The Colts have moved into Anderson and the 2013 training camp is about to commence. The discussions on Saturday surrounded around a Kenyan rugby player, Reggie Wayne’s arrival, Andrew Luck’s take on the new offense and the physicality of the Colts defense.
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 Sunday, July 28th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Five days into life in the United States, Daniel Adongo was very poised.
The 23-year old rugby player is about to embark on his first experience of playing football.
For the past two weeks Adongo and the Colts have communicated via e-mail.
“To get an email from a National Football League team, you definitely know they’re not kidding,” he said.
What can Adongo bring to the Colts?
“Servitude, loyalty, aggression, physicality and being a team man,” he said. “Being the person I am, I went with my gut feeling. If something feels right, I’m not going to dodge (it) or second-guess myself.
“Rugby is always going to be there. To have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity felt right to me.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
The grand entrance came via the sky as Reggie Wayne entered the 2013 training camp via the co-pilot’s seat of an IU Health Life Line helicopter.
His message behind the arrival…
“I sat back and thought, ‘We’ve got a pretty good team,'” Wayne said after stepping out of the chopper on the intramural fields beside the AU soccer field. “I really think our team this year is better than last year. If we don’t hurt ourselves, the sky’s the limit for us. So … why not come in through the sky?”
Wayne arrived with a special guest, Matt Sercer, a 20-year-old farmer from Plainfield who lost a foot — and nearly his life — in a farm accident last December. Doctors told Sercer he would never walk again, but he had little trouble stepping out of the helicopter beside Wayne.
“Guys like Matt and stories like Matt are the real heroes, they’re the real heroes,” Wayne said. “And it inspires you to go out there and do great and prove people wrong. A lot of people didn’t think Matt was going to be able to walk again, and he’s out here moonwalking with me.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Luck hasn’t offered to many particulars when describing what the new Colts offense will look like in 2013.
The second-year quarterback offered a little insight into Pep Hamilton’s scheme upon arriving to Anderson on Saturday.
“I think it’ll be a detailed, exact offense,” Luck said. “We have a fullback now as opposed to last year. That’ll be the biggest difference I think people notice. Personnel and formations change a little bit because of that. It’s still football. At the end of the day, football is football whether you’re (new Philadelphia Eagles head coach) Chip Kelly of whatever offense you’re running. It’s football.”
Like the 23-year old that he is, Luck was giddy heading to Anderson for three weeks.
“I love camp,” Luck said. “Last night, going to bed, it’s like you’re a little kid before your first day of school. You’re nervous. You don’t know what to expect. It’s a nice way to sort of forget about the world and focus on football. It’s simple in that way, and I enjoy it. It’s fun.”
By: Rick Teverbaugh, The Herald Bulletin
There is a bit of swagger across the Colts defense in 2013 and the backend of the secondary might be the most physical unit.
Antoine Bethea is paired with LaRon Landry and the Colts veteran described what exactly a physical defense means.
“A mindset. Have a mindset and just keep that mindset all the way through the season,” he said. “We want to be a physical defense, and we just need to start that here in camp. Being physical 16 games, 60 minutes. Everybody always says it starts up front, but we got to have 11 guys out there striking. I just think when opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around. Might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”
Bethea has spent eight years as a part of the Indy defense, and he is pondering that this year’s team might be as physical as any team on which he’s played.
“I think it can,” he said. “We’ve been talking, it maybe was my second year when it was myself, Bob (Sanders), Kelvin (Hayden), Marlin (Jackson), we had some physical guys on the defense. But with LaRon (Landry), Vontae (Davis), Greg (Toler), really our whole defense, we have something special, I think.”
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