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PAGANO TALKS COLLIE, RECEIVERS AND EFFORT ON RADIO SHOW

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 25, 2012 – 2:38 pm

Below are a few highlights from the Pagano show that aired on Monday evening. Cornerback Jerraud Powers joined ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey following Pagano’s segment and his thoughts can be found here.

On the injury to Austin Collie upon hearing the news that he will be out for the remainder of the 2012 season:

“He is a fabulous kid and a great human, a fabulous father and husband. There is not a harder working guy and more passionate guy who loves this organization, loves the Colts, loves this city.”

“I talked to him last night and I just said, “Look, you’ve gone through a lot of stuff and you’ll have surgery on your knee and it will be a 9-10 month process. You’ll take it one day at a time, keep swinging the axe and the tree will eventually fall, be positive about it and before you know it, you’ll be back.”

On the four-catch, 113-yard performance of wide receiver T.Y. Hilton:

“That’s why we took him where we took him because you saw that same type of explosiveness, game-changing ability, play-making ability. He was hampered a little bit in the offseason with injuries so it kind of set him back a bit. He sure played great (Sunday) and played fast. He’s an explosive guy. Moving forward, we sure have a lot of weapons. You only have one football but nobody does a better job than (offensive coordinator) Bruce Arians and his staff of getting the ball in the playmaker’s hands.”

On newly signed wide receiver Nathan Palmer and what the staff sees in the rookie receiver from Northern Illinois:

“Our staff evaluated him in this year’s draft. We had a good grade on him coming out. He went to San Francisco as a free agent. The way things fell we were going to look at taking him late (in the draft) but we had some other needs and went a different direction. Our scouts and Ryan (Grigson) knew about him for a long time. He’s a 4.4 (40-yard dash) kid, can take the top off the defense. He’s got good hands. He’s explosive. He’s much like Donnie Avery.”

On if the staff talked to Palmer’s college quarterback and current Colt Chandler Harnish before signing Palmer:

“I’m sure Ryan and his staff did. They’ve done their due diligence on (Palmer) and they know exactly what we’re getting. I’m excited to get him in here.”

On the play of inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman who leads the team in tackles:

“Really proud of Jerrell and what he’s be in able to do for this team and for this defense. Everybody keeps waiting for him to hit the wall so to speak but they better start blocking this guy. He’s played outstanding football and he’s been one of our most consistent, if not the most consistent guy on defense.”

On the no-quit attitude he is seeing out of his team:

“If you watch our defense on that two-point play (during the final minute of the Jaguars game) and you the see the kind of effort that they put forth to keep that running back out of the end zone and keeping them from converting that two point play. I’m going to show the guys that (Tuesday) and say, ‘This is why we got a shot men.’ It doesn’t matter until that clock strikes 0:00, these guys are going to give it everything they’ve got. That was one of the most impressive things. I know as bad as everything was they didn’t quit for one second.”


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