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Fansided: Colts have all ten draft picks signed
Bobby Okereke was the last one to do it, but he finally did it yesterday. All 10 draft picks from the 2019 class are now under contract with the team. Having all of them signed before training camp is a big deal. Now they will have a full training camp to make impressions with the coaches.
That isn't the only important reason to have all 10 picks signed before camp. Now that they are all signed, there is no possibility of a holdout situation. That means one less distraction for the team as they are trying to get better.
ESPN.com: Slow and steady could win the AFC South race for Colts
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts strolled into the offseason some three months ago with the most salary-cap space in the NFL. But as each day, each week and eventually each month passed, they showed very little movement when it came to free agency while the other three teams in the AFC South each found a way to make headlines.
That's fine with the Colts because they're not about being talked about or showing up on the news ticker.
Taking the approach of having stability has the Colts in position to be the favorites to win the division for the first time since 2014.
Stampede Blue: Colts Minicamp Day 2 Review
The Indianapolis Colts concluded their second day of mandatory team minicamp, and here are some of the latest key developments from Wednesday:<strong>Colts Cornerback Depth Continues to Shine</strong>
Okay, Colts fans already know that the Colts have a very talented cornerback group with plenty of potential--especially one to four, with Pierre Desir, Kenny Moore, Quincy Wilson, and Rock Ya-Sin.
However, due to injuries, it's the cornerbacks outside that quartet that also have made a lot of noise this offseason--namely Nate Hairston and Jalen Collins again on Wednesday (also with a shout-out to safety Malik Hooker):
Malik Hooker intercepts Jacoby Brissett in 7s on a tip, and thenNate Hairston leaps off balance and picks it a few plays later.
Stampede Blue: What to make of Andrew Luck's calf strain
Just when Colts fans thought the nightmare was over, they find themselves about to head into the break that follows OTAs and Minicamp wondering about the health of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. The good news? The reported injury is a calf strain and the team has consistently indicated that holding Luck out of practices is simply a precautionary measure.
Thankfully, his shoulder is not the issue.
Unfortunately, the stale taste in the mouths of Colts faithful after unfulfilled promises in the past regarding Luck and injuries creates some hesitation. If that wasn't enough, superstar basketball player Kevin Durant's injury that has rocked the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Playoffs has certainly not helped.
Indianapolis Star: Doyel: Hit hard and carry a big chip -- Colts LB Darius Leonard will never be satisfied
Darius Leonard on his second year and the chip on his shoulder Matt Kryger, IndyStar
INDIANAPOLIS - The chip is what drove Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard to greatness. The disrespect he felt, real or imagined. The humble upbringing, little kids staring and pointing fingers -- real or imagined -- and big colleges not looking at him at all. Real, that one.
The chip drove Darius Leonard to a record-setting career at tiny South Carolina State, drove him early into the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, drove him toward the greatest rookie season by a Colts defender in franchise history.
Fansided: Colts make Kenny Moore highest paid slot cornerback
Chris Ballard clearly has a plan to take care of his own guys before spending money on outside help. Kenny Moore is the newest player to be the beneficiary of that philosophy. He got a four-year extension from the team that makes him the highest paid slot corner in the league.
Moore has been an excellent player for the Colts in recent seasons. While he's only 5'9, he plays much bigger than that. He has the skills to not only play the slot but play on the outside as well. But he starts at the slot corner position and is most effective there.
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Stampede Blue: Colts re-sign CB Kenny Moore to 4-year deal
Chris Ballard has a very specific vision for the Colts in both the long and short term. He has spoken since his arrival about building through the draft and developing the players you have. There is simply no way to have sustainable success in the NFL without regularly finding success doing these two things.
While pundits have perennially labeled the Colts as a prime destination for nearly every big-name free agent due to their substantial salary cap space, their actual free agent moves have been subtle, and to some, underwhelming. A brief look at this offseason though, and you can see that Chris Ballard is doing exactly what he wants to with all that cap space.
Fansided: What is the Colts' biggest threat In 2019?
The AFC is stacked with talent from the revamped Raiders offense, the Patriots who are always good, and the Jets who gained a once-in-a-lifetime player. Even with all the threats on different teams, some got worse.
Pittsburgh got hit the hardest with losing Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, arguably two of the best players at their respective positions. The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement and an aging Tom Brady is closing in on retirement. Leaving the Colts and Chiefs atop the AFC powerhouse in the next 3-5 years.
But not looking too far in the future but into 2019, what is the biggest threat to the Colts?
Stampede Blue: Colts News: Colts send message in extending CB Kenny Moore
Indianapolis Colts send a message in extending CB Kenny Moore
The team had two more seasons of control for the slot corner but still sought to lock him up
Holder: Breaking down the many factors behind Kenny Moore's contract extension with the Colts - The Athletic
The Colts are bucking the NFL trend and are not being influenced by what other teams are doing.
On Thursday, the Colts signed Kenny Moore to a 4-year contract extension. Why did the Colts make the move for Moore now?
Extension with Colts leaves Kenny Moore II 'speechless' | FOX59
ESPN.com: Source: Colts sign CB Moore to 4-year extension
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts have signed cornerback Kenny Moore to a four-year contract extension that will make him the highest-paid slot cornerback in the NFL, a source confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.
The Colts claimed Moore, an undrafted free agent out of Valdosta State in 2017, off waivers after he was released from the New England Patriots in September 2017.
Moore had 77 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks last season.
While lined up in the slot last season, Moore's three interceptions were tied for first in the NFL, his 10.
Stampede Blue: Colts Sign Obum Gwacham; Waive DT Chunky Clements
The Indianapolis Colts announced on Thursday that the team signed defensive end Obum Gwacham and waived defensive tackle Chunky Clements in a corresponding roster move.
Gwacham was one of nine tryout players the Colts had in their mandatory team minicamp this week.
Originally a 6th round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Draft, the 6'5", 246 pound pass rusher has 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in 15 career games--having also spent time with the New Orleans Saints (as well as the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets' practice squads).
Fansided: The Colts' 6 biggest moments with Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay is one of the most polarizing owners around the league. By everyone's account, he is a great boss to work for and allows his employees to do his job. But he also has had some off the field problems with drugs and alcohol that has led to some bad press.
Under his ownership, the Colts have moved up to the top shelf of the league. This is the most accomplished era of football since the franchise has been in the league. A large part of that is because of Irsay. He has brought this team success with his hires.
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