Today, many fans were wondering if the Colts needed another option at wide receiver or kick returner, and, well, the Colts concur, at least for now. Indianapolis announced they had brought rookie receiver Da’Rick Rogers up from the practice squad this evening.
Rogers had trouble with maturity issues in his college career, causing the promising receiver’s dismissal from the University of Tennessee and subsequent transfer to Tennessee Tech. Despite projections as a 3rd round pick, Rogers went undrafted, signing with Buffalo and eventually landing on Indianapolis's practice squad.
At 6-3, 215 pounds with a 4.50 second 40-yard dash time and a 39.5” vertical jump, Rogers possesses elite measurables and could have worked his way to the first day of the draft had he remained at Tennessee.
The 6-2 Colts were facing the 3-6 Rams. Playing at home, it seemed like the Colts would get their seventh win of the season.
Well, not exactly.
By now, you probably know what happened and most importantly, how bad it was. So let’s take a look at the Colts’ three units and see how they performed against the Rams, while also picking the best player on both offense and defense.
The Indianapolis Colts lost to the Rams 38-8 yesterday. With Greg out on assignment, we wanted your take on what we should be moaning about today. After THAT game, we have a feeling you might be able to come up with something...
Feel free to have at it in the comments below!
Editor's Note: Also, here are some tweets from yesterday to inspire you.- KJRno comments
Remember never to be too high on a team after they win or too low after a loss. It’s just one game, with an early chance at redemption on Thursday. And now the bad news:
Watching this game, as with many of the Colts’ first halves, one can’t help but to wonder what this team’s film sessions are like. They talked about the Rams’ pass rush. Did they devise any ways to slow it down? Did they add any wrinkles to the offense that work against the opposition’s weaknesses, get some safety help against the Rams’ speedy rookie receiver, or adjust when things weren’t going right? And so on.
Indianapolis repeatedly appeared to treat their weaknesses as strengths: the shaky interior line blocking, kick returns, little help for the tackles against two great edge rushers, a struggling cornerback on an island against a deep threat. Certainly, with anything, there’s more than meets the eye, but today’s game didn’t pass the eye test.
12 Things to Watch For in Sunday's Colts-Rams Game
Another Missouri Clemens comes to entertain the locals this week.
Last week, the Colts rallied to top the Texans. Now with a firm two-game lead on the AFC South, they return home to take on the Saint Louis Rams. Here's what to watch for.
1. Watch some bad receivers. After rewatching tape of Sunday's win, the biggest take away was just how terrible Indy's receivers are without Reggie Wayne. Obviously, T.Y. Hilton can play in this league, but we knew that already. After watching Mssrs. Heyward-Bey (-21.8 percent DVOA), Whalen (-30.1 percent) and Brazil slap at balls and bat them to the ground, it became obvious that the Colts don't have an answer on their roster. Whalen made a huge catch late to convert a third down, but he reminds me far more of Blair White than of Austin Collie. This team needs to make a serious investment in the wideout position in the offseason and has to stop signing retread veterans as if they were a fix.no comments
“A very sound team, and unpredictable. He will pull some tricks out, so you have to be on your P’s and Q’s.” – Robert Mathis on facing a Jeff Fisher-coached team (brings back memories of a certain 2004 game and a flurry of onside kicks)
Yes, one of Indy’s more respected (former) long-time AFC South nemeses is coming to town on Sunday. The Colts will take on the St. Louis Rams, whom Fisher has been quietly molding into something similar to a few of his better Titans teams, with a reliable running game, a 4-3 defense that has a playmaker at each level, and a good, if not necessarily elite, quarterback.
It was a wild finish for the Colts and Texans on Sunday night but in the end not much changed within the suddenly stable AFC South. The pecking order remained the same and the world continued spinning as expected.
How we arrived at this point is bizarre tale however. The Jaguars rested following having their best home crowd this season in London. The Titans knocked off the Rams with Jeff Fisher at the helm on the opposite sideline. The Texans played bully to Andrew Luck until he masterminded another 4th quarter comeback. To say the least, it was a pretty exciting week in the AFC South.