Hey Colts fans, it’s Matt Bowen your Colts Team Photographer. I will be posting my “Tuesday’s Top 10″ photo gallery linked to this blog on colts.com! The photo galleries will always have a theme, ranging from game action to creative images around the Colts Complex!
This week it’s all about ROOKIE MINI-CAMP! This past weekend I spent the majority of my time following around a bunch of excited rookies at the Colts complex. After they arrived at the complex and finished all of their paperwork, they were guided over to yours truly for their official headshot. I set up my make-shift photo studio in the Colts Pavilion (where the players and staff eat) so no one would have any excuses about how they couldn’t find me to get their photo taken. Due to my convenient location, I was able to also shoot 40 Colts staff headshots in my down time between player headshots. I shot both a traditional headshot that the NFL uses and a more creative headshot that the Colts use for marketing purposes. Each player spent a total of two minutes with me, just enough time to ID them and shoot a few images in two different lighting setups. As you can see in the photo gallery, the lighting setup for the different headshots were quite different. I used a total of seven lights setup on two different triggering frequencies to achieve the dramatically different looks before they knew what hit them! The rest of my time was spent on the practice field capturing them in action. Overall, I had a great weekend following around some very talented football players doing what I love to do. For me, it doesn’t get much better than that!
If you have a great theme idea for a “Tuesday’s Top 10″ photo gallery, please let me know!
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Pete Prisco of CBS Sports compiled an interesting list earlier this week when he ranked the top 10 players in the NFL under the age of 23.
Last year’s top two picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III missed the cut off at the age of 23 but the Colts did find themselves represented on the list.
Check out Prisco’s top-10 list here and his analysis on the Colts representative.
10. Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts — As a rookie fifth-round pick in 2012, he ran for 814 yards and showed a powerful running style. He will get even more carries in 2013 as he takes over as the starter (Prisco).
Bowen’s Take: To many Colts fans it might come as a surprise that Ballard’s name finds this list. Sure, Ballard had a tremendous rookie campaign but consider that he’s the lone player on Prisco’s list that wasn’t a first or second round selection out of college. (Josh Gordon was a supplemental selection of the Browns and Cleveland eventually forfeited a second round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft).
The list includes just three skill position players and they all come from the AFC in Trent Richardson, Gordon and Ballard. Along with Luck, both Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton fall in the 23-year old age group. It’s nice to see a player like Ballard gain some national recognition after a season in which he (understandably) flew under the radar thanks to his fellow rookie teammates.
For those curious, Ballard will turn 23 years old on July 16th.
Tags: Andrew Luck, dwayne allen, T.Y. Hilton, vick ballard
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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 14th:
By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com
Kuharsky offered a notebook synopsis on the past week for the Colts.
He covered the draft pick signings of the Colts, a brief look into specific draft picks, and a bit of rookie minicamp.
Most of the information includes links to specific articles from the Indianapolis media.
Looking for the most pertinent information all things AFC South than Kuharsky’s blog is a must read.
By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com
A familiar name to Colts fans has found a home in the AFC South.
“Mookie” Antonio Johnson returns to the Tennessee Titans after five seasons in Indianapolis.
Kuharsky tells the story of Johnson being singed off the Titans practice squad back in 2008 when the Colts suffered a rash of injuries along the interior of the defensive line.
The signing off of another team’s practice squads was a bit of a surprise as Polian did not do that often during his time as Colts GM.
By: Peter King, Sports Illustrated
This area usually is reserved for strictly Colts topics but King’s MMQB is too good not to include.
King focuses on Manti Te’o’s first day being included with veterans as the Chargers start-up OTAs again with the rookies in southern California.
Charges head coach Mike McCoy gave King some insight into how Te’o will exactly fit into the Chargers scheme.
“Our plan is for him to play three downs, and when we scouted him, we believed that’s what he’d be,” McCoy said. “But he’ll have to earn that, obviously. We’re going to play the best guys, and if he’s the best guy on all three downs, he’ll be in there.”
Tags: Bjoern Werner, Hugh Thornton, justice cunningham, kerwynn williams, khaled holmes, Montori Hughes
Posted in Colts Blog, COLTS DAILY HEADLINES
Denodus O’Bryant had just four carries during a redshirt freshman game against Central Methodist but he didn’t need any more to prove a point.
A total of 119 yards were gained on those four touches and Central Methodist defensive coordinator Jody Ford had seen enough.
“I felt (O’Bryant) should be a Division I back and feel he may be one of the few guys in our league who could get drafted,” Ford said of the 2009 contest. “Some Division I coach really missed out on him. Lindenwood is fortunate to have him.”
Now, four years later O’Bryant does find himself in the league after he leaves Lindenwood (a former NAIA program) as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (3,327) and touchdowns (62).
The Colts were quick to pounce on O’Bryant as the 194-pound back went undrafted following a career at Lindenwood where he averaged 7.2 yards per rush and also 31.3 yards per kick return.
For some Colts fans, the name Lindenwood might be familiar when thinking back to the Super Bowl XLI season.
Back in 2006, running back DeDe Dorsey played in 13 games for the Colts and his name still resonates at Lindenwood.
“I’ve met him a few times,” O’Bryant said of Dorsey, the single season leading rusher at Lindenwood.
“I had a chance to talk to him and have him tell me about my NFL experience. He’s a really cool guy.”
Any mention of a Super Bowl XLI ring?
“He flaunts it,” O’Bryant said with a smile.
“(Dorsey) was saying to me, “You’ve got to get one of these (pointing to his ring finger).”
That is the eventual goal for O’Bryant but here and now it’s all about finding a roster spot in the same fashion that Dorsey did seven years ago.
O’Bryant wrapped up his first weekend in the NFL on Sunday and with the close of rookie minicamp comes the return of OTAs, with a little influx from some first-year players.
The next month, along with training camp, will be the time for O’Bryant to show the type of back that made opponents fret for the last four seasons.
“I’m a real diverse kind of back because I’m 200 pounds,” O’Bryant said.
“A lot of people find me just as a speed guy, but I’m elusive, can break tackles very well and I catch the ball really well out of the backfield. There’s a lot of things if you’re asking me to do then you can expect out of me.”
Tags: DeDe Dorsey, Denodus O'Bryant
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