See Who Mel Kiper Has the Colts Taking with the Third Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Mel Kiper’s first mock draft is out – and the draft ‘expert’ has the Colts going defensive end in round one, taking NC State DE Bradley Chubb with the third overall pick.

Here’s the tweet with the breakdown of the first 10 overall picks.

Rapoport: Josh McDaniels to Take the Colts Coaching Job Once Patriots Season Ends

Fresh off a report this morning from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport saying that Patriots offensive coordinator would prefer the Tennessee Titans job over all the others available, Rapoport is reversing field and reporting that Josh McDaniels is expected to accept the Colts coaching vacancy as soon as the Patriots season is officially over.

Apparently Rapoport was given misleading information from a source or McDaniels was too far along in the Colts’ hiring process-or, just possibly, someone close to McDaniels intentionally leaked the Titans rumor to prod the Colts into finalizing their offer.

McDaniels cannot formally be hired until the Patriots’ playoff run is through. And in choosing the Colts over other possible teams, McDaniels is betting his coaching future on the health of the throwing shoulder of quarterback Andrew Luck.

Colts Receiver T.Y. Hilton Selected to Fourth Straight Pro Bowl

If there was one bright spot to the Colts offense in 2017, it would have to be again another solid season for veteran wide out T.Y. Hilton.

This past season Hilton pulled in 57 catches for 966 yards and four scores with quarterbacks who hopefully won’t be under center for the Colts in 2018.

Today it was announced by the team that Hilton has been honored with a trip to the Pro Bowl, to be played in Orlando on January 28th. Congrats T.Y.!

Report: New Bears Coach Nagy Decided to Coach Chicago Over Colts

The Colts are still without a coach today, but from the tweet below from David Kaplan from Sports Talk Chicago says that new Bears Coach Matt Nagy was the apple of the Colts eyes – but Nagy decided that the Bears have a better future ahead of them which is why he decided to shun the Colts for the Bears.

Colts Chat with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels as Possible New Head Coach

The Colts search for a new head coach has landed them a very interesting candidate, as the team chatted on Wednesday with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, and Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network says he could be a VERY strong candidate for the position.

There’s no question that a McDaniels and healthy Andrew Luck could put the Colts right back at the top of the AFC South after a down 2017, now is the wait and see on if it will happen or not.

Schefter: Pagano to Be Relieved of Duties Following Sunday’s Finale

It will come to no surprise that the Colts are going into the offseason looking for a new coach, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Colts coach Chuck Pagano will be let go after Sunday’s game against the Texans.

No matter how you look at it, it will be an interesting offseason for the Colts.

Colts QB Andrew Luck Says He Doesn’t Think He Will Need Another Surgery, Should Be Able to Play in 2018

In a news conference Friday afternoon, Colts franchise quarterback Andrew Luck said he does not believe he will need to undergo another surgery and expressed confidence in his return to the field in 2018 according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Luck has spent the past month working with a trainer in the Netherlands. Luck said he went to Europe specifically to work with this particular trainer and not because he had any procedures that were not allowed in the US. Luck did say, however, that he felt like he was being “pulled in too many directions” while he was in Indianapolis and wanted his “singular focus” to be on getting better because he was scared to still be feeling pain. That pain has gone down “significantly” after Luck did strength training and soft-tissue work while overseas that yielded good results. “I feel stronger, more stable, more confident in it. It’s better,” Luck said.

That said, Luck has not yet started a throwing program and has not thrown a football in eight weeks. He said he still needs to get his arm strength “back to a better level” and will resume throwing “as soon as I can”. There is some concern that the wait to start throwing could prevent Luck from being ready for the start of the 2018 but the QB sounded confident that he will be back on the field with his teammates after a lost year.

Colts Coach Chuck Pagano Gives Interesting Answer About Coaching Future

It’s probably all over for Colts coach Chuck Pagano after Sunday’s game, as the coach likely will get his walking papers by the team on Monday when the season is officially over.

Pagano gave his final presser before Sunday’s game today, and gave a rather interesting answer when to a question about his coaching future – saying he is ‘at peace’ with what happens.

Colts Kicker Adam Vinatieri Wants to Return to the Team in 2018

Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri turns 45 this week. With one game left in his 22nd NFL season, and his two-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts expiring at the end of the year, Vinatieri plans on playing at least one more year, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports.

“Indianapolis is home to me and my family. I love the Irsay family, but I understand this is a business,” Vinatieri said. “I just know I’m going to play another year.”

Vinatieri has, amazingly, gotten better with age, especially since turning 40 towards the end of the 2012 regular season, one year after signing a three-year deal to remain in Indianapolis. Since the 2013 season, he has connected on 141-of-156 field goals for a 90.4 percent success rate, which is almost six percentage points better than his career 84.5 field goal percentage.

Vinatieri has also improved from longer distances; prior to 2013, he had made 16 kicks from 50 yards or more in his first 17 seasons; he has made 22 of them from that distance in the five seasons since.

This season has certainly been an interesting, if not at-times frustrating, one for VInatieri, who has been in the unfortunate position of trying to kick in a blizzard at Buffalo a couple weeks back, going 0-for-2 with six inches of snow on the ground but hitting a key 43-yard extra point late in the fourth quarter, and then trying to make kicks in a constant downpour Saturday against the Ravens.

Vinatieri missed two field goal tries again against the Ravens, but one was blocked, while the other barely missed from 60 yards out at the end of the first half. Had he connected, it would’ve been his career-long by three yards.

“I felt I really hit it well,” he said of the attempt. “I just kept waiting for the officials to put their hands up, but I guess it was a little short. It left my foot and it felt well. I thought I had enough. When they sent me out there I had enough confidence that I could make that kick.”