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COLTS HEADLINES: TUESDAY, MAY 7TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 7, 2013 – 9:01 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 Tuesday, May 7th:

Indianapolis Colts’ Bjoern Werner proof that ‘American’ football isn’t just for Americans anymore

By: Philip B. Wilson, Indianapolis Star

A very-informative piece from Philip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star taking a look at the record 10 foreign-born players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The article highlights Colts first round draft pick Bjoern Werner and the growth that the NFL game has seen all around Europe, in particular Germany.

“Anytime I have the chance to talk to younger kids, I’m going to …just try to share something, give them some hope they can do it like I did it,” he said. “There’s so many football players in Germany right now that are so excited that I’m a Colt. You don’t understand how many Colts fans are over there now.

This season marks the first time that London will play host to two NFL games and with a record-number of foreign-born players drafted this season, that number won’t be dwindling any time soon.

Indianapolis Colts’ 10 undrafted rookies: Is there another Gary Brackett among them?

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell broke down the 10 undrafted free agent with a brief synopsis on each, seeing if any of them can follow past Colts players footsteps who carved their way onto the team after being undrafted.

Past undrafted free agents for the Colts include Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt and Dominic Rhodes.

The 10 prospects (three cornerbacks, two wide receivers, one offensive tackle, one kicker/punter, one running back, one fullback and one linebacker) will head to Indianapolis this weekend to begin a three-day rookie minicamp.

From there, the Colts roster will be slowly trimmed to a final 53-man squad where past odds indicate at least one of these 10 finding their name on that list.

Finishing what he started: Freeman returns to Mary Hardin-Baylor to complete his degree

By: Brian Burnsed, NCAA.com

Among the nearly dozen Colts who headed back to school this semester, Jerrell Freeman returns to Indianapolis with a degree in criminal justice.

Freeman headed back to Mary Hardin-Baylor to fulfill a promise he made to his family and himself several years ago.

Despite setting a franchise record with 203 tackles last season, Freeman has remained the same humble product of a Division III school and three years in the Canadian Football League.

All the while, he has never forgot what remained in Waco, Texas.

“Coming out of high school, education was a big thing for [my family],” Freeman said. “Even now when I go out and talk to kids, I try to preach education, because it has allowed me to do the things I do now.”

Rivalry Between Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals Lacks Meaning

By: Eric Ivie, Yahoo! Sports

This commentary takes a look at the lack of a rivalry between the Colts and Bengals, even though the two teams are separated by just 112 miles.

Ivie’s column says that the rivalry between the two teams has “never mattered.”

I’m sure people in the southeast portion of Indiana would disagree with this assumption but I can see the rivalry gaining some ground around the state this season.

Instead of having their usual Week Four preseason meeting, the two will clash in the regular season on Dec. 8 in Cincinnati.

Both teams made the playoffs last season and are expected to be in the thick of the playoff race again in 2013.

Chuck Pagano: Colts will still be vertical

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

Kuharsky’s blog is a must read for fans of the Colts looking for up-to-date information on the entire AFC South.

In this entry, Kuharsky takes a look at one of the more highly debated offseason questions for Colts fans.

Pep Hamilton’s offense will not be limited to the stereotype of the West Coast offense of a “dink and dunk” style passing attack.

“If we have success running the football, if we don’t get behind, that takes pressure off of everybody,” Pagano said. “Certainly we want to have balance. The way you have balance is you’ve got to have success running the football and get yourself in third-and-manageable so you can convert a higher percentage. You can’t get behind and have to drop back 628 times; it’s too much. You never want to put your quarterback or your offensive line in that situation. If we can hammer the nail, it’s going to take the pressure off of everybody…

…We’re still going to take our shots down the field. How many that is a game and what we’re going to ask as far as the offensive line provided time, I can’t tell you. The game will dictate that. But you’ve got to be able to hit your chunk plays, have a vertical game. The threat of that has still got to be there otherwise defenses are going to be sitting on all our receivers.”


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