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Marvel Tell is an uber-athletic
safety/cornerback who has all the physical tools to be an elite NFL player , but his work-ethic has been put into question." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesStampede Blue homepageHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityFollow Stampede Blue online:Follow Stampede Blue on TwitterFollow Stampede Blue on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchStampede Blue main menuFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Breaking NewsAndrew Luck Retires×How the Colts culture can help Marvell Tell fulfill his potentialNew,21commentsMarvel Tell is an uber-athletic safety/cornerback who has all the physical tools to be an elite NFL player, but his work-ethic has been put into question.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:How the Colts culture can help Marvell Tell fulfill his potentialTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Harry How/Getty ImagesThere seems to be plenty of doubts about Marvell Tell’s work-ethic and passion while playing the game. His athletic ability was enough to get him drafted and he has the talent to make it in the NFL, but time and time again the NFL has proven that elite athleticism, alone, is not enough to make it in the League. The transition from safety to cornerback should serve Tell tremendously, as he did not have the muscle and weight to play safety, and he has proven he has the coverage skills and instincts required to play cornerback. Still, the question here is not about Tell’s ability to play football (which is unquestionable), but rather his apparent lack of commitment, and how the Colts have a culture in place that can help players with such issues.After watching Colts players constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons (D’Qwell Jackson, Da’Rick Rogers, David Parry, etc.) and players with no passion for the game, like Trent Richardson, Ballard made it a priority to sign and draft high-character players and leaders both on and off the field. In this draft class alone, Ballard drafted Rock Ya-Sin Antonio Morrison Jersey , who, on a single season at Temple received a single digit jersey number (a privilege given to the toughest players); Khari Willis, a team captain with exceptional character; Bobby Okereke, who did an internship with Condoleeza Rice, and even each of the other Draft picks have at least something that points to either an incredible work-ethic or a burning passion for the game. E.J Speed, who was charged with two felonies (charges which were later dropped), decided to play at unknown Tarleton State to stay close to his brother, who ultimately lost his battle to cancer.Besides the fact that drafting and signing players like this helps build a tough mental team, it also gives teams the possibility of taking chances on players like Tell, because the locker room culture will absorb and transform such players. Tell’s criticism on his work-ethic might be overstated, but if it is indeed true, then he will not last a single day on a Colts facility without changing. The Colts locker room right now is perhaps the most committed I have ever seen since I started following the team. The whole organization is filled with hard-working, blue-collar guys, true to the spirit of Indianapolis. Marvell Tell will be given the opportunity to prove that the knocks on his commitment and passion were overblown, and the Colts locker room will push him to the limit to prove the doubters wrong. This week’s game against the Houston Texans was a critical one, and the Colts didn’t shrink from it. After coming out flat on offense and looking like they could squander their chance at a playoff spot, the Colts got things going in the 2nd quarter and knocked off the Texans in their own stadium to end the win streak that the Colts began. This was a big win for this Colts team and one they have stumbled to get in recent years. It certainly isn’t the end Kenny Moore Color Rush Jersey , and there are still important games ahead, but this was loomed as the toughest on their schedule, and a victory keeps a playoff appearance very clearly in the Colts’ sight.Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from this big-time matchup.WinnersT.Y. HiltonWho else could we start off with but T.Y. Hilton? The guy was a game time decision after missing practice all week and being limited on Friday with a shoulder injury. After a beautiful 60-yard pass from Luck, he came up limping after some sort of lower leg or foot issue and found himself on the sideline trying to walk it off. Then he proceeded to get back in the game and rack up 199 receiving yards on 9 receptions, absolutely torching a Texans secondary that could not seem to do anything to stop him getting open. This is the kind of vintage performance we’ve come to expect from Hilton in Houston, and seeing him gut out a great game through multiple injuries tells us all we need to know about how tough a competitor he is. If this is the version of Hilton we get for the rest of the season, go ahead and pencil this team in as a wildcard team.Andrew LuckPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesLuck sometimes suffers in terms of being classified as a winner because of how good he consistently is. It is easy to discount it as “just another Luck performance” and not give him full credit for his play. Not this week. Luck put on a clinic in pocket movement, which he has been doing all year. He scrambled when it made sense, extended the play, and showed a ridiculous ability to put great touch on his passes even when he was under significant pressure with the pocket collapsing. Against a very good Texans defensive line, Luck stayed cool and carved up their secondary, going 27/41 for 399 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Those numbers aren’t necessarily remarkable on their own, but this is truly a “watch the film” performance by Luck. He was playing at an incredibly high level and the switch to the up-tempo offense allowed him to really abuse the Texans. He deserves to be in the conversation for MVP.Denico AutryTroy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsSince getting healthy, Denico Autry has been on a tear, seemingly to make up for lost time. Over the past two weeks , he has 11 tackles, 5 sacks, 6 QB hits, and 5 tackles for loss. He is making himself stand out and is a prime example of how matching a good player to the right scheme can make a big difference. No one hearing his name called would have guessed what kind of impact he could have for this defense, but despite missing time this season, he has 8 sacks on the season. Credit to Chris Ballard and Matt Eberflus for seeing a guy who would fit their vision for the defense and helping to maximize his impact. Clayton GeathersPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesGeathers was in on what seemed like every single play on the defensive side of the ball. His stat line doesn’t pop the way Leonard or Autry’s do, but he was all over the field impacting the game in a number of ways. If not for the absolutely terrible penalty called on Malik Hooker, Geathers would have had a ridiculous heads-up interception on the goal line which would have taken the ball away as the Texans were threatening to score. A strong finish to the season is big for Geathers. I’m not sure he will be wearing a Colts uniform next year because he has struggled to stay healthy, but if he can have a good push to finish out this season, it’ll give him a shot to be back with the team next season.Darius LeonardPhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesI’m not going to dig too deep into this one. Leonard was his usual self, somehow making a 12-tackle 1-sack, 1-tackle for loss, 1-QB hit game where he defended a pass while covering DeAndre Hopkins look easy. This guy is like a cheat code at linebacker and we are really lucky that Chris Ballard and his scouts are better than all those guys who thought Leonard was overrated. He looked great and should be the DROY, no matter what those chumps in Dallas think.Kenny MoorePhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesOn a day where the Colts needed their secondary to step up, Kenny Moore was up to the challenge. He played solid coverage all day and played a big role in limiting DeAndre Hopkins’ impact on the game. He also managed to get a sack and a tackle for loss, as he continues to prove himself a valuable asset blitzing off the edge. LosersMatthew AdamsPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesSeriously, Adams is a loser here. Not because he didn’t anything wrong at all though. He’s a loser because apparently the NFL officials hate him. Two weeks in a row Adams has made solid plays and gotten hit with bogus penalties. Last week he was robbed of a sack because of a roughing the passer hit which was complete nonsense. Today he got hit with a hit on a defenseless receiver penalty Denico Autry Jersey , despite hitting the receiver from the front side and not leading with his helmet. It is ridiculous that this guy can’t catch a break. George OdumThe Colts special teams hasn’t been very good this season, and that has been a source of frustration for me personally. One of the main reasons for that is George Odum, and he repeated his tendency to draw penalties again this week with an incredibly obvious and stupid block in the back penalty. I’m not sure what he brings to the table, but you can’t have that kind of undisciplined play messing up field position. Hopefully the Colts plan to upgrade their crop of special teamers in the offseason.Chester RogersSpeaking of special teams disappointment, Chester Rogers continues to be a major letdown as a returner. Disaster was narrowly averted when he muffed a punt, which he was fortunately able to recover.Perhaps as frustrating is his tendency to call for a fair catch without defenders within 10-15 yards away, or worse still, his perpetual tendency to fair catch inside the 10-yard line. I will never understand why he is doing this, and to some degree as it has continued all season, some blame has to go on special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone, because you’ve got to get it through his head that doing this is a stupid play that pins your offense back deep. Like Odum, I don’t expect that Rogers is a part of this team in 2019, but I’d like to see things cleaned up this season all the same.

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