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Colts Rookie Moving up Offensive Depth Chart

Colts Rookie Moving up Offensive Depth Chart

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Getty Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich is seeing an offensive rookie shine during training camp.

NFL teams typically don’t have an official depth chart until the end of the preseason just before Week 1. But that didn’t stop Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady from telling reporters one of the team’s rookies is increasing his role, rising on the tentative depth chart.

That rookie is tight end Drew Ogletree.

“It’s just kind of the rotation, but he is moving up. I mean you can see he’s making play after play,” Brady said to reporters about Ogletree on August 4. “Part of it is monitoring Mo Alie-Cox’s reps a little bit as you saw he got banged up on that first day. He’s fine. So, just kind of rotating the guys, seeing what they can do.”

The Colts drafted three offensive players, including two pass catchers, with their first three selections in the 2022 NFL Draft. Ogletree didn’t come off the board to Indianapolis until the No. 192 overall pick in the sixth round.

But through a week and a half of training camp, Ogletree is making as big of an impression as any of the Colts offensive rookies.

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Ogletree’s One-Handed Catch

Colts beat writer Nate Atkins of The Indianapolis Star reported Ogletree has had “a clean camp” in terms of avoiding physical and mental mistakes. Ogletree really shined, though, while getting regular snaps with the first-team offense during practice on August 4.

Quarterback Matt Ryan found Ogletree over the middle for a big gain on one play.

Matt Ryan connects with Andrew Ogletree for a Big Gain???? #colts

— Colts Militia (@coltsmilitia_) August 4, 2022

Ogletree also made a dazzling one-handed catch for a touchdown.

Colts Rookie TE Andrew Ogletree with an impressive one-handed grab, from Matt Ryan????‍????????#colts

— Colts Militia (@coltsmilitia_) August 4, 2022

Ogletree explained to reporters after practice that he brought the ball in with one hand mostly out of instincts.

“I kind of saw the linebackers split, and once I saw that, I knew I was going to get the ball,” Ogletree said. “I knew Matt (Ryan) was going to put it up high. I didn’t know what side he was going to throw it on.

“I just threw my hand up and made a play.”

Training camp or not, the catch left spectators impressed. The highlight-reel play won’t earn Ogletree a roster spot on its own, but with it coming on the heels of a strong first week of training camp, the sixth-round pick is making a name for himself.

NFL reporter Stephen Holder of ESPN reported the Colts coaches “are noticing” him.

Rookie tight end Andrew Ogletree is having a really impressive 7 on 7 period. This continues a string of strong practices for the fast learning sixth rounder. The coaches are noticing and are making plans for him to have a legitimate role this season.

— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 4, 2022

Colts Tight End Depth Chart

Indianapolis possessed a need at tight end following Jack Doyle’s retirement in March. So, the Colts drafted Virginia tight end Jelani Woods in the third round and Ogletree 119 selections later.

In addition to those two rookies, the Colts have Alie-Cox as a veteran and second-year player Kylen Granson at tight end. Alie-Cox is expected to be the team’s starter, but there’s room for another tight end to play significant snaps.

Doyle played 58% of the team’s offensive snaps to lead all tight ends in 2021. Alie-Cox lined up for 55% of Indianapolis’ snaps on offense last year.

Ogletree appears on his way to carving out a significant role for the Colts to help the team fill the hole left from Doyle’s retirement.

Transferring to Youngstown State during 2020, Ogletree played two separate football seasons during the 2021 calendar year because of the change in the FBS schedule due to COVID-19. In the fall, he had 28 receptions for 282 yards in 10 games.

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Knicks Refuse to Add $43 Million Star in Donovan Mitchell Trade Package: Report

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It’s no secret that the New York Knicks are infatuated with the notion of adding Donovan Mitchell to their roster, as they look for the first star signing of the Leon Rose era.

But with the Utah Jazz playing hardball, and asking for a king’s ransom in return for their prized asset, negotiations are going to be long and arduous – as we’ve already borne witness to. Still, it appears that New York is refusing to be bullied into an offer they’re not comfortable with, and has begun to push back when discussing potential trade packages.

if the #knicks will Not Give up Rose Toppin or Quickley then why Not Give up Grimes I Love Grimes I Wouldn't want them to trade him Neither But we're Getting A superstar Back in Return you Have to Give up Somebody

— larrymallory (@larrymallory520) August 6, 2022

In an August 5 episode of the HoopsHype podcast, The Atheltic’s Tony Jones – who covers the Utah Jazz, reported that the Knicks have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to players they’re unwilling to part ways with.

“The Knicks don’t want to unload Derrick Rose. He’s long been a favorite of Tom Thibodeau. I know the Knicks want to hang onto him and Grimes. Those guys are priorities,” Jones said during the episode.

Removing both Derrick Rose and Quentin Grimes from the equation might make negotiations a little more difficult for the Knicks, but from a team-building standpoint, it makes perfect sense – as there’s no point trading for Mitchell if it limits your ability to compete in the coming season.

Knicks ‘Held Talks’ on Potential 3-Team Trade

New York may be holding firm on who they’re willing to part with and who they want to retain in any potential trade, but that didn’t stop them from participating in discussions surrounding a potential three-team deal with the Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.

As per an August 5 report by HoopsHype’s Micahel A Scotto, the three-team deal would have seen New York land Mitchell while sending considerable draft assets to Utah, along with the Lakers.

Sources: The Lakers, Knicks and Jazz discussed a three-team trade with Donovan Mitchell landing in New York, Patrick Beverley and another key Jazz player to the Lakers, Russell Westbrook on the move, and draft picks to Utah. More details on @hoopshype.

— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) August 5, 2022

“The proposed three-team trade scenario included Westbrook going to Utah and getting bought out. Utah would send Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks, a combination of two players, including Patrick Beverley and Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic or Malik Beasley to the Lakers, and the Jazz would receive significant draft pick compensation from the Knicks and Lakers. The Knicks also would’ve had to part with veteran salary filler(s), such as Derrick Rose to help make the salaries work,” Scotto wrote.

Knicks Discussions With Utah Have Stalled

Sure, the Knicks have been involved in recent discussions surrounding a three-team deal with the Jazz, but in terms of a straight-up trade, it would seem talks have ground to a halt, as both teams refuse to budge.

"As of right now, sources tell me that talks between the Jazz and the Knicks around a Donovan Mitchell trade have stalled out."

NBA Insider @ShamsCharania has the latest on Donovan Mitchell trade discussions.

— The Rally (@TheRally) July 29, 2022

“As of right now, sources tell me that talks between the Jazz and the Knicks around a Donovan Mitchell trade have stalled out…I’m told there hasn’t been contact between the two sides in roughly the last two weeks,” The Atheltic’s Shams Charania said during a July 29 appearance on The Rally.

Mitchell participated in 67 regular-season games for the Jazz this past season, averaging 25.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 44.8% from the field and 35.5% from the perimeter. Assuming the Knicks do acquire the New Hampshire native, he would form a deadly partnership with Jalen Brunson in a new-look Knicks backcourt. However, there are some legitimate questions about how New York would remain competitive defensively, but those are questions for another day.

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