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Colts Daily Headlines: August 23rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 23, 2013 – 8:49 am

The Colts are now just over 24 hours away a matchup with the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium. Today’s news looks at the return of Pat Angerer, LaRon Landry, a question and answer session with Cory Redding and Reggie Wayne always working.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, August 23rd.  

Colts ILB Pat Angerer: ‘I need to hit somebody, get hit’

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indy Star

Colts 2011 leading tackler Pat Angerer will make his debut in 2013 this weekend against the Cleveland Browns.

“I need to get out there, get some snaps, hit somebody, get hit, get back into the fast pace of the game,” Angerer said after Thursday’s practice.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano reiterated a play-it-smart approach with Angerer’s season debut but hopes to get the defender 15 to 20 plays against Cleveland in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s felt better than all of last year,” Angerer said, when asked if he trusted the foot. “I don’t really even notice it. Everything feels good. I’ve had that, where I didn’t trust it. Now, I don’t even notice it.”

Bradshaw, Allen, Fleener and McGlynn out for Colts; Landry, Angerer and Thornton will play Saturday

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

In a shortened week, Thursday marked the final media availability prior to Saturday’s game versus the Browns.

That meant Chuck Pagano addressed the injury news heading into week three of the preseason and the headliner came with LaRon Landry expecting to make his Colts debut.

“It’s been a long time,” Landry said after Thursday’s practice. “Quite anxious. Hopefully I won’t overdo it when I get out there.”

Landry returned to the practice for the first time this week after injuring his left knee Aug. 5. His intent was to make certain he was sufficiently healed and ready for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against Oakland.

“That’s my whole mindset, trying not to rush it back and really get healthy so I can sustain at least a full game before going into a regular-season game,” he said.

Not Just Luck in Indianapolis

By: Jenny Vrentas, The MMQB

Monday Morning Quarterback has had some Colts flavor lately and another comes today with a Q and A featuring Cory Redding.

Redding was peppered with questions about the Colts defense and the mindset looking to be created in Indianapolis.

Colts’ Wayne still has plenty to prove

By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune

When Reggie Wayne was asked on Thursday what advice he had for younger players “fighting for a spot” on the Colts roster, No. 87 wanted to make a point before answering the question.

“First let’s make it clear, I’m always fighting for a spot. Every year they’re going to try to find somebody to replace me. Now it’s up to me to make that a hard decision. So I don’t go out there with the mind frame that I always got a spot sewed up because that’s when you go out and you loaf and then you got somebody else going out there 100 miles per hour,” he said after Thursday’s practice.

“My whole mindset is I’m out there trying to set the tone from what Reggie Wayne can do, no matter what the situation is. We all know what the truth is. This is a tough business. You’re not only going out there and playing for the Colts at this point in time, you’re going out there and playing for 32 teams. You want to go out there and put your best audition tape. You want to be able to put your best performance out there. If you don’t, you get voted off [the island]. It’s just like ‘The Voice’ or ‘American Idol.’ So you want to go out there and do the best you possibly can.”

 


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 9th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 9, 2013 – 8:42 am

The Colts are two days away from their preseason opener. In today’s headlines, we have a look at the power rushing attack, the leadership qualities of Andrew Luck and Cory Redding’s outlook on this year’s 3-4 defense.

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 Friday, August 9th.  

Colts talk about their new power running game, but do they have the backs for it?

By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star

Much of the talk in the 2013 offseason has been surrounding the Colts new balanced, power rushing attack.

“We’re going to do everything we can to improve our ability to run the football,” said coach Chuck Pagano, an advocate of the approach from his days in Baltimore. “It’s going to take pressure off our quarterback. It’s going to take time off the clock.”

Perhaps no one is happier hearing that news than the quarterback himself Andrew Luck.

“Everybody is really buying into this sort of smash-mouth approach,” he said. “And I think that’s only going to help us in the passing game.”

Bob Kravitz: Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck doesn’t rap but enters Year 2 more comfortable and primed to be the team’s leader

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

Andrew Luck has received the leadership question countless times in 2012 but Kravitz wanted to delve into the quarterback’s personality and that maybe has changed heading in year two.

“That’s an interesting question,” (Luck) said. “I think a little bit because you know guys in the locker room, their personalities. You have a little more common ground to talk to guys about certain things and that just comes with being around each other every day for seven months straight. So, yeah, I guess you could say so.”

Luck has deflected the leadership role to Reggie Wayne but his head coach says the quarterback knows when to speak.

“He always finds a way to say the right thing right at the right time and it’s never over the top,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s just got that way with people and that’s how he’s wired, that’s in his DNA.”

Colts excited about new defenders, options

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

When Cory Redding speaks people take notice and that was the case earlier this week.

The veteran defensive end in the 3-4 defense broke down the scheme and how excited he is moving forward.

“What I like best is you’re not handicapping guys,” defensive end Cory Redding said. “You’re not handcuffing them and telling them you have to do this and you have to do that. In this defense it’s interchangeable positions….all the guys on the defense have the freedom to do whatever they have to do to get the job done. That’s what I like about it. You just fly around. You never know who is coming and who is not. You can’t really key on too many guys because everybody is interchangeable.”

“I think we have the body size and the right type of people for this system.”


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Colts ready for “Friday Night Lights” feel at Anderson University on Tuesday evening

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 6, 2013 – 12:43 pm

Cory Redding is used to playing under the lights.

As a product of Texas High School Football, Redding knows the feeling that he will get when the Colts head out for night practice on Tuesday.

“Anytime you are under the lights, you kind of get the hair on the back of your neck to stand up a little bit, kind of get the jitters,” Redding said.

“It’s almost like Friday Night Lights Football all over again.”

Macholtz Stadium on Anderson University’s campus will be the sight of the Colts under the lights this evening as practice is scheduled to run from 6:30-8:50.

The Colts got a glimpse of an evening practice during minicamp when the team headed down to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Even Chuck Pagano mentioned that tonight’s atmosphere is a bit different with the Colts expecting a capacity crowd.

“We are excited about tonight,” the Colts head coach said this morning after the team’s walk-through. “The guys are excited for a little change up. It will be great to be inside the stadium, great to be in front of the fans here.”

“Anytime you go under the lights, the hair on the back of your neck seems to stand up, there’s a little bit more excitement. It brings some new added energy to camp.”

The schedule for tonight’s practice will open up with 20 minutes of special teams, before the offense and defense take over from there.

Full pads are expected before the team takes an off day on Wednesday.

Former Colts punter Hunter Smith and his band will perform in Colts City beginning at 5 p.m., getting the energy started early for a unique practice that players relish.

Ricky Jean Francois played his high school football in the hotbed of Miami before moving on to the SEC.

Safe to say he knows what “playing under the lights” is all about.

“It’s going to feel like a high school night so hopefully the city shuts down and everybody comes out and enjoys practice with us.”


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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: August 2nd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 2, 2013 – 8:56 am

The national media are making their in roads in Anderson this week and Jason La Canfora from CBS and John Clayton from ESPN both have pieces on the Colts. Also, Mike Chappell takes a look at Daniel Adongo and five takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

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 Friday, August 2nd.  

GM Grigson building a bigger, badder, tougher version of the Colts

By: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports

La Canfora spent Thursday at Colts training camp and came away very impressed by the job Ryan Grigson has done in the past year.

It’s not as if he didn’t savor and relish each accomplishment along the way, but there was so much to do at the micro level that sometimes the macro gains couldn’t be truly appreciated until there was time to take a step back. Of course, everyone in this organization, from Grigson on down, is far from satisfied with a season in which the Colts went from worst in the NFL to giving the eventual Super Bowl champ Ravens a good game before succumbing in the Wild Card round.

“He’s unbelievable,” Pagano said. “I don’t know if the guy sleeps to be honest with you, because it’s everyday. I don’t think there’s a minute that goes by that he’s not thinking about the roster, thinking about the organization, what he can do to give us the best chance to win.

“He’s a tireless worker, he’s got a great eye for talent. It’s been awesome. The communication is always there we’re always on the same page moving forward. It’s a perfect storm for myself and our coaches and players.”

African rugby player/LB Daniel Adongo is the result of the Colts’ on-going exhaustive international search for talent

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell writes about the 90th man on the Colts roster in Daniel Adongo and the process of how Ryan Grigson and his staff went about finding the rugby star.

“He’s a total longshot,’’ general manager Ryan Grigson conceded. “He’s somewhat of an experiment.

“But he has the raw tools and the traits to possibly make it.”

Adongo isn’t interested in making his first trip to America a short one.

“It’s going to be my home for a decent amount of time,” he said. “I’m a guy coming here with a task in mind to serve the team. It’s not really chasing a dream. I want to make it a reality.”

5 scenes from Colts camp: DE Cory Redding is irritated with QB Andrew Luck

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell’s notebook leads off with a focus on the quarterback Andrew Luck.

No. 12 had the play of the day on Thursday with a 30-yard touchdown run, much to the displeasure of Cory Redding.

Chappell also takes a look at some of the Colts injuries and a leaping catch by an offensive lineman.

It’s not all on Andrew Luck

By: John Clayton, ESPN.com

Clayton leaves Colts training camp impressed by what he saw in Anderson.

In this piece he talks about the Colts magical 2012 season before breaking down five different things he learned during his stay.

So often, though, magical playoff teams turn into one-year wonders. There’s a sudden drop-off the next year. Wisely, the Colts built on their success. General manager Ryan Grigson attacked unrestricted free agency with $134 million worth of contracts. Arians left for the Arizona Cardinals, so Pagano brought Pep Hamilton from Stanford to be the offensive coordinator. Hamilton is making the offense a moving target, switching more to the run.

As long as Luck is their quarterback, the Colts know they have a horseshoe of good fortune on the side of their helmets.

 


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Colts veterans offer advice to 2013 rookie class

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 27, 2013 – 12:45 pm

Anthony Castonzo isn’t high maintenance when it comes to bringing items to training camp.

  • Clothes? Check.
  • Alarm Clock? Check.
  • Football stuff? Check.

“There’s really nothing else more other than that,” Castonzo said upon his arrival to Anderson on Saturday morning.

“It’s all football all the time.”

Castonzo is in his third NFL season and as he enters another training camp the Colts left tackle offered some advice to the 2013 rookie class.

“My only advice would be don’t get caught up in all the other stuff other than football because there’s so many things going on around camp,” Castonzo said. “Make sure that you have everything else under control so that when you get on the football field, your head’s not spinning.”

This time last season Coby Fleener was fresh off a busy rookie offseason, where the tight end finished up his Stanford degree while learning an NFL offense.

Fleener’s advice for the rookies?

“Take it one day at a time. Don’t look too far ahead. Definitely don’t start worrying about your job. You try to learn as much as you can and in the end, it’ll work out.”

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Then there’s 11-year veteran Cory Redding who addressed the media with his name tag lanyard around his neck, like it was his first training camp.

Redding’s message is direct, one you would expect from a player with the last few years of an NFL career upon him.

“Listen. Work hard. Do what we tell you to do. Do what the coaches tell you to do and just come in and produce.”

“You’ve got to come in and go. We need production. You are here for a reason and we need all hands on deck in order to get where we want to go and everybody knows pretty much where we want to be.”


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: JUNE 4TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 4, 2013 – 8:56 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 Tuesday, June 4th.

Chuck Pagano brings new vibe to Colts after fighting leukemia

By: NFL.com, Jeff Darlington

A tremendous piece by Darlington highlighting Pagano’s recovery and how the #CHUCKSTRONG mantra has transferred into #COLTSTRONG.

Darlington talked with numerous Colts players on what they’ve seen from Pagano this offseason.

“He’s saying things to guys that most coaches don’t say,” defensive end Cory Redding said. “He’ll pull you aside and tell you, ‘Hey, I care about you and I love you. Friend to friend.’ That kind of stuff doesn’t come from coaches very often. That’s the type of stuff I’m talking about. Emotionally and physically, to his friends, to the team, to his family, he’s not holding anything back.

Of course the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl remains for Pagano but for now having him back and healthy is an early season victory for everyone around the Colts organization.

“As much energy as I have, and as blessed as I am, it almost seems surreal to me right now,” Pagano said. “Being back in the meetings, back at the job full time, it’s almost like it never happened.”

Colts expect Landry for minicamp

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN.com

Much of the recent talk has been about when Colts fans will get their first look at Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry.

That will happen in less than a week when the Colts are looking forward to see Landry in Indianapolis to take part in the team’s three-day minicamp.

“We’d obviously like to see him here with his teammates,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. “But we know how strict and focused LaRon is and has always been in regards to his offseason training regimen. The guy is elite in that regard. We knew this going in.” “We knew he was elite in terms of being how he trains and treats his body. Also him being in very similar scheme helped ease any worries. He will be at minicamp, yes.”

Austin Collie won’t let concussions halt NFL comeback

By: Mike Garafolo, USA Today

Garafolo wrote a great profile on the recovery process that Collie is enduring this offseason.

Looking to make a comeback in an NFL career that was cut short due to head injuries, and a knee injury last season, Collie is training in Indianapolis.

The feature takes a look at the injuries throughout Collie’s NFL career and shadows his rehab process with the ultimate goal being a return to the game he loves.

“Call me naïve or optimistic, but I’m confident I’ll be playing,” Collie said. “Naïve optimism, I guess you can say. That’s kind of the attitude you want to have, otherwise you’re going to be wandering aimlessly around here.”

Monday Morning Quarterback

By Peter King, Sports Illustrated

No Colts news in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback but King’s massive piece is too good not to include.

King takes a look at 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick and how close the Super Bowl signal caller was to becoming an Oakland Raider back during the 2011 NFL Draft.

There was even a report that Raiders Owner Al Davis threw a glass across the room when he heard that the 49ers were selecting Kapernick in the second round of that year’s draft.

“I don’t know that he threw anything,” said then Raiders coach Hue Jackson. “But he was upset. So was I. Scouting him, I fell in love with the kid. Leader, won a ton of games at Nevada, really impressive when you talked to him, strong, all the tools to win in the NFL. No doubt in my mind he was going to be good.”

This weeks’s MMQB touches on a number of different subjects including a look at Titans free agent signee Andy Levitre and his rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery.


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ANDREW LUCK JOINS NFL NETWORK CREW FOR INTERVIEW ON OTA’s

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 10, 2013 – 7:50 am

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was a guest on NFL Network’s Total Access on Wednesday evening for an interview with Scott Hanson.

This time last season Luck was balancing finishing up courses at Stanford while trying to find time for his first round of OTAs at the NFL level.

In 2013, it’s all football this time of year for Luck and Hanson covered that topic and a few others with the Colts signal caller.

Below is the full Luck interview and some of his quotes are under the video link.

Andrew Luck’s NFL Total Access Interview

On the Colts’ improvement last season and what that means for this season:

“Great for last year, glad we did some positive things. What we did last year doesn’t have any bearing – the good things, the bad things – on what is going on this year. It is nice, personally, to have a year under the belt and a little experience, but we know the road gets that much harder and we are trying to improve.”

On feeling more comfortable being in the NFL heading into his second season compared to last year:

“I am 100% more comfortable. On this day last year, I was probably sitting in class ready to get out of there and go to a rookie minicamp.  It is nice to be able to have the full offseason with the team. We have changed [offensive] coordinators, but I have had a great relationship with Pep Hamilton from before. To be around him and talk his style of offense has been great. It is just nice to be around the guys.”

On the hiring of new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton:

“I do remember someone asking my opinion of Coach Hamilton way early on, right after Coach Bruce Arians left.  I gave him 100% endorsement. I am really glad he is here and really happy for Coach Arians down in Arizona as well.  What a wonderful opportunity for him. I don’t think anybody else deserves to be a head coach in this league more than he does.  But I am glad Pep is coming in, I’m glad I don’t have to learn a completely new playbook. I think he is going to do great with us here.”

On if the Colts offense will be different under Hamilton:

“His offense is different; like B.A.’s, every coordinators offense has its own intricacies. It is too early to say [the biggest difference.] I think we will start to have a feel for that during OTAs when we can go against a defense. There will be different plays, but in the end, it is still football. You still have to go out there and make the plays.”

On the improvement of the Colts this season due to himself, T.Y Hilton, Vick Ballard, among others, gaining more experience and building off last season’s success:

“Hopefully we can build off the experience us young guys and the old guys – and continue to get better. I think we are very fortunate to have to great veteran leadership – Robert Mathis, Reggie Wayne, Cory Redding, Antoine Bethea – that really have set the standard here and know how to win. We just try to follow their lead but hopefully us second and third year guys improve and help the team out.”


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WEEK THREE OF OTA’S IN THE BOOKS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 3, 2013 – 7:50 am

It seemed fitting that after a less than pleasant start to the spring season, the sun was shining brightly down on the Colts practice field this week.

The third week of OTAs allows for players to get onto the field with coaches and take the installation process to another level.

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While the on the field work is critical this time of year, Colts veterans see the value away from the gridiron as well.

“It builds team’s chemistry,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said of OTAs. “Also, it’s very important getting to know the type of team you have. We have the majority of the guys here and it’s beneficial to our success.”

Mathis is joined in the front seven of the defense by another 11-year veteran in Cory Redding.

This is Redding’s second season in a Colts uniform and while camaraderie is a vital aspect of OTAs, getting on the field allows for players to get acclimated into life in the fray.

“Guys are getting out there communicating, how to talk to one another, getting a feel for how a play is going to go when you’re out in the fire,” Redding said.

“You can talk one way in the classroom, but you’ve got to get guys in situations where they have to communicate, outside of what the coaches told them. Those are the things that are not taught in the classroom, they have to come with experience and the players out there getting a feel for one another.”

While the defensive side of the football is in year two with the same scheme, the other side of the football is busy learning a new offensive system for a second straight season.

The lone veteran returnee on the offense with more than seven years of NFL experience is Reggie Wayne.

With new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton (38 years old) implementing a new offense, Wayne (34 years old) joked that the two aren’t very far separated in age.

The relationship between offensive coordinator and Pro Bowl receiver is still in the early stages but Wayne believes that this year’s learning curve isn’t as steep as last year’s offense.

“I’ve heard some pretty good things about (Hamilton) and he definitely wants us to succeed, be positive and do great things because he’s out there in the classroom teaching, telling us to ask questions,” Wayne said.


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INSTANT REACTION: STANLEY HAVILI ACQUIRED BY COLTS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 28, 2013 – 1:50 pm

Ryan Grigson’s connection with the Philadelphia Eagles helped contribute to three trades for the Colts last season.

The Colts general manager dipped back into that well on Thursday afternoon when Indianapolis acquired Eagles fullback Stanley Havili in a trade for defensive end Clifton Geathers.

How does this trade impact the Colts?

One of the first questions offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was asked upon arriving to Indianapolis was if he would utilize a fullback.

In 2012, rookie tight end Dwayne Allen was the Colts primary fullback (h-back) and players such as running back Robert Hughes and inside linebacker Mario Harvey also saw time at the position.

With Havili, the Colts are adding a versatile threat out of the backfield and the USC product set a Trojans’ school record in receptions for fullbacks.

Last season, Havili played in 15 games for the Philadelphia Eagles carrying the ball six times and catching seven passes.

The 245-pound fullback will be entering his third season in the NFL and adds another dimension to Hamilton’s offense. The Colts offensive coordinator preached that he wanted multi-faceted players to line up in a variety of spots and Havili appears to fit that role.

On the other side of the football, Geathers played in eight games at defensive end for the Colts last season.

Geathers, who was signed on Oct. 3 by the Colts, added much needed depth during the season when the Colts began losing bodies (Fili Moala and Drake Nevis) at the defensive end position.

The Colts are expected to have Moala and Nevis back in the fold this season and have added Ricky Jean-Francois in free agency. That trio goes along with Cory Redding and Lawrence Guy (who both started in the AFC Divisional Round game against the Ravens). Kellen Heard and Ricardo Mathews also bring depth along the outside of the three-man front.


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