Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis Starts His Suspension; Leaves Teammates a Couple of Messages at His Locker
Indianapolis Colts fans knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier now that the time is here. With the regular season now upon us it is time for Robert Mathis to start his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy (he took a fertility drug for its intended purpose). For the veteran linebacker it is has to be tough leaving the team for the next four weeks, but the situation is what it is.His suspension does not mean he can’t be a leader for the Colts still.@cjzero/TwitterHe can’t have any contact with the team so to leave his mark and hopefully inspire the team he left a couple of messages for the guys in his locker:@mchappell51The message reads:”Athletes: Don’t take the sport you play for granted. Every time you play, you better be damn thankful that you get to do something you love. Don’t show up to practice complaining about not wanting to be there: you’re there hopefully because you love it. Work hard every moment. If y…
Defensive end: Cory Redding, Ricky Jean-Francois, Arthur Jones, Zach Kerr
One of the deeper positions on the Colts roster, only Kerr is an unfamiliar face. And if you have been watching the pre-season, Kerr may be a familiar face as well, as he played his heart out in that time span.
Nose tackle: Josh Chapman, Montori Hughes
Two young guys with plenty of potential. I really can’t wait to see what Chapman and Hughes can do this season, after having a few years in this defense.
Outside linebacker: Erik Walden, Jonathan Newsome, Andy Studebaker, Bjoern Werner, Cam Johnson
Walden and Werner were shoe in’s, and with Robert Mathis not officially on the roster till after week 4, it opened up space for Studebaker and Johnson to make the team. Newsome and Johnson are two players that I am most interested in, as they may be able to help with the hole left by Mathis.
Inside linebacker: D’Qwell Jackson, Jerrell Freeman, Josh McNary, Henoc Muamba
I am glad to see that Kelvin Sheppard was cut, for the sake of the
Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck
No surprises here; Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, while Hasselbeck is one of the best backups in the league. The Indianapolis Colts are in good hands at the quarterback position.
Backs: Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Dan Herron, Zurlon Tipton, Mario Harvey
Stanley Havili is on PUP, explaining why the Colts kept former linebacker Mario Harvey at the fullback position.
The only other surprise here is Zurlon Tipton, because I wasn’t expecting the team to keep four running backs. But, Tipton is a talented player and it wasn’t a bad decision to keep him on. Though, he would be one of the first players cut if the Colts wanted to claim someone off the waiver wire.
Richardson and Bradshaw are not surprises here as they were the expected 1-2 punch from the start of the season.
Wide receivers: Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Donte Moncrief, Griff Whalen, Da’Rick Rogers
Very happy that the Colts decided to keep all six receivers
The Indianapolis Colts set their 10 man practice squad roster yesterday, and some promising players have made it. The biggest being former college basketball player Erik Swoope.
Swoope spent four years at Miami University dribbling, instead of touching a pig skin. He was more worried about rebounds than passing protection, or running a hitch route. After his career was over he was offered the chance to play tight end for the Indianapolis Colts.
Swoope is trying to become another basketball phenom like Antonio Gates, and Tony Gonzalez to thrive in the NFL. Swoope showed promise during OTA workouts, and throughout training camp. His routes seemed to improve daily, and his hands are almost like glue. He knew making the 53 man roster would be difficult with third year players Coby Fleener, and Dwayne Allen above him on the depth chart.
From the hardwood to the grid iron, Swoope will have the entire season to work on his transition to the game of football. One thing is for sure, Swoope h…
Shortly after the Indianapolis Colts set their offical 53 man roster Saturday, many were wondering how the Colts would add depth along the offensive line.
With lingering injuries to Khlaed Holmes and Jonotthan Harrison, the Colts are uncertain who might start at center on Sunday’s season opener against the Denver Broncos. The Colts reverted back to a former offensive lineman yesterday, and claimed A.Q, Shipley off waivers. The center has appeared in 30 career games, making starts in 14 of those. He was with the Colts in 2012.
Real excited for another opportunity with the colts! Back to indy tonight! Cant wait to be back. pic.twitter.com/ARx4QYhPBX
— AQ Shipley (@aqshipley) August 31, 2014
He played in all 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens last season, a first in his career. Shipley will provide immediate depth in the interior line for the Colts.
The former Penn State player is entering his third season in the league, and could start for the Colts this weekend. He was originally sele…
Today the Indianapolis Colts announced their practice squad. They signed Jeff Matthews to the practice squad and that was a great signing. OT Tyler Hoover ILB Andrew Jackson WR Ryan Lankford WR Josh Lenz S Dewey McDonald DT Nnamdi Obukwelu CB Sheldon Price TE Erik Swoope G Josh Walker QB Jeff Mathews
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The Indianapolis Colts have announced their signings for the practice squad. The players that the Colts signed include:- Linebacker Andrew Jackson (2014 6th Round Pick)- Offensive Tackle / Defensive End Tyler Hoover - Wide Receiver Ryan Lankford - Wide Receiver Josh Lenz - Safety Dewey McDonald - Defensive Tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu - Cornerback Sheldon Price - Tight End Erik Swoope - Offensive Guard Josh Walker - Quarterback Jeff MathewsAll players but Jeff Matthews were with the Colts during training camp. Mathews was with the Falcons and his journey was highlighted on the show “Hard Knocks”. This squad includes quality players with potential and provides a lot of depth at some key positions.
As of Sunday 8/31 8AM ET, Per NFL transaction wire, NFL.com: All teams down to 53 by Saturday 8/30 4PM.
DE Gannon Conway
RB David Fluellen
QB Chandler Harnish
DE Tyler Hoover
OLB Phillip Hunt
ILB Andrew Jackson
WR Ryan Lankford
WR Josh Lenz
C FN Lutz
S Dewey McDonald
DT Nnamdi Obukwelu
CB Sheldon Price
ILB Rob Ruggiero
TE Weslye Saunder
ILB Kelvin Sheppard
TE Erik Swoope
G Josh Walker
T Matt Hill
S Delano Howell
Saturday was a big day for the Indianapolis Colts as they reached the 53 man limit for players allowed on the active roster. The Colts also made a trade including a promising cornerback.The following players were cut from the team:Cornerback Marcus Burley — Traded to Seattle Seahawks for 2015 6th round pick.Quarterback Chandler HarnishDefensive Lineman Gannon ConwayRunning Back David FluellenOffensive Lineman Matt HallOffensive/Defensive Lineman Tyler HooverSafety Delano Howell Linebacker Phillip HuntLinebacker Andrew JacksonWide Receiver Ryan LankfordWide Receiver Josh LenzCenter FN LutzSafety Dewey McDonaldDefensive Lineman Brandon McKinneyDefensive Lineman Nnamdi ObukweluCornerback Sheldon PriceLinebacker Rob RuggieroTight End Weslye SaundersLinebacker Kelvin SheppardPractice squad players will be signed tomorrow (Sunday).
The Indianapolis Colts have set their league required 53 man roster today. Jim Irsay announced on Twitter shortly after.
53-man roster is now set http://t.co/eouLFaPvR4
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 30, 2014
Granted, this will likely not be the final roster the Colts enter week one with, as they still need help along the offensive line. Ryan Grigson will be making moves, and expect them to come soon. But for now, lets look at some of the notable players that made the roster that might have been on the bubble.
Notable players to make the roster are, Loucheiz Purifoy, an undrafted rookie free agent corner, who adds an immediate impact on special teams. Another undrafted free agent made the final roster as well in Zach Kerr, a defensive tackle from Delaware, who looks to be a solid depth player along the defensive line.
The Colts will also add Zurlon Tipton to the final roster, an undrafted free agent running back from Central Michigan. Because Vick Ballard was placed on IR, the Col…
The Indianapolis Colts announced their 53-man roster on Saturday as well as a trade that will send CB Marcus Burley to the Seahawks in return for a 2015 sixth-round pick.
Colts also trade DB Marcus Burley to Seattle Seahawks for a 6th rd pick in 2015
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 30, 2014
Burley, 24, signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Delaware last year. He later caught on with the Eagles and Rams before signing a future/reserve contract with the Colts. He has yet to appear in an NFL game.
Today the Indianapolis Colts cut Kelvin Sheppard who they traded former first round pick Jerry Hughes to Buffalo for. He was not a surprise cut, but just did not produce in Indy. Colts cuts can be followed here: LB Kelvin Sheppard
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If getting blown out wasn’t bad enough, Indianapolis Colts receiver Da’Rick Rogers added to the embarrassment when he tried to punt himself off the roster.
Rogers caught a 7-yard pass from quarterback Chandler Harnish in the fourth quarter when the Colts were down 28-0. Rather than hand the ball to the official or drop it on the ground, Rogers attempted to be a very poor man’s version of punter Pat McAfee.
Rogers turned toward the stands and punted the ball. Yes, a player who is trying to make the roster showed his immaturity and punted the ball into the stands.
“I wasn’t thinking,” Rogers said. “That’s on me. That’s just my misunderstanding of the rules of the game and that’s all on me. It was just a mistake.”
Rogers was given an unsportsmanlike penalty and coach Chuck Pagano and some of his veteran teammates gave him an earful when he made his way back to the sideline.
Just a few more hours until the 53 man roster deadline for all the NFL teams, and the Indianapolis Colts have yet to set theirs. As many players wait to see if they will make the roster, and have their dream come true, why don’t you sit back and catch up on all the latest Colts news from the last week,
The smoking hot Julia. CLICK HERE
A defensive end playing offensive tackle? CLICK HERE
Inconsistency along the defense with the Colts. CLICK HERE
Predicting the last 5 roster spots for the Colts. CLICK HERE
Colts making moves on waiver wire. CLICK HERE
Can the Colts ride Luck to the big game? CLICK HERE
Mr. Boomstick has epic celebration dance. CLICK HERE
One tweet sums up entire Colts effort against the Saints. CLICK HERE
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Less than two hours remain until the start of the last preseason game for the Indianapolis Colts. After that, the coaches will lock themselves in a room and go over film, and then again, and again, until the wee hours of the morning.
This is the toughest part of training camp for a coach. Getting your roster down to 53 players, and having to tell young men who have worked their entire lives that they came up just short of making their dream. I do not envy Chuck Pagano and company tonight.
With that however, we will look into who might make the last five spots for the Colts after the final cuts are made.
1. Loucheiz Purifoy
The undrafted free agent corner has impressed the coaching staff throughout camp. He will be able to make an immediate impact on special teams, and can provide depth at corner. Something the Colts need, especially if Greg Tolar does not play a full season.
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