Did you know? Josh Betts, who has a good shot at landing the No. 3 quarterback position this year, stepped into the starter's role at Miami (OH) after Ben Roethlisberger left to join the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rayner trails in Green Bay: PackersNews.com is reporting that former Colts kicker Dave Rayner trails former Dallas kicker Billy Cundiff for Green Bay's kicking position. The two squared-off on Tuesday in a head-to-head competition that included kicking an extra point and then field goal attempts of 24, 29, 34, 39, 44, 52, and 43 yards. Cundiff missed the 52-yarder while Rayner missed a pair from 52 and 43 yards. But he also barely made the 44-yard attempt, just inside the upright. Rayner was a 6th-round pick by the Colts in the 2005 draft out of Michigan State who handled kickoff duties during the first few months of the season. He was released following the Colts' signing of Adam Vinatieri.
Former Colt beating the odds: Running back Jim Finn, who spent three seasons with the Colts, will turn 30 this December and has managed to keep his NFL career going despite never reaching marquee-status in the league. "If you ask people in the front office from any team that I've played for, they probably wouldn't have thought I would have played eight years in the NFL," Finn told Michael Eisen at Giants.com. "That is my constant motivation, just to keep going. People will say, ‘Maybe he's ready to retire now,' but that's not how I feel. That's what's motivating me these days, just trying to go out and keep beating off the challenges from all of these younger players.
"I still feel like I'm improving each year, so until I stop doing that in my eyes, I don't see a reason to stop," he said.Beating a worn-out drum: Gary Myers of the New York Daily News did a write-up on NFL quarterbacks and coaches that included this comment about Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. " He's eight years into his career and said he plans to play 16. Double his stats and he will finish with more yards, TDs, attempts and completions than Dan Marino, who holds all those records. But double his Super Bowl appearances and he still has zero, one fewer than Marino," he wrote. He then goes on to say that even if Manning, who is 3-6 in the playoffs to date, breaks all those records, his career will have an asterisk next to it if he doesn't win a Super Bowl.
Why the Colts passed on Couch: Mark Story at the Lexington Herald-Leader learned from Tim Couch's older brother that the Colts' team physicians reviewed the results of an MRI they did on his surgically-repaired shoulder and noted a problem that explained why Couch was still having some discomfort. Couch is circling back to the doctor who did the surgery to figure out his next steps, but it doesn't look promising that he'll be playing in the NFL this year.
"Tim's trying to find out if he can do more rehab (to heal his arm) or if he's going to need another surgery," Greg Couch told Story. If more surgery is required, the former Browns quarterback will likely retire.