Trent Richardson - RBPosted 8/21/14 12:07am ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson is off to a slow start in training camp and the preseason, posting just 34 yards in 14 attempts. At 2.4 yards per carry, that's even less than the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged in his disappointing 2014. 'Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,' general manager Ryan Grigson said Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Some are saying Richardson looks good this preseason but they must be watching games from his time at Alabama by mistake. Richardson is still dancing behind the line and looks like the same back he has for the last year and a half. He plays in an explosive offense but right now Richardson's big rookie year looks like a lifetime ago
Robert Mathis - LBPosted 8/21/14 6:42pm ET
Indianapolis Colts LB Robert Mathis (undisclosed) will not play in the team's third preseason game, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: It's not like the veteran Mathis needs the work, and the next time you'll likely see him in an Indy uniform is Week 5 as he will serve a 4-game drug-policy suspension to open the regular season.
Reggie Wayne - WRPosted 8/21/14 6:52pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is a game-time decision against the New Orleans Saints Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Huddle Up: Indy would like to get the veteran wideout a few preseason snaps after he missed the final 9 games last season and the first two exhibitions this year. If he's doing as well as been billed in practices, count on seeing him Saturday.
Phillip Tanner - RBPosted 8/20/14 5:26pm ET
The Indianapolis Colts waived RB Phillip Tanner Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Tanner was fighting for a spot on the bottom of Indy's RB depth chart, but the Colts' signing of Deji Karim last week made him expendable.
Ahmad Bradshaw - RBPosted 8/13/14 10:30am ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) said Tuesday, Aug. 12, that he expects to play in the team's regular season opener against the Denver Broncos. He isn't sure if he will get the green light to make his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 16, against the New York Giants.
Huddle Up: Bradshaw is the expected backup plan to Trent Richardson in Indy. That he hasn't played in the preseason is keeping his fantasy value down, to the point that if you're not a believer in a T-Rich bounceback season Bradshaw is a great late-round flier... assuming, of course, he's healthy enough to actually play.
T.Y. Hilton - WRPosted 8/12/14 10:22pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton not only believes he's a No. 1 wide receiver, but adds teammates Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks into that category as well.
Huddle Up: Hilton is right on in that Indy has had a sizable WR facelift over last season when Darrius Heyward-Bey, Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen were all forced into more action than necessary. Hilton, Wayne and Nicks will vulture each other's fantasy value, but as a whole, it bodes very well for Andrew Luck's aerial outlook, and he should easily eclipse last season's totals of 3,822 passing yards and 23 TDs.
Hakeem Nicks - WRPosted 8/7/14 4:26pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Hakeem Nicks said he is in the best shape of his life. "I'm in the best shape I've ever been in...I came in weighing 209 when I was supposed to come in weighing 212," Nicks said. "After Pep came to me to clarify, he said that he (meant) everybody's getting into game shape right now--it's the beginning of camp. He came apologizing to let me know he wasn't just singling me out."
Huddle Up: All interpretations aside, we can start judging Nicks for ourselves Thursday night as Indy opens the preseason against the Jets.
Reggie Wayne - WRPosted 8/5/14 1:01am ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) has been off limits to defenders during training camp.
Huddle Up: After 13 seasons, 1,006 career catches and last season's knee injury, the soon-to-be 36-year-old wideout is definitely due some special camp considerations.
Hakeem Nicks - WRPosted 8/3/14 3:50pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Hakeem Nicks isn't where he needs to be, according to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. 'Yeah, I don't know if I can say that I've seen enough,' Hamilton said. 'I think he is still working to get himself in game shape.'
Huddle Up: Hardly surprising given that Nicks has yet to play a full season in 5 NFL campaigns. At the same time, definitely don't be quick to write off the WR without factoring in his talent and extremely favorable new situation playing with the top young QB in the league.
T.Y. Hilton - WRPosted 8/1/14 6:03pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton returned to practice Friday, Aug. 1. Hilton is dealing with a jammed right index finger, which was wrapped.
Huddle Up: As expected, it looks to be non-issue for the big-play wideout.
Reggie Wayne - WRPosted 7/31/14 11:47pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne said he hasn't had any problems so far with his surgically repaired right knee.
Huddle Up: So far so good this summer for the soon-to-be 36-year-old Wayne. Nonetheless, there will be much more competition for targets with the emergence of T.Y. Hilton, the free-agent signing of Hakeem Nicks, the selection of Donte Moncrief in the third round and the return of TE Dwayne Allen, who missed all but 1 game last season with a hip injury.
T.Y. Hilton - WRPosted 7/30/14 5:10pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffered a jammed finger during practice Wednesday, July 30.
Huddle Up: Hey, between the JUGS machine and taking throws from all the QBs, jammed fingers happen in camp. No report of any fractures, so Hilton should be fine.
Phillip Tanner - RBPosted 7/29/14 3:52pm ET
The Indianapolis Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner (Cowboys) Tuesday, July 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Indy continues to bolster its backfield depth in back of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw following Vick Ballard's season-ending Achilles' tear last week. There's no real fantasy implications here unless the backfield injuries continue.
Chris Rainey - RBPosted 7/28/14 10:50am ET
Updating an earlier report, the Indianapolis Colts released RB Chris Rainey for a violation of team rules.
Huddle Up: With Vick Ballard out there was an opportunity for Rainey to carve out a roster spot behind (or alongside) Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Instead, he's looking for work.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 7/27/14 2:28pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson has not been participating in training-camp practices because of a soft-tissue issue, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano said the team is being careful with Richardson and want him to be 100 percent before he returns to the field.
Huddle Up: With fellow RB Vick Ballard's season already over before it got started, the Colts are counting on a bounce-back season from Richardson more than ever and certainly aren't going to take the chance of aggravating a minor issue in the opening week of camp.
Vick Ballard - RBPosted 7/26/14 1:00pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during practice Friday, July 25.
Huddle Up: Ballard can't seem to catch a break. He tore his ACL in the first game last season and now will likely miss all of 2014 with the Achilles' tendon injury. Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw remain in the Colts' backfield committee.
Reggie Wayne - WRPosted 7/23/14 2:25pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) said he has been medically cleared to practice. He's expected to be limited, though, especially in the near future.
Huddle Up: No reason to rush Reggie, as he's well versed in the Indy offense. But the good news is that he appears to be all the way back from last season's injury so fantasy owners can feel comfortable drafting him.
Vick Ballard - RBPosted 7/23/14 2:25pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) reported to camp and has passed his physical.
Huddle Up: Ballard was a solid option for the Colts prior to his knee injury; now he'll have to battle Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw for looks in Indy's suddenly crowded backfield.
Reggie Wayne - WRPosted 7/18/14 5:16pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) can still play, get open and make a catch, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Pagano said it will be great to have Wayne back (from injury) not only because of his on-field ability but because of the leadership he brings to the locker room.
Huddle Up: Wayne may not be done yet, but at this point in his career he's WR2 to TY Hilton and will be competing with Hakeem Nicks for looks. There's still some fantasy value here, just not the top-10 WR value Wayne has had in the past.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 7/13/14 10:39pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson will need to produce right away in the running game if he wants to keep the starting job, because the team will not wait for him to turn things around if RB Ahmad Bradshaw or Vick Ballard are playing well.
Huddle Up: Uh, yeah, there's zero chance a contender such as the Colts will keep giving Richardson start after start if he's averaging anywhere close to the 2.9 yards per carry he averaged a season ago.
LaVon Brazill - WRPosted 7/11/14 5:24pm ET
The Indianapolis Colts have waived WR LaVon Brazill, who was recently suspended at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Huddle Up: Brazill had a shot to be a depth receiver for Indy, but his off-the-field issues sealed his fate.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 7/11/14 5:24pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson has greatly benefitted from extra time spent in the classroom, according to offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Hamilton said Richardson will be better this season after facing a tough situation following his trade to Indianapolis.
Huddle Up: Everyone in Indy continues to bend over backwards with optimism regarding Richardson, and maybe things will work out for the former first-round pick this season. Fantasy owners are most definitely viewing him with a 40-pound sack of salt, however.
Dwayne Allen - TEPosted 7/10/14 2:15pm ET
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen's return will allow the offense be more "creative" this upcoming season, according to tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts. 'It makes us a better football team,' Roberts said. 'Getting him back is like getting a brand new player. (Allen) gives you a chance to do some other things. His skillset allows us to protect it up, or throw it or run it when we see the advantage. He gives us an advantage because he can do some things in the backfield, do some things in-line where [TE Coby Fleener] we feel like has blossomed as an outside guy. It gives you a little more of a chance to be creative.'
Huddle Up: Allen was Andrew Luck's fourth-most productive target as a rookie in 2012, catching 45 passes for 521 yards and 3 TDs, and he returns as a sleeper TE, while dropping Fleener down a fantasy peg or two.
LaVon Brazill - WRPosted 7/4/14 12:51am ET
Indianapolis Colts WR LaVon Brazill has been suspended for at least one year without pay by the NFL for violating the policy and program for substances of abuse.
Huddle Up: This news doesn't really have a fantasy impact as Brazill caught only 12 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs in 10 games a year ago, but it will open up a spot on Indy's WR depth chart for the likes of Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen or the like.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 6/25/14 3:14pm ET
The Indianapolis Colts say RB Trent Richardson is relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking. They believe he can be a three-down back.
Huddle Up: Indy still has to say that, seeing as they gave away a first-round pick to acquire Richardson. We'll see how he holds up through camp in competition with a healthy Ahmad Bradshaw and a healthy Vick Ballard, though at this point he still has to be considered the favorite for carries in the Colts' backfield.
Adam Vinatieri - PKPosted 6/24/14 4:14pm ET
Indianapolis Colts P Patrick McAfee hit several kicks from 60 yards out in offseason workouts, and he has expressed an interest in trying out placekicking duties from time to time. The idea is not likely to occur, however, as long as PK Adam Vinatieri is healthy.
Huddle Up: We've seen an explosion of RBBCs, and now all fantasy needs are some KBCs.
Reggie Wayne - WRPosted 6/17/14 7:37pm ET
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he would be shocked if WR Reggie Wayne (knee) is not ready to go by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Even though the veteran wideout will turn 36 this November, this is nothing but great news for the Colts and Andrew Luck's fantasy owners,
Ahmad Bradshaw - RBPosted 6/16/14 10:39pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RBs Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw wore red non-contact jerseys during organized team activities as they compete for the team's starting running back role. That battle is expected to intensify during training camp, but both will see playing time, no matter who is the official starter. Head coach Chuck Pagano has stated he wants a workhorse running back, however.
Huddle Up: The Colts under Pep Hamilton have run the ball plenty, so there should be enough carries to make both Richardson and Bradshaw viable fantasy options. And it would be easy to champion either as a quality handcuff: Bradshaw because Richardson has been a bust thus far, Richardson because Bradshaw can't stay healthy. Whether either can be trusted as a consistent fantasy starter, however, is another matter entirely.
T.Y. Hilton - WRPosted 6/11/14 11:51pm ET
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (leg) fell to the ground and was clutching his right leg during workouts Wednesday, June 11, but he stretched out and eventually returned to practice. He said he was fine.
Huddle Up: Maybe Hilton was "LeBron-ing"? Either way, the Colts don't need another top receiver to go down as Reggie Wayne works his way back from the injury that prematurely ended his 2013. Sounds like Hilton is fine, so no worries in Indy.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 6/2/14 11:58pm ET
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said he's feeling more fluid at organized team activities. He added that timing has helped him better understand how the offense works.
Huddle Up: You may recall that not understanding the offense was one of Richardson's rationales for his struggles last year. So at least he's getting the offense now, which should help.
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