It was an off day for the Colts on Wednesday. Some tremendous features on Coby Fleener and Donald Thomas along with a column from Dan Wetzel highlight today’s headlines.
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 Thursday, August 8th.
By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star
A really nice feature from Keefer on Colts second year tight end in Coby Fleener.
It wasn’t the rookie season that Fleener was expecting coming out of an All-American season at Stanford.
“I would characterize my rookie year as a learning experience,” Fleener said during a break at training camp this week, speaking slowly, choosing his words carefully. “There was definitely a lot of ups and some downs.”
Fleener has turned some heads as the Colts are a little more than halfway through the 2013 training camp.
“He’s probably having the most productive camp, including his time at Stanford, that I’ve seen,” Hamilton gushed. “In the time that I’ve been around Coby, he’s a lot more explosive and confident right now.
“He’s making plays that big-time NFL players tend to make.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Bremer writes a feature on new Colts offensive lineman Donald Thomas, who heads over to Indianapolis after a few seasons with the New England Patriots.
Thomas is expected to become a full-time starter at left guard this year and is eager to protect Andrew Luck.
“We’re going to get the ball out of his hands obviously a little bit sooner with some of the quick (passing) game, screens and draws and things like that,” he said. “Just keep growing, stay consistent. I think we’ve got a pretty cohesive unit (on the offensive line) that’s stayed healthy and stayed together for the most part through training camp. So we just want to continue to trend in that same direction.”
By: Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
As always, Wetzel hits a home run with this piece and he paints a great picture of Pagano back doing what he loves to do.
“Really, just being back to normal is huge,” Pagano said. “And that didn’t happen overnight for obvious reasons. No. 1, being in remission. No. 2, going through a whole offseason healthy. Then coming back and going through another training camp.”
Pagano’s players are taking notice too and they couldn’t be happier to have their head coach back in the saddle.
“The way he’s bouncing around,” said defensive end Robert Mathis, “You’d never know he was a sick guy last year.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, Coby Fleener, donald thomas, Pep Hamilton, robert mathis
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