Colts at Broncos NFL Week One Capsule

SUNDAY NIGHT

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT DENVER BRONCOS

SERIES

COLTS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER   11-9
STREAKS Past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Pagano: 1-0 Fox: 1-2
LAST GAME 10/20/13: Broncos 33 at Colts 39. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck throws for 228 yards & 3 TDs. Colts defense forces 4 TOs (3 FF, 1 INT). DE Robert Mathis records safety.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/26/10: Colts 27, Broncos 13. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning completes 27 of 43 passes for 325 yards & 3 TDs. Colts WR Austin Collie has 12 rec. for 171 yards & 2 TDs.
BROADCAST NBC (6:30 PM MT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (WW1), 92 (Ind.), 93 (Den.). XM: 227 (WW1), 226 (Ind.), 225 (Den.).

2013 STATS

PASSING Luck: 343-540-3,822-23-9-87.0 Manning: 450-659-5,477 (1L)-55(1L)-10-115.1 (1C)
RUSHING Richardson: 157-458-2.9-3 Ball: 120-559-4.7-4
RECEIVING Hilton: 82-1,083-13.2-5 D. Thomas: 92-1,480 (3C)-15.5-14 (1C)
OFFENSE 341.8 457.3 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +13 (3L) 0
DEFENSE 357.1 356.0
SACKS Mathis: 19.5 (1L) Jackson: 6
INTs Butler: 4 (T3C) Talib: 4 (T3C)
PUNTING McAfee: 46.0 Colquitt: 44.5
KICKING Vinatieri: 139 (34/34 PAT; 35/40 FG) McManus (R) (Pre.): 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/6 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: In 2013, QB ANDREW LUCK became 1st QB selected No. 1 overall to start playoff game in each of 1st 2 seasons. Passed for more yards (8,196) than any other QB in NFL history in 1st 2 seasons. In last meeting, passed for 228 yards & accounted for 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 pass)…Since 2012, RB TRENT RICHARDSON has 14 rush TDs, tied for 4th in AFC…WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,006) is 1 of 9 players in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches. Colts are only team in NFL history with 2 1,000-catch players (MARVIN HARRISON, 1,102). Needs 19 rec. to surpass ISAAC BRUCE (1,024) for 7th all-time. Since 2001, has NFL-best 13,566 rec. yards. In 2013, WR T.Y. HILTON set club record for rec. yards in single playoffs (327). WR HAKEEM NICKS makes Colts debut. Averages 18.8 yards/catch in last 4 vs. AFC (16 rec., 300 yards)…DE FILI MOALA had sack in last meeting. LB ERIK WALDEN forced fumble in last meeting…BRONCOS: Set all-time single-season record for points in 2013 (606) & became 1st team in NFL history to have 5 players score 10+ TDs each in same season…QB PEYTON MANNING set single-season passing record for yards (5,477) & TDs (55) in 2013. Ranks 2nd all-time in career yards (64,964), comp. (5,532) & TDs (491). Selected No. 1 overall in 1998, Manning spent 14 seasons (1998-2011) with Colts. Won 4 AP NFL MVP awards with Ind. & ranks 1st in career pass yards (54,828) & TD passes (399) in club annals…Last Dec., RB MONTEE BALL totaled 382 scrimmage yards in 5 games (76.4 avg.)…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS led all NFL WRs with 14 TD catches in 2013. Only player in club history with 2 1,400-yard receiving seasons. In past 3 vs. Colts, WR WES WELKER has 25 catches (8.3/game) for 286 yards. TE JULIUS THOMAS led AFC TEs with 12 TD catches in 2013, surpassing HOFer SHANNON SHARPE (10 in 1996 & 1998) for single-season record by Broncos TE…Since joining NFL in 2011, LB VON MILLER ranks 3rd in AFC in sacks (35).

Will The Colts Have RB Richardson On A Short Leash?

Trent Richardson

Colts running back Trent Richardson was obviously behind the rest of his teammates after being acquired just days before the Colts’ Week 3 game against San Francisco, but he didn’t show much progress as the season went on, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

Richardson has to step up to not only avoid being labeled a bust after being taken with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft, but also to help the Colts from looking like they got played by the Browns in the trade.

He’ll likely get the first shot at starting over Ahmad Bradshaw and Vic Ballard because the latter two are coming off injuries that cost them almost all of the 2013 season. But Richardson will have to produce right away because it’s unlikely the Colts will wait for him to get going if Bradshaw and Ballard are producing when given the opportunity.

Colts Release Suspended WR LaVon Brazill

LaVon Brazill

The Colts announced today they have signed free agent wide receiver Aaron Burks and waived suspended wide receiver LaVon Brazill.

Burks, 6-3, 205 pounds, was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 before being waived on June 13. In four seasons at Boise State, he caught 47 passes for 743 yards and four touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, Burks posted career highs of 18 receptions and three touchdowns, while adding 309 receiving yards. As a junior in 2012, he played in all 13 games and totaled a career-high 319 receiving yards to go along with 17 receptions and his first career receiving touchdown.

Brazill was originally selected by the Colts in the sixth round (206th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 25 career regular season games with the team, he recorded 23 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Brazill also registered seven receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns in three postseason games (two starts).

Colts Not Ready To Throw In The Towel On Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson

The Colts are not about to give up on running back Trent Richardson according to Jim Trotter of ESPN.com.

The Colts really have no choice in the matter, as they gave up their 2014 first-round draft pick to obtain the former No.3-overall pick from the Browns last September.

Richardson went on to be a colossal bust for the Colts as he struggled to learn offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s playbook.

Coaches have told Trotter that Richardson has a chance to be a three-down player this season as both Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are coming back from significant injuries. Richardson seemed to have a better grasp of the offensive scheme during minicamp and is relying more on his instincts as he approaches the line of scrimmage.

Any signs that Richardson is shedding the indecisiveness of 2013 is welcome news for Colts fans. Even better news would be Richardson shedding some weight before training camp to regain some semblance of the burst he showed at the University of Alabama.

Colts Agree To Terms With Free Agent Safety Mike Adams

Denver Broncos Super Bowl XLVIII Media Availability

The Colts have come to terms with free agent safety Mike Adams.

Adams, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, has 488 tackles (368 solo), 55 pass breakups, 13 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 5.0 sacks in 146 regular season games (73 starts) in his 10-year NFL career. He also has 14 solo tackles and two pass breakups in four playoff starts.

Adams spent the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos. In 2012, he had career highs with 80 tackles and 11 pass breakups. Last season, he had 60 tackles (45 solo), six pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery in 16 regular season games. It was the third straight year he played in every game.

Before coming to Denver, Adams spent three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and five with the Cleveland Browns. He was originally signed by San Francisco as an undrafted free agent out of Delaware in 2004.

Colts Ink Third-Round Pick WR Donte Moncrief

The Colts signed third-round draft pick Donte Moncrief on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

Moncrief, a receiver, started 37 games at Mississippi and finished No. 3 on the school’s career receptions list with 156 in just three college seasons. He also was third in school history with 2,371 career yard and 20 career TD catches and was second all-time with nine 100-yard games. Last year, he had 66 catches and 979 yards.

He was taken No. 80 overall.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Agent For Robert Mathis Says NFL Misleading Public

Indianapolis Colts vs Kansas City Chiefs, 2014 AFC Wild Card Playoffs

Robert Mathis‘ agent on Monday accused the NFL of misleading the public with its statements on the drug his client used that resulted in the Colts linebacker’s four-game suspension and questioned the league’s unwillingness to adjust the penalty, ESPN reports

Agent Hadley Engelhard said in an interview with ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” that Mathis has “never once denied” using Clomid for the sole purpose of helping to impregnate his wife but that the NFL’s attack on the drug is unfounded.

“Saturday they released a statement, which the NFL never does. And even in their statement they’re misleading the public in things that they said,” Engelhard said. “‘It’s not FDA-approved for fertility in males, and it’s a performance-enhancing drug prohibited by the league.’ First of all, there’s many drugs that are not FDA-approved for certain things and are used for other things. And the doctor in direct cross-examination even talked about that. He’s been using this as a fertility drug for 20-plus years.”

He said Mathis would have been fine with paying a fine, but the NFL went public against his client’s wishes when it issued the suspension last week.

“If they would have said, ‘Hey Robert, here’s a four-game fine,’ which is a lot of money, Robert would have accepted that. He just felt that the league did not take his case as a case-by-case. They looked at it and said, ‘Hey, you failed the drug test, end of story, no ifs ands or buts.’

“And that’s not how our system has worked in the past. They have made adjustments to fines and disciplines. And in this case there’s not one shred of evidence that says contrary to what Robert did.”

The NFL responded Monday on ESPN Radio, with Adolpho Birch, the league’s senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs, telling “Mike & Mike” that Mathis could have avoided this whole scenario if he had just reached out to the league before taking the drug.

“I don’t understand [why] there’s more to the story than the player had the opportunity — several sources that he could have contacted, all of which would have advised him not to take this substance and that the failure to do so has certain consequences,” Birch said. “Those are clearly enumerated under our policy. To us there’s not really much dispute here.”

Previewing the 2014 Indianapolis Colts Schedule

Indianapolis Colts  v Jacksonville Jaguars

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are fresh off of back to back 11-5 seasons, as well as an AFC South division title in 2013. Looking ahead to 2014, the Colts will aim to have more of a balance on both sides of the ball, as they try to remain the class of the division and take another step forward in the playoffs.

 

If they’re going to get even better in 2014, the Colts will need to be more consistent on the road, where they’ll be taking on the likes of the Browns, Steelers, Broncos, Cowboys and Giants. Luck and co. got the better of a battle with Peyton Manning and the Broncos a year ago in Indy, but their second battle should prove to be a lot tougher on the road. Overall, the Indianapolis Colts schedule on the road isn’t easy, so they’ll need to pull off a few upsets to stay ahead of the playoff curve.

 

It actually doesn’t get any easier at home for the Colts in 2014, as they have to take on the Ravens, Bengals, Patriots, Eagles and Redskins. With Washington as the only non-playoff team at home away from the division, the Indianapolis Colts schedule for 2014 should be rather difficult.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.