The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Colts

August 18, 2013

Colts look to atone for preseason flop

ANDERSON — Preseason losses rarely draw much ire from fans, especially in Indianapolis where poor exhibition performances have been the norm for much of the past decade.

But when owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter on Monday to apologize to fans for the Colts’ performance in a 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium last week, the preseason conversation went to a different level.

“He’s the keeper of the brand,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. “He’s the protector of the ‘shoe, and that’s his job. He’s the boss, and what are you going to say?”

The Colts hope to answer today with actions instead of words.

After being outscored 41-10 in the final three quarters against the Bills, look for Indianapolis to play its starters deeper into the game tonight against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

In fact, head coach Chuck Pagano said earlier in the week that he expects quarterback Andrew Luck to play between 25 and 30 snaps. Ideally, that would take the second-year signal caller through the first half and allow him to experience a live two-minute drill for the first time this summer.

Other starters such as Mathis and fellow 30-something defensive stalwarts like defensive end Cory Redding and nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin could see as few as 15 plays. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said it’s important even for the veterans to get some conditioning in during the preseason.

“You don’t want to get into that Oakland game in the beginning of the year and be sucking eggs,” Manusky said, referring to the regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Raiders. “So I still want them to somehow blow out their lungs.”

Improved health in the middle of the roster also could make things easier on the Colts once the starters leave the game. Indianapolis had 19 players sit out the loss against Buffalo. Among the Colts expected to make their preseason debuts today are starting inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman and first-round rookie Bjoern Werner.

Text Only
Colts
  • SPT - HB0322 - Grigson art Grigson happy with offseason additions Though he stopped just short of declaring his shopping spree over, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson made it clear Friday he's happy with the team's offseason haul.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0318 - Bremer mug George Bremer: Irsay's plight not about football Jim Irsay has a problem.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • George Bremer-2.JPG George Bremer: Irsay's plight not about football

    Jim Irsay has a problem.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • news_irsaymugshot.jpg Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested Sunday night in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bryant Orem said.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0316 - Nicks photo Nicks betting deal with Colts will pay off Hakeem Nicks is betting on himself. The 25-year-old wide receiver with a Super Bowl ring and a long injury history from five years with the New York Giants chose a fresh start in Indianapolis because he believes the pieces are in place for the franchise to make a long postseason run.

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0315 - Nicks art Colts add WR Nicks on one-year deal The Indianapolis Colts wide receiver corps was severely depleted in the second half of the 2013 season. On Friday, the franchise bought an insurance policy for this fall.

    March 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0314 - Jones art Colts DL Jones comes from fighting family If nothing else, Arthur Jones is up for a fight. Most older brothers are confident they can best their younger siblings. But it jumps to another level when the younger brother is UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0313 - Alex Mack Colts quiet on free agency's second day Wednesday was relatively quiet for the Indianapolis Colts, as general manager Ryan Grigson appeared content to let the market settle on Day 2 of free agency before making his next move.

    March 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0312 - Arthur Jones art Colts' focus mainly internal on Day 1 Ryan Grigson crossed his top offseason priority off the list Tuesday as the Indianapolis Colts spent the first day of NFL free agency largely retaining their own talent.

    March 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0311 - Bremer mug George Bremer: Free agency season is upon us The Colts are about to lose cornerback Vontae Davis. Unless, of course, the sides are about to agree on a new deal. Depends on whom you're following on Twitter and when you last checked your timeline.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

Colts Video
Twitter Updates
Reader Photos From Camp


Share your camp photos with us.

Colts Camp Webcast Archive