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, with a report from Tim Graham of TheAthletic.com that the Colts expressed interest in signing updrafted Central Connecticut quarterback Jake Dolegala, but decided not to because they plan to sign Chad Kelly.Yes, Chad Kelly. The same Chad Kelly who has a history of off-field issues that re-emerged last year, when a bizarre night at Von Miller‘s Halloween party ended with Kelly being charged with criminal trespassing after being chased out of a home into which he’d wandered by a man wielding a vacuum cleaner tube.Kelly previously had been escorted out of Miller’s party, after getting into an altercation with another guest. (Kelly also got into an altercation with security workers while being escorted out.)The Broncos promptly cut Kelly, even though he’d climbed from Mr. Irrelevant in 2017 to No. 2 on the depth chart in 2018. He has remained unemployed, and he never was connected to the now-defunct AAF — even though co-founder Bill Polian insisted that Kelly was the best quarterback in a draft class that included Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.Last month, Kelly pleaded guilty to second-degree misdemeanor trespassing, with a pending felony charge dismissed as part of the deal. Kelly was placed on probation for a year.Video of the incident has since emerged, showing Kelly running from the home dressed as Woody from .Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Colts have not made a decision on whether to sign Kelly. The Colts brought him to Indianapolis a few weeks ago, as part of their due diligence.With Jacoby Brissett entering the final year of his contract, the Colts need to be thinking about having a backup quarterback beyond 2019. And, actually, if they have a quarterback who can fill the backup role, they could (in theory) trade Brissett.But first the Colts will need to believe that they can trust Kelly. And they also need to be willing to conclude that he deserves a second chance. Or as the case may be third chance.The fact that Dolegala and his feel-good story didn’t get a chance to sign with the Colts underscores the most important point to remember when someone gets a second chance: With a finite number of jobs in the NFL, every second chance takes away the first chance of someone who didn’t do anything wrong.In this case, Dolegala landed with the Bengals. But if he’d signed with the Colts, someone else would have gotten a first chance with the Bengals. Because there are only 2,880 offseason roster spots, and only 1,696 when September rolls around.With Tyreek Hill still occupying one of 90 offseason roster spots in Kansas City, that’s an important point to keep in mind. This week’s game against the Houston Texans was a critical one, and the Colts didn’t shrink from it. After coming out flat on offense and looking like they could squander their chance at a playoff spot, the Colts got things going in the 2nd quarter and knocked off the Texans in their own stadium to end the win streak that the Colts began. This was a big win for this Colts team and one they have stumbled to get in recent years. It certainly isn’t the end https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Jack-Doyle-Jersey
, and there are still important games ahead, but this was loomed as the toughest on their schedule, and a victory keeps a playoff appearance very clearly in the Colts’ sight.Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from this big-time matchup.WinnersT.Y. HiltonWho else could we start off with but T.Y. Hilton? The guy was a game time decision after missing practice all week and being limited on Friday with a shoulder injury. After a beautiful 60-yard pass from Luck, he came up limping after some sort of lower leg or foot issue and found himself on the sideline trying to walk it off. Then he proceeded to get back in the game and rack up 199 receiving yards on 9 receptions, absolutely torching a Texans secondary that could not seem to do anything to stop him getting open. This is the kind of vintage performance we’ve come to expect from Hilton in Houston, and seeing him gut out a great game through multiple injuries tells us all we need to know about how tough a competitor he is. If this is the version of Hilton we get for the rest of the season, go ahead and pencil this team in as a wildcard team.Andrew LuckPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesLuck sometimes suffers in terms of being classified as a winner because of how good he consistently is. It is easy to discount it as “just another Luck performance” and not give him full credit for his play. Not this week. Luck put on a clinic in pocket movement, which he has been doing all year. He scrambled when it made sense, extended the play, and showed a ridiculous ability to put great touch on his passes even when he was under significant pressure with the pocket collapsing. Against a very good Texans defensive line, Luck stayed cool and carved up their secondary, going 27/41 for 399 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Those numbers aren’t necessarily remarkable on their own, but this is truly a “watch the film” performance by Luck. He was playing at an incredibly high level and the switch to the up-tempo offense allowed him to really abuse the Texans. He deserves to be in the conversation for MVP.Denico AutryTroy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsSince getting healthy, Denico Autry has been on a tear, seemingly to make up for lost time. Over the past two weeks, he has 11 tackles, 5 sacks, 6 QB hits, and 5 tackles for loss. He is making himself stand out and is a prime example of how matching a good player to the right scheme can make a big difference. No one hearing his name called would have guessed what kind of impact he could have for this defense, but despite missing time this season, he has 8 sacks on the season. Credit to Chris Ballard and Matt Eberflus for seeing a guy who would fit their vision for the defense and helping to maximize his impact. Clayton GeathersPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesGeathers was in on what seemed like every single play on the defensive side of the ball. His stat line doesn’t pop the way Leonard or Autry’s do, but he was all over the field impacting the game in a number of ways. If not for the absolutely terrible penalty called on Malik Hooker, Geathers would have had a ridiculous heads-up interception on the goal line which would have taken the ball away as the Texans were threatening to score. A strong finish to the season is big for Geathers. I’m not sure he will be wearing a Colts uniform next year because he has struggled to stay healthy Adam Vinatieri Jersey
, but if he can have a good push to finish out this season, it’ll give him a shot to be back with the team next season.Darius LeonardPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesI’m not going to dig too deep into this one. Leonard was his usual self, somehow making a 12-tackle 1-sack, 1-tackle for loss, 1-QB hit game where he defended a pass while covering DeAndre Hopkins look easy. This guy is like a cheat code at linebacker and we are really lucky that Chris Ballard and his scouts are better than all those guys who thought Leonard was overrated. He looked great and should be the DROY, no matter what those chumps in Dallas think.Kenny MoorePhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesOn a day where the Colts needed their secondary to step up, Kenny Moore was up to the challenge. He played solid coverage all day and played a big role in limiting DeAndre Hopkins’ impact on the game. He also managed to get a sack and a tackle for loss, as he continues to prove himself a valuable asset blitzing off the edge. LosersMatthew AdamsPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesSeriously, Adams is a loser here. Not because he didn’t anything wrong at all though. He’s a loser because apparently the NFL officials hate him. Two weeks in a row Adams has made solid plays and gotten hit with bogus penalties. Last week he was robbed of a sack because of a roughing the passer hit which was complete nonsense. Today he got hit with a hit on a defenseless receiver penalty, despite hitting the receiver from the front side and not leading with his helmet. It is ridiculous that this guy can’t catch a break. George OdumThe Colts special teams hasn’t been very good this season, and that has been a source of frustration for me personally. One of the main reasons for that is George Odum, and he repeated his tendency to draw penalties again this week with an incredibly obvious and stupid block in the back penalty. I’m not sure what he brings to the table, but you can’t have that kind of undisciplined play messing up field position. Hopefully the Colts plan to upgrade their crop of special teamers in the offseason.Chester RogersSpeaking of special teams disappointment, Chester Rogers continues to be a major letdown as a returner. Disaster was narrowly averted when he muffed a punt, which he was fortunately able to recover.Perhaps as frustrating is his tendency to call for a fair catch without defenders within 10-15 yards away, or worse still, his perpetual tendency to fair catch inside the 10-yard line. I will never understand why he is doing this, and to some degree as it has continued all season, some blame has to go on special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone, because you’ve got to get it through his head that doing this is a stupid play that pins your offense back deep. Like Odum, I don’t expect that Rogers is a part of this team in 2019, but I’d like to see things cleaned up this season all the same.