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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, antoine bethea, chuck pagano, dwayne allen, josh mcnary, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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