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Colts Daily Headlines: October 3rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 3, 2013 – 8:51 am

Today’s news looks at the milestones that Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne are closing in on. The other two pieces focuses on the Seattle Seahawks and their elite secondary and elusive quarterback.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 3rd.  

Out of the shadows: Colts LB Robert Mathis and WR Reggie Wayne are closing in on career milestones without their famous running mates

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell looks at the milestones that Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne are closing in on.

For Mathis it’s the 100-sack mark.

“Not enough talent, too small, too this, too that to be where I am today,” Mathis said, rattling off the skepticism that preceded the Colts selecting him in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. “But I’m here and still trying to hang around and kick with the young guys.”

He’s 32, in his 11th season and showing no signs of slowing down despite being a marked man this season following the off-season departure of Dwight Freeney.

“He’s the benchmark for any young player coming in here,” coach Chuck Pagano said.

And for Wayne it’s the 1,000-reception clip.

“If you look at how long they’ve been keeping stats, look at all the people that’s come and gone and all the great receivers and great defensive linemen that never got anywhere close to those numbers, it’s humbling. It really is,” Wayne said.

Colts face a tall challenge against Seattle

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

The Seahawks secondary is one of the tallest and longest in the NFL and it will be up to the Colts to try and get off that press coverage.

The other challenge for the Colts will be on the outside when they are on offense. They are about to go up against the best cornerback tandem in the league: Seattle’s starters Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman stand 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively. Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattle’s defense as fast and physical. Quarterback Andrew Luck called it their biggest game of the young season.

“They get up in your face, they’re great pass-man corner guys, they challenge you, they make it extremely difficult to get off the line of scrimmage, so our guys are going to have to do a great job of working constantly to get away from those guys,” Pagano said. “They basically get up there and get their hands on you and they can take you out of a game.”

Darrius Heyward-Bey is the Colts’ tallest receiver at 6-foot-2. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are 6-0 and 5-foot-9. Hilton said the key to be able to get off their jams at the line of scrimmage.

“They’re going to try to use their advantage and their advantage is height and long arms,” Hilton said. “I’m just going to work on my technique and get better at the line.”

Determined Wilson ready to test Colts

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Wilson wasn’t one of the four first-round quarterbacks taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Yet the former baseball star led his team the furthest of any rookie quarterback last season.

On Sunday, he’ll arrive in Indianapolis as the leader of perhaps the NFL’s most complete team and one of the rising faces of pro football’s next generation.

“I’ve always been extremely, extremely confident in myself,” Wilson said Wednesday during a conference call at the Colts’ training facility. “I’ve never doubted myself or my abilities. I think the more experience you get, the more you understand situations. I think great quarterbacks are always great situational football players. I’m still trying to learn right now. I’m still in that constant quest for knowledge right now. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can through my experience.”

He’s proven to be a quick study.

Wilson won the starting job and completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,118 yards and tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record with 26 touchdown tosses last season. He also threw just 10 interceptions and finished with a sparkling 100.0 quarterback rating.


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Pagano talks 3-1 start, defending Russell Wilson and the play of Donald Brown during radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 1, 2013 – 12:00 pm

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 on Monday night following the Colts 37-3 win over the Jaguars:

On Darius Butler’s pick six against the Jaguars:

“That was definitely the spark that we needed. We did get off to a slow start and the defense was playing lights out, consistently through that ball game and saved us early so to speak. They bailed out the other side of the ball.”

On being 3-1 at the quarter poll:

“We feel great at the quarter poll if you will. We know it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Certainly to be able to go on the road and win the two road games, and we are finding just how good Miami is. Sitting here at 3-1 four games into it, I’m pleased where we are at and where we are heading.”

On Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis and their value to the Colts:

“You can’t put a value on it because they do so much. The fans, they see what they do on Sundays for 60 minutes or three hours real time. But what they do Monday-Saturday, in the locker room, in the facility, on the practice field, in the meeting room is invaluable. You can’t put a price tag on it. They are great, great players but they are team guys all the way. They are the most selfless individuals that I’ve been around. We’ve got a bunch in that locker room and no two better than those two guys.”

On Donald Brown and his big game on Sunday:

“Everybody knows Donald is a talented, talented running back. He’s a great pro. He had opportunities and he always takes advantage of those opportunities. We had some plays called where whether it be an eight-man box or a seven-man box, great call on our offensive staff’s part when Donald went in there. When you break us down statistically, Donnie is in there on a lot of passing downs so defensively they figure “not going to run the ball, they are going to pass the ball”. So they play coverage, don’t load the box up. On the big run, they had a light box if you will, six guys in there, split safety look and we had a trap called and the offensive line blocked it up perfectly. As we know Donald hit that hole and ran through two defenders and almost took it to the house.”

On dealing with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson:

“The good thing is we faced two really athletic quarterbacks. Facing (Terrelle) Pryor and then (Colin) Kaepernick definitely was good for us to see and see early. Those guys can run around and Russell Wilson is an unbelievable talent. I know he has two eyes but it’s like he has eyes all over the place, in the back of his head. He’s just got that sixth sense. He feels what’s coming. He can go left. He can go right. He can spin out. He can slide in the pocket, scramble to run down the field, scramble to pass. It’s going to be a nightmare.”

 


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Colts Daily Headlines: September 25th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 25, 2013 – 8:36 am

Tuesday’s off day for the Colts came with a quiet news day minus a pair of roster moves. Today’s news looks at the unheralded play of Delano Howell and the disciplined nature the Colts have played with after the first month of the year.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 25th.  

Delano who? Colts reserve safety Delano Howell quickly makes name for himself

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indy Star

Starting for LaRon Landry on Sunday afternoon, Delano Howell had some extra motivation in his first NFL start.

When CBS had its TV production meeting with Colts coach Chuck Pagano to advance Sunday’s game at San Francisco, one question was to be expected: Who will start for injured safety LaRon Landry?

The answer was a surprise: Delano Howell.

“They were like, ‘Who?’ ” Pagano said Monday, a day after the Colts’ 27-7 win over the 49ers. “I made sure I told Delano that before the game started.”

Not that the second-year safety needed incentive to play well in his first NFL start, but Pagano’s motivational ploy resonated.

“It definitely fired me up,” Howell said.

Colts not beating themselves with penalties

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

The Colts have been extremely disciplined in 2013 as the team’s seven penalties are the fewest in the NFL by four penalties.

One of the reasons the Colts are 2-1 is because they aren’t beating themselves with penalties (outside of the illegal shift call on receiver Reggie Wayne that took away tight end Coby Fleener’s touchdown against Miami). The Colts have only been called for seven penalties this season, which puts them at the top of the league in that category. The 49ers, meanwhile, have been called for 29 penalties on the season.

“Just shows that our coaches are doing an outstanding job and our players are doing a great job of playing with proper fundamentals and technique and playing smart football, playing great situational football,” Pagano said. “We talk about the enemy being in our camp. It’s not necessarily your opponent. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot.”


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DHB makes critical catches in helping Colts defeat his former team

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 9, 2013 – 9:37 am

On the first third-down of the 2013 regular season for the Colts offense, Andrew Luck looked towards a familiar face to the Oakland Raiders.

Facing a third-and-five from the Colts 28-yard line, Luck found wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 16-yard gain.temp2013_0906_prac_1080--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

The catch came against Raiders first-round pick D.J. Hayden and allowed the Colts to continue their first scoring drive of 2013.

Following the win, DHB held court just like he had in the week leading up to the game against his former team.

How does it feel to get a win against your old team?

“It is always good to get a win in the NFL,” DHB said stone-faced.

Take a look at DHB’s emotion following a fourth-quarter completion and there might have been a little extra motivation for the new Colts receiver.

With the Colts down by four points and facing a second-and-10 at the Raiders 49-yard line, Luck once again looked towards DHB.

A nine-yard completion would ensue and as DHB fought for extra yards, he earned another 15 yards when Raiders safety Tyvon Branch hit a defenseless receiver in the head.

“The play that (DHB) made toward the end stretching, reaching, grinding for a first down and then getting a personal foul penalty was critical,” head coach Chuck Pagano said following the win.

The physicality of DHB was on display later in the drive as his “box out” blocking technique allowed for Luck to score the game-winning 19-yard touchdown.

“Darrius has been nothing but a great addition to this team,” Luck said after the game. “Football-wise, obviously he’s got the speed. He makes the plays. A big third-down conversion, or second-and-long and he gets it and we get a first down.

“Beyond that, he’s a great teammate. He’s a hard worker. We all talk about Reggie’s (Wayne) work ethic and that sort of legendary ability and Darrius is definitely on that path of work ethic. He’s a lot of fun to play with.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 29th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 29, 2013 – 7:56 am

It’s gameday with the Colts wrapping up the preseason schedule this evening with the Cincinnati Bengals for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Today’s news looks at the improved Colts defense, the brutal process of cutting to 53 and what tonight means for some of the younger Colts

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, August 29th.  

Indy defense would like to be as well-known as its offense

By: Tom James, Tribune-Star

It’s not a secret that over the better part of the last decade, the Indianapolis Colts have been known as an offensive juggernaut.

Robert Mathis has been apart of all those teams and he’s ready to change that stereotype.

“We want to put it out there that we have defense in Indy too. It’s something that we’ve been working hard for and just want to make the most of it,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said earlier this week.

“I feel like we’re doing a lot of things the right way and heading in the right direction. But there’s still a lot we need to work on. And it’s still about timing and meshing as a unit.”

What goes into making the final Colts roster cuts: The delicate balance of ending dreams

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

When the final whistle blows tonight on the preseason finale, Chuck Pagano will have no time to rest.

Over the next 48 hours, Pagano and his staff will have to tell 22 players that their dream is over, for now.

Chappell’s article goes into detail on how Pagano deals with those cuts.

“The way we do business around here, we talk about family,” he said. “You build relationships in a short period of time. (Players) understand it. Coaches understand it.

“We deal man-to-man, face-to-face on everything. Doesn’t matter what it is.”

Bounce it off Phil B.: Can’t tell Colts rookie Hugh Thornton preseason finale is meaningless

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indy Star

For names like Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne, Thursday night’s preseason finale might not call for many minutes played.

However, take a rookie like Hugh Thornton.

The rookie saw his first NFL action last week and Chuck Pagano said the third-round pick could get a starting nod this evening.

This last exhibition is traditionally for reserves trying to make the team. While much of the work has been done and opinions formed, it’s that final opportunity for guys to make a lasting impression. Thornton doesn’t fit that definition. A healthy body insures he will have a roster spot. But he’s still treating this game against the Bengals like the other guys with everything on the line.

“I’m excited to go to Cincinnati and play,” he said. “It’s going to be fun after having this short week of practice added onto last week’s practice and game, a lot of things I’ve been able to correct and go over with coach (Joe Gilbert) and some of the older guys. I’m ready to get out there and just play again against someone other than my own teammates.”

 

 


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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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Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne prepare for regular season against stifling Browns defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 22, 2013 – 2:35 pm

Andrew Luck calls Saturday night’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns a “dress rehearsal” for the regular season.

That rehearsal will take place inside of Lucas Oil Stadium with a heightened focus in regards to preparation.

“We’ve been game planning almost to the point if it was a regular season game,” Luck said on Thursday.

Starters are expected to play into the third quarter and Luck pinned an efficient offense with long, sustained scoring drives near the top of his goals for preseason game number three.

Those goals will have to come against a Browns defense that has been stifling during the preseason.

In seven possessions for the first-team Browns defense, the unit has allowed just three points.

Reggie Wayne and the Colts receiving group will be looking to change those numbers on Saturday.temp2012_1007_GB_larson_795--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Wayne speaks glowingly of what he’s seen from the receiver group and credits the jump the unit has made since OTAs.

“I see a big change in this group. We are very talented,” Wayne said of the WRs. “Guys that want to go out there and do well. We’ve got some explosive guys that can make big plays.

This marks preseason No. 13 for Wayne and despite all the accolades to his name, he made it clear that he is still “fighting for a spot”.

Wayne will find his name on the Colts 53-man roster come September but several receivers currently on the team will not be so fortunate.

Watching Wayne’s emotion on the sidelines late in the second half of Sunday night’s game against the Giants indicates exactly how much he wants to help out the aspiring receivers.

“I want them to go out there and put their best audition tape out there,” Wayne said.

“We all know what the truth is. You are only going out there and playing for the Colts, you are playing for 32 teams. You want to be able to put your best performance out there. If you don’t, you get voted off. It’s just like ‘The Voice’, ‘American Idol’.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 22nd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:37 am

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.  

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne’s acrobatic catches make his offensive coordinator a fan

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.”

Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Caesar Rayford stands tall while trying to make the NFL

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.’’

Ravens get Carter from Colts for Reed

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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.”

 


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 21st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 21, 2013 – 8:44 am

The Colts began their practice week on Tuesday for the third preseason game of 2013. Today’s news looks at Andrew Luck’s excitement over his receivers catches, along with another piece on the training camp mode that still exists even with the team away from Anderson.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, August 21st.  

Luck still excited about tough catches

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

No matter how many times it happens, Andrew Luck still gets giddy when watching Reggie Wayne or T.Y. Hilton makes an impressive catch.

“I still get excited,” Luck said. “I don’t know if it makes me look good or bad. It’s still a completion. That’s what matters.”

For any quarterback, a welcoming sight is a receiver that can make the difficult catches become almost routine.

“It’s nice when you develop that feeling, you know, if I throw this ball up I know that our guy is going to go up as hard as he can, and there’s a great chance for him to make the play,” Luck said. “Those catches are special. Just because it seems to happen over and over again now, it doesn’t make it lose its luster. I guys you do sort of come to expect it from those guys.”

Luck: Colts still in ‘training-camp mentality’

By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune

The scenery has changed but the mindset has not.

The Colts have eight days left for their final two preseason games and it’s all about preparing for the gauntlet of an NFL season.

“It feels like home and everybody’s ready to get [to the] in-season routine. And even though we’re treating this week like that, we’re still at camp,” Chuck Pagano repeated. “As I just told [the players], it may look like West 56th [Street], but treat it like you’re still at Anderson.

“We’re still in training-cap mode. This is no time to get complacent. We took a big step this past weekend [with a 20-12 preseason win over the New York Giants]. We certainly don’t want to take a step backwards. So we’re still in training-camp mode. And that’s the mindset we’ve got to have.”

According to quarterback Andrew Luck, the coach’s message got through loud and clear.

“We’re still in that training-camp mentality. We’re still trying to grind as much as we can during the day. And, honestly, we are focused on the Browns. We’re trying to make this as much of a game like it would be during the season,” Luck said.

 

 


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Day 12 Impressions: Bradshaw off PUP, the search for another WR and the outlook for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2013 – 6:28 pm

The Colts were back in Anderson on Tuesday to wrap up their final week at Anderson University.

Even though the players were not in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, you couldn’t tell by the physical nature of the 90-minute practice.

Here are three takeaways from day 12…

Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP, but still rehabbing: Like he has done for the majority of the past two weeks of practice, Ahmad Bradshaw was busy rehabbing during the Colts afternoon practice.

Bradshaw said following Tuesday morning’s walk-through that he would like to get some playing time during the Colts third preseason game.

Chuck Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance and pointed to an “angry, downhill” running style of Bradshaw to help that cause.

The NFL is a multiple-back league and having a multi 1,000-yard rusher in Bradshaw would aid Pep Hamilton’s rushing attack.

Will another wide receiver emerge? Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton (in whatever order you want) are the Colts top three wideouts.

It appears as if Griff Whalen is the No. 4 man but he is day-to-day after suffering a groin injury against the Bills.

Who’s next?

LaVon Brazill would seem to be the guy but he will miss the first month of the season.

How about Nathan Palmer? Or Jabin Sambrano?

A fifth wide receiver (not Brazill) will in all likelihood dress for the first four games of the season so these next three preseason games should go a long way in deciding that spot.

What’s in store for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary?: Some of the more interesting sights on Tuesday was seeing Adongo in pads and going through positional drills.

It appears Adongo’s biceps injury has pushed his growth back a bit so a practice squad position is probably the best case scenario for the rugby star.

Josh McNary is still recovering from a hamstring injury but when he’s been on the field he has produced.

The West Point product was signaled out by Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for his play early in training camp, even though McNary is making the transition to a new position at inside linebacker (granted he hasn’t played any football since 2010).

McNary was in the thick of the ILB position battle so getting him back on the practice field will be an interesting topic to watch moving forward.


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