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It’s going on three weeks since Bjoern Werner came back from torn plantar fascia, an injury that rudely interrupted his rookie season. He’s still getting back into the mix after his three week absence, trying to raise his snap count and develop his craft all at the same time. It hasn’t been easy, as he’s only managed a total of 30 snaps over the last two weeks, roughly the same amount he was playing per game before his injury. What’s made this even more difficult is that only six of the 30 snaps have come against the pass, consequently slowing his development as a sack artist.

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Believing in Andrew Luck to continue his leap forward is easy. But what about Reggie Wayne?

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Ryan Grigson has established himself as a fairly good talent evaluator, and he’s done it fairly quickly. The Indianapolis Colts general manager has re-tooled a roster once devoid of talent, and made it into a respectable team in a short time by building around his core players, and adding small but equally important pieces. One of his finest signings could end up being running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

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Pictured: The Colts’ pass rush. All of it.

A year ago, the Colts were ending the Peyton Manning era. There were tears and hugs, and a commemorative banner. And then quickly, there was the matter of moving on.

Such is the cycle of NFL life, with the time for mourning over those lost restricted to, oh, a few hours. With injuries, there’s the next man up mentality, but when a major asset like Manning is lost, there’s a far more pressing task: finding out who will be that next man.

Of course, the Colts didn’t need to start a search, as part of their motivation to move on from Manning was the opportunity to draft Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. Then the rest of their draft was primarily focused on replenishing what was at the time a depleted offense, and putting a rookie quarterback in the best possible position to succeed. This year, with the exception of a wide receiver likely selected early, sophomore general manager Ryan Grigson’s focus will move to the other side of the ball.

Dwight Freeney is gone. Sure, he was aging, struggling, and often injured, but his pass-rushing presence will still be missed. He still had a solid if far from spectacular 13.5 sacks over the past two years, and although there’s optimism around Jerry Hughes’ growth, the quarterback pressuring responsibilities now fall primarily to Robert Mathis. He’s also aging and struggling, yet Mathis and Freeney combined for 13 of the Colts’ 32 sacks in 2012.

A wide receiver will also be targeted after the departure of Donnie Avery, who was one of those weapons brought in to support Luck last year. So which hole will draw Grigson’s attention first? Brad Wells from Stampede Blue thinks there could be both intrigue and confusion at Colts’ 24th overall perch in the first round, with some of the high-end names at both of those positions possibly off the board.

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Chicago Bears v Tennessee Titans

That was quick. Matt Hasselbeck is set to sign with the Indianapolis Colts tomorrow, according to a tweet by Adam Schefter.

Hasselbeck was released by the Tennessee Titans earlier today. The 37-year-old started five games for the Titans last year, throwing for 1,367 yards and 7 touchdowns. The veteran Quarterback will serve as the backup to Andrew Luck.

Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers

The Indianapolis Colts have signed defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois to a four-year deal worth $22 million. The big man out of Louisiana State University was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

 

 

Jean-Francois was a member of the National Championship winning LSU Tigers team and was named defensive MVP of the Championship Game the next year. Last season, Jean-Francois appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers, recording 12 tackles and two sacks.

Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, there is a bidding war brewing between the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns for the services of Baltimore Ravens’ outside linebacker Paul Kruger.

The 27-year-old Kruger had a breakout season in 2012, recording a career high 30 tackles and 9.0 sacks, while playing in 15 games.

Some sources are saying that the Utah alum could command somewhere between $10-$12 million in the open market, which would be too rich for the defending Super Bowl champions, who are actively trying to re-sign inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.