Posts tagged David Caldwell
UPDATE: I misread the Rotoworld entry on Robert Mathis, and inadvertently marked him as a free agent beginning this year. Thankfully, he is under contract for one more year. Post updated to reflect this. Apologies for any confusion!
For all intents and purposes, the 2011 season has begun for the Indianapolis Colts. And if the team were preparing for their first game of the 2011 season, Curtis Painter would be lining up under center and Brett Swenson would be practicing tee shots.
OK, OK, it’s sensationalist and nobody expects that to actually happen. Owner Jim Irsay has gone on record as saying that the Colts will make Peyton Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL. And after Adam Vinatieri’s season, in which he went 29 of 31 (including the playoffs), and was perfect on 52 XPs, it is hard to imagine the Colts wouldn’t do what is necessary to re-sign him. Vinatieri has also expressed an interest in completing his career in Indy. But what does the roster currently look like to start 2011?
Questioning the Toughness of Players like the Colts Sanders or Gonzalez is “Ignorant”
Ross Tucker of ESPN wrote a story yesterday regarding an oft-discussed issue with injured NFL players, particularly ones who miss time more often than fans think they should. His response is clear, questioning the toughness of NFL players because they suffer from injuries that hold them out of long stretches of football games, even multiple times, is ignorant.
Too often fans and a lot of writers in the media, particularly fan writers on blogs, will throw around labels like “injury prone” or say things like a player is not “tough enough” to play professional football. These comments are almost always uninformed, lack depth, and are only written because those writing the comments are ignorant to the kinds of injuries players often suffer, the gravity of those injuries, and the difficulty of overcoming not only the pain but the rigorous rehabilitation processes that go along with them. More >
Prior to the 2009 NFL Draft, I put together a series of stories which compared players I thought the Colts may select. Former Wake Forest safety Chip Vaughn was one of those players and was arguably the best run stuffing safety out of the 2009 group. One will notice a lot of similarities in Vaughn’s aggressive style and hard hitting to Colts safeties Bob Sanders, Antoine Bethea, and Melvin Bullitt. The New Orleans Saints selected Vaughn in the 4th round.
Researching the injury that kept Vaughn out of the 2009 season, it appears as though he was placed on injured reserve for much the same reason a lot of young players are when teams want to save them for the future, but have not had the time to work them into their system prior to the coming season. The Colts did the same with safety David Caldwell this year, who seemingly did not have a critical injury and was seen at training camp practices, but his injuries were bad enough to put him on injured reserve, get him healthy, and give him a chance to get ready for the 2011 season. 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 >
Abridged Cliff Notes for Friday the 13th practice
For those less interested in the story, and more interested in some facts/data, here is a Cliff Notes version of how I viewed things at Friday’s practices. For those interested in how the day went, here is my “journal,” for the day.
Freeney (left after about 30 minutes of the morning practice and did not participate the rest of the day)
Clark (iced his thigh following a spectacular catch in the middle of the afternoon practice)
Vinny (After shanking 3 of 5 FGs, he left the kicking up to Lindholm and McAfee)
Colts Rookie Safety David Caldwell Speaks with Coltzilla
David Caldwell is a 5-foot 11-inch, 212 pound safety out of William and Mary who joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft. Caldwell out-performed all safeties at the 2010 NFL Combine in the broad jump, 3-cone drill, short shuttle, and 60-yard shuttle. His 39.5 inch vertical leap would have ranked third amongst safeties at the combine. His 4.5 40-yard dash speed is also very good.
While Cadwell did not play for a school capable of competing for a national championship, he did play at both safety and cornerback during his time at William and Mary, starting his final three seasons at the safety position. He racked up 243 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and seven passes broken up.
His career totals in tackles were just outside the top 20 active leaders at the conclusion of the 2009 season, and 12th in the nation among all active players with 163 career solo tackles.
2010 State of the Colts Franchise: Defense
In the second part of the Colts “State of the Franchise” series we will take a look at the defensive side of the ball, position-by-position. Then fans can speculate about which positions might need more work with potential free agents before training camp and preseason play begins.
Colts Mini-Camp Roster Predictions: Defense
The other side of the ball for the Colts promises to be even more interesting as the summer plays out. The number of familiar faces out the team’s defensive depth is incredibly thin. New players will have to step up to replace names like Freddie Keiaho, Tyjuan Hagler, Marlin Jackson, Tim Jennings, and Raheem Brock.
2010 Colts: Is the Defense Better or Worse?
The ultimate goal during the off-season for any NFL franchise is to improve the team. There are many ways to evaluate whether a team improves or takes a step backward, the most common of which is only possible at the end of each season; record and playoff run. For the Colts, improving on the 2009 version of the team by this measure is only possible if Indianapolis brings home its second Lombardi Trophy.
There is another time that it is worthwhile to consider where a team stands compared to its prior season, the off-season. What is fun about this time is that the evaluation is far more subjective but the ultimate importance of it could have greater implications, it gives fans a reason to be excited about the coming season or a reason to temper expectations.
Summer Showdown: Jamie Silva v. David Caldwell
For the last two seasons, Jamie Silva has served as the team’s primary back-up at safety and has established himself as one of the team’s leaders on special teams coverage units. Since he joined the team, two realities have been relatively obvious.
First, Silva is the kind of player who has uncanny football instincts and uses his experience as a team leader at Boston College and his knack for being around the football to make plays. Second, the reason he relies almost entirely on his football instincts to excel is because he lacks the elite athleticism of most NFL safeties.
The importance of intangibles should not be understated but at the same time, the limitations associated with not having NFL caliber speed and athleticism have a very real impact on a player’s ability to ever serve anything more than a supporting role.
This is where undrafted free agent safety prospect David Caldwell could come in. Caldwell out-performed all safeties at the 2010 NFL Combine in the broad jump, 3-cone drill, short shuttle, and 60-yard shuttle. His 39.5 inch vertical leap would have ranked third amongst safeties at the combine. His 4.5 40-yard dash speed is significantly faster that Jamie Silva’s 4.78 time at the 2008 NFL Combine.