AFC South: Kerwynn Williams

Colts' performance-based pay

March, 25, 2014
Mar 25
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nine Indianapolis Colts players received performance-based incentives for more than $100,000 each during the 2013 season. Linebacker Jerrell Freeman and offensive line Hugh Thornton both earned more than $218,000.

The incentives are based off playing time and a player’s base salary. Veteran backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck received only $827.05 out of the $3.46 million which teams are allotted. The money usually benefits minimum-salaried free-agent signings and players on their first NFL contracts who end up playing a lot.

Here’s a breakdown of the top-10 performance bonuses on the Colts.

LB Jerrell Freeman $248,772.35

OL Hugh Thornton $218,167.75

WR T.Y. Hilton $162,808.35

FB Stanley Havili $132,945.28

TE Jack Doyle $128,223.40

DE Ricardo Mathews $118,490.40

LB Cam Johnson $109,230.89

WR Griff Whalen $101,056.36

LB Kelvin Sheppard $100,435.98

LB Mario Harvey $92,307.29

Here’s a breakdown of the bottom-10 performance bonuses on the roster.

WR Reggie Wayne $6,651.65

TE Dwayne Allen $5,711.86

C Khaled Holmes $4,695.54

TE Justice Cunningham $3,913.60

OL Donald Thomas $3,384.86

K Adam Vinatieri $2,738.82

RB Robert Hughes $2,618.30

RB Kerwynn Williams $2,494.16

OL Thomas Austin $1,816.86

QB Matt Hasselbeck $827.05
INDIANAPOLIS -- While the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff is in Hawaii this week for the Pro Bowl, coaching and putting their feet in the Pacific Ocean when time permits, general manager Ryan Grigson and members of the team's personnel staff are Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl preparing for the draft in May.

“The scouts, who are away from their families, they always kind of get left in the dust but without them, we don't have that bevy of players every year to look at and they separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, and really help this process and find those players that are going to get us where we want to go,” Grigson said last week. “They're away from their families so much and they really make a tremendous sacrifice. Everyone is going to the Pro Bowl but they'll be down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, as well as I will be because that process is already starting as soon as the season's over. We're already trying to get better.”

The Colts don't have a first-round pick because they gave it to the Cleveland Browns as part of the Trent Richardson trade in September. They've got picks in the second, third, fifth and seventh rounds.

The Colts have to do better in this year's draft because last year's draft class didn't contribute much.

Here's a breakdown of the 2013 draft picks:
LB Bjoern Werner: 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defended

OL Hugh Thornton: Forced into the starting lineup because of the season-ending injury to Donald Thomas in Week 2. Thornton started 12 games but he was part of team's weak interior line.

OL Khaled Holmes: Holmes was inactive for nine games despite the offensive line dealing with injuries late in the season.

DT Montori Hughes: Like Holmes, Hughes spent most of the season on the inactive list (11 games).

S John Boyett: He didn't even make it to the first game of the season. Boyett was released after being arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement.

RB Kerwynn Williams: He was released before the start of the season, brought back for a couple stints on the practice squad and active roster before being cut for good in early October.

TE Justice Cunningham: See Williams above. The same thing happened to Cunningham, except he made it until late November before being released for good.

Werner showed some signs of promise and there's a good chance Thomas will move back into the starting lineup at guard next season if healthy.

“I think Bjoern, he needs to get stronger,” Grigson said. “He knows that. He got better versus the run. He had a game where he's so close to getting a tipped ball and taking it to the house. He has kind of a knack for breaking up passes, which is great. But the physicality that he's starting to play with, he's starting to get it. So I think Year 2's going to be big for Bjoern, especially having an offseason in the weight room.”

So it's easy to understand that Grigson needs to bounce back from last year's draft.

Colts' Week 4 mailbag

September, 28, 2013

Ricky Jean Francois out against Jaguars

September, 25, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will be without starting defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Jean Francois injured his groin in the second half of their win over San Francisco last weekend.

“Groin injury looks to be a little bit worse than anticipated,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “(He) might be out a week or so.”

The Colts gave an indication that Jean Francois’ injury would cost him some time when they re-signed defensive lineman Lawrence Guy on Tuesday.

Jean Francois wasn’t the only Colt not to practice Wednesday. Safety Antoine Bethea (toe), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and safety LaRon Landry (ankle) also missed practice. Bradshaw’s injury is surprising because Pagano didn’t mention him when he ran down the list of injured players during the media session.

Linebacker Pat Angerer (knee) and center Samson Satele (elbow) both were limited in practice after missing the 49ers game. Satele will start with Mike McGynn moving back to guard if he’s able to play against the Jaguars.

The Colts signed receiver Da’Rick Rogers and running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad Wednesday. Both players were released from the 53-man roster Tuesday. To make room for Williams and Rodgers, the Colts released receiver Danny Coale and running back Miguel Maysonet from the practice squad.

'Next man up' with Vick Ballard out

September, 13, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- The initial reaction was complete silence. The first thought, of course, was on Vick Ballard. The second-year running back cut through the hole in a non-contact drill in practice Thursday when his foot got stuck in the ground.

“Freakish” was the adjective used by Ballard’s teammates and coach Chuck Pagano when they saw him go down.

“Nobody touched him,” running back Ahmad Bradshaw said. “Everybody saw it. They just gasped. He was going through the hole on a team drill. He was trying to weave through the line. His foot got caught in the ground and it happened.”

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Pat Lovell/USA TODAY SportsAhmad Bradshaw will have to carry the load in the running game for the Colts.
The Colts’ worse fears were revealed when the MRI showed an ACL tear in Ballard’s right knee. Ballard left the team facility without addressing the media Friday.

“We all know Vick was headed toward having a fabulous year,” Pagano said. “We know and understand injuries are part of this game. We’ll deal with it. Nobody handles adversity quite like this team in this locker room. Vick will get through this and with his mindset and his work ethic he’ll come back stronger than ever in 2014.”

There was a lot of disappointment inside the locker room for Ballard, who led the team in rushing last season and in its Week 1 win over Oakland. But the Colts know there’s no time to sit back and feel bad for themselves. It’s time for that "next man up" mentality that they’ve used when dealing with adversity for so many years.

“Sad to see,” veteran receiver Reggie Wayne said. “Whenever you see, not only your teammate, anybody in this league suffer an injury like that, it’s sad to see. Vick was working hard. I had a little talk with him. I told him, 'I’ve had had the injury before, keep your head up. We’ll fight for you.' It’s just a tough injury, but we all know it’s this part of this business.”

The original plan was for Ballard to team with Bradshaw to give them a formidable one-two punch in the backfield to complement the trio of receivers and two talented tight ends. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said earlier this week that Ballard and Bradshaw were going to split the carries 50-50 this season. The Colts averaged almost five yards a carry against Oakland last week.

That plan is now scratched.

Bradshaw will start in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins and fifth-year running back Donald Brown will back him up. Rookie Kerwynn Williams will be brought up off the practice squad to be the team’s third running back.

Bradshaw, who signed with the Colts after spending his first six seasons with the New York Giants, sat out the preseason while recovering from offseason foot surgery. He’ll get the bulk of the carries in the backfield now.

“I’m ready,” Bradshaw said. “That’s just what happens when this happens. I’ve been working hard for this. You never know what can happen. Next man up.”

The Colts don’t need flash from Brown, a former first-round pick. They want consistency from him, something that hasn’t been the case in his career.

The last thing the Colts need is for their running game to become the weak link in the offense.

“I think we have all the right components in place in all the right places to bounce back from this,” Wayne said.

Colts claim tight end off waivers

September, 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts rounded out their practice squad and claimed a player off waivers Sunday.

The Colts claimed tight end Jack Doyle, an Indianapolis native and undrafted rookie out of Western Kentucky, off waivers from Tennessee. The team also released rookie running back Kerwynn Williams.

The Colts have injury concerns at tight end, as Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, their top two players at the position, both missed at least half of the preseason. Allen didn’t play in the preseason because of a foot injury. Fleener first dealt with a concussion and now is working his way back from a sprained knee. The Colts hope Fleener and Allen will be ready for the season opener against Oakland on Sept. 8.

Keeping four running backs turned out to be too much for the Colts, which is why Williams was released. The rookie handled the majority of the kickoff-return duties in the preseason. He averaged 21.5 yards a return in the preseason, and he rushed for 92 yards in the finale at Cincinnati last week.

Barring any changes, David Reed, whom the Colts acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 21, likely will be the team’s kickoff returner. He led the league in 2010 with almost a 30-yard return average. Reed, however, suffered a concussion against Cincinnati last week.

The Colts signed linebacker Daniel Adongo, center Thomas Austin, quarterback Chandler Harnish, tight end Dominique Jones, linebacker Josh McNary and cornerback Sheldon Price to the practice squad.

Predicting the Colts' 53-man roster

August, 30, 2013
Here’s my projection at what the Colts' 53-man roster will look like:


Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck

Comment: The Colts are in good hands with Luck and Hasselbeck.

Running back

Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams

Comment: Williams locked in his spot as the fourth running back by rushing for 92 yards against Cincinnati. He’ll also likely return kicks.


Stanley Havili, Dominique Jones

Comment: Havili proved that he can be another option for Luck to throw to out of the backfield against Cleveland last weekend.

Wide receiver

Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, TY Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Griff Whalen, David Reed

Comment: Colts are set with Wayne, Heyward-Bey and Hilton, but depth is still a concern at receiver.

Tight end

Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Justice Cunningham

Comment: You have to cross your fingers that Fleener’s preseason problems were just that and they won’t linger into the regular season.

Offensive line

Anthony Castonzo, Donald Thomas, Samson Satele, Mike McGlynn, Gosder Cherilus, Hugh Thornton, Joe Reitz, Khaled Holmes, Jeff Linkenbach

Comment: The Colts’ scoring success depends heavily on how well this unit protects Luck


Defensive line

Cory Redding, Josh Chapman, Ricky Jean Francois, Aubrayo Franklin, Montori Hughes, Lawrence Guy, Drake Nevis

Comment: The defensive line has to prove it can stop the run.


Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner, Caesar Rayford, Pat Angerer, Jerrell Freeman, Kavell Conner, Mario Harvey, Kelvin Sheppard

Comment: Rayford is the surprise name on this list, but the 27-year-old former Canadian and Arena League player earned a roster spot by having a very strong training camp.


Greg Toler, Vontae Davis, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy

Comment: The Colts are in good hands if Davis and Butler play like they did during the preseason.


LaRon Landry, Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged, Larry Asante

Comment: Asante made a strong case to make the roster with an interception against Cleveland and 13 tackles against Cincinnati. Don’t count out Sergio Brown, though.

Special teams

Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee, Matt Overton

Comment: No comment necessary

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star made his 53-man roster projection earlier this week.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan did the same.

Observation deck: Colts-Bengals

August, 29, 2013
CINCINNATI -- No Andrew Luck. No Reggie Wayne. No Cory Redding. No Antoine Bethea or Robert Mathis, either.

In what’s the biggest yawner of the preseason because starting players rarely play, the preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals was all about borderline players trying to make one final impression on front office officials and the coaching staff before the 53-man roster has to be set by Saturday evening.

Here are other observations from the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-10 loss to the Bengals:
  • Third-string quarterback Chandler Harnish played for all but the first two series of the game. He didn’t do anything to help his case to play behind Luck and Matt Hasselbeck. But that’s not surprising, because Harnish struggled the entire preseason. Harnish started 2-of-6 but managed complete six of his next seven passes to finish 8-of-13 for 55 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked twice. Harnish’s best bet is that he’ll be brought back to be the team’s practice-squad quarterback.
  • Rookie running back Kerwynn Williams took advantage of Ahmad Bradshaw not playing and Vick Ballard getting only a handful of snaps to be the lone bright spot on offense. The seventh-round pick rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries. Williams will likely be the fourth running back on the depth chart. He’ll also be the team’s primary kick returner. "He's got the heart of a lion," coach Chuck Pagano said. "He's produced really every week and made big plays. He's put enough out there so you have to give it some heavy consideration."
  • Safety Larry Asante followed up his 48-yard interception return for a touchdown against Cleveland last weekend by getting a sack and also recovering a fumble in the first half. Asante had a game-high 13 tackles. He had only four tackles total in the first three preseason games. Asante's play the past two games keeps him in the mix to make the roster as one of the safeties.
  • Receiver/kick returner David Reed, acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 21, left the game with a concussion.
  • Linebacker Caesar Rayford stood at his locker still in his pads mad at himself long after the game. The rookie seemed to be in a good position to make the team with a team-high five sacks heading into Thursday. But he wasn't pleased that he didn't close out the preseason the way he wanted to. He had only two tackles against the Bengals, with one of the tackles being in the open field. Rayford did enough early in the preseason to earn a roster spot.
  • Linebacker Daniel Adongo, the rugby player attempting to play football for the first time, didn’t play during the preseason because Pagano wasn’t comfortable putting him the game. That didn’t stop a press box announcer from saying Adongo had a special-teams tackle in the first half. A No. 46 got the tackle for the Colts, but it wasn’t Adongo. It was tight end Dominique Jones. Jones later caught a touchdown pass from Harnish.
What’s next: The Colts open the regular season against the Oakland Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sept. 8.
INDIANAPOLIS – If coach Chuck Pagano’s comments are any indication, you shouldn’t expect to see quarterback Andrew Luck or any other of the Indianapolis Colts’ key players on the field when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in their preseason finale on Thursday.

“We’d like to get everybody significant amount of reps,” Pagano said. “Some guys will get less than other guys and there might be a few cases where a guy won’t play at all."

Pagano later added that playing time will be based on age and health.

What about Luck, coach?

“If he gets a series, that would be great. If he gets nothing, that would be great,” Pagano said.

That sure sounds like Luck will be on the sideline wearing a baseball cap and sipping out of a Gatorade cup during the game Thursday.

Luck played one series and threw one pass in the preseason finale last year as a rookie. The Colts won’t get anything out of him doing the same thing this year.

It’ll be a good thing if players like Luck, Reggie Wayne, Robert Mathis and Cory Redding don’t play against the Bengals.

There’s no need for them to. They’ve already proven they’re ready for the regular season. Luck went 29-of-44 for 322 yds, four touchdowns and an interception during the preseason.

Thursday is about the borderline players making one final run at the 53-man roster. Players like Caesar Rayford, Griff Whalen and Kerwynn Williams should get a significant amount of playing time.

What to watch for: Colts-Browns

August, 24, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- The third preseason game is the one to keep an eye on. It’s the game where you can get a better indication of where the team stands because the starting unit usually plays into the third quarter.

That’s the plan Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has with his starters in Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Here’s what to watch for:

1. A running attack: I'm like most of you, I'm waiting for the Colts' power-running game, discussed by offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton in training camp, to show up. The Colts haven't even teased us with anything yet. They're averaging 3.1 yards a carry in the preseason. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw won't join Vick Ballard in the backfield Saturday, because the team doesn’t want to rush Bradshaw back on the field after practicing in pads for the first time this week. Not having tight ends Coby Fleener (knee) and Dwayne Allen (foot) to block will make things more difficult for the Colts. So in other words, you likely won't see anything that resembles a power-running game until at least Week 1 against Oakland. Good thing quarterback Andrew Luck (13-of-19 and a 128.8 passer rating) has looked sharp in the preseason.

2. Stopping the run: Is giving up 115.5 yards a game on the ground in two preseason games bad? Yes, but you also have to take into consideration that the starters spent the majority of those games on the sideline watching. What is alarming, though, is that the defense has given up runs of 17, 15 and 21 yards on three of their opponent’s first four runs of the game. The starters will be tested again against Browns running back Trent Richardson. You have every reason to wonder if the defense can improve on being 29th in the league in rushing yards allowed last season if Richardson has a strong game against the starters.

3. Debut time: Speaking of the defense, it will have the starting unit on paper together for the first time in the preseason. Safety LaRon Landry (knee) and linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) are expected to play. Landry will join a secondary -- Antoine Bethea, Vontae Davis and Greg Toler -- that has been solid in the preseason. Toler, a free-agent signing in the offseason, had an interception against the New York Giants on Aug 18. Angerer and Landry are familiar with the defensive scheme, it’s a matter of them getting game reps, especially Landry. Angerer, who spent the first part of training camp on the physically unable to perform list while working his way back from offseason foot surgery, could get between 15 and 20 snaps. Rookie guard Hugh Thornton is also making his preseason debut. Thornton, who injured his ankle right before training camp, will likely back up Jeff Linkenbach at guard.

4. Final audition: Rosters must be trimmed from 90 to 75 players by Tuesday. Keep an eye on the receiver spot. The Colts are still looking for a fourth and fifth receiver. LaVon Brazill, currently the fourth receiver, is suspended the first four games of the season. Jeremy Kelley, Nathan Palmer, Jabin Sambrano, Lanear Sampson and Griff Whalen aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. There is a reason why general manager Ryan Grigson went out and signed receiver Maurice Williams this week.

5. Special teams: Rookie Kerwynn Williams, Sambrano and Cassius Vaughn have handled kickoff return duties in the first two games. David Reed might get a shot to return kicks Saturday. He was acquired in the trade that sent running Delone Carter to Baltimore this week. Reed led the league by averaging 29.3 yards a kickoff return in 2010.
Training camp competitions for the Indianapolis Colts are not shaping up the way general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano likely imagined them.

As Phillip B. Wilson points out in his blog at the Indianapolis Star, injuries are already having an impact.

Brandon McKinney is on IR with a continuing knee problem, so nose tackle looks like it’ll belong to Aubrayo Franklin and Josh Chapman, with Ricky Jean Francois able to help. What we thought could be a pretty good battle might be sorted out already.

Rookie right guard Hugh Thornton was expected to challenge incumbent Mike McGlynn, but Thornton has a boot on his right foot and has not practiced yet.

Pat Angerer is on PUP, meaning the second inside linebacker spot isn’t as much of a competition as it might be later, with Kelvin Sheppard apparently outranking Kavell Conner by so much that Wilson doesn't even mention Conner.

Rookie center Khaled Holmes might still give Samson Satele a fight at center, but Holmes had an ankle issue at USC and injured the same ankle on Tuesday.

Running back is still very interesting. Provided Ahmad Bradshaw is back to himself in time for the regular season, I’m not sure his presence on PUP with a still-healing foot hurts the competition at the spot. It might actually help. We know Vick Ballard will be second at worst, and it seems likely Kerwynn Williams will be fourth. The extra snaps could allow the staff maximum opportunity to gauge Donald Brown and Delone Carter.

While having virtually everyone good to go the first week of camp is ideal, camp injuries are inevitable. Maybe Thornton and Holmes don't miss much at all. Perhaps some of these guys will emerge in relative short order and still get into position battles the way we envisioned.

But if guys who are on the field now like McGlynn, Sheppard and Satele perform consistently well, they’ve got a chance to get a tight grip on jobs before their competition even takes the field.
We pick up our series in which’s resident scout, Matt Williamson, ranks the AFC South position-by-position.

Today, we examine running backs.

Williamson’s AFC South running back rankings:
1) Texans (Arian Foster, Ben Tate)
2) Titans (Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene, Jalen Parmele)
3) Jaguars (Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Forsett, Denard Robinson)
4) Colts (Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Kerwynn Williams)

It’s the same order I’d choose, though I considered flipping the Colts and the Jaguars. That would have meant I was confident in Ahmad Bradshaw’s foot and not confident in Jones-Drew’s foot. And I have no inside information on either to help prompt me to swap the two teams here.


Matt Williamson's ranking of AFC South running back units is:


Discuss (Total votes: 1,624)

My questions for Williamson based off of his list:

What was overall thinking as you sorted through running backs? Where is the biggest gap (between 1-2, 2-3 or 3-4)?

“I thought ranking the running backs was the toughest position in the AFC South, so the gap even from 1 to 4 isn't that extreme, as I am quite fond of the stable that Indy has put together.”

Do the lead backs fall into the same order if you're ranking them and not the overall position?

“Yes, I would keep the lead backs in the same order, but MJD vs. Johnson is a real tight call for me. Both could have nice seasons, as Johnson's supporting cast is much improved and MJD is obviously going to get a lot of volume.”

How do you rank the four No. 2s?

“As for the backups, Tate is first for sure and Forsett is clearly last. I also prefer Ballard to Greene. I am not a Greene fan at all, but he should help the Titans with their short yardage issues.”

How much did you factor in the blocking you anticipate them getting? Their capabilities as pass catchers and in pass protection?

“I didn't factor in the blocking at all. I factored in the passing game. Ranking them strictly in that capacity, I would probably go: Jax, Indy, Tennessee then Houston, but that -- again -- is VERY close."

“I am also quite excited as to what Williams can bring to Indy's attack as a receiver. We might not see it this year, but he can be a real weapon.”

As for me...

I didn’t go even three deep for the Texans, as undrafted guys will fight it out for the No. 3 spot. I went deeper than three for the Colts because the have veterans and a draft pick who will be in the mix.

Jones-Drew’s volume needs to go down. To be more competitive, the Jaguars have to throw more by design and less out of need than they have the last couple years. But if he’s clearly their best offensive player, as he’s been in the past, it can be hard to resist giving it to him.

Like Williamson, I have questions about Greene. I think the Titans overpaid for him and could have found a guy who can do what he does, and more, in the middle of the draft. But he still will help them in a key area.

I like Forsett more than Williamson does, but I wouldn’t want him as my fulltime starter, something Tate (if healthy), Ballard or Greene would fare better at if called on.

Health questions abound, even beyond Bradshaw and MJD. Ben Tate’s had a lot of nagging stuff and heading into a contract year needs to prove he can stay healthy.

If the full crop is healthy, Brown or Carter won’t make the Colts. Williams should, so long as he can help on special teams.

Ahmad Bradshaw seems worth a $250,000 signing bonus.

He’s an injury risk for sure, having missed six games over the last two years. He’s had multiple surgeries on his feet, including one to replace a screw in his right foot in January. But he’s topped 1,000 yards in two of the last three seasons.

ESPN reports he got $250,000 to sign along with a scheduled $1.1 million base salary.

With the former Giant, the Colts improve their running back room.

The team regards Vick Ballard as its lead back, and coach Chuck Pagano has also spoken highly of Donald Brown, who’s entering the last year of his initial contract.

Delone Carter was thought to be a primary short-yardage and goal line runner when the team drafted him in the fourth-round in 2011.

Carter, Ballard, Bradshaw and Brown give the Colts pretty good strength at running back. Seventh-round draft pick Kerwynn Williams, who figures to be a factor in the return game, is a significantly smaller player who can be a change-up.

Bradshaw can also make plays out of the backfield in the passing game, something the Colts will look for more frequently in 2013. He caught 47 passes for the 2010 Giants.

Bradshaw could fit in a variety of places in the backfield pecking order and I’m sure Pagano and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will want a training camp competition to help sort it out.

Carter or Brown will be out of a job in late August or early September barring an injury creating an opportunity.

Here’s Matt Williamson,’s scout, on Bradshaw:
The only questions about the guy concern durability and the screws in his feet. The Giants consistently had to nurture him throughout the week to have him active on game day, but he is tough. He isn't real big, but is an effective between-the-tackles runner as well as good on the perimeter -- assuming he still has the burst and speed from the last time we saw him. Bradshaw is also a real asset in the passing game, both as a reliable receiver and as one of the best RBs in protection in the NFL.

Cap and rookie signing report

June, 10, 2013
An update on cap space and rookie signings around the AFC South:

Jacksonville Jaguars -- $26.95 million under the cap.

Draft picks signed: CB Jeremy Harris (seventh round), Demetrius McCray (seventh round).

Draft picks unsigned: Six.

Tennessee Titans -- $9.69 million under the cap.

Draft picks signed: OLB Zaviar Gooden (third round), C Brian Schwenke (fourth round), DE Lavar Edwards (fifth round), CB Khalid Wooten (sixth round), S Daimion Stafford (seventh round).

Draft picks unsigned: Three.

Indianapolis Colts -- $8.5 million under the cap.

Draft picks signed: G Hugh Thornton (third round), C Khaled Holmes (fourth round), DT Montori Hughes (fifth round), S John Boyett (sixth round), RB Kerwynn Williams (seventh round), TE Justice Cunningham (seventh round).

Draft picks unsigned: One.

Houston Texans -- $2.8 million under the cap.

Draft picks signed: OLB Sam Montgomery (third round), OLB Trevardo Williams (fourth round), OT David Quessenberry (sixth round), WR Alan Bonner (sixth round), DT Chris Jones (sixth round), TE Ryan Griffin (sixth round).

Draft picks unsigned: Three.