Colts Notebook: Locker Room Clean Out Brings Several Updates On 2019 Colts


Colts Notebook: Locker Room Clean Out Brings Several Updates On 2019 Colts

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Colts Notebook: Locker Room Clean Out Brings Several Updates On 2019 Colts

On Sunday, the Colts cleaned out their lockers and began the start on the 2019 offseason. What was learned from the final player media access until OTAs?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The mood was more upbeat than a typical team packing their belongings less than 24 hours after their season ended in the month of January.

But the Colts know they overachieved this season, so the atmosphere wasn’t melancholy on Sunday, with eager excitement palpable for what lies ahead for this franchise.

Instead, of past offseasons filled with worry about the future at head coach/general manager or the health of the franchise quarterback, the Colts have serious hope looking ahead.

Here’s a jam-packed notebook from locker room clean out day for the Colts:

  • Frank Reich did mention in his final presser of the season that he expects coordinators Matt Eberflus and Nick Sirianni to return in 2019. Of course, as Reich joked, things can get crazy in the coaching carousel world. But, as of now, Reich said he expects both coordinators to be back in ’19. That makes sense with the 8 head coaching openings appearing to be filled.
  • We will have more on Andrew Luck’s comeback season this upcoming week. On Sunday, Luck continued to provide candid perspective on his return to football. He was most proud of being available and participating in every practice and game this season. For the first time since 2014, Luck didn’t miss a practice or a game and he will now enter an offseason of not having to rehab or need surgeries, like he did after the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. Look for Luck to go back to California this offseason to train with Tom House, like he did last year. Luck is very bullish on the Colts moving forward: “You look around this locker room and see the foundation,” No. 12 said on Sunday. “There is a bright, positive outlook. There’s some young guys that can really, really play football. There’s some veteran leadership in here that’s really strong. It’s a bright future.”
  • This week on we will dive deeper into free agency for the Colts in 2019. There aren’t a lot of big-name FAs on the roster. Still, the Colts should/will bring some of their own back. As you would expect, several of them expressed a desire to return on Sunday, including Pierre Desir, Clayton Geathers, and Margus Hunt. The Colts could have a decision to make on free agent Adam Vinatieri, who said he will take a few weeks before deciding what he wants to do for a 24th NFL season. Also, the trade question lingers for Jacoby Brissett, as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
  • Jack Doyle talked to the media on Sunday for the first time since injuring his kidney that needed surgery. Not only will Doyle be rehabbing/resting his kidney this offseason, he also could need surgery on the hip that he injured back in Week Two. For a guy that had been so healthy through his first 5 NFL seasons, 2018 was not kind to the health of Doyle. You could tell on Sunday that Doyle was not in his usual playing shape weight wise. The doctors did reassure Doyle that these injuries are not career threatening, as the 28-year-old enters a contract year.
  • All-Pro Darius Leonard does have a goal for his playing weight in 2019. Leonard reported to the Colts at 234 pounds out of college. And on Saturday he played at 215 pounds against the Chiefs. Leonard says he wants to be around 225 pounds next season. “I want to come in at 225 and try to stay healthy because I got banged up early and I want to take better care of my body earlier in the year,” the stud linebacker said on Sunday.
  • The good news on Malik Hooker is he won’t be rehabbing all offseason like his first two years in the NFL. But Hooker’s absence on Saturday due to a foot injury was notable. The Colts sorely missed their centerfield safety, who thought he would be able to play after fighting through the injury down in Houston. “I’ve been rehabbing since we got back from last week’s game, trying everything I can, getting extra rehab, doing rehab at the hotel, staying late in the hotel, while everybody has curfew, trying to do everything, just didn’t work out.” Hooker said on Sunday. “For me it was a thought of, ‘Am I going out there and being effective or hurting the team?’ For myself, I thought I was going to hurt the team. It was me and the training staff’s decision to let the guys go out who had been getting the reps all week.” The foot injury will not require surgery for Hooker.
  • Caught up with Deon Cain in the locker room on Sunday. Cain will be a big part of the Colts’ needed improvement at the receiver position in 2019. The rookie has been rehabbing his torn ACL since August, spending 9-5 like hours inside the Colts Complex. Cain said he will not be rushing things this offseason and will likely hold off for practice activity until Training Camp.
  • Rest is on the menu for T.Y. Hilton the next few months. That’s what the doctors told Hilton on Sunday. Hilton played through low AND high ankle sprains down the stretch, on the same ankle. It was a gutty effort from the Colts’ top playmaker.
  • The roster can now grow to 90 players for the Colts with the offseason here. Of course, it won’t get that high with free agency, draft picks and undrafted free agents down the road. But the Colts did make some roster moves on Sunday, inking 9 guys from their practice squad to reserve/future deals, including cornerback Jalen Collins. Besides Collins, the Colts also signed TE-Billy Brown, OT-Antonio Garcia, WR-Krishawn Hogan, WR-Steve Ishmael, QB-Philip Walker, OT-De’Ondre Wesley, DT-DeShawn Williams and DE-Anthony Wimbush.

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