INDIANAPOLIS – It's a short week for the Colts and that meant Tuesday was the mandatory off day before practice starts back up on Wednesday.
The Colts will then get back into a normal practice routine the rest of the week before traveling to Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon.
Here's a rundown of some Tuesday headlines via Chuck Pagano and a look at the team's roster moves from earlier today:
Chuck Pagano on playing the Jaguars:
"We know we've got a division game coming up against Jacksonville on the road. It's their home opener and we need to go down there and win that game."
Bowen's Analysis: On paper (and I hesitate to use that term), the Colts have played two of the "toughest" teams on their 2014 schedule. Two playoff teams from 2013 have been played and now two more remain on this year's slate (Cincinnati and New England).
Starting Sunday, the Colts will play four games in the next 19 days with three of those contests coming against divisional opponents. Of course, the Colts went 6-0 last year against the AFC South. A month from now, this division picture could look completely different than what we see now with the Texans sitting atop the AFC South at 2-0.
Chuck Pagano on looking back at the close opportunities the past two weeks:
"We always talk about you never know when those plays may occur."
Bowen's Analysis: Life in the NFL doesn't allow for much sulking and playing a game of "what-ifs" following losses. The Colts had their chances against two of the NFL's elite teams to start the season but Pagano said the record is what it is.
The good news is the Colts are just 1/8th of the way through the season and they realize that a few plays here or there is the difference from sitting atop the AFC South. Reggie Wayne said it best on his weekly radio show earlier on Tuesday. In order to be a championship football team the Colts have to go from putting themselves in contention to finishing those jobs against the league's best.Colts Tuesday Roster Moves:
The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the active roster from the New England Patriots practice squad and signed guard David Arkin to the practice squad. The team also waived running back Dion Lewis from the active roster and released guard Josh Walker from the practice squad.
Bowen's Analysis: It's a short week for the Colts and thankfully they only had to make one change to their 53-man roster. Once it was announced on Monday night that Art Jones had suffered a high ankle sprain against the Eagles, you knew some type of defensive line move was in store. Pagano said on Tuesday that Jones will be "week-to-week."
Quarles comes to the Colts off the Patriots practice squad meaning he will be on the team's 53-man roster for the next three weeks. The 6-4, 294-pound defensive tackle was a 2014 undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, where he was an All-American last year. Ricky Jean Francois is a guy that could slide into the starting lineup without Jones. Look for young guys Zach Kerr and Montori Hughes to also provide some quality depth along the front.