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Colts players and staff hit the airwaves of 1070 The Fan on Wednesday

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 31, 2013 – 9:14 pm

Wednesday was a day for the Colts on the airwaves of 1070 The Fan.

The Grady & Big Joe Show along with The Ride with JMV broadcasted live from Colts training camp in Anderson.

Here is a link to all of the Colts interviews from Wednesday:

Grady & Big Joe Show

Outside Linebacker Lawrence Sidbury

Inside Linebacker Jerrell Freeman

Dan Dakich Show

Tight End Dwayne Allen

The Ride with JMV

Wide Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey

Running Back Vick Ballard

Head Coach Chuck Pagano

General Manager Ryan Grigson


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Day Four Impressions: DHB’s big catch(es), 7th round picks impress and the defense continues strong start

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 5:53 pm

Spitting rain in the morning ceased in the afternoon as the Colts moved over to Macholtz Stadium for Wednesday’s padded practice.

With the pads on, the spirit continued to rise in the trenches and some of the Colts rookies at the skill positions shined on Wednesday.

Here are three takeaways from day four…

DHB wastes no time getting involved: Pep Hamilton talked about the diligent work that Heyward-Bey is putting in trying to sure up his hands.

The jugs machine seems to be DHB’s second home, before and after practice.

The hard work paid off on Wednesday.

On the Colts first 11-on-11 rep of the afternoon, Andrew Luck went deep to DHB and the new receiver hauled in the 50+-yard grab.

DHB said he needs to make plays in order to gain Luck’s trust and the one to start Wednesday’s practice, along with several others throughout the two-hour session added up to a very strong afternoon for the 219-pound receiver.

A day for the seventh-round draft picks: The Colts 2013 rookie class won’t come anywhere close to the same production of last year’s group but a few skill players stood out on Wednesday.

Running back Kerwynn Williams made a few nice catches out of the backfield and showcased an ability for yards after the catch. While kick returns might be Williams’ first opportunity on the playing field, he showed that he’s more than capable of getting reps in the backfield.

At the tight end position, Justice Cunningham is putting together some quality reps in the receiving department.

There are some chances behind Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener and Cunningham is a true tight end (where as Dominique Jones is more of a hybrid) that caught the ball much more consistently on Wednesday than he did during OTAs.

Defense right on pace: With two padded practices in the books, the Colts appears to be right on queue with their progress in the 3-4 system.

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said that is usually the case early on in training camp but it has been impressive to see the Colts secondary get their hands on so many passes.

The front seven has been winning their fair share of battles during run game drills and a second unit with guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis, Bjoern Werner and Lawrence Sidbury creates quality depth.

It will be interesting to see how the offense vs. defense plays out the rest of the camp, with Pep Hamilton’s system getting more familiar with the unit.


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Griff Whalen creating some noise at the receiver position

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:45 am

Who led the Colts in receiving during the 2012 preseason?

The answer to that question might not be the guy you are thinking.

With 12 catches and 125 yards receiving, Griff Whalen made the most of his opportunities as an undrafted free agent during last year’s preseason.

Unfortunately a foot injury sidelined the Stanford product for his entire rookie season.

Now fully healthy, Whalen is once again turning some heads, and one very important man is taking notice.

“He’s a very, very consistent guy, cerebral guys, doesn’t make (mental mistakes), knows every intricacy of the offense so he’s able to play fast and he’s got a great set of hands,” Chuck Pagano said of Whalen on Tuesday

“He doesn’t drop any footballs and he makes plays so I’m happy where he’s at.”

Whalen has been a popular target of Colts quarterbacks early on in training camp and seems to be picking up where he left off in 2012.temp2013_0730_TC_0806--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

No. 17 has also been approached on several occasions by offensive players asking questions on the Colts new offense.

“It’s very similar so it’s been a nice transition for me,” Whalen said. “I feel pretty comfortable just jumping back into it.”

“Pep (Hamilton) did a really nice job sort of simplifying some of it because there’s so many formations and plays, renaming some of the formations or plays so that they make more sense together. He did a good job of that so it flows pretty well now.”

With LaVon Brazill missing the first four games of the season, there are reps to be had at the fourth and fifth receiver spot in September.

If Whalen can keep producing on the field, than this Colts offense will have even more Stanford flavor come the start of the regular season.

“We have a ton of competition in our room right now which is great. I’m just trying to take advantage of everything I can.”

“It feels great to be healthy and run around again. I’m just excited to get back out there.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 31st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:42 am

The Colts were in pads for the first time in training camp on Wednesday. Today’s headlines includes a wonderful feature on Andrew Luck, some observations from Mike Chappell on Tuesday’s practice and a look into the growth of T.Y. Hilton.

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 pieces from Wednesday, July 31st.  

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts aiming to top heights of 2012

By: Kimberly Jones, NFL.com

A tremendous piece from Jones on the Colts signal caller and his growth moving into year two.

Here are a few tidbits from the article…

“Right when you see a throw you think you might never see again, five or 10 plays later, you see another ‘wow’ play,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said in a quiet moment after practice. “He’s just loaded with them.”

As Wayne, the 12-year veteran, said, “I’m ‘Team Luck,’ you know? I’m all behind him. He’s going to be really good, he really is.”

There’s a reason Luck was given the nickname of “Meal Ticket” last season. Second-year tight end Dwayne Allen explained: “Because he’s everyone’s meal ticket. If he doesn’t perform, nobody eats.”

Luck’s reaction? “He just blows it off,” Allen said with a laugh.

His nickname this season? “Still ‘Meal Ticket,’ ” Allen said.

5 Colts observations: 1st day in pads, RB Ahmad Bradshaw injury update and LB/lieutenant Josh McNary returns

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell broke down his five thoughts from Tuesday’s first padded practice of 2013.

Prior to practice, coach Chuck Pagano noted the manner with which he wants his players to approach padded practices: “We want to be competitive, but not combative.”

Chappell takes a look at Antoine Bethea’s new baby girl, charting of Andrew Luck, an injury update on the Colts and the arrival of Josh McNary.

“I think the quote of the day was (GM Ryan) Grigson approaching me, telling me, ‘It’s just like riding a bike.’ He hit it right on the head,” McNary said. “I was kind of concerned going into it, whether if I was going to be overly rusty. But it turned out to be pretty smooth, a smooth transition.”

Colts in good hands with Hilton

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

It’s been a nice start to camp for second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton.

Expectations have risen in year two but Hilton feels comfortable in the Colts new offense, alongside Reggie Wayne.

“We know it’s going to be harder,” Hilton said. “Guys are going to expect that. But we did a great job in Miami getting the timing down. He knows where I’m going to be, and I know what he is thinking. So, right now, it should just be fun and just go deep.”

Where exactly Hilton lines up in year two remains to be seen but rest assured he will get his touches.

“That guy’s a freak,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I’d hate to be the guy on the opposite side of the ball. I know our defensive guys make sure they know where he’s at all the time. He just keeps growing and growing and growing.”

 

 

 


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Colts welome 11 Riley Hospital patients and families to Tuesday’s practice

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 30, 2013 – 11:36 pm

Not even the threat of rain could keep Braden Tamosaitis from smiling on Tuesday afternoon.

Braden was having the time of his life with VIP access at Colts training camp and was about to break down the team huddle after practice.temp2013_0730_TC_1517--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Eight-year old Braden was one of 11 Riley Hospital patients and families to receive VIP treatment on Tuesday.

“It’s a really special experience, especially for my son. He’s the sports fan of the family, especially a Colts fan,” Kevin Tamosaitis, Braden’s father said

“He’s just enthralled by anything Colts so for him to be able to come out and meet Coach Pagano and be able to do the things that he’s going to be able to do is special for all of us.”

The afternoon started with families arriving to Colts training camp around 2 p.m. and touring Colts City.

After that it was time to head out to practice where the children and families sat in a special tent reserved for them and enjoyed food and drinks before taking the field after the final horn sounded.

Colts players and head coach Chuck Pagano then welcomed the children into their team huddle.

“There are no greater warriors than these warriors right here,” Pagano said with the kids circled around him.

“No matter what the circumstances are, battling what they are battling, never take a day for granted. It’s so good to have you guys here. We’ve got the upmost respect for you guys and we are so glad you could join us.”

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF THE 11 KIDS IN THE COLTS HUDDLE

Next up was a breakdown of the team huddle before players and Pagano hung around for individual pictures with each kid.

“It’s an honor to have those kids from Riley coming out here,” Pagano said. “They’re an inspiration to us, just to see them fight and how strong and come out here with smiles on their faces and the way they attack the bully that they’re battling.”


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Day 3 Impressions: The physicality of pads, Josh McNary’s arrival and the depth in the trenches

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:04 pm

Mother Nature held off long enough on Tuesday as the Colts got through their first padded practice of the year.

The hitting was revved up during the afternoon practice with the running game being the focal point.

Here are three takeaways from day three…

Physicality taken to another level: The first of nine padded practices are in the books after Tuesday’s afternoon session.

The hitting started early and often with 1-on-1 drills between the running backs and linebackers and then the offensive and defensive lines.

Some of the biggest hits on the afternoon came from inside linebacker Kavell Conner and new safety LaRon Landry.

It might not have the excitement of a two-minute drill but watching blocking drills can be very telling of who will see playing time on a team that has preached physicality since the start of training camp .

Over the next few weeks the competition should separate themselves with the running game continued to be focused on with the padded practices underway.

Click here to watch Coach Pagano talk with the media on Tuesday

Josh McNary can still ride this bike: The Colts welcomed linebacker Josh McNary fresh off his service in the Army.

McNary trotted out to practice early in the afternoon and wasted no time making an impression.

He dominated his first two reps in one-on-one drills and showed the pass rushing prowess that led him to set Army’s school record for sacks (28.0).

Ryan Grigson told McNary before practice that being back out on the football field “would be like riding a bike” and the 251-pound outside linebacker agreed with that sentiment following his first NFL practice.

McNary’s progress will be interesting to watch at one of the Colts deepest positions.

Depth on lines critical moving forward: Perhaps no position on the football field has to rely on more bodies during the course of the game than the defensive line.

After day one, it’s pretty clear the Colts have a ton of defensive line depth with rookies Montori Hughes and Bjoern Werner (with his hand on the ground) winning a majority of their reps.

Having guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis and Hughes not running with the first team just shows how deep the line can be.

On the other side of the ball, the Colts are still waiting to see what they have in picks Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes.

Thornton is nursing an ankle injury that he suffered late last week.

Holmes now joins his fellow rookie on the sideline after the Colts fourth round draft pick left Tuesday’s afternoon practice with a right ankle injury.

Joe Reitz seems to be firmly entrenched as the Colts sixth offensive lineman, seeing some time in jumbo packages on Tuesday.

Click here to watch Tuesday’s daily recap with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 5:21 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today rescinded the waivers on linebacker C.O. Prime and he remains on the 90-man active roster. The team also placed nose tackle Brandon McKinney on Injured Reserve.

McKinney was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on April 5, 2012. In 61 career games played (six starts), he has recorded 82 tackles (42 solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also has appeared in seven postseason games, totaling nine tackles (five solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 2:30 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that linebacker Josh McNary has been reinstated from the Reserve/Military List to the 90-man active roster. The team also waived linebacker C.O. Prime.

McNary, 6-0, 251 pounds, finished his career as Army’s all-time leader in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (49), while adding 195 tackles (117 solo), nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons and also holds school records for the most sacks in a single game (4.0) and a single season (12.5).

As a senior in 2010, McNary capped off his career by returning a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the Black Knights’ 16-14 victory over Southern Methodist University in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The win gave Army its first winning season since 1996 and first postseason victory since the 1985 Peach Bowl.

Following his senior year, McNary was honored with the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete’s achievements and conduct, both on and off the field. Upon his graduation from West Point, McNary was commissioned as an officer in the Army, which prevented him from being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Prime was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. He started 38-of-45 games at Wagner College and registered 297 tackles (111 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed and two interceptions.


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 30th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:09 am

Another day down at Colts training camp. The news of Monday came with LaVon Brazill addressing his four-game suspension, Andrew Luck’s day on the practice field, Donald Thomas’ journey to playing football and what Robert Mathis main goal is in 2013.

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 pieces from Tuesday, July 30th.  

LaVon Brazill admits ‘mistakes’

By: Associated Press, ESPN.com

Second-year wide receiver LaVon Brazill addressed the media on Monday morning for the first time since it was announced he would miss the first four games of the regular season.

The second-year Colts receiver insisted it’s an easy choice: He’ll take money over marijuana any day.

On Monday, Brazill promised to avoid any more off-the-field missteps as he made his first public comments since the NFL imposed a four-game suspension for a failed drug test. Brazill admitted he alone was to blame and said he has promised the Colts it won’t happen again.

“I know any one of you would choose money any day, so that’s gone and I’m choosing money any day,” Brazill said Monday after Indianapolis’ morning walkthrough at Anderson University

At Indianapolis Colts training camp, QB Andrew Luck ends practice on sour note

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell’s daily look at Colts training camp includes the numbers for Andrew Luck after Day Two, along with a new piece of clothing that has been spotted around Colts camp.

Charting Luck

QB Andrew Luck seemed to use every option at his disposal during 7-on-7 and team drills, connecting with eight receivers, but he ended the day on a sour note. His final pass in a two-minute drill was intercepted by CB Darius Butler. On the day, Luck completed 27-of-43 passes. WR T.Y. Hilton provided the catch of the day, a diving grab in front of the bleachers.

Luck’s two-day totals: 49-of-77, two TDs, two interceptions.

Motivational T-shirt

Another season, another motivational T-shirt. Players are wearing a T-shirt that has a hand grasping the Lombardi Trophy and the words ‘Hoist It!’ on the back. The ultimate goal is doing precisely that Feb. 2 at Super Bowl XLVIII. Last summer, players wore a T-shirt that featured a poll listing the Colts No. 32 in a power ranking.

Indianapolis Colts guard Donald Thomas: ‘I never had aspirations of playing in the NFL’

By: Michael Pointer, Indy Star

Pointer has an in-depth feature into Donald Thomas journey from a college walk-on who was found during a pickup basketball game.

A few Connecticut football players urged Thomas to try out for the team and with that came a Division I career followed by a starting job in the NFL.

“I never had aspirations of playing in the NFL,” Thomas said during a recent interview in the Colts locker room. “Even when I came back for my senior year, before the season started, I didn’t know I had a shot.

“I was just cool with coming back, finishing my (political science) degree and maybe going to law school.”

Thomas’ college coach Randy Edsall said it was a no-brainer to give the 6-4, 250-pound freshman a tryout.

“With that kind of a body, I didn’t have to think very long about giving him a chance,” Edsall said. “We knew he was a hard worker once we saw him in the weight room. If a player is going to do that, to try to develop himself before we’ve got a chance to work with him, you knew he had a tremendous work ethic.”

Mathis aims to silence doubters again

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Robert Mathis is a man of few words but like Chuck Pagano says, when he speaks people listen.

That was the case on Monday as Mathis was the focal point following the morning walk-through.

Bremer wrote…

He’s arguably gotten better with age, being selected to the Pro Bowl in four of the past five seasons, and he needs just 8.5 sacks to join Freeney as the only players in franchise history with 100 career quarterback takedowns.

But, true to form, that’s not at the forefront of Mathis’ mind.

“That’s a secondary goal,” he said. “The goal is to get to New York in February (for the Super Bowl). If getting five sacks or 15 sacks is what’s going to get us there, then so be it.”

 


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Colts and Huntington Bank welcome 25 children from the Lilly Boys and Girls Club to Monday’s practice

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 29, 2013 – 10:34 pm

The Colts had a few extra voices in the post practice team huddle on Monday afternoon.

Coach Chuck Pagano and the Colts welcomed a group of 25 underserved Indianapolis youth into the middle of the huddle to breakdown the team with the word “family.”

The breakdown of the huddle was a culmination to a day long of activities for the “Huntington Camp Heroes” program.

“The kids get to come here, get bused into Colts City, get a special viewing area, a place to eat and then the experience with Coach Pagano and the players at the end tops it off,” said Brent Frymier, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Huntington Bank said.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY OF THE HUNTINGTON CAMP HEROES AT COLTS PRACTICE

Along with attending the camp, the children received backpacks filled with schools supplies, t-shirts and goodie bags.

The 25 kids ranging from ages 5-13 were chosen from the Lilly Boys and Girls Club in Indianapolis.

As Monday afternoon’s practice concluded, the Colts huddle parted with players high-fiving the Huntington Heroes into the middle.temp2013_0729_TC_2782--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Chuck Pagano and Cory Redding addressed the youth, hoping to leave a lasting message.

“It’s so great to have you guys here and we are so glad you could make it,” Pagano said to the children in the huddle.

Redding had the 25 kids take a look at their thumbs and explained to them how each of their individual thumb prints are unique and to be themselves.

That message preceded Pagano and the rest of the Colts team putting their hands-in for a final huddle breakdown on the children’s cadence of “1-2-3-family.”

The Huntington Camp Heroes program is in its fourth year as the partnership between the Colts and Huntington Bank continues to extend into the community.

“This is what it’s all about,” Frymier said looking over the kids watching Monday’s practice. “These are fans just like everybody else and they get to come out here and for an opportunity that they wouldn’t else have had.”


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