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The Indianapolis Colts invested heavily in Andrew Luck's protection plan during the offseason.Now it's time to see the payoff.After general manager Chris Ballard added two potential starting offensive linemen in free agency and used two more in the draft Youth Anthony Walker Jersey , the Colts believe they've finally solved their most glaring need — keeping Luck upright and healthy."When Chris and I sat down in the beginning and said, how are we building this team, we are building it from the inside-out. That all starts with the offensive line," coach Frank Reich said. "You win and lose games up front on both sides of the ball."Indy learned its lesson the hard way.Luck endured more than 400 hits from 2012-16, the highest total among NFL quarterbacks. He's been sacked 156 times in 71 career appearances, an average of 2.2 a game. When Luck missed last season recovering from shoulder surgery, the Colts allowed a league-high 52 sacks.All those shots eventually took their toll.Since Luck's 57-game starting streak ended in Week 4 of the 2015 season, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft has appeared in only 19 of the Colts' last 45 games. Not surprisingly, they've missed the playoffs each of the last three years.So with Luck finally back from surgery on a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Ballard made a calculated gamble for another revamped line."I think being part of — I don't want to say a rebuild because it is not really a rebuild of the offensive line — but kind of a mentality shift of an offensive line. I have been part of that at a lot of stops and that is something I pride myself in," new right guard Matt Slauson said.The Colts have tried everything to solve this tricky puzzle.Then, general manager Ryan Grigson wrote a note to himself, "Protect 12," to remind him of the Colts' greatest need.He used two of the Colts' top three picks in the next draft on interior linemen. Both are now out of the league.In 2014, Grigson used his top pick Womens Nate Hairston Jersey , a second-rounder, on versatile lineman Jack Mewhort and a seventh-rounder on tackle Ulrick John. Mewhort's career was derailed by knee injuries and he unexpectedly retired on Aug. 1 and John is with New England.After taking Denzelle Good in the seventh round in 2015, Grigson added four more linemen in 2016 — center Ryan Kelly in the first round, Le'Raven Clark in the third, Joe Haeg in the fifth and Austin Blythe in the seventh. Kelly quickly asserted himself as the starter, Good and Clark are among those battling to start at right tackle. Blythe is with the Los Angeles Rams.The Colts did even worse in free agency. Grigson signed Mike McGlynn, Samson Satele, Gosder Cherilus, Donald Thomas and Todd Herremans — none lasting more than two seasons in Indy.This year, Ballard went all in.He signed Slauson and Austin Howard then selected guard Quenton Nelson with the No. 6 overall pick and Braden Smith early in the second round. All four could start this year, and the addition of Nelson has made the Colts' line bigger, nastier and perhaps better than ever.The first test for this revamped line came Thursday night in Seattle. In two series, Luck was hit twice — once on a short run, the other on a sack off the left edge against Haeg, who filled in for the injured Castonzo. Luck bounced up both times and later chalked up the sack to a miscommunication."I was tired http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.co ... -authentic , I was exhausted. I think emotionally I was worn out, and honestly it was probably the redeye home after the game," Luck said Monday. "But I felt physically OK."The Colts have three more preseason games and two joint practices later this week with the Ravens to get in sync before their Sept. 9 opener against Cincinnati.They're convinced this latest line dance will finally work."It always comes down to the room," Kelly said Monday. "If you don't have a room that's together and you have individual players on that offensive line, I don't care how good you are, how talented you are, it doesn't matter."NOTES: IndyCar racer Alexander Rossi attended Monday's practice. When he asked Luck a question during the interview session, the quarterback asked Rossi "did you have enough fuel to get here," teasing Rossi about his fuel-saving Indianapolis 500 win in 2016. "That was a bad joke," Luck said. ... Indy signed receiver Matt Hazel and running back Branden Oliver while waiving receiver Dres Anderson and placing receiver Deon Cain on injured reserve. Adam Vinatieri started his career as a young kicker in awe of the stats of a Hall of Famer such as Morten Andersen.As a rookie in New England, the lofty numbers seemed as out of reach as a 70-yard field goal."I remember playing against him early in the league going, so many points, no one's even going to come close," Vinatieri said.Come close?Vinatieri is on the brink of passing Andersen in career field goals and total points and putting the final bows on a career that has him destined for Canton, Ohio.The 45-year-old Vinatieri kicked field goals of 35 http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.co ... -authentic , 31 and 28 yards on Sunday to match Andersen for most field goals in NFL history with 565.Vinatieri added an extra point to finish with 10 points in the game, putting him 33 shy of matching Andersen (2,544) for the most points scored in NFL history."That's the one," Vinatieri said. "Nobody every pays attention to who has the most field goals. It's who's got the most points. They almost run hand-in-hand. It'd be fun if it happens."The scoring mark could fall in a few weeks.But on a soggy Sunday in Philadelphia, Vinatieri at least snagged a share of Andersen's field-goal record. The Colts couldn't take advantage in a 20-16 loss to the Super Bowl champion Eagles, setting the stage for Vinatieri to set the field goal record next week at home against the Houston Texans."It's obviously special," Vinatieri said, "but gosh dang it, when you do it on a close game and you lose, it just doesn't feel quite the same. It's a record that's been a long time coming. I just appreciate the opportunities I have."Andersen needed 709 attempts to set the record; Vinatieri just 670 in 23 seasons to tie."We put him in situations to give us three and he delivers every time," Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton said.Vinatieri was already the NFL's postseason record holder for scoring (234) and field goals (56); and he hit two Super Bowl winners in the final minute. He's won four Super Bowls and was the only unanimous selection on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.He made 263 field goals in 10 years with the New England Patriots and has 302 with the Colts.Few fans will forget the two kicks he made in the Snow Bowl, or "Tuck Rule" game, to help New England beat Oakland in a divisional-round playoff game following the 2001 season. It helped the Patriots capture their first Super Bowl.Last year, the oldest player in the league made a seemingly impossible extra point to force overtime in a December blizzard in Buffalo and helped keep the Colts within striking distance just 13 days later in monsoon-like weather in Baltimore.Last year, with a new long snapper and a new holder http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.co ... -authentic , Vinatieri made 85.3 percent of his field goals."I like to step out there and kick field goals," he said, "but it's better kicking extra points, that's for sure."Vinatieri remembers talking to Andersen, one of only two full-time kickers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, about the secrets to enjoying a long, successful career.Staying healthy, for sure.And the other?"Stubbornness, probably," Vinatieri said, smiling. "There's a lot of great young guys around and I think my joy of being around these young guys and trying to compete against guys half my age ... I'd contribute that to it a little bit."
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