Posts tagged 2010 NFL Draft
Introducing Colts Linebacker Nate Triplett
After the Colts placed Cody Glenn on injured reserve — one of their best special teams coverage players — it made sense to find a player who could play with a similar style and hopefully have a similar impact on special teams. Indianapolis chose Nate Triplett for that opportunity, who started one season as an inside linebacker at Minnesota.
Unlike some of the earlier signings this year, Triplett looks like the kind of player who really has only one future with the team. At 6-foot 3-inches tall and 250 pounds he is much larger than a traditional Colts linebacker. Additionally, his weaknesses make him an unattractive option on defense. Prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, in which he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the Fifth Round, CBSSports.com compiled a scouting report on what Triplett brings to the table, which is available after the jump. More >
One of the most enjoyable experiences I have had since I started writing about the Colts is when I put a lot of focus on researching players entering the 2009 NFL Draft. It gave me the opportunity to “play scout” for a year. So, when the Colts signed Chip Vaughn, I was excited to see him develop on the team and have a chance to work his way onto the roster. Not unlike most things involving Colts safeties this year, that all ended due to injury.
The Colts replaced Vaughn with second-year safety Al Afalava. I projected that the Colts may select Afalava in the sixth round in 2009, but not unlike most of my predictions, I was wrong. The Bears selected him seventeenth in the sixth round. He started much of his rookie season at both strong and free safety for the Bears before falling out of favor. More >
The Colts are in a situation that has become all too familiar for fans each year. They have suffered a rash of season-ending injuries, starting in rookie mini-camp, with third-round cornerback Kevin Thomas. The Colts added four more defensive backs to that list: including veteran safety Jamie Silva, safety David Caldwell, safety Donye’ McCleskey, and cornerback Jordan Hemby — each were lost during training camp and preseason.
Tight end Tom Santi and kicker Brett Swenson also failed to make it to the regular season. Since the season’s start, linebacker Ramon Humber has been waived due to injury and starters Bob Sanders, Clint Session, Pierre Garçon, Charlie Johnson, and Anthony Gonzalez have all suffered injuries that have kept them out of games. Starting linebacker Clint Session’s replacement, rookie Kavell Conner, suffered a broken bone in his left foot in Denver that will keep him out for weeks as well. Even 2007 second-round pick Tony Ugoh suffered a toe injury that led to his release from the club. More >
Behind Enemy Lines: Denver Broncos
Posted by Robert Itoh in Off-Season Coverage | 431 views
The Colts Week 3 opponents, the Denver Broncos, are a somewhat familiar foe. These two teams have met on quite a few occasions this decade, but there has been significant turnover for the Broncos. Gone are the days of Mike Shanahan, the west coast offense, zone blocking schemes, and Jim Bates’ conservative 4-3 defense.
In are the days of Josh McDaniels, his spread offense, and a 3-4 attacking defense. Despite the changes, this match-up and the strategies deployed by McDaniels should be familiar as McDaniels is the former offensive coordinator of one of the Colts’ biggest rivals: the New England Patriots.
Colts Cut Ray Fisher
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post is reporting that the Colts cut rookie cornerback and return man Ray Fisher, a seventh round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Fisher may rejoin the team on the practice squad. If not, Coltzilla wishes Fisher the best of luck.
Colts Sign Third Round Selection Kevin Thomas
Adam Schefter reported on Twitter that the Colts have signed third round pick, cornerback Kevin Thomas. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Thomas signed a four-year contract with a total value of roughly $2.46 million.
Colts Sign Seventh Round Selection Ricardo Mathews
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Colts have signed Ricardo Mathews. Mathews agreed to a four-year $1.836 million deal. The Colts are one step close to locking in their 2010 draft class for training camp, which starts on Sunday.
Colts Sign Fifth Round Tight End Brody Eldridge
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Colts have signed fifth round draft pick Brody Eldridge. The big tight end signed a four-year, $1.95 million contract. The rush to sign draft picks before training camp continues…