Kelly, Glowinski, Slauson, etc. and still managed to keep Luck the least sacked QB in the NFL. Grigson would've wound up getting Luck killed if he stuck around... in essentially 2 seasons, Ballard turned the worst line in the NFL into the lineup which allowed the fewest sacks. Pretty remarkable. 2. "Irsay's jet should've been sent..." -- you admit in writing that this isn't on Ballard. He is under Irsay and doesn't have his own jet. 1. The shoulder and the hip are the two most complicated joints in the body. They are very hard to predict (look no further than Giancarlo Stanton from the Yankees and what they thought would be a 5-10 minor shoulder injury turned into a ~3 month injury). These things are hard to predict. Our team was also performing terribly without Luck, even if he had come back if/when he was ready, he would've gotten destroyed and we were essentially (I think mathematically) eliminated from the playoffs. Bringing him back in to get crushed and maybe help us win ~4-5 games would do nothing to benefit the feature of this team. Sirianni was a Reich guy. They coached together in SD. Eberflus was a Ballard/McDaniels guy who was brought on before Reich.
  13. He would know better than just about anyone.
  14. https://www.1070thefan.com/blogs/kevins-corner/colts-coverage/colts-say-no-trade-offers-sticking-jacoby-brissett-backup?fbclid=IwAR0IGDgC2r_pBbt7tUzbQjxiBv0zfXiUyxQtxziGhcsvuaRHI3Or6xVIT74 I like Reich's quotes here: “It’s impossible for me to have a higher opinion of Jacoby than I do,” Reich says. “I said it last year, I think he’s a top 20 quarterback. I still say that. After watching him for a year, this guy’s really good. “I tell Chris all the time, ‘Please don’t let him go. I don’t care what anybody offers him. Don’t let him go.’ I love Jacoby. The problem is now I’ve gotten to know Jacoby and, at some point, I hope that it works out for Jacoby. But not now.”
  15. It sounds like Collins was trying to surround himself with better support prior to joining Indy, but yes, it's great that we've got enough high-character guys on this team who can help keep him clean. https://www.colts.com/news/jalen-collins-grateful-for-the-opportunity-with-colts I tend to agree with you regarding who Ballard considers 'bad apples.' Kelly was dismissed from Clemson because he snapped at coaches after being benched as a sophomore in a Spring Game (and then got in a 'minor fender-bender' in the team's parking lot, which did not lead to any police report -- sounds like he was heated when he left and probably drove a little recklessly). Prior to joining Clemson, Kelly did send a few tweets or social media messages suggesting he was going to come in and win the starting position right away. He was ~17-19 years old when these incidents occurred. Sure, they're not great, but I imagine being a very highly-touted prospect and the nephew of a HOF QB comes with quite a bit of stress, especially at that age. Not that those were great incidents, but it doesn't necessarily make him a bad person (kind of like you eluded to, these incidents are nowhere near as serious as domestic violence or endangering a child, etc.). When he was 21, Kelly got in a scuffle with some bouncers at a nightclub in his home town. Again, not a great incident, but keep in mind he was 21 and was probably going through some hard times as he was being scrutinized nationally for recently being kicked off Clemson and probably had a bit too much to drink with some of his hometown friends. Not that getting in a scuffle in a nightclub is a good thing, but there are a LOT of 21 year olds who get in scuffles when they've had too much to drink and no big deal is made of it because they're 'normal' kids, not highly touted football players with a celebrity uncle. Of course, being a 'star' comes with responsibility and you'd like to think kids know enough to keep themselves under the radar, but I don't think it's an incident which makes him an evil person. Then, when he was 23-24 he left a Halloween party at Von Miller's house and stumbled into the wrong house. He didn't steal anything from the house or attempt to injure anyone in the house, from all accounts I've read... he simply had too much to drink and went in and sat on a couch, got chased out by the husband in the house and then went and slept in his SUV. Again, not a great incident, but I don't think it's something which makes him a terrible person. Sounds like the kid needs to understand his limits in terms of partying a bit better, but if he wasn't an NFL football player, that charge would be a pretty common thing to read in a police blotter in a large city like that. He needs to understand, he's going to get more scrutiny as an NFL athlete and due to his past and his ties to Jim Kelly... and it sounds as though he's gotten some counseling and is doing his best to stay away from situations like that in the future. Ballard and his staff always seem to do their due diligence before bringing players into this team. The fact that Reich and J. Kelly were teammates for just under a decade probably also helped Chad Kelly in this situation. I imagine Reich has known Chad for a long time (probably since he was a toddler) and had some conversations with Jim to get assurance that Chad is trying to clean up his act. While not all of his actions were the greatest, he doesn't seem to have done anything that would be a huge deal and make him a terrible human being if he was just an average Joe. Jalen Collins' suspensions it sounds like were 2x for smoking weed and 2x for PEDs. Not great decisions, but again, those aren't things that make him a terrible person. And as @Scott Pennock said, it's easy, if he slips up again, we release him and move on (well, if he slips up for PEDs again, we won't have to deal with him, the NFL will suspend him for 2 years and by that time, he'll probably be too old to come back and compete for an NFL roster spot). To be honest, I am more concerned with the PED use than the weed from a young man in the NFL... but I don't know all the circumstances (e.g., did he just not do his research and took a supplement on the banned list by accident (this seems to happen a lot, and in other sports you are starting to see guys winning cases by proving they accidentally took a tainted substance)? was he battling a nagging injury and took something to try to help recover faster (this also happens, e.g., Andy Pettite admitted he took PEDs several times in his career, but moreso for recovery than to enhance his performance, like being put on the 10 day -DL instead of the 60 day-DL)? Or did he actually knowingly try to cheat by taking substances to give him a major advantage over other players (all these guys take supplements, but there are supplements which are more advantageous than others)?). I would be more worried if this guy is actually a major cheater who felt he didn't have enough raw ability to play in this league to the point he had to take banned substances... but he already is well aware, if he screws up again, his NFL days are over. In terms of Okerere, Ballard and others have already said numerous times that they did their due diligence about his alleged incident and talked to his coaches and others around him and found no reason not to bring the guy to Indy. If allegations turn out to be true, I doubt Ballard would bring in a guy like Tyreek Hill. Maybe it's just my opinion, but assaulting your spouse or your child are way more serious issues about someone's character than smoking weed, pulling a McAfee and falling into a canal, or having too much to drink and accidentally stumbling into the wrong place (especially without attacking anyone or vandalizing the place). I, for one, am happy Ballard isn't against giving guys who have not done anything very seriously wrong another chance. Like Ballard says "Kids make mistakes."
  16. Sure... but, they didn't do it. I don't foresee anyone doing it for quite some time in this era. Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli got off to a blistering start, but Eli's going to retire probably in one more year, Odell got hurt and is also a prima dona. Antonio Brown and Big Ben 'could' potentially have done it, except Big Ben is near retirement and Brown is a prima dona and their chemistry fell apart. Fact is, Manning and Marvin started playing together when they were both very young and they both had long careers on the same team. Aside from needing the WR and the QB to start together at a young age and last a long time in the league while producing at high levels, they need to remain on the same team. This era of free-agency is way different than what we have seen in the past -- it's now more common to see superstars at skill positions spending their careers on multiple teams than it is to see them last a full 10+ seasons with the same team.
  17. I don't necessarily agree with that... WRs in this era are going to have to have HUGE numbers to be considered for the HOF. I think 1,000 catches is the minimum to even be considered for the HOF for WRs coming from this era, due to the emphasis on passing. Unless you do something to totally change the game (e.g., Randy Moss had 982 receptions, but he brought an element to the game that nobody had ever seen prior to him). Andre Reed barely squeaked into the HOF and had 951 receptions in a much less passer friendly era. Hines Ward had 1,000 receptions and isn't in the HOF yet, though he's been eligible for 5 years. Isaac Bruce had 1,024 receptions and isn't the the HOF yet, though he's been eligible for 7 years. If TY plays 13 seasons in the NFL, he's on pace to have 941 receptions. Don't get me wrong, I like TY a lot. However, I think his career winds up on the outside looking in, in regards to being a HOFer. The guy has shown a lot of courage and he's a great teammate.... but, his game is really built on his speed. A guy like Larry Fitz who is still producing at a very high level late in his career not only has good speed/quickness but he's got tremendous size and strength. I could be wrong, but as TY's body slows down with age, I don't see him being able to perform at a very high level like Fitz, mainly because he doesn't have great size or strength. Also, as Reich is really starting to emphasize the run game and as we have multiple other threats (IMO, since Reggie has been gone, this is the deepest group of WR/TEs we have had in the Luck era), I don't see TY's numbers sky-rocketing. I think he's still our main guy, and a very talented one at that, but I somewhat expect to see the ball getting distributed more throughout this offense, meaning TY's numbers will not see great improvements.
  18. It seems like we have got a lot of guys on this team who really are good to the community. That story about Kenny... Glowinski helping push the car of a stranger a few weeks ago... The Maniac helping fix a stranger's flat tire last year... etc. etc. etc. I like that Ballard and Co. really place an emphasis on character of the guys they are bringing into this team.
  19. I think the Manning to Harrison record is going to be one of the longest lasting records in sports. Not only is it a ridiculous feat to have produced at such a high level for so long, but in today's world of free agency, it seems like it'll be harder to have 2 greats remaining on the same team for such a long time.
  20. His first two years in the NFL compared to other great RBs' first two years were two of the best ever. They were both very good seasons, I meant specifically compared to the first two years of other RBs. I believe Eric Dickerson is the only one who really compared to Edge in terms of his first 2 years in the league. As a rookie he had 1,553 rushing yards along with 62 receptions for 586 yards (2,139 all purpose yards). In year two he had 1,709 rushing yards along with 63 receptions for 594 yards (2,303 all-purpose yards). He was First-team All-Pro as a rookie and 2nd-team All-Pro in year two (kind of shocking, as he was better year 2 than year 1). He led the NFL is rushing in both his rookie year and his 2nd year. He had 13 rushing TDs both years and 4 & 5 receiving TDs respectively (so he averaged over a TD per game). Some other All-Time greats that got off to a fast start: Adrian Peterson: 1,341 rushing yards 12 TDs, 19 receptions 268 yards 1 TD year 1... 1,760 rushing yards 10 TDs, 21 receptions 125 yards 0 TD year 2. Eric Dickerson: 1,808 rushing yards 18 TDs, 51 receptions 404 yards 2 TD (2,212 all-purpose yards -- slightly better than Edge) year 1.... 2,105 rushing yards 14 TDs, 21 receptions 139 yards 0 TD (2,244 all-purpose yards -- slightly less than Edge) year 2. Barry Sanders: 1,470 rushing yards 14 TDs, 24 receptions 282 yards 0 TDs year 1... 1,304 rushing yards 13 TDs, 36 receptions 480 yards 3 TD year 2. Emmitt Smith: 937 rushing yards 11 TDs, 24 receptions 228 yards 0 TD year 1... 1,563 rushing yards 12 TDs, 49 receptions 258 yards 1 TD year 2. Walter Payton: 679 rushing yards 7 TDs, 33 receptions 233 yards 0 TD year 1.... 1,390 rushing yards 13 TDs, 15 receptions 149 yards 0 TD year 2. LaDanian Tomlinson: 1,236 rushing yards 10 TD, 59 receptions 367 yards 0 TD year 1... 1,683 rushing yards 14 TD, 79 receptions 489 yards 1 TD year 2. I could go on and on, but nobody else is really too close in this discussion as far as 'first two years only.' Marshall Faulk had slightly less receptions and receiving yards, but was one of a few RBs to have over 50 receptions in both of his first two seasons. Saquon Barkley, if he has a year like last year (1,307 rushing yards 11 TD, 91 receptions 721 yards 4 TD -- 2028 all-purpose yards, 111 yards less than Edge and 174 yards less than Dickerson as rookies) will be in this conversation. Edge should already be in the HOF. I cannot imagine what his career would have been like had he not gotten horse-collared and blew out his knee. He was on pace for ~1,800 yards rushing and 64 receptions that year. He came back the next year and was obviously not full strength and still had 989 yards in just 14 games to go along with 61 receptions. He was truly one of the greatest backs in NFL history. I will be shocked if he doesn't get his Gold Jacket next year.
  21. Edge's first 2 years in the league were the best by a running back in NFL history. Amazing that he came back from that injury and still had 5 more 1,000 + rushing yard seasons. Aside from being a great runner and receiver, he was widely considered one of (if not the) top pass blocking back in the league. He deserves HOF very soon.
  22. He's going to have to have 7-9 more years producing at the same or better level than he has to be considered. If we win a few SBs and he performs great in the post-season (like Reggie did), it may be easier on him... but, until then, he's probably (realistically) on the wrong side of the fence.
  23. I think Reggie will get into the HOF, but it will probably take several years of being on the ballot. As of now, I don't think TY is on a HOF trajectory. He only has 1 season with >90 receptions and 0 seasons with 100+. After 7 seasons, Marvin had 4 100+ reception seasons (including the NFL record 143 receptions). Reggie had 1 season with 100+ receptions after 7 seasons, but then he had 3 more after that. TY has also never had a season with over 1,500 yards receiving. Marv had 3 of these and Reggie 1 in their first 7 seasons. At TY's current pace, if he were to play 13 years like Marvin, he'd wind up with 941 receptions (IMO, 1000 is the absolute minimum # of receptions needed to make it into today's HOF -- and in this passer-friendly era, the number will continue to increase over time). I really like TY, but when it's all said and done, I think he'll be a HOF candidate but will have a very hard time cracking into it.
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