The cheap indianapolis colts jerseys are coming off of a 2012 season that saw an emotional tidal wave, a rookie phenom and a 11-5, wild-card worthy record. Following a 2-14 2011 season, some would say Indianapolis and their fans should be more than happy with the record.
The Colts, however, know they are capable of more.
Here are a few things we saw in these last four exhibition games that could indicate that they are right.
While the Colts didn't necessarily prove that they are now a defensive powerhouse, the did prove something—General Manager Ryan Grigson has made upgrades.
However, the biggest possible addition may not have been a name anyone was expecting.
Linebacker Caesar Rayford, an undrafted free agent in 2009, has bounced around from Canadian Football League teams to the Arena Football League. Signed this past offseason, Rayford impressed many throughout the preseason, with 11 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.
Rayford's sack-fumble against the Buffalo Bills in week 1, seen in the video, might be one of his most athletic plays so far.
The linebacker—who according to ESPN.com Colts writer Mike Wells had never been invited to a training camp—has made the cut and is fully expected to be this year's Jerrell Freeman.
The second-year quarterback was already heralded as one of the best prospects coming out of the draft since John Elway. But as good as Luck looked last year, this preseason he looked better. Given, it is the preseason, but sometimes a player just looks like he has "it."
Luck, with limited playing time, completed 65.9% of his passes, finishing with 322 yards, 4 touchdowns and only 1 interception.He looked more comfortable within the pocket, more physical and just spectacular while on the move.
Andrew Luck rolling out to pass might be one of the most beautiful things in football.
But it's not just Luck who's getting better—this entire offensive unit is improving.
Fellow sophomore T.Y. Hilton had a phenomenal preseason, hauling in 114 yards and thee touchdowns on seven catches. The offensive line, though still rough, seemed to be improved from last year, with new additions Gosder Cherilus, Donald Thomas, and rookie Hugh Thornton.
Finally, the addition of Ahmad Bradshaw, if healthy, could be that missing piece for the indianapolis colts jerseys cheap.
He could provide a stellar forward end of a 1-2 punch with second year running back Vick Ballard. Paired with new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's west coast hybrid offense, these two could be due for a great year.
Though the Colts look improved, there is some cause for concern while looking at the depth chart.
Indianapolis is looking awfully thin at wide receiver, though Griff Whalen seems to possibly be a Blair White 2.0. Newly acquired David Reed could also see some time, though look for Whalen to get the fourth spot while receiver LaVon Brazill serves his four-game suspension.
The defensive line has a lot of decent players on paper, but unproven on the field. Josh Chapman, a second year defensive tackle out of Alabama, showed plenty of promise before last year's training camp IR designation.
And of course, the always questionable offensive line.
Though they have shown plenty signs of improvement, the line could still quite possibly be a disaster. If one or two linemen were to sustain substantial injuries, Indianapolis will be facing what they had last year—Andrew Luck on the ground.
The cheap colts jerseys must make a point of developing young linemen, such as rookies Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes, if they plan on keeping Luck standing.
Bottom line—the Indianapolis Colts have a very promising future, but plenty of questions. Whichever direction the Colts go this year, nobody would be surprised. But in Indy, it seems it might just be back to the old "Super Bowl or bust" expectations.
With the colts jerseys cheap' final roster cuts being announced Saturday evening, we can begin to get a better look at what the team's game-day roster will look like.
Now comes the time where optimism reigns supreme. The team has clearly improved its roster in the offseason, there's potential across the board and any unexpected failures have yet to rear their heads.
But how strong is the roster really? That's the question we'll look to answer in these positional grades.
Each position was given a own grade based on a traditional letter-based grading scale. The grades were determined by the starting talent of the unit, as well as the depth, compared to the rest of the league. Basically, a "C" means a unit's talent is about average compared to the rest of the league.
The Indianapolis Colts rounded out their practice squad and claimed a player off waivers Sunday.
The Colts claimed tight end Jack Doyle, an Indianapolis native and undrafted rookie out of Western Kentucky, off waivers from Tennessee. The team also released rookie running back Kerwynn Williams.
The Colts have injury concerns at tight end, as Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, their top two players at the position, both missed at least half of the preseason. Allen didn’t play in the preseason because of a foot injury. Fleener first dealt with a concussion and now is working his way back from a sprained knee. The Colts hope Fleener and Allen will be ready for the season opener against Oakland on Sept. 8.
Keeping four running backs turned out to be too much for the Colts, which is why Williams was released. The rookie handled the majority of the kickoff-return duties in the preseason. He averaged 21.5 yards a return in the preseason, and he rushed for 92 yards in the finale at Cincinnati last week.
Barring any changes, David Reed, whom the Colts acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 21, likely will be the team’s kickoff returner. He led the league in 2010 with almost a 30-yard return average. Reed, however, suffered a concussion against Cincinnati last week.
The Colts signed linebacker Daniel Adongo, center Thomas Austin, quarterback Chandler Harnish, tight end Dominique Jones, linebacker Josh McNary and cornerback Sheldon Price to the practice squad.
Howell played well during training camp heading into the pre-season, and this gave him the opportunity to showcase his talents on the field, as he started in the pre-season opener because of his play. He played almost the entire game and he played well. He continued to be pretty steady throughout the pre-season and he rightfully earned a roster spot because of it.
Rayford is an outside linebacker who was recently picked up from an Arena Football League team. He is a tall man, at 6-foot-7, and showed a knack for getting to the quarterback this pre-season. He ended with 5 sacks in the 4 week span and he truly deserves his spot on the 53-man roster.
This team looks much different from last season, which already went through a lot of changes from the year before. From the defensive secondary pickups to the offensive line remodeling, there will be plenty of new players to watch for Colts’ fans during the 2013 season.
There were a few guys that got the axe that I thought could’ve potentially made the roster, but was not surprised by their release; S Larry Asante and TE Dominique Jones. Asante had a solid pre-season and showed an ability to make some plays, but there were just too many safety’s in front of him to be able to achieve a roster spot. Jones was a FB/TE combination and versatility is important in backups, especially on a team where those two positions are pretty important. However versatility didn’t seem to rule the day with Jones and he was cut.
A release I was very surprised by was DE/DT Drake Nevis. Yes, he may not fit the bill as that versatile backup but he is very talented. I understand he isn’t a perfect fit for a 3-4 scheme, he’s in more of a 4-3 mold, but he is talented and he proved himself this pre-season. He played well, and for some reason the outstandingly less than mediocre Ricardo Mathews made the team over Nevis.
I understand Mathews is more versatile, but Nevis is GOOD at what he does, while Mathews is barely average. I would rather have someone who is talented at what they do than someone who is just alright at several things. Alas, I am not in charge of the Colts’ roster and Nevis was cut and will swiftly be picked up by another team.