This week’s game against the Houston Texans was a critical one J’Marcus Webb Jersey , and the Colts didn’t shrink from it. After coming out flat on offense and looking like they could squander their chance at a playoff spot, the Colts got things going in the 2nd quarter and knocked off the Texans in their own stadium to end the win streak that the Colts began. This was a big win for this Colts team and one they have stumbled to get in recent years. It certainly isn’t the end, and there are still important games ahead, but this was loomed as the toughest on their schedule, and a victory keeps a playoff appearance very clearly in the Colts’ sight.Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from this big-time matchup.WinnersT.Y. HiltonWho else could we start off with but T.Y. Hilton? The guy was a game time decision after missing practice all week and being limited on Friday with a shoulder injury. After a beautiful 60-yard pass from Luck, he came up limping after some sort of lower leg or foot issue and found himself on the sideline trying to walk it off. Then he proceeded to get back in the game and rack up 199 receiving yards on 9 receptions, absolutely torching a Texans secondary that could not seem to do anything to stop him getting open. This is the kind of vintage performance we’ve come to expect from Hilton in Houston, and seeing him gut out a great game through multiple injuries tells us all we need to know about how tough a competitor he is. If this is the version of Hilton we get for the rest of the season, go ahead and pencil this team in as a wildcard team.Andrew LuckPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesLuck sometimes suffers in terms of being classified as a winner because of how good he consistently is. It is easy to discount it as “just another Luck performance” and not give him full credit for his play. Not this week. Luck put on a clinic in pocket movement, which he has been doing all year. He scrambled when it made sense, extended the play, and showed a ridiculous ability to put great touch on his passes even when he was under significant pressure with the pocket collapsing. Against a very good Texans defensive line, Luck stayed cool and carved up their secondary, going 27/41 for 399 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Those numbers aren’t necessarily remarkable on their own, but this is truly a “watch the film” performance by Luck. He was playing at an incredibly high level and the switch to the up-tempo offense allowed him to really abuse the Texans. He deserves to be in the conversation for MVP.Denico AutryTroy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsSince getting healthy, Denico Autry has been on a tear, seemingly to make up for lost time. Over the past two weeks, he has 11 tackles, 5 sacks, 6 QB hits, and 5 tackles for loss. He is making himself stand out and is a prime example of how matching a good player to the right scheme can make a big difference. No one hearing his name called would have guessed what kind of impact he could have for this defense, but despite missing time this season, he has 8 sacks on the season. Credit to Chris Ballard and Matt Eberflus for seeing a guy who would fit their vision for the defense and helping to maximize his impact. Clayton GeathersPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesGeathers was in on what seemed like every single play on the defensive side of the ball. His stat line doesn’t pop the way Leonard or Autry’s do, but he was all over the field impacting the game in a number of ways. If not for the absolutely terrible penalty called on Malik Hooker, Geathers would have had a ridiculous heads-up interception on the goal line which would have taken the ball away as the Texans were threatening to score. A strong finish to the season is big for Geathers. I’m not sure he will be wearing a Colts uniform next year because he has struggled to stay healthy, but if he can have a good push to finish out this season, it’ll give him a shot to be back with the team next season.Darius LeonardPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesI’m not going to dig too deep into this one. Leonard was his usual self, somehow making a 12-tackle 1-sack Jordan Wilkins Color Rush Jersey , 1-tackle for loss, 1-QB hit game where he defended a pass while covering DeAndre Hopkins look easy. This guy is like a cheat code at linebacker and we are really lucky that Chris Ballard and his scouts are better than all those guys who thought Leonard was overrated. He looked great and should be the DROY, no matter what those chumps in Dallas think.Kenny MoorePhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesOn a day where the Colts needed their secondary to step up, Kenny Moore was up to the challenge. He played solid coverage all day and played a big role in limiting DeAndre Hopkins’ impact on the game. He also managed to get a sack and a tackle for loss, as he continues to prove himself a valuable asset blitzing off the edge. LosersMatthew AdamsPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesSeriously, Adams is a loser here. Not because he didn’t anything wrong at all though. He’s a loser because apparently the NFL officials hate him. Two weeks in a row Adams has made solid plays and gotten hit with bogus penalties. Last week he was robbed of a sack because of a roughing the passer hit which was complete nonsense. Today he got hit with a hit on a defenseless receiver penalty, despite hitting the receiver from the front side and not leading with his helmet. It is ridiculous that this guy can’t catch a break. George OdumThe Colts special teams hasn’t been very good this season, and that has been a source of frustration for me personally. One of the main reasons for that is George Odum, and he repeated his tendency to draw penalties again this week with an incredibly obvious and stupid block in the back penalty. I’m not sure what he brings to the table, but you can’t have that kind of undisciplined play messing up field position. Hopefully the Colts plan to upgrade their crop of special teamers in the offseason.Chester RogersSpeaking of special teams disappointment, Chester Rogers continues to be a major letdown as a returner. Disaster was narrowly averted when he muffed a punt, which he was fortunately able to recover.Perhaps as frustrating is his tendency to call for a fair catch without defenders within 10-15 yards away, or worse still, his perpetual tendency to fair catch inside the 10-yard line. I will never understand why he is doing this, and to some degree as it has continued all season, some blame has to go on special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone, because you’ve got to get it through his head that doing this is a stupid play that pins your offense back deep. Like Odum, I don’t expect that Rogers is a part of this team in 2019, but I’d like to see things cleaned up this season all the same. Since even before the legal tampering period was officially underway, NFL free agency has been buzzing with activity and a ton of money has been thrown out by franchises who are looking to snag big…” />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal – WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal – WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:Free AgencyColts Free AgencyUPDATED 2019 Indianapolis Colts free agency “cheat sheet”New,148commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareUPDATED 2019 Indianapolis Colts free agency “cheat sheet”Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsSince even before the legal tampering period was officially underway, NFL free agency has been buzzing with activity and a ton of money has been thrown out by franchises who are looking to snag big name contributor who they hope will play an important role in a better outcome this season. While Chris Ballard had more cash (and still does) than any team in the NFL at the starting gate, fans in Indianapolis should have already been aware that his philosophy doesn’t include throwing money around simply because he has it. Even knowing this, fans get restless watching many of their most coveted free agents make their way onto other franchises. Only time will tell if the aggressive efforts by the Cleveland Browns will deliver results. Perhaps Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden will do a masterful job of creating a healthy locker room culture. It wasn’t long ago that the Philadelphia Eagles spent wildly in free agency to put a “dream team” on the field only to watch things fall apart. Perhaps the lessons from the Eagles are easy to forget or perhaps they were only an anomaly. One things seems pretty certain, Colts fans shouldn’t expect anything like that while Chris Ballard is general manager in Indianapolis. Let’s take a look at how things have played out over the first 16 hours of free agency and how the Colts free agent cheat sheet has changed.Wide Receiver Tier 1 (Top offensive need)Tyrell WilliamsWilliams will reportedly sign a 4-year, 44 million dollar deal to play with the Oakland Raiders. This is a reasonable deal and shouldn’t have been prohibitive if Ballard wanted his services.While only time will tell, it should be noted that Nick Sirianni and Frank Reich are both familiar with what Williams brings to the table. The fact that the Colts didn’t push harder for his services might say a lot.Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries will reportedly sign a 4 year, 36 million dollar contract with the Tennessee Titans. It was somewhat surprising that he reached an agreement with a team so quickly in the tampering period. It is also surprising that his quick choice destination would be a team that isn’t particularly gifted at passing the ball.This is another reasonable deal where the Colts likely could have pushed up the price if they were really interested. Wide Receiver Tier 2 (Top offensive need)Golden TateThe upside is that Tate has been a highly productive NFL receiver since at least 2013. He has the experience he needs to know how to get open and is difficult to cover one-on-one. He played at Notre Dame so playing in Indiana would be nothing new for him. The downside is his age, as he will be 31 at the start of the 2019 regular season.Dontrelle InmanPerhaps the greatest unsung hero of the Colts monumental turnaround in 2018 was wide receiver Dontrelle Inman. After watching the receiver room catch a nasty case of the drops (does that sound wrong to anyone else?) to start the season, patience was wearing thin. Inman has familiarity working with Frank Reich and Nick Siarinni with the Chargers. He knows where he needs to be and had day-one trust.Devin FunchessWhile Funchess is coming off of a down season https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Henry-Anderson-Jersey , one where he played with a quarterback experiencing major throwing limitations, he is still very young and has a lot of potential. At only 24 years old, he is as young as some of the players who will be drafted in the upcoming draft. He already has NFL playing experience and is only a season removed from what some thought was a breakout performance.Can he rekindle that breakout version of himself in a new offense and with Andrew Luck throwing him the ball? He took a one-year $10M deal as a bet on himself to earn even more in 2020. He also reportedly turned down long-term offers to play with the Colts.Edge Rushers Tier 1 (Top defensive need)Trey FlowersFlowers is expected to sign a 5 year, 90 million dollar deal to be reunited with his former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. This gives the Lions a replacement for the now aging and injury-prone Ziggy Ansah. While Flowers is certainly an exciting young prospect, 90 million dollars is a lot to put down for a player with his sack production.Preston SmithSmith struck me as the type of player Chris Ballard would go after fairly aggressively. He has the potential to be a really effective pass rusher and proven chops as a run defender. To choose Indianapolis, Smith would have to be comfortable making the transition to a 4-3 scheme and playing almost exclusively with his hand in the dirt.Although it was reported that his final options included the Colts, he chose the Green Bay Packers and remains in a 3-4 scheme. Maybe scheme wasn’t as important and it all came down to money. It will be interesting to learn more if the rumors about Indy’s interest are true. Smith is expected to sign a 4 year, 52 million dollar deal.Edge Rushers Tier 2 (Top defensive need)Za’Darius SmithSmith is projected to sign a 4 year, 66 millions dollar contract to joint Preston in Green Bay. Between the two, the Packers have now locked in a ton of money with the hopes to rekindle their pass rush. After these moves, Nick Perry was released.Interior Defensive Line Tier 2 (Primary defensive need)Timmy JerniganPrior to suffering a herniated disc that required surgery in April of 2018, Timmy Jernigan was a solid defensive tackle with the Philadalphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens. He has the ability to play the run and can get pressure on the quarterback. What makes him a strong prospect is that he wins with strength and has the ability to penetrate the offensive line.Darius PhilonChris Ballard has a knack for finding underappreciated defensive talent that is not getting the attention it deserves. Philon is a disruptive interior defensive lineman who has the strength to hold up against the run and has a knack for getting penetration through the offensive line. There are reasons to believe that he could improve in the simplistic, fast defensive scheme Matt Eberflus and Mike Phair have established in Indianapolis. Safety Tier 1 (Primary defensive need)Landon CollinsCollins is expected to sign a 6 year, 84 millions contract with the Washington Redskins. WOOF!Adrian AmosAmos is expected to sign a 4 year, 36 million dollar deal to join the Green Bay Packers. It is entirely fair to note that Green Bay is throwing a boat load of cash into its defense. This is another reasonably priced deal where there is at least some level of surprise that the Colts weren’t actively involved, unless they weren’t particularly interested.Safety Tier 2 (Primary defensive need)Tre BostonHe is only 26 years old and sliding him in across from Malik Hooker would mean that opponents have to throw into strength on either side of the field when they test Indianapolis deep. Boston is certainly familiar with both Nick Sirianni and Frank Reich as they were both with the Chargers early in his career. Would he be open to a reunion?Clayton GeathersChris Ballard has complimented the hard work Clayton Geathers has shown in his return to football after suffering a neck injury that jeopardized his career. Will his proclivity to show up on the injury report and serve only as a limited practice participant leave him on the outside looking in?Cornerback Tier 1 (Secondary defensive need)Ronald DarbyRonald Darby is one of the best young cornerbacks to hit free agency in years. At just 25 years old, he could have 4-6 years of his prime remaining for whatever franchise chooses to bring him in. Does Pierre Desir’s contract take him off of the table?Cornerback Tier 2 (Secondary defensive need)Pierre DesirDesir is expected to sign a 3 year, 25 million contract to stay with the Indianapolis Colts. This is a great locker room move and Desir is deserving of being rewarded after showing out in consecutive seasons.Steven NelsonNelson is expected to sign a 3 year, 25.5 million contract to join the Pittsburgh Steelers. Frankly, I prefer Desir for less.Linebacker Tier 1 (Tertiary defensive need)Jamie CollinsWhile it is difficult to project the contract Jamie Collins will attract on the open market, he would be a potential upgrade as a SAM linebacker in Indianapolis. He has a nose for the football, a habit for creating turnovers, and the ability to quickly diagnose plays. Once he diagnoses the play, if he is not responsible for dropping into a zone, he will quickly get up the field to pressure the quarterback. The downside is that he is about to turn 30 years old. Linebacker Tier 2 (Tertiary defensive need)Deone BucannonBucannon is expected to sign a 1 year, 2.5 million dollar contract to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This could be a steal if Bucannon can return to form and play in a more realistic role. It is noteworthy that the Colts didn’t enter the fray here and for that price, you have to be pretty confident Ballard never reached out.
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