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.

Colts DE Arthur Jones Suspended Four Games for PED Use

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Colts defensive end Arthur Jones has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s ban on using performance-enhancing substances according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jones was originally a fifth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens out of Syracuse in 2010 but his career has been derailed by injuries since signing a five-year, $33 million contract with the Colts in 2014. Thus far Jones has played a total of nine games for the Colts and missed all of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle early last September. The 30-year-old agreed to a $2 million pay cut to stay with the Colts in March amid reports that he might not be fully recovered by training camp.

Jones will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, October 3 following the team’s October 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Colts to Honor Super Bowl XLI Championship Team on November 20th

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The Colts will honor their Super Bowl XLI champion squad at halftime of their game against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 20, the Indianapolis Star reports.

The reunion will include an introduction of the team to fans at halftime.

The Colts won Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4, 2007, defeating the Chicago Bears 29-17.

The 2006 team produced one of the franchise’s more prolific offensive performances over the course of a season, totaling 6,070 net yards (third in the NFL) and 427 points (tied for second). Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning threw for 4,397 yards and a league-leading 31 touchdowns as wide receivers Marvin Harrison (1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns) and Reggie Wayne (1,310 yards and nine scores) recorded the team’s third occasion with at least two 1,000-yard receivers. Running back Joseph Addai totaled his first 1,000-yard rushing season (1,081 yards) while adding seven touchdowns. Defensively, linemen Robert Mathis (9½) and Dwight Freeney (5½) paced the team in sacks.

NFL Announces Three Colts Games to Be Shown in Full on YouTube

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As voted on by NFL fans on Facebook, 96 of the most memorable games in NFL history will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube channel this August.

From an initial list of 160 classic games compiled by NFL Media/NFL Films in collaboration with NFL Clubs, fans made the final decision on the three most memorable games per franchise. The full network broadcasts of all 96 games will be uploaded this August in conjunction with the start of the NFL preseason.

Voting began June 20th and ended on Tuesday. Here’s the three Colts games:

2006 AFC Championship Game — Colts vs. Patriots (42%)

Peyton Manning comeback vs. Patriots.

2013 AFC wild card — Colts vs. Chiefs (20%)

Andrew Luck leads great comeback to win 45-44.

Super Bowl XLI — Colts vs. Bears (15%)

Colts Ink a New Deal with Kicker Adam Vinatieri

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The Colts, a day after they announced they inked TE Dwayne Allen, today announced they have come to terms on a new contract with kicker Adam Vinatieri.

The 43-year-old kicker last season was 25-for-27 on field goals for 107 points.

Colts Bring Back Veteran TE Dwayne Allen

Veteran tight end Dwayne Allen is staying with the Colts.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday that the Colts and the veteran tight end have agreed on a four-year pact worth close to $30 million.

Allen didn’t do much in the pass catching department last season, as he was targeted just 29 times in 13 games, and finished with 16 receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.

“From (owner) Jim Irsay and his family on down we are very pleased to announce the re-signing of Dwayne Allen,” Grigson said in a statement. “Besides the broad skill set and overall talent level he brings, Dwayne’s tenacity and physicality has always been what has set him apart from the beginning. His genuine love for the people of this community, its fans and for the game of football is what makes him special.”

Colts LB Jonathan Newsome Arrested for Marijuana Possession

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Colts linebacker Jonathan Newsome was arrested Wednesday morning on two counts of marijuana possession in Boone County, Indiana according to Matt Adams of the Indianapolis Star.

Newsome was taken into custody around 2 AM early Wednesday morning when police arrived at his apartment due to a noise complaint. He was booked for possession after police found marijuana in the dwelling.

While the charges are not a major concern, the arrest will probably land Newsome in the NFL drug program and subject him to more frequent drug tests. Newsome was also arrested for marijuana possession during his college years at Ball State.

Newsome lead the Colts in sacks in his rookie year in 2014 with 6.5 but had only one in 2015, when he played sparingly and missed two games with a hamstring issue.

Colts to Play Green Bay in NFL Hall of Fame Game on August

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Colts fans will have even more reason to go to Canton, Ohio to see Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as it’s stated that the Packers and Colts, who also have a presence in this year’s Hall of Fame Class with Bret Favre, will do battle in the annual Hall of Fame Game to be played on August 7th.

Colts Announce Two Coaching Staff Moves for 2016

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The Colts are going to be keeping a couple of their assistants from a season ago, as PFT reports on the moves by the horseshoes and coach Chuck Pagano as the team builds towards the 2016 season.

Veteran coach Jim Hostler will be the tight ends coach, and Tim Berbenich will stay as offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach after being a defensive assistant in 2015.

Hostler had been the team’s wide receivers coach. In 16 NFL seasons he’s also been an assistant with the Bills, Ravens, 49ers, Jets, Saints and Chiefs.

The team’s release on Hostler and Berbenich said the 2015 staff has been finalized. The Colts cleaned out their defensive staff, hired and shuffled some offensive coaches and lost assistant special teams coach Brant Boyer to the Jets. Former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin came on as assistant head coach and will work with the offensive line.