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  • Colts Add D.J. Montgomery

    Free-agent wide receiver D.J. Montgomery agreed to a deal with the Colts on Wednesday. The 25-year-old began his career with the Browns in 2019 after going undrafted, although he spent his rookie year on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. He then landed in New York with the Jets, spending time on the practice squad and appearing in three games for the club in 2021, catching three of his six targets for 36 yards. It's unknown what the future has in store for Montgomery. However, even if he's on the 53-man roster come Week 1 and beyond, his presence likely won't benefit fantasy managers in any format.

    Aug 3 · Source via Colts D.J. Montgomery
  • Kylen Granson, Jelani Woods Have Been Inconsistent

    Indianapolis Colts tight ends Kylen Granson and Jelani Woods need to stack more consistent days together at training camp. Granson had too many drops in the spring and hasn't done much so far in training camp. Woods, who is a rookie, is coming on a little slower than the team would like and has looked lost at times. Veteran Mo Alie-Cox (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday after tweaking his knee last week. Behind him, the Colts have a lot of question marks at the position. Alie-Cox has mostly been used as a blocker and sometimes a red-zone threat in his career, but he should see more chances to catch passes in 2022 with Jack Doyle entering retirement. Still, at best, Alie-Cox will be a low-end, touchdown-dependent TE2 in fantasy.

    Aug 3 · Source via Colts Kylen Granson Jelani Woods
  • Alec Pierce Proving He Belongs

    Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce had a pair of touchdowns in training camp practice on Tuesday despite being blanketed by All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore in coverage. It's still early this summer, but The Athletic's Zak Keefer thinks Pierce belongs. The rookie out of Cincinnati has impressed the moment he arrived, flashing athleticism and smooth ball skills, and it will only help him in the long run that he's working quite often against Gilmore, a former Defensive Player of the Year. The 22-year-old probably shouldn't be on the radar in standard-sized leagues just yet, especially in a run-heavy Colts offense, but fantasy managers should circle him in rookie-only drafts.

    Aug 3 · Source via Colts Alec Pierce
  • Matt Ryan, Parris Campbell Showing Strong Connection

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Parris Campbell have shown a strong connection early in training camp practices after they spent plenty of time together away from the team's facilities in the offseason. "When I'm lined up in the slot running those crossers, that's Matt's bread and butter," Campbell said. The 25-year-old has caught 17 of his 19 targets between the numbers on short and intermediate routes for 149 yards in his three NFL seasons. Campbell has been working with the starting offense in two-receiver sets early on as well over rookie Alec Pierce. The early returns look good, but Campbell has only played in 15 games in three seasons due to injuries. Fantasy managers will want to see Campbell produce and stay healthy in the regular season before they add him to their rosters in most leagues.

    Jul 29 · Source via Colts Matt Ryan Parris Campbell
  • Matt Ryan Praises Jonathan Taylor

    Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was praised by his new quarterback as the two started to build a connection in training camp. Matt Ryan, who was acquired in a trade this offseason to replace Carson Wentz, described the reigning rushing leader as "special" and "unique." The veteran went on to mention Taylor's "power, speed, and ability to cut." The 23-year-old is heading into his third season after finishing as the overall RB1 in fantasy points in 2021. Now, with an improved quarterback situation and one of the better offensive lines in the league, Taylor is primed to be an elite fantasy asset once again. He is well worth the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts.

    Jul 29 · Source via Colts Matt Ryan Jonathan Taylor
  • Matt Ryan Pushing The Pace At Training Camp

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has followed through on his vow to raise the intensity of training camp in his first summer with the Colts, and he's done it by demanding a greater tempo between snaps. "It's unbelievable," head coach Frank Reich said. "We've never practiced that fast. It's a mentality. It's a confidence. He told me at the start, 'I'm gonna push the tempo.' And I said, 'We'll follow your lead. Go.'" After a one-year experiment with Carson Wentz, the Colts scrapped it in favor of the veteran Ryan, who has looked really impressive in the early going in training camp. The 37-year-old may not be an every-week QB1 in fantasy in a run-first offense, but he should be more decisive and efficient than Wentz was last year, which is great news for all of the team's offensive skill players.

    Jul 29 · Source via Colts Matt Ryan
  • Rodney McLeod Cleared For Action

    Indianapolis Colts safety Rodney McLeod (knee) was removed from the PUP list on Wednesday. The 32-year-old signed with Indy in April after spending his last six years in Philadelphia. In 2021-22, he finished his final season with the Eagles by accumulating 58 total tackles, four passes defensed, and two interceptions. He had an offseason knee procedure, but barring any setbacks, he should be ready to go for Week 1. While McLeod's statistical numbers have declined over the years, he could get back on track this season if he remains healthy.

    Jul 27 · Source via Colts Rodney McLeod
  • Colts Working To Get Nyheim Hines The Ball

    107.5 The Fan's Kevin Bowen said he expects the Indianapolis Colts to continue to find creative ways to get running back Nyheim Hines on the field more and to give him different touches. Indianapolis had a lot of success with both Hines and Jonathan Taylor on the field together in 2021, so that should expand this season. Taylor's presence as the lead dog in this backfield and one of the best RBs in football caps Hines' fantasy ceiling, but the Colts like how Hines complements Taylor, and new quarterback Matt Ryan could dump the ball off frequently to Hines. In his four seasons with the Colts, the 25-year-old has recorded 210 receptions for 1,537 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. Hines is absolutely worth a late-round flier in PPR formats.

    Jul 27 · Source via Colts Nyheim Hines
  • Matt Ryan Nearly Flawless Wednesday

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan was nearly flawless in 11-on-11 work in training camp practice on Wednesday, and he went 7-for-8 in full-team work while completing passes to Michael Pittman Jr., Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Alec Pierce and Mo Alie-Cox. The timing of the Colts passing game was impressive, and Ryan will bring more decisiveness to the QB position. A lot of folks are writing the 37-year-old veteran off after a forgettable 2021 season in his final year in Atlanta. Although the Colts should remain a run-first offense, Ryan now has one of the best running backs in the game and a much better offensive line. His ceiling isn't as high as the elite names at the position because he can't run the ball, but Ryan should at least be a very serviceable fantasy backup.

    Jul 27 · Source via Colts Matt Ryan
  • Mike Strachan Likely To Return By End Of Training Camp

    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Mike Strachan (knee) underwent knee surgery this summer. The expectation is that he will be able to return to the field by the end of training camp. The 24-year-old was a seventh round pick of the team in 2021. He only suited up for six games last year and caught two of his three targets for 26 yards. The Colts have one of the thinnest receiving corps in the NFL with very few enticing assets apart from No. 1 wideout Michael Pittman Jr. Strachan has an opportunity to see snaps this coming season if he can come back strong from his injury.

    Jul 27 · Source via Colts Mike Strachan
  • No Timeline For Darius Leonard

    Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (back) isn't putting a timetable on his return after he had surgery in June to fix two discs in his back that were causing pain all the way down his leg. The good news is that Leonard is feeling relief already, but he could miss most of training camp and the preseason. It remains to be seen if the 26-year-old will be ready for the start of the regular season, too, which will make him much more risky as a high-end fantasy linebacker in IDP leagues. Leonard is a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro with at least 121 combined tackles in each of his four NFL seasons. He had 122 tackles (75 solo), four tackles for loss, three QB hits, four interceptions, eight passes defensed, a league-high eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 16 games in 2021.

    Jul 26 · Source via Colts Shaquille Leonard
  • Colts Still Talking With T.Y. Hilton But Not Julio Jones

    Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard said that the team has continued to have dialogue with free-agent wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, but they have not had any discussions with Julio Jones. The Colts aren't desperate to add to their receiver room, and they have plenty of familiarity with Hilton after he played for them for the last 10 seasons. The four-time Pro Bowler has really fallen off the last several seasons, though, and he had career-lows across the board in 2021 with 23 receptions for 331 yards and three touchdowns in just 10 games due to injuries. Even if the 32-year-old veteran re-signs with the Colts, he'll struggle to general meaningful targets alongside Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell and rookie Alec Pierce.

    Jul 26 · Source via Colts Julio Jones T.Y. Hilton
  • Darius Leonard Placed On PUP List

    The Indianapolis Colts placed All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard (back) on the Physically Unable to Perform list on Sunday, according to the team. Leonard had back surgery on June 7, but at the time of his surgery the Colts expected him to be ready for the start of the regular season on Sept. 11 against the Houston Texans. The three-time Pro Bowler, who led the NFL with eight forced fumbles in 2021, signed a five-year, $99 million contract extension last August. Defensive end Tyquan Lewis, safety Rodney McLeod and wide receiver Michael Strachan were also placed on the PUP list Sunday. The 26-year-old Leonard is one of the best fantasy linebackers when he's healthy, but there's a very real chance he won't be ready to go by Week 1 this year.

    Jul 25 · Source via Colts Shaquille Leonard Tyquan Lewis Rodney McLeod
  • Julian Blackmon Ready For Training Camp

    The Indianapolis Colts didn't place an injury designation on safety Julian Blackmon (Achilles) to begin training camp, which is an excellent sign after coming off a torn Achilles last year. Blackmon played in only six games for the Colts last year due to his injury and finished with 34 tackles (27 solo) and a forced fumble, but he'll be ready to get going for the start of camp this summer. The 23-year-old is expected to open the season in a rotational role in the Colts secondary, but he could earn a bigger role eventually if he remains healthy, depending on how third-round rookie Nick Cross performs in his first season.

    Jul 25 · Source via Colts Julian Blackmon Nick Cross
  • Darius Leonard To Begin Camp On PUP List

    Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (back) will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list. The veteran had back surgery in June, hoping to address the lingering leg pain he played through last season. Head coach Frank Reich isn't sure if Leonard will be ready for Week 1, although the team can activate him anytime before final roster cuts at the end of August. The 26-year-old was instrumental in helping Indy be a top-10 fantasy defense last season, finishing with 122 tackles (75 solo), eight forced fumbles, and four interceptions. The Colts will need him healthy if the club hopes to be as potent on the defensive end in 2022-23.

    Jul 24 · Source via Colts Shaquille Leonard
  • Indy Claims Byron Cowart Off Waivers

    Defensive tackle Byron Cowart was claimed off waivers by the Colts on Saturday, a day after the Patriots waived him. The 26-year-old was selected by New England in 2019 and has totaled 29 tackles (15 solo) and one sack throughout 19 games. He began on the reserve/PUP list last season but never saw the field in 2021. Nonetheless, even if Cowart impresses during training camp, he probably won't earn consistent work in 2022-23, at least enough to make a difference on the fantasy end.

    Jul 23 · Source via Colts Byron Cowart
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