Abdurrahman Ya-Sin Jersey

Greetings Faithful! We are back with another scouting report. Today, we focus on the defensive side of the ball, and the secondary with Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Not only does the senior have the coolest name in this draft class, his stock has been climbing for much of the draft process. Fun Fact: His legal name is Abdurrahman Ya-Sin.

The San Francisco 49ers will need to add additional depth and competition in the secondary. Richard Sherman is not going to be around in the long term and the team would be wise to continue to add talent to a position of need. Let’s take a closer look and see how Rock Ya-Sin can be a nice addition to the red and gold!

Rock Ya-Sin was not a highly recruited player coming out of high school, and began at a smaller program at Presbyterian College before transferring to Temple. He turned heads and exceled as a first-team All-American. In his senior season Ya-Sin led the Owls with 12 passes broken up with 47 tackles, two for a loss, and two interceptions.

He has great size and physical traits that should transition smoothly at the next level. He is a physical corner who bodies opposing receivers. Moves fluidly through his hips, and is light on his feet, particularly in his back-pedal. He has a strong frame and a natural blend of upper and lower body strength. While he doesn’t have explosive speed, on tape, I like his closing speed and burst to put himself in a position of attack on passes. Has strong and aggressive hands that will play into the catch-point, and will not shy away in one to one matchups against receivers.

Often times on tape, Ya-Sin made his presence known against the run, and put his body in a position to make a play. Has good awareness and instincts for where the play is going to occur. Here is an example of Ya-sin with a pick against Tulsa:

Ya-Sin was stingy in man to man coverages, and found creative ways to isolate the receiver and take him out of the play. Ya-Sin did only play one season of FBS level football, however he made the most of that opportunity leading the team in passes broken up. He has the ability to produce game changing plays.

Ya-Sin is still a raw talent to some respect, and with more coaching and technique he has the potential to turn into a special player at the pro level.

Is He A Fit For the 49ers?

Well, I suppose it depends on if Rock Ya-Sin fits the mold that this current 49ers regime seeks at the position. You might say he falls just short of those numbers, but then again, the team did just sign Jason Verrett in free agency. What I like about Ya-Sin is his physical tools, his ability to isolate receivers, and deflect passes thrown in his direction. Ya-sin is coachable, and as I mentioned earlier, with some more technique and polishing, he can be a starting caliber corner at the next level. His physical and tough presence on the field, along with his disruptive tendencies in the secondary, and willingness to go the extra yard is everything a GM should want out of a prospect. He will only add more competition and flair to a position of need. Ya-Sin’s draft projections are a bit all over the place at the moment. A recent mock draft had him going in the back end of the first round, while other mocks have him going in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds. At this point in time I like Ya-Sin going in the middle of day two, perhaps the backend of the second round. There is, of course, the chance he drops to the 49ers third round selection. If the 49ers are looking to address cornerback in the 3rd round, I believe rock Ya-Sin should a consideration for that pick.

What are YOUR thoughts on Rock Ya-Sin? Would you trade back in the second round or consider him in the 3rd round? Please share in the comments below!

A single quote can’t sum up Rock Ya-Sin.

But this one’s a good start.

“He’s such a different dude,” Andrew Thacker, Ya-Sin’s defensive coordinator at Temple, told The Chronicle-Telegram by phone.

The originality starts with his background.

He grew up as a wrestler — he won two state championships in Georgia — and didn’t play football until he was a junior in high school. He was lightly recruited and wound up at Presbyterian College, an FCS school. He was a three-year starter at cornerback before Presbyterian decided to drop to Division II and he transferred to Temple for his senior season in 2018.

“We certainly saw some dominant traits in him,” said Thacker, whose recruitment of Ya-Sin included their first meeting at a McDonald’s in Clinton, S.C.

“To say we knew he was going to be elite as he was would be an overstatement.”

Ya-Sin, whose given name is Abdurrahman Ibn, is a devout Muslim and maintained his high level of play even during periods of fasting, according to Nathan Burton, his defensive backs coach at Temple.

“Which is unbelievable to me,” Burton said.

“Unbelievable” is a word used a lot to describe Ya-Sin, most often when the topic is work ethic.

“His relentless work ethic at a position where normally there are high-maintenance prima donnas,” Thacker said. “In a team full of hard workers, he stood out among the rest.”

The proof was visible on his jersey. Temple reserves single-digit numbers for its toughest players and hardest workers, and Ya-Sin was given No. 6 after only months at the school.

“It’s unbelievably impressive,” Thacker said. “It’s unprecedented. Just speaks volumes to how relentless of a worker he is.”

Ya-Sin is a popular pick for the second half of the first round in mock drafts, but only one year at the FBS level, in the American Athletic Conference, could allow him to fall into the second round. Either way, he could be a guy Browns general manager John Dorsey targets in a trade up as he looks to add a young corner to pair with Denzel Ward, the No. 4 pick last year.

Dorsey has taken plenty of chances on talented players with character issues, and could have the opportunity to flip the script a bit.

“He is wired differently,” Thacker said. “He is the most self-motivated football player that I’ve ever had the opportunity to play with or to coach or to be around. He works at a different rate and has a different mentality and is fun to be around. And so blessed I had a chance to be around it and observe it.”

Ya-Sin is more than good character and hard work. He can play.

He’s 5-foot-11ᄒ and 192 pounds with a physique befitting his nickname. He ran a solid 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the combine, leaped 39ᄑ inches and broad jumped 10 feet.

He had five interceptions as a junior at Presbyterian, and 47 tackles, two tackles for loss, a team-high 14 passes defensed and two interceptions at Temple. He has big-time ball skills and didn’t allow a catch over 20 yards last year.

“I think because of his wrestling background, he had some elite body awareness where he could be in someone else’s bubble in space and there was no open access for the quarterback to throw it,” Burton said. “And every time they tested him and tried him, he would defeat the ball with his ball skills.”

Burton said he always liked recruiting basketball point guards because of their body awareness from defending quick ballhandlers. He’s considering going after championship wrestlers.

“Because they play with leverage, they play with near foot and near shoulder, they’ve got to stay low, they’ve got to maneuver, they’re reading their man,” he said. “It really has opened my eyes up to spatial awareness.”

Temple played a lot of press man-to-man coverage, and Ya-Sin excelled.

“So very technically sound, very patient, very coachable,” Thacker said. “He’s got elite strength for the position.”

Thacker also said Ya-Sin has “elite competes,” which means he’ll battle every day and on every play. The coaches say that won’t stop in the NFL.

“Beyond talent, he’s going to have a long NFL career, because he’s going to will himself to be successful and outwork people in every phase of the physical and the mental,” Thacker said.

It’ll be the next chapter in an unlikely but inspiring tale.

“He wrote his own story by saying this is what I’m going to do and I’m going to do it,” Burton said. “He put that into the atmosphere and he got it. So I’m not surprised it’s going to happen.”

Bobby Okereke Jersey

The Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their selections on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft taking former Stanford linebacker Bobby Okereke, a prospect they feel is a perfect fit.

While it remains to be seen where Okereke will fit inside the Colts’ fast and aggressive defense, the third-round pick is prepared for any role that’s asked of him.

“Yeah, I mean I’ll obviously come in as a guy who can play on all four special teams and then just be a fast, athletic guy that can compete and just play wherever I’m needed,” Okereke told reporters in a conference call Friday night.

The Colts likely feel Okereke has a similar game to that of Darius Leonard. He’s a lengthy linebacker with range and instincts to go along with solid coverage abilities. He has some issues consistently matching strength against the run but could start out in sub packages.

A Stanford product, Okereke comes to the Colts with extremely high character, which is one of the reasons Indy wound up taking him with the No. 89 overall pick in the draft.

Okereke sees himself as a MIKE but reiterated that the Colts can use him anywhere.

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The Colts likely feel Okereke has a similar game to that of Darius Leonard. He’s a lengthy linebacker with range and instincts to go along with solid coverage abilities. He has some issues consistently matching strength against the run but could start out in sub packages.

A Stanford product, Okereke comes to the Colts with extremely high character, which is one of the reasons Indy wound up taking him with the No. 89 overall pick in the draft.

Okereke sees himself as a MIKE but reiterated that the Colts can use him anywhere.

“Yeah – fast, physical, sideline to sideline,” said Okereke. “I’ve got really good length but also really good coverage ability and I am an instant plug and play special teams player. So I can really do whatever the team needs me to do.”

The Colts wanted to emphasize grabbing athletic players on Day 2, and Okereke could find himself working in a role with impact during his rookie season.

INDIANAPOLIS — Linebacker Bobby Okereke, the Indianapolis Colts’ third-round (89th-overall) pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, held his first media conference call on Friday night. What did he have to say about his game?

You’re coming to a pretty loaded linebacker group. Have they told you at all what they expect your role to be?

“Yeah, I mean I’ll obviously come in as a guy who can play on all four special teams and then just be a fast, athletic guy that can compete and just play wherever I’m needed.”

Have they told you what linebacker spot they see you at?

“I think more MIKE.”

What was it like interning for Condoleezza Rice?

“That was amazing. Just got to go in her office and see the work she does every day and then see all the important people that send her emails or that she has corresponded with. I worked on the KPMG project with Condoleezza Rice. She just brought some underprivileged kids in and basically just toured them around Stanford. So I got to organize that. That was pretty cool.”

What were your interactions like with the Colts with the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and the last couple months?

“Just really talked extensively with their main area scout Chris (McGaha). I first met him at the Senior Bowl. Then I had a formal interview with the Colts, basically the whole staff – defensive coach (Matt Eberflus), linebacker coach (Dave Borgonzi) and got to meet them. Then obviously Chris was at my Pro Day again. I just felt really comfortable with them. They kept telling me, ‘We want you to be a Colt. We love you. We love your playstyle. We think we would fit well with you.’ I’m excited that they pulled the trigger.”

For those unfamiliar with your playing style, describe it for us.

“Yeah – fast, physical, sideline to sideline. I’ve got really good length but also really good coverage ability and I am an instant plug and play special teams player. So I can really do whatever the team needs me to do.”

What was your major at Stanford?

“Management science and engineering with a track in finance and decision analysis.”

With that major how did you end up doing the political stuff?

“It was really just an opportunity that arrived. Matt Doyle, our director of football operations, told me that there was an opening to intern with Condoleezza Rice. So once I heard about that I jumped on it.”

What does someone with that major do after football?

“Anything in finance basically. I interned at a private investment firm in Palo Alto so I got good experience there. But really investment banking, financial analysis and anything in that realm.”

Andrew Luck apparently works out at Stanford a lot during the offseason. Do you have a relationship with him?

“Yeah, there was a point in time he was back. I had some really good conversations with him. I just got to see how smart, how humble and how focused of a guy he is. So obviously that is going to be a big role model for me and someone that I’m going to be looking up to once I get into Indy.”

Did you have any idea where you were going to go round-wise?

“I was thinking third, maybe a slight chance I would go in the second. I was prepared to go in the fourth or the fifth, but going in the third round is a blessing.”

Did you make a pre-draft visit here?

“I didn’t take any pre-draft visits to Indianapolis, no. I mean I spent time there for the combine obviously. But I took one to the Ravens and I also spent a little time with the Raiders at their local pro day.”

I am sure you are a little familiar with the defense. What’s it like thinking of playing next to Darius Leonard who jumped out of nowhere last year?

“I mean it’s amazing. I obviously get to come in and pick his brain. But to have someone in the position room like that to compete with every day and to feed that type of energy off of – I mean it’s only going to make both of us better.”

Ben Banogu Jersey

For the first time since 2001, TCU football has had multiple defensive linemen selected in the NFL draft.

Former Horned Frogs defensive end Ben Banogu was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 49th overall pick (second round) at the NFL draft Friday in Nashville, Tenn. His selection comes just one day after former teammate and fellow defensive end L.J. Collier was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 29 overall pick in the draft.

With Banogu off the board, TCU has now produced multiple draft picks for a fifth straight spring. The Horned Frogs have had at least one player drafted every spring since 2009.

Banogu, a native of nearby Prosper, Texas and a Prosper High School alum, capped off his senior year at TCU last fall with his strongest showing yet, posting a career-high 57 total tackles. Banogu, who was named the Big 12 preseason Defensive Player of the Year last July, also recorded 8.5 sacks for a second straight season.

Like Collier, Banogu’s journey to becoming an NFL draft pick was anything but ordinary. After a high-school career at Prosper which was plagued by injuries, Banogu had only a 2-star rating as a recruit before committing to Louisiana-Monroe. Banogu, after redshirting the 2014 season, only spent one season in Monroe before transferring to TCU.

After sitting out the 2016 season in line with NCAA transfer policies, Banogu experienced a meteoric rise in Fort Worth. In his first season of play with the Horned Frogs in 2017, Banogu erupted as one of the Big 12’s most fearsome pass rushers en route to 55 total tackles — 16.5 for a loss. Banogu’s impressive resume had some projecting him as a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, though Banogu opted to stay in Fort Worth for his senior year.

Along with Collier, Banogu received an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in January, where he continued to impress scouts and improve his draft stock. Even more impressive was his showing at the NFL combine one month later, where he posted the longest broad jump by defensive lineman at the event in 16 years.

Now, he’s joined the sizeable fraternity of under-recruited TCU products in the Gary Patterson era who have earned their chance to prove it as a professional.

Prior to Banogu’s selection on Friday, it had been 18 years since multiple TCU defensive linemen had heard their names called in the same NFL draft. Former Horned Frogs defensive end Aaron Schobel and defensive tackle Shawn Worthen were two of six TCU players selected during the 2001 NFL draft.

Banogu is the 47th TCU player drafted all-time since Patterson was named head coach in December 2000.

Thursday marks the start of the 2019 NFL draft in Nashville, Tenn. — a three-day stretch in which more than 200 individuals will experience the thrill of a lifetime as the league’s 32 clubs make their picks.

TCU has had at least one player drafted every year since 2009 — a streak that is well on its way to reaching a decade this week, with defensive ends L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu both considered consensus picks for one of the first four rounds.

Should linebacker Ty Summers — who has been hit-or-miss across various mock drafts — also hear his name called, it will mark back-to-back years the Horned Frogs had three players drafted. Ex-TCU linebacker Travin Howard and offensive linemen Matt Pryor and Joseph Noteboom were drafted in 2018.

So where will Collier and Banogu end up? And will Summers join the party? Based off draft expert opinions and what we’ve seen firsthand, here are our predictions for each of their fates as the NFL descends upon the Music City.

It wasn’t until after Collier’s TCU career came to a conclusion that his draft stock skyrocketed, bolstered by a string of impressive showings at the Senior Bowl, NFL scouting combine and TCU pro day from January-March. Nonetheless, the 6-foot-4, 276-pound edge rusher from the sleepy Texas town of Munday had the best season of his college career as a senior last fall, posting 42 tackles and six sacks. His four pass breakups were also the most of any TCU defensive lineman in 2018.

Heading into the draft, the bulk of experts have Collier listed as a second-round pick — with destinations ranging from the Tennessee Titans to the Oakland Raiders — but it would be a mistake to rule him out from being a sleeper first-round pick. NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt and others have been among those to praise Collier’s abilities within the past month.

At the end of the day, Collier is a safe bet to be the first TCU product drafted this spring with the sheer size and power that he brings as an edge rusher — a position the Horned Frogs have produced plenty of talent at over the years. Regardless of where he lands, expect him to be gone once the early rounds come to an end.

After deciding to return to TCU for his senior season following a breakout campaign in 2017, Banogu was the Horned Frog many draft scouts had their eyes on at the start of the 2018 before Collier bloomed late. Alas, that doesn’t diminish what the ex-Louisiana Monroe transfer accomplished on the gridiron this past fall, leading TCU’s defensive line with 57 total tackles and 8.5 sacks.

Though Banogu may not be receiving quite the same level of praise that Collier has leading up to the draft, he too has the potential to be selected earlier than anticipated after having his own impressive stretch at both the Senior Bowl and combine. His 11-foot-2 broad jump at the combine was the longest by any defensive lineman since 2003, and he also clocked a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash.

Summers may not be a surefire draft pick, but he’s arguably the most versatile of three names mentioned here with his experience rotating between linebacker and defensive end at TCU. His 317 total tackles make him the second all-time leading tackler in the Gary Patterson era at TCU, highlighted by 121 total tackles as a sophomore in 2016. Summers was limited to just 10 games as a senior, but that didn’t prevent the San Antonio native from accumulating 46 total tackles and 4 sacks.

If Summers, at 6-1, 241 pounds, does hear his name called over the next three days, he’ll likely look back at an impressive offseason — namely TCU’s pro day — as the stretch that catapulted him into serious consideration. Summers’ time of 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash was the fastest of any participant that morning in Fort Worth, and a time of 4.25 in the 20-yard shuttle also ranked toward the top of the pack. Needless to say, whoever picks up Summers — draft pick or UDFA — could be getting a steal.

Chester Rogers Jersey

Despite being a young man of 25, Chester Rogers has found success in both acting and sports. As a child, Rogers was an actor in movies such as “Constellation” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.” As an adult, Rogers is a wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. He credits hard work, perseverance and faith in God for his accomplishments.

When Rogers was 10, “Constellation” was filming in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. Rogers enjoyed entertaining people, so he tried out and got a part in the movie. Afterward, Rogers’ family moved to California, so he could further pursue acting. He then appeared in “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Re-animated” and “Dirty.” Some of Rogers’ favorite memories from this time include meeting Maya Angelou while filming “Madea’s Family Reunion” and Gabrielle Union during “Constellation.”

“I ended up getting a kiss on the cheek from Gabrielle Union,” Rogers said.

After appearing in these movies, Rogers moved back to Alabama just in time to start high school. It was around this time Rogers picked up football.

“I got back to playing [football], and [I went] ‘OK, I’m pretty good at this,’” Rogers said. “I just kept going and working. I had an itch for it.”

Since then, Rogers has been dedicated to football and has not done much acting, but he is still in contact with figures in the industry and plans to continue pursing acting after retiring.

During college, Rogers played as a walk-on for Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. As a walk-on, Rogers was not recruited for the team beforehand and did not receive any athletic scholarship for two years. Even though he was on the football team, he had to pay for school out of pocket and with loans. The experience led Rogers to create the Chester Rogers Perseverance Scholarship award for non-scholarship players at Grambling.

After Grambling, the Colts drafted Rogers in May 2016. Since then Rogers has 1,042 yards and three touchdowns in 41 games to his name. Rogers recently performed a career highlight when he scored a game-winning touchdown against the New York Giants on Dec. 23, 2018. It was one of the wins that helped secure the Colts’ position in the playoffs.

“It’s probably the biggest play of my career,” Rogers said.

Football and acting might seem like polar opposites, but Rogers said he learned similar lessons from both. He said both pursuits have required preparation, accepting both wins and losses, hard work and, most importantly, faith. Before every game, Rogers calls his parents and prays. He firmly believes faith in God helps him during good and bad times.

“Whatever you do, man, you should just work hard, keep God first, and never let no one stop your dreams,” Rogers said. “Once you keep that formula, the sky’s the limit, and that’s pretty much the mindset I’ve always had whatever I do from acting to this football stuff. As long as you have a strong faith, believe in God, and [do] hard work, you’ll be good.”

On the same day the Colts struck a deal with a new receiver, they extended an offer to keep one of their own.

Per a league source, the Colts have tendered restricted free agent receiver Chester Rogers at the second-round level.

This means that Rogers, if he accepts the tender, will receive a base salary of $3.095 million this year. He otherwise can wait for an offer sheet from another team. If he signs an offer sheet and if the Colts choose not to match it , the Colts will receive the new team’s second-round pick as compensation.

Undrafted from Grambling State in 2016, Rogers has appeared in 41 games in three seasons, with 95 catches for 1,042 yards and three touchdowns.

The last thing the Indianapolis Colts or fantasy players relying on the team’s primary playmakers needed was an injury to T.Y. Hilton considering he was the squad’s only wide receiver with more than 400 receiving yards last year, but that is what happened Sunday against the Houston Texans.

According to Tricia Whitaker of CBS Indianapolis, Hilton suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out for the rest of the Colts’ 37-34 overtime loss.

The setback figures to impact the entire offensive approach if he misses time with opposing defenses no longer having to worry about Hilton’s game-changing ability while other options see more opportunities in the passing game.

With that in mind, here is a fantasy outlook for some of the Colts’ other players after Hilton’s injury.

Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant

Hilton’s injury is both a blessing and a curse for fantasy players counting on production from Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant, as they will see more passes but also will have to deal with additional defensive attention.

The return of Andrew Luck this season means Indianapolis will continue airing it out even after Hilton’s setback, so Rogers and Grant are at least worthy of consideration. They both made an impact Sunday with Rogers tallying eight catches for 85 yards on 11 targets and Grant posting five catches for 64 yards on seven targets.

There isn’t much track record to fall back on, though, considering Rogers entered the 2018 campaign having never tallied more than 284 receiving yards in a season with one touchdown catch. At least Grant can point to 2017 as a breakout effort when he was on Washington and posted 45 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns after previous career highs of 23 catches for 268 yards and two scores.

Kevin Hickey of USA Today’s Colts Wire called Grant a potential breakout fantasy player before the season and pointed out “Luck’s No. 2 wide receiver is typically a fantasy relevant asset” while noting “the opportunity and the volume will be there in an offense that is going to pass heavily.”

That opportunity and volume will be there with Hilton sidelined, which makes Grant worthy of a waiver-wire addition and potential flex consideration. Rogers is at least worth stashing for the same reasons, but Grant should be higher on the pecking order.

J’Marcus Webb Jersey

No.TeamPlayerCollegeComment1.QB Blaine GabbertMissouriFinding an established quarterback of the future is critical to every new coach.2.DT Marcell DareusAlabamaJohn Fox needs an anchor in the middle of the defensive line and Dareus is the most proven prospect.3.CB Patrick PetersonLSUThe Bills select the cleanest player in this draft, and he immediately helps Buffalo’s defense.4.WR A.J. GreenGeorgiaThe Bengals might be ditching both of last year’s starting receivers, therefore will need a difference maker.5.QB Cam NewtonAuburnDerek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton aren’t going to do it. Newton gets the fan base excited.6.DT Nick FairleyAuburnNo unit needs to be overhauled more than the Browns defensive line, which will be using a 4-3 front.7.LB Von MillerTexas A&M;Miller’s an upgrade considering the 49ers’ starting outside linebackers combined for 6.5 sacks in ‘10.8.DE DaQuan BowersClemsonBowers led the nation in sacks last season, but the fact he’s a one-year wonder will scare teams.9.T Anthony CastonzoBoston CollegeThe Cowboys need to retool the offensive line, and Castonzo might make Marc Colombo expendable.10.WR Julio JonesAlabamaIf Santana Moss gets dumped, as expected, the Redskins will need a possession receiver to put opposite Anthony Armstrong.11.CB Prince AmukamaraNebraskaThe Texans secondary has been a mess for two seasons. Amukamara can start immediately and help tighten things up.12.QB Jake LockerWashingtonIf Tarvaris Jackson isn’t re-signed the Vikings desperately need a quarterback. Locker’s arguably the best of what is left.13.T Tyron SmithUSCThe Lions have to get younger on the offensive line, and Smith has a ton of upside as a starting tackle.14.DT Corey LiugetIllinoisInstead of reaching for a receiver the Rams select the best available defensive tackle, who is a space eater.15.WR Torrey SmithMarylandWith the top QBs gone the Dolphins will look to trade down, but might select a receiver who can stretch the field with speed.16.DE J.J. WattsWisconsinJaguars need an effective pass rusher to put opposite Aaron Kampman and Watts could push Jeremy Mincey.17.DE Cameron JordanCaliforniaHis stock has been rising since the Senior Bowl, and his NFL pedigree hints he could immediately help.18.DE Robert QuinnNorth CarolinaThis raw athlete, who missed all of ’10 due to his NCAA suspension, is one of the fastest risers in this draft class.19.G Mike PounceyFloridaPouncey can help immediately considering how injury decimated the Giants offensive line was late last season.20.RB Mark IngramAlabamaIngram, the top rated tailback, will compete with LeGarrette Blount for the starting role, giving Josh Freeman another weapon.21.T Gabe CarimiWisconsinCarimi should immediately push for a starting spot on the right side of Kansas City’s offensive line.22.T Nate SolderColoradoThe Colts need to find a reliable left tackle and Solder supposedly has the best feet in this draft class.23.CB Aaron WilliamsTexasThe Eagles gave up a franchise record 31 touchdown passes. Williams plays the physical style that fits.24.DE Adrian ClaybornIowaClayborn, who produced 19 career sacks, is considered to be the safest of all the ’11 defensive linemen.25.DT Phil TaylorBaylorThe defense would benefit from a stud space eater and Taylor is this drafts best nose tackle prospect.26.DE Ryan KerriganPurdueThe Ravens are big on consistent productivity and Kerrigan accounted for 33.5 sacks in his four seasons at Purdue.27.DE Aldon SmithMissouriThe Falcons are looking for someone to eventually replace John Abraham, who turns 33 in May. Smith has a narrow base, but is rangy.28.OL Danny WatkinsBaylorPatriots will likely look to trade this pick for a future first-rounder, but, if used, the pick will likely add O-line depth.29.T Derek SherrodMississippi StateOutside of LG Chris Williams and RT J’Marcus Webb the Bears need help at every spot on the O-line.30.DE Allen BaileyMiamiBailey’s raw brute strength and athleticism might be able to help the Jets at DE and/or OLBer.31.CB Brandon HarrisMiamiThe Steelers need to restock the deck at cornerback, and Harris is a safe pick at this point.32.RB Mikel LeshoureIllinoisEven though the running game didn’t fall apart without Ryan Grant the Packers need to hedge their bets.

INDIANAPOLIS — J’Marcus Webb is getting a shot at redemption with the Indianapolis Colts.

The team announced today that it has re-signed the veteran tackle, who had officially hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent back on March 13.

Webb, who will be 31 by Week 1 of the 2019 regular season, was signed by the Colts in training camp last year after several players at the tackle position had gone down with various injuries.

With a wide-open competition at right tackle, however, Webb took full advantage of his opportunity, quickly learning the team’s playbook and earning the start at right tackle in the team’s Week 1 opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

But after a solid individual performance in that game, Webb would suffer a season-ending hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter as he ran down the field during a Bengals defensive touchdown.

Webb was a candidate to possibly return later in the season, but the team instead elected to use its two return-from-IR spots on defensive tackle/end Tyquan Lewis and offensive lineman Joe Haeg.

Webb once again brings a veteran presence to the Colts’ offensive line. A seventh-round pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2010 NFL Draft, he has played in 81 career games, with 65 starts, in his time with the Colts (2018), Seattle Seahawks (2016), Oakland Raiders (2015), Kansas City Chiefs (2014), Minnesota Vikings (2013-14) and the Bears (2010-12).

While the Colts have all five of their primary starting offensive linemen returning in 2019 — Anthony Castonzo (left tackle), Quenton Nelson (left guard), Ryan Kelly (center), Mark Glowinski (right guard) and Braden Smith (right tackle) — general manager Chris Ballard has expressed a desire to have nine or 10 starting-quality offensive linemen on the roster at all times.

Webb re-joins an offseason roster that also includes Haeg, Josh Andrews, Le’Raven Clark, Antonio Garcia, William Poehls, and De’Ondre Wesley. The team has also tendered restricted free agent center/guard Evan Boehm, though he is yet to sign that tender.

Joe Haeg Jersey

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have had the best offensive line in the NFL the past few weeks, and now it could be getting even better.

The Colts today designated tackle/guard Joe Haeg as their second and final player to return from injured reserve to the practice field, setting in motion a 21-day period in which the team could decide to move Haeg to the active roster or revert him to IR for the rest of the season.

The third-year North Dakota State product was placed on IR Sept. 28 after suffering an ankle injury in the Colts’ Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Haeg had started Indy’s first three games of the season at right tackle.

Since that time, Haeg has been seen working off to the side with team trainers, with hopes that he could re-join the team at some point later in the season.

Colts head coach Frank Reich said last week Haeg was “getting close” to a possible return.

“He’s making really good progress,” Reich said.

If Haeg is eventually able to return to the active roster, he gives the Colts another versatile piece that can play all five positions up front.

A fifth-round (155th-overall) selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Haeg that year started 14-of-15 games at three different positions (left guard, right guard and right tackle), becoming the first league rookie to start at three different spots dating back to 1998 (Kyle Turley).

Last season, Haeg competed in all 16 games with 15 starts at right tackle and right guard.

Haeg added center duties to his repertoire this past offseason, and was oftentimes seen working in with the second team at that spot during training camp and the preseason.

Just when they finally start to get their offensive line sorted out on the interior, the Colts run into a slew of injuries at the tackle position that leave them scrambling. The loss of Anthony Castonzo for the early part of the season has left the Colts shuffling players around to fill in. Joe Haeg played week one at left tackle with J’Marcus Webb holding down the right tackle spot.

Week two saw Haeg shift to the right side and Le’Raven Clark did his best to hold down the left side after Webb was lost for the season. Now it looks as though Haeg will be going to injured reserve with the hope that he can return in November when his ankle is healed.

The return of Denzelle Good as well as the hopefully impending return of Anthony Castonzo means that the picture might not be as bleak in the near future, but right now, the Colts enter Sunday’s game with just two healthy offensive tackles and guard Braden Smith, who has practiced at right tackle, as a potential backup should someone need to leave due to injury.

Having Joe Haeg healthy on this roster has been invaluable, as he has proven a capable backup at just about every position across the line. His loss for a significant amount of time makes it even more critical that the Colts get Castonzo back and healthy. Until then, the offense is likely to struggle as they have made it their primary goal to keep Andrew Luck healthy, which has meant getting the ball out quickly. Without better blocking, they will continue to be a very limited offense.

Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Joe Haeg has been nominated as the team’s representative for the 2018 Salute to Service Award, the league announced Thursday.

Currently in his third season with the Colts, Haeg found himself working on the right side of the offensive line at both the guard and offensive tackle positions before suffering an injury that landed him on the injured reserve list.

The award, which is given annually, “honors a league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community,”

Below is a write up on Haeg, who has many ties with the military community:

Joe Haeg is entering his third season with the Indianapolis Colts. Joe is known as a friend, supporter, and teammate to military service members and veterans nationwide. Joe’s best friend is an officer in the U.S. Marines and his cousin serves in the U.S. Air Force. Joe plays in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game to benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team every summer while home in Brainerd, Minnesota. Haeg wears his military pride on his sleeve and on his cleats. Joe is once again representing the Wounded Warrior Project as his charity of choice for the League’s My Cause My Cleats game, just as he has for the past two seasons. For Haeg, it’s about giving back to those who sacrifice so much, he uses his platform with the Colts and the NFL to shine a light on the real heroes – the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and those who served before them.

Finalists will be announced after the regular season while the recipient will be honored during the NFL Honors Awards show on Feb. 2.

Devin Funchess Jersey

Boasting more salary cap space than any other franchise, the Indianapolis Colts will dive into free agency with the signing of former Panthers receiver Devin Funchess.

The Colts will sign Funchess to a one-year deal worth a max of $13 million, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday.

Funchess will complement a Colts receiving corps led by T.Y. Hilton and provide quarterback Andrew Luck with a big target as the four-year veteran measures up at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.

All four of Funchess’ NFL seasons were spent playing in Carolina and he’s coming off a season in which he had 44 receptions for 549 yards with four touchdowns. Those stats came in the aftermath of a career-best 2017 showing (63 catches, 840 yards, eight TDs).

The departure from the Panthers likely comes as little surprise to Funchess.

“Now I’m just ready for whatever team is ready to come get me,” he recently told NFL.com. “I’m ready to play and ready to get a Super Bowl.”

That’s likely to bode well in the eyes of the Indianapolis faithful, along with this being just the first signing of what could be an eventful offseason for the Colts after a march to the AFC Divisional Round last season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Giants had their hearts ripped out of their chests Sunday.

There’s no other way to say it.

Graham Gano kicked a 63-yard field goal with one second to play and the Panthers down by one to drop the Giants, just one year after the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jake Elliott booted a 61-yarder at the buzzer in Philly in Week 3 last season to bury Ben McAdoo’s season

The Giants didn’t stop fighting.

Give them that.

Odell Beckham Jr. threw a touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley. Eli Manning threw one to Beckham. The Giants snapped their league-worst 37-game drought of not scoring 30 points. A terrible fourth-down penalty call against Landon Collins hurt the…

The Carolina Panthers are listing leading receiver Devin Funchess as doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks but might be getting receiver Torrey Smith back for the game.

Funchess, who leads the Panthers with 516 yards, hasn’t practiced this week because of a back injury. Coach Ron Rivera said Friday that there is a “little glimmer” that Funchess will be able to play for the Panthers (6-4), who have lost two straight games.

Smith is officially listed as questionable but Rivera said he is “pretty confident” that Smith will be able to return after missing the past four games with a knee injury. He has been a limited participant in practice this week.

If Funchess can’t play, it will be just the second game he will have missed in his NFL career. He also missed a game in 2016, his second season.

Funchess has the most receptions among Panthers wide receivers with 41, which is second on the team behind running back Christian McCaffery’s 71 catches. He also has three touchdown receptions.

INDIANAPOLIS — Devin Funchess is just 24 years old, but he has already seen a lot in the first four seasons of his NFL career.

During his rookie season in 2015, he was a key playmaker for a Carolina Panthers team that went 15-1 in the regular season and advanced all the way to Super Bowl 50, where they would be bested by Von Miller, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 24-10.

Funchess has been itching to get back to that big game ever since, which explains why he found himself in Indianapolis on Thursday morning.

The wide receiver officially became the Indianapolis Colts’ first outside free agency signing of 2019, putting pen to paper on a reported one-year deal to become the team’s newest offensive weapon.

“You can’t hear it, but it’s probably about a 10 right now,” Funchess told Colts.com’s Matt Taylor about his emotions, moments after officially joining the squad. “I mean, I’m excited. I’m joining a new team, a new chapter in my life, and just ready to go win a Super Bowl.”

And while a one-year deal might not be as lengthy as some of the other contracts being signed elsewhere this week during free agency, Funchess said he never considered the opportunity in Indy a “prove-it” type of situation in the first place.

The fit within head coach Frank Reich’s system, matched with the obvious trajectory of the franchise, were the main factors at play, Funchess said.

“I felt as if they were good for my skillset and they were ready to go to the next level,” Funchess told reporters in a conference call on Thursday. “My whole thing is if we go get a Super Bowl everything else will take care of itself. I don’t really care about proving anything to anybody. I just wanted to go to the best team that had the best chance of getting to the Super Bowl and that is why I picked here.”

Those two words, “Super Bowl,” came up a lot in Funchess’ various interviews on Thursday — nine times, to be exact.

And he could just be the type of piece the Colts were needing to get back to that level after finishing the 2018 season with a 10-6 record and advancing to the Divisional Round of the playoffs for the first time in four years.

A huge target at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Funchess, who played tight end his first two years at the University of Michigan before switching over to wide receiver, has the potential to be a matchup nightmare, much in the same way Eric Ebron was in his first season in Indianapolis in 2018.

A former second-round pick, Funchess certainly has produced his first four NFL seasons — he has 161 receptions for 2,233 yards and 21 touchdowns over 61 career games played — but he’s hoping to absolutely take off in the Colts’ system.

“Just versatility. Just being my size, speed and then the frame that I have; the wingspan is wide. So you’ve got a big target to throw it to,” Funchess said of what he feels he brings to the table. “I can run any route in the book, so let’s just go have fun.”

“Fun” is another common word for this Detroit native.

And “fun” and “winning” usually go together, so Funchess is ready to do what he can to provide both for the Indy offense in 2019.

“My whole thing is: they like to have fun. If you do that, then that means that you like to have fun, because you try to pull the best out of everybody,” Funchess said.

“So that’s why I’m ready to go win this Super Bowl. That’s why I came here. I had other places that I could’ve went, but I picked here because they were ready to go win the Super Bowl.”

Jordan Wilkins Jersey

The Indianapolis Colts walked away from the 2018 NFL Draft with two running backs in the fourth and fifth rounds, which included Jordan Wilkins in the latter round.

Wilkins had an interesting season. He started the regular season as the starter with Marlon Mack dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, starting three out of the first four games. But then fell into irrelevancy during the second half of the season.

In all, Wilkins played in 16 games taking 60 carries for 336 yards and one touchdown.

Selected in the fifth round, Wilkins joined the Colts out of Ole Miss and impressed the coaching staff immediately with solid vision and a knack for grinding out yards.

This allowed him to take a share of the backfield, which earned him a season-high 14 carries in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Once Mack took over the backfield in the second half of the season, Wilkins saw a massive depletion in snap count. He wound up playing 17.4 percent of the offensive snaps and 31.3 percent of the special teams snaps on the season.

After Week 7, Wilkins didn’t see more than 13 snaps in a game. That isn’t to say he didn’t show development in his game, though. The rookie made strides and broke off some big plays when being sprinkled into the game plan. But he simply wasn’t a necessary part of the offense during the playoff run.

The Colts have shown confidence in their backfield with Mack, Nyheim Hines and Wilkins, and the latter will be looking to prove he deserves more of a role in the offense in Year 2.

—Wilkins is one of the sleepers of the loaded running back class thanks to his size, vision and top-notch agility.

—Has start-stop speed and can pull away from defenses. He’s shown nice moves with footwork and hip agility.

—Wilkins has the ability to be a one-cut performer in a zone scheme. He gets downhill in a hurry and has enough agility to shake a defender suddenly and re-direct.

—Overall running back traits like balance, vision and agility are high level from Wilkins.

—NFL scouts we spoke to love that Wilkins is relatively fresh coming out of the SEC.

—Wilkins missed the 2016 season with an academic suspension and missed time during summer practices before his senior season with an injury.

—Despite a big frame, he does not run well through contact. Can be soft in traffic and go down on first impact.

—Runs high and doesn’t drive with his legs to push piles.

—Tends to just make the most from big lanes and doesn’t always create well on his own.

—Will get caught tip-toeing through the tulips when he needs to just hunker down and run hard.

Wilkins is a bit of a hard evaluation coming off a knee injury, but he does have traits that project well to the NFL. He’s agile and quick, and his frame could support a role as a third-down player.

Le’Raven Clark Jersey

Sometimes you hear of big football players who do ballet or take tumbling classes in their spare time to keep in prime athletic shape. Then there are those players who take up more stereotypically manly hobbies, and it just makes more sense. Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark is an example of the latter.

Clark, all 6-foot-5, 311 pounds of him, is a woodworker. He’s pretty good at it, too — at least good enough to sell some of the stuff he makes. Clark said it’s “nothing expensive or anything like that,” but it’s enough to open the door to a life after football.

“It’s just something I enjoy doing,” he said. “It’s something that I’ll have fun doing after I’m done playing.”

It may be awhile before Clark’s playing days are over. At 25 years old, he’s widely seen as the one of the key pieces for the Colts’ resurgent offensive line going forward. He made four starts and played in 12 games this past season for an offensive line that went five straight games without allowing a sack on star quarterback Andrew Luck. When he appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” on 1070 The Fan in January, Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Clark is at a “prove-it” point in his career. Clark will continue to prove his worth in what will likely be a backup role as all five offensive line starters are returning.

Working with the hands runs in Clark’s family. His grandfather was a welder, and his father was a carpenter. Clark said his father taught him some of the basics with tools and showed him “some tricks here and there.”

“We definitely have a bunch of crafty people in my family, I’d say, so I think that’s where the interest sparks from,” he said.

Most of what Clark has learned about woodworking, though, has come from reading woodworking books and watching videos on YouTube. Clark started his woodworking hobby in college at Texas Tech University, but the NFL is a different game, literally.

It’s difficult as a professional athlete with nearly unfathomable time commitments during the season to keep up with woodworking. Clark has a shop in his garage where he can do some work, but there’s hardly any time for a commitment. There’s more flexibility in the offseason, but even then, it’s not something Clark can give a lot of time to. Between his offseason training in Indianapolis and going back home to Texas, there are still some considerable limitations on what he can do.
But that’s what retirement is for. Along with perhaps ramping up his hobby when football is no longer front and center, Clark said he could even see himself going to work in a saw mill when the time comes.

The Colts have made a few moves along the offensive line this offseason that have put Le’Raven Clark squarely on the roster bubble heading into training camp.

Most of general manager Chris Ballard’s offseason moves focused on the interior of the offensive line by re-signing Jack Mewhort, drafting Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith, and inking Matt Slauson to a deal in free agency. However, Ballard also added a veteran tackle that will likely be ahead of Clark on the Colts’ offensive tackle depth chart in Austin Howard.

I would expect Howard to start at right tackle on the opposite side of Anthony Castonzo. That leaves Clark without a clear path to a starting job after starting eight games at right tackle and right guard for the Colts over the past two seasons.

Clark hasn’t been very impressive when he’s been able to get some playing time in Indianapolis as he’s been a major part of the Colts’ offensive line issues.

Clark still has two years left on his rookie contract after being selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, and he would cost the Colts about $550,000 in dead cap money if they cut him this offseason according to Spotrac. But it looks like many players from that draft class are in danger of losing their jobs including T.J. Green and Hassan Ridgeway.

Clark’s ability to play both tackle and guard has made him a useful rotational lineman over his first two NFL seasons, but he hasn’t played at a high enough level to deserve a roster spot.

With the multitude of guards and tackles on Colts’ roster, I don’t expect Clark to stick around in Indianapolis this season.

Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark got the start at left tackle in Week 2 when it was revealed Anthony Castonzo suffered a setback with his hamstring injury.

Though Clark had a solid preseason, he was inactive Week 1 and it wasn’t clear how he might hold up against Ryan Kerrigan and the Redskins pass rush.

He answered the call admirably by giving the Colts a strong performance on the blind side in protecting quarterback Andrew Luck.

“A lot of heart, a lot of – it’s hard to go into Washington and play on the road and he did a great job,” said offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. “He truly showed the next man up mentality. It’s as if it didn’t faze him. I know he has played a lot of football. So it was just great to see him come into the game and not miss a beat.”

Clark survived the roster cuts on Sept. 1 but then was named inactive for the season opener. After Castonzo suffered his hamstring setback in Week 2, he was called upon to deliver on the offensive line.

The third-year offensive tackle proved he can provide solid depth and even though he did allow a sack, he’s shown he can step in if the Colts need him at left tackle.

Sirianni also gave some credit to Clark’s supporting cast, who helped him get ready for the matchup with the Redskins.

“Le’Raven is playing left tackle so that’s a lot on him. So I thought he did a great job and Coach Guge (Dave DeGuglielmo) and Coach (Bobby) Johnson did a great job preparing him,” Sirianni said. “I think Coach Guge and Coach Johnson prepped him to be in that position and really prepared, helped him prepare as well as the other offensive linemen, especially our veteran offensive linemen like Matt Slauson and Anthony (Castonzo).”

It isn’t clear yet if Castonzo will be able to play in Week 3, but Clark will be waiting in the wings if he’s called upon again.

T.J. Green Jersey

T.J. Green is entering his third season with the Colts, and this may be the most crucial year of his young career.

Green has been a dissappointment after being selected in the second round of the draft in 2016. The Colts have a new front office in place that would not be embarrassed to cut a former top draft pick if he doesn’t show some sort of improvement.

Green had a disastrous rookie year, but he showed some signs of promise against the run last season. At 6’ 3” and 211 pounds with a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, Green has the potential to be a missile in the run game coming down from his safety position.

Unfortunately, a run-stuffing safety is not a very valuable player in today’s NFL that is almost entirely based upon the success of the passing game. And the Colts already have a solid player to fill that role in Clayton Geathers.

Green has yet to become a reliable player in pass coverage at the NFL level. Green has all the physical tools to make plays from in coverage, but he’s only broken up three passes in his career with zero interceptions.

He has yet to figure out the mental aspect of the game, and that was one of the criticisms of his skill set coming out of college.

Green hasn’t had the requisite experience at defensive back to become a cerebral player in coverage. He began his career at Clemson as a wide receiver and only started at defensive back for one year before entering the NFL.

Green’s struggles in coverage have kept him off the field in Indianapolis, and that has prevented him from getting those in-game reps to improve in coverage.

With a new coaching staff in place T.J. Green has been given a second chance with the Colts. However, safety is probably the deepest position on the roster and there may not be room for Green by the time the regular season rolls around.

If Green wants to stay in Indianapolis, he’ll need to have an impressive training camp that proves he still has unrealized potential.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – We’re about to discover whether T.J. Green has been a two-year tease, or is capable of finally emerging as a viable component in a revamped Indianapolis Colts defense.

The clock is most definitely ticking, and the 2016 second-round draft knows it.

“I feel there ain’t no time to waste,’’ Green said earlier this week. “This is a business league. You’ve got to perform.

“That’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to produce.’’

And, again, the time is now.

Or else.

Green was locked in and focused during a meeting with the local media this week. He matter-of-factly discussed the Colts switching from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3, and how that should maximize his skills.

“Yeah, definitely,’’ he said. “I feel this scheme is built for players like me: fast, big, physical and (with) an instinctive game. I feel like it will be good for this team, good for athletes we have on the team.’’

It’s got to be good for Green.

For two seasons, he’s offered glimpses of being the talented safety the previous regime – coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson – envisioned when it selected him with the 57th overall pick in the ’16 draft. Green possessed intriguing size for his position (6-3, 211 pounds), athleticism and speed (4.34 in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine).

Green has appeared in 30 games, 11 as a starter, but the type of development expected of a top-tier draft pick has been missing. Too often, his aggressive style was sabotaged by a lack of discipline.

“I wish I could put a (finger) on it,’’ Green said. “It’s been a learning experience. Every down, every snap I was learning something new.

“Hopefully I can put it all together this year and be that guy.’’

If so, Green gives the Colts four solid safeties, joining 2017 first-round draft pick Malik Hooker, Matthias Farley and Clayton Geathers. Hooker’s availability for training camp and the start of the season is uncertain as he’s in rehab mode after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 22 against Jacksonville.

From the outset, the Colts realized Green was something of a project. He had just turned 21 when they drafted him, and arrived at Clemson in 2013 as a receiver. He switched to safety the following season; started 16 games over the next two seasons, including the Tigers’ 2016 national championship game loss to Alabama; then declared early for the NFL draft.

After Green’s uneven rookie season, the Colts actually did him a disservice. Midway through his second training camp, they switched him to cornerback.

“It was random,’’ he said. “They called me in and said, ‘Hey, we want you do to this.’ Kind of threw me out there in the fire.

“To just throw me in there without preparation, without an offseason learning the game of corner, that part probably was a mistake. The idea wasn’t a mistake. You just need more time to do something like that.’’

General manager Chris Ballard took the blame for what was a failed experiment. As Kansas City’s director of football operations in 2016, he was part of the Chiefs’ personnel department that evaluated Green. The Chiefs projected Green as an NFL corner.

“That was a little my fault last year . . . blame it on me,’’ Ballard said.

With Vontae Davis dealing with a groin injury, Green started the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. He naturally struggled, and found himself shuffling between corner and safety before the coaching staff finally abandoned the cornerback experiment and allowed Green to re-commit to safety.

“He’s a safety,’’ Ballard said. “He’s only 23 years old. It takes time for (the) young guys to understand what it takes to play in this league.’’

That reality seemed evident as Green rehashed the last two seasons and offered optimism for what’s to come. The Colts’ recent past is littered with top draft picks who, despite their potential, failed to deliver: Bjoern Werner, D’Joun Smith, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett.

At some point, the talent has to emerge. Failing that, a team’s patience runs out.

“I’m here to work,’’ Green said. “I want to be the guy. It’s year 3 for me. I’m focused. I have a family to take care of and a daughter to take care of.

“You know your goals. You know what you want to be in this league. So you just have to work for it.’’