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  • Colts Sign DE Genard Avery

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    The Colts will add some pass-rushing depth, bringing in veteran Genard Avery. The team announced the signing, which will send the sixth-year defender to a fourth team. Avery, who played last season as a Buccaneers backup, will attempt to catch on in Indianapolis after spending 2022 with two teams. The Steelers signed him in March […]

    Jun 1 · Pro Football Rumors Indianapolis Colts Genard Avery
  • Can Colts star Jonathan Taylor rebound from his toughest season yet?

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    It's an important season for Taylor, who is entering the last year of his contract.

    Jun 1 · ESPN Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor
  • Shaquille Leonard Remains Without A Timetable

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    Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (back) does not have a timetable to return to practice, according to head coach Shane Steichen. Leonard missed most of last season after undergoing back surgery before camp. He underwent a second surgery in November to address the same problem. The three-time All-Pro linebacker is a superstar when healthy, but it's uncertain when he'll be back to 100 percent. The Colts haven't done much adding to their linebacker group, so they must expect Leonard to return at some point. The team should give another update on his status when they get closer to camp.

    May 26 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Shaquille Leonard
  • Jelani Woods, Josh Downs Dealing With Injuries

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    Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) and rookie wide receiver Josh Downs (knee) are dealing with injuries this week and didn't take part in organized team activities on Thursday, according to head coach Shane Steichen. Neither injury seems particularly serious, so both players should be just fine for training camp this summer. Woods caught 25 passes for 312 yards and three TDs in 15 games (two starts) in his rookie year in 2022, and he could be in line for more playing time alongside fellow tight ends Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson. Downs was a third-rounder this year is likely to operate as receiver depth for the Colts in his rookie season and is unlikely to have much fantasy appeal in single-year leagues.

    May 26 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Josh Downs Jelani Woods
  • Anthony Richardson, Gardner Minshew Splitting First-Team Reps

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    The Indianapolis Colts are splitting their first-team repetitions at organized team activities on Thursday between rookie first-round quarterback Anthony Richardson and Gardner Minshew. There's a reason why the Colts drafted Richardson at No. 4 overall this year. They believe he can be the future of the franchise at the most important position on the football field, but it might take some time. Ideally, the 21-year-old signal-caller would be ready to go for Week 1 of his first NFL campaign, but that may not happen. If they think he needs a little more seasoning, they'll go with the more experienced Minshew. Richardson is a physical freak, but it takes more than that to succeed at the highest level. Consider the talented rookie a much better dynasty/keeper investment in 2023 than in redraft fantasy leagues.

    May 25 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Gardner Minshew
  • Josh Downs Impressing The Colts

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    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Josh Downs has been receiving high praise from Colts wide receiver coach Reggie Wayne. "He's the player I think we were missing, A guy who's agile, who's versatile who can win on the option routes. I think he's the right fit for us," says Wayne. The expectation is that Downs is going to compete with Isaiah McKenzie for the starting slot role during camp. The Colts clearly think highly of Downs considering they selected him in the third round. That being said, Downs could end up being an impactful player on this offense from Day 1. The 21-year-old is worth a stash in dynasty leagues as he could very well find himself with a big role on this offense.

    May 21 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Josh Downs
  • Michael Pittman Jr. Not Worried About Extension

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    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is in a contract year in 2023, and if a deal isn't reached, he'll become an unrestricted free agent next March. "If it doesn't happen this year, that's no big deal," Pittman said recently. "It'll happen eventually, right?" Pittman has played with quarterbacks Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Sam Ehlinger and Nick Foles, and to his credit, he's never complained and has consistently been productive. The 25-year-old pass-catcher will be the top target for whoever is under center this year -- either Gardner Minshew or first-round rookie Anthony Richardson. Pittman had 60 more targets than any of his teammates in 2021 and 50 more in 2022, so he's a pretty safe target for consistent looks in Indy's new-look offense.

    May 19 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Michael Pittman
  • Mike Strachan's Time In Indy Could Be In Jeopardy

    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Mike Strachan's time in Indy could be in jeopardy while not playing a big role on special teams in his first two NFL seasons. Strachan entered the league with high expectations. The 6-foot-5 seventh-round pick in 2021 made two catches in his NFL debut but has only made three since. He was inactive four times in 2022 and just hasn't been a factor in the passing attack. Keeping his spot on the active roster won't be easy. The Colts already have Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce and Ashton Dulin, and they also added speedy slot receiver Josh Downs in this year's draft. Isaiah McKenzie was brought in through free agency. Strachan will need to have a strong training camp and preseason in order to stick around in 2023.

    May 19 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Mike Strachan
  • Kylen Granson Could Be Cut-Candidate

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    Indianapolis Colts tight end Kylen Granson isn't a lock for the 53-man roster, according to Zac Keefer of The Athletic. The former fourth round pick didn't have a ton of success last season. He hauled in 31 receptions for 302 yards in 13 games (four starts) for the Colts this past season. To be fair, Granson hauled in 31 of his 40 total targets, so he appears to be a reliable pass-catcher, but didn't do much after making the catch. It sounds like Granson will have to earn his spot on the roster coming into camp. He'll compete with Mo Alie-Cox, Jelani Woods, and recently drafted Will Mallory for a spot on the roster this upcoming season.

    May 18 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Kylen Granson
  • Dayo Odeyingbo Feeling Stronger

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    Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo (Achilles) is up to 285 pounds right now after putting on 11 pounds of muscle, and he said he feels that his Achilles is getting stronger this offseason and it's getting back to where it's supposed to be. The 23-year-old is now two years removed from tearing his Achilles in the lead-up to the 2021 NFL draft. He played in 10 games in his rookie season and all 17 (four starts) last year, recording 31 tackles (18 solo), five sacks, five tackles for loss and 11 QB hits. Odeyingbo will be a key pass-rusher for the Colts in 2023, alongside Kwity Paye and Samson Ebukam, and he could even be moved inside at times.

    May 18 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Samson Ebukam Dayo Odeyingbo Kwity Paye
  • Josh Downs Signs Rookie Contract Tuesday

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    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Josh Downs signed his rookie contract on Tuesday. Downs, a third-round pick out of North Carolina, is expected to step in as the Colts' starting slot receiver and play alongside starters Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce. Downs is unlikely to be a difference-maker in fantasy in 2023 but he is on the radar as a solid stash in dynasty leagues.

    May 16 · Source via NFL Draft Indianapolis Colts Josh Downs Michael Pittman
  • Colts Being Patient With Anthony Richardson

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    The Indianapolis Colts are preaching patience with rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson after taking him fourth overall in this year's NFL draft. Head coach Shane Steichen has preached the value of detail-oriented, step-by-step instruction as the young QB learns the team's playbook and navigates a new locker room. The next start he makes will only be the 14th of his career above the high-school level. Richardson is raw, but the Colts have been impressed by his pocket awareness in particular, and he showed off his high-level playmaking abilities during rookie minicamp last weekend. The 20-year-old's athleticism isn't in question, it's his lack of experience, decision-making and accuracy that is suspect, and it could take him some time to get comfortable at the next level.

    May 16 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Anthony Richardson
  • Jonathan Taylor Remains Focused On Rehab

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    Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (ankle) remains committed to his rehab routine this offseason. "It was really about making sure I stayed true to my plan," said Taylor during an appearance on the Horseshoe Huddle. "It was really my first time going through such an injury that sidelined me." The 24-year-old was dominant in his first two seasons, rushing for 2,980 yards and totaling 32 touchdowns. However, he found the end zone only four times last season and spent most of his year dealing with an ankle injury, which eventually resulted in surgery. Fantasy managers will be hesitant to draft Taylor for obvious reasons. But if Taylor can stay healthy in 2023-24, he could thrive under new head coach Shane Steichen and reestablish himself as an elite fantasy option.

    May 10 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor
  • Julius Brents Could Contribute Immediately

    Indianapolis Colts rookie cornerback Julius Brents (wrist) was unable to take part in last weekend's rookie minicamp, but the second-round pick should be able to participate in workouts when training camp begins at the end of July. The Colts took quarterback Anthony Richardson in the first round, but Brents might have the best odds of becoming an immediate starter in his rookie season. The Colts traded cornerback Stephon Gilmore to Dallas and lost Brandon Facyson in free agency. "There are not a lot of guys 6-(foot)-3 playing corner in the league, but he is a really good athlete," general manager Chris Ballard said. "He's a really good fit for what we want to do because he's a press corner. We do want to play a little more press coverage. We think he's going to be really good at it."

    May 8 · Source via NFL Draft Indianapolis Colts Julius Brents
  • Nick Foles Released By Colts

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    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Nick Foles has been released by the organization on Friday. The veteran didn't have much a role on the team last season. He finished with 224 yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions in two games with the Colts this past season. The former Super Bowl MVP hasn't done much since winning it all with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018. The Colts have Gardner Minshew and first-round pick Anthony Richardson, so there was little need for Foles to be on the roster. Possibly, he can find a backup spot elsewhere, but the 11-year veteran doesn't have much left to prove.

    May 5 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Nick Foles
  • Colts Waive Chris Williams, Others

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    The Indianapolis Colts waived defensive tackle Chris Williams, defensive end Kameron Cline, tight ends Nikola Kalinic and Jalen Wydermyer and linebacker Forrest Rhyne on Thursday. Williams played in 13 games (zero starts) for the Colts the last two years and had just six combined tackles and a QB hit. The moves free up space for the Colts' incoming rookie class. Kalinic played in seven games (two starts) on special teams in his rookie year in 2022, but he played only 47 offensive snaps and wasn't targeted at all. Wydermyer didn't see the field at all last season.

    May 4 · Source via Indianapolis Colts Kameron Cline Nikola Kalinic Chris Williams Jalen Wydermyer
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