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COLTS HEADLINES: TUESDAY, MAY 8TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 8, 2013 – 9:02 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 pieces from Wednesday, May 8th:

Colts have 1,100 season tickets remaining

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

It’s a far cry from this time last season when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts season ticket demand.

Over the last month, the 2013 Colts season tickets have dwindled from around 5,500 to just above 1,100 and it looks like the 87-game streak of sell outs will continue for Indianapolis.

The final 1,100 will first be offered to those on the waiting list first before being put on sale to the public.

If season tickets remain available on June 12, fans will get a chance to see the ones still for sale during the Colts open veteran minicamp practice that Wednesday afternoon.

“We thought there would be a high demand,” Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward said. “We didn’t expect they would go this quickly. It’s nice.”

Still unsigned: Colts WR Austin Collie

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

With rosters rising to 90 players and teams around the league in the midst of OTAs, one name familiar to Colts fans is missing from the playing field.

Former wide receiver Austin Collie remains unsigned and has not played in a regular season game since early in the 2012 season.

After catching at least 54 balls in his first three seasons in the NFL, Collie ruptured his patellar tendon in his right knee in Week Three last season and never returned to action.

Head injuries have plagued Collie throughout his career and like Kuharsky, it’s hard to see a team taking a chance on the BYU product.

Colts returning to Anderson for training camp: AU will host team for fourth straight year

By: Dani Palmer, Anderson Herald Bulletin

Training camp is under three months away and Jim Irsay announced on Tuesday that the team will be back in Anderson come late July.

This will mark the fourth straight year that the Colts will call Anderson home for a three week stretch during late July and early August.

“We’re very pleased the Colts find Anderson and Anderson University a summer home,” Mayor Kevin Smith said, adding the city appreciates both parties.

A training camp schedule is yet to be released but in years past the Colts have held a pair of night practices along with open practices in the afternoon.

 

 


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PALMER AND HARNISH CONTINUE PATH TOGETHER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 25, 2012 – 4:44 pm

From a northern Indiana high school, to Northern Illinois University and now back to the capital of his home state, quarterback Chandler Harnish hasn’t had to travel very far to fulfill his lifelong dream.

Now, he shares that path with fellow Colts wide receiver Nate Palmer.

The Colts signed Palmer off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on Monday and he and Harnish have been down a similar road in achieving the goal of playing in the NFL.

Palmer attended Elkhart Central High School and then headed to NIU with Harnish in the fall of 2007.

Both of them redshirted that season before playing vital roles with the Huskies in helping lead them to four straight bowl appearances.

“I was excited to get back with an old teammate,” Harnish said. “For him, being in his home state again, it’s exciting and to be on the active roster on top of that. Just a really happy moment for him.”

Harnish set numerous school records at NIU and credited Palmer for a lot of his success.

The two did not know each other directly in high school but once arriving on campus, it didn’t take long for the two to witness each other’s talent.

“Nate is a great player but an even better person,” Harnish said. “He’s a playmaker, plain and simple. He’s a fast guy. He’s done a lot of great things in his career and he loves the game. He understands the game of football and we got nothing but a great player.”

Palmer made 20 starts in his four years of playing at NIU and caught 93 balls for 1,575 yards while accumulating 200 yards on the ground.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano talked about the Palmer pickup on his weekly radio show Monday evening.

“The way things fell we were going to look at taking him late (in the draft) but we had some other needs and went a different direction,” Pagano said.

“Our scouts and Ryan (Grigson) knew about him for a long time. He’s a 4.4 (40-yard dash) kid that can take the top off the defense. He’s got good hands. He’s explosive. He’s much like Donnie Avery.”

With wide receiver Austin Collie being placed on injured reserve, Palmer will get a chance to make an impact right away with the Colts.

For Harnish, it will seem like the beginning of college all over again.

“He made his presence known real quick at Northern,” Harnish said. “He’s just an unbelievable player and I think the sky’s the limit for that guy.”

 


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COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 24, 2012 – 6:52 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Nathan Palmer off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. The Colts placed wide receiver Austin Collie on Injured Reserve.

Palmer, 5-11, 195 pounds, signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2012. He was waived on August 31 before being signed to the 49ers practice squad a day later. Palmer played in 48 games (20 starts) at Northern Illinois, totaling 93 receptions for 1,575 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

Palmer attended Elkhart (Ind.) Central High School and was a first-team all-state and all-conference selection.

Collie played in one game this season, making one catch for six yards. For his career, Collie has appeared in 42 games (16 starts), totaling 173 receptions for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.


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PAGANO TALKS INJURIES AND HOME FIELD HEADING INTO HOME OPENER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 14, 2012 – 2:21 pm

Chuck Pagano heads into his first home game as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts pleased with where his team is at less than 48 hours away from kickoff.

The Colts wrapped up practice on Friday morning and one final walk-through is all that stands between the Vikings and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“I felt like we had an excellent week of practice in preparation for this ballgame. I thought the guys came in and did a nice job of putting the last ballgame behind them and then moving forward,” Pagano said.

“We had three great days of practice. We’ve got our mock game tomorrow and then get ready to tee it up on Sunday.”

Pagano addressed some injury news heading into Sunday’s contest and announced that outside linebacker Dwight Freeney will miss the Vikings game due to an ankle injury.

The team will count on a trio of outside linebackers in Mario Addison, Justin Hickman and Jerry Hughes in Freeney’s absence.

“Someone’s going to step up and fill in,” Pagano said. “You’ve got a player of (Freeney’s) caliber that’s not on the field, that always hurts. That’s like not having Pat (Angerer). We’d all love to have Pat Angerer out there every snap. But injuries happen, so it’s next man up.”

At the wide receiver position, Austin Collie (concussion) not practice on Thursday and is questionable heading into the Vikings.

Rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is back from a shoulder injury and is expected to play on Sunday.

Along with Hilton, it looks like the Colts might get some good news along the injury front in regards to offensive tackle Winston Justice (concussion).

“(Justice) went the last two days, he’s still questionable, but anticipating,” Pagano said. “He’s been getting better every day, feeling great out there. So anticipate him being ready and able to go. We’ll list him as questionable, but he’s looked good the last couple days.”

With the injury situation aside, the Colts can count on having the home crowd behind them on Sunday.

The Colts were 2-0 in the preseason at Lucas Oil Stadium and ever since taking the job in January, Pagano hasn’t shied away from talking about the importance of protecting your home turf.

“You’ve got to take advantage of home field,” Pagano said. “I told them early on, you win your home games and split on the road you’re probably going to make the playoffs every year. There may be an exception here or there, but you’ve got to win your home games.”

“We’ve got a great fan base, great venue in Lucas Oil to play in. It’s paramount that we go out, start fast, play extremely well and get a win.”


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ADDITION OF COLLIE, HILTON WOULD HELP OFFENSE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 13, 2012 – 8:00 am

No matter who joins quarterback Andrew Luck on the field this Sunday, the signal caller wants the offense to get off to a better start.

In helping to do that, Luck is expected to have a pair of receivers back in the fold against the Vikings.

Head coach Chuck Pagano announced on Wednesday that wide receivers Austin Collie (concussion) and T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) both have been cleared to play after missing last week’s season opener.

Collie has been out since the second week of the preseason with a concussion but was full-go at practice on Wednesday.

If Collie does return to the lineup, Luck will be getting a very reliable target that caught three passes for 45 yards including a 23-yard touchdown in the preseason opener.

Luck and Collie frequently found each other during training camp and the receiver provides a veteran presence in a relatively young receiving corps.

Entering his fourth NFL season, Collie has caught at least 50 passes and had over 500 yards receiving each season in the league.

While Collie’s presence on the field will be felt in the passing game, Hilton’s return could be felt in several different areas.

Hilton is listed as a possible option for punt and kick returns and caught nine passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in three preseason games.

He was used all over the field during his career at Florida International University scoring multiple touchdowns via the catch, the ground, kick returns and punt returns.

The potential of adding those two pieces to an offense that was second in the AFC in passing in Week 1 would be a huge asset.

Both Luck and head coach Chuck Pagano pointed to the importance of a fast start in helping keep the home crowd into the game while allowing for a more balanced offense.

”Looking to last week, I think a quick start would have been converting a couple of those third downs early and putting a drive together whether that means scoring a touchdown, getting a field goal. Putting a drive together offensively (early) is something we’ve got to do,” Luck said.


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COLLIE BACK IN ACTION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 3, 2012 – 4:46 pm

Colts fans will see a welcomed sight at Solider Field on Sunday as wide receiver Austin Collie will return to the lineup.

Head coach Chuck Pagano said Collie looked like he hadn’t missed a beat at practice on Monday.

“(Collie looked) great, fresh legs, ran all over the place,” Pagano said. “He caught everything. He looked good.”

Collie has missed the last two preseason games after suffering a head injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 matchup with the Steelers.

Prior to the injury, Collie had been having a very productive training camp and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the preseason opener.

It looks as if Collie will get a full week of practice in before retuning to the playing field and after watching him on Monday, Pagano isn’t worried about a lack of conditioning for No. 17.

“We put him through a pretty extensive practice just now. Indoors, it’s muggy in there, it’s hot in there, there’s not a lot of air flow. He can run all day,” Pagano said. “I didn’t see him once take a knee, walk back to a huddle. I mean, he was fresh as a daisy so no I’m not concerned at all.”

Having another veteran target back in the fold for rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is something that has his teammates ecstatic heading into Chicago.

“I think a lot of people had some doubts with Collie with the concussion problems but he’s a warrior. He’s a fighter,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said.

“He’s going to do what’s best for his family. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t put himself out there if he didn’t believe he was capable of being productive and being able to go. I was happy to see him out at practice (Monday).”

In 2011, Collie played in all 16 games for the Colts and has caught at least 50 passes in each of his three NFL seasons.

Known as a reliable, sure-handed target, what Collie means to his teammates was pretty evident in the locker room on Monday afternoon.

“I consider him a brother,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We’ve been playing together for years now. You never like to see anybody get hurt but just to see him fight through it and just get back on the field and help us out (is great).”

 


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WAYNE LEADS DIVERSE RECEIVING GROUP

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 1, 2012 – 6:00 pm

When analyzing the experience at the skill positions for the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Reggie Wayne might as well be the father of the group.

Wayne doubles in NFL years played than any other skill position player on the Colts roster.

From a production standpoint, Wayne has been as steady as anyone in the NFL leading the Colts in receiving each of the last five seasons.

With a young receiving core ready to go in 2012, wide receivers coach Charlie Williams is ready to have No. 87 leading the group.

“A guy that is hungry to get back out there and start working again to help this football team get better,” Williams said of his Pro Bowl receiver.

As Williams runs his receivers through drills each practice it is Wayne leading a youthful unit that will eventually be catching balls from a quarterback that is also young in NFL experience.

“The key is catching his balls when he throws them,” Williams said of quarterback Andrew Luck. “Like I said he’s going to put the ball on the money, we’ve just got to catch the ball every time he’s throwing to us, no matter who it is.”

Along with rookie receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, free agent signee Donnie Avery joined the Colts in the offseason after four years in the NFL.

The speedy Avery was the first receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft and is looking for a fresh start in Indianapolis.

Wide receiver Austin Collie and Wayne are the only two Colts receivers back in the fold this season after seeing significant playing time in 2011.

When Wayne entered Anderson University on Saturday for training camp he made it clear he was all business arriving with members of the Indiana National Guard, dressed in army fatigues.

He wants his teammates to take a message from them and know that the 53 players in that locker room come September play as one.

“When you have full confidence in your brethren, it’s a plus. It’s going out there and knowing that my teammates are going to be there for me no matter what happen,” Wayne said.

“That’s what the hard work is put in for during the whole offseason. Hopefully we can turn it over to the field during the season and play Colts football.”


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Dungy and Irsay visit Colts

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 29, 2012 – 7:07 pm

COLTS CAMP NOTEBOOK

Intro:  Sunday, July 29 is the first day of practice for the Colts at Anderson University. The 2011 training camp will run in Anderson until August 17.

ANDERSON – Another training camp has officially begun for the Indianapolis Colts with the first two-a-days of 2012 in the book.

After a morning walk-through, the Colts picked up the pace in their two-hour afternoon in front of a crowd of about 3,000 people at Anderson University.

Head coach Chuck Pagano addressed the media following the morning walk-through and was pleased with how his team handled the ‘between the ears’ side of football.

“This practice we’re not looking for intensity, we’re looking for the mental part of it, how much they can take from the meetings last night, the meetings this morning and then come out here and execute their assignments,” Pagano said. “So, intensity is not what we’re looking for the walk-through but the mental part of it was excellent.”

The Colts returned to the practice field at 1:50 p.m. and the offense had a very impressive afternoon in front of some familiar faces.

Former Colts head coach Tony Dungy took in practice Sunday afternoon with members of his family after Colts owner Jim Irsay invited him.

“It’s exciting to have Tony Dungy come out and I know I had asked Tony to come out and visit with Chuck. I think they had a great conversation last night. I think it’s a great chance for Tony to share his experience in Tampa and here,” Irsay said.

“Just going from assistant coach in the league to head coach and that connection and that experience, I know they had a good conversation. It’s nice to have Tony around just for a day and to see him at practice and that sort of thing.”

Dungy and Pagano sat down for a meeting on Saturday evening before the Super Bowl winning coach watched practiced from the sidelines on Sunday and then addressed the team on the field afterwards.

“It was fun to see the start of a new era. I got to talk to Jim Irsay for a little bit and he’s very excited. I watched practice and I can see why. I got to spend some time with Coach Pagano last night and he’s special. I can see why Irsay really, you know, hit it off with him,” Dungy said.

I got a chance to meet Andrew (Luck), watch him, see the decisions he’s making and just the command of the huddle and command of the field. They’re going to be in good hands for a long time. So it was fun to see. And then to be able to address the team and talk to them about, you know, what it means to play football here in Indiana, what it means to have these fans and what they can do to lay their own foundation. It was a pretty special afternoon for me.”

One of the highlights from the first few days at training camp was the success of the team’s conditioning test conducted on Saturday.

“I can tell you this, 11 years in the NFL we’ve had conditioning tests, you know, wherever I’ve been and we had 100 percent pass the test. So, I can’t tell you how I proud I am of these guys,” Pagano said.

You know, it goes back to the trust, loyalty, and respect thing basically our core values. You know, we trusted these guys, we let them go five to six weeks after an offseason and everything that we did, they all went home and they did exactly what they were supposed to do.”

The atmosphere was very lively at the first day of practice and the players seem to be feeding off the message that Pagano is preaching to them.

With over half the roster participating in their first training camp in Anderson, the cohesion of turning 90 players into one team is beginning to take shape.

“Every year is different whether you are in the same organization or a different organization. But there is a lot of energy here right now. It’s exciting to be a part of this organization right now,” running back Donald Brown said. “Like I said there are a lot of new faces, but we are starting to become familiar with one another, more familiar with the systems and getting better each and every day.”

INJURY REPORT:
LB-A.J. Edds (knee)

PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS
The offense had a very successful first day at practice as quarterback Andrew Luck spread the wealth among many of his receivers on the afternoon. Wide receiver Austin Collie was a recipient of many of Luck’s passes and rookie wideout LaVon Brazill had a couple impressive catches. Defensively, cornerback Korey Lindsey had two interceptions, one thanks to a deflection by safety Tom Zbikowski.

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Running back Donald Brown on if the new energy being created is beneficial for him:

“It is. I mean it’s beneficial for everybody. You need energy. This is an emotional game. You need energy and excitement. It’s a great atmosphere here right now and each day we need to come out here and put our heads to the grindstone and keep working.

COACH PAGANO SAYS
On his excitement level at training camp:

“Everybody gets so excited about vacation time, you know, getting out of here. Players love to get away from us, we love to get away from them and go enjoy, you know, a little family time, reconnect if you will, but it only takes a couple of weeks and most wives are ready to get us back to work. This is a great experience for all of us. A great time for all of us, the enthusiasm, the energy, the excitement, you know, these guys like I said they really want to make amends for what happened last year and they’ve done all the right things to this point.”

NOTE OF THE DAY
Center Sampson Satele has changed jersey numbers to 64. Offensive tackle George Foster has changed jersey numbers to 66.

TRIVIA QUIZ
Who holds the Colts record for most career playoff points scored? (scroll to the bottom to find the answer)

CAMP SCHEDULE
The team will follow the same practice schedule they had on Sunday with the 1:50-4:00 p.m. practice being open to the public.

WHO’S COVERING THE COLTS
ESPN’s Bob Holtzman was at practice on Sunday. NFL Network also made their way to Anderson on Sunday to take in practice. Scott Hanson, host of the NFL Network show NFL RedZone, was at the afternoon practice.

WEATHER REPORT
The weather in Anderson was mostly sunny with a high of 87 degrees. The low on Sunday was 66 degrees. The forecast for Monday calls for a 30 percent chance for an isolated shower with a high of 87 degrees.

TRIVIA ANSWER
Sunday’s Trivia Question: Who holds the Colts record for most career playoff points scored?
Answer: Adam Vinatieri has 70 career playoff points during his time with the Colts (2006-2011).


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Collie finds himself in veteran role

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 13, 2012 – 10:39 am

He might not have the experience of a five-time Pro Bowler in Reggie Wayne or the youth of rookie receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, but mix the two together and you get Austin Collie.

Now entering his fourth season in the NFL, Collie is the second most experienced Colts receiver and has a pair of rookies to mentor this off-season.

Throw that on top of catching balls from a new quarterback and Collie is more than prepared for a busy next couple of months.

Tuesday afternoon was Collie’s first taste of quarterback Andrew Luck on the practice field and No. 17 was impressed with his signal caller.

“You can tell he knows his stuff just by being out there, when he’s pointing out the hots (hot reads) and what not,” Collie said. “That’s always huge.”

Collie has been an important target for Colts quarterbacks the past three years having caught at least 50 passes and having at least 500 yards receiving in each season.

With mini-camp winding down, Collie said repetition between him and Luck will be vital between now and the start of the season.

“Just get on the same page, get the timing down” Collie said. “He’s already got it with guys like Griff (Whalen) and Coby (Fleener). It’s important to take advantage of these next couple of months and get on the same page as him.”


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Colts Finish Ninth OTA of Off-Season

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 6, 2012 – 6:19 pm

By Kevin Bowen, Colts.com

The Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their ninth of 10 OTA’s Wednesday afternoon under another blue, sunny sky at the Indiana Farm Bureau Practice Facility.

As the OTA’s are coming to a close, the Colts will break for the summer following a week of mini-camp starting next Tuesday.

The Colts will then gather on July 28th as players will report to training camp in Anderson, Indiana before embarking on the 2012 season.

Coach Chuck Pagano called Wednesday’s practice ‘productive’ and knows that despite not being in full pads yet these OTA’s are very beneficial for the team’s development.

“They are digesting everything that we’re giving them, we are making progress and they are working the process,” Pagano said. “(I am) extremely pleased with where we are at.”

Wednesday’s two-hour practice began with some special teams work before the club broke up into positional groups.

A majority of the final hour of practice was spent working on offense versus defense and saw some spirited plays on both sides of the ball.

For the offense, wide receiver Austin Collie made a pair of difficult touchdown receptions in the corner of the endzone.

Rookie tight end Dwayne Allen had the highlight of the afternoon with a juggling touchdown catch that included a celebratory chest bump from offensive guard Mike McGlynn.

Defensively, linebacker Pat Angerer showed that he can be more than just one of the top tacklers in the NFL as he intercepted a pass intended for newly signed running back Deji Karim.

OTA’s will come to an end on Thursday for the Colts and after next week’s mini-camp players will look towards the end of July when the intensity is taken up a notch.

“Training camp, I think is going to be a big thing for us once we put the pads on because a lot of times once you start hitting, once you start really playing football that’s the best way to learn the system yourself,” safety Tom Zbikowski said.

Zbikowski is used to the new defensive system having been a part of the Baltimore Ravens defense for the past four years.
His knowledge has spread to another member of the secondary as veteran corner Jerraud Powers is trying to help his fellow corners learn a new system.
Even though the Colts are just in shorts and helmets right now, Powers knows that the value of OTA’s extends past the playing field and into the meeting rooms.
“Guys got a great idea of what this system is and what they’re supposed to do in it and how it’s supposed to function,” Powers said. “Once we get this little break that’s coming up in a week or two, when we get back to (training) camp it’s not a foreign language to anybody and we can just jump back into it.”

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY

Cornerback Jerraud Powers on hopefully having rookie quarterback Andrew Luck at mini-camp next week:

“I can’t wait just to have him in, see what he’s about and see how he’s going to conduct this team. He’s the leader. He’s our quarterback, so he’s the one everybody is going to look up to and I’m pretty sure he’s going to do a good job doing it.”

COACH QUOTE OF THE DAY

Head coach Chuck Pagano on the team’s running back position:

“Right now, Donald (Brown) has been taking the lion’s share of the first-team reps. We are mixing in the other guys, with Darren (Evans) getting some reps, of course Delone (Carter) has been out, and getting the young guy, (Vick) Ballard, in there. So they have a rep count, a pitch count so to speak, and we are trying to balance (the reps) out.”

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WAIVE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN JAKE KIRKPATRICK

The Indianapolis Colts waived offensive lineman Jake Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts on July 29, 2011. He was released following training camp. Indianapolis then re-signed Kirkpatrick as a free agent on March 8, 2012 prior to his release today.

Below is an updated 2012 offseason media schedule for the Indianapolis Colts.

Exact times of practices and media availabilities will be announced the week prior to all activities.

June 12 – 14: Veteran mini-camp

*         Player availability each day

*         Head Coach Chuck Pagano available on Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13

*         Colts coordinators available on Thursday, June 14


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