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Colts Come to Terms with Quarterback Chad Kelly

The Colts have a new quarterback, coming to terms with quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

The team today announced the signing of free agent Chad Kelly, who recently tried out for the team during its rookie minicamp. In a corresponding move, the Colts waived defensive tackle Jordan Thompson.

Kelly, 25, was a seventh-round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss, where he was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2015 after completing 298-of-458 passing attempts (65.1 percent) for 4,042 yards with 31 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.

He was once again a second-team All-SEC selection as a senior, despite the fact he suffered a season-ending knee injury in November of that year; he connected on 205-of-328 passes (62.5 percent) for 2,758 yards with 19 touchdowns to eight interceptions in nine games.

 

Ex-Denver QB Chad Kelly to Take Part in Colts Rookie Minicamp

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly will be taking part in this weekend’s Indianapolis Colts rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and the Colts weigh whether to add him to the 90-man roster according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.

Kelly, the “Mr. Irrelevant” of the 2017 out of Ole Miss and the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly, started the 2018 season with the Broncos and even seemed to be in line for a starting opportunity after a stellar preseason and the struggles of free agent signee Case Keenum.

The came his bizarre behavior after Von Miller’s Halloween party, at which Kelly reportedly became extremely intoxicated and later broke into a stranger’s residence and ended up on the couch mumbling incoherently.

Kelly was initially charged with felony trespassing but pled guilty to the reduced charge of second-degree misdemeanor trespassing and was placed on probation for a year. The Broncos immediately released him and he has been out of football ever since.

With Jacoby Brissett firmly entrenched behind Andrew Luck, Indy would not be a good landing spot from a reps perspective but Kelly will likely grab onto any chance to get back into the NFL.

The 25-year-old is immensely talented but off-the-field problems have derailed his career in high school, college, and the pros.

Colts Hall of Fame DE Gino Marchetti Dies at 92

Pro Football Hall of Famer and Baltimore Colts legend Gino Marchetti has died at 92 years old.

Marchetti died from pneumonia Monday at Paoli hospital in Paoli, Pa. The two-time NFL champion, 11-time Pro Bowl selection and seven-time All-Pro was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Marchetti is survived by wife Joan Marchetti, two sons, two daughters, a stepdaughter and 16 grandchildren. The Marchettis were married for 41 years.

Marchetti was a second round pick by the Dallas Texans in the 1952 NFL Draft. He played 13 seasons for the Colts from 1953 through 1966.

“A giant of a man with a giant heart who helped many in need, Gino Marchetti is at or near the top of the greats in Baltimore athletic and football history,” the Ravens said in a statement.

“Beloved in Baltimore, this Pro Football Hall of Famer loved our community and the fans who were so special to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Joan, and the Marchetti family. We appreciate the kindness and respect Gino showed the Ravens over the last 23 years.”

Check out the Complete 2019 Indianapolis Colts Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Colts fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Colts slate!

Sept. 8 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05
Sept. 15 at Tennessee Titans 1:00
Sept. 22 Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Sept. 29 Oakland Raiders 1:00
Oct. 6 at Kansas City Chiefs* 8:20
Bye
Oct. 20 Houston Texans 1:00
Oct. 27 Denver Broncos 4:25
Nov. 3 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00
Nov. 10 Miami Dolphins 4:05
Nov. 17 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00
Nov. 21 at Houston Texans (Thu) 8:20
Dec. 1 Tennessee Titans 1:00
Dec. 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00
Dec. 16 at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 22 Carolina Panthers 1:00
Dec. 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00

NFL to Release Colts Schedule Wednesday Evening

Get ready Colts fans – the NFL schedule is ready to be released! The league announced today that the full slate for all 32 teams including all the big prime-time and holiday games will be released on Wednesday evening in a televised event.

If you have forgotten by now, here’s the teams that the Colts will take on this upcoming season.

Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders.

Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Colts to Sign Panthers Free Agent WR Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess, a 6-4, 240-pound wide receiver who spent his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, is coming to Indianapolis on a one-year deal, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Funchess is just 24 years old, and the Colts hope he brings the sort of size and big-play ability that Frank Reich’s offense wants behind Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton. The team’s depth at wide receiver was a glaring need entering free agency, and Funchess is the first addition.

The former Michigan Wolverine turned in his best season in 2017, grabbing 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns, but in no other season has he had more than 44 catches.

“I’m 24 years old,” Funchess told the NFL Network prior to free agency. “I can run whatever you want me to run on the field, and I’m ready to go get a ‘W,’ that’s it. A Super Bowl ring, let’s go get it.”

NFL Mock Draft Has Colts Taking Ohio State DT Dre’Mont Jones in Round One

The NFL Draft is still 66 days away, but already there’s plenty of mock drafts and projections as to what teams are going to do once Roger Goodell takes the platform in Nashville, Tennessee and gets booed as he does every year.

The Colts are sitting at number 26 in the first round, and will look to improve the team to try and make a run at the AFC South Title in 2019.

As far as projections go, SB Nation today released their first Mock Draft for April’s big event, and they have the Colts going Defensive tackle in the first round, taking Ohio State DT Dre’Mont Jones.

Considering Indianapolis’ needs this offseason, none stands out as more important than the other. The secondary could need retooling due to free agency status of cornerback Pierre Desir and safety Clayton Geathers. The Colts need players more suited for a 4-3 defense up front and a slot wide receiver who could open the offense. Jones may be attractive as a player who fits on the inside and provides some pass rush.

Are the Colts a Darkhorse to Win Super Bowl LIV Next February?

The Colts made it to the Divisional round of the postseason in 2018, and look like they are once again on the verge of being contenders in the AFC.

NumberFire today came out with an interesting piece entitled “3 Value Bets to Win Super Bowl LIV,” and along with the Browns and Bucs, the Colts are on the list.

Here’s what they had to say about Indy and their chances to win the big game next year.

Indianapolis Colts +1500

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts were one of the many feel-good stories of the 2018 season. There was a ton of uncertainty surrounding Luck and his shoulder, but those were put to rest when the Pro Bowl quarterback put up arguably his best statistical season, which included a career high in completion percentage (67.3%) and second place finish in passing touchdowns (39).

The biggest improvement for the Colts was the offensive line play. It was heavily addressed by the front office in last year’s draft when they snatched both Quenton Nelson (sixth overall) and Braden Smith (37th). The big boys up front helped Luck stay upright basically all season long. He was sacked only 18 times all year, the second-fewest amongst quarterbacks who played 10 or more games. That had the O-line ranked ranked second in pass protection, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA. The starting offensive line is young, with an average age of 25, and supremely talented by draft capital alone (an average draft pick of 43.4). Baring injury, this line should continue to be one of the better units in the NFL.

With the quarterback spot and offensive line all set for the foreseeable future, Indianapolis can focus their league-high cap space ($109 million) on addressing a few glaring needs. A complimentary wide receiver to pair with T.Y. Hilton and tight end Eric Ebron should be a top priority. Outside of those two, no pass catcher topped 500 receiving yards or had more than three scores.

Other than adding some more skill position players around Luck, look for the Colts to spend most of the cap space on improving the defense, specifically the pass rush. On the surface, the numbers look solid with 38 total sacks for the Colts, but half of those occurred in the first six games.

Another key factor in the value of the Colts is the fact that they play in the AFC South division, a division in which Luck has dominated in his career to the tune of a 24-7 record, including an absurd 11-0 mark against the Tennessee Titans. Both the Titans and Jaguars have issues at the quarterback position, and have unproven commodities at head coach, while the Houston Texans, the Colts’ stiffest competition, seem to be stuck in quicksand under head coach Bill O’Brien, who has a record of 42-38 over his five-year stint.

The Colts will certainly need the division wins, as their schedule should prove much tougher this next season. After drawing the NFC South, along with games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders, they get the more competitive NFC East on top of matchups versus the Steelers and Chargers.

The Colts are primed to take another leap forward in 2019 with key positions all set, all the available cap space at their disposal, and an opportunity to capitalize on a weaker division. At 15/1 odds, the Colts look like a solid value seven months out.

Colts Bring Back Longtime OL Coach Howard Mudd

The Colts are bringing back longtime NFL offensive line coach Howard Mudd, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The team announced Thursday it added the 76-year-old Mudd as a senior offensive assistant. The Colts also signed Klayton Adams as assistant offensive line coach.

Mudd, long considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL, returns to Indy, where he spent 12 seasons as the team’s O-line coach from 1998 to 2009 and was a member of the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI championship team.

Mudd briefly retired after 2009 only to resurface with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011-2012 before stepping away from the NFL the past six seasons.