Colts head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni will emphasize quicker throws this season. That doesn’t mean the deep ball is going away.
Not with T.Y. Hilton as the team’s lead receiver.
As you emphasize the quicker throws, the deeper ones come, Sirianni said, via Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan. If you look at Frank and [my] past together, our teams have been high in completion percentage, but they’ve also been high in plus-20 yard gains, plus-16 yard gains. So those plays still come.
Hilton ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash in the pre-draft process in 2012 before the Colts made him a third-round pick. He ranked fourth last season with a 16.9 yards per catch average and has averaged 15.8 yards per catch in his career.
He stated that Buehler is fully recovered from the microfracture to his ribs, and he expressed optimism over Kershaw.
It was very positive for us moving forward, said Roberts, who didn’t want Kershaw exceeding five innings or 75 pitches. Clayton was efficient, got up and down five times. I thought the fastball had life — 92, 93, good command. Curveball was sharp. And the slider was good. It’s only going to get better.
They are: Tucking the ball away; turning upfield; or avoiding or warding off an opponent.
The subject aspect of the catch rule remains, allowing the official to award a catch if the official simply believes that the player had the time to do something that he actually didn’t attempt to do. With five specific acts common to the game now listed in the rule as automatic devices for satisfying the time element, there isn’t much else a pass catcher could do short of stand still or immediately fall down during whatever time is deemed to be necessarily to have the ball long enough to complete the act of catching the ball.
Kershaw still has only one win this season, but his ERA is 2.84 through 57 innings.
He has finished within the top five in National League Cy Young Award voting after each of the past seven seasons, winning three of them. But he hasn’t topped 175 innings in either of the past two summers and might struggle to reach 150 this year.
As his back has acted up, his average fastball velocity has declined, from 94 in 2016 to 93 in 2017 to 92 in 2018. And soon he must decide whether to opt out of a contract that will pay him $65 million over the next two seasons, a dilemma that seems to grow more intriguing by the week.