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ANDREW LUCK TALKS PAGANO, WAYNE AND NEW OFFENSE AT WILLIAM & MARY COLONIAL ALL-PRO FOOTBALL CAMP

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 25, 2013 – 9:29 am

Doing what he did so many times as a kid, Andrew Luck returned the favor on Monday as an instructor at the William & Mary Colonial All-Pro Football Camp.

Luck spent much of the event interacting with the children attending and he was joined by fellow NFL quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson.

Following Monday’s camp session, Luck talked with various media outlets and USA Today writer Steve Gallo took a video of the media session. Gallo’s video of Luck is embedded below.

Also, click here for a photo gallery of Luck at the All-Pro Football Camp from the Virginia Gazette.

Below are some of the Colts related highlights of what No. 12 had to say on Monday:

On the biggest difference between Bruce Arians offense and Pep Hamilton’s scheme:

“I think the biggest difference now is that we’ve got a true fullback on the roster and in (Arians’) offense we didn’t have a fullback. It was more the tight end stuff lining up as a fullback, so that will be the biggest difference.”

On how the offseason additions our adjusting to the Colts:

“Everybody that has come in has fit right into the locker room. I remember coming in my first day and guys being very welcoming. I think that’s the culture they’ve built in Indianapolis and I’m just happy to be apart of it.”

On where Luck wants to improve in Year Two:

“I know it’s cliché but improve in every facet, especially accuracy. I left a lot of plays out there by throwing bad balls. Sometimes the wide receivers bailed me out and sometimes the balls were too bad to get hands on them (laughs).”

On Chuck Pagano receiving the George Halas Award:

“Very deserving of that award. It was obviously a bit unprecedented to have your coach leave after three games and start fighting for his life. It definitely put some perspective on things, football. I’m very, very grateful that he’s healthy, in remission.

One of the coolest experiences of my life was having him back on the sidelines, the Houston Texans game, the last regular season game and us getting a win. To see him run out of the tunnel and get that support was special.”

On accepting more of a leadership role this season:

“As a quarterback you assume some leadership role, just naturally, having to talk in the huddle and people having to listen to you. But we have great leadership on offense. Reggie Wayne is our offensive leader. He still is our offensive leader. That’s who I defer to. That’s who I look to. Great leadership in the locker room.

I’ve never felt like that you play quarterback so you have to be the guy. I think that’s a natural progression from what I’ve learned in college and last year. As you get older you talk more, maybe you share your opinion more but Reggie is still, in my mind, our offensive leader.”


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 25TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:31 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, June 25th

Colts WR LaVon Brazill suspended four games for violating NFL’s substance abuse policy

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indianapolis Star

Wilson writes on Brazill’s suspension that will cost him the first four games of the 2013 regular season.

Brazill can still take part in preseason practices and games with his scheduled return coming on Oct. 6 against Seattle.

Wilson writes…

Brazill was expected to be one of several receivers vying for the Colts’ top reserve spot behind Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Other receivers in the mix include Nathan Palmer, Griff Whalen and Jabin Sambrano. The Colts have three other undrafted rookie receivers.

Bradley Cicala, Brazill’s agent, declined comment except to say he would work with his client to try to help him return to the Colts. The team did not issue a statement.

All-time Indy Colts: a look at the quarterbacks

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

In a series that commemorates the Colts 30th year in the Circle City and the team’s 500th game on Dec. 1, Chappell is starting a piece that looks at the all-time team from an Indianapolis version.

Chappell’s three quarterbacks are Jim Harbaugh, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

He goes into detail about how the contest will operate over the next month.

As the latest version prepares to report to Anderson University July 27 for the start of training camp, we take a position-by-position look at the best players from the previous 29 seasons. We’ll call it the all-time Indianapolis Colts team. Players are judged only on their careers with the Colts, and starting with the ’84 season.

Today, we ask for reader input. Vote below and enter our Ultimate Colts Team Contest at http://www.indystar.com/coltsquarterback. Every correct answer in the contest gives you an opportunity to win four Colts tickets to a 2013 regular season game. Follow the contest on Twitter at #UltimateColts.


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LaVon Brazill suspended for the first four games of 2013 season

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 24, 2013 – 3:58 pm

LaVon Brazill of the Indianapolis Colts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse
 
Brazill will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, September 30 following the team’s September 29 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
 
Brazill is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
 


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: WEEKEND EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:36 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 Saturday, June 22nd-Monday, June 24th

Colts newcomer Ricky Jean Francois still gets line play advice from mentor Heaven

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indianapolis Star

A Saturday feature on Jean Francois focused on Donald Heaven, a mentor to the new Colts defensive lineman who serves as a mentor.

Jean Francois wasn’t always the football prodigy but thanks to a little nudging from Heaven he became a force on a National Championship LSU defense.

“He just had to get it out of me,” Jean Francois said of Heaven. “I was a person who worked well under pressure. At one point in time, I was lackadaisical. But once I had someone like that behind me, he really got me moving.”

Now Jean Francois finds himself with the Colts and as a starter he takes the next step in achieving a goal that Heaven envisioned several years ago.

“New opportunity, new team, new number, new chance, new goals,” Jean Francois said. “All I can do every day while I’m up here is smile. I know It’s my turn. It’s my opportunity. Now I become an opportunist and just step up to the challenge that’s given.”

Second-year Slumpbusters: Andrew Luck

By: Doug Farrar, Yahoo! Sports

The 2012 draft class for quarterbacks will be scrutinized for the next decade and Farrar takes a look at the terrific group.

Farrar takes a very analytical look at Luck’s numbers from last season and when everything adds up he sees a strong second-year for the Colts signal caller.

Farrar wrote…

In 2012, the Colts replaced Andrew Luck’s training wheels with a rocket booster. A 2013 season with a bit more balance, but the explosive elements still intact, should further Luck’s possible case as the best quarterback from what may turn out to be the best QB draft class of all time.

Peter King – Monday Morning QB

By: Chris Kluwe, Sports Illustrated

This week’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback comes with a guest entry from Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.

The punter covers on numerous topics, including his thoughts on the NFL this time of year, Hall of Fame voting and his trip driving from California to Minnesota.

Here’s a sample of Kluwe’s opinion on the voting process.

Change the selection criteria to: Two to four offensive players, two to four defensive players, and zero to one specialists/administrators.


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RYAN GRIGSON EXPECTING “GREATNESS” OUT OF VONTAE DAVIS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:30 am

When evaluating the Colts 2013 NFL Draft, the name Vontae Davis must be taken into consideration.

The Colts traded away their second rounder in this year’s draft to acquire Davis and it’s safe to say the move paid off.

After battling injuries in the early part of 2012, Davis averaged over six tackles a game in the month of December and three interceptions to close out the year.

Vontae Davis Final Five 2012 Regular Season Games

Games

Tackles

Interceptions

12/2-@Detroit

6

0

12/9-Tennessee

7

0

12/16-@Houston

9

0

12/23-@Kansas City

4

1

12/30-Houston

5

2

Now, Davis is taking part in his first offseason in Indianapolis and is enjoying his change of scenery.

“It’s a blessing from above,” Davis said of the trade to Indy. “I think I’m here in a better position, not only for myself but for the organization.”

Davis’ talent has always been highly thought of around the NFL and it was a major factor in why he was a first round draft pick out of Illinois in the 2009 draft.

Ryan Grigson knew the price he was giving up when acquiring Davis last August but the Colts GM has no doubt that it was worth giving up such a high draft pick.

“We expect greatness from Vontae,” Grigson said earlier this month.

“Everyone knows what he is capable of. It’s time for him to turn the corner in his career the way his brother (Vernon) did out in San Francisco. We saw glimpses and impressive flashes last year, but we expect him to put it all together this fall.”

During the past month, it’s been the names of Greg Toler and LaRon Landry who have received many of the headlines.

Davis has been strong on his side of the secondary and is ready to build off of his three interceptions in the final two regular season games last year.

“I came in and I had to adjust to learn the defense on the go,” Davis said. “Once I picked it up, I kind of settled in. I’m trying to pick up where I left off.”


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Colts Fan Fest traveled to Crawfordsville’s Milligan Park

Posted by sashworthcolts on June 21, 2013 – 3:07 pm

2013_Crawfordsville Fan Fest_Hunter Smith Band

The line extended far beyond Baldwin Memorial baseball field at our first Colts Fan Fest last Thursday in Crawfordsville’s Milligan Park. It was a hot night, but the fans didn’t mind. Tiny, our 30-foot inflatable football player, welcomed nearly a thousand fans into our event where they enjoyed eating Papa John’s pizza, getting autographs from Colts cheerleaders and players, walking through Colts In Motion, playing on our multiple inflatables and listening to the Hunter Smith Band.

An hour before the event even started, I wandered through the long, winding line to talk to the excited fans. Crawfordsville local, Ty Biddle loves the Colts, especially one in particular. The 13-year-old looks up to Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck. “I’m the quarterback at my school. I encourage my team to not get down, keep going and be in a happy mood because that’s what he does.”

2013_Crawfordsville Fan Fest_Player autographsAlthough Ty didn’t get to meet Andrew Luck that night, he did get to meet Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman and cornerback Greg Toler. Fan Fests are just as special to these guys as they are the fans. “My favorite part about meeting fans is putting smiles on the kids’ faces. I used to look up to guys like myself, so it’s a neat feeling,” Freeman said.

There were also several little girls walking around the event excited to meet “Miss Leanna” a.k.a. Colts Cheerleader Leanna E. She is a local idol for these girls since she is from Crawfordsville and works at the local elementary school.

Looking around the event, I saw many future Colts players at the Quarterback Challenge inflatable, fans swaying to the beat of the Hunter Smith Band’s country-music and many happy faces at the bottom of our Colts slide. Three in particular came from Roxanna’s foster children, Lillian, 5, Scarlet, 3, and Wesley, who will be 2 years old next month. “One at a time!” Roxanna kept repeating to the three young ones, who had to have gone down the slide at least twenty times each.

The real commotion came when Blue, the Colts mascot, appeared on top of the Colts In Motion trailer with a t-shirt gun. Fans were tumbling to the ground on top of each other trying to snag a great souvenir. Blue then shot a t-shirt at former Colts punter and lead singer, Hunter Smith. With their history together, it was a sight to see.

Blue missed the first two times, shooting the t-shirt way to the left and then far right. But the third time, Blue was right on target. Hunter Smith stopped mid-song to catch the t-shirt with guitar pick still in hand. “I’ve played a lot of concerts, but this is the best thing that I have ever done!”

I’d classify the Crawfordsville Fan Fest a definite success. We loved seeing so many dedicated Colts fans! We’re all excited to see what our next Fan Fest will bring us. See y’all next Thursday in Louisville at Waterfront Park!


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THE LAST WORD – JUNE 6TH EDITION

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:52 pm

With the sports world slowing down in Indy, the fellas on The Last Word talk all things Colts this week as the team gets ready to head to Anderson University for training camp next month.  Jeffrey Gorman, Bob Lamey, Jimmy Matis and Matt Taylor recap the OTA and mini-camp periods, and explain what fans can expect from all the new faces on the Colts’ roster next season.  Tune in at 6PM on 1070AM, 107.5 FM, or 1070thefan.com.


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COLTS ROOKIES TAKE IN DINNER AT ST. ELMO STEAK HOUSE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:57 am

The men in the trenches poured into St. Elmo Steak House on Thursday night.

There was 266-pound Bjoern Werner, joined by a trio of 300+ pound linemen in Hugh Thornton (320), Khaled Holmes (302) and Montori Hughes (329).

Those draft picks, along with the entire Colts rookie class, enjoyed an evening at one of the most iconic restaurants in the state of Indiana with plenty of quality food to be had for the Colts first year players.

“We are very excited to have this squad join us for their first fine dining dinner in Indianapolis,” David Poore, operations manager, said. “We have a rich tradition of taking care of the Indianapolis Colts going way back to the mid-1980s.”

For nearly all of the Colts rookies, the dinner at St. Elmo was their first experience in a restaurant that is routinely nominated for some of the highest awards in the food business.

The restaurant has been a mainstay in downtown Indianapolis for over a century and the rookies experienced a variety of St. Elmo’s distinct qualities.

Before the Colts rookies could indulge in the steak-filled dinner, an etiquette class briefed the players on fine dining.

Next up was St. Elmo’s world famous shrimp cocktail and it’s safe to say that it lived up to hype in the eyes of the Colts rookies.

“That shrimp cocktail caught me off guard,” running back Kerwynn Williams said. “I wasn’t expecting it to be so flavorful but it was still very good. It was fantastic.”

The trip to St. Elmo was the second-to-last trip the Colts rookies will make in the community this offseason.

A stop at the Indianapolis Zoo will follow Friday morning before the rookies disperse across the country and then reconvene for training camp in late July.

“It’s definitely been a great experience,” Williams said of the rookies touring Indianapolis.

“The Colts do a great job getting us acclimated to the city, taking us around, giving us new experiences whether it be experiences like this where we go to a great restaurant, or whether it be going out into the community like we did at the Play 60 event the other day. They do a great job of letting us know how to be professional on and off the field.”


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 21ST EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:25 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 21st.

Colts rookie to be honored in Calif.

By: Phillip Nardiello

While the Colts rookies hang around today in Indianapolis, seventh round pick Justice Cunningham is out in Newport Beach, Calif. for Mr. Irrelevant week.

The four-day event highlights the final pick of each NFL draft and Cunningham’s schedule looks like the following:

The four-day long celebration dubbed “Irrelevant Week” began when Cunningham arrived in California on Wednesday with a small party at his hotel.

It continued on Thursday evening with the Lowsman Banquet at the Newport Beach Marriott where Cunningham was presented with the Lowsman Trophy. The trophy pokes fun at the prestigious Heisman Trophy.

On Friday, Cunningham will go to Disneyland and then attend the Angels game where he’ll help drag the infield dirt between innings.

He’ll learn how to surf and then do some sailing on Saturday.

 


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COLTS ROOKIE CLASS TAKES PART IN SECOND ANNUAL COMMUNITY BLITZ

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 20, 2013 – 11:00 am

The Colts rookie class got a chance to turn back the clocks to their elementary days on Wednesday afternoon as they took part in the Second Annual Colts Rookie Community Blitz.

The destination was the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center as 200 local kids from John H. Boner Community Center and East 10th United Methodist spent two hours with the Colts rookies. taking part in a variety of different activities.

After the rookie class was introduced to loud cheers from the children clad in COLTSTRONG t-shirts, the group was divided into four smaller ones and sent to different stations.

For the next two hours, Colts rookies helped lead activities that included reading, arts and crafts, a choreographed dance and fitness activity on the Arsenal Tech High School Football Field.Screen shot 2013-06-19 at 4.33.19 PM

“It’s awesome to be out here giving back to the community,” rookie offensive guard Hugh Thornton said. “We are out here at the Legacy Center. Kids range from five, six, seven to some middle school kids. I had the opportunity to read to some kids and just kind of be a kid again myself.”

Wednesday’s event was one of several trips the Colts rookies have made around Indianapolis this offseason in an effort to get acclimated to a new home.

“The Colts stand for giving back to the community, serving and being leaders within the community,” Thornton said. “It’s an awesome experience for myself and the other rookies to get out here and impact the community.”

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