Video: Expectations for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017

Nick Kostos, Brady Quinn, and D.J. Williams break down their expectations for the Colts.

Colts GM Chris Ballard Says No Word on the Return of Andrew Luck

It seems no one really knows exactly when Andrew Luck will return to practicing and playing for the Colts, but don’t necessarily expect him to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, Conor Orr of reports.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Wednesday that although there is no timeline for Luck’s return, all indications point to the quarterback not starting the season on PUP. Luck has progressed in his throwing program the past two weeks, rebuilding motion and strength — and the Colts don’t want their franchise QB skipping steps or rushing back, Pelissero reported.

Ballard’s comment comes a day after Colts coach Chuck Pagano reiterated he didn’t have a timeline for Luck’s return as the team prepares for its preseason opener against the Lions.

“We are where we are with that,” Pagano told reporters Tuesday, via ESPN. “There’s no timeline. When they say he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll get him out there. He’s played a lot of football.”

Video: Boomer and Carton Talk About Colts QB Andrew Luck on the PUP List

Boomer and Carton talk about Andrew Luck, starting the seasons on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Colts Safety Clayton Geathers to Go On the PUP List; Miss First Six Weeks of Season

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Colts safety Clayton Geathers will be placed on the physically unable to perform list, a designation that will carry through the start of the regular season, Mike Wells of reports.

Geathers, who had neck surgery in March, will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He injured his neck on a fourth-down stop to seal the Colts’ victory against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11 last season. Geathers missed the following game because of a concussion and eventually was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 12 with the neck injury.

Geathers tried every option possible before eventually deciding to have surgery in March, which has put him on the sideline the entire offseason.

Colts RB Christine Michael Heads to IR; Run Game Remains in Flux for 2017

The Indianapolis Colts this last week put veteran running back Christine Michael on the injured reserve list, putting playing in 2017 severely in doubt.

It’s a better bet with a Hollywood casino bonus code that Michael, who inked with the Colts back on June 1st, is going to have an uphill battle if he’s going to have any impact in 2017.

Michael has played 37 career games with Green Bay, Seattle and Dallas over the last four seasons, and while he has shown spurts of being a solid running back, there’s been too much baggage for him to be a top flight player that many have at times speculated that he would be.

To replace Michael on the roster, the Colts signed running back Troymaine Pope. The 5-foot-8, 205-pound Pope played four games with the Seahawks and New York Jets last season, finishing with 12 carries for 44 yards.

the team also made a couple other roster moves, inking two receivers, Harvey Binford, and Fred Brown and linebacker Jeremiah George.

To clear space on the roster, the Colts waived receivers Marcus Leak and Al-Damion Riles and defensive tackle Kristjan Sokoli.

Back to Michael, he was listed third on the depth chart when inked, being veteran Frank Gore, who continues to defy time with the way he’s been able to maintain his strong play despite being now 34 years old.

The team is best looking out there to make sure that they are on the lookout for their running back for the future.

Last season Gore ran for 1,025 yards with four touchdowns, putting up 3.9 yards per carry, this after putting up 3.7 yards per carry two seasons ago when he ran for 967 yards and six touchdowns.

The signing of Pope is interesting. He’s another project in the making, and a player that as stated above has already been with two teams, the Seahawks and the Jets.

If the team isn’t comfortable with Gore, the backup to start the season will be Robert Turbin, who led the Colts with seven touchdowns last season but ran for just 164 yards.

Look for the Colts to continue to be active up until training camp looking for healthy running backs in the free agent market. They also will look at other rosters to see what players might get released.

For now, it’s up to Gore and Turbin to get the job done, a job that will have to be better for the Colts to win in 2017.

Colts QB Andrew Luck Still a Question Mark for the Start of Training Camp?

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been out since January following right shoulder surgery, isn’t sure he’ll be ready for the start of training camp in late July, he said Tuesday, Mike Wells of reports.

“To be honest, I have not thought about it,” Luck said. “If I’m ready for it, then great. If I’m not, then that’s the way it is. I’m certainly hopeful for it. In my mind all I can do — and I truly feel this way — with this rehab, with my shoulder, I can’t look five months down the road, three months down the road, a week down the road. To me it’s about the next rehab session, the next day. That’s where my focus is and that’s where I think it needs to be to truly get back to 100 percent.”

The Colts have shied away from giving a timetable on Luck’s return. The only thing they’ve said is that the plan was never for Luck to take part in the team’s offseason workouts and that he’s not throwing a football yet. Owner Jim Irsay said last week his franchise quarterback is “healing tremendously.”

Coach Chuck Pagano was also asked Tuesday about Luck’s availability when training camp starts.

“Am I hopeful? Am I praying? Yeah, but there’s no timetable,” the coach said.

Luck has served as an extra coach on the sideline during the team’s workouts. He said the current five-month stretch where he hasn’t thrown a football is the longest he’s gone since he first starting throwing a ball when he was around 6 or 7 years old.

“It’s not fun to stand on the sidelines, but I understand when you have a surgery you understand what goes into that decision, the consequences of that, especially with that you’re going to miss parts of that for rehab,” Luck said. “So I understood that, and one, try to focus on rehab, and two, try to help with the guys by being out there.”

Hopefully Luck has been keeping in shape since his surgery, as his arm isn’t the only thing he needs to be worried about. But if he’s packed on a few pounds, he can always score a deal from Groupon Coupons for Weight Watchers. 🙂

Colts Make Hires in the Scouting Department; Make Roster Moves as Minicamp Opens

The Colts have hired five new people in their scouting department less than two weeks after this year’s NFL draft, the Associated Press reports.

Indy has hired Morocco Brown as director of college scouting, Kyle Childress as college scouting coordinator, Brian Decker as player personnel strategist, Ed Dodds as vice president of player personnel and Rex Hogan as vice president of player personnel.

The Colts also made two player moves as a three-day rookie mini-camp opened Friday: They signed free agent defensive tackle Josh Boyd and waived outside linebacker Curt Maggitt with an injury settlement.






#58 per Colts website

6’4 262 DE from OHIO University

DOB 3/18/94 (23 yrs)

4.70 40yd – 4.35 20shuttle – 7.27 3cone

31.5 vert – 9’11 broad -15 bench

34.25 arm -10.25 hand


Round 4, Pick 80

OVERALL PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS: JHyde 47, HuddleReport 50, CBS 66, MyCA 70, DraftTek 74, PFF 90

@JuMosq listed as 13th out of only 18 edge rushers to draft

EDGE rushers drafted AFTER: 83 Rivers NE, 103 Hendricksen NO, 108 Biegel GB, 116 Lawson CIN

EDGE rushers drafted BEFORE: 68 Smoot JAC, 73 Willis CIN, 77 Hall CAR, 78 Williams BAL


RAS, MockDraftable and Sparq all have him above average athlete scores, but nothing exceptional.

Recent picks similar athletic scores were Noah Spence TB, Trent Murphy WAS, Frank Clark SEA, Shilique Calhoun OAK.

NFL players compared to: DeMarcus Lawrence, LaMarr Woodley, Ryan Kerrigan


PROS: Good recognition and football IQ, Infectious personality and work ethic

Ideal build, long arms, explosive, bull rush, production

CONS: MAC competition, slow off snap, no bend


Below are links to and quotes from the best Tarell Basham draft profiles I found. There were twice as many out there with limited content or actual evaluation. From what I gathered after one evening is that Tarell is a 4-3 DE that seems like he could hold up in coverage. Has the body type, athleticism and production to become an above average NFL 3-4 OLB. I assume he sees defensive snaps only as pass rush specialist in September games. Then Colts see how he does and go from there. The only scouting opinions that matter now regarding Basham belong to Ted Monachino, DC; Gary Emanuel, DL coach; Brad White, OLB coach.

Training camp will be interesting to see all the new players.

Until then, GO COLTS!


COLTS GM CHRIS BALLARD “He is a pass rusher that has to develop.”

@fduffy3 breaks down in 30-minute depth with @MattWaldman RSP Film Room

Pushes 6’8 353lbs new Colts RT Zach Banner back with bull rush in Senior Bowl practice

GAME FILMS: 2016 Tenn, Troy; 2015 App St, Idaho

3min40sec profile by @ncaa2nflscout

Recent news list quotes from team scouts and shows team interested pre-draft.

“Tarell Basham brings impressive and balanced Core and Torso Power, impressive all around Agility, that terrific Wing Span, and tremendous Drive and Discipline to the Field of Battle, balanced against which are his very raw Combat Skills, Pass Rushing Repertoire, and Field Vision.” VFS542 fave

“Tarell has to learn to use his size, length and overall athletic talent to his advantage and right now that is not happening on every play. When he does you see an explosive and talented player who can overpower his opponent. But for some reason Tarell struggles and tries to finesse opponents and that makes him play smaller than his size.” VFS542 fave

“There will always be a place in the NFL for strong, physical, and energetic edge rushers.  Basham has a big, long and strong frame that bodes well for an NFL pass rusher.” VFS542 fave

“He has shown a plethora of pass rushing moves on tape from a swim move to a spin and a punch. However, his go-to move is the bull rush.”


“He’s a different mold than some of the others. He goes through you, not around you, and in that way, it’ll remind you a lot of LaMarr Woodley. Basham has long arms, big hands, and a nasty demeanor. It adds up to a violent punch that can knock linemen off their base”

“has teams at the top end of round two hoping that this matchup nightmare falls into their lap.”

Has short Basham interview at Senior Bowl.

“Basham spent a lot of time at defensive tackle at the beginning of his career and was switched to the defensive end position late.”

“Basham is the #1 overall player in our Patriots specific Big Board”


“What Basham lacks in name recognition he more than makes up for with initial quickness, agility and motor. He may need a year or two to acclimate to the greater speed of the NFL but possesses the traits and work ethic necessary to handle the jump in competition. Basham is at his best attacking off the edge, winning with equal parts athleticism and tenacity. Though at his best rushing, Basham possesses the agility and speed to occasionally drop back into coverage, as well. The coaching staff at Ohio raves about Basham’s infectious personality and work ethic on and off the field.”

“Basham is a poor man’s Kerrigan in the fact that he doesn’t quite possess the strength throughout his frame that Kerrigan had coming out of Purdue. Kerrigan also owned a tad more than a bull-rush, but both are defined by the move and work other moves off of it. Walks the fine line between “high motor” and “out of control”.”

“He is similar to Carl Lawson but I think you can get him probably a couple of rounds later or maybe more. I think he can still get a lot better as a pass rusher.” — NFC area scout


“I worked really hard to this point to make a living, so I’m glad that it’s going to start paying off,” Basham said. “The work’s only just beginning.”


“When I was 8 years old, I made my mind up I was going to the NFL,” Basham said. “I expected this of myself.”

2016: Played in 14 games 30 total tackles including 20 solo stops…led the team with 11.5 sacks.

2015: Played in 12 games including 11 starts at defensive end…ranked seventh on the team with 43 total tackles including 20 solo stops…led the team with 5.5 sacks for 35 yards lost and 10.0 tackles for 46 yards lost…led the team with 11 quarterback hurries and had one pass breakup…recorded a season-high six tackles twice, last against Miami.

2014: Named to Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List… Saw action in all 12 games, starting seven for the Bobcats… Totaled 33 tackles, including 15 solo stops and six for a total of 41 yards lost… Had a season high seven tackles against Marshall (Sept. 13)… Posted three high season stops against Akron (Oct.18)… Recorded five sacks for 39 yards lost…. Tallied one forced fumble against Central Michigan (Oct. 4)… Compiled five quarterback hurries and two pass break-ups on the season.

2013: Was named to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team … Started five of the 13 games he played in … Totaled 32 tackles – including 16 solo stops, a team-high 7.5 sacks (tied for fifth on the program’s all-time single season sack list), 9.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup … Recorded his first career sack and forced a fumble at Louisville (Sept. 1) … Assisted on a tackle against North Texas (Sept. 7) … compiled three tackles including a sack – against Austin Peay (Sept. 21) … Posted three solo stops – including a career-high two sacks – at Akron (Oct. 5) … Totaled four tackles against Central Michigan (Oct. 12) in his first career start – including a sack, another tackle for a loss and a forced fumble … Made two tackles at Eastern Michigan (Oct. 19) – including a solo stop … Started against Miami (Oct. 26) and piled up three tackles – including a sack … Started at Buffalo (Nov. 5), posting two tackles – including a solo stop … Started at Bowling Green (Nov. 12) and totaled three tackles – including a tackle for a loss and another solo stop … Made six tackles against UMass (Nov. 29) – including one solo stop and an assist on a sack … Started against East Carolina (Dec. 23) in the Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl, recording three solo stops – including a sack.

Prior to Ohio: Recorded 16 sacks and 82 solo tackles throughout his career… Earned All-Region honors as a senior… Four-year varsity letter winner… Helped his team to an 8-3 record as a senior… Attended Hargrove Military Academy for Prep School and was coached by Troy Davis.

Personal: Born March 18, 1994… Son of Glenda Basham… Has three siblings… Had perfect attendance throughout high school… Undecided on a major… Enjoys playing Xbox… Is the first member of his family to ever attend college.



Report: Colts Fire VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III in Front Office Shakeup

Albert Breer of NFL Network is reporting today a shakeup in the Colts front office, as he says the team has let VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III go.

Here is Raye’s bio from the Colts official site:

Jimmy Raye III enters his fourth season as the vice president of football operations for the Colts. The 2016 campaign will also mark Raye’s 22nd season in the NFL, including 17 years with the San Diego Chargers. He served as San Diego’s director of player personnel from 2008-2012, overseeing the team’s professional and college scouting departments while assisting on player personnel matters. Raye joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons (1996-99) as a scout. He was then elevated to the team’s director of college scouting, spending eight years in that role (2000-07).