The Indianapolis Colts are reviewing the new NFL bag policy for fans attending home games at Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2013 season. The Colts will comply with the new rules and will provide detailed information to fans in the near future.
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Nearly a year ago to the day, Chuck Pagano stood in front of various media outlets and spoke of the importance to control your home field in the NFL.
It was one thing to say it but for a team coming off a 2-14 season, the proof would have to be concrete and measured in the form of wins that fall.
The Colts did just that with seven home victories in eight contests last season and the team relished the chance to get back inside of Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday night.
“It’s always nice to be here,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “It truly is a remarkable venue. As players, we definitely appreciate it. We definitely appreciate the great support from the fans.”
One point Luck made that should not be taken for granted is the chance to work in an evening/night setting at Lucas Oil.
Last year, the Colts did not play any regular season night games and in 2013 have a rather large one on the schedule this season when the Denver Broncos come to Indianapolis for an 8:30 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 20.
“It’s an added bonus to get here at night,” Luck said. “Just to get around and see how it differs from an afternoon was nice. Putting all that aside, I thought we got better, put in productive work. We got better as a football team (Wednesday).”
Outside linebacker Robert Mathis gave Colts fans a glimpse into an intimidating looking facemask that the Pro Bowler will be wearing this season.
Mathis is the longest tenured Colts defender and being back in the home venue never gets old.
“It’s a lot more exciting practicing in front of our crowd in the stadium that we’re going to play in every Sunday,” Mathis said on Wednesday night.
“I think we put on a good show on for the crowd, gave them something to look forward to this upcoming season. Everybody had fun.”
The crowd on Wednesday was over 10,000 fans for the open minicamp practice and the players took note of their dedication.
On numerous occasions, Luck has been amazed about the football IQ of Colts fans and Wednesday was another chance to see that first hand.
“I tell you, great, great fans. I’m astounded every time I come here or do anything with the Colts,” Luck said.
“The people that show up, it feels like you truly have the whole state of Indiana behind you. So it’s great to see all the support today, really special.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, robert mathis
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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 Thursday, June 13th.
By: Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
DiPrimio took a look at a man in a boot on Wednesday evening.
That man was new Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw and he is pleased to call Indianapolis his new home.
“This is a blessing for me,” Bradshaw said. “The Colts are an organization that cares. This is the right fit for me.”
Minicamp is all about mental reps as Bradshaw recovers from a foot injury before he hits the field for training camp.
“He wants to go, but he’s not ready,” Pagano said. “We’ve got one practice left. It wouldn’t make any sense to have him out there and re-injure that foot and miss half the season.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Chappell takes a look at one of the most competitive position battles across the Colts roster at the nose tackle position.
How important is a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme?
Chappell asked two key cogs.
“The pinpoint of the defense,” explained Aubrayo Franklin.
Added Josh Chapman: “You’ve got to be the heart and soul of this defense.”
A majority of the article looks at Chapman who has turned some heads this offseason and his head coach has high praise for the second-year tackle.
“Chappy’s like sticking a 700-, 800-pound safe in the middle,” Pagano said. “You’re not going to move him. Someone tries to come in the house and take the safe, it ain’t happening.’’
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Many topics are covered in Chappell’s notebook of Wednesday evening’s open minicamp practice.
Chappell mentions the big plays on both sides of the ball, owner Jim Irsay’s presence and a crowd of around 10,000 people at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“I thought we put on a very good show for the crowd,’’ linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We gave them something to look forward to this upcoming season.’’
The attention also turned to No. 44 on the sideline as Ahmad Bradshaw was a spectator while resting a foot injury that is expected to be healed in time for training camp.
“He’s standing right there. He’s got the script in his hand. He was into it,’’ Pagano said. “When he gets back . . . he’ll be ready to go. He won’t miss a beat.
By: Mike Garafolo, USA Today
Garafolo takes a look a the relationship between Luck and backup Matt Hasselbeck with a focus on the page turning from 2012 to 2013.
“I don’t think anybody’s content. Last year was great, I’m proud of it and all that stuff, but no one’s worried about that now,” Luck told USA TODAY Sports. “We could’ve won zero games or won all of our games. For us, it’s about this year. That’s where our focus is.
“Guys just get that. And the tone that starts at the top with Chuck is one of ‘Work hard, no matter what the circumstances, be thankful you have a chance to play football and give it all you’ve got.'”
As a 15-year veteran, Hasselbeck has a keen eye for strong quarterback play and sees just that on, and off, the field in Luck.
“Andrew was incredible,” Hasselbeck said. “‘Here we go, we’re going to do this. Next, Donald Brown, what’s your favorite bag drill? Cool, that’s what we’re doing. Let’s go.’
“He wasn’t bossing anybody around. It was fun. It was cool. Some people don’t have that personality. They’re good players, but they don’t have that.”
Tags: ahmad bradshaw, Andrew Luck, Aubrayo Franklin, chuck pagano, josh chapman, matt hasselbeck
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There is a quartet of second-year receivers who Reggie Wayne labeled as “smurfs” last season.
Yes, the group might be small in stature but when it comes to production, Wayne knows their importance in 2013 and beyond.
Wayne has spoken to the young speedsters and the message was brief, but powerful.
“Just to get better,” Wayne said.
“We don’t have room right now to stay the same. You want to see everybody continue to grow, get better and build off of the year that they had last year.
Wayne includes himself in that group, yet it’s obvious that the other receivers have a ways to go before they achieve the numbers that No. 87 has piled up in 13 seasons.
During OTAs, LaVon Brazill, T.Y. Hilton, Nathan Palmer and Griff Whalen have all seen ample playing time with the first unit.
- For Brazill, it’s his first full offseason after academic obligations forced him to miss OTAs last season.
- Hilton has been a frequent target of Andrew Luck’s the past month and the electric receiver/returner has put on some weight this offseason in an effort to sustain an entire NFL season.
- Similar to Brazill, Palmer is getting his first taste of an offseason with the Colts after he was signed off the 49ers practice squad last September.
- Then there’s Whalen, who feels right at home in an offense he played in at Stanford while also feeling healthy after a foot injury sidelined him in 2012.
Luck was not bashful when describing how important his fellow second-year targets will be come September.
“Incredibly,” Luck said. “They are going to be a big, big part of this offense. They were a big part of it last year. They caught a lot of balls, a lot of big balls. For us to be productive we are going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute.”
Just two lockers down from Luck, Wayne nods is head in agreement when he hears the need for young receivers to continue to grow.
Expectations in the Colts locker room include plans to play into late January and beyond.
For that to happen, it’s going to take a collective effort from players young and “old.”
“As a team, we set that bar so high, it is going to be tough. But if there is anybody that can do it, it is this coaching staff, it’s these guys in this locker room, it’s this whole organization,” Wayne said of the team’s lofty aspirations.
“We feel like we can go out there and can get better and have a better outcome this year.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazill, nathan palmer, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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