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STATEMENT FROM THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS REGARDING SAFETY JOE LEFEGED

Posted by coltsindianapolis on June 29, 2013 – 5:25 pm

We are aware of the reports regarding Joe Lefeged in Washington, D.C. At this time, we will have no further comment on the pending matter until we gain more information.


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COLTS FAN FEST VISITS LOUISVILLE’S WATERFRONT PARK

Posted by sashworthcolts on June 28, 2013 – 3:25 pm

277Our second Colts Fan Fest last Thursday in Louisville was crazy to say the least. A tire problem, a long delay and quick-changing weather lead us to a long line of fans waiting with a beautiful view of Louisville’s skyscrapers along the Ohio River in the background. It was a hot afternoon, but the refreshing breeze and The Hunter Smith Band’s country music made the 90 degree weather bearable.

Kentucky’s Classic Hits Station 97.9 FM was with us playing “Funky Town” from their tie-dyed VW van, as well as our local affiliate ESPN 680. Winners Choice Sports was also there providing fans nationwide with live streaming coverage of the event. This has been archived for fans to see if they were caught on camera at www.ihigh.com/wcs.

Fans gathered and cheered as the red helicopter carrying Colts players Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen arrived next to the Ohio River. Tiny, our 30-foot inflatable football player, welcomed them, while Blue, our mascot, gave them each a special handshake.

2013_Louisville Fan FestMeeting the fans is very special to the Colts players. Fleener enjoys giving back to the fans by visiting with them at fun events like Thursday’s Fan Fest. “[The fans] support us. Ultimately, we play for them. Without them, we wouldn’t have a team or the Colts organization,” said Fleener.

Colts players also enjoy signing autographs and taking pictures. Dwayne Allen loves signing autographs for fans, but he has gotten some crazy requests in the past. “In college, I signed a couple of babies. I didn’t feel comfortable doing it, but they really wanted me to,” Allen said.

I talked to Patrick, 21, from New Albany, Ind. while he was waiting in line with one of his friends and his little brother. He contemplated bringing his dog’s collar for Allen and Fleener to sign, but rethought that idea because their autographs are too special to be slobbered on.

Like many other fans, Patrick is looking forward to the Colts first preseason game August 11. He usually watches the game at the local Buffalo Wild Wings, but sometimes he prefers listening to the game on the radio. “I’m the kind of fan who yells during the game. I try to get the refs to hear me when they mess up,” he joked.

All of our fans had a great time walking around Waterfront Park wearing their new COLTSTRONG bracelets, carrying their Colts schedule posters and testing out their football skills at the Field Goal and Quarterback Challenge stations. We loved meeting all of our dedicated Colts fans in Louisville and look forward to doing this all again for our fans in Northern Indiana in a few weeks. We’ll see you July 12, Ft. Wayne!


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UPDATED WEIGHT NUMBERS ON 2013 COLTS ROSTER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

The roster for the Colts has been updated to current heights and weights for the 90 players that are scheduled to report to training camp.

Here is a link to the updated roster.

Below are some of the more significant weight changes on the roster.

  • QB-Andrew Luck (239 pounds)- A gain of 5 pounds.
  • RB-Vick Ballard (224 pounds)- A gain of 7 pounds.
  • WR-Griff Whalen (197 pounds) A gain of 12 pounds.
  • TE-Dwayne Allen (265 pounds) A gain of 10 pounds.
  • TE-Coby Fleener (247 pounds) A loss of 5 pounds.
  • TE-Weslye Saunders (261 pounds) A loss of 9 pounds.
  • OT-Anthony Castonzo (307 pounds) A loss of 8 pounds.
  • C/OG-Khaled Holmes (319 pounds) A gain of 17 pounds.
  • OG-Hugh Thornton (334 pounds) A gain of 14 pounds.
  • NT-Josh Chapman (340 pounds) A gain of 24 pounds.
  • DE-Lawrence Guy (318 pounds) A gain of 18 pounds.

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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 28TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:40 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, June 28th

All-time Indianapolis Colts: a look at the running backs

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

The choice of James wouldn’t have been the answer back in 1999 and Chappell recalls the draft where Bill Polian chose the Miami running back instead of Ricky Williams.

“People were shouting at the TV in there,’’ Peggy Cseresznyes, a waitress at the time, told The Star April 17, 1999. “I didn’t really feel either way, but the guests didn’t agree with Bill Polian’s choice.

“They were very upset in there.’’

After over 12,000 yards from scrimmage and four seasons over 1,500 (one of four running backs ever to do that), James is a staple on any all-Indy team.

“Edgerrin was the complete back,’’ quarterback Peyton Manning told The Star in an email. “Run, block, catch; he could do it all. He was an extremely smart football player as well. I always knew I could count on him.

“He was also the best teammate I every played with. Unselfish, accountable and tough as nails. I feel honored and privileged to say that I played ball with Edgerrin James.

“He was that that good and that special.’’

Ex-Colt Saturday hires Knight’s agent to go after TV gig

By: Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal

It appears that Jeff Saturday’s retirement from the NFL has caused the itch for the Pro Bowl center to get into the broadcast booth.

Schoettle writes…

Retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday is positioning himself for a national broadcasting job, and he’s turning to one of the most high-powered agents to get an edge.

Saturday recently signed a deal with New York-based IMG to help him find broadcasting and speaking jobs as well as potentially other commercial work.

“It’s kind of rare that a former center would have that kind of personality,” Montag said of his newest client..


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LIVE CHAT TODAY AT 11 A.M.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:30 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 rookies have left the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center and the offseason is truly upon us with players reporting to training camp four weeks from tomorrow.

What questions do you have about the Colts with training camp starting on July 27th.

This will be the second-to-last chat before training camp begins. We will have another one on July 19th and then once camp begins, we will move to a weekly chat.

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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COLTS SOCIAL QUESTION AND ANSWER LIVE TODAY AT 3 P.M.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 27, 2013 – 10:41 am

Today at 3 p.m., the Colts will host their first ever LIVE #Colts Q & A.

What questions are on Colts fans mind with training camp opening up in exactly one month?

Did you like what the Colts did this offseason?

What are you most looking forward to at training camp??

Send whatever questions you have to the official Colts twitter account (@nflcolts) with the hash tag #ColtsSocialQA and your question could very well be read LIVE at 3 p.m.

Colts Fan Correspondent Casey B. (@ColtsCaseyB) and Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) will be fielding your questions and you can watch the live question and answer at www.colts.com/live.


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 27TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:34 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, June 27th

All-time Indianapolis Colts: a look at the running backs

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell’s second position series for all-time Indianapolis Colts, he takes a look at the running back position.

He has five running backs for fans to pick from and this figures to be a bit more competitive than the quarterback debate.

Chappell’s five candidates include Joseph Addai, Albert Bentley, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk and Edgerrin James.

Reviewing my Colts plan from March

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN AFC South Blog

Kuharsky takes a look back to the beginning of the offseason when he made his predictions for each team in the division.

Now, it’s time to evaluate those decisions and here’s a look at how he graded out.

What Kuharsky got right:

Turnover: “Nose tackle Antonio Johnson did good work but isn’t ideal for a 3-4. Josh Chapman and Brandon McKinney are on the roster, rebounding from injuries and better suited to do what the role requires. Receiver Donnie Avery was a nice reclamation project, but the Colts can and should be looking for an upgrade beyond Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton.”

The team made no effort to re-sign Johnson, who wound up with the Titans. Avery moved on to Kansas City and the Colts brought in Darrius Heyward-Bey, who looks to be an upgrade.

Colts entering ‘new frontier’ with locker room video cameras

By: Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal

As a league-wide initiative, NFL teams will now have to install permanent cameras in their home locker rooms in 2013.

“This is a new frontier—for all the teams,” said Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward. “We’re looking at and discussing things like where the camera will be mounted and how this content will be used.”

There are many things to weigh when deciding how to use the footage that is taken on game day, with the ultimate balance between revealing what the team is planning and at the same time providing unique content.

“We want to give our fans as much access as possible,” Ward said. “We just need to make sure we do it in a way that makes sense for everyone involved.”


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COLTS LINEBACKERS COACH JEFF FITZGERALD TALKS KELVIN SHEPPARD, ERIK WALDEN AND BJOERN WERNER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 26, 2013 – 9:30 am

To branch off yesterday’s article on Jeff Fitzgerald and his versatility at the linebacker position, here are some more comments from the Colts linebackers coach.

Fitzgerald just wrapped up an offseason working with a few new faces and here’s a look at three of them below:

On what he has seen from new linebacker Erik Walden:

“He’s football savvy so he has a pretty good idea. Now, it’s learning the terminology, understanding the type of techniques that we use, when and how we use those techniques.

Right now, he’s kind of transitioning into just learning what we are doing. We still see good things on the field. He understands what he’s doing, understands the fine details of his job, I’m excited. He’s going to be alright.”

On what intrigued Fitzgerald when he popped in the film of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Kelvin Sheppard:

“What we saw on tape was a guy who could find the football, was able to get down in the box and do some really good physical, attack type of things, both in the blitz game and playing base, taking on blockers and doing that.

“He seemed to have a very good understanding of what the scheme was and where he fit in the run game and what he was able to do coming out of the box.”

On rookie Bjoern Werner working on both sides of the Colts four-man linebacker corps:

“We are just trying to bring him into the whole picture. He’s going to learn his responsibilities. What I see from him is the ability to play RUSH linebacker, or SAM linebacker somewhere down the road. I think we’ve got him in the right spot right now but we will have flexibility in time, as he develops.”


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 26TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:45 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, June 26th

All-time Indy Colts quarterback: Peyton Manning

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

In the first entry of Chappell’s all-time Indy Colts team, the pick was a no brainer in Peyton Manning at the quarterback position.

The other nominees were Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck but this choice was a slam dunk as Chappell took a look at Manning’s final press conference in March, 2012.

Chappell writes…

“This town and this team means so much to me,” Manning said. “It has truly been an honor to play in Indianapolis. I do love it here. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.

“I truly have enjoyed being your quarterback.’’

Back at ya.

Colts will again bring new look to AU

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Colts camp will head back to Anderson for the fourth straight year and Bremer takes a look at what type of team fans will see come July 28th.

“It’s just the way it is,” head coach Chuck Pagano said at the close of the Colts’ three-day mini-camp two weeks ago. “There’s going to be turnover. Some years you don’t want to, you’d love continuity. But, like we said last year, when you do win and you have success and you put your ego aside, good things are going to happen. There’s going to be enough credit to go around.”

Bremer breaks down the camp schedule along with including some quotes from minicamp, one from quarterback Andrew Luck on where the offense stands heading into Anderson.

“We’re nowhere near perfect,” he said. “I would hope we’re not near perfect at this point. I think it was great to have the whole team together, to start to see some of the pieces come into place and to see guys compete. I’m happy to get this part done and have the break and really looking forward to training camp now.”

Colts QB Andrew Luck emphasizes education as much as football to Colonial All-Pro campers

By: JR Riddick, The Daily Press

Luck attended a football camp at William & Mary earlier this week, instructing young kids along with fellow NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan.

Luck also spoke with the camp attendees and offered some advice.

“Growing up for me, in my family, education was as much a premium as playing sports was,” Luck said. “So I wanted to make sure that they focused on both of those things.”

The Colts quarterback looked back on his days attending camps as a child and recalled what he remembers.

“I remember going to the Manning Passing Academy when I was a kid and watching Chris Carter run routes, it was like watching a beautiful opera, which had a big impression on me,” Luck said, referring to the former Minnesota Vikings receiver and current ESPN analyst.

“So now, looking back on how much fun I had at those camps, I just try to give back and hopefully have a positive impact on some of these kids in the way those guys had on me.”


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HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 COLTS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 25, 2013 – 10:44 am

For the fourth straight year, the Indianapolis Colts will call Anderson University home for training camp. Below are some highlights of this year’s schedule:

Opening Day: Players will report to training on Saturday, July 27 with the first practice scheduled for Sunday. The first practice is scheduled from 1:50-4:30 p.m. on July 28th and is open to the public. Here is a link to a page from Anderson University on free admission into training camp practice, parking guidelines and other tidbits for those attending training camp.

-Open Practices: The Colts have 15 scheduled open practices. Every afternoon practice from 1:50-4:30 is open to the public. Those will run daily starting Sunday, July 28th through Friday, August 16th except for the following dates.

-Saturday, August 3rd

-Tuesday, August 6th (Night practice scheduled from 6:30-8:55 p.m.)

-Wednesday, August 7th

-Saturday, August 10th

-Sunday, August 11th (Preseason Game No. 1 vs. Buffalo at 1:30 p.m.)

-Monday, August 12th

-Tuesday, August 13th (Practice scheduled from 3:20-4:45)

-Friday, August 16th (Final Practice scheduled from 10:30-12:30 p.m.)

Night Practice: The Colts will host a night practice inside Macholtz Stadium on Tuesday, August 6th from 6:30-8:55 p.m. Night practices usually garner the largest crowds of the three-week training camp. Players typically stick around after practice to sign autographs for those in attendance.

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO ALL PRACTICE TIMES


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