Indianapolis Colts center Deyshawn Bond remembers


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camping out inside a cramped hotel room late last summer Youth Quenton Nelson Jersey , reveling in the sound of silence.For the undrafted rookie who attended high school on Indy's east side before heading to Cincinnati, cutdown weekend seemed like the perfect antithesis of draft weekend.In the spring, every college prospect dreams of picking up the phone and hearing an NFL team on the other end. But if that call comes in the first 72 hours following the preseason finale, everyone knows it's probably time to turn in a playbook and find another job.So Bond spent those first 24 hours waiting it out alone before accepting a dinner invite from his mother across town."I didn't really come out of my room that first day. Didn't get the call," Bond said. "So my mom had ended up telling me she wanted to have dinner for me and I went over and she surprised me with a lot of family. So it was an exciting time in my life."It seems just about everyone who's played in the NFL has some semblance of the same story.Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy often started decision weekend by talking about when he sat inside a room with Pittsburgh Steelers greats Joe Greene, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris when the knock on the door came. Dungy took a quick look around the room and instantly realized none of the four future Hall of Famers were about to be cut.But this weekend, all around the league, the stories bubble up again.Bond and a few teammates have already recounted their tales to a group of wide-eyed rookies, still hopeful of landing their dream job and some of whom envision extending the Colts' streak of consecutive seasons with an undrafted rookie on the opening day roster.Last year, Bond and punter Rodrigo Sanchez helped keep the streak alive. Now, a whole new batch of rookies will try to make it 20 consecutive years albeit on a roster with significantly fewer openings."I've heard, a couple times," said linebacker Skai Moore, the South Carolina product who started turning heads in rookie minicamp. "What's it been, like 19 seasons an undrafted rookie made the team? Yeah, I've heard that a couple times. I hope I can (make it 20)."Moore seems like the best bet.He's been starting at middle linebacker while Anthony Walker recovers from an injured groin. But Moore isn't the only potential prospect on the roster.Cornerback Henre' Toliver has steadily moved ahead of several other undrafted rookies on the depth chart and now may have to fend off Lenzy Pipkins Youth Braden Smith Jersey , whom Indy acquired in a trade with Green Bay earlier this week.Receiver Steve Ishmael is fourth on the team in receptions while safety George Odum has one of the Colts' two interceptions. Kicker Mike Badgley is 5 for 5 on field goals, including a 51-yarder he made in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over San Francisco.Each has one more chance to impress the coaches at Cincinnati on Thursday.The biggest longshot might be Badgley, who finds himself behind one of the most reliable kickers in NFL history. Adam Vinatieri enters the season needing seven field goals to become the league's career leader and 58 points to pass Morten Andersen as the league's career scoring leader.Badgley has done nothing to hurt himself and may actually have done enough to find a spot on another team. Besides, he has Vinatieri's stamp of approval."He's wise beyond his years and we have had a lot of good conversations," Vinatieri said. "He's a really strong-minded kid and obviously very, very talented as well. So here, there, anywhere, he's going to be successful."The reality of the salary cap is teams need productivity out of capable, less costly players such as Moore and Bond.Bond did his part in 2017, replacing the injured Ryan Kelly as Indy's starting center for the first four games — until he was carted off the field at Seattle with a season-ending torn quadriceps.There have been plenty of examples of other undrafted rookies playing big roles for the Colts. Center Jeff Saturday signed with Indy after selling electrical supplies in North Carolina and went on to form the longest-playing center-quarterback duo with Peyton Manning in league history.Dominic Rhodes rushed for 1,104 yards as a rookie in 2001 after replacing the injured Edgerrin James. Five years later, Rhodes had a vital part in Indy's Super Bowl title-winning run.Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle wound up making the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie before the Colts claimed him off waivers in 2013.And Bond's advice to Moore, or anyone else feeling the angst this weekend is simple: Keep the head up and the phone might not ring."I wouldn't say you should be nervous about it. I would say just stay positive," he said. "This is not just an interview with the team you're playing with at the time, it's an interview for every team in the league. So keep a positive mindset and go out and perform at your best."4 takeaways from Colts 38-24 loss to Patriots Thursday night The Indianapolis Colts came into Foxboro depleted in multiple areas of their roster. It was ugly early, and the Colts were down 24-3 at halftime. The Colts were valiant in their comeback attempt http://www.authenticsindianapoliscolts.com/cheap-jabaal-sheard-jersey , but fell to the Patriots 38-24.The Colts will travel to play the New York Jets in Week 6, but are somewhat fortunate in getting the mini-bye between now and then to (hopefully) get healthy. Through all of the bad we see, there was still some positive to glean from this game. Here are some of my takeaways from this Week 5 matchup. Teaser: the rivalry is going to have to wait a year.Andrew Luck was fantastic yet againI mean.... how many drops can one team have in back-to-back weeks? Luck had his YOLO throw for the night when he targeted Nyheim Hines and it was picked off. Nevertheless, he put together another excellent game with all things considered. Luck’s second interception of the night was due to Zach Pascal failing to secure a perfect pass, tipping it up and into the arms of Jonathan Jones. At this point it was beyond disappointing in what Luck was offering this young group, and they just weren’t carrying their weight when the team needed them to. Luck finished 38-of-59 (64.4%) for 365 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and I think you can easily argue that he was accurate on more than close to 80% of his passes tonight. Looking ahead, injuries or no, you just have to hope that Luck can continue to look this good for the duration of the season. He may not have THE playmakers around him yet, but we can still marvel in his greatness when it’s on display.Colts receivers need to sleep with the jugs machineMaybe I already mentioned it above, but the past two weeks have been truly pathetic with at least a dozen drops from this receiver corps. They’ve virtually all been guilty of this in waves, and almost nobody has been immune. Zach Pascal, Ryan Grant, Chester Rogers has dropped a couple touchdowns and Eric Ebron has been especially bad as well.Ebron was able to haul in a couple touchdowns tonight, but his consistency — or severe lack thereof — is a real issue when the Colts don’t have Jack Doyle to steady the tight end room. It’s hard to comprehend how this group could go from having among the fewest drops through the first three weeks, then go to a team full of Darrius Heyward-Bey clones. I know this was a short week, but you’re going to Foxboro to play in prime time. Focus should not be an issue. Colts protected Luck pretty well after giving up early sackLuck took a 10-yard sack on the second offensive play of the game for the Colts and it felt very much like we should expect to see that a lot throughout the course of the game. That just never really came to be White Joe Haeg Jersey , though. From that point on, Luck had time to scan the field, move to second and third progressions and do what Andrew Luck can do when he has time to throw. The Colts did stack the line with additional linemen using a couple of unbalanced sets, used Ryan Hewitt often in the H-back role and the running backs were asked to pull their weight in protection as well.Luck did not take a single sack the rest of his 50-plus dropbacks and that is pretty impressive to say the least. Additionally, Luck was able to step up into the pocket tonight and deliver the ball as he did in Week 4. This, Colts fans have to like after years of him getting lit up week in and week out.Colts defensive line couldn’t put the pressure on BradyThe other group who have been so surprising as a collective unit has been the hogs up front on the Colts defensive line. Margus Hunt, Denico Autry, Jabaal Sheard and even Jihad Ward — and even a few more — have put together really good performances as they’ve climbed into the top-tier of the NFL’s sack totals. This front has been able to find success with good design from Matt Eberflus, and a solid chemistry that has been showing itself in the first month of the 2018 season. They don’t have any one dominant force to work off of, and have to use their speed and stunts to get pressure — but it’s working. After earning more than 4 sacks per game, this beat up unit couldn’t muster much of anything against the Patriots Thursday night.Hunt and Autry both left the game early, joining several others before them, and they simply didn’t have the horses to get much done tonight. In all the Colts defense only touched Tom Brady 3 times and that’s never going to be enough. The Colts need this break to get some of their pieces back for Week 6. Without the majority of their starters healthy, this roster would be a rough watch going forward. They’re resilient, but just not to the point where they can compete using second, and third-string defenders.

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