Colts QB Andrew Luck Still a Question Mark for the Start of Training Camp?

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been out since January following right shoulder surgery, isn’t sure he’ll be ready for the start of training camp in late July, he said Tuesday, Mike Wells of reports.

“To be honest, I have not thought about it,” Luck said. “If I’m ready for it, then great. If I’m not, then that’s the way it is. I’m certainly hopeful for it. In my mind all I can do — and I truly feel this way — with this rehab, with my shoulder, I can’t look five months down the road, three months down the road, a week down the road. To me it’s about the next rehab session, the next day. That’s where my focus is and that’s where I think it needs to be to truly get back to 100 percent.”

The Colts have shied away from giving a timetable on Luck’s return. The only thing they’ve said is that the plan was never for Luck to take part in the team’s offseason workouts and that he’s not throwing a football yet. Owner Jim Irsay said last week his franchise quarterback is “healing tremendously.”

Coach Chuck Pagano was also asked Tuesday about Luck’s availability when training camp starts.

“Am I hopeful? Am I praying? Yeah, but there’s no timetable,” the coach said.

Luck has served as an extra coach on the sideline during the team’s workouts. He said the current five-month stretch where he hasn’t thrown a football is the longest he’s gone since he first starting throwing a ball when he was around 6 or 7 years old.

“It’s not fun to stand on the sidelines, but I understand when you have a surgery you understand what goes into that decision, the consequences of that, especially with that you’re going to miss parts of that for rehab,” Luck said. “So I understood that, and one, try to focus on rehab, and two, try to help with the guys by being out there.”

Hopefully Luck has been keeping in shape since his surgery, as his arm isn’t the only thing he needs to be worried about. But if he’s packed on a few pounds, he can always score a deal from Groupon Coupons for Weight Watchers. 🙂

Colts Make Hires in the Scouting Department; Make Roster Moves as Minicamp Opens

The Colts have hired five new people in their scouting department less than two weeks after this year’s NFL draft, the Associated Press reports.

Indy has hired Morocco Brown as director of college scouting, Kyle Childress as college scouting coordinator, Brian Decker as player personnel strategist, Ed Dodds as vice president of player personnel and Rex Hogan as vice president of player personnel.

The Colts also made two player moves as a three-day rookie mini-camp opened Friday: They signed free agent defensive tackle Josh Boyd and waived outside linebacker Curt Maggitt with an injury settlement.






#58 per Colts website

6’4 262 DE from OHIO University

DOB 3/18/94 (23 yrs)

4.70 40yd – 4.35 20shuttle – 7.27 3cone

31.5 vert – 9’11 broad -15 bench

34.25 arm -10.25 hand


Round 4, Pick 80

OVERALL PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS: JHyde 47, HuddleReport 50, CBS 66, MyCA 70, DraftTek 74, PFF 90

@JuMosq listed as 13th out of only 18 edge rushers to draft

EDGE rushers drafted AFTER: 83 Rivers NE, 103 Hendricksen NO, 108 Biegel GB, 116 Lawson CIN

EDGE rushers drafted BEFORE: 68 Smoot JAC, 73 Willis CIN, 77 Hall CAR, 78 Williams BAL


RAS, MockDraftable and Sparq all have him above average athlete scores, but nothing exceptional.

Recent picks similar athletic scores were Noah Spence TB, Trent Murphy WAS, Frank Clark SEA, Shilique Calhoun OAK.

NFL players compared to: DeMarcus Lawrence, LaMarr Woodley, Ryan Kerrigan


PROS: Good recognition and football IQ, Infectious personality and work ethic

Ideal build, long arms, explosive, bull rush, production

CONS: MAC competition, slow off snap, no bend


Below are links to and quotes from the best Tarell Basham draft profiles I found. There were twice as many out there with limited content or actual evaluation. From what I gathered after one evening is that Tarell is a 4-3 DE that seems like he could hold up in coverage. Has the body type, athleticism and production to become an above average NFL 3-4 OLB. I assume he sees defensive snaps only as pass rush specialist in September games. Then Colts see how he does and go from there. The only scouting opinions that matter now regarding Basham belong to Ted Monachino, DC; Gary Emanuel, DL coach; Brad White, OLB coach.

Training camp will be interesting to see all the new players.

Until then, GO COLTS!


COLTS GM CHRIS BALLARD “He is a pass rusher that has to develop.”

@fduffy3 breaks down in 30-minute depth with @MattWaldman RSP Film Room

Pushes 6’8 353lbs new Colts RT Zach Banner back with bull rush in Senior Bowl practice

GAME FILMS: 2016 Tenn, Troy; 2015 App St, Idaho

3min40sec profile by @ncaa2nflscout

Recent news list quotes from team scouts and shows team interested pre-draft.

“Tarell Basham brings impressive and balanced Core and Torso Power, impressive all around Agility, that terrific Wing Span, and tremendous Drive and Discipline to the Field of Battle, balanced against which are his very raw Combat Skills, Pass Rushing Repertoire, and Field Vision.” VFS542 fave

“Tarell has to learn to use his size, length and overall athletic talent to his advantage and right now that is not happening on every play. When he does you see an explosive and talented player who can overpower his opponent. But for some reason Tarell struggles and tries to finesse opponents and that makes him play smaller than his size.” VFS542 fave

“There will always be a place in the NFL for strong, physical, and energetic edge rushers.  Basham has a big, long and strong frame that bodes well for an NFL pass rusher.” VFS542 fave

“He has shown a plethora of pass rushing moves on tape from a swim move to a spin and a punch. However, his go-to move is the bull rush.”


“He’s a different mold than some of the others. He goes through you, not around you, and in that way, it’ll remind you a lot of LaMarr Woodley. Basham has long arms, big hands, and a nasty demeanor. It adds up to a violent punch that can knock linemen off their base”

“has teams at the top end of round two hoping that this matchup nightmare falls into their lap.”

Has short Basham interview at Senior Bowl.

“Basham spent a lot of time at defensive tackle at the beginning of his career and was switched to the defensive end position late.”

“Basham is the #1 overall player in our Patriots specific Big Board”


“What Basham lacks in name recognition he more than makes up for with initial quickness, agility and motor. He may need a year or two to acclimate to the greater speed of the NFL but possesses the traits and work ethic necessary to handle the jump in competition. Basham is at his best attacking off the edge, winning with equal parts athleticism and tenacity. Though at his best rushing, Basham possesses the agility and speed to occasionally drop back into coverage, as well. The coaching staff at Ohio raves about Basham’s infectious personality and work ethic on and off the field.”

“Basham is a poor man’s Kerrigan in the fact that he doesn’t quite possess the strength throughout his frame that Kerrigan had coming out of Purdue. Kerrigan also owned a tad more than a bull-rush, but both are defined by the move and work other moves off of it. Walks the fine line between “high motor” and “out of control”.”

“He is similar to Carl Lawson but I think you can get him probably a couple of rounds later or maybe more. I think he can still get a lot better as a pass rusher.” — NFC area scout


“I worked really hard to this point to make a living, so I’m glad that it’s going to start paying off,” Basham said. “The work’s only just beginning.”


“When I was 8 years old, I made my mind up I was going to the NFL,” Basham said. “I expected this of myself.”

2016: Played in 14 games 30 total tackles including 20 solo stops…led the team with 11.5 sacks.

2015: Played in 12 games including 11 starts at defensive end…ranked seventh on the team with 43 total tackles including 20 solo stops…led the team with 5.5 sacks for 35 yards lost and 10.0 tackles for 46 yards lost…led the team with 11 quarterback hurries and had one pass breakup…recorded a season-high six tackles twice, last against Miami.

2014: Named to Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List… Saw action in all 12 games, starting seven for the Bobcats… Totaled 33 tackles, including 15 solo stops and six for a total of 41 yards lost… Had a season high seven tackles against Marshall (Sept. 13)… Posted three high season stops against Akron (Oct.18)… Recorded five sacks for 39 yards lost…. Tallied one forced fumble against Central Michigan (Oct. 4)… Compiled five quarterback hurries and two pass break-ups on the season.

2013: Was named to the 13th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team … Started five of the 13 games he played in … Totaled 32 tackles – including 16 solo stops, a team-high 7.5 sacks (tied for fifth on the program’s all-time single season sack list), 9.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup … Recorded his first career sack and forced a fumble at Louisville (Sept. 1) … Assisted on a tackle against North Texas (Sept. 7) … compiled three tackles including a sack – against Austin Peay (Sept. 21) … Posted three solo stops – including a career-high two sacks – at Akron (Oct. 5) … Totaled four tackles against Central Michigan (Oct. 12) in his first career start – including a sack, another tackle for a loss and a forced fumble … Made two tackles at Eastern Michigan (Oct. 19) – including a solo stop … Started against Miami (Oct. 26) and piled up three tackles – including a sack … Started at Buffalo (Nov. 5), posting two tackles – including a solo stop … Started at Bowling Green (Nov. 12) and totaled three tackles – including a tackle for a loss and another solo stop … Made six tackles against UMass (Nov. 29) – including one solo stop and an assist on a sack … Started against East Carolina (Dec. 23) in the Beef `O’ Brady’s Bowl, recording three solo stops – including a sack.

Prior to Ohio: Recorded 16 sacks and 82 solo tackles throughout his career… Earned All-Region honors as a senior… Four-year varsity letter winner… Helped his team to an 8-3 record as a senior… Attended Hargrove Military Academy for Prep School and was coached by Troy Davis.

Personal: Born March 18, 1994… Son of Glenda Basham… Has three siblings… Had perfect attendance throughout high school… Undecided on a major… Enjoys playing Xbox… Is the first member of his family to ever attend college.



Report: Colts Fire VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III in Front Office Shakeup

Albert Breer of NFL Network is reporting today a shakeup in the Colts front office, as he says the team has let VP of football operations Jimmy Raye III go.

Here is Raye’s bio from the Colts official site:

Jimmy Raye III enters his fourth season as the vice president of football operations for the Colts. The 2016 campaign will also mark Raye’s 22nd season in the NFL, including 17 years with the San Diego Chargers. He served as San Diego’s director of player personnel from 2008-2012, overseeing the team’s professional and college scouting departments while assisting on player personnel matters. Raye joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons (1996-99) as a scout. He was then elevated to the team’s director of college scouting, spending eight years in that role (2000-07).

A Rundown of All the Indianapolis Colts 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Colts 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 15 (No. 15 overall)

Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: Again, with teams crawling over themselves to land offensive weapons in the early picks, there were defensive players available mid-Round 1 that no one thought would be there: Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen and, of course, Hooker. The Ohio State safety should slot right in as the Colts’ free safety, which prevents Indianapolis from having to piece together that spot—Darius Butler was a possible CB-to-S mover. Hooker’s past health issues probably didn’t hurt him as much in Round 1 as his lack of physicality did (and the huge run on skill positions). The Colts don’t need him to be a thumper, just to keep doing what he did for Ohio State vs. the pass. GRADE: A

Round 2, Pick 14 (No. 46)

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: The Rams throw a curve ball with their first pick of the 2017 draft, taking Everett, a player cut from the same TE/slot receiver mold as Evan Engram. This comes one year after L.A. nabbed TE Tyler Higbee in the fourth round. Everett has upside as a pass catcher, but this is early for him and there were a lot of defensive options on the board.? GRADE: A

Round 3, Pick 16 (No. 80)

Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio: With a safety and cornerback under their belts already, the Colts found themselves a pass rusher at 80. He played a lot of hand-in-the-dirt DE for Ohio, but he really looks the part of a 3-4 edge rusher, which is where he’ll be with the Colts. Very good value at this spot in Round 3. GRADE: A

Round 4, Pick 31 (No. 137) Zach Banner, OT, USC

Round 4, Pick 37 (No. 143) Marlon Mack, RB, USF

Round 4, Pick 38 (No. 144) Grover Stewart, DT, Albany State

Round 5, Pick 14 (No. 158) Nate Hairston, CB, Temple

Round 5, Pick 17 (No. 161) Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern

Colts Take Ohio State Safety Malik Hooker with 15th Pick in NFL Draft

The Colts revamping of their defense took another step forward on Thursday night, as the team took Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the 15th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

At 6-foot-1, 206 pounds, Hooker was considered the second-best safety in the rookie class. LSU’s Jamal Adams went to the New York Jets at No. 6.

The Colts never expected the big-hitting playmaker they’ve been seeking for years to be there when their turn came up.

Hooker played only two seasons with the Buckeyes but had a breakout year in 2016. He had 74 tackles, seven interceptions and returned three for touchdowns — exactly the kind of game-changer coach Chuck Pagano and new general manager Chris Ballard were looking for in the draft.

Indy could have taken one of two Alabama players — defensive tackle Jonathan Allen or linebacker Reuben Foster — at positions where they could have used help.

But Pagano said he was sold on Hooker after Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano told him Hooker was the closest safety he’s seen to Ed Reed. Schiano and Pagano were both assistants on the University of Miami staff when Reed was in school.

A Look at the 2017 Colts Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Indianapolis Colts Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM

Sep. 17 Arizona Cardinals 1:00 PM

Sep. 24 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM

Oct. 1 at Seattle Seahawks 8:30 PM

Oct. 8 San Francisco 49ers 1:00 PM

Oct. 16 at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 8:30 PM

Oct. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Oct. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM

Nov. 5 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM

Nov. 12 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 BYE

Nov. 26 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM

Dec. 3 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Dec. 14 Denver Broncos (Thu) 8:25 PM

Dec. 23 at Baltimore Ravens (Sat) 4:30 PM

Dec. 31 Houston Texans 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: After an opener in Los Angeles against the Rams, the Colts will be home for two straight against two teams they should have success against, the Cardinals and Browns. If they want to have a quick start, winning in L.A. and then the two at home should be a big boost.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: The team doesn’t have three straight on the road which is a plus, but their final four games look like they will determine if they are playing in January or not. A road game at the Bills followed by a Thursday game vs the Broncos, a game at Baltimore and then home for Houston will define their season.

Colts QB Andrew Luck Says Shoulder Surgery Came From 2015 Injury

Colts’ franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on Monday revealed a couple important pieces of information about his shoulder injury, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

For one, he was ultimately the one who decided to undergo surgery in January to correct a lingering issue in his throwing shoulder, believed to be related to his labrum. Then Luck clarified the timeline on his physical issues, disclosing that the injury dates back to a pounding he took in September 2015 in a win over the Tennessee Titans that resulted in him missing the next two games.

Luck, as it turns out, has been dealing with the issue ever since. And that’s why surgery became necessary.

“It was my decision, ultimately,” he said. “The team gave me all the resources that I felt like I needed to make the best decision. We sat down after the year with our guys in this building and talked and then went out and got a lot of really good opinions from a lot of doctors around the country.

“At the end of the day, I never felt like anybody else was trying to make a decision for me. I made this decision with what I felt was the best information I could find. I have no regrets about going to get surgery.”

Luck, consistent with everyone else in the organization, declined to commit to a timeline. The truth is, there really isn’t one. The Colts are not going to rush Luck. And Luck expressed a willingness to be patient with the process, even as he longs to get back into action. The Colts began offseason workouts Monday and will soon progress to on-field work. Luck will almost certainly be a spectator In the end, though, he feels this will clearly be worthwhile.

“There were times when you play through pain, there were times when it felt great,” Luck said of the 2016 season. “The reality is everybody plays through pain in the NFL. I’ve played through pain every year. This was a little different beast from the standpoint of, as you guys know, my practice schedule was different and altered and certainly that made things difficult from a preparation standpoint.

Former Colts CB Jerraud Powers Announces His Retirement

Jerraud Powers is stepping away from the game just before his 30th birthday, Jeremy Bergman of reports.

The free-agent cornerback, entering his ninth year in the league, announced his retirement on Instagram on Friday.

“With the 2017 season getting started and teams are preparing to be the best they can be, I think it’s time for me to walk away from the game,” Powers explained in his lengthy goodbye. “The last 8 years have been a joy and wonderful ride. Even though I can still compete and play at a high level, mentally, I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.”

Powers signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 after spending his formative years with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. The Colts selected Powers in the third round of the 2009 draft.