--ThePittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Colts are looking at acquiring free-agent quarterback Byron Leftwich to serve as a backup to either Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. Leftwich played for three years with the Steelers under new Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "In Baltimore, we brought everything but the kitchen sink. Everything, though, starts with the ability to stop the run. You can't do anything in this defense if you don't stop the run. Whenever we play somebody, the first goal during the week is going to be, 'Stop the run.' Because once we get them in a passing situation, make them one-dimensional, the crowd better get ready because we're coming." -- Colts DE Corey Redding on the changes that are in store for the Indianapolis defense.
NFL Team Report - Indianapolis Colts - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
After deciding to stay in Indianapolis, it was initially thought that DE Robert Mathis would wind up in the same type of role that Ravens outside linebackerTerrell Suggs plays.
But it appears now that defensive end Dwight Freeney will be that guy with the Colts.
DECory Redding believes having two players with the skills of Mathis and Freeney playing the same type of role is a good thing.
"Who do you block? They're both great speed pass rushers off the edge. Offensive line coaches are going to have to pick and choose who they want to single block. Either one is very talented. It's going to make our defense that much tougher to play against," Redding said.
1. Wide receiver: The Colts re-signed veteran Reggie Wayne and that's the good news. Austin Collie andBlair White are also both back as slot receivers. But Indianapolis lost Pierre Garcon to free agency. Getting a big, physical receiver who can stretch the defense would seem to be among the team's top priorities in the draft this year.
2. Cornerback: Indianapolis has been hit hard by injuries at cornerback the last two seasons. Third-year veteran Jerraud Powers, hurt in 2010 and 2011, has proven to be the team's best overall cornerback. Finding a dependable and physical play-making cover corner would help stabilize things in the secondary.
3. Defensive line: With the Colts expected to move into a 3-4 defensive scheme and away from the team's 4-3 alignment, finding a 3-4 nose tackle is paramount. There is currently nobody on the Indianapolis roster who can fill that role, although second-year DTDrake Nevis may get an opportunity.
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: DE Robert Mathis (tendered at $10.605 million, quickly signed a new contract).
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:
--LB Kevin Bentley was a late-season addition who joined the team due to injuries at linebacker. The jury is out as to whether he will be asked back for the 2012 season.
--DE Tyler Brayton is another possibility to return if he can find a role in the team's new 3-4 defensive alignment. Brayton was also signed in training camp last year and was a very capable backup.
--QBKerry Collins came out of retirement to play for Indianapolis early last season when it was apparent that Peyton Manning wouldn't be available. After struggling in his comeback with consistency and concussions, Collins is expected to go back into retirement.
--DTEric Foster, when healthy, has been one of Indianapolis' most effective and active defensive linemen. Undersized, he has outstanding quickness and speed to the football. Whether he figures into the Colts' new 3-4 defensive package is the question mark.