|Craig Kelley is in his 29th season with the Colts and his third as director of media content. Kelley spent the previous 12 seasons as vice president of public relations. He joined the Colts in January of 1985 as assistant director of public relations before being promoted to director of public relations in 1987.
This week, mailbag readers ask or talk about the possible return of blue facemasks, if Bjoern Werner is suited for a position change, how the club will proceed in free agency, how the team looks to improve its defense, if the “stretch” play could return to the offense, on Andrew Luck and how he will handle the mental side of playoff competition, who the club intends to target around the league in free agency, if getting more draft picks is possible, Deion Branch and if a WR will be targeted in the draft or free agency and how to compete in the AFC South. This is part two of two. Check Colts.com for the first half of the mailbag.
Donald Thomas was one of the Colts’ key acquisitions in 2013, but his season was cut short after 71 scrimmage snaps. The free agent signee was the club’s starting left guard until a torn quadriceps tendon ended his year. Thomas looks to stamp his 2014 season differently.
Greg Toler played well during his time at cornerback last year until a groin injury altered his season. After a brief playoff appearance against Kansas City, Toler had to undergo surgery and is rehabbing for a return. He loves everything about his setting and wants to make an impact in 2014.
Friday was such a momentous day that when Pat McAfee learned a new deal had been reached with the Colts he became emotional. On the NFL Network set McAfee said he cried, then went back to work. McAfee will be entering his sixth year with the Colts in 2014.
Pat McAfee and the Colts have agreed to terms on a contract the punter says will provide him five more years with Indianapolis. A seventh-round pick in 2009, McAfee has been a productive and deadly effective player for the Colts.
About 1,800 men play NFL football for a host of reasons. One of the biggest driving forces – winning – is what helped D’Qwell Jackson decide to join the Colts. A trooper for eight years in Cleveland, Jackson did all he could there to win. He hopes relocating will let him experience what has been going on in Indianapolis for years.