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Handcuff Report, Week 12: A Salute To Ahmad Bradshaw

With the fantasy football gods feasting on the blood, bones, and ligaments of running backs almost weekly, how did Ahmad Bradshaw make it this long? Bradshaw is so injury prone, Jordan Reed pities the Colts rusher. It seems like just when you begin to trust Bradshaw, he always gets hurt. Well, at least we had several weeks this season where he was trusted and startable. We should be thankful for that. I wonder at this point if we’ve seen the last of him. He’s 29 and seems to have broken nearly every bone in his body in the past three seasons. Too bad, I always felt he had one of the better skill sets when it came to being an effective rusher and receiver. Ahmad Bradshaw, we here at the Handcuff Report salute you for your many years of service as a handcuff. Stay fuzzy sweet prince…

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Indianapolis Colts HC Chuck Pagano is safe, but these 10 coaches could be fired

If the NFL season ended right now, with most teams having played 10 games, the playoff match-ups would be interesting. Some of the usual suspects (New England and Denver) would be taking part, while some preseason contenders (Seattle and San Francisco) would be on the outside looking in. Some surprise teams (Detroit and Kansas City) would be playing, while others (Miami and Buffalo) will have faded out of the picture.
How it all plays out across the next six weeks will determine how franchises move forward. Will they rebuild or reload? Will they make wholesale changes or just tinker? And will the coaching staff remain intact?
That last question is the big one, as plenty of head coaches are in a situation where their job depends on making the playoffs. Some would be safe right now (see John Fox, Mike Smith and Marvin Lewis), but plenty would be in jeopardy.
With that in mind, here are 10 NFL head coaches who would be fired if the season ended today:
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10. Jeff Fisher
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Indianapolis Colts: Three keys to beat the Jaguars in week twelve

The Indianapolis Colts (6-4) will host the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana at 1:00pm EST on Sunday and coverage can be seen on CBS. Both teams already played each other earlier this season at Jacksonville where the Colts were victorious in a 44-17 rout. Even after the huge loss they suffered on Sunday night at the hands of the New England Patriots, the Colts still have one of the top offenses in the league and will hope this game can get them back on track. There are three keys though that will have to happen if they are going to be successful.
Hope “Shoelace” Robinson slips
Since he does tie his cleats now, the idea of him slipping probably won’t happen. However, running back Denard Robinson has been one of the more effective running backs over the few weeks in the NFL. Ever since being named the starter in week seven, Robinson has rushed for 389 yards and four touchdowns. Robinson could very well be making a case to be the future running back of the franchise.

Colts, Cardinals put in claim for Ben Tate

 
 

 
 

 
 

When the Cleveland Browns released running back Ben Tate, there were immediately plenty of teams around the league that were interested in putting a claim on him. Three teams ended up putting claims on him, and he ended up being awarded to the Minnesota Vikings who needed a running back due to the entire Adrian Peterson situation.
Both the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals also put claims in on Tate, and they both could have used his skill on the field.

Source: 2 other teams besides the Vikings tried to claim RB Ben Tate — the Colts & Cardinals. Minnesota, with worst record, was awarded Tate
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 20, 2014

The Colts were the most obvious team in need of running back help after the broken leg that Ahmad Bradshaw suffered, but they were lower on the waiver wire than Minnesota.
It will be interesting to see what type of workload Tate receives in Minnesota, as he will immediately step into being the starter. Tate has be

NFL tight end power rankings: Did Dwayne Allen of the Colts crack the top ten?

The NFL is becoming a passing league more and more every year and nowhere is that more apparent than at the tight end position. Some teams still go the traditional route and use their tight ends primarily as blockers, but a growing number of contenders have tight ends that are better than even the best wide receivers at caching the ball.
Former basketball stars like Jimmy Graham are using their size, soft hands and leaping ability to change the way the game is played. If you can’t cover a tall tight end these days you’re at a serious disadvantage in the red zone.
Let’s forget all about blocking for a minute and rank the top ten receiving tight ends in the NFL today, counting down to number one.
10. Larry Donnell – New York Giants
Larry Donnell is on pace for one of the best statistical seasons by a TE in @Giants history: http://t.co/yyJcWVy9ES pic.twitter.com/T5m4rD3Glo
— Dan Salomone (@NYGsalomone) November 18, 2014

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Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck’s newest, eye opening quarterback ranking

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
Ten weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:

1. Tom Brady – In the battle of old veteran vs. young gun, Brady proved that he’s still atop the mountain. (LW: 1)
2. Aaron Rodgers - Right now, Rodgers is putting on a clinic every time he takes the field at Lambeau; now, let’s see it on the road. (LW: 3)
3. Peyton Manning – Manning is coming off of his worst performance as a Bronco; he needs a bounce-back game this week. (LW: 2)
4. Andrew Luck – Luck didn’t get much help against the Patriots, which proved he can’t carry Indy by himself. (LW: 4)
5. Tony Romo – A week o

Indianapolis Colts Week 12 showdown circled as top NFL game to watch?

It’s hard to believe that calendar has already reached mid-November, with only six weeks left in the NFL regular season. That means it’s stretch time, as every game takes on added implications.
It also means that the NFL landscape looks different than most people would have predicted. Just one week before Thanksgiving, there are a slew of big games involving teams that have playoff aspirations.
With that as the backdrop, here are the “Fab Five” – the best games on the docket – for Week 12:

GAME NO. 5
Two big AFC North vs. NFC South games loom this week
Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons | Sunday at 1:00 p.m. – Go ahead and throw the Monday night game between Baltimore and New Orleans into this same group, as they’re essentially the exact same game, pitting an NFC South team trying to close in on .500 to take control of that division and an up-and-down AFC North squad hoping to keep pace with the 7-4 Steelers in that division. Both contests have playoff implications.

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Now that Josh Cribbs is a Colt, here are some of his highlights

Josh Cribbs from 2005-2012 was one of the best return mans in the NFL. Last season he played in just a handful of games for the New York Jets before being placed on IR. The Colts decided to give the 31 year old a chance this season, as Griff Whalen has been dismal in the return game, and Boom Herron will now be taking more snaps in the backfield.
Welcome to Colts nation Cribbs. For all you fans who have not seen what he can do, below are some of his highlights. While he may not possess some of the speed he used to have, he is still a solid addition to the Colts special teams. Warning, the music has expletives.

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Ben Tate to the Colts? Not likely

With Ahmad Bradshaw being place on IR this week, the Colts are forced to put Boom Herron at the number two spot behind Trent Richardson. Enter recently waived Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate.

Browns have waived Ben Tate. So much for that signing. Colts could use a RB. Who knows
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 18, 2014

 
The Colts currently sit at 20th on the NFL waiver wire order, and sources close to Tate’s agent said that someone else will put in a claim way before the Colts have a chance to grab the former Browns and Texans back.
One possibility is the Buffalo Bills.Buffalo could use a running back as well, as injuries have plagued Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller all season. So, it is unlikely that the Colts sign yet another former Browns running back this season.
Tate is averaging only 3.1 yards per season, a career low for the fourth year back. In six games against the Colts, Tate amassed 288 yards and one touchdown, giving him three yards a carry. Given Tate…

NFL wide receiver power rankings: Is T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts #1?

Yesterday I ranked my top eight running backs in the NFL. Today I’m following it up with a ranking of the top wide receivers.
To determine the list I used several factors, including the player’s total receiving yards, touchdowns and their Pro Football Focus rating for the 2014 season. (There were also a couple of guys whose reputation alone was enough to earn them a spot.)
Since we have played 11 weeks of football I decided to rank the top 11. Here they are:
11. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
Green’s numbers may be down a little this season but he’s been playing hurt and is still one of the most amazing pass catchers the league has ever seen. Just imagine what he could do with a real quarterback!
Andy Dalton throws it UP.
A.J. Green brings it DOWN.

That’s a @Bengals TOUCHDOWN: http://t.co/9YNbul8kxj #CINvsNO pic.twitter.com/86nhzrfKow
— NFL Now (@NFLNow) November 16, 2014

Receiving yards: 508
Touchdowns: 4
Cumulative PFF rating: 4.0
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Roster Move Wrap Up: Bradshaw to IR, Saunders and Cribbs Signed

 
Along with signing Josh Cribbs today, the Colts did some injury-related roster shuffling. The team signed tight end Weslye Saunders (They must have Saunders on speed dial by now), waived OLB Victor Butler, and placed Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve.
It’s a tough blow to the team, fans, and Bradshaw, who broke his left fibula against New England. Indianapolis is left now with Dan Herron and…Trent Richardson. The pressure is on Richardson, but fans will be watching for the team to pick up another back in free agency.
Saunders’s signing comes on the heels of Dwayne Allen’s ankle injury and gives the Colts three healthy tight ends again. Given their preference toward mixing in double tight end (and three tight end) sets – not to mention using them as fullbacks, Indy needed a backup tight end. Saunders will play behind Coby Fleener and Jack Doyle.
There are some free agent running backs out there, including such luminaries as Delone Carter and recently released Ben Tate (Another play…

Colts Sign Receiver/Returner Josh Cribbs

The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent KR/WR Josh Cribbs today. Cribbs is best known for his time in Cleveland where he racked up 11 return touchdowns from 2005-2012 and generally caused headaches for opposing special teams coordinators.
Cribbs, 31, also has seen some spot time at receiver, although in 2011 he actually spend quite a bit of time on the field with the Cleveland offense, finishing with 41 catches for 518 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Last season, he spent a little time with the Raiders in the offseason, then played in six games for the Jets. In New York/New Jersey, he returned 8 punts for a 12 yard average and averaged 24 yards on 20 kickoff returns before a week 13 shoulder injury ended his season.
At his age, it’s tough to say whether Cribbs could boost the Colts’ return game, but he did show last year that he still has some of the athleticism, speed, and field vision that once struck fear (at least fear of being on the wrong end of a Sportscenter highlight) into coverag…

Colts Injury Update: Dwayne Allen, Ahmad Bradshaw

The Indianapolis Colts suffered a tough home loss at the hands of the New England Patriots on Sunday night by a score of 42-20 and also suffered two key injuries on the offensive side of the ball. Both tight end Dwayne Allen and running back Ahmad Bradshaw had to leave the contest with lower leg injuries and were unable to return. #457070294 / gettyimages.com Dwayne Allen was removed from the game early on and was not able to return. He was not targeted in the game before the leaving. Stephen Holder on Twitter reports that his injury is the least concerning of the two:Dwayne Allen just walked in the locker rm. says he’s day to day w ankle sprain— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) November 17, 2014 With Allen out, Andrew Luck’s college teammate, Coby Fleener, had a big game snagging seven passes for 144 yards. He would be the main tight end threat in the passing game if Allen is to miss time.As for Ahmad Bradshaw, the news wasn’t so good:Pagano says Ahmad Bradshaw has a fracture of his fibula. He’s going

Indianapolis Colts issues start with the big boys up front

Simply put, the Colts were made to look like little boys against the New England Patriots Sunday night. Giving up over 200 yards rushing and held to a pathetic 19 yards on the ground. When your leading rusher is Andrew Luck it has been a bad night.
Seven carries for Trent Richardson ended in 0 yards, as he was constantly hit before even getting close to the line-of-scrimmage. As for the defense, Zach Kerr looked like a rookie, Josh Chapman was pushed around like a rag-doll, and D’Qwell Jackson put on a clinic on how not to tackle.
The Colts need to figure out answers quickly if they want to do any sort of damage in the playoffs. Luckily for them, they place in the worst division in the AFC, and should cruise to a division title again. But going forward, the Colts need to step up on the offensive and defensive lines. And quickly.
The Colts are now 6-4 on the year, and in their four losses have been pushed around by teams that look to be headed for the playoffs, barring the Eagles if …

Indianapolis Colts: give the young guys a chance

My oh my, was that a beat down. How about we focus on the positive? Or, rather, something positive that could come out of this embarrassment.
Maybe, especially on defense, it’s time to give the young guys a shot.
Jonathan Newsome, Dewey McDonald, Loucheiz Purifoy, Kelcy Quarles, Victor Butler, Boom Herron, Donte Moncrief, Andrew Jackson and whoever else has shown glimpses of talent.
Certainly the Indianapolis Colts won’t be able to give all these guys significant roles, but at least see what they’re capable of.
I’ve obviously stated how much I love Moncrief over and over again, so I won’t belabor that point (why isn’t he starting over Nicks yet?), but I really want to see a few of these other guys get more playing time as well.
Quarles actually showed some ability the brief time he got to be on the field a few weeks back, and I would like to see him get a chance.
Butler has potential to be a decent pass rusher on third downs.
But I really want to see more of Newsome, he’s looked like he could b