With Monday Night Football on the schedule this week, the Colts will ramp up their practice pace on Thursday afternoon. Today’s news looks at the early talk of Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis and the play of Jerrell Freeman.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 10th.
By: Jarrett Bell, USA Today
At NFL owners meetings in Washington D.C., Bell caught up with Colts owner Jim Irsay to take a look ahead at the October 20th meeting with the Denver Broncos.
Obviously, Peyton Manning was the topic and the Colts plans for welcoming back No. 18.
“We’re going to have a great tribute to him,” Irsay said while in Washington for NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. “It’s going to be something where you go into it wanting to have a lot of fun, where you love Peyton as a Colt fan, but now we’re competing against him.”
“For this one day, we’re competitors,” Irsay said. “You look for a great game and that’s the main thing.”
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
The calendar has turned to 2013 but Jerrell Freeman is once again turning heads, especially after his game-high 13-tackle performance against Seattle.
“He was all over the field,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “Jerrell, he’s a good player, great player. He’s very athletic. He can do everything. He’s good in the run game. He’s good in the pass game as well. There’s no liability when you speak of Jerrell.”
Freeman, according to the Colts (who keep their own tackle statistics), had a team-record 203 tackles last season. Not the kind of thing you generally expect from a guy who played college ball at a former women’s school and began his career with three years in obscurity north of the border.
But that’s in the past. Freeman didn’t get here by being easily satisfied.
“The mark of a good pro is being able to be consistent year-in and year-out,” Freeman said. “It’s about getting better at what you do and not staying the same. I didn’t want to come back and be the same guy. I wanted to get better this year.”
By: Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports
In the first of many national stories comparing Luck and Manning over the next week and a half, Wetzel looks at the questions surrounding the former Stanford signal caller when he was drafted by the Colts.
There were just a few things no one could measure.
Could Luck handle the pressure of replacing a legend? And if, yes, what if that legend returned to greatness with another team, offering a weekly reminder to players and fans back in Indianapolis of what they were missing, what they had let go?
What no one could imagine was the possibility that Manning might not only return to form, but actually be better than ever – as he’s been this season in Denver. Or, to take even further, to play the position better than anyone has ever played it.
What kind of a young player could handle that?
As it turns out, Andrew Luck.
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