The anticipation of who would be joining the Colts wide receiver corps came to a close late Monday evening.
After tweets and names were thrown around for the last couple of weeks, the mystery has been solved on the new addition to an already dynamic group of wideouts.
Former first-round draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey is the newest Colt and continues an offseason of additions for a Colts team coming off an 11-5 regular season.
How does this acquisition impact the Colts?
During the 2012 training camp, wide receiver Reggie Wayne called his fellow receiving corps the fastest that he has ever seen during his then 12 seasons in a Colts uniform.
That notion won’t be changing any time soon with the signing of Heyward-Bey.
With Heyward-Bey in the fold, his sub 4.3 40-yard dash speed should fill the role of departing receiver Donnie Avery.
Heyward-Bey provides Colts quarterback Andrew Luck another electric target that simply needs the ball in his hands to showcase the speed that earned him the No. 7 selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Besides Avery, the Colts return every other offensive contributor that gained at least 100 yards of offense last season.
At the receiver position, Wayne will once again lead the group. The Pro Bowl receiver is coming off an 106-catch, 1,355-yard season.
T.Y. Hilton finished second among all rookie receivers with 861 receiving yards despite not being selected until the 92nd pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fellow rookie LaVon Brazill, who Wayne called perhaps the fastest of the bunch in 2012, showed flashes of big play potential in his first season.
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has also mentioned 2012 undrafted free agent Griff Whalen as a player who could see his chances grow in 2013. Whalen spent his rookie season on injured reserve but the Stanford product is now reunited with college offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
All these weapons will be at Luck’s disposal in 2013, along with top two rookie tight ends in the NFL (Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener), giving the Colts one of the more versatile air attacks in the league.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.
“We feel great about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL. With this staff, this team and overall culture we’re building here in Indy, we felt strongly that he was the right player and person at the wide receiver position for us moving forward.”
Heyward-Bey, 6-2, 216 pounds, has recorded 140 receptions for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns since being selected by the Oakland Raiders with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Over the last four seasons, he led the Raiders in receptions and receiving yards, while finishing second in touchdowns behind Denarius Moore (12).
In 2012, Heyward-Bey started 14 games and compiled 41 receptions for 606 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. In 2011, he had one of his most productive seasons, totaling career bests in receptions (64) and receiving yards (975), to go along with four touchdowns. He also registered three 100-yard receiving performances for the year, including a career-high 155-yard game against Detroit (12/18/11).
In 2010, Heyward-Bey reeled in 26 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown. His top performance of the season came against Seattle in Week 8, when he notched his first career 100-yard receiving game (105 yards) and scored on a career-long 69-yard reception.
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As part of a promotion on our Indianapolis Colts Cheerleading Facebook page, we’re featuring a different candidate selected by you the fans!
Guilty Pleasure: Shopping
Hidden Talent: Proficient Video Gamer
Career Goal: Focus on health & wellness and becoming a certified trainer!
Dance Resume: Started dancing at age of 3. Grew up on competitive dance teams. Was an extra in Disney’s High School Musical. Past 5 years have been on tour with the Donny and Marie Show.
Why the Colts?: I am a dancer by trade and just ended my contract with the Donny and Marie show in Las Vegas. I remember last year attending my first ever NFL football game. I sat and watched Andrew Luck throw his first pass at home as an Indianapolis Colts quarterback, it was an exciting win for Indianapolis and the players. As I sat there, I watched the cheerleaders cheer, and thought to myself I want to be out there helping the fans cheer on the Indianapolis Colts. The one thing that helped me in not re-signing my contract and making the 19 hour drive to Indiana from Las Vegas, was seeing the camaraderie of the Colts Cheerleaders. I am fascinated by the charity events they participate in, to even seeing two of the cheerleaders shaving their heads for Coach Pagano and cancer research. Being part of this organization, representing the NFL, the Indianapolis Colts, and our community would be an honor and just as rewarding as dancing in any show on the Las Vegas strip!
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The calendar has changed from March to April. This is a month where teams continue to take shape, and the pace quickens.
As April moves along, the schedule should be out in a few days. In addition to hosting and visiting divisional foes, the Colts will face Denver, Oakland, St. Louis, Seattle and Miami at home and will travel to Kansas City, San Diego, Arizona, San Francisco and Cincinnati.
Everyone knows the draft is April 25-27, and the Colts currently own six selections in the process (one in rounds one, three, four and six; two in round seven).
Prior to the draft is the start of each club’s voluntary nine-week off-season program that is conducted in three phases.
The Colts will start their program on April 15, and the first two weeks consist of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
Phase Two is done over the next three weeks. On-field workouts can include individual player instruction and drills. Team practice is fine as long as it is done on a separate basis, and no contact or team offense-versus-defense work is permitted.
Phase Three is the final four weeks. Teams may have a total of 10 days of organized team practice (called OTAs). No contact is allowed again, but seven-on-seven, nine-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills are part of the process.
The Colts will hold a rookie mini-camp from May 10-12, and the mandatory veteran mini-camp is June 11-13, including a practice at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. that is open to the public.
The Colts have been very active this off-season with the additions of 24 free agents, eight via the unrestricted route, plus one trade to acquire a fullback, Stanley Havili, who could play a key role in the club’s new offense.
Additionally, Indianapolis has retained a large number of its own free agents, guaranteeing fans will see familiar faces among those vying for roster spots.
The NFL never is far away from being a day’s most prominent news. A couple of years ago, the draft drew five times the number of viewers of a competing sport that was having its playoffs. This year’s selection process likely will produce the same results.
The appetite of Colts fans remains voracious over the 12-month cycle, too. A total of 8,336 voters responded to a recent poll asking which free agent signee was their favorite. Safety LaRon Landry took 66 percent of the vote.
The excitement continues to build. NFL fans have their versions of March Madness, and it bleeds into April Anticipation. Colts fans are ready for their football, and they will see their team continue to take form in the very near future.
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With the calendar turning to the month of April, Colts players will begin to trickle back into the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for offseason activities.
The Colts will begin offseason workouts on April 17.
Those will last for five weeks before OTAs commence on May 22.
Sandwiched in between that will be a three-day rookie mini-camp starting on May 10.
The Colts veteran mini-camp will start on June 11 and span three days. On Wednesday, June 12 the Colts will be hosting a practice at Lucas Oil Stadium from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Last year, the Colts held an open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium with over 7,500 fans turning out to get their first look at a team that would go on to an 11-5 regular season and postseason berth
Another date of interest for Colts fans will be the NFL Draft beginning on Thursday, April 25 with Indianapolis holding the following picks: Round 1-24, Round 3-86, Round 4-121, Round 6-192, Round 7-230, Round 7-254 (the final pick of the 2013 NFL Draft).
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