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Antoine Bethea joins NFL AM crew to discuss his eighth season with the Colts

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 2, 2013 – 9:00 am

Antoine Bethea joined the NFL AM crew last week and the eight-year veteran shared some insight on a couple of interesting storylines with the Colts.

Since being drafted in 2006, Bethea has seen an immense amount of turnover over the years all over the Colts roster.temp2013_0824_CLE_2980--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

While the faces around Bethea have changed significantly, the safety has enjoyed watching new teammates fit into the Horseshoe.

“It’s different having different guys come in and out but it’s a lot of fun seeing a lot of the young guys come in, step in and make a lot of plays for us, especially coming off last year. It’s been a great ride,” Bethea said.

One of the new teammates who has joined Bethea in the secondary is LaRon Landry.

The Pro Bowl safety is known for his physicality and Bethea is ready to welcome receivers to the Colts secondary this year.

“Having LaRon it’s going to be fun,” says Bethea. “I just can’t wait to get back there with receivers coming across the middle and just laying wood and raising havoc back there.”

Typical to most national interviews, the segment was not over until Bethea fielded a question about Andrew Luck.

Bethea said one of the things that Luck has improved on this year is accepting the fact that he doesn’t need to force balls into tight windows.

“This year in preseason (Luck) will get a check down to a running back. He will put the ball in places only where receivers will catch the ball,” Bethea said.

“No. 12 man, he won’t have a sophomore slump. He will just continue to do great things for this team.”


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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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Burning Topics heading into the final week of Colts Training Camp

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 12, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The Colts will conclude their 2013 training camp at Anderson University this Friday.

Practices will take place each afternoon through Thursday, before a final Friday morning session wraps up three weeks in Anderson.

With a preseason game in the books, here’s a look at five topics to focus on before the Colts travel east this weekend to take on the New York Giants.

Andrew Luck looking for scoring drives: It was a short, but solid, afternoon for the Colts first-team offense on Sunday.

Luck admitted to a mental error with his cadence at the line of scrimmage that led to a sack. Also, a Coby Fleener fumble ended a potential scoring drive.

Against the Bills, Luck was 4-of-6 for 41 yards. Expect the Colts second-year quarterback to get a few more series of action on Sunday night.

Putting together sustained drives, ending in points, is a point of emphasis this week.

Getting DHB his first catch with the Colts: Darrius Heyward-Bey is still working his way back from a knee sprain.

He ran with the first unit against the Bills but did not record a catch.

Expect DHB to get some more 11-on-11 work in practice this week as the Colts try to solidify a potent top three receiver group in Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and DHB.

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Starting offensive line needs to stay in tact: This goes without saying but given the depth behind the starting five, keeping the current unit healthy is vital.

Each member of the starting five has been out there for every practice during training camp which is a welcoming sign with two new starters being brought in.

Backup Joe Reitz got multiple quarters at left tackle against the Bills after primarily working at guard in the early part of training camp.

If the Colts can get rookies Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes back out on the practice field than the offensive line would have some depth as the midway point of the preseason approaches.

LB-Justin Hickman could be done for the year: Chuck Pagano said Hickman’s foot injury suffered against the Bills is potentially season ending.

Hickman was starting at ILB on Sunday with Pat Angerer, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey and Josh McNary all sidelined with injuries.

The competition for a starting spot next to Freeman seems to be between Kavell Conner and Kelvin Sheppard, at least until the names mentioned above return from various injuries.

Waiting for the debuts of LaRon Landry and Bjoern Werner: Two of the Colts more intriguing defenders sat out against Buffalo with minor injuries.

Having Werner back out on the field this week, as Pagano said he expects, will help a Colts pass rush that recorded just one sack and one quarterback hurry in the preseason opener.

At the backend of the defense, the Colts missed five safeties with Landry the headliner of the group.

If Landry makes his debut next weekend, he will do it in the stadium that he called home in 2012 with the New York Jets.

Also, the Giants are an opponent Landry knows well after five seasons with the Washington Redskins.


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Physical nature ready to be a staple of the Colts secondary, entire defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 8, 2013 – 12:48 pm

The Indianapolis Colts expected starting secondary brings 279 games of NFL experience with them into the 2013 season.

Experience aside, the addition of one LaRon Landry has the secondary with a bit more swagger heading into the regular season opener one month from today.

Physicality

That term is something the Colts secondary wants opposing offenses to become familiar with across the defensive unit.

“Being physical (means) 16 games, 60 minutes,” safety Antoine Bethea says. “Everybody always says it starts up front, but we’ve got to have 11 guys out there striking. When opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around, (that) might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”

Bethea believes this could be the most physical Colts secondary he has been apart of in his eight seasons in Indianapolis.

His fellow safety knows exactly what being physical is all about.

“To me, more physical means basically just getting after it,” Landry said. “Getting after the ball and making that the main focus—just to dominate.”

Last season, Vontae Davis showed some physicality at the cornerback position while routinely coming up to the line of scrimmage to make tackles in space.

Greg Toler will now join Davis as the Colts starting corners.

Toler joins the unit after four seasons in Arizona and he can sense something a little more than just a physical secondary.

“This defense, one thing I can say is it’s more like a brotherhood,” Toler says. “I don’t know if that’s because there’s a lot of young guys in the defense., but we feed off one another and keep one another’s spirits up. If one person makes a play, all of us make a play.”

As a former defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano loves what he’s hearing, and more importantly what he’s seeing from that side of the ball.

“Defensively, every time you step on the field, you expect greatness,” Pagano says. “You expect to make plays, create turnovers, stop the run. Going into year two it’s a natural progression that everybody feels more comfortable with the scheme.”

“Those guys understand where they’re supposed to be. They know where their partner is supposed to be next to them. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of every call. So, they’re able to play at a high level and play a lot faster than they did last year.”


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Week Two Preview: Four thoughts on the Colts defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 3, 2013 – 10:38 pm

With Week One in the books in Anderson, here are four defensive items to look towards in Week Two.

The Colts will practice the next three days before an off day on Wednesday. Things will pick back up Thursday and Friday, with the preseason opener coming on Aug. 11 against the Buffalo Bills.

Josh Chapman’s development-The “900 pound safe” has been very impressive working with the second unit in Week One.

The nose tackle position will undoubtedly need more than one body in 2013 so expect Chapman to play big minutes along with starter Aubrayo Franklin.

It can’t be stated enough how much Chapman truly embraces the role of a 3-4 nose tackle and his presence will go a long way to stopping the run this year.

Bjoern Werner’s role-Werner’s high motor was evident last week and you can see why the Colts valued the German native during April’s NFL Draft.

If he was at any other position, Werner probably would be starting but with Robert Mathis and Erik Walden ahead of him, it looks like the rookie’s role will be primarily on special teams and passing downs this year.

Fans should get frequent looks at Werner coming off the edge this season with the outside linebacker depth allowing the Colts to bring the first round pick along at his own pace.

Can the secondary continue its hot start?-The ball-hawking nature of the Colts secondary has been prevalent in 2013.

The takeaways number of 15 last year is a point of emphasis this season and if Week One is any indication than the Colts defensive backs will be getting their hands on numerous balls.

Vontae Davis and Darius Butler have been particular strong with Greg Toler hoping to rejoin the secondary this week after suffering a concussion on Wednesday.

Return of Antoine Bethea-The Colts Pro Bowl safety has not been in Anderson since Tuesday as he was back home for the birth of his daughter.

Coach Pagano said he expects Bethea back very soon and fans are eager to see No. 41 pair with LaRon Landry at the backend of the defense.

Bethea has been in the Colts starting lineup every game since the 2007 season and getting him back on the practice field will be a welcoming sight for defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.


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Day 3 Impressions: The physicality of pads, Josh McNary’s arrival and the depth in the trenches

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 30, 2013 – 7:04 pm

Mother Nature held off long enough on Tuesday as the Colts got through their first padded practice of the year.

The hitting was revved up during the afternoon practice with the running game being the focal point.

Here are three takeaways from day three…

Physicality taken to another level: The first of nine padded practices are in the books after Tuesday’s afternoon session.

The hitting started early and often with 1-on-1 drills between the running backs and linebackers and then the offensive and defensive lines.

Some of the biggest hits on the afternoon came from inside linebacker Kavell Conner and new safety LaRon Landry.

It might not have the excitement of a two-minute drill but watching blocking drills can be very telling of who will see playing time on a team that has preached physicality since the start of training camp .

Over the next few weeks the competition should separate themselves with the running game continued to be focused on with the padded practices underway.

Click here to watch Coach Pagano talk with the media on Tuesday

Josh McNary can still ride this bike: The Colts welcomed linebacker Josh McNary fresh off his service in the Army.

McNary trotted out to practice early in the afternoon and wasted no time making an impression.

He dominated his first two reps in one-on-one drills and showed the pass rushing prowess that led him to set Army’s school record for sacks (28.0).

Ryan Grigson told McNary before practice that being back out on the football field “would be like riding a bike” and the 251-pound outside linebacker agreed with that sentiment following his first NFL practice.

McNary’s progress will be interesting to watch at one of the Colts deepest positions.

Depth on lines critical moving forward: Perhaps no position on the football field has to rely on more bodies during the course of the game than the defensive line.

After day one, it’s pretty clear the Colts have a ton of defensive line depth with rookies Montori Hughes and Bjoern Werner (with his hand on the ground) winning a majority of their reps.

Having guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis and Hughes not running with the first team just shows how deep the line can be.

On the other side of the ball, the Colts are still waiting to see what they have in picks Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes.

Thornton is nursing an ankle injury that he suffered late last week.

Holmes now joins his fellow rookie on the sideline after the Colts fourth round draft pick left Tuesday’s afternoon practice with a right ankle injury.

Joe Reitz seems to be firmly entrenched as the Colts sixth offensive lineman, seeing some time in jumbo packages on Tuesday.

Click here to watch Tuesday’s daily recap with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 28th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 28, 2013 – 8:03 am

The Colts have moved into Anderson and the 2013 training camp is about to commence. The discussions on Saturday surrounded around a Kenyan rugby player, Reggie Wayne’s arrival, Andrew Luck’s take on the new offense and the physicality of the Colts 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 Sunday, July 28th.  

Colts new acquisition Adongo learns NFL basics like how to put on a helmet

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Five days into life in the United States, Daniel Adongo was very poised.

The 23-year old rugby player is about to embark on his first experience of playing football.

For the past two weeks Adongo and the Colts have communicated via e-mail.

“To get an email from a National Football League team, you definitely know they’re not kidding,” he said.

What can Adongo bring to the Colts?

“Servitude, loyalty, aggression, physicality and being a team man,” he said. “Being the person I am, I went with my gut feeling. If something feels right, I’m not going to dodge (it) or second-guess myself.

“Rugby is always going to be there. To have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity felt right to me.”

Wayne arrives at AU in helicopter

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

The grand entrance came via the sky as Reggie Wayne entered the 2013 training camp via the co-pilot’s seat of an IU Health Life Line helicopter.

His message behind the arrival…

“I sat back and thought, ‘We’ve got a pretty good team,'” Wayne said after stepping out of the chopper on the intramural fields beside the AU soccer field. “I really think our team this year is better than last year. If we don’t hurt ourselves, the sky’s the limit for us. So … why not come in through the sky?”

Wayne arrived with a special guest, Matt Sercer, a 20-year-old farmer from Plainfield who lost a foot — and nearly his life — in a farm accident last December. Doctors told Sercer he would never walk again, but he had little trouble stepping out of the helicopter beside Wayne.

“Guys like Matt and stories like Matt are the real heroes, they’re the real heroes,” Wayne said. “And it inspires you to go out there and do great and prove people wrong. A lot of people didn’t think Matt was going to be able to walk again, and he’s out here moonwalking with me.”

Luck embraces old-school attack

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Luck hasn’t offered to many particulars when describing what the new Colts offense will look like in 2013.

The second-year quarterback offered a little insight into Pep Hamilton’s scheme upon arriving to Anderson on Saturday.

“I think it’ll be a detailed, exact offense,” Luck said. “We have a fullback now as opposed to last year. That’ll be the biggest difference I think people notice. Personnel and formations change a little bit because of that. It’s still football. At the end of the day, football is football whether you’re (new Philadelphia Eagles head coach) Chip Kelly of whatever offense you’re running. It’s football.”

Like the 23-year old that he is, Luck was giddy heading to Anderson for three weeks.

“I love camp,” Luck said. “Last night, going to bed, it’s like you’re a little kid before your first day of school. You’re nervous. You don’t know what to expect. It’s a nice way to sort of forget about the world and focus on football. It’s simple in that way, and I enjoy it. It’s fun.”

Colts ready to get physical on defense

By: Rick Teverbaugh, The Herald Bulletin

There is a bit of swagger across the Colts defense in 2013 and the backend of the secondary might be the most physical unit.

Antoine Bethea is paired with LaRon Landry and the Colts veteran described what exactly a physical defense means.

“A mindset. Have a mindset and just keep that mindset all the way through the season,” he said. “We want to be a physical defense, and we just need to start that here in camp. Being physical 16 games, 60 minutes. Everybody always says it starts up front, but we got to have 11 guys out there striking. I just think when opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around. Might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”

Bethea has spent eight years as a part of the Indy defense, and he is pondering that this year’s team might be as physical as any team on which he’s played.

“I think it can,” he said. “We’ve been talking, it maybe was my second year when it was myself, Bob (Sanders), Kelvin (Hayden), Marlin (Jackson), we had some physical guys on the defense. But with LaRon (Landry), Vontae (Davis), Greg (Toler), really our whole defense, we have something special, I think.”


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Who is the Colts “most important” player in 2013? It is probably not the name you are thinking

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 19, 2013 – 8:38 am

On Thursday, NFL.com’s Adam Schein came out with an interesting list of players.

Schein broke down the “most important” player for each team.

Now, when looking at the Colts roster the names Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne or Robert Mathis were probably the first to pop into Colts fans heads.

If not those, how about Ahmad Bradshaw, Gosder Cherilus, Vontae Davis, or LaRon Landry?

But here was Schein’s criteria…

Now, this isn’t a presentation of the best player on each roster. (In many cases, that would be obvious.) We are diving deeper. We’re identifying the guy who needs to achieve — and overachieve — for the team to reach its potential.

And under those parameters, Schein chose safety Antoine Bethea as the Colts “most important” player heading into 2013.

He’s been an underrated player for a while. Bethea is a very good defensive back, and like the rest of his teammates, he’s now in his second year in Chuck Pagano‘s defense. Bethea’s importance includes leadership, in addition to his playmaking skills.

When breaking down the choice of Bethea you can see Schein’s thinking. First off, the secondary will be incorporating two new starters in 2013 and the unit was not all together until the start of minicamp this offseason. Beteha’s leadership (like Schein mentioned) will be leaned on heavily with a defense that does not have a ton of veterans. Also, for this defense to make a jump into one of the better units in the NFL than one would think the secondary will be apart of some game changing plays in 2013.


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AHMAD BRADSHAW’S TWO SUPER BOWL RINGS RANKS SECOND ON COLTS ROSTER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 19, 2013 – 7:30 am

Ryan Grigson isn’t one to delve into his approach to free agent tactics but there’s no question the Colts general manager did his due diligence in acquiring numerous veteran offseason additions.

In his two seasons as Colts GM, Grigson has made several moves with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Grigson’s familiarity with the Eagles and the NFC East in general was also seen during the 2013 offseason.

First it was the signing of LaRon Landry, who was a member of the Washington Redskins from 2007-2011.

Then some three months later the Colts signed former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.temp2013_0613_LOS_Practice_bowen_0137--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Grigson was a member of the Eagles personnel department back in 2009 when Bradshaw had one of his finest games in his then third NFL season.

In an early December game involving two teams in the playoff hunt, Bradshaw gained 101 total yards and a touchdown but it was Grigson’s Eagles who pulled out a 45-38 victory.

Now Bradshaw will join Grigson, and the Colts GM described what the six-year running back brings to the Indianapolis backfield.

“I think he’s a great fit for this offense,” Grigson said of Bradshaw. “The thing about him is he’s just turning 27. He’s still a young man. He’s got we feel plenty of tread left on the tires. At the end of the day, he’s just a nice fit in terms of his demeanor and the way he approaches football and life.”

Another asset that Bradshaw carries with him to Indianapolis is two Super Bowl rings, which ranks second on the team behind only Adam Vinatieri.

The end goal for the Colts in 2013 revolves around making a trip to Bradshaw’s old home field (MetLife Stadium) in trying to add to his, and the entire team’s, number of Super Bowl rings.

“It doesn’t hurt to have a guy who’s been there and done that,” Grigson said of Bradshaw’s Super Bowl pedigree. “The more guys that walk in this door that already expect greatness of themselves without needing it beaten into their head at all, that’s just an added bonus.”


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LIVE CHAT TODAY AT 11:00 A.M.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 14, 2013 – 7:30 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

This Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 11 a.m. During the offseason, the chat will take place every two weeks and it will move to a weekly schedule once the regular season gets closer.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, the Colts just wrapped up a three-day minicamp including an open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday.

What questions do you have about the Colts now that the offseason picks back up before training camp begins on July 27.

What did you think of your first look at safety LaRon Landry? Are you pleased with the past month or two with training camp next on the schedule?

How about Ahmad Bradshaw? What are your thoughts on the two-time Super Bowl Champion joining the Colts?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 11:00 a.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.


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