When researching the top two guards in free agency this year, Andy Levitre and Louis Vasquez, I came upon a unique stat: Vasquez, in his four year career, has never hurt his team with a penalty.
It's an overlooked, but impressive facet of Vasquez' game, and one that is a huge asset to a team. The frequency that a player receives penalties, and therefore hurts the team, is one that is important when reviewing players. Now, don't get me wrong, the talent and production of a player takes precedence far before penalty frequency does, but nevertheless, it's something that does affect one's performance (and our perception of that performance).
So, with that in mind, what kind of penalty history do the new Colts have? What can we expect from them in 2013?no comments
Today we get started with a hypothetical that makes my mouth water.
The actual answer is far less creepy than that description.
@natedunlevy What's the first move you would make if you were GM for one day?— Tom Gower (@ThomasGower) April 12, 2013
Are you a draft nut? Do you constantly refresh Twitter looking for the latest draft news? Can you name all of the first round prospects? Are you planning to call in sick on April 28th so you can watch the second and third rounds unfold?
Well, it really doesn't matter. Whether you know every prospect from the first round to the compensatory picks or you simply know that the Colts drafted that Lucky guy last year, we want you!
We realize it's a little late, but with two weeks until the NFL Draft, we're going to try and fit at least the first round into our community mock draft.no comments
I haven't been particularly enthralled by the Colts' activity in Free Agency. I had in mind a list of potential players who I'd hoped Ryan Grigson would pursue, which unfortunately didn't seem to correlate at all with what the Colts FO were thinking.
Instead of marquee proven production, the team opted to slightly mitigate the risk and take guys widely seen as a level below the top players available, though in doing so the Colts' haste looks to have created a recipe for mediocre players on bloated contracts. That's my initial take, though it is of course far too early to judge. The pursuit of players with more potential upside than prior production took on new meaning with the signing of Darrius Heyward Bey - the archetypal Al Davis Raiders selection, taken 7th in the 2009 NFL draft. Famed for his incredible raw speed, his atrocious hands along with the permanently stunted Oakland offense precluded any great development - which is fairly problematic, considering DHB was widely acknowledged as a project receiver coming in.
The Colts have the perfect situation in which DHB can thrive - a future star entrenched at QB along with primarily young offensive pieces. He even has the benefit of Reggie Wayne every day in practice - and there isn't a receiver I'd prefer to have over Wayne when it comes to passing on the skills and fundamentals of the position to colleagues in the receiving corps.
Anyway - to the crux of the piece. I've put together a few plays below to show DHB's capabilities and issues and look at the acquisition moving forward...
The first play I've chosen comes from the Raiders vs. Lions game in Week 15 of 2011, in which DHB accrued 8 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown - possibly his best performance in a Raiders jersey.
The play in question is a 2nd and 12 from the OAK 4, with 11:45 left in the 2nd Quarter. As you can see, it's a 7-7 game.
Heyward-Bey is lined up opposite Eric Wright, and the Lions are playing a single-high safety zone coverage, as far as I can see. The corners on the outside have some freedom to stick to their receivers given the Full House formation deployed on offense - necessary, when you consider the ball is being snapped from the 4.no comments
Draft season typically gets fans in a tizzy about potential stars and an uninterrupted string of Pro Bowls from that second-round defensive tackle.
Of course, the reality of the draft is that outside of the top 15 picks, the most teams can hope for is a solid NFL starter.
The Colts six selections in this year's draft. Here's a look at what recent history says they are likely to land with them.no comments