Who Were The Colts "Iron Men" In 2014?

Intro: The Colts had 15 position players play in all 16 games last season. Who were the “iron men" of the 2014 season?





INDIANAPOLIS – At times, they are taken for granted.

Iron men---those that end the season with a full slate of games played under their belt throughout the entire season.

Their names rarely appeared on the injury report over the course of a 16-game year and provided the Colts stability in a season where the injury situation vastly improved from 2013.

Of the Colts 60 position players that saw action in a game this season, 15 were fortunate enough to play in all 16 contests.

Here's a run down of the Colts 13 "iron men" from the 2014 season:

Mike Adams:When Ryan Grigson first spoke about Adams in minicamp, he talked about how the safety was rarely in the ice tub. The 11-year veteran backed that up by playing in 96 percent of the Colts defensive snaps last season. No one knew how the safety rotation was going to play out in 2014 but thanks to Adams, the Colts had a stabling presence who became a Pro Bowl alternate.Anthony Castonzo:With 14 offensive linemen seeing action in 2014 at the other four line spots, Castonzo was the *guy at left tackle. He played the most offensive snaps out of any linemen in the NFL last season. Look for more on Castonzo's 2014 season on Colts.com tomorrow.Josh Chapman: Chapman was the starting nose tackle for the Colts in 2014 and looks to be fully recovered from an ACL injury that forced him to "redshirt" in his 2012 rookie season. Chapman saw the bulk of the nose tackle snaps with Montori Hughes spelling him at times in the middle of the Colts 3-4 defensive scheme.Jack Doyle: The Swiss Army knife joined Coby Fleener in playing all 16 games at the tight end position. Doyle battled through a mid-season knee injury to line up all over the Colts offense. Ever since joining the Colts off the Titans practice squad prior to the start of the 2013 season, Doyle has been a key component to Pep Hamilton's versatile offense. Josh Gordy: As the Colts fourth cornerback in 2014, Gordy saw the occasional defensive run. Gordy was mostly used on special teams though because the Colts cornerback group stayed pretty healthy in 2014. Gordy now enters free agency along with fellow corner Darius Butler.Boom Herron:At a position filled with attrition, Boom was the lone running back to survive the 2014 season. He did it returning from a pectoral injury that ended his 2013 season early. Injuries have riddled the Colts backfield the last three years, but like Vick Ballard in 2012 and Donald Brown in 2013, Herron was a consistent, and productive, player.Coby Fleener:Fleener has quietly been the Colts lone skill player to play in every game the last two seasons. With 1,382 receiving yards and 32 games played the last two years, Fleener is in a select group of tight ends to put up that production while staying healthy.Ricky Jean Francois:After an injury plagued first season in Indy, Jean Francois was a valuable piece to the defensive front. Him playing 16 games was critical with Arthur Jones battling a high ankle sprain all year long.D'Qwell Jackson:Jackson came to Indy known for his durability and lived up to that. Last year, the Colts had a revolving door next to Jerrell Freeman at inside linebacker. Jackson shored that up and earned a Pro Bowl (alternate) spot.Andrew Luck:Of the 13 names listed, Luck's name should *never be taken for granted. He has yet to miss a snap due to injury in his three NFL seasons. Considering the lack of proven quarterbacks in the NFL, Luck is easily worth the contract numbers that have been thrown around as he nears the end of his rookie contract.Donte Moncrief:In playing all 16 games this season, Moncrief evolved from a spot duty receiver/mostly special teams player to a wide receiver logging significant snaps down the stretch. Seeing all that action was key for Moncrief's development. Remember, the rookie turned just 21 years old right before the start of the regular season.Jonathan Newsome: Here's another Colts rookie that played in all 16 games this season. Similar to Moncrief, Newsome really emerged late in the season. He started in the AFC Championship and finished the season with 6.5 sacks, good for the second most among all NFL rookies.Hakeem Nicks:For the first time in his six NFL seasons, Nicks played in all 16 games. Injury questions were a concern of Nicks coming to Indy but in another contract year, he rarely appeared on the injury report. Nicks enters free agency after a season in which he caught a career-low 38 passes for 405 yards.Shaun Phillips:Phillips joined the Colts Thanksgiving week and saw spot duty the rest of the season. He played a total of 16 games for the Titans and Colts last season after he was the Broncos leading sacker in 2013.Cory Redding:Similar to Francois, Redding's 16-game season was important due to Arthur Jones playing in just nine games this season. Redding now enters the offseason as a 34-year old free agent, who is seriously considering retiring after 12 NFL seasons.

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