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The Indianapolis Colts opened training camp this week. The Athletic's Zak Keefer provided a boots on the ground report Wednesday. When talking with RB Nyheim Hines, the RB passed along that he focused on route-running in the offseason. Hines is optimistic his hard work will pay off via more looks in the passing game, specifically more deep shots, saying, "Hopefully I’ll get some more down-the-field routes." (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Keefer added that Hines' quote jumped out to him and that with Carson Wentz now at QB, look out for wrinkles like Hines getting more down-the-field routes in the offense. Keefer pointed out Hines is a versatile weapon and that the Colts would be wise to get him more looks at different spots on the field.

Category: Rumors

The Colts have signed right tackle Braden Smith to a four-year, $72.4 million contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The deal includes $42 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: One of the league's top right tackles, Smith cashes in after proving himself as a key member of Indianapolis' offensive line. Formerly a guard at Auburn, the 25-year-old has excelled through 43 games at right tackle in the NFL. According to an announcement from the Colts, Smith "was one of three tackles to play at least 900 snaps and not allow a sack in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. He was also one of only five tackles to be charged with allowing one or fewer quarterback hits last season."

Category: Transactions

Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard will miss some of the team's early practices in training camp after having a "small procedure on his ankle." (Source: Zak Keefer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keefer adds that Colts GM Chris Ballard says, "He's a vet. He'll be ready." The team will monitor the ankle, but Leonard's absence appears to be cautionary. The two-time All-Pro is currently looking for a contract extension with the Colts, which would be in the range of the deal fellow LB Fred Warner just signed with the 49ers.

Indianapolis Colts WR Parris Campbell is healthy after suffering an MCL and PCL injury last season and will participate fully in training camp. (Source: Zak Keefer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Campbell has struggled to stay healthy to start his career with the Colts, playing in only nine games in his first two seasons. When healthy, he's played well. He established an early connection with QB Phillip Rivers last season and looked to be a breakout candidate until suffering a knee injury that placed him on IR. He could be a strong buy-low candidate if he makes it through camp and builds rapport with new Colts QB Carson Wentz.

Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports that Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (Achilles) is “100 percent” to start training camp. (Source: Zak Keefer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mack tore his Achilles in Week 1 of last season, and after months of rehab, is “100 percent” to start training camp. This is excellent news for Mack as he didn’t participate in practice and was limited to individual athletic activities during the Colts' voluntary workouts. With a clean bill of health, Mack is expected to serve as the backup running back behind sure-fire RB1 Jonathan Taylor. The 25-year-old could take on the Colts’ early-down role if Taylor were to miss any time and is currently 56th among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates

Colts coach Frank Reich acknowledged that RB Jonathan Taylor “earned the right to be the main guy.” (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: He really established himself,” Reich said when discussing Taylor's late-season surge. Zak Keefer of The Athletic predicts Taylor will get at least 60% of the team's carries in 2021, with Marlon Mack checking in at 25% and Nyheim Hines receiving the rest. Of course, this is just beat writer speculation, but Reich's quote is encouraging for fantasy players targeting Taylor in the middle of Round 1. Keefer also points out that Reich likes to ride the hot hand with his running backs. Entering training camp it's clear that Taylor will be receiving the first crack at establishing himself.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Steelers hosted free-agent S Malik Hooker yesterday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hooker, 25-years old, has had several free agent visits including the Cowboys, Dolphins, and most recently Steelers. A former first round pick by the Colts in 2017, Hooker has played well when healthy. Unfortunately, Hooker has struggled to play a full season, most recently suffering an Achilles injury in 2020, after playing only two games for the Colts. Signing Hooker would most likely be a move to add depth for Pittsburgh who already have Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds as starters.

Category: Rumors

TE Mo Alie-Cox signed his restricted free agent tender with the Colts on Tuesday. (Source: Associated Press)

Fantasy Impact: Alie-Cox returns to Indianapolis on a one-year deal. The 27-year-old had his best season with the Colts in 2020. He hauled in 31 receptions on 39 targets for 391 yards and two touchdowns across 15 games. Alie-Cox is expected to serve as the Colts' backup tight end to Jack Doyle and will provide newly acquired QB Carson Wentz another reliable pass-catching option.

Category: Transactions

The Colts have selected tight end Kylen Granson with the No. 127 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact: Check back shortly for the fantasy impact.

WR Zach Pascal officially signed his restricted free agent tender with the Colts on Monday. (Source: Indianapolis Colts on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Colts placed a second-rounder tender on Pascal in March. He signed his restricted free tender with the Colts on Monday after not receiving an offer sheet. Pascal hauled in 44 receptions for 629 yards and five touchdowns across 16 games in 2020. The 26-year-old is currently 85th among all wide receivers in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Transactions

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is expected to re-sign with the Indianapolis Colts on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hilton has been a free agent since the start of the league year and the Colts have expressed interest in other wide receivers on the open market, most recently Sammy Watkins. But Colts GM told Hilton at the beginning of free agency that the team still had an interest in retaining him, and the two sides agreed to a deal on Wednesday. In 2020, Hilton played in 15 games, catching 56 of his 93 targets for 762 yards and five touchdowns with Philip Rivers under center. In 2021, Hilton will be catching passes from Carson Wentz.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Tavon Wilson and the 49ers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson played for the Colts in 2020 and is now headed to the 49ers. The contract hasn't been released yet. Wilson is a solid defensive back but he also plays special teams.

Category: Transactions

Indianapolis Colts CB Xavier Rhodes has reportedly signed a one-year deal to return with the team in 2021, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rhodes will return to Indianapolis for his ninth season in the league. The three-time Pro Bowler totaled 42 tackles, 12 pass deflections, and two interceptions across 16 games for the Colts in 2020 and should continue to operate as a key piece in the defensive backfield in 2021. Rhodes signing a one-year deal indicates that the team is all-in on making a deep postseason run, prioritizing continuity and a veteran presence on the roster. This seems even more evident after willingly acquiring QB Carson Wentz and his massive contract via a trade with Philadelphia that was just made official days ago.

Category: Transactions

LB Anthony Walker is signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Browns. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Walker started all 16 games for the Colts in 2020, racking up 92 tackles (65 solo), one interception, five pass defenses and one fumble recovery. He’ll replace BJ Goodson at MLB, who is an unrestricted free agent. Walker is a tackling machine and expected to play a key role for the Browns in 2021.

Category: Transactions

The trade for QB Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts has officially been finalized. (Source: Indianapolis Colts on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wentz was traded from the Eagles last month for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick, with the potential of becoming a first-round pick if Wentz either plays 75 percent of snaps or plays 70 percent while getting the Colts to the postseason. The athletic quarterback has flashed moments of brilliance earlier in his career, throwing 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions to be considered a potential 2017 league MVP before suffering a brutal knee injury late in the season. Wentz reuniting with former Eagles OC and current Colts head coach Frank Reich could be exactly what the quarterback needs to return to his former elite level of play. The Colts also have one of the best offensive lines in the league, which will buy Wentz more time to make better decisions in the pocket.

Category: Transactions

Former Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, as reported by Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter)

Fantasy Impact: Brissett took a back-seat to Phillip Rivers in Indianapolis during 2020 but has proven that he is a more than capable back-up, throwing for 2,942 yards and a 3:1 touchdown to interception ratio as a starter for the Colts in 2019. Brissett will likely be used as insurance for Tua Tagovailoa but could potentially win the QB competition in training camp due to his experience.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Titans have signed DT Denico Autry to a three-year, $21.5M deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Addressing the defensive line was a big priority for the Titans and they took a step in the right direction by signing Autry to a three-year, $21.5M deal. Autry who is 30-years old spent the last three years with the Colts where he played 40 games while totaling 102 tackles and 20 sacks.

Category: Transactions

On February 1, 2021 the Colts and J.J. Nelson agreed to a futures/reserve contract. After four seasons with the Cardinals Nelson has bounced around the league with the Raiders, 49ers and Bills, only appearing in two games in the last two seasons. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Nelson will be 29 years old when the new season gets underway, his best seasons were in 2016 and 2017 where racked up a combined 63 receptions for 1076 yards with eight touchdowns. The Colts have a fairly competitive receiving corps, and Nelson appears to be on the downslope of his, so don't expect him to be fantasy relevant this season.

Category: Transactions

Colts beat reporter Zak Keefer had this to say about Jacob Eason's status with the team in 2021: "Been told Eason is not expected to be in the conversation to start in 2021. Team has to find out more." (Source: Zak Keefer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With word going around that Eason could not even be in the conversation to start in 2021, this further shows that making a heavy investment in Eason this offseason may not be a wise decision for your fantasy teams. This news makes Eason more of a long-term play in dynasty leagues, although nothing is certain yet about his position on the depth chart.

Category: Rumors

Colts QB Philip Rivers has decided to officially retire after 17 seasons in the NFL. (Source: Kevin Acee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rivers’ retirement comes after one year as the Colts’ quarterback, leading them to an 11-5 record with a playoff berth. The former 2004 4th-overall draft pick out of North Carolina State spent his first 16 seasons in San Diego/Los Angeles as a member of the Chargers organization. He finishes his career throwing for 63,440 yards, 421 touchdowns, and 209 interceptions. As of this time, Jacob Eason remains the only quarterback on the Colts’ roster under contract heading into the 2021 season. Indianapolis could also decide to bring in a quarterback via free agency or trade. Both Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz have been two names thrown around due to a variety of reasons.

Category: Transactions