I missed this great quote from Vic Carucci, NFL.com's national editor, from a column he wrote earlier this week. Just in case you did, too, I'm going to share it with you to kick off Saturday's Colts Blog...
"I just wish more receivers would pay attention to Marvin Harrison. He makes one of the most spectacular touchdown catches in NFL history to help the Colts to a massive victory, and all anyone talks about afterward is … the play. Not any contrived celebration. Just the play."
What a great point to send to players around the league. It doesn't get much better than that. Well said, Vic.
If the Colts can get out to a big lead in this one, I'd love to see them give
some reps to rookie running back Dede Dorsey so Colts fans can see this player
in action. It would be good for the team to be able to evaluate him in live
action as well since they're going to have to make a decision on whether or not
to re-sign Dominic Rhodes at the end of the season.
With so many players available for unrestricted free agency along with Rhodes -- Dwight Freeney, Cato June, Nick Harper, James Mungro and Terrence Wilkins to name a few -- the Colts need to know if Dorsey can step in and compete for the role of Joseph Addai's backup next season so that they can accurately assess how much to bid if they decide to pursue a new deal with Rhodes.
In today's salary cap-driven NFL, teams have to make tough choices on where they will spend their money. And it's clear that the Colts see the tackle and center
positions as the most integral to the offensive line's success. by the fact that they
haven't allowed Tarik Glenn (10th year) and Ryan Diem (6th year) and Jeff Saturday )8th season) go anywhere.
Based on information from our salary cap expert, David Whiteley, Glenn's estimated cap hit this year is $6.9 million while Diem's is $5.2 million. Center Jeff Saturday is hitting the cap for an estimated $4.1 million this year.
Meanwhile, the Colts have allowed their guards to test free agency and leave over the past few years (remember Rick DeMulling, Steve McKinney and Larry Moore for example?). Both Jake Scott and Ryan Lilja will be restricted free agents this year, so it'll be interesting to see what the Colts do with that pair of talented guards after this year.
At the moment, both players, along with second-year player Dylan Gandy, are great values for the production they bring to the line. The estimated cap hit for each of three is between $430,000 to $472,000.
Will the absence of running back Willis Mcgahee really be that big of a deal for Buffalo? During the Bills' last five games, McGahee was only averaging 3.2 yards per carry and had just nine catches for 94 yards. Backup Anthony Thomas stepped in last week after McGahee's injury and carried the ball 20 times for 95 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown while catching just one pass for six yards. So McGahee's broken ribs might actually pit the Colts against a running back who is hungry to prove that he should be "the man" in Buffalo's rushing offense.
That said, fully expect the Colts to load up the box to stop the run like they did early against the Redskins' Clinton Portis a few weeks ago. Because they know that if they can contain Thomas, the Bills will have to put the load on quarterback J.P. Losman. And he's simply not capable of keeping up with Peyton Manning.
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