Indianapolis Colts: Ndamukong Suh

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and linebacker Robert Mathis will find out which Pro Bowl team -- Team Deion Sanders or Team Jerry Rice -- they’ll be on Wednesday evening when the rest of the inaugural draft is completed.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano is coaching Sanders’ team. It’ll fun if Luck goes against Pagano and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. It’ll also be interesting if Luck and Mathis are on different teams because you likely won’t see Mathis coming off the edge and attempting to take the Colts’ franchise player’s arm off with a one of his customary strip sacks.

Colts long snapper Matt Overton will go against Pagano in the game. Overton was drafted by Rice’s team, which will be coached by Carolina’s Ron Rivera. Pagano got Rivera back by selecting Carolina long snapper J.J. Jansen.

Here’s a look at the players drafted for Pagano’s team so far.

Team Sanders

DT Ndamukong Suh Detroit

DT Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay

DT Dontari Poe Kansas City

G Marshall Yanda Baltimore

G Logan Mankins New England

G Kyle Long Chicago

C Mike Pouncey Miami

C Alex Mack Cleveland

FB Marcel Reece Oakland

Special Teamer

Brandon Fields Miami

Long Snapper

J.J. Jansen Carolina

NFLN survey/feared player: Colts

January, 9, 2014
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The first in a series of survey questions leading to the Super Bowl, NFL Nation Confidential, started Thursday. Each team's beat reporter asked 10 players anonymous questions to ensure they gave an honest answer.

The first question in the series: Who is the most feared player in the NFL?

The Detroit Lions -- for two different reasons -- had the top two vote-getters. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received 61 votes to beat out teammate Calvin Johnson, who had 58 votes. No other player received more than 30 votes. Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning received 6.6 percent of the votes.

You can look at Suh being the most feared player two ways. You can't knock Suh's talent. He has 27.5 sacks in a four-year career, and he's a three-time Pro Bowler. But I don't think he was the top vote-getter for his talent.

Suh has a reputation of being a dirty player.

Johnson, on the other hand, is feared simply based on his talent. He had 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns despite dealing with a knee problem this season. Double-teaming Johnson rarely works because he has a combination of size and speed. Just ask the Dallas Cowboys, as Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards against them.

McAfee delivers a hard hit on Holliday

October, 21, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was standing at his locker when veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri walked by and yelled out, “boom stick.”

Vinatieri could have been referring to McAfee’s ability to use his foot to pin the opposition deep in its own territory on punts or his hit on kick returner Trindon Holliday right before the end of the first quarter.

For the sake of this argument, we’ll say Vinatieri was talking about the hit McAfee put on Holliday along Denver’s sideline.

“The hit was something that snapped me back into it a little bit,” said McAfee. “He is very fast and I just closed my eyes and ran my hardest and things happened."

It was also a hit that could get McAfee fined by the NFL because it was a helmet-to-helmet hit.

“I wish I could say I knew my helmet might hit his helmet, but I was just running over there full speed hoping to make a play. I got lucky,” McAfee said.

The hit was so vicious it was the talk of Twitter.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who the NFL has fined a number of times, spoke up about the play.

McAfee read Suh’s tweet in the locker room after the game.

“The fact that Ndamukong Suh has any idea who I am is pretty sweet; that’s pretty awesome,” McAfee said. “If I can get credit from him, that’s pretty cool. It’s all about getting respect of your teammates and that’s what plays like that do.”

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