Shark Bites

Colts HC Chuck Pagano revealed Monday that TE Erik Swoope recently had his knee scoped. Pagano labeled Swoope "week-to-week" but didn't provide any other details. There's at least a chance he's not ready for the start of the season. Swoope was an intriguing late-round flier in deep fantasy drafts before this news, but it's tough to recommend using a pick on him at this point. We'll keep an eye on his rehab.

Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed Sunday that QB Andrew Luck has resumed throwing -- but also admitted that his Week 1 status remains uncertain. "He could start out in Los Angeles (Week 1)," Irsay said. "So, I mean, I don't want to act like that is a foregone conclusion that he's not going to be starting out there. I think he could or he also could not. But again, we don't see an extended delay. We're not going to put a timetable on it." This matches GM Chris Ballard's comments on Luck's status earlier this week. Since then, Luck's ADP has dropped from the late 4th round to the early 5th.

Colts GM Chris Ballard told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that QB Andrew Luck's Week 1 status is "to be determined." Ballard did say that he expects Luck to avoid the regular-season PUP list, which would cost him the first 6 games. But this is the 1st time we've heard from the team that Luck might not be ready by Week 1. Ballard did say that Luck has progressed in his throwing program but that the team won't rush him. He remains overpriced at his late-4th-round ADP.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the previous few days with a minor shoulder injury. His fantasy stock is unaffected. Moncrief is locked in as Indy's #2 WR and has upside at his 6th-round ADP -- assuming QB Andrew Luck is ready by Week 1.

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Sirius XM radio on Monday that there's a "chance [Colts QB Andrew Luck] isn't ready to open the season." Insider Jason La Canfora had a similar report last week. The Colts have been tight-lipped all along about Luck's rehab schedule from January shoulder surgery. All we really know is that he still hasn't resumed throwing. We're still almost 5 weeks away from the regular-season opener, but Luck becomes a riskier and riskier fantasy pick every day he remains sidelined. His 12-team ADP is still sitting in the late 4th round.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief is "day to day" with a "mild" AC sprain in his shoulder, HC Chuck Pagano said on Friday. Moncrief missed 5 games last year with a broken shoulder blade, although it doesn't seem like this is at all related. We'll keep an eye on him, but we're not moving him down the WR rankings.

Chester Rogers has worked as the Colts' #3 WR in the team's last 2 training-camp practices, according to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer. That's ahead of Phillip Dorsett and Kamar Aiken. Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official website wrote back in June that Rogers was a candidate for this role -- but it's starting to look like he's the favorite for it. Rogers went undrafted last year out of Grambling State, where he never topped 735 yards or 6 TDs in a season. He tested as a 62nd percentile athlete, though, and averaged 14.4 yards on his 19 catches last year. We just bumped Rogers up the WR rankings.

Colts QB Andrew Luck spoke to the media on Saturday about his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's working on regaining strength in the shoulder and putting weight back on. "I know we're doing this right," he said of the rehab. "We're not gonna skip any steps. The end game is for me to be better than I was before I was injured." Luck added that he an see the "light at the end of the tunnel" but wouldn't put a date on his return. We've still heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing the start of the regular season, but it also doesn't sound like he's particularly close to receiving full clearance. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress. Luck's ADP has sunk a bit, but he's still going in the 5th round of recent MFL10s.

The Colts will be placing S Clayton Geathers (neck) on the PUP list to open the regular season, ESPN reports. That will cost the 3rd-year safety at least the 1st 6 games. Geathers finished 2016 on IR because of a neck injury that eventually required surgery in March. He has yet to return to the field. A decision this early to put him on the PUP casts some doubt on whether Geathers will be available at all in 2017. And the fact that it's a neck issue looks worrisome for his outlook beyond the coming season. Needless to say, we've knocked him way down the 2017 IDP rankings. And he has tumbled down our dynasty IDP rankings as well. Converted CB Darius Butler is the early favorite to start with rookie S Malik Hooker. We'll see whether 2016 rookie T.J. Green enters the mix.

Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has been placed on the active PUP list to start training camp. It's not a major surprise. And remember that he can be activated at any time and play Week 1. GM Chris Ballard did reveal on Monday that Luck has resumed throwing, hasn't experienced any setbacks and is on track to be ready for the start of the season. Ballard added that Luck is now working on "rebuilding strength" in his throwing shoulder. Neither the team nor Luck has expressed much concern about the situation this offseason, but there remains added risk here until we see him on the field.

Aiming for better conditioning, Colts WR Donte Moncrief said he’s dropped 9 pounds off his playing weight of 223. “I feel better, faster and lighter,” Moncrief revealed via the Colts’ official site. GM Chris Ballard has noticed a difference in the young WR, too. “I thought Donte Moncrief had an outstanding, outstanding offseason,” Ballard said. “I want to see it continue into camp and into the season. We think he has great upside and I’ve really appreciated the way he’s worked.” Moncrief has all of the physical tools to post a true breakout season. He’ll be financially motivated, too, as the 24-year-old (in August) enters the final year of his rookie deal.

Colts QB Andrew Luck told the Indianapolis Star this week that his surgically repaired shoulder is "feeling better and better every week." But he also said that he has not yet resumed throwing. Earlier this month, Luck spoke as though he didn't yet know whether he'd be ready for training camp. Owner Jim Irsay billed the surgery as a "positive" in early June, as it repaired an issue Luck had been playing through for a while. But we're anxious to see Luck take the field again and prove that all remains positive. He'll carry some risk in early drafts, but there's time for the veteran QB to assuage worries before the heat of fantasy football draft season in late August and early September.

Kevin Bowen of Colts.com considers Chester Rogers a candidate for the team's #3 WR job this season. Rogers posted a 19-273-0 line as an undrafted rookie last year and has impressed this offseason. “He’s slowed down and played a little more under control in that way – not slowed down his speed, but as far as his mind,” OC Rob Chudzinski said. “He’s seeing things better, whereas last year he was running around like crazy. Right now, I think he’s understanding, getting things better and you see the progression you expect to see out of a second-year player.” We're still betting on either Kamar Aiken or Phillip Dorsett emerging as the Colts' #3 WR, but it'll be a situation to monitor when training camp gets underway.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is expected to be sidelined for this week's minicamp after injuring his hamstring last week. It doesn't sound like anything serious, but hamstrings are always worth monitoring. Hilton has been durable as a pro, missing just 2 games across 5 seasons.

Colts owner Jim Irsay put a sunny spin on QB Andrew Luck's offseason shoulder surgery. "This [surgery] has been a positive thing, not a negative thing or anything like that," Irsay said. "He was really struggling going through the process of being ready to play [each week last season]. This was, quite frankly, not that complicated of a surgery. This was a simple labrum repair. There are a lot of other things that could have been involved with this surgery that weren't." Irsay didn't give a timetable for Luck's return to the field, though. Luck offered only this: "Feeling great. Rehab is going well. It's a long and patient process." His status will be 1 of the biggest storylines of the summer. Luck has come off the board in the early 5th round of recent MFL10 drafts.

Colts QB Andrew Luck still hasn't started throwing again after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder back in January, HC Chuck Pagano said on Tuesday. Luck was originally expected to resume throwing sometime in April. The Colts have been tight-lipped about his recovery all offseason, and it remains unclear if he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Luck's status will be 1 of the bigger storylines of the summer.

The Colts selected RB Marlon Mack in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. We’re a bit surprised they didn’t add a back sooner, but they got good value here. Mack flashed big time acceleration and speed at South Florida, where he racked up 3,609 yards on a 6.2 per-carry average over the past 3 years. He ran a mediocre 4.50-second 40 at the Combine but put his explosion on display with an 89th percentile score in the broad jump. Mack needs to add some discipline to his game but certainly has the tools to succeed at the next level. He’ll learn a lot from veteran Frank Gore.

The Colts picked Ohio State S Malik Hooker in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Hooker should claim a starting job right away, with Mike Adams having left for Carolina. We'd bet on him starting next to Clayton Geathers soon, with Geathers the much better IDP option.

Colts insider Stephen Holder came away from a conference call with new GM Chris Ballard believing the team is "VERY bullish" on TE Erik Swoope. "Wants to see his ceiling," Holder added. A converted basketball player, Swoope didn't hit the stat sheet in either of his first 2 NFL seasons. But he hauled in 15 balls for 297 yards (19.8 YPC) and a score this past year. TE Jack Doyle turned in an efficient 2016 as Indy's lead TE and landed a 3-year, $19 million contract this offseason. But he's not the type of elite talent that is impossible to leap on the depth chart. Swoope will be a name to closely monitor this summer.

WR Kamar Aiken is set to sign with the Colts, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Aiken disappeared in Baltimore last year but tallied a 75-944-5 line in 2015. He turns just 28 in May. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in as Indy's top 2 WRs, but Aiken could certainly push Phillip Dorsett for the #3 gig. Dorsett has disappointed since being selected in the 1st round of the 2015 draft, totaling just 51 catches, 753 yards and 3 TDs through 2 seasons.

 
 
 

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