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GRIGSON TALKS CHAPMAN, BRAZILL, WHALEN AND THE SAFETY POSITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 27, 2013 – 8:00 am

During Monday evening’s conference call with season ticket holders, Colts GM Ryan Grigson answered numerous questions from fans.

Here is an article highlighting some of Grigson’s answers.

Below are a few of the extra tidbits that were not included in the article above. The highlights below are Grigson’s thoughts about some of the lesser-known members of the Colts 2012 rookie class and how he sees LaRon Landry fitting in at the safety position alongside Antoine Bethea:

On the progress of 2012 fifth round draft pick Josh Chapman, who missed the entire season recovering from an ACL injury that he had surgery on in January of 2012:

“Josh Chapman was someone that we feel very highly towards. He was a guy that should have been drafted a lot of higher but he played (his senior season) with a torn ACL and that kind of shows you what kind of guy he is. Most guys don’t play on it. He played through the whole season, won a National Championship and he was the one hoisting the trophy at the end. He’s a huge man, 350-360 pounds, quick-footed guy that I think is going to make a big difference for us in the run game. He’s somebody that you can look forward to seeing out there this year.”

On the development of sixth round draft pick LaVon Brazill, who caught 11 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown in 2012.

-LaVon Brazill had some great flashes of brilliance against Detroit and some other games as a vertical threat. He’s big. He’s strong and he can get off press (coverage). He’s been a really good special teamer and made some plays as a gunner on our punt team. He’s a guy, as a sixth round pick, I think will continue to grow.”

On the prospect of undrafted free agent wide receiver Griff Whalen and if he could follow in the mold of other successful undrafted slot receivers in the NFL:

-We feel that we have a pretty good young, slot receiver in Griff Whalen. He would have played and probably caught a lot of balls for us this past year had he not broken his foot.

On the safety position with Pro Bowlers LaRon Landry lining up next to Antoine Bethea moving forward:

-They will play side-by-side. In Chuck’s defense, I think we will have the best safety tandem in the NFL. I really do. They are two of the best at their position. They’ll be just fine back their together. I think Antoine was one of the first players to even react to the signing because the culture we have is ‘we just want to win.’ We are not worried about the other things, ‘we just want to win.’ Players and true champions, they want the best around them. They want to play with the best players.”


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TUESDAY’S TOP 10 PHOTOS

Posted by mattbowenphoto on March 26, 2013 – 4:41 pm

2012_0909_CHI_bowen_0144 Hey Colts fans, it’s Matt Bowen  your Colts Team Photographer.
Starting today and every Tuesday, I will be posting my “Tuesday’s Top 10” photo gallery to colts.com!  The photos galleries will always have a theme, ranging from game action to creative images around the Colts Complex!

Today’s photo gallery is all about the player’s travel attire!  When we travel, I try to capture candid images of the players on the road.  I always end up with great shots of them on the airport tarmac before they board the plane.  Some of them are glad to see me and others, not so much.  Either way, it’s always an adventure interacting with them (and sometimes dodging them) before we depart Indianapolis!

If you have a great theme idea for a “Tuesday’s Top 10” photo gallery, please let me know!

TUESDAY’S TOP 10 PHOTOS – PLAYER’S TRAVEL ATTIRE


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ZBIKOWSKI RETURNS TO HIS HOMETOWN TEAM

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:45 am

Tom ZbikowskiAfter one season playing for his former position coach, safety Tom Zbikowski is on the move again.

Over the weekend, Zbikowski joined his third NFL team when he signed with the Chicago Bears.

The move to the NFC will be Zbikowski’s first year in that conference and will also be a homecoming for the Arlington Heights, Ill. native.

Zbikowski started 11 games at safety for the Colts last season and finished the season with 47 tackles, 1.0 sacks and one interception.

During his five seasons in the NFL, Zbikowski played his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was his defensive backs coach from 2008-2010.

The two were re-united in Indianapolis this past season and Zbikowski battled injuries in missing the final five games of the regular season before returning for the playoffs.

The 27-year old Zbikowski played collegiality at the University of Notre Dame and has signed a one-year contract with the Bears.


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Colts News and More From Around the Web

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:39 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Colts interested in Heyward-Bey at wide receiver
Heyward-Bey better Colts option than Moss?
Former Raiders WR to visit Colts
Darrius Heyward-Bey set to visit Indianapolis Colts
Heyward-Bey is next target on Colts’ wish list
Mystery solved? Darrius Heyward-Bey meeting with Colts

COLTS.COM
2013 Positional Series: Tight Ends

NFL NEWS
Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick set for new role, fresh start
Another big WR for the Texans?
McClure retires after 14 years with Falcons
Some believe atmosphere is safe for gay NFL players to come out
Would Cardinals be interested in Carson Palmer?
Will Bears, Broncos pay for losses?
Dwight Freeney could be New Orleans Saints target

AFC TEAM NEWS
Market lines up for Sebastian Vollmer
Wrong year for big Chargers spending

NFC TEAM NEWS
NY Giants and Kevin Boothe agree to one-year deal, Big Blue shores up offensive line by bringing back 29-year-old
Why Bears don’t have to be done shopping


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Darrius Heyward-Bey scheduled to visit Indianapolis Colts tonight and tomorrow

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 25, 2013 – 9:49 am

Details to follow


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EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENT NT-MARTIN TEVASEU SIGNS TENDER

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 22, 2013 – 2:55 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that exclusive rights free agent nose tackle Martin Tevaseu has signed his tender.

Tevaseu was originally acquired from waivers by the Colts on September 1, 2012 and played in 13 games (two starts) last season. For the year, he recorded 14 tackles, including nine solo stops.

Prior to joining the Colts, Tevaseu spent two years with the New York Jets (2010-2011) and saw action in five games. Over his three-year NFL career, he has appeared in 18 games (two starts) and has compiled 15 tackles (nine solo).

 


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2013 Cheerleader Auditions LIVE!

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 1:04 pm

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The Indianapolis Colts will be holding Cheerleader auditions for their 2013 team. Preliminaries will be held on Saturday, March 23, at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. More than 200 women are expected to partake in the preliminary round and approximately 60 will be selected to participate in the finals. The first round on Saturday is closed to the public; however, you can be part of the action by watching the live stream online at http://www.coltscheer.com/auditionday.aspx.  Through this site, you can not only watch the performances but can also vote for your favorite candidates during the FREE live stream!

 

If you are still interested in auditioning to be an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, walk-in registrations will be accepted! Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the first routine will be taught at 9:30 a.m.  The tryouts will include a dance audition, with choreography taught on the spot.

 

The Cheerleader Final Auditions will once again be open to the public and are on Wednesday April 17, at 6:30 pm at the Hilbert Circle Theater, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Tickets will be available for purchase online at http://www.hilbertcircletheatreindy.org.

 

The 2013 Colts Cheerleader Auditions are presented by Tyler Mason Salon and Spa, and Sun Tan City.

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ALABAMA’S LACY IS MAYOCK’S TOP RUNNING BACK

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:11 am

Each year, the question on which position(s) make up the most talent in the draft is a debated question.

When NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock takes a look at the 2013 running back position he sees just one first round pick.

Alabama’s Eddie Lacy is Mayock’s top running back after averaging 150 rushing yards per game in the Crimson Tide’s final three contests.

At this year’s NFL Combine, Lacy offered an assessment of his 230-pound running style.

“Just being able to be a powerful runner, I (also) need to be an agile runner and make people miss,” Lacy said of his style. “With my size, being able to be agile and make people miss, that’s really key.”

Playing in arguably the nation’s most talented backfield during his time at Alabama served Lacy well.

Lacy leaves Alabama with 355 total carries and he feels as though that will be a strength as he moves deeper into his NFL career.

“That’s always an advantage because you didn’t get banged up as a lot of guys who did take all those carries early,” Lacy said.

“At a school like Alabama, you get talent year in and year out so even when one leaves, the next person right behind him is going to be just as good if not better.”

Despite the lack of carries (compared to other running back draft prospects) for much of his four seasons in Tuscaloosa, it was Lacy getting the rock when the lights were the brightest.

In his final four collegiate games, Lacy ran for nine touchdowns to go along with 181- and 140-yard efforts in the SEC and BCS Championships respectively.

“I was able to show up in the big games on the big stages and in the NFL, every game is a big game no matter what,” Lacy said. “So if I was able to perform well in those games, you know it should be an indication that I can do the same thing in the NFL.”


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THE LAST WORD – MARCH 22nd EDITION

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 21, 2013 – 10:57 am

On this week’s edition of the Last Word, Jeffrey Gorman, Jimmy “Mad Dog” Matis and Matt Taylor lead off with NCAA brackets and the rest of the top storylines in sports.  NFL free-agency is still in high gear, and the fellas weigh-in on the all the recent moves on NFL Quick Hits.  Stopping by to explain some of the basketball upsets so far will be ESPN and CBS college basketball analyst Bill Raftery.  The boys also give their predictions for the weekend and unveil a new segment, “What Would Dog Do” as listeners submit their quandaries  seeking Dog’s infinite and versatile wisdom.  Don’t miss this week’s version of the Last Word starting at 5:30pm on FM 107.5, 1070 The Fan, and http://www.1070thefan.com.


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CORNERBACK DAVID AMERSON HOPING SCOUTS EVALUATE HIS ENTIRE BODY OF WORK

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:26 am

David Amerson isn’t naive.

He knows when NFL scouts pull up his film from the 2011 and 2012 season there is a significant drop off.

Amerson was the nation’s top cornerback in 2011, setting an ACC record with 12 interceptions falling just two picks short of an NCAA record.

But in his junior campaign last fall, Amerson wasn’t his normal ball-hawking self and at times watched from behind as receivers ran past the 6-1, 205-pound cornerback.

“I started getting out of character, not letting the game come to me and just not being myself,” Amerson said of his play in 2012.

“A lot of it was me just beating myself, just sitting on routes. I know I’m way better than that and I know I could play extremely better.”

During February’s NFL Combine, Amerson listened to personnel praise his talent seen in the 2011 season and offer some advice in trying to get back to playing at that level.

“They were just telling me get back to the fundamentals. Stop looking at the quarterback, play your man and just the basic things that I wasn’t doing,” Amerson said.

At 205 pounds, there has been some talk of Amerson possibly moving back to his safety position that he excelled in during high school.

“Being a safety in high school, I don’t have a problem with it. I just see myself as a playmaker in the secondary wherever,” Amerson said.

“There would be some learning I would have to do (to play safety). My first love on defense was safety so I don’t think it would be too hard for me. It wouldn’t be too much of a challenge.”

With receivers like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald imposing their frames on smaller defensive backs, the appeal around the league is there for larger cornerbacks.

No matter the position, Amerson is hoping that when scouts do evaluate him they look at his entire body of work.

“Hopefully they see my good plays outweigh my bad,” Amerson said. “Whatever happens, happens. I can just go out here and perform to the best of my ability and show them what I can do as far as me being an athlete.”


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