Big Announcement

A little over two years ago I started this blog to share my opinions and thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts.  It was inspired in large part by one of my favorite Colts websites, Stampede Blue. 

 I covered the Colts regularly for about a year, and now I am thrilled to announce that I am leaving this site to join a great staff of writers at Stampede Blue.  I will still be writing frequently and will, of course, still be covering the Colts.  As always, I will continue to share all things Colts on twitter @coltsfanwilson

 Thank you all for your continuing support.

Colts Sign Justin King

Earlier today the Colts signed former St. Louis Rams cornerback Justin King.  King (5-11, 197 pounds) started 12 games in St. Louis last year.  He notched 58 tackles, 5 pass deflections, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery during the 2011 campaign.  In his 4 year career (he was drafted in the 4th round in 2008 by the Rams), he recorded 131 tackles (95 solo), 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery with 9 pass deflections.  He played in 35 games and started 19.

King is not a good corner, per say, but with the current players the Colts have I could see him as a starter.  I do not think that is as much about him as it is about the current situation the Colts have at corner, which hopefully will continue to be addressed this offseason.  Either way, he figures to get some good playing time next season for the Colts, whether good or bad. 

King filled the Colts’ final roster spot which was created by the release of Jake Kirkpatrick earlier in the week.

Colts Conclude their 2012 OTAs Today

Today the Indianapolis Colts held their tenth and final Organized Team Activity (OTAs) of the offseason.  Yesterday was the final media availability, and according to those in attendance the receivers made quite an impact.  Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, and rookie tight end Dwayne Allen had very good days. 

The very fact that Reggie Wayne is participating in OTAs this year is impressive.  He usually works out on his own in Miami, but this year he was at the team activities.  The playbook is new for the first time in Reggie’s career, and thus he has to put in time learning the offense.  But also I think he is there partly to be a team leader.  For his entire career, Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday were the leaders of the offense.  Both of them are gone.  Wayne is the longest tenured Colts player on the offense.  He has to be a leader this year, and I am confident he can be and will be.  In fact, he has been for years, but there were others.  Now, he is the veteran.  The returning starters on the offense look to be Wayne, Austin Collie, Anthony Castonzo, and Donald Brown. 

Collie is an incredible talent, if he can stay healthy.  It looks as if Collie will play opposite Wayne, with Donnie Avery in the slot.  At least at OTAs, that is.

Some more notes from yesterday’s practice:

From George Bremer (@gmbremer):

Big day for WR Austin Collie, who made a pair of nice catches in the end zone.

It was also a good day for Reggie Wayne, who caught several TDs and made the play of the day on a ball that was tipped multiple times.

TE Dwayne Allen also made a nice grab in the end zone on a pass that was tipped by OLB Jerry Hughes.

Other topics of interest: RB Donald Brown will be an every down back according to Pagano and competition is high at CB.

Pagano said the CB situation won’t truly begin to sort itself out until the pads come on in training camp.

[Cornerback Kevin Thomas] looked good in drills today, including an interception during red-zone work.

@GoHorse88 On defense, Hughes filled in for Freeney and Eads played in Conner’s likely spot. Powers and Thomas at CB, with Johnson nickel.

From Tom James (@TribStarTJames):

Sitting out Wednesday’s OTA session: ACastanzo, BIjalana, THilton, JSnow, DNevis, DCaldwell, BJackson, CFleener, DLegree, DCarter.

Rookie TE Coby Fleener is sitting out this week’s OTA workouts due to finals week at Stanford. Fleener is a graduate student.

From Mike Chappell (@mchappell51):

Reggie Wayne hasn’t gotten together with Colts QB Andrew Luck yet, but they will after next week’s minicamp and before training camp

Colts WR Austin Collie shared dinner with Andrew Luck recently. One aspect of developing chemistry.

And last but not least, from Phil B. Wilson (@pwilson24):

#Colts rookie TE Dwayne Allen catches TD pass off deflection, goes airborne for chest bump from OG Mike McGlynn.

The Colts will have a mandatory mini-camp next week June 12-14.  All players will attend, including Mr. Andrew Luck (no, he does NOT have to be under contract to attend, contrary to some reports.  A deal very well may be signed by that point, however).  On June 13 the practice will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium and will be free to the public from 11:30 to 6:00.  It will also include a select-a-seat season ticket promotion.  For details head here.

Colts Release Jake Kirkpatrick

The Indianapolis Colts today released center Jake Kirkpatrick.  Kirkpatrick, a 6-3, 305 pound lineman, signed with the Colts on July 25, 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of TCU. 

 In 2009, after taking over as starting center for Texas Christian, Kirkpatrick helped TCU to an undefeated 12-0 record.  Kirkpatrick was named a finalist for the Dave Rimington Trophy (awarded annually to the best center in college football) and was named an All-American by Sports Illustrated.  During his senior season in 2010, Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Trophy and TCU won the Rose Bowl.  

Kirkpatrick was the last remaining center from last year’s squad after both Jeff Saturday (Green Bay Packers) and Mike Pollack (Carolina Panthers) left in free agency.  The Colts’ roster purging continues. 

This move also frees up a roster spot.  As I said yesterday, the Colts should sign a veteran cornerback.  But, just like yesterday, they probably won’t.

Colts Sign Kris Adams, Officially Waive Kevin Eagan

Earlier today we reported that the Colts had released undrafted rookie DE Kevin Eagan after he left the team and reportedly is quitting football.  Just a few hours later, we at least got confirmation that the Colts released him.  Per the Colts’ owner Jim Irsay, the team released Eagan and signed wide receiver Kris Adams.

Adams (6-3, 194 pounds) was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent last year out of UTEP.  He was signed to the Bears’ practice squad, then spent time on the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad and finally the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad, where he finished the season.

Based on his history and some other guys ahead of him, I have a hard time seeing Adams having a different role on the Colts.

Report: Colts Release DE Kevin Eagan after he leaves team

According to Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts have released defensive end Kevin Eagan after he reportedly left the team and is quitting football altogether. 

The 6-4, 276 pound undrafted free agent out of Endicott notched 104 tackles , 23 of them for loss while also recording 8.5 sacks his senior season, as well as forcing and recovering three fumbles and intercepting three passes.

Eagan would very likely not have made the 53-man roster, or the practice squad at that.  It is a strange situation and we do not know all the details yet, but it seems as if he is done with football.

The release (which is not official yet, by the way) does open up a roster spot.  I would be in favor of adding a veteran cornerback.

Colts Sign T.Y. Hilton, Korey Lindsey; Waive Micah Pellerin

The Indianapolis Colts today signed one of their third round draft picks, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, claimed cornerback Korey Lindsey off of waivers from Atlanta and waived safety Micah Pellerin.

T.Y. Hilton was selected by the Colts in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida International.  Following the draft, I gave the pick a C+.  Hilton is a speedy slot receiver who will help the Colts tremendously in the return game, as long as he stays healthy.

The signing leaves just the Colts’ first three picks - quarterback Andrew Luck and tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen – unsigned.

Korey Lindsey, a 5-10, 194 pound corner, was drafted in the 7th round of the 2011 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals after being a two-time AP first-team All-American at Southern Illinois.  However, the Bengals released Lindsey during preseason roster cutdowns.  He was them signed by the Arizona Cardinals to their practice squad.  For a corner needy Colts team, this is not a bad signing to provide depth.  That said, I am always weary of guys who are released by the team that drafted them before they even suit up for a regular season game.

Micah Pellerin was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent this offseason out of Hampton.

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