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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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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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Day 12 Impressions: Bradshaw off PUP, the search for another WR and the outlook for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2013 – 6:28 pm

The Colts were back in Anderson on Tuesday to wrap up their final week at Anderson University.

Even though the players were not in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, you couldn’t tell by the physical nature of the 90-minute practice.

Here are three takeaways from day 12…

Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP, but still rehabbing: Like he has done for the majority of the past two weeks of practice, Ahmad Bradshaw was busy rehabbing during the Colts afternoon practice.

Bradshaw said following Tuesday morning’s walk-through that he would like to get some playing time during the Colts third preseason game.

Chuck Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance and pointed to an “angry, downhill” running style of Bradshaw to help that cause.

The NFL is a multiple-back league and having a multi 1,000-yard rusher in Bradshaw would aid Pep Hamilton’s rushing attack.

Will another wide receiver emerge? Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton (in whatever order you want) are the Colts top three wideouts.

It appears as if Griff Whalen is the No. 4 man but he is day-to-day after suffering a groin injury against the Bills.

Who’s next?

LaVon Brazill would seem to be the guy but he will miss the first month of the season.

How about Nathan Palmer? Or Jabin Sambrano?

A fifth wide receiver (not Brazill) will in all likelihood dress for the first four games of the season so these next three preseason games should go a long way in deciding that spot.

What’s in store for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary?: Some of the more interesting sights on Tuesday was seeing Adongo in pads and going through positional drills.

It appears Adongo’s biceps injury has pushed his growth back a bit so a practice squad position is probably the best case scenario for the rugby star.

Josh McNary is still recovering from a hamstring injury but when he’s been on the field he has produced.

The West Point product was signaled out by Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for his play early in training camp, even though McNary is making the transition to a new position at inside linebacker (granted he hasn’t played any football since 2010).

McNary was in the thick of the ILB position battle so getting him back on the practice field will be an interesting topic to watch moving forward.


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Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP list and eager to hit the practice field

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:33 pm

If it were up to Ahmad Bradshaw he would be out on the practice field this afternoon as the Colts begin their final week of training camp.

However, Chuck Pagano is putting the reigns on the new Colts running back after Bradshaw was activated from the team’s PUP list on Monday afternoon.

“We are going to take it slow,” Bradshaw said of his foot injury. “I feel great. I’m ready to go but it’s just a process to go through to be ready for the pounding.”

“I feel like I’m ready to go. We just want to take it slow and make it last all season.”

While Bradshaw will not be practicing Tuesday, he said he would like to get some reps during the Colts third preseason game.

Fellow running back Vick Ballard has called Bradshaw a “big brother” as the seven-year veteran has helped the Colts returning starter with recognizing defenses and knowing where blitzes are coming from.

Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance moving forward and Bradshaw certainly brings that element as a former 1,000-yard runner.

“It will be exciting when (Bradshaw) gets out there in practice,” quarterback Andrew Luck said.

“He’s a great team player, phenomenal guy. He’s been fun to have in the locker room. So it will be good when he gets out there.”

Bradshaw brings an “angry, downhill” running style according to Pagano.

Those three 1,000-yard seasons for Bradshaw are one thing but Pagano was quick to point out what sits atop No. 44’s resume.

“He’s got a couple (Super Bowl) rings also,” Pagano said.

“From a preparation standpoint and how you approach the game, how you practice, how you deal with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, all those things the young receivers get from Reggie (Wayne), all those things the young defensive linemen get from Cory (Redding), (Bradshaw’s) going to bring that same mentality to the running back room.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 13th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:42 am

The Colts are back in Anderson on Tuesday after having Monday off. Training camp will wrap-up on Friday but before that here’s a look at some national news that came the Colts way on Monday.

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 Tuesday, August 13th.  

Colts owner Jim Irsay gave his ‘commanders n earful’ about the 44-20 loss to Buffalo in the preseason opener

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indy Star

The news on Monday’s day off came from Colts owner Jim Irsay when assessing his team’s performance after a 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Irsay is never shy about expressing himself on Twitter and vented through the social media platform:

“Many starters played briefly or were nursing little injuries, but it was a crap performance, my apologies/My commanders got n earful from me!”

“Mental reps” forced Colts to activate Bradshaw

By: Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Some interesting news that came out of Monday was when the Colts announced that Ahmad Bradshaw will be activated from the PUP list.

However this doesn’t necessarily indicate that Bradshaw is ready to practice.

Per a league source, the Monday move of Bradshaw to the active roster occurred because the Colts allowed Bradshaw to practice eight days ago.

Specifically, he took some handoffs during a walk-through practice.  The Colts called downplayed it as “mental reps.”

The league investigated the situation, determined otherwise, and required the Colts to move Bradshaw to the active roster.

 


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Colts fans will see a new runner in Vick Ballard this season, says No. 33

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 9, 2013 – 9:15 am

By virtually all accounts Vick Ballard’s rookie season exceeded expectations.

Not many fifth round draft picks go on to start 11 games and rush for over 800 yards in their rookie campaign.

When Ballard sat down with his running backs coach David Walker to evaluate the 2012 season, they came to a common goal of working on the running back’s vision this year.

“Last year I was kind of just running off ability and this year I’m running smarter by recognizing defensive fronts and knowing what to expect from our blocking schemes.” Ballard said on Thursday.

Ballard hopes with improved vision he can reach the elusive 1,000-yard mark in 2013.temp2013_0805_TC_1139--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

With Pep Hamilton implementing a more balanced offensive attack, the opportunities will certainly be there for Ballard.

“It’s more catered to the running backs so that’s always a good thing for me,” Ballard said of the Colts offense. “As long as I get the right reads down, and the things like that, then I can be real productive.”

For the past two weeks Ballard has also had the ability to share a meeting room with seven-year NFL veteran Ahmad Bradshaw.

With three 1,000-yard seasons on his resume, Bradshaw knows all about being a productive back at the professional level.

“Ahmad, he’s one cool dude,” Ballard said. “He talks to me about football and then other stuff off the field too, kind of like a big brother to me. I’m kind of happy we brought him in. I can learn so much from him.”

No matter who is at running back for the Colts this season, that player will have the luxury of a fullback leading them into holes.

For Ballard, it brings him back to his Junior College days where the presence of a fullback helped him earn a SEC scholarship.

Stanley Havili will be paving the way for Ballard in 2013 and the new Colts fullback likes what he sees from the guy soon to be following his path.

“(Ballard) runs hard and he doesn’t shy away from fullback and that’s what us fullbacks like to see in our running backs.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 24th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 24, 2013 – 9:05 am

The roster moves are beginning and Mike Chappell takes a look at a pair of moves the Colts made yesterday. Also, the Colts are scheduled to have a potential free agent receiver visiting on Wednesday. Lastly, ESPN.com delves into how Dwight Freeney’s loss might affect Robert Mathis.

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 24th.  

New Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw to begin training camp on PUP list

By: Mike Chappell Indy Star

Roster moves will be popular over the next few weeks and the Colts announced their first in a while on Tuesday evening.

New free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw has been placed the physically unable to perform list and rookie safety John Boyett was placed on the non-football injury list.

Bradshaw is recovering from an offseason foot injury but reassured Colts fans that he will be ready come September.

Bradshaw offered an up-beat tweet shortly after the Colts announced the roster moves.

“For all y’all believers, just know tht I will b ready to rock. Come regular season. So, thank u, and keep believing. God-bless!’’ he wrote.

Indianapolis Colts to host workout with Donald Jones Wednesday

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The search for additional roster moves is never-ending for the Colts.

According to a source of Mike Chappell, wide receiver Donald Jones is scheduled to work out for the Colts on Wednesday.

Jones, 25, was recently released by the New England Patriots. The former Youngstown State standout was with the Buffalo Bills from 2010-12. He had a career-best 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns with the Bills last season.

On Robert Mathis without Dwight Freeney

By: Paul Kuharsky, AFC South Blog

Kuharsky along with Pro Football Focus takes an in-depth look at the presence of Robert Mathis without Dwight Freeney.

This will be Mathis first season in the NFL without No. 93 opposite him and it remains to be seen how that will affect the five-time Pro Bowler.

Here is an overview of Mathis’ sack numbers without Freeney on the field.

These numbers also include the postseason.

2008 — 14 of Mathis’ 14 sacks came with Freeney on the field

2009 — 8 of 10

2010 — 6 of 10

2011 — 9 of 10

2012 — 5 of 9

That’s 79.2 percent of Mathis’ sacks in the past five years with Freeney also on field. (In all, Freeney was on the field for 73.3 percent of Mathis’ plays.)

 


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Who is the Colts “most important” player in 2013? It is probably not the name you are thinking

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 19, 2013 – 8:38 am

On Thursday, NFL.com’s Adam Schein came out with an interesting list of players.

Schein broke down the “most important” player for each team.

Now, when looking at the Colts roster the names Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne or Robert Mathis were probably the first to pop into Colts fans heads.

If not those, how about Ahmad Bradshaw, Gosder Cherilus, Vontae Davis, or LaRon Landry?

But here was Schein’s criteria…

Now, this isn’t a presentation of the best player on each roster. (In many cases, that would be obvious.) We are diving deeper. We’re identifying the guy who needs to achieve — and overachieve — for the team to reach its potential.

And under those parameters, Schein chose safety Antoine Bethea as the Colts “most important” player heading into 2013.

He’s been an underrated player for a while. Bethea is a very good defensive back, and like the rest of his teammates, he’s now in his second year in Chuck Pagano‘s defense. Bethea’s importance includes leadership, in addition to his playmaking skills.

When breaking down the choice of Bethea you can see Schein’s thinking. First off, the secondary will be incorporating two new starters in 2013 and the unit was not all together until the start of minicamp this offseason. Beteha’s leadership (like Schein mentioned) will be leaned on heavily with a defense that does not have a ton of veterans. Also, for this defense to make a jump into one of the better units in the NFL than one would think the secondary will be apart of some game changing plays in 2013.


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AHMAD BRADSHAW’S TWO SUPER BOWL RINGS RANKS SECOND ON COLTS ROSTER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 19, 2013 – 7:30 am

Ryan Grigson isn’t one to delve into his approach to free agent tactics but there’s no question the Colts general manager did his due diligence in acquiring numerous veteran offseason additions.

In his two seasons as Colts GM, Grigson has made several moves with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Grigson’s familiarity with the Eagles and the NFC East in general was also seen during the 2013 offseason.

First it was the signing of LaRon Landry, who was a member of the Washington Redskins from 2007-2011.

Then some three months later the Colts signed former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.temp2013_0613_LOS_Practice_bowen_0137--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Grigson was a member of the Eagles personnel department back in 2009 when Bradshaw had one of his finest games in his then third NFL season.

In an early December game involving two teams in the playoff hunt, Bradshaw gained 101 total yards and a touchdown but it was Grigson’s Eagles who pulled out a 45-38 victory.

Now Bradshaw will join Grigson, and the Colts GM described what the six-year running back brings to the Indianapolis backfield.

“I think he’s a great fit for this offense,” Grigson said of Bradshaw. “The thing about him is he’s just turning 27. He’s still a young man. He’s got we feel plenty of tread left on the tires. At the end of the day, he’s just a nice fit in terms of his demeanor and the way he approaches football and life.”

Another asset that Bradshaw carries with him to Indianapolis is two Super Bowl rings, which ranks second on the team behind only Adam Vinatieri.

The end goal for the Colts in 2013 revolves around making a trip to Bradshaw’s old home field (MetLife Stadium) in trying to add to his, and the entire team’s, number of Super Bowl rings.

“It doesn’t hurt to have a guy who’s been there and done that,” Grigson said of Bradshaw’s Super Bowl pedigree. “The more guys that walk in this door that already expect greatness of themselves without needing it beaten into their head at all, that’s just an added bonus.”


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 14TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 13, 2013 – 8:55 am

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 five pieces from Thursday, June 13th.

Colts’ Bradshaw gets the boot for open practice

By: Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

DiPrimio took a look at a man in a boot on Wednesday evening.

That man was new Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw and he is pleased to call Indianapolis his new home.

“This is a blessing for me,” Bradshaw said. “The Colts are an organization that cares. This is the right fit for me.”

Minicamp is all about mental reps as Bradshaw recovers from a foot injury before he hits the field for training camp.

“He wants to go, but he’s not ready,” Pagano said. “We’ve got one practice left. It wouldn’t make any sense to have him out there and re-injure that foot and miss half the season.”

Colts are looking at 4 players and 1,300 pounds to fill key nose tackle position

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell takes a look at one of the most competitive position battles across the Colts roster at the nose tackle position.

How important is a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme?

Chappell asked two key cogs.

“The pinpoint of the defense,” explained Aubrayo Franklin.

Added Josh Chapman: “You’ve got to be the heart and soul of this defense.”

A majority of the article looks at Chapman who has turned some heads this offseason and his head coach has high praise for the second-year tackle.

“Chappy’s like sticking a 700-, 800-pound safe in the middle,” Pagano said. “You’re not going to move him. Someone tries to come in the house and take the safe, it ain’t happening.’’

Colts hold open minicamp for fans at Lucas Oil Stadium

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Many topics are covered in Chappell’s notebook of Wednesday evening’s open minicamp practice.

Chappell mentions the big plays on both sides of the ball, owner Jim Irsay’s presence and a crowd of around 10,000 people at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I thought we put on a very good show for the crowd,’’ linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We gave them something to look forward to this upcoming season.’’

The attention also turned to No. 44 on the sideline as Ahmad Bradshaw was a spectator while resting a foot injury that is expected to be healed in time for training camp.

“He’s standing right there. He’s got the script in his hand. He was into it,’’ Pagano said. “When he gets back . . . he’ll be ready to go. He won’t miss a beat.

Andrew Luck taking a firm grip on Colts’ reins

By: Mike Garafolo, USA Today

Garafolo takes a look a the relationship between Luck and backup Matt Hasselbeck with a focus on the page turning from 2012 to 2013.

“I don’t think anybody’s content. Last year was great, I’m proud of it and all that stuff, but no one’s worried about that now,” Luck told USA TODAY Sports. “We could’ve won zero games or won all of our games. For us, it’s about this year. That’s where our focus is.

“Guys just get that. And the tone that starts at the top with Chuck is one of ‘Work hard, no matter what the circumstances, be thankful you have a chance to play football and give it all you’ve got.'”

As a 15-year veteran, Hasselbeck has a keen eye for strong quarterback play and sees just that on, and off, the field in Luck.

“Andrew was incredible,” Hasselbeck said. “‘Here we go, we’re going to do this. Next, Donald Brown, what’s your favorite bag drill? Cool, that’s what we’re doing. Let’s go.’

“He wasn’t bossing anybody around. It was fun. It was cool. Some people don’t have that personality. They’re good players, but they don’t have that.”


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