Fans need not worry about the punter switching careers any time soon. He would like to kick field goals one day in the NFL, and he made a 60-yarder during Wednesday’s practice. He nearly added a 65-yarder later, but the kick sailed wide right.
If McAfee ever puts his unblemished grappling record on the line, it will take place only after his football career is over. And he signed a five-year deal as a free agent in the offseason.
That contract allows him to purchase a few interesting toys. Like a wrestling ring, for instance.
“It’s something exciting to have,” he said. “It’s like I’m a little kid basically knocking things off my bucket list I made when I was 12, and it’s a lot of fun.”
USA Today reporter Nate Davis correctly predicted the Seattle Seahawks would defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII some eight months before the game was played in East Rutherford, N.J.
After predicting the winner of every regular-season and playoff game for 2014, Davis forecasts the Colts to finish 13-3 and win the AFC championship. That would send Indianapolis to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., in February.
“I mean, that’s our goal,” Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman said when informed of the pick. “That’s our expectation. We set lofty goals, and I definitely think we can achieve them.”
Freeman isn’t likely to agree with Davis’ final prediction, which has the Seahawks repeating as champions after beating Indianapolis in the title game.
The Colts released Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato and Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the team filled the roster spots by re-signing cornerback Johnny Adams — who spent time with the team last August before playing four games with Buffalo — and adding center FN Lutz — an undrafted free agent from Indiana State.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks spent Wednesday’s practice on the sideline after undergoing a root canal, while running back Ahmad Bradshaw returned to the field this week in a limited role.