Broncos bring Manning, undefeated record to Indy

This is one of those games that are circled as soon as the schedule is released and so far, Peyton Manning and his former team the Indianapolis Colts, are living up to top billing status.  With the Broncos sporting a 6-0 record and Indy with only two losses to Miami and San Diego.

While much speculation has been made about Manning returning and the drafting of Andrew Luck but team owner Jim Isray says that Manning was in on that deal and even suggested drafting Luck.

“[Manning] said, ‘You’ve got to take Andrew,’ ” Irsay told USA Today Sports. ” ‘You have to. You’re crazy if you don’t.’ “

The two forces square off Sunday night at 8:30 P.M. at Lucas Oil Stadium. Great seats/tickets are still available!

 

 

The Indianapolis Colts Should Sign Linebacker Travis Laboy: Fan's Opinion

The Indianapolis Colts still have several holes to fill in their transition to a 3-4 defense. One of the biggest needs is at the outside linebacker position. The team needs players that know and are comfortable in the 3-4 scheme and can help the current players with the transition. One player who could fit that need is Travis Laboy who was released by the San Diego Chargers on May 7.

Laboy is far from a great player and wouldn’t deserve to be a starter on the roster. At this point, the team needs veterans to ease the transition and provide quality depth. If he’s willing to sign a minimum contract, Laboy would be able to fill in behind Freeney and Mathis and provide a solid rotational player for the team. Right now Indianapolis only has other players transitioning to the position behind Freeney and Mathis. Those players may or may not pan out and have a mixed chance of success.

One major factor that could make this move happen is Laboy’s familiarity with the system Indianapolis is trying to implement. Laboy played the last two seasons for new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky in both San Diego and San Francisco. I think this is a natural fit for the team and one they should jump to make. Andrew Luck will need time to develop and needs a strong defense around him. Travis Laboy isn’t a name that should excite fans by any means. This is the kind of signing that helps improve the team though. Veterans are needed and he could provide help to the players currently on the roster.

At this point in the summer, Indianapolis has a few needs left to fill out the roster. They should have a strong rookie class and could use one or two veterans on defense to improve the roster entering training camp. I think Travis Laboy would be a nice addition and is a signing that the team should make. The addition isn’t one that should get fans overly excited, but is one that could improve the team in 2012.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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Five Undrafted Free Agents Who Could Make Indianapolis Colts' Roster: Fan's Take

The Indianapolis Colts still have several holes to fill on their roster. The team brought in several undrafted rookies and many of them stand a good chance to make the final roster for the 2012. Listed below are five players who could challenge for a roster spot in 2012.

Chigbo Anunoby

Anunoby is a big player that could challenge at the nose tackle position. If fifth round draft choice Josh Chapman isn’t ready to begin the season, Anunoby could push to make the roster. Brandon McKinney is the only player currently on the roster who has experience at the nose tackle position. At six-feet-four inches and 324 pounds, Anunoby is a big body at the position.

Micah Pellerin

Pellerin was rated highly entering the draft and went undrafted. He was originally expected to be a cornerback, but is being listed by the team as a safety. Indianapolis is lacking depth at both positions and could use young talent to develop. I think Pellerin is the kind of player that could challenge for a roster spot.

Antonio Fenelus

It’s no surprise that the team has a major need at cornerback. Fenelus comes from an established program in Wisconsin and could challenge for a roster spot. There will be good competition in the secondary at training camp and I think Fenelus could be the favorite amongst the undrafted players to make the roster.

Steven Baker

Baker is a talented young player and could develop into a strong offensive tackle. The team has little depth on the offensive line and could choose to keep Baker to develop into a future right tackle. I think he has a good chance to make the final roster.

Jabin Sambrano

Sambrano is included on the list after a strong performance at the first rookie mini-camp. He developed a strong connection with quarterback Andrew Luck and has a leg up on other receivers already. Sambrano has the size and speed that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians likes. Sambrano will likely have to beat out rookie Lavon Brazill or Donnie Avery to make the team though.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He also runs the blog that covers the team. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.

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