Examining Indianapolis Colts' Offseason and Key Preseason Positional Battles

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Letting Manning go after more than a decade of dominance wasnt a popular decision, but it was the right choice. The future of the franchise looks brighter than ever. With their franchise signal-caller in place, the Colts had only to focus on building around him this offseason. They found the biggest piece of the puzzle last offseason, and general manager Ryan Grigson was left to fill other holes without needing to worry about who will be under center going forward. Grigson brought in some offensive help this offseason in the form of former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus, former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and veteran signal-caller Matt Hasselbeck , but considering the pieces he already had in place, the young GM wasnt forced to make a major splash on the free-agent market to shore up the offense. Grigson also signed safety LaRon Landry to a four-year contract to strengthen the teams secondary, but the high-profile signings ended there. As has often been the case for the Colts, the organization filled a couple positional needs in free agency with the intent of continuing to build through the draft.





New Players on Indianapolis Colts Defense Should Lead to Improvement





No NFL quarterback attempted more passes of 20-plus yards than Andrew Luck in 2012, according to ProFootballFocus.com. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft was second only to Matthew Stafford in dropbacks and first by a wide margin in dropbacks under pressure. Luck also led the NFL in plays in which he was hit, hurried or sacked. Fabiano: Fantasy rookie roundup Which first-year players should you target for your fantasy roster? Michael Fabiano reveals his top 10 rookies for 2013. More ... What do those stats mean? Despite awful pass protection, Luck still was entrusted with making the most difficult throws in the league.





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The new rules were so restrictive that the Indianapolis Colts have decided to help some of their fans out. Starting during the NFLs preseason, fans will only be allowed to bring in bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 x 6 x 12. Restricted items include: any purselarger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, seat cushions and camera bags. The Colts announced that they will provide season ticket holders with compliant bags in early August, just in time for the preseason, according to the Indy Star. We are proud that the Indianapolis Colts fan game day experience has been rated #1 for a second consecutive year by Stadium Journey Magazine, Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said. The foundation of that experience begins with public safety. Therefore, we continue our outstanding partnership with the other 31 NFL teams, NFL security, Lucas Oil Stadium and local law enforcement by adding this league-wide policy. The Kansas City Chiefs announced in June that they will also be giving compliant bags to season ticket holders. In addition to placing the new restrictions, the league is directing fans to purchase one of their licensed bags that will comply with the rules on NFLshop.com.





Indianapolis Colts to Provide Fans With Bags Compliant With New NFL Stadium Restrictions





The Chevrolet sports car got police's attention shortly after midnight because it was being driven erratically, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Araz Alali told CNN. According to charging papers filed in D.C. Superior Court, police spotted one of its passengers standing up in the backseat of the convertible. On the street, plainclothes officers repeatedly asked the Camaro's driver to put the car in the park. Instead, according to the charging papers, he put his foot on the gas and sped away. Four officers eventually found the Camaro, its still unidentified driver having fled on foot. They also saw one man, later identified as Lefeged, running in one direction and the man who'd been standing up in the Camaro, later identified as 23-year-old Aaron Timothy Wilson, going another way. Both men were arrested, about four miles east of the Capitol, without incident, according to Alali. Lefeged's public defender, Martina King, gave a different take, saying her client was sitting in the Camaro's passenger seat, not on foot, when he was arrested.





Indianapolis Colts' 2012 draft could be one of NFL's best





After a busy offseason in both free agency and with the draft, a new group of defensive players are coming in to Indianapolis. Now is the time to expect the Colts' defense to make some noticeable improvement. The defensive line will have plenty of new players this coming season. After falling to the fifth round a year ago, Josh Chapman is trying to establish himself as the starting nose tackle for the Colts. Chapman missed the entire 2012 season while trying to recover from a torn ACL. Chapman suffered this injury as a senior three months prior to his Alabama team winning the BCS National Championship Game. Amazingly, Chapman put off surgery and played much of the season on that injured knee.









Overton and 10 Riley patients and their parents went VIP to see Bieber perform for a crowd of thousands. "This means so much to her. It's a dream come true for her," said Lutisha Wilson of the opportunity for her daughter. "I love his music and I think he's really cute," added 10-year-old Kaitlyn Gornick. For Kaitlyn, it was a chance to forget how hard it has been fighting leukemia for the past two years. "I have to go to Riley quite a bit and I hate the needle part of it," she explained. "We take it one day at a time. There are days she feels well and days she doesn't," said Kaitlyn's mother, Jeannie Taylor. This was one of the good days for all of these kids.