INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will finish preparation for the Jaguars this afternoon. Today’s news looks at the added pass rush,
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, December 27th.
Sack party becoming contagious for Colts
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder looks at the Colts eight sacks over the last two weeks, the highest combination in back-to-back-games all season long.
The Indianapolis Colts' defensive players talk regularly among themselves about what they hope to accomplish in the week's game. It's a time when goals are set and challenges are issued.
One particularly interesting objective was raised in recent weeks: The pass rush had been too much of a singular effort from linebacker
Robert Mathis, and the time had come for others to get into the act.
"Someone said, 'Hey, the rest of the (pass rushers) have to step up, too,' " outside linebacker
Bjoern Wernersaid. "It can't always be Robert. As much as we want him to get sacks, we have to help him. It just can't be that all the pressure's on him and if he doesn't get a sack, 'Oh, well.' "
Instead, during the past two games, the reaction more likely was, "Oh!"
"Everybody took it kind of personal, because since then, everybody's had sacks," Werner said.
Donald Brown averaging 5.6 yards per carry
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Through ups and downs in 2013, Donald Brown is having a career-year in his fifth season with the Colts.
"He's been impressive," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "He's a pro. He's consistent."
Brown has been a big play waiting to happen. He's accounted for eight of the team's 18 longest runs from scrimmage, including the two longest. Brown got loose for a season-best 51-yard touchdown run in a victory Sunday at Kansas City. He had a 50-yard run in September against Jacksonville, which visits Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday.
The byproduct of those so-called "chunk" plays — the team's jargon for big runs or receptions —has Brown averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. He is on the verge of joining elite company.
Brown's average gain per carry ranks No. 4 for a single season in club history among running backs with at least 80 attempts. The only three seasons ahead of Brown were turned in by Lenny Moore, who has a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The only other player to average at least 5 yards per carry during the Indy era was George Wonsley (5.2 in 1985).
Marcedes Lewis makes a play to stay with Jaguars
By: Ryan O’Halloran, The Florida Times-Union
Marcedes Lewis is looking for his fifth straight game with a touchdown but the largest question is whether or not the Pro Bowl tight end will remain with the Jaguars after 2013.
And did we mention his salary? Next year’s cap number is currently the third-highest among tight ends, behind Pittsburgh’s Heath Miller ($9.466 million) and Dallas’ Jason Witten ($8.412 million).
But as the Jaguars finish up the season at Indianapolis on Sunday, the vibe about Lewis’ future has shifted.
His head coach likes him.
“It’s really difficult to find a tight end that’s a really good blocker at the point of attack; Marcedes is unique there,” Gus Bradley said.
His position coach likes him.
“Very impressed with him,” Ron Middleton said.
And his quarterback likes him.
“If you get Marcedes against man-to-man coverage, we feel good about that matchup,” Chad Henne said.