Andrew Luck was a guest of Reggie Wayne’s earlier this week on the “Query and Schultz Show” in Indianapolis.
While Wayne joined the show for the first time since his injury, Luck was making his debut.
Here are some of Luck’s highlights from the show:
On having Reggie Wayne back for the Houston game and now in the building:
“I don’t think he could survive sitting at home, watching the guys play without him. His drive and his motivation, even being hurt, he’s still such a locker room presence, still such a voice for the team. I think we wanted him back. Obviously, Mr. Irsay made it happen with whatever strings he pulled. I was very happy to see Reggie walk into the team meeting the night before the game and give us some words and it means a lot when he’s here. It really does.”
On Wayne’s presence now around the complex:
“You can tell he’s taken on more of a coaching role in a sense and breaking it down for T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill or the other guys, or helping (Coby) Fleener out with releases. He’s still incredibly actively involved because again he’s still apart of the Colts fabric. I can’t imagine the Colts without Reggie Wayne. You just don’t imagine it, so I’m thankful he’s around.”
On how the Colts offense is adjusting to life without Wayne:
“It’s definitely a transition. I think what I always admired about Reggie was third down he made a play. When you needed to make a play in the fourth quarter he was open, you needed a two-minute drive, Reggie was getting open. So to lose that safety net, if you will, is different. But I’ve been really impressed with how the other receivers, tight ends, have approached it as a challenge as the guy that gets open on a big third down.”
On Trent Richardson:
“I think he’s done great and I think it’s unfair the flak that he’s been catching from folks. They don’t understand what he’s doing protection wise, what he’s doing coming out of the backfield and how tough it is to switch teams midseason. He’s in Cleveland on a Wednesday then he’s in Indianapolis on a Thursday preparing for third down against another team. Never seen a playbook before, new teammates, new everything. I think the way he’s been able to adjust has been great. He’s a smart, smart football player. He’s a great football player. I think it will be a short amount of time before people get their heads around that.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, chuck pagano, Coby Fleener, david reed, Jim Irsay, LaVon Brazill, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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The Colts will conclude their home preseason slate on Saturday night with the Cleveland Browns traveling to Lucas Oil Stadium. Today’s news looks at Reggie Wayne’s impression on Pep Hamilton, the story of Caesar Rayford and a trade for the Colts that broke Wednesday afternoon.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, August 22nd.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
As the Colts offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton almost never gets caught up in ‘watching’ the game
That changed on Sunday night after watching Reggie Wayne make a one-handed grab, Hamilton forgot he was the Colts offensive coordinator for a brief second.
“It’s funny,” Hamilton said Wednesday, recalling the play. “I try to not watch our play. I’m focusing on the defense and we’ve got to be ready as coaches to make adjustments on the fly.
“But I caught myself just a moment. I was somewhat in awe of the one-handed catch and I wasn’t really focused on the next play call, and I had to just gather my thoughts quickly and move on to the next play.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
New Colts outside linebacker Caesar Rayford has turned some heads this preseason with three sacks in two preseason games.
Rayford, who is a bit of a journeyman through the Arena Football League, has an interesting take on the path he is taking to the NFL.
“You got the guys that get the front door,” Rayford said, smiling broadly. “You got guys that get the back door.
“Then you got guys like me that got to climb the house and jump through the chimney. Hopefully, that landing doesn’t hurt too bad and (you) get back up. I’m definitely blessed for the opportunity and getting found.’’
The Associated Press
Just before the Colts hit the practice field on Wednesday afternoon it was announced that running back Delone Carter had been traded to the Ravens for wide receiver/kick returner David Reed.
Reed, 26, has five career receptions for 66 yards over three years. All five catches came last year. To this point in his career, his biggest plays have come on special teams.
As a rookie in 2010, he led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards per kickoff return. That included a 103-yard return for a touchdown to open the second half at Houston.
”This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson said. ”David is a very competitive football player and we welcome his style of play and energy. At the same time, we wish Delone well with his opportunity to play for another first-class organization and we thank him for his efforts.”
Tags: Caesar Rayford, david reed, Pep Hamilton, Reggie Wayne, ryan grigson
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Ryan Grigson made his 13th trade as general manager with the Colts today.
Grigson is a non-stop shopper for any way to improve his football team.
He sent running back Delone Carter to Baltimore for wide receiver/kick returner David Reed.
A fourth-year pro, Reed made a rookie splash with a 103-yard scoring kickoff return in 2010. In 2011, he zipped 77 yards with another return effort.
In 29 career games, Reed owns a healthy 29.5 average on 39 kickoff returns.
The return game is an area on which Grigson and the Colts coaches want to improve.
The value of explosion was underscored last year when Deji Karim bolted 101 yards for a score against Houston in the finale.
Karim’s coast-to-coast effort took 12 seconds, and that was the only clock time the Colts trailed all game.
It was the club’s first scoring return on a deep kickoff since 2009.
“This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” said Grigson. “David is a very competitive football player, and we welcome his style of play and energy.”
Grigson kids that one of the things he has learned about himself during his tenure with the Colts is just how much coffee he can drink. The man never stops working.
What Colts fans have learned about him is that Grigson’s eyes are always peeled for ways to improve his team.
Tags: david reed, Deji Karim, Delone Carter, indianapolis colts, ryan grigson
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The Indianapolis Colts today acquired wide receiver David Reed in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for running back Delone Carter.
“This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “David is a very competitive football player and we welcome his style of play and energy. At the same time, we wish Delone well with his opportunity to play for another first-class organization and we thank him for his efforts.”
Reed, 6-0, 195 pounds, has appeared in 29 career games with Baltimore, totaling 39 kickoff returns for 1,150 yards (29.5 avg.), including a 103-yard touchdown return. He has also contributed with 19 special teams tackles. As a rookie in 2010, Reed led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards per kickoff return, recording 616 yards on 21 returns. He also posted a then-Ravens-record 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half at Houston on December 13, 2010. Following that performance, he was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Carter was originally selected by the Colts in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. For his career, he has played in 26 games (three starts) and has registered 499 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go along with six receptions for 31 yards.
Tags: david reed, Delone Carter, roster moves
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