Andrew Luck Finally Has Continuity At Skill Positions

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Since he was drafted with the number 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Andrew Luck has never had continuity at the skills position, which makes what he has been able to accomplish in his sort career very impressive. However, that won’t be a problem this year because he will have continuity at the skills position for the first time in his career. Despite having a disastrous 2015 season, the Colts are expected to bounce back this year and have favorable NFL betting odds to win the AFC South.

This year, Luck has running back Frank Gore, wide receivers Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton, tight ends Jack Doyle and Dwayne Allen all coming back, giving the offense some continuity, something they haven’t had in years.

In previous seasons, the team has rotated players at the skill positions. Guys like Andre Johnson, Trent Richardson, Hakeem Nicks, Donald Brown, and others have come and go, but this time around, Luck will see a lot of familiar faces in the huddle.

When speaking with reporters, Luck said the continuity was important to him especially after having to miss a lot of games like he did last year. The quarterback said having familiar faces, especially guys like Hilton and Allen, whom he has played with since entering the league, is very helpful. He also called it something that is very underappreciated in the league.

One of the reasons having continuity is good for Luck is the fact that he doesn’t have to worry about a player still trying to learn the system, and he already knows their strengths and tendencies.

The Colts had a lot of success during the Peyton Manning era because there was stability at the skills position. For most of his career in Indianapolis, Manning had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne to throw the ball to, which is why he and Harrison were able to break the record for most touchdowns from a quarterback to a receiver.

At the tight end position, Manning had Dallas Clark, who also played a big part in the team’s success.

Earlier in his career, Manning also had Edgerrin James, who was one of the best-running backs in franchise history before leaving for Arizona. Joseph Addai took James’ place in the lineup and helped the team win a Super Bowl.

When asked about the impact continuity had on his career, Manning told a story of a time he was in the huddle with Marvin Harrison, and they would recall a play from six seasons ago. Manning said when he asked Harrison about a game in Buffalo in 1999, Harrison knew exactly what he was talking about because they had great chemistry from playing together from the very start of their careers.

Luck is hoping to have the same type of continuity Manning had, but so far it hasn’t happened. Despite the lack of continuity, Luck has great chemistry with Hilton and Moncrief, who have been on the team since he was drafted.

The chemistry between Luck and his receivers is one of the reasons the team has been successful during his time in Indianapolis despite not having a real running game until last season when they signed Gore.

Colts Agree to Terms with Veteran CB Antonio Cromartie

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The Colts signed cornerback Antonio Cromartie after the former Jets star worked out in front of coaches on Monday, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports. The deal is for one year, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the contract.

Rapoport reported last month that the 32-year-old was battling “lingering” hip problems. Monday’s workout was Cromartie’s first reported visit since he was released by Gang Green in February.

Top cornerback Vontae Davis is expected to miss regular-season action due to a medial sprain in his ankle, per Rapoport.

Colts Rookies Impressing Coaches And Teammates

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After making the playoffs every year since they drafted Andrew Luck in 2012, the Indianapolis Colts suffered a setback last season when Luck got injured and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012. While the Colts and their fans were disappointed about the outcome of the season, they were able to get a high draft pick out of it, which could have a significant impact on the team’s success this season. With a healthy Luck back in the lineup, the Colts are one of the NFL expert picks to make the playoffs.

After two weeks of training camps here is how the 2016 Colts draft class has progressed.

Ryan Kelly, the team’s first-round pick, was selected to anchor the offensive line, which has been one of the team’s biggest problems since Luck was drafted. Kelly has been the team’s starter during training camp and is expected to start the season opener, however, a left shoulder strain has kept him out of practice for about a week.

Safety T.J. Green, the team’s second-round pick, is also expected to play a big role this season. Green has been practicing with the first unit in place of Clayton Geathers, who is battling a foot injury, and could earn the starting job if he performs well during the preseason. However, if Green reinjures his calf and is forced to miss some time, Geathers can reclaim the starting job from the rookie.

LeRaven Clark is another offensive lineman the Colts drafted to address their offensive line woes. Clark was penciled to be the team’s starting right tackle in their preseason game against the Packers, but the game was canceled because of the field conditions. The team will likely start him in their next preseason game and if he plays well, he could end up being the opening day starter.

Hassan Ridgeway, the team’s fourth-round pick, wasn’t expected to start this season. But, injuries to Kendall Langford and Henry Anderson, in addition to the suspension of Art Jones, have opened a door for the possibility of Ridgeway starting. The defensive tackle is currently backing up starter Zach Kerr, but that might change depending on how he performs in the preseason.

Antonio Morrison is making the best of the opportunities he has been given during training camp, and has performed so well that the team released inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera this week. With Herrera gone, Morrison is all but guaranteed a roster spot for the season.

Chuck Pagano is very excited about what he has seen from Joe Haeg so far because he played tackle in college and is expected to play guard with the Colts. The transition can be difficult for a lot of players, but Pagano said Haeg’s transition was very quick and feels the rookie can help the team for years due to his ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line.

As a product of the University of Maine, not much was expected from linebacker Trevor Bates, but he has since changed the perception with his performance on the field. Bates is a favorite of several veterans and has worked his way up to backup strong-side linebacker.

Austin Blythe is the team’s seventh-round pick, but will have a hard time getting on the field as a center because the team already drafted Ryan Kelly in the first round. Barring an injury, Blythe’s best option to make the team will be to switch positions.

Colts QB Andrew Luck Having a Roller Coaster of a Training Camp

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is healthy and armed with a new contract making him the highest paid playeer in NFL history.

But according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, Luck has had an uneven training camp.

“I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, for sure, like anybody in training camp,” Luck said Thursday, moments after the Colts wrapped up their final workout at Anderson University. “I’d like to think that I haven’t repeated any of the same mistakes. That’s part of practice, making mistakes, but you try not to repeat them.”

Luck is working with a new offensive coordinator, a new position coach, a new scheme and new techniques. It’s the biggest makeover of his young career.

Luck will start his first football game in nine months come Saturday, when the Colts open the preseason in Buffalo. He admitted there was a sliver of excitement after all that went wrong at the end of 2015.

Finally, after three weeks of practice, it’s time to play football.

“I like where Andrew’s at,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “We gotta get him in a game and get him with the offense and go see how they perform when it’s live bullets.”

Colts Place LB Amarlo Herrera on Waivers

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The Colts put inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera on waivers Wednesday, the former sixth-round pick of 2015 who spent most of last year on the practice squad.

Herrera played in only three games, with one tackle on special teams, and had not stood out during training camp at Anderson University.

With injuries depleting the Colts’ depth along the defensive line and at safety, Herrera was released.

Indy also put running back Abou Toure on the waived-injured list and he will wind up on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

The Colts have not yet signed any players to replace Herrera and Toure on the 90-man roster.

Hall of Fame Game Featuring Colts vs Packers Cancelled Due to Field Conditions

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The Colts were set to kickoff their preseason slate on Sunday night in Canton, OH against the Packers at the Hall of Fame game, but instead the game was canceled because of field conditions at Tom Benson Stadium, Hall of Fame president/executive director David Baker told Lisa Salters of ESN via Rob Demovsky and Mike Wells of ESPN.com.

Baker called the decision to cancel the game “difficult,” but added that it was an “easy, ethical decision.” He said the call was made after consulting with coaches Mike McCarthy and Chuck Pagano, as well as NFL COO Tod Leiweke.

According to Baker, teams will remain at the stadium, and the plan is now to host a “fan fest” of sorts. He also said fans will be refunded their money.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN’s Darren Rovell that the league will work with the Packers and Colts to sort out their own financial reimbursement for a game not played.

Colts Top Draft Pick Center Ryan Kelly Sits Out Monday Practice with Shoulder Strain

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Colts center Ryan Kelly missed today’s practice with a strained left shoulder, the Associated Press reports.

Coach Chuck Pagano says the rookie is considered day to day. Indy opens the preseason Sunday night against Green Bay in the annual Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio.

Kelly, Indy’s first-round draft pick in April, was injured during Sunday’s practice and watched the final 90 minutes of action from the side.

He has been in the working with the starters since May and will be replaced initially by Jonotthan Harrison, one of five starting centers quarterback Andrew Luck has taken snaps from over the past four seasons.

Colts Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

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With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Colts!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Colts colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

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King: Will Andrew Luck Have a Bounce Back Season for the Colts?

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The Colts are getting set to open camp, and the biggest question about the team is going to be how will Andrew Luck play after a down season full of injuries last season.

Today Peter King of SI in his ‘Monday Morning QB’ column wrote about Luck, and had the following to say about it.

2. INDIANAPOLIS: Will the real Andrew Luck stand up? His mechanics were often shoddy. He exposed himself to too many hits. He took too many dumb chances downfield. Brian Hoyer had a higher passer rating in 2015—by 16 points. And then the Colts paid Andrew Luck the richest contract in NFL history. From the first practice of the preseason on Wednesday, Luck has to show that 2015 was a bad dream.