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Colts players hit the airwaves of 1070 The Fan on Wednesday

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 14, 2013 – 7:07 pm

1070 The Fan was back in Anderson on Wednesday for one final broadcast at Colts training camp.

Here’s a link to some interviews with several Colts players on The Grady and Big Joe Show along with The Ride with JMV:

Grady and Big Joe Show

Outside Linebacker Bjoern Werner

Nose Tackle Josh Chapman

The Ride with JMV

Cornerback Darius Butler

Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw

Inside Linebacker Pat Angerer

 


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Day 13 Impressions: A spirited day in full pads, Coby Fleener is back and could the Colts have their own Darren Sproles?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 5:30 pm

The Colts had their final full padded practice in Anderson on Wednesday.

It was an extremely spirited afternoon practice from 1-on-1 drills to some competitive 11-on-11 sessions.

Here are three takeaways from day 13…

A very competitive afternoon in Anderson: With the full pads back on, the Colts definitely got after it during the two-hour plus practice on Wednesday.

Special teams coverage was a focus early on in practice before the team divided into positional groups.

You had some spirited one-on-one blocking drills in the Colts final padded practice before this weekend’s game with the Giants.

The offense and the defense both had their share of wins during 11-on-11 drills and you could tell Chuck Pagano was very pleased with how things operated on Wednesday.

Coby Fleener back out practicing: Fleener was back at practice on Wednesday, which was critical for a tight end group that was down to two healthy bodies the prior day.

Even though Fleener was out there, it was Justice Cunningham and Dominique Jones who continued to make some impressive catches with the first team offense.

The Colts obviously feel comfortable with the Cunningham/Jones duo because they haven’t rushed to make any moves at tight end with Dwayne Allen sidelined.

Speaking of Allen (who is now walking on a boot at practice), there’s no one happier on the Colts sideline when the tight ends catch a pass during practice.

Could the Colts have their own Darren Sproles?: That name might not sit well to many Colts fans but maybe the team has acquired their own version of the former Chargers running back.

Rookie Kerwynn Williams has showed some flashes as an elusive receiver out of the backfield during training camp.

Williams role this season looks to be primarily on special teams but he caught a couple of passes with the first team offense during two-minute drills on Wednesday.

The Colts backfield does not have someone with the shiftiness of Williams so it would not be a surprise at all if down the road the seventh-round draft pick impacts the receiving game.


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Meet the “Marathon Man”, Delano Howell, who played 99% of the Colts defensive snaps on Sunday

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:20 am

He’s the other member of the Colts that is a product of the 2012 Stanford class.

Not Andrew Luck.

Not Coby Fleener.

Not Griff Whalen.

Meet No. 26 Delano Howell, the Colts safety who played all four quarters on Sunday.

With five safeties out of the preseason opener, Howell ran out with the starting unit and was still on the field in the game’s final minutes.

“I’m definitely very appreciative of the time I got today,” Howell, a 2012 undrafted free agent, said following Sunday’s preseason opener.

Against the Bills, Howell played 89 defensive snaps (99% of the unit’s plays) and was on the field for an additional 17 special teams plays.temp2013_0811_BUF_0013--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Thanks to a team high 11 tackles and continuing to make plays deep into the fourth quarter, Howell thrived in his extended job interview.

“(Sunday) was a huge opportunity because I never really got to play defense for this team. I was just on special teams so it was nice to be able to show what I can do in a team setting,” Howell said following the game.

“Your film is your resume. What I’m just trying to do is whatever I’m asked of, whether it’s special teams or defense, being reliable and accountable.”

Howell was signed by the Colts in late November last year off, ironically enough, the Bills practice squad.

With then starting safety Tom Zbikowski sidelined with an injury, Howell played primarily special teams in five games with the Colts.

The start of the 2013 preseason was a chance to see Howell in a different element and his head coach took notice.

“There’s a guy who is taking full advantage and took full advantage of an opportunity,” Chuck Pagano said of Howell.

“He was good against the run, physical, didn’t miss any tackles, good in the pass game. Overall, he made a statement. He’s one of those guys that we talked about, become necessary and that’s one game in for him, one positive step in the right direction for him. So, we were very pleased about his performance.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 14th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:08 am

The Colts took part in a 90-minute practice on Tuesday afternoon with the biggest news surrounding that of Ahmad Bradshaw. Below is a look at the start of work week for the Colts as they prepare for a nationally televised game on Sunday against the New York Giants

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, August 14th.  

NFL forces Colts to activate RB Ahmad Bradshaw

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The news of the day on Tuesday revolved around Ahmad Bradshaw being activated from the Colts PUP list.

“We had discussions with the league about Ahmad’s status and agreed it was the best thing to bring him off PUP,” Chuck Pagano said at Tuesday’s press conference. “If it was left up to (Bradshaw) he’d go today but we’re going to protect him from himself. We’ll err on the side of caution.”

Bradshaw, 27, signed a one-year contract with the Colts in June after a six-year career with the New York Giants. He underwent surgery on his right foot in January and opened training camp on PUP while continuing his rehab work.

Bradshaw was expected to be activated either this week or next before the NFL intervened.

“I feel great,” he said. “I’m ready to get out there with the guys. We’ll take it slow and make it last all season.”

5 scenes from Colts camp: Running out of TEs, LB Pat Angerer is back and more

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The Colts were back on the practice field Tuesday for a 90-minute session.

Coby Fleener was absent from the afternoon practice as he was going through league protocol for a concussion.

Chappell also takes a look at the return of linebacker Pat Angerer and the strong play from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Tuesday.

Bradshaw, Ballard aim to be lethal tandem

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

With the announcement of Ahmad Bradshaw coming off the Colts PUP list, you can’t blame the new Colts running back for being a bit excited.

“I feel great right now,” Bradshaw said. “I feel I’m ready to go. It’s just a process I have to go through to be ready for the pounding and practices every day.”

Colts fans in general should be thrilled as well.

It would appear the Colts have a pair of top backs and returning starter Vick Ballard is ready for whatever role.

“I’ve always been that lead back,” Ballard said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. We have one team goal, that’s winning the Super Bowl. Whatever we have to do to win the Super Bowl I’m down for it.”

 


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