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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 31ST EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 31, 2013 – 9:02 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Friday, May 31st.

Former Boilermaker experience helps establish legacy

By: Andy Flores, The Purdue Exponent

Grigson headed back to his college days earlier this week as Purdue honored a former Boilermaker with the Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award

“It helped me to find out what I was truly made of, when I was pushed to the brink in every which way, mentally, physically and spiritually,” Grigson said. “It made me find out who I truly was and I build off (of) that because I know that I have inner strength, when it’s all said and done.”

In receiving the award, Grigson pointed to some cerebral characteristic in what he is trying to push on other people every day.

“Mental toughness is something I want to instill in my children (and) it’s something that I want to instill in (the Colts) organization because it definitely gets you through when facing adversity,” Grigson said. “In this league you never know what’s around the corner and if you don’t have mental toughness, you’re not going to survive very long or be successful really in any avenue in life, let alone the National Football League.”

Pagano amazed by collection of veterans

By: Tom James, The Tribune Star

In James’ extended notebook he takes a look at the impressive veteran participation that Chuck Pagano and the coaching staff has received during this off-season’s OTAs.

“Our goal is to come out here with the intention of getting better at something every day individually, as position groups, offense, defense, special teams. And as a team. We feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”

Pagano points out that the main goal during this time period is getting everyone acclimated before the pads are strapped on in late July.

“Between the [veteran] free agents, the draft choices, the college free agents, those type of guys, everybody we brought in here, they’ve done a great job of picking up the information. The coaches have been doing an outstanding job of presenting the information to them. So a bunch [of information] is sticking.”


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LIVE CHAT FRIDAY AT 11:00 A.M.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

This Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 11 a.m. During the offseason, the chat will take place every two weeks and it will move to a weekly schedule once the regular season gets closer.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, the Colts are in the process of wrapping up OTAs with a mandatory minicamp on the horizon June 11-13.

What questions do you have about the Colts through over half of their OTAs? Have you been pleased with the Colts offseason with the month of June about to hit?

We will concentrate on these topics but whatever questions you have, I will try and address in the course of an hour.

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 11:00 a.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.


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THE LAST WORD – MAY 31ST EDITION

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:48 am

The Last Word returns tonight at 6pm on FM 107.5, 1070 and 1070thefan.com. The Fan previewing tomorrow’s big game six between the Pacers and Heat.  Sean Deveney, NBA insider for the Sporting News, sheds some light on the big game with Matt Taylor, Jimmy Matis and Jeffrey Gorman.  The fellas also have some fun talking music and fantasy sports with Mike Mills, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with REM!


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YOUNG COLTS RECEIVERS GET CHANCE TO SHINE DURING OTAs

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:40 am

A total of 18 years of NFL experience was missing from the Colts wide receiver corps on Wednesday afternoon.

With Darrius Heyward-Bey and Reggie Wayne not participating in the Colts fifth OTA, the opportunity was there for first and second year receivers to make an impression with the first unit.

T.Y. Hilton highlighted the afternoon but it was a couple of other second year receivers who relished the chance to work extensively with Andrew Luck.

“Right now it’s valuable to get into a good relationship with Andrew,” LaVon Brazill said. “With DHB and Reggie not here, that will just build our confidence and build the trust with Andrew.”

Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards in his rookie campaign but now is in the process of learning a new offensive scheme in his first full set of OTAs after balancing school last offseason.

The offense is still a learning process for Brazill but he has shown flashes with some impressive catches over the past month.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF WEDNESDAY’S OTA

At the other end of the locker room is fellow second year receiver Nathan Palmer.

Last season, Palmer joined the Colts off the 49ers practice squad in late September and played in five games as an undrafted free agent.

Palmer feels like he’s on even ground in 2013 as he enters his first offseason with an offense virtually all at the same learning curve.

“I get to start fresh with everybody, instead of just right into the fire into the middle of things,” Palmer said. “I get to learn the offense from the ground-up, on the same pace as everyone else.”

Before long DHB and Wayne will return and the young, speedy receivers will be blended in with the veterans to complete Luck’s targets.

But for Wednesday, it was a youth movement on the Colts practice field and that was just fine with Palmer.

“Anytime you get a chance to step up in the absence of guys that are starting, it’s a good time to get out there, get more reps than you normally don’t get and just try to take advantage of the opportunity that you have,” Palmer said.

 


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 30TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 30, 2013 – 9:05 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Thursday, May 30th.

Colts’s new roster requires several scans

By: Philip B. Wilson, Indianapolis Star

Wilson used his blog to take a look at some of the new jersey numbers that he sees across the Colts practice field.

Numbers such as 17, 92 and 93 have a little different look to them in 2013 after the Colts added numerous names in the offseason.

Wilson talks about how the Colts roster didn’t have a high turnover rate over a majority of the last decade but the last two seasons have seen a plethora of new faces.

Colts notes: Hasselbeck is even more impressed with Andrew Luck in person

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell’s OTA notebook from Wednesday leads off with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck praising young signal caller Andrew Luck.

“I knew he was a great player,” Hasselbeck said Wednesday after the Indianapolis Colts’ latest organized team activity at their Northwestside complex. “I obviously saw him play in college and also last year.

“But I really didn’t know what kind of leader he was in the locker room. It just comes real natural to him. He’s got a great sense of when to pull somebody aside, how to deal with coaches, just how he treats everyone around him.

“He’s been off-the-charts impressive that way.”

Other entries in the notebook include a list of players who did not participate in Wednesday’s OTA practice with head coach Chuck Pagano saying the team is “erroring on the side of caution” with those injuries.


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CHUCK PAGANO EXPECTING COBY FLEENER’S NUMBERS TO GROW IN 2013

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:40 am

For a quarter of Coby Fleener’s rookie season, a helpless feeling draped over the Colts young tight end.

A shoulder injury forced Fleener into a spectator for four games in 2012, and he was not a happy camper.

“It’s brutal,” Fleener said of missing time.

“Trying to cheer on your team from the sideline, I was a well-paid cheerleader at that point. It’s rough.”

Healthy and back into a familiar offensive scheme has high expectations for Fleener with the 2013 season on the horizon.

During the Colts OTA practices, Fleener has showcased his impressive catching radius, while lining up in a number of positions in the new offense.

Fleener caught 26 passes for 281 yards last season and his head coach expects those numbers to grow significantly this fall.

“You saw (Wednesday) he made some outstanding catches so he’s making progress every day,” Chuck Pagano said.

“What did he have, 20-30 some catches last year? That should double.”

Everything is beginning to add up to a strong second season for Fleener.

It’s been a healthy and full offseason in Indianapolis for the 6’6”, 252-pound tight end.

While his teammates have been swimming in a new playbook, Fleener has benefited from being reunited with his college offensive coordinator in Pep Hamilton.

During their one season together as offensive coordinator/tight end at Stanford, Fleener flourished with 10 touchdowns.

The pads have yet to be strapped on yet but Fleener looks to be much more comfortable in year two at the NFL and thanks to a successful offseason, a productive 2013 could be in order.

“Thankfully for me, I’ve been in the offense,” Fleener said. “It’s been helpful but for guys that are just coming into the offense, it’s a tough one to learn.”

“I think the mental aspect of your game is huge right now. We are trying to get as much of the basics down as we can before we head into (training) camp.”


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COLTS PLAYERS REACT TO PACERS GAME FOUR VICTORY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 29, 2013 – 10:26 am

It was another electric evening in the state capitol with the Indiana Pacers evening the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat after a 99-92 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Colts players were all over The Fieldhouse on Tuesday night and even defensive end Cory Redding got some facetime following Lance Stephenson’s buzzer beating three-pointer to end the third quarter.

Find out what the Colts players said on Twitter following the Game 4 victory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 29TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:58 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Wednesday, May 29th.

Colts expecting too much from DHB?

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

Kuharsky took a look at a potential pressing question from each of the AFC South’s fan base.

For the Colts, Kuharsky analyzed some of the high profile free agents that the Colts signed this offseason before focusing on Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Kuharsky alludes to the fact DHB was a top-10 draft pick back in 2009 and talks about the ups and downs the speedster has dealt with in his four seasons in the NFL.

(Kuharsky writes…) A parade of quarterbacks and coordinators certainly made it difficult for him to succeed. But he doesn’t catch the ball well, and that’s an issue that tends to linger for some guys. DHB may be a great target for Andrew Luck and may fit in nicely to Pep Hamilton’s offense, along with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. But third-down drops kill drives, and if he doesn’t prove himself to be reliable, Luck could wind up looking other directions at crucial moments.

Monday Morning Quarterback

By: Peter King, Sports Illustrated

The holiday weekend did not stop King from grinding out another must read.

In this week’s piece, King addresses the NFL pushing the 2014 draft back into the month of May.

(King writes…) Talked to one personnel czar last night on the phone. “Hate it. Absolutely hate it.” Saw one owner at dinner last night, and he said (sarcastically) his GM “would just love this … more time to obsess on final decisions he made a month ago.”

King points out that teams are going to have three more weeks to now work playes out and this will drain out and already lengthy draft process.


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DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT COACHES OFFER PERSPECTIVE ON POSITION GROUPS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:40 am

We are now 99 days away from the start of the 2013 NFL season with the Colts wrapping up OTAs over the next two weeks.

Last week the Colts assistant coaches were made available to the media and offered some great perspective into their position group.

Colts.com will take a closer look into these groups over the coming weeks and here is a preview of comments from the various defensive assistant coaches.

Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel spent much of the 2012 season learning new players names as injuries crippled his unit.

No need to worry though as reinforcement have arrived to Indianapolis and Emanuel talked about one of those new acquisitions in Ricky Jean Francois.

“Ricky Jean is a guy who brings experience.  In the position he plays, he adds a lot of versatility.  He’s played five-technique, three-technique, he’s played nose.  Obviously, he played in the Super Bowl last year with a great team, so he brings a lot of experience, toughness and understanding of the defense.”

Linebackers coach Jeff Fitzgerald has seen a lot of change to both the outside and inside positions over the past few months.

His emotion is evident when he describes the possibilities that he has with his position group heading into 2013.

“I think overall we have a more complete group right now. We’ve got a lot of guys in the group that can do a lot of different things so there’s some overlap there. We’re cross-training some of the guys so that we can play them at different positions. We have the guys from last year that have a year of learning under our belt in our system and we have new guys coming in as veterans that have football knowledge coming and are aware of things we are teaching. They pick it up quicker because they’ve had it for a while. I’m really excited about it, I think we have a good group that can do a lot of different things. There’s going to be some flexibility and job exchanges and things of that nature because we can. We have the right type of guys.”

Defensive backs coach Mike Gillhamer is one of the most energetic position coaches on the entire Colts staff.

Gillhamer’s defensive backs have turned in some impressive plays in the early parts of OTAs with new cornerback Greg Toler being at the top of that list.

“We are really happy with Greg. He’s come in here with a great attitude. He’s so powerful. He reminds me of a big game cat, like a cheetah. He’s just so powerful, he can spring. His attitude has been awesome. He’s been everything that we’d hoped he be.”


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STAYING THE SAME

Posted by craigkelleycolts on May 28, 2013 – 12:38 pm

After some conversation about changes, the NFL informed teams today the 2014 draft will be held on May 8-10 in New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

There is no information on the timing (or location) of the draft in 2015 and beyond.  This will be about two weeks later than the draft has been held since 1980.

From 1968-75, the draft was held in late January.  It was moved to April in 1976, then was conducted during the first week of May for three years.

Also, there will be no significant changes in the dates of major off-season events next year.

  • Several regional combines will be held on various dates from January 24 through February 16, 2014.  Some regional combines may be held after the national combine in Indianapolis.
  • The national combine in Indianapolis will be held from February 18-25, 2014.
  • The new League Year, and the Free Agency period, will begin on March 11, 2014.

 

The change in the date of the draft will not impact when rookies may begin to report to their clubs, the dates of off-season programs or the length of off-season programs.

Clubs will have available to them the same number of practice days that they currently have and no changes in the off-season calendar are being considered that would reduce the number of practice days or the overall length of the off-season program.


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