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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 5TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 5, 2013 – 8:37 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 5th.

Austin Collie still seeking an opportunity

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

Kuharsky took the USA Today article that was in yesterday’s Colts Daily Headlines and expanded on the Austin Collie piece within his blog.

One interesting tidbit that Kuharsky includes in his blog is some quotes from Collie’s former teammate Peyton Manning.

“I haven’t had to give Austin any advice,” Manning said. “I keep in touch with Austin. He’s actually sent me some video of himself working out and rehabbing. He’s getting healthy. He’s just about getting cleared to work out for teams. Austin is a great friend of mine. I really enjoyed the three years we had playing together.

“He’s had just a string of bad luck when it’s come to injuries. But when he’s healthy, to me, he’s a top-flight receiver, especially in the slot. I think he’ll make a team better if they were to choose him. I think about him and hope — I think he’s getting real close to getting 100 percent healthy with his patella and I wish him all the best.”

Best values: Vontae Davis, J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

In this blog, Kuharsky takes a look at three guys that CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora labels from the AFC South as “the best values” in the NFL.

For the Colts, it’s Vontae Davis that cracked the list and the following includes and analysis of Davis who is heading into the final year of his contract at $1.9M.

“When the Colts acquired him, smartly, from Miami, they kept him on his rookie deal. Davis has the size and ability to continue his growth, and in the meantime is a vital part of a Colts team that reached the playoffs last year due in large part to its young talent.”


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RUNNING BACK POSITION DEEPER THAN JUST VICK BALLARD AND DONALD BROWN

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:20 am

Colts running backs coach David Walker does not live in a fantasy land.

In a perfect world, Walker would rely on one main back in 2013 with a backup sprinkled in at opportune times.

That’s not how the NFL operates with the rate of injuries that occur on a weekly basis.

Names like Delone Carter and Kerwynn Williams might not be focal points heading into the regular season but if history is any indication than they will be relied on in 2013.

Carter is entering his third season in the NFL and has battled through injuries to find a niche as a short-yardage runner that accounted for three touchdowns last season.

“He’s obviously shown he can do it. He’s been in games his first two years,” Walker said of the 238-pound Carter.

“But whatever combination of three guys, four guys there’s going to come a point, unfortunately, where someone’s going to twist an ankle, going to be out, someone’s got to get in and kind of take over that role for the time or for a few plays. All of our jobs are just make sure whomever we put in there is able to be productive and we don’t miss a beat.”

Williams is barely a month into his NFL career so any forecast on where he might fit into the running back position will have to wait until the pads are put on in late July.

For many rookies, special teams can be an early avenue to immediate playing time and that could very well be the case with Williams at the kick returner position.

“He’s a smart kid, a good learner, a good worker,” Walker said of Williams’ prognosis at running back.

“He understands the schemes, answers questions for us in meetings but we’ll have to see him a little bit more on the field before we make a determination how much he’s going to help.”

Last season it was Vick Ballard and Donald Brown that dominated the backfield for the Colts.

But people should not forget Delone Carter’s hard-nosed running late in the Colts overtime victory over the Titans.

Walker feels he’s got a group of guys that bring different skill sets within the Colts offense and sees contributions coming from a number of players.

“Whenever your number is called be ready to contribute and play and play to a high standard,” Walker said of his message in the running backs room. “We don’t really look to what guys can’t do, we look to what guys can do and put them into situations where they can have success.”


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