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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.

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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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Day Two Takeaways: T.Y. Hilton’s productive day, Darius Butler’s strong start and the inside linebackers play

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:03 pm

It was another gorgeous day at Anderson University with the temperature rising a bit during the Colts afternoon shelled practice.

In 11-on-11 work to end the day, Andrew Luck completed eight consecutive passes but a Darius Butler interception near the goal line ended the day on a high note for the Colts defense.

Here are three takeaways from day two…

  1. T.Y. Hilton continues to make plays: Building off a productive rookie campaign, T.Y. Hilton appears to be poised for another strong season.

Last year, Hilton battled a quad injury all through the offseason but this year he has been out on the field and making plays.

Hilton is catching everything thrown his way. He had the catch of the day with a diving, over-the-shoulder grab on a corner route near the sideline.

He might not be running with the Colts base formation but rest assured that Hilton will get his touches in 2013, and with that should come numerous “chunk” plays for Pep Hamilton’s offense.

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  1. The Butler is always lurking: Darius Butler was one of the unsung heroes last season after the Colts signed him during the bye week in late September.

He would go on to intercept four passes in 2012 and returned two of those picks for touchdowns.temp2013_0729_TC_2581--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Butler has been extremely active through the first two days of camp, continually making plays on the ball.

In a pass happy NFL, some of the game’s best passers are scattered across the Colts schedule this year.

That means Butler will be an important cog in the Colts secondary even if he doesn’t run out with the starting 11.

  1. Inside Linebackers starting to make noise: Of all the positions on the Colts defense, the inside linebackers don’t seem to be attracting a ton of attention.

You couldn’t tell that by watching practice on Monday.

Kavell Conner’s No. 53 kept on appearing after pass deflections. The former seventh round draft pick continues to carve out a solid NFL career and was the Colts fourth leading tackler last season.

Both Conner and Jerrell Freeman made some plays during 7-on-7 work, a time that is usually where the receivers and corners tend to dominate.

The inside position doesn’t have the names of Landry, Mathis or Werner but don’t underestimate the potential depth the Colts have in the middle of their four-linebacker set.

Click here for a Day Two recap with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey


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Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts ready for Coby Fleener “to impose his will”

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:15 pm

Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts marvels at the innate skills Coby Fleener brings to the football field.

Fleener stands 6’6” and has the abilities to run like a receiver.

His position coach said when Fleener was consistent in 2012, he played at the ability you would expect a rookie tight end to be.

So what is Roberts looking for out of Fleener in year two?

“To impose his will,” Roberts said over the weekend. “(Fleener) has such natural gifts in the game that he doesn’t have to play mad. I want him to play up and play to his ability.”

“I just saw so much promise in him and I just wanted him to force himself to be better.”

One area where Fleener will undoubtedly benefit from is playing in his tight end friendly, collegiate offense.temp2013_0728_TC_2698--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Pep Hamilton’s affinity for utilizing the tight end position is well documented and Fleener should expect to see ample opportunities in the passing game in 2013.

“Coby’s got a chance to go outside and use his size and speed,” Robert said. “He’s had a phenomenal offseason just with growth and getting familiar with what Pep and those guys have done before.”

Roberts joked that he doesn’t think the tight end position can be used much more than how the Colts offense is incorporating the position.

He points out Fleener’s success at Stanford, where the All-American tight end caught 10 touchdowns in his lone season in Hamilton’s offense.

Now, Fleener is back in Anderson without having an offseason filled with academics, rookie obligations and a new offense.

It’s a clearer mind for Fleener and he should reap the benefits out on the gridiron.

“Pep (Hamilton) and I had success together at Stanford. Having as many tight ends on the field as we did out there, hopefully it will translate here as well,” Fleener said.

“I’m excited. I can’t wait. I think there’s a lot of times when you’re trying to learn a new offense and you freeze up on the field trying to figure out what you’re doing. You can’t run as fast. You can’t think as fast. So, to have a better understanding will be helping me out a lot.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 29th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:16 am

It was a busy first day of practice for the Colts. Andrew Luck was steady on day one as he tries to establish a rapport with Darrius Heyward-Bey. Those pieces are below, along with a Monday Morning Quarterback preview of the Colts and Chuck Pagano’s mindset heading into year two.

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 Monday, July 29th.  

Colts note: Andrew Luck impresses on day one of training camp

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The first training camp practice of 2013 is in the books and Mike Chappell gave his readers a few points of interest after Sunday.

On target: OK, camp is a somewhat controlled environment from an offense vs. defense standpoint, but QB Andrew Luck enjoyed a solid first day nonetheless. In 7-on-7 and “team” drills, he completed 22-of-34 passes with one interception and touchdown passes to TE Coby Fleener and WR T.Y. Hilton. The TD to Fleener was sweet — down the right seam and slightly behind Fleener to keep the pass away from a converging DB.

O-line: As expected the starting unit consisted of LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Donald Thomas, C Samson Satele, RG Mike McGlynn and RT Gosder Cherilus. Rookie Hugh Thornton, who worked in the offseason as McGlynn’s backup, watched practice with his right foot in a protective boot.

One for the ‘D:’ CB Cassius Vaughn provided a defensive highlight in “team” drills. Coverage took him to the right sideline where he intercepted by Matt Hasselbeck pass. Vaughn picked up a convoy of blockers and took it to the end zone.

Colts Preview: A Cinderella sequel, better than the original

By: Andy Benoit, Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback

The Colts team preview was featured on the new Monday Moring Quarterback website and credit writer Andy Benoit for going in-depth in his preview.

Here is a brief intro to Benoit’s piece where he names Andrew Luck his best young quarterback in the NFL…

But through all the commotion, one young quarterback was the unquestioned best of the bunch: Andrew Luck. Mobile QBs are sexy, but there has always been, and always will be, a distinct place in the NFL for a superstar drop-back passer. Luck is that and more.

Luck is also part of an organization that’s well-run and primed for long-term prosperity just one year into its post-Manning Era. The Colts are owned by one of sports’ most unique (but dedicated) characters, Jim Irsay. They play in a state-of-the-art downtown venue, in front of a rabid Midwestern fan base. Their second-year head coach, Chuck Pagano, garners immense respect not just from his players, but also from everyone around the league. And their 41-year-old general manager is coming off one of the best debut seasons for any executive in NFL history.

Colts ready for 2nd round with Pagano

By: Michael Marot, Associated Press

Marot took a look at the Colts mindset with the opening of training camp Sunday.

”We can sit there and read the press clippings and pat ourselves on the back and certainly get complacent. We’re not going to get complacent,” Pagano said after the Colts wrapped up their first two practices. ”You get complacent in this league, you go right back to where you were. It’s kind of unfinished business for us.”

Pagano spoke of a highlight clip that he showed his team during the first meeting of training camp to show just how close the Colts were in 2012.

”We showed a clip last night, a highlight, and it ended with the scoreboard in the playoff game,” Pagano said. ”There was 12 minutes and 30 seconds to go on the clock and it’s in the fourth quarter and it was a one-score game, and we had the ball first-and-five on their 18-yard line.

That’s a team that eventually won the Super Bowl. So our expectations don’t change. The ultimate goal is always a world championship.”

DHB getting on the same page with Luck

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Darrius Heyward-Bey was brutally honest when describing how he was going to go about gaining Andrew Luck’s trust.

“You got to make plays out there,” the receiver commonly known by his intials as DHB said after the morning walkthrough. “When he throws it up there, you got to come down with the ball. That’s what a quarterback looks for, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

During the offseason the appeal to Indianapolis was a winning culture for DHB and it’s something he welcomes in his fifth NFL season.

“Just the way they do their business around here,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s all about making sure everybody’s comfortable, making sure all the players are taken care of, and winning. To go from 2-14 to 11 wins in one season, that’s amazing. And that starts from the bottom. It starts from the owner all the way down to the equipment guys.


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