To branch off yesterday’s article on Jeff Fitzgerald and his versatility at the linebacker position, here are some more comments from the Colts linebackers coach.
Fitzgerald just wrapped up an offseason working with a few new faces and here’s a look at three of them below:
On what he has seen from new linebacker Erik Walden:
“He’s football savvy so he has a pretty good idea. Now, it’s learning the terminology, understanding the type of techniques that we use, when and how we use those techniques.
Right now, he’s kind of transitioning into just learning what we are doing. We still see good things on the field. He understands what he’s doing, understands the fine details of his job, I’m excited. He’s going to be alright.”
On what intrigued Fitzgerald when he popped in the film of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Kelvin Sheppard:
“What we saw on tape was a guy who could find the football, was able to get down in the box and do some really good physical, attack type of things, both in the blitz game and playing base, taking on blockers and doing that.
“He seemed to have a very good understanding of what the scheme was and where he fit in the run game and what he was able to do coming out of the box.”
On rookie Bjoern Werner working on both sides of the Colts four-man linebacker corps:
“We are just trying to bring him into the whole picture. He’s going to learn his responsibilities. What I see from him is the ability to play RUSH linebacker, or SAM linebacker somewhere down the road. I think we’ve got him in the right spot right now but we will have flexibility in time, as he develops.”
Tags: Bjoern Werner, erik walden, Jeff FitzGerald, kelvin sheppard
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Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top five pieces from Thursday, May 23rd.
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
With Wednesday’s OTA practice open to the media, a few extra eyes got a look at Luck’s first complete minicamp after school conflicted last season.
Luck missed virtually all of OTAs last year but that is not the case in 2013 with a new offense being installed this spring.
Chappell wrote that Luck had his ups and downs in 11-on-11 work on Wednesday, finding T.Y. Hilton on more than one instance for a touchdown while also throwing an interception to inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
“It’s great to get out on the field with the defense and troubleshoot some stuff,” Luck said. “All of us haven’t run this offense; I ran some of this stuff at Stanford.”
By: Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
Florio and Irsay have had a few interesting interactions in the past but this one is for a good cause on both sides.
Like he has done so many times, Irsay’s in the news thanks to his charitable contributions.
Irsay has vowed to donate up to $25,000 to the relief efforts down in Oklahoma areas that were ravaged by this week’s tornado.
Florio writes…”we applaud Irsay’s efforts, we encourage other billionaires, millionaires, thousandaires, and hundredaires to do what they can, and we’ll be glad to publicize other efforts by other NFL teams to raise money to help folks whose insurance policies will take them only so far through this time of intense crisis.”
By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin
Bremer’s notebook from Wednesday’s OTA goes into a bit more detail in describing the red zone action.
Along with pointing out two more touchdown throws for Luck, Bremer also credits new cornerback Greg Toler for some impressive pass breakups.
Other notebook items include first round draft pick Bjoern Werner moving around defensively and an update on inside linebacker Pat Angerer.
“We’re just trying to put (Werner) into the whole picture,” Colts linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald said. “He’s going to learn his responsibilities (at rush linebacker). What I see from him is the ability to play ‘rush’ linebacker or ‘sam’ linebacker somewhere down the road. So he’s setting his feet, he’s getting wet. I think we’ve got him in the right spot right now, but we will have flexibility with him in time as he develops.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, Bjoern Werner, greg toler, Jim Irsay, kelvin sheppard, T.Y. Hilton
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Kelvin Sheppard walked into the Buffalo Bills facility on Monday morning not expecting anything out of the ordinary.
He was summoned up to the Bills personnel department and the news he received put him in a state of shock.
After two years as the Bills starting middle linebacker, Sheppard was on the move to Indianapolis after the Colts traded for the 2011 third round draft pick out of LSU.
Thoughts were swirling through Sheppard’s head but it didn’t take long for him to feel right at home inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
“I hopped on a flight (Monday) night, got in town that night and went straight into the facility the following morning,” Sheppard said of his arrival to Indianapolis. “By the time I stepped in the doors it’s just been all open arms, from everybody top to bottom.”
Part of easing Sheppard’s transition to Indianapolis is a few of his college teammates on the defensive side of the football.
A total of four former LSU players are across the Colts defense with end Drake Nevis being the closest to Sheppard (the two were separated by 19 picks in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft).
“We’ve done everything together,” Sheppard said of Nevis. “The grind, the summer grind, the spring grind, all the way to winning National Championships, we’ve done it all.”
“Drake, I know what he brings to the table with his work ethic, his Christian faith, everything like that, the same with me. I’m going to bring my hard hat every single day and I come to try and hoist that trophy and that sounds like exactly what they’re trying to do here.”
During Sheppard’s two seasons in Buffalo, the 6-2, 244-pound linebacker started 24 games and racked up 138 tackles in the middle of the Bills 4-3 defense.
He will now switch back to his college scheme of a 3-4 defense and the combination of system and coaches has Sheppard eager for 2013.
“I like it because it’s very multiple. You can do a lot more things in the 3-4,” Sheppard said.
And the coaches?
“To be honest, I just truly fell in love with this coaching staff. I love their attitude, the way they coach the game, everything.”
Tags: drake nevis, kelvin sheppard
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COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Terrell Owens … Reggie Wayne? Colts receiver looking to join select company at 35
Colts notes: Players would accept a gay teammate
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 5, KR/WR Terrence Wilkins
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 6, long snapper Justin Snow
Super Bowl guru wants BioCrossroads-type effort for Indy sports
Colts preparing to welcome rookies
Colts Notebook: Sheppard happy to be in Indy
Colts WRs take different routes to new offense
Colts’ Bjoern Werner learned about the NFL by playing ‘Madden’
Irrelevant Week is pretty, well, relevant
What’s to come for Mr. Irrelevant
Bell: Owners, minority coaches need to build relationships, trust
Kyle Turley’s fight for the mind
Robert Griffin III to exercise caution
Geno Smith’s firing of agents, pre-draft actions shed light on why QB may have dropped
Cardinals trade FB Anthony Sherman to Chiefs for CB Javier Arenas
Report: NFL HGH use likely common
Eagles QB situation, Boldin trade headline offseason superlatives
Tennessee Titans waive wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins
Frenette: Jaguars can’t give Blackmon any more lifelines
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COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts luxury suites cited as Indiana lawmakers limit new CIB taxes
Indianapolis Colts’ Pat McAfee adds $5,000 to reward in Boone County hit-and-run case
Pop Your Way Into The Pacers Playoffs With Pat McAfee
Colts deal disappointing first-round pick Jerry Hughes to Buffalo for LB Kelvin Sheppard
Colts Daily Links: Analysts lukewarm on team’s draft, ‘hard to see it all falling into place’
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 9, returner Aaron Bailey
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 10, safety Melvin Bullitt
What’s not to like about Colts’ draft class?
Colts offseason has look, feel of upgrade
In their words: Colts picks on Bo, trouble, Dungy
Colts hoping for more high marks on draft picks
NFL: North Penn’s Brandon McManus signs with Indianapolis Colts
Bills trade LB Sheppard to Colts for LB Hughes
Colts deal Hughes for Kelvin Sheppard
Colts offer reward in hit-and-run search
Colts, Bills exchange linebackers
Draft review: Indianapolis Colts
Colts shuffle much maligned Hughes off to Buffalo
George Bremer: Colts’ home finale holds keys to future
Colts owner Jim Irsay, kicker Pat McAfee boost reward in hit-and-run that killed Anita Wernsing, 78
All Means Possible
Dream not denied by language barrier
Open Mini-Camp Practice at Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis Colts Acquire LB-Kelvin Sheppard in a Trade with the Buffalo Bills in Exchange for LB-Jerry Hughes
Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay and P-Pat McAfee Contribute to Reward for Arrest and Conviction of Hit-and-Run Driver in Death of Fayette, Ind. Grandmother
True to the Board
AFC SOUTH BLOG
David Caldwell ready to hire in front office
Titans host Idonije, Winston on visits
Texans just missed on Arthur Brown
Reiterating: Jaguars don’t covet Tebow
Assessing AFC South draft trades
On Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt’s fame
Jaguars’ undrafted rookies
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bills swap LBs with Colts for versatility
Noisy Courtship, Quiet Breakup
Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now
NFL warns against gay jokes, talk
Dolphins: Mike Wallace’s remarks “do not reflect the views” of the organization
Collin Klein reportedly to be Houston Texans QB
Sam Montgomery: ‘Effort was not needed’ sometimes against weaker teams
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker talks about team’s draft class
Are the Jaguars interested? ‘Plans do not include Tim Tebow’
Jaguars dismiss Terry McDonough, 2 others
Reviewing ESPN and NFL Network’s coverage
Report: Tyrann Mathieu won’t sign deal without guaranteed money
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