Indianapolis Colts struggle on offense in week 3

Ana Krasuski Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

Philadelphia Eagles 20 – Indianapolis Colts 16

The Indianapolis Colts were unable to pull off a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday in a 20-16 loss to put their record at 1-2. 

Though the loss was only by four points, the Colts seemed to have regressed, especially offensively. They showed little efficiency on third down and committed 11 penalties for 77 yards. It was sloppy, uninspired football.

The Colts’ leading rusher was quarterback Andrew Luck, with 33 yards. It was known that the Colts run game would be by committee this season, but that was obviously not working on Sunday. The next highest rusher was RB Jordan Wilkins, who had 6 carries for just 19 yards.

Perhaps the only silver lining in this team’s performance was the secondary, specifically linebackers Margus Hunt and Darius Leonard, made things difficult for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia offense. 

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Colts look to improve performance in third preseason game

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By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

The Indianapolis Colts will host the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday at 4:30 pm ET at Lucas Oil Stadium on Fox.

After a sloppy performance in Monday night’s preseason game against Baltimore, the Colts must improve upon the lazy, uninspired football they’ve been playing.

The third preseason game traditionally features more playing time for the starters, which gives Indy the best opportunity for improvement against the 49ers.

Several Colts players will be returning for this third preseason showcase.

Colts safety Malik Hooker will be returning from a ten-month absence after suffering a season-ending knee injury against Jacksonville last October.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Hooker told reporters earlier this week. “For me finally get out there and get cleared to be able to go out there and play Saturday, it’s a great feeling.”

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Indianapolis Colts struggle in preseason game against the Ravens

By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

The Indianapolis Colts showed considerable preseason growing pains in their hometown debut against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. It’s more evident than ever that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on a long road to recovery after missing over a year on the field. Unfortunately, the situation is more urgent than ever as the regular season is just around the corner.

Luck appeared in Monday night’s game for just five series, going 6-for-13 for 50 yards, along with a pair of sacks and a red zone interception. “I didn’t feel like we as an offense got into any semblance of a sustained rhythm,” Luck told the Indy Star. “I think we were just sloppy a little bit.”

Head coach Frank Reich has been thrilled with the Colts’ progress in training camp, but has utilized a more simplified offensive scheme in the first two preseason games, reserving the Colts’ best plays for the regular season and a well-adjusted team.

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Don’t Be Down On Luck Yet

Ana Krasuski Official Colts Reporter

By Ana Krasuski // @ana_krasuski

Colts fans can’t remember an offseason with this much importance.

The Indianapolis Colts were named one of the league’s six most improved teams of 2018 by ESPN’s Bill Barnwell- not surprising after the last couple of seasons the Colts have had. Quarterback Andrew Luck has returned after two long awaited years on injury reserve and has been practicing with the team in training camp.

Head coach Frank Reich told Sports Illustrated,“Some of the progressions we’ve worked through, his command of the offense, to me those are things you watch. After one day of watching him in the huddle I was like, ‘O.K., we’re good, we’re gonna be alright.’ ”
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Get to know Ana Krasuski, our new Indianapolis Colts reporter

By Ana Krasuski //  @ana_krasuski

Let’s start with a little background. October 29, 2006 was my NFL epiphany.

On that day the Indianapolis Colts visited the Denver Broncos in week eight of their historic Super Bowl winning season. This is also the day that I fell in love with football and decided to become a Colts fan.

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado but never felt that I belonged to the Broncos fandom, partially because my father is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and a bonafide Bronco hater. I never really knew which team to follow until that October day when I watched Peyton Manning rocket 345 yards and three touchdowns.

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The return of Andrew Luck

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Indianapolis Colts return to their building today, starting their offseason program, and Andrew Luck will be joining them.

The Indianapolis Colts didn’t have much to be happy about in 2017. With the injury of quarterback Andrew Luck lingering much longer than anyone expected, his return to the team could be a game changer. Will 2018 be the year we finally see the revival of the team who just a few years ago had such potential?

Luck injured his shoulder back in September of 2015, although at the time, not many knew how severe the injury was. Luck missed the next two games, but then came back to play 4 more, but sadly his 2015 season was ended due to a lacerated kidney.

In the second week of the 2016 season, Luck re-injured his shoulder during a game against Denver. At the time, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck wouldn’t need surgery, however, Luck spent much of that season on and off the injury report. It was at the end of the 2016 season that the severity of the injury truly came to light. Luck had surgery during the 2017 offseason, and although it was anticipated he would return at some point, was never given clearance to play in 2017.

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

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By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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AFC North / AFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings    Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: WR John Browns, WR Ryan Grant, G Maurquice Shakir, C Matt Skura, QR Quincy Adeboyejo, LB Patrick Onwuasor, DE Brent Urban, RT James Hurst, CB Brandon Carr, RB Alex Collins, WR John Brown, WR Michael Crabtree, QB Robert Griffin III

Released: CB Lardarius Webb, OT Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin

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Colts add Reggie Wayne to Ring of Honor

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By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts announced they would add wide receiver Reggie Wayne to their Ring of Honor inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wayne, a 14-year veteran who played his entire career in Indianapolis, is one of the most beloved players in Colts history.  He played all 16 games in 11 of his 14 years, and only missing 1 game in 2014. He had 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns throughout his career.   Wayne’s 14 seasons is tied for the most consecutively in Colts history.

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The good, the sad and the records. Broncos vs Colts.

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

Broncos 25 – Colts 13

The Thursday night football game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts was a win for the Broncos, but it wasn’t all good for Denver.

Let’s start with the sad. I’ve never been a fan of quarterback Trevor Siemian as a starter. I think former head coach Gary Kubiak projected himself onto Siemian and elevated him beyond his talents. Playing experience, plus practice prowess and a Peyton Manning endorsement, ended up helping him win over yet another head coach. He shouldn’t have been given more than four games last season. With that said, it was a sad way to end this year like he did.

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