Darius Leonard: A Pro Bowler in Colts fan’s hearts

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt//  @JulieNoted_NFL

When you lead the league in tackles, 146 to be exact, as a rookie linebacker, have 7 sacks, are coming in second in tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and are seventh in pass breakups, fans would assume this individual is going places in the NFL.  This would include being selected to the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando.

For Colts’ rookie linebacker, Darius Leonard, all of this is true, except the Pro Bowl. However, Leonard was selected as a Pro Bowl Alternate along with quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, center Ryan Kelly and defensive tackle Denico Autry.

According to Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, “Three bodies vote on Pro Bowlers: Coaches, players, and fans.  Necessarily, primetime broadcasts have a big influence on all three groups. How many primetime games did the Colts get in 2018? One: Thursday Night Football on Oct. 4, vs. the Patriots. (And it was the lone game Leonard missed this season due to injury).”

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For the Colts, tough defense leads to a tough loss

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars 6 – Indianapolis Colts 0

 

After Sunday’s AFC South Divisional loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the jury is out on if the Indianapolis Colts can actually make a wild card playoff appearance. Although there are still 4 games left in the regular season, chances now appear to be diminishing.  

On Sunday’s matchup, it appeared to be the Battle the Defenses as the Colts only allowed the Jaguars 211 total yards. (132 passing and 79 rushing).

Defensive end Denico Autry led with seven solo tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and four quarterback hits.  Autry has become one of the first Colts’ to pick up three sacks since defensive end Robert Mathis in 2013. Although Indianapolis did not get their needed divisional victory, the defensive line kept Jaguars backup quarterback Cody Kessler and company from the end zone and forcing two field goals. 

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Colts look to improve performance in third preseason game

Official Colts Reporter

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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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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