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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Indianapolis Colts have their new quarterback of the future. Andrew Luck has now officially been chosen with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The draft began and shortly thereafter the pick was in. Luck was the man all along and now fans know with all certainty that he is their quarterback.
In many ways this night represented a changing of the guard. Seeing Luck hold up the number 12 Colt jersey and put on the Indianapolis hat proved that the new era has officially begun. As a fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Hearing Luck speak about the opportunity shows that this kid was the perfect person for the job. Luck seems to understand the team and the situation he is coming in to. Indianapolis had the worst record in the NFL in 2011 but just became significantly better with the addition of their new franchise quarterback.
I personally think Luck will not have growing pains the way many others do. He has a decent offensive line with new additions to it, two very good receivers, and running backs that showed promise last season. Adding a quarterback of Luck’s talent will provide a major boost towards the rebuilding project. This team just got much better last night with the selection of Andrew Luck. I can’t remember being more excited about a draft choice in a long time.
I’ve said all along that I think this kid is going to be a very good quarterback and has the potential to be one of the best in the game. Luck brings excitement back to a fan base that lost a lot of hope just weeks ago. I think he’ll reinvigorate everyone into believing in the future and buying into the team moving forward. This kid brings excitement and a sense of newness along with him. With nine picks remaining, I only hope that Ryan Grigson and the team can surround him with the weapons necessary to allow him to succeed.
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 runs a blog about the team at . Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.