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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts‘ season
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looked lost in early October.At 1-5 Al Woods Color Rush Jersey , they were better positioned for the draft than the playoffs. A defense that showed so much promise in the first three weeks gave up 37 or more points over the next three. Andrew Luck’s short, quick throws created debate over whether his surgically repaired right shoulder was — or ever would be — back to full strength.Three straight wins have changed a lot.Suddenly, the Colts trail division leader Houston by just two games, have slowly moved back into the wild-card chase, face only one more team with more than five wins at home against Houston (6-3) on Dec. 9. With momentum and hope restored in Indy, there’s no telling how this might end.“That’s not a good question to ask a perfectionist,” coach Frank Reich said Monday when asked if the offense could play more efficiently.“It’s never good enough. But it’s been pretty good. It’s funny how we’re wired in this business. This business can humble you in a second and the moment we think we can throw it out there and score 30 points in a minute is the time we get embarrassed.”Reich’s comments explain why he refused to panic when many things — including his decision to go for the win in an overtime loss to Houston — seemed to backfire.It’s also the reason he views Sunday’s 29-26 victory over Jacksonville with mixed feelings.He was thrilled to see Luck finding open receivers throughout the first half as Indy scored on four its first six possessions and excited to look at a stat sheet that showed the Colts’ defense limited the Jaguars’ usually strong ground game to just 91 yards and 2.7 yards per carry.Still, he understands Indy (4-5) must continue improving to continue winning.The offense only produced two first downs in the second half, preventing the Colts from sealing the victory until finally forcing a fumble after Jacksonville had moved into position for a potentially tying field goal with 90 seconds left in the game. They only got the ball back after a booth review barely beat Jacksonville’s next snap and the replay review overturned the call on the field.“It’s sort of like a mixed bag of emotions,” Luck said after joining Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only players with six consecutive games of three or more touchdowns in one season. “A win, excited, but also a little bit angry on the mistakes I know that I felt like I made and that our offense made.”There are plenty of encouraging signs.Luck has thrown 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in the past six games with a reduced workload on his shoulder. He’s increasingly exploited the mismatches between Indy’s versatile tight ends, hooking up with them on five TD passes over the past two weeks.Perhaps most important: Indy’s rebuilt offensive line has kept Luck upright. He’s been sacked 10 times in nine starts after going down 156 times in his first 70 games, and Luck’s streak of four straight games and 184 consecutive sacks are the longest of his pro career.They’ve played well enough that Reich is expanding the play calls.“It gives us a lot of confidence to call anything we want, to call stuff down the field,” he said. “There’s not a play that gets called that we don’t think protection first.”Defensively, things look better, too.The Colts generally have created a pass rush though they failed to even hit Blake Bortles on his 38 attempts Sunday, and they’ve proved stouter against the run than in previous seasons.If they keep it up https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Erik-Swoope-Jersey , Reich knows anything is possible. Another home win next Sunday against Tennessee would give the Colts a four-game winning streak, a share of second place in the AFC South and perhaps even better odds in the playoff race.“It’s not easy, obviously, to win three in a row, especially coming off of a bye,” Reich said. “But we really want to make a statement in these games we have at home. We want to get the excitement back in the building.” With free-agency winding down, the Colts needs and options for the Draft are much clearer than at the beginning" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:NFL DraftIndianapolis Colts Draft CentralDraft ProspectsColts Mock Draft: Mateo 3.0New,67commentsWith free-agency winding down, the Colts needs and options for the Draft are much clearer than at the beginningEDTShareTweetShareShareColts Mock Draft: Mateo 3.0Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesRound 1, pick 26S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, FloridaPhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesGardner-Johnson is one of my favorite prospects in the entire Draft. He would be the perfect complement to Malik Hooker in the backfield. CGJ is the prototype of a modern safety. He is extremely versatile, being able to play as the lone center-fielder, on a two-deep scheme or also can cover man-to-man. Gardner-Johnson is also an excellent tackler who excels in run-support. The most interesting thing about CGJ is that, despite the fact that he would start right away in the backfield of the Colts defense, he still has plenty of room for improvement, and could become one of the league’s top safeties in the near future.Round 2, pick 34DL Jerry Tillery, Notre DamePhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThis would be my dream Draft scenario for the Colts. After solidifying the back end of the defense, the Colts get a monster in the trenches in the form of Jerry Tillery. Tillery is a massive (6’5’’ Malik Hooker Jersey , 306lbs) defensive tackle with incredible hand usage and explosiveness. He would help solidify the pass-rush from the inside of the line, something the Colts were extremely lacking last season.The problem with Tillery is that there are some questions about his work ethic and passion for the game, and he has a history of dirty plays. However, I personally think Ballard likes players that carry a mean demeanor in them. Quenton Nelson is not your “nice” type of player, why should Tillery, a defensive tackle, be nice? Leave that to #12.Round 2, pick 59WR Deebo Samuel, South CarolinaPhoto by Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesDeebo Samuel fills an immediate need for the Colts as a shifty slot receiver to complement both Hilton and Funchess. He is the missing component the Colts offense desperately needed last season, an intermediate guy that can move the chains and get open on a play-to-play basis. Samuel can do it all for the Colts, and he is the type of Swiss-army knife that would excel with Andrew Luck at quarterback and in an offense where he would be the third option.He does have a bit of an injury history, but he is the type of versatile, outside the box play maker that Luck never had in his career.Round 3, pick 89CB Joejuan Williams, VanderbiltPhoto by Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesWilliams is a long, physical cornerback with plenty of potential, but he could need one or two years to develop his technique and hone his craft, in order to reach his ceiling. Williams has all the tangibles needed to be a solid outside cornerback in the NFL, and he fits perfectly with the Colts Quincy Wilson Color Rush Jersey , who already have Desir, Wilson, and Kenny Moore returning next season.Williams could serve as a depth player for his rookie year and could showcase his full potential once he is ready.Round 4, pick 129WR Damarkus Lodge, Ole MissPhoto by Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesDoubling down on receiver in the first 5 picks might be considered too much, but the Colts started 1-5 last season mainly because of the receiver’s inability to catch, and Dontrelle Inman is still a free-agent. Lodge could become an Inman 2.0, with a much higher ceiling. Lodge has probably the best releases out of the line I have seen in the Draft class. He is also a blue-collar type of player with excellent work ethic and willing to play the scrapper role on the field.The main knock on Lodge is that he did not run a complete route-tree in Ole Miss’ offense, and it is also worrying that he was the third option in that passing offense, so he might have benefited from easier match-ups.Round 4, pick 135DL Kingsley Keke, Texas A&MPhoto by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesKeke is a raw, developmental prospect with plenty of upside but also a very high risk. He has all the physical tools to be at least a serviceable starter in the NFL but he is far too inconsistent to be great. Keke struggles with football IQ, technique and overall grip for the game, and he has not shown a remarkable work-ethic in order to improve on such things.Still, the Colts locker room culture could absorb Keke and shape him into the player he has the potential of being. Even though there is a big risk with drafting Keke, the Colts have perhaps the best shot at maximizing his enormous potential.Round 5, pick 164LB Tre Watson, MarylandPhoto by Matthew Holst/Getty ImagesBehind DROTY Darius Leonard the Colts are relatively thin at linebacker Skai Moore Color Rush Jersey , and could use some depth. Tre Watson is a solid all-around player, that can fill in and do his job. He will not blow you away with extreme athleticism or big hits but he is a technically sound linebacker that has a knack for being in the right place. He may even take Anthony Walker’s spot by the end of the season, as Walker has a tendency of giving up the big play, while Watson almost never makes big mistakes.Round 6, pick 199S Ugochukwu Amadi, OregonPhoto by Steve Dykes/Getty ImagesAmadi is my favorite late round prospect of the entire class. He can play safety, nickel, or slot and is also a solid returner and special teamer. He provides the best value out of a 6th round pick and is also a natural born leader (Team Captain at Oregon). Amadi would be one of those under-the-radar pickups that make teams considerably better in the little things.Round 7, pick 240RB Ty Johnson, MarylandPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesJohnson is a small, boom-or-bust running back that can also provide great value as a special teamer. He knows how to use his small-frame to his advantage and does not have plenty of tread on his tires. Johnson would give the Colts a player that can take every ball he touches to the house, his inconsistency, however, will have to be worked on.






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