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Five Things Learned, Houston-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on December 16, 2013 – 10:07 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis gained momentum with a 25-3 win over Houston, the club’s second-largest victory margin of the year.  The Colts grabbed the lead from the outset and did not need any comeback in assuring an 18th winning season in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS – Three of the Colts’ previous eight wins needed fourth-quarter comebacks, and the club had not earned an advantage larger than one score since November 14 at Tennessee.

Indianapolis had been plagued by slow starts in the last six outings but ended all of that by scoring early and building a 17-point halftime margin in a 25-3 win over Houston.

The Colts gained a measure of momentum heading into a week 16 showdown with 11-3 Kansas City, a possible playoff foe.

The Colts were the only AFC division leader to win last weekend, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

RESERVES TRAIN LIKE STARTERS – Chuck Pagano and his staff have said numerous times that reserves train like starters.  Trent Richardson yesterday credited the scout team (comprised also of practice squad players) for providing great ‘looks’ in practices that only help hone the starters.  Joe Reitz, Fili Moala, Griff Whalen and Darius Butler figured to get heavy work Sunday.  Tackle Xavier Nixon did not, but he went in early for Reitz at RG and played the duration of the game after never having played the position before.  With Reitz starting at RG, the Colts were using their sixth different opening configuration.  His early exit with a concussion almost makes this count as a seventh different opening bunch.  Cassius Vaughn and Darius Butler have split starting time for Greg Toler, and both had multiple interceptions in the Colts’ last two wins.  Credit coaches, credit players, but give credit when looking for one way how the team won Sunday.

EARLY ADVANTAGE, EASIER PLAY CALLS – Andrew Luck said the faster start yesterday made “a world of difference.”  Pagano said it opens things up on both sides of the ball and makes calls easier because the outcome is not hanging in the balance with so much time left on the clock.  The Colts won late against Oakland, Seattle and Houston, while making plays down the stretch to subdue Denver and Tennessee (twice).  San Francisco (27-7) and Jacksonville (37-3) were the only real wide-margin days for a battling Colts club.  It’s not that yesterday didn’t have stress, there was just less of it by finding a rhythm, getting an advantage larger than one score and finishing out an opponent.

RICHARDSON UNSELFISH – Trent Richardson lined up in different spots in the offense.  He did so at blocking back.  He works hard enough during the week when moved elsewhere that he wants to contribute as a receiver.  He has caught nine passes in the last two games, and yesterday he produced a season-best 102 scrimmage yards.  His adaptation to the offense has had fits and starts.  Yesterday was a good day for Richardson, and he needs to remain a building block.

POINTS A PREMIUM – Yesterday’s 25 points could have been more had a handful of chances been cashed in better.  A red zone turnover early led to Houston’s lone score.  Takeaways that started possessions at Houston’s 17 and 44 produced field goals.  Those happened in the first half when Indianapolis still built a 20-3 lead.  Later, a long punt return set the Colts up at Houston’s 28, but a field goal was the result.  Pagano cited these afterward as points left on the field.  It did not bite harshly on Sunday, but there are other Sundays looming.

DEFENSE WAS NEARLY AIRTIGHT – Houston’s only points came off a 32-yard drive that only produced two first downs.  The next 11 defensive possessions for the Colts ended with seven punts, two takeaways, a turnover on downs and a sack-strip-safety.  Those 11 possessions netted nine downs for the Texans, while the Colts pitched first-down shutouts on five straight possessions just after halftime.  Indianapolis held Houston to 16 yards on 10 plays in the third quarter.  It was an overall performance that included four sacks, a two-thirds failure on third downs (the best since week five), 12 first downs and 26:49 possession time (the season’s third-lowest mark).  Well done.


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Pagano talks Ricky Jean Francois injury, Sergio Brown’s Pro Bowl hopes and more on radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 3, 2013 – 9:17 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 22-14 win over the Titans

On getting a win, even if it was “ugly”:

“We will take them anyway we can get them. We know how difficult it is to win football games in the National Football League. Good football team that came in here (Sunday), playing for the same thing that we’re playing for—a division crown. We knew it was going to be an alley fight, a brawl like I heard a couple of our players talk about it, and it was. It was a 60-minute slugfest and we came out on the winning side of the game. We are never going to apologize for a W.”

On the injury to Ricky Jean Francois:

“Similar injury to what Bjoern (Werner) had during the season, slight tear to the plantar fascia, which is a foot injury. It will cost him a couple of weeks. Hopefully it’s a little less then what Bjoern went through. Ricky Jean has been playing lights out and was having one whale of a ball game (Sunday). He’s been playing really good football for us. Hate to lose him.”

On the four takeaways and Cassius Vaughn’s two interceptions:

“He had a great week of practice, prepared really well and was bound and determined to go out there and play really good football for us and give us everything that he had. He certainly did that. For him to come up with two interceptions, that wasn’t the only production that he had in the ball game. He was steady throughout. Plus three in the turnover margin, you are going to win a lot of football games.”

On special teamer Sergio Brown playing with a broken hand:

“I’d be reminisced if we didn’t talk about him and I’m glad you brought him up because he’s been playing great all year. If he isn’t in Hawaii, I’d be shocked. He’s played great football all year and to have surgery Tuesday morning, put a plate in his hand, put a cast over the top of that thing then to go play the way he played, there’s no tougher guy on our football team than Sergio Brown. I respect that kid so much and what he does for this program, our team and for this organization. Just hats off to him.”

On when he starts looking for playoff scenarios:

“When they start (laughs). In all honestly, we’ve just got to stick to the process. We are in the last quarter of the season. For us to get ahead of ourselves and start worrying about seedings and who you might play and who has to do what, I think that’s just a recipe for disaster. Our focus and mindset has to be on one thing and one thing only and that’s this upcoming ballgame.”

On if linebacker Josh McNary will play more on passing downs moving forward:

“He had an opportunity. We had a little package put together for Josh. He played a lot more plays on special teams and did a nice job for us. The three plays that he went in (defensively), none bigger then the third down we blitzed Josh and he beat the running back one-on-one right in the hole, hit Fitzpatrick right when he released the ball. Obviously that thing sailed right over everybody in the backend and that was just a great, great football play by Josh. That just showed his speed, his athleticism, all those things. We look to get him more involved.”


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“Back-Up of the Game” is cornerback Cassius Vaughn

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 2, 2013 – 2:55 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is cornerback Cassius Vaughn

After starting the last four weeks for injured cornerback Greg Toler, Cassius Vaughn slid over to the nickel role on Sunday.

He flourished in that spot with a career-high two interceptions in helping the Colts get a much-needed 22-14 win.

“I knew we needed to step up on defense and I felt like our whole defense stepped up out there,” Vaughn said after his two interceptions.

“I felt like (Sunday) I wanted to be the best corner on the field.”

Vaughn’s first interception came when Fitzpatrick over threw Kendall Wright with under a minute to play in the first half. The Colts would turn Vaughn’s interception into three points with Adam Vinatieri kicking a 37-yard field goal at the halftime gun.

The second pick for Vaughn came late in the third quarter after the Colts had just taken a 15-14 lead.

On a third-and-four from the Titans 39-yard line, Vaughn stepped in front of a pass intended for Nate Washington and picked off Fitzpatrick.

“He’s a veteran, he’s had a lot of playing time so it’s no surprise,” Chuck Pagano said of Vaughn. “Cassius had a great game.”

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Five Things Learned, Tennessee-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 10:29 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis earned a 22-14 victory over Tennessee to move within one win or a Titans loss of the AFC South crown.  It takes 60 minutes and 45 players to win a game, and rarely does one like yesterday symbolize that more.  Here are Five Things Learned from Sunday’s win.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ 22-14 victory over Tennessee was a 60-minute effort that needed something from every player.

Indianapolis got it to vanquish Tennessee and move much closer to a second straight playoff berth.  It was a good bounce back after a difficult loss at Arizona, and the club kept alive its nearly two-season streak of not losing consecutive games.

The Colts are on the cusp of a divisional title that yields a home playoff game, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

FOCUS DURING ADVERSITY – The clamor around the Colts last week was loud as observers asked how the team would respond to a 2-2 stretch that included 29- and 30-point losses.  Some outsiders who might have thought the ship was sinking heard Colts players talk about doing what they do, but only doing a little better.  The process put in place by Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson in 2012 has been modified cosmetically as needed as things do through 28 games, but the bedrock foundation of trust, faith and philosophy stays rooted.  Players knew execution and fundamentals were needed to beat Tennessee.  The mid-week message was repeated afterward.  From statesman Cory Redding after the win:  “We settled down.  We trusted one another to get the job done.  We went back to basics, and it worked.  That’s what we kind of got away from, guys trying to do too much.  Just do your job and trust the man next to you to do theirs.”

BIDE YOUR TIME, SERVE YOUR TEAMMATES – Donald Brown waited 12 games this year to get a starting nod.  He had not opened a game since week four of 2012.  Brown came through as the leading rusher for the fourth time this season.  After four straight starts for Greg Toler, Cassius Vaughn did not start.  His focus then was to be the best CB on the field should his time come.  It came – two interceptions.  Jeff Linkenbach started at RG for the third time this season, and the Colts won for a third time.  Mike McGlynn contributed in other roles, and Pagano praised every player involved for professionalism.  It truly was a mature mindset by a team that listens to its coach.  His mantra of, ‘45 Men, 60 Minutes, Don’t Judge, All You Got,’ was on full display.

PRODUCE IN CRUNCH – The Colts mustered 25 rushing yards through three quarters, but had 79 when it counted the most, including a four-yard Brown TD burst.  The defense gave up a long TD drive to open the second half.  An unsightly three-and-out offensive possession that included a penalty and sack, plus a long punt return, put the defense at its 32 just two minutes later.  Robert Mathis had a sack-strip that led to a field goal to re-gain the lead.  Four plays after the kick, Vaughn intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick.  Takeaways on consecutive drives kept Tennessee from scoring again.  The Colts scored 10 unanswered points, while the defense forced two punts and had one more interception with 33 seconds left to seal the game.  Indianapolis produced in the crunch.  Not always does a team win going away.  Many do so by making plays when it matters.

ADAM VINATIERI VINTAGE – Adam Vinatieri twice before had made five field goals in a game, but not since 2004.  Vinatieri tied a club record done seven other times by hitting from 47, 48, 45, 37 and 49 yards.  His first, third and fifth kicks put the Colts ahead.  It looked like Indianapolis would have to win a game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 2003 – until late.  Vinatieri is 26-of-29 this year, including 15-of-18 from the 40-plus range.  He has made 22 of his last 23 efforts, 34-of-35 inside 50 yards.  In addition to joining Morten Andersen as the only kickers with 800-plus points with two different teams, Vinatieri joined eight others (done a total of nine times) who hit four times from the 40-yard range in a game.  Of all free agent signings in Colts history, his is one of the best.

STEADY IS MONEY – In going 4-2 at home and away, the Colts are 8-4.  After going 3-1 in the first two quarters of the season, Sunday’s win put the Colts at 2-2 in the season’s third quarter.  That steady production has the Colts within grasp of a 16th playoff berth since moving to Indianapolis.  Under Pagano and Grigson, the Colts started 2-2 in the first quarter of 2012 with nearly a completely rebuilt team.  Afterward, Indianapolis was 3-1, 3-1 and 3-1 to reach 11-5.  This year’s two 3-1 starts meant five consecutive quarters of seasons had that steady production. Fighting injuries and uneven play, the Colts ended the third quarter with a .500 mark.  An extended period of play since 2002 has seen the Colts have only five non-winning seasonal quarters – a span of almost 12 full seasons.  Colts fans – current and long-time – should appreciate that feat.


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New Special Teams Coach Tom McMahon has specific goals for his return units

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 7, 2013 – 10:00 am

Last time the Buffalo Bills made their way into Lucas Oil Stadium, T.Y. Hilton showcased the skills that have new Colts special teams coach Tom McMahon anxious to see his punt return unit in 2013.

Back on Nov. 25, 2012, Hilton fielded a Bills punt at the Colts own 25-yard line. The rookie side stepped two would-be tacklers and allowed his breakaways speed to do the rest in a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.temp2013_0805_TC_1125--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

“T.Y. has the ability to create his own return and those are the guys that are special,” McMahon said. “Anybody can run one if it’s all blocked perfect. But he has the ability to create his own return and that’s the biggest thing that excites me about him.”

While the punt returner is virtually set in stone, McMahon said the Colts are still searching for a permanent kick returner.

“We are trying to find a guy there right now,” McMahon said. “We drafted (Kerwynn Williams) with that mind that he needs to produce as a kick returner but there’s some other guys that are going to come in here and compete with him. Cassius (Vaughn) we expect to a nice job back there, (Jabin) Sambrano, (LaVon) Brazill when he gets back.”

No matter who is back there to field kickoffs come Sept. 8, McMahon has specific goals he is looking for out of his return units.

Special teams is filled with hidden yardage and McMahon knows the importance of giving the Colts offense an even shorter field to march.

“We need drive starts on kickoff returns, period,” McMahon said. “If we average 15 yards a return but every single one of them is at the 30-yard line, that’s pretty darn good.

“From our punt pressure unit, we need to give the offense their first first down. We need 10 yards minimum per return, getting that first, first down.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 7th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:31 am

The Colts welcomed over 7,000 fans into Macholtz Stadium on Tuesday night. That is the big news of Wednesday morning, along with a few doubters for Robert Mathis and the fan favorite that is Dwayne Allen.

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, August 7th.  

Loss of Dwight Freeney is latest motivation for often-doubted (and always productive) Colts OLB Robert Mathis

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Robert Mathis is used to receiving questions on being underrated.

The response he usually gives to those questions is that he is “continuing to chop wood”.

Now without Dwight Freeney opposite Mathis, the naysayers have risen again on whether or not No. 98 can keep up his recent sack numbers.

“I’ve been hearing that since ’04 or ’05, maybe the first year I led the team in sacks. It’s been nonstop.

“It wears on you a little bit, but ultimately it’s on me to quiet the critics. I’ve been doing that a long time. People look at your background, where you come from. They make that snap judgment and it sticks.”

Colts wow big evening crowd

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

In front of a 7,300 person crowd, the Colts offense put on a great show for fans on Tuesday evening.

Andrew Luck was 26-of-35 and threw six touchdown with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton splitting the scoring grabs.

Defensively, the highlight came when cornerback Cassius Vaughn intercepted Matt Hasselbeck to end the practice.

“First of all, many thanks to all the fans,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “They’ve been coming out routinely, and the crowd tonight was unbelievable. … It was a pleasure playing and coaching in front of all these people.”

Allen making his name on and off the field

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

He’s barely a year into his NFL career but Dwayne Allen is quickly becoming a fan favorite on and off the field for the Colts.

Constantly in the community and producing on the field has Allen among the players autograph seekers scream to following the end of each practice.

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton can see why that’s the case.

“Dwayne is a horseshoe guy,” Hamilton said. “He’s physical at the point of attack, but at the same time, he has the potential to be an explosive playmaker. He is a leader on our offense. He has a no-nonsense mentality on the football field. We’re excited about Dwayne and what he can offer our offense this season.”

 


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Day Nine Impressions: Capacity crowd in Anderson, T.Y. Hilton does it again and DHB back in fulll pads

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 6, 2013 – 9:20 pm

The Colts had a long wait on Tuesday but finally got back on the practice field with the sun setting and the lights turned on inside Macholtz Stadium.

After a quiet few days of practice, the full pads were back on Tuesday night and the offense turned in one of its better performances of camp.

Here are three takeaways from day nine…

‘Friday Night Lights’ feel to practice: In front of a capacity crowd of well over 7,000 people, the Colts offense put on a show for fans at Tuesday’s night practice.

The practice started off with a flea flicker completion from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton and the first team offense ended the two and a half hour session with a touchdown on the final two-minute drill.

Luck finished the night 26-of-35 with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

The defense got its highlight on the final play of practice with Cassius Vaughn, who is having a strong camp, intercepting Matt Hasselbeck in the end zone to end the second unit’s two-minute drill.

T.Y. Hilton continues to shine: Hilton’s name continues to pop up in the post-practice impressions and for good reason.

Colts fans saw what Hilton can do after the catch last season, but watching him create separation and haul in long passes has been a strength for the second-year receiver all camp.

That was once again the case on Tuesday night with Hilton catching the first two passes of the night.

He was also on the receiving end of a post pattern over the middle to finish off the first unit’s final touchdown drive.

Hilton’s dynamic ability with the football is well advertised but he has shown all throughout camp that he can catch the ball consistently, something opposing defenses do not want to hear with the season a month away.

DHB returns for opening drills: Any rumors about Darrius Heyward-Bey’s knee injury being serious were put to rest on Tuesday night when No. 81 took part in “routes versus air” at the beginning of practice.

Head coach Chuck Pagano said that was the goal for DHB on Tuesday as he took part in positional drills with his fellow receivers.

The Colts new receiver will get treatment on the team’s off-day Wednesday and hopefully ramp up the activity during Thursday’s practice.

Without DHB during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, Griff Whalen once again had a strong evening with the first and second units.

All in all it was a very productive night for the Colts young receivers including Nathan Palmer, Jabin Sambrano and LaVon Brazill.


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Colts players hit the 1070 The Fan airwaves on Monday

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 5, 2013 – 8:18 pm

1070 The Fan was back in Anderson on Monday with numerous Colts hitting their airwaves.

The Grady and Big Joe Show along with The Ride with JMV broadcasted live from Colts training camp in Anderson.

Here is a link to all of the Colts interviews:

Grady and Big Joe Show

Cornerback Cassius Vaughn

Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton

The Ride with JMV

Defensive End Cory Redding

Quarterback Andrew Luck

Safety Antoine Bethea


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 29th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 29, 2013 – 9:16 am

It was a busy first day of practice for the Colts. Andrew Luck was steady on day one as he tries to establish a rapport with Darrius Heyward-Bey. Those pieces are below, along with a Monday Morning Quarterback preview of the Colts and Chuck Pagano’s mindset heading into year two.

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 Monday, July 29th.  

Colts note: Andrew Luck impresses on day one of training camp

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The first training camp practice of 2013 is in the books and Mike Chappell gave his readers a few points of interest after Sunday.

On target: OK, camp is a somewhat controlled environment from an offense vs. defense standpoint, but QB Andrew Luck enjoyed a solid first day nonetheless. In 7-on-7 and “team” drills, he completed 22-of-34 passes with one interception and touchdown passes to TE Coby Fleener and WR T.Y. Hilton. The TD to Fleener was sweet — down the right seam and slightly behind Fleener to keep the pass away from a converging DB.

O-line: As expected the starting unit consisted of LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Donald Thomas, C Samson Satele, RG Mike McGlynn and RT Gosder Cherilus. Rookie Hugh Thornton, who worked in the offseason as McGlynn’s backup, watched practice with his right foot in a protective boot.

One for the ‘D:’ CB Cassius Vaughn provided a defensive highlight in “team” drills. Coverage took him to the right sideline where he intercepted by Matt Hasselbeck pass. Vaughn picked up a convoy of blockers and took it to the end zone.

Colts Preview: A Cinderella sequel, better than the original

By: Andy Benoit, Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback

The Colts team preview was featured on the new Monday Moring Quarterback website and credit writer Andy Benoit for going in-depth in his preview.

Here is a brief intro to Benoit’s piece where he names Andrew Luck his best young quarterback in the NFL…

But through all the commotion, one young quarterback was the unquestioned best of the bunch: Andrew Luck. Mobile QBs are sexy, but there has always been, and always will be, a distinct place in the NFL for a superstar drop-back passer. Luck is that and more.

Luck is also part of an organization that’s well-run and primed for long-term prosperity just one year into its post-Manning Era. The Colts are owned by one of sports’ most unique (but dedicated) characters, Jim Irsay. They play in a state-of-the-art downtown venue, in front of a rabid Midwestern fan base. Their second-year head coach, Chuck Pagano, garners immense respect not just from his players, but also from everyone around the league. And their 41-year-old general manager is coming off one of the best debut seasons for any executive in NFL history.

Colts ready for 2nd round with Pagano

By: Michael Marot, Associated Press

Marot took a look at the Colts mindset with the opening of training camp Sunday.

”We can sit there and read the press clippings and pat ourselves on the back and certainly get complacent. We’re not going to get complacent,” Pagano said after the Colts wrapped up their first two practices. ”You get complacent in this league, you go right back to where you were. It’s kind of unfinished business for us.”

Pagano spoke of a highlight clip that he showed his team during the first meeting of training camp to show just how close the Colts were in 2012.

”We showed a clip last night, a highlight, and it ended with the scoreboard in the playoff game,” Pagano said. ”There was 12 minutes and 30 seconds to go on the clock and it’s in the fourth quarter and it was a one-score game, and we had the ball first-and-five on their 18-yard line.

That’s a team that eventually won the Super Bowl. So our expectations don’t change. The ultimate goal is always a world championship.”

DHB getting on the same page with Luck

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Darrius Heyward-Bey was brutally honest when describing how he was going to go about gaining Andrew Luck’s trust.

“You got to make plays out there,” the receiver commonly known by his intials as DHB said after the morning walkthrough. “When he throws it up there, you got to come down with the ball. That’s what a quarterback looks for, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

During the offseason the appeal to Indianapolis was a winning culture for DHB and it’s something he welcomes in his fifth NFL season.

“Just the way they do their business around here,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s all about making sure everybody’s comfortable, making sure all the players are taken care of, and winning. To go from 2-14 to 11 wins in one season, that’s amazing. And that starts from the bottom. It starts from the owner all the way down to the equipment guys.


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3 Takeaways from Day One: Competition, Griff Whalen and the Secondary among the highlights

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 28, 2013 – 8:10 pm

The 2013 Colts training camp is underway with the team embarking on a two and a half hour afternoon practice on Sunday.

A crowd of 4,100 fans watched over the Anderson University practice fields with the Colts in shells to start training camp.

Here are three takeaways from Day One…

  1. The “cauldron of competition” is in full swing: Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson spent all offseason wanting competition and that’s exactly what they’ve got with training camp underway.temp2013_0728_TC_1381--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Across both units, the talent extends well into the Colts’ second units and many of the matchups in training camp will have the coaches attention.

My favorite from day one comes when the receivers and corners got after each other in one-on-one battles.

Watching Reggie Wayne vs. Vontae Davis and Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Greg Toler was entertaining all afternoon, with each player winning different reps.

There was Wayne’s left-handed snag followed by a Davis pass breakup right in front of the packed bleachers.

Pagano and Grigson will have their hands full trying to trim this roster down to 53 players come September.

  1. Don’t sleep on the Stanford product Griff Whalen: Who led the Colts in receiving during last year’s preseason?

Whalen would be the answer with his 12 catches for 125 yards.

Unfortunately a foot injury sidelined Whalen for his rookie season but the 2012 undrafted free agent is fresh off a productive offseason in his collegiate offense.

Whalen has a chance to get some important reps early on in the season and he made a strong case for that on Sunday afternoon.

What Whalen lacks in size, he makes up for with Spiderman like hands and showed the abilities to rise for several catches in traffic.

  1. The Colts secondary is hungry for turnovers: If you looked purely at the takeaways number of the Colts last season, the playoffs should have been an afterthought.

However, the Colts overcame the third fewest (15) takeaways in the NFL last year.

During the offseason, the secondary spoke up about the need to create more turnovers.

Sunday was proof of that with the highlight of the afternoon coming when Cassius Vaughn had an interception for a touchdown during 11-on-11 work.

Darius Butler also added a pair of interceptions on the afternoon.

Something about LaRon Landry’s presence down the middle of the field that I think will force opposing quarterback’s to look towards the outside patterns in 2013.


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