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Colts/Titans Notebook: Jerrell Freeman Produces; Frank Gore Falls Short of 1,000

Intro: In the Colts/Titans Week 17 Notebook, we take a look at the big day from Jerrell Freeman on Sunday, Frank Gore’s race for 1,000 yards and what 2016 has in store for the Colts.


INDIANAPOLIS – While the quarterbacks were once again the story for the Colts on Sunday, there were some individual performances that had people's attention.

Playing against his "former team", Jerrell Freeman turned in his finest game of 2015.

Also, Frank Gore's virtually impossible road to a 1,000-yard season fell 33 yards short.

Here's a notebook look at the Colts finishing the season with a 30-24 victory:

**Jerrell Freeman Turns In Big Afternoon Against Former Team

**In Sunday's fourth quarter, the CBS field microphones picked up a slightly audible Jerrell Freeman letting the visiting bench know how he felt about a team that cut him back in 2008.

Even if you missed Freeman's words to the Titans, watching his play on Sunday painted enough of a picture of his motivation.

Freeman led the Colts with eight tackles on Sunday and had game-changing plays with two sacks and an interception return for a touchdown, that ended up being the difference in the 30-24 victory.

Like he typically is, Freeman was one of the final Colts to leave the locker room on Sunday afternoon.

He hung around to answer questions about his own uncertain future. Freeman will hit the free agent market for the first time in his four NFL seasons this spring.

The 29-year-old Freeman has been a sound inside linebacker for the Colts the past four seasons, being a torchbearer of sorts for Canadian Football Leaguers wanting to make the jump.

Freeman will be one of the key free agents to watch in the offseason and he certainly left quite the final impression on Sunday.

Of course, that was expected with who was on the schedule.

"Every time I play them (I'm motivated)," Freeman said after the Colts evened their record at 8-8.

"I was there for a cup of coffee (in 2008). I was in there for OTAs (and) about to go to Training Camp. They called me the day before I was supposed to fly out that I was cut. (They) brought me back in for Training Camp for three weeks and cut me again. I give those guys over there a hard time when I see them."

**Frank Gore Falls Short Of 1,000

**The Colts effort to get Frank Gore over 1,000 yards on Sunday included some Wildcat touches for the 32-year-old running back.

In the end though, the Colts ran out of time, and enough open running lanes for Gore.

The veteran running back finished Sunday with 19 carries for 76 yards, falling 33 yards short of what would have been his ninth career 1,000-yard season.

While it's been a frustrating season for Gore, a perennial 1,000-yard rusher, he showed in 2015 that he has plenty left.

Gore's 260 carries for 967 rushing yards were the highest outputs a Colts player has had since 2007.

The Colts signed Gore to a three-year deal last offseason and what was seen in 2015 gave every indication that he can still run at a high level into 2016 and beyond.**

2016 Colts Notes

**Now that the 2016 offseason is here, some housekeeping notes regarding the Colts:

  • The team will draft in the 18th selection of April's Draft. It's the second highest the team has drafted since the 2001 season.
  • The Colts home schedule in 2016 is as followed: Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Tennessee.
  • The Colts away schedule in 2016 is as followed: Denver, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New York (Jets), Oakland and Tennessee.
  • The Colts and Patriots will not meet in 2016. The 2013 and now 2016 regular seasons are the only years they haven't met since 2003. They have met an incredible 17 times since 2003.

Colts/Titans Snap Counts

  • The wide receiver snaps on Sunday went as followed: T.Y. Hilton (59-of-71), Jacoby Brissett (52-of-71, by far the highest of his career), Andre Johnson (44-of-59) and Donte Moncrief (24-of-71, left at halftime due to a lingering toe injury).
  • The running back reps were led by Frank Gore (50-of-71). Behind Gore, Boom Herron saw 13 snaps of action and Trey Williams played two snaps.
  • When Joe Reitz left after 44 snaps due to a knee injury, Lance Louis came in at right guard and played the final 31 snaps.
  • Josh Freeman played 60 offensive snaps on Sunday. Ryan Lindley played 12 snaps (two series).
  • Mike Adams and D'Qwell Jackson played all 58 defensive snaps.
  • The defensive line snaps were as followed: Kendall Langford (46), David Parry (39), Zach Kerr (34), T.Y. McGill (25) and Earl Okine (12).
  • At outside linebacker, with Trent Cole inactive, the snaps went to: Erik Walden (44), Robert Mathis (40), Jonathan Newsome (17) and Bjoern Werner (15).
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