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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 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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Posted by coltsindianapolis on July 27, 2013 – 2:29 pm

Reggie Wayne is known for always making an impression when he arrives for training camp. Saturday, it was no different for the 13 year NFL veteran. Below are Instagram videos of Reggie’s arrival. Follow us on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes footage of Colts Camp.


For the full video of Reggie’s arrival, click here.

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Colts Daily Headlines: Weekend Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 22, 2013 – 8:37 am

Training camp is less than a week away and taking a look at the weekend headlines indicates just that. From Ben Ijalana’s recovery, to Mike Chappell’s all-Indy team and Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis giving back to the community, here is the major news of the weekend.

Each morning 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 Saturday, July 20th-Monday July 22nd.  

Long road back for oft-injured Colts tackle Ben Ijalana culminates with training camp

By: Phil Richards, Indy Star

One of the more interesting storylines heading into the Colts training camp will be the health of offensive guard Ben Ijalana.

Ijalana is the great unknown after he has suffered two knee injuries since being chosen in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

“It’s show time,” the third-year tackle said, seated in the kitchen of his handsomely appointed 2,200 square-foot Downtown condo. “I’m the great mystery. I want to see for myself.”

The next three weeks for Ijalana is crucial for his career moving forward in Indianapolis and the always positive Villanova product is ready to silence the critics.

“You make your own story,” Ijalana says now, “and it’s your job to prove the naysayers wrong. I’m trying to be a gem for this team.”

All-time Indy Colts middle linebacker: Jeff Herrod

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The signal caller of Mike Chappell’s all-time Indy team comes with the 243rd player chosen in the 1988 NFL Draft.

Herrod’s coach Rick Venturi raved about what the eighth round pick meant to his defense.

“Herrod is so special to me,’’ Venturi said. “I spent the day with him at Ole Miss. We had a great one-on-one. We watched tape together. His workout wasn’t spectacular – he ran about a 4.8 (40) – and he was small (6-0, 249 pounds).

“But he had those eyes, and you would keep seeing it on tape after tape, tackle after tackle.’’

Reggie Wayne hoops, but is ready for training camp

By: Ken Sothman,

It’s that time of year again when Reggie Wayne is hitting the hardwood prior to training camp.

Wayne along with entertainer Amp Harris held a celebrity basketball game for the “Save the Youth” foundation.

Now, with the sneakers hung up for 2013, it’s all about the cleats moving forward.

“Every year I am excited,” said Wayne, who lead the Colts with 1,355 receiving yards in 2012.

“Every year I am excited just like it’s my first year. I think that is the mind-frame that you need going into training camp. Because if you go into camp with different thoughts, it will drain you. So I’m excited about it, I’m excited about this team, and the new additions added to the team. Our organization has done a great job of bringing guys in that we believe can fit into our system and help us win games. We’ve already set the stage and standards pretty high, so hopefully we can have the same mind-frame as last year and do some good things.”

Robert Mathis giving back at A&M and looking ahead to 2013 NFL season

By: Mark McCarter, The Huntsville Times

Robert Mathis has always been fond of his roots.

A product of Alabama A&M, Mathis was surprisingly chosen in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

A total of 13 defensive ends were taken before him but they have only produced two Pro Bowls.

Five Pro Bowls later and Mathis is still remembering his roots.

“I want to let them know I come from where they come from,” he said of the 100-plus campers who spent the morning in drills and competitions on the fake grass of the A&M stadium. It’s a debt he repays to Alabama A&M, which “took a chance on me.”


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Posted by craigkelleycolts on July 19, 2013 – 11:02 am


The Colts will be featured on an upcoming edition of the NFL RUSH ZONE: Season of the Guardians.

This is an animated series on Nicktoons, and Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne will be the featured players.

Luck, Wayne and Rich Eisen are featured along with the team, and the show airs this Sunday (July 21) at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.  It airs a second time on Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on the NFL Network.

This is the second time this year the club, plus Wayne and Luck specifically, have been on television in a scenario a little out of the ordinary.

They joined Jim Irsay in appearing as themselves in an episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation earlier this spring.

The episode is entitled, “Test of Friendship,” and it is described below:



Ash’s announcement that her Dad is allowing her to take one friend with her on vacation to San Diego has the boys fighting for her attention.  But before she can make her decision, they all head to Indianapolis to protect the NFL Combine from impending attack.  Colts stars Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne are not enough to stop Drop Kick from stealing the Colts’ Megacore (which he hides from Wild Card – could there be a betrayal in the works?)

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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 – 8:38 am

On Thursday,’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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Fantasy Football Outlook for Colts Players

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 11, 2013 – 8:43 am

With training camps around the league now just two weeks away, another NFL regular season means another year of Fantasy Football.

The growth of Fantasy Football has continued to sky rocket over the past few years and with that comes more and more preparation prior to drafts.

Last season, the Colts had some significant fantasy contributors and’s Michael Fabiano broke down some of the team’s top 2013 draft prospects with a short video highlight.

Here’s a breakdown of the Colts top fantasy players according to Fabiano:

Andrew Luck:

“The biggest name of course is Andrew Luck. While he did turn the football over 23 times as a rookie, Luck still threw for over 4,300 yards and ranked an impressive 10th in fantasy points among all players.

With one full season of NFL experience under his belt he could push some of the elite fantasy players at his position. In fact, I’m expecting Luck to move into the top five and emerge into one of the better draft bargains of the year.”

Reggie Wayne:

“Luck’s top option in the passing game will continue to be Reggie Wayne, who thrived last season despite being a little long in the tooth.”

Even at the age of 34, (Wayne’s) still an attractive No. 2 wideout in all fantasy leagues.”

T.Y. Hilton:

“T.Y. Hilton was the top scoring rookie receiver in fantasy last season and he has 1,000-yard potential in 2013.”

Darrius Heyward-Bey:

“Fantasy owners needs to kept tabs on (Hilton’s) competition, Darrius Heyward-Bey. Hey-Bey could push Hilton for targets in the offense and he will have some late round value in deeper leagues..”

Coby Fleener:

“Another player to watch is Coby Fleener, who should improve under coordinator Pep Hamilton on what was a mediocre rookie campaign.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 25, 2013 – 9:29 am

Doing what he did so many times as a kid, Andrew Luck returned the favor on Monday as an instructor at the William & Mary Colonial All-Pro Football Camp.

Luck spent much of the event interacting with the children attending and he was joined by fellow NFL quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson.

Following Monday’s camp session, Luck talked with various media outlets and USA Today writer Steve Gallo took a video of the media session. Gallo’s video of Luck is embedded below.

Also, click here for a photo gallery of Luck at the All-Pro Football Camp from the Virginia Gazette.

Below are some of the Colts related highlights of what No. 12 had to say on Monday:

On the biggest difference between Bruce Arians offense and Pep Hamilton’s scheme:

“I think the biggest difference now is that we’ve got a true fullback on the roster and in (Arians’) offense we didn’t have a fullback. It was more the tight end stuff lining up as a fullback, so that will be the biggest difference.”

On how the offseason additions our adjusting to the Colts:

“Everybody that has come in has fit right into the locker room. I remember coming in my first day and guys being very welcoming. I think that’s the culture they’ve built in Indianapolis and I’m just happy to be apart of it.”

On where Luck wants to improve in Year Two:

“I know it’s cliché but improve in every facet, especially accuracy. I left a lot of plays out there by throwing bad balls. Sometimes the wide receivers bailed me out and sometimes the balls were too bad to get hands on them (laughs).”

On Chuck Pagano receiving the George Halas Award:

“Very deserving of that award. It was obviously a bit unprecedented to have your coach leave after three games and start fighting for his life. It definitely put some perspective on things, football. I’m very, very grateful that he’s healthy, in remission.

One of the coolest experiences of my life was having him back on the sidelines, the Houston Texans game, the last regular season game and us getting a win. To see him run out of the tunnel and get that support was special.”

On accepting more of a leadership role this season:

“As a quarterback you assume some leadership role, just naturally, having to talk in the huddle and people having to listen to you. But we have great leadership on offense. Reggie Wayne is our offensive leader. He still is our offensive leader. That’s who I defer to. That’s who I look to. Great leadership in the locker room.

I’ve never felt like that you play quarterback so you have to be the guy. I think that’s a natural progression from what I’ve learned in college and last year. As you get older you talk more, maybe you share your opinion more but Reggie is still, in my mind, our offensive leader.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 13, 2013 – 7:30 am

There is a quartet of second-year receivers who Reggie Wayne labeled as “smurfs” last season.

Yes, the group might be small in stature but when it comes to production, Wayne knows their importance in 2013 and beyond.

Wayne has spoken to the young speedsters and the message was brief, but powerful.

“Just to get better,” Wayne said.

“We don’t have room right now to stay the same. You want to see everybody continue to grow, get better and build off of the year that they had last year.

Wayne includes himself in that group, yet it’s obvious that the other receivers have a ways to go before they achieve the numbers that No. 87 has piled up in 13 seasons.

During OTAs, LaVon Brazill, T.Y. Hilton, Nathan Palmer and Griff Whalen have all seen ample playing time with the first unit.

  • For Brazill, it’s his first full offseason after academic obligations forced him to miss OTAs last season.
  • Hilton has been a frequent target of Andrew Luck’s the past month and the electric receiver/returner has put on some weight this offseason in an effort to sustain an entire NFL season.
  • Similar to Brazill, Palmer is getting his first taste of an offseason with the Colts after he was signed off the 49ers practice squad last September.
  • Then there’s Whalen, who feels right at home in an offense he played in at Stanford while also feeling healthy after a foot injury sidelined him in 2012.

Luck was not bashful when describing how important his fellow second-year targets will be come September.

“Incredibly,” Luck said. “They are going to be a big, big part of this offense. They were a big part of it last year. They caught a lot of balls, a lot of big balls. For us to be productive we are going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute.”

Just two lockers down from Luck, Wayne nods is head in agreement when he hears the need for young receivers to continue to grow.

Expectations in the Colts locker room include plans to play into late January and beyond.

For that to happen, it’s going to take a collective effort from players young and “old.”

“As a team, we set that bar so high, it is going to be tough. But if there is anybody that can do it, it is this coaching staff, it’s these guys in this locker room, it’s this whole organization,” Wayne said of the team’s lofty aspirations.

“We feel like we can go out there and can get better and have a better outcome this year.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 7, 2013 – 8:58 am

Each morning 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 Friday, June 7th.

Colts welcome arrival of Wayne for offseason work

By: Mike Marot Associated Press

Marot takes a look at the 34-year old Wayne and how the six-time Pro Bowler is adjusting to another offseason with new faces and a new scheme.

With faces continuing to change around Wayne, he remains one of the most experienced Colts on the entire roster.

“The last few years my main focus on Day 1 has been just getting to know my teammates, getting to know their names, getting to figure out where everybody comes from and then going into the playbook because at the end of the day, you are out there with them and they are out there with you and you are doing whatever you got to do for each other. So I think it would be bad to go out there and not know the guy next to you, his first and last name,” Wayne said. “It has been a challenge, but I’m getting it done. It’s a little new to me still, but it’s cool.”

Finding the Fits: John Boyett could be solution to Colts’ secondary

By: Rob Rang, CBS Sports

CBS Sports is taking a look at some of the more intriguing draft picks from this April’s draft and Boyett fits the mold for Indianapolis.

Rang analyzes Boyett’s knee injuries that are currently holding him out of OTAs and how that will impact his future at the safety position.

As a sixth-round pick, Boyett isn’t likely to overtake Antoine Bethea or Landry as a starting safety for the Colts this season. His reliable open-field tackling and passion, however, could make him a special teams demon and valuable backup as a rookie. Considering that Landry hasn’t started all 16 games since 2008, Boyett’s readiness could be tested earlier than anyone expects.

The article also takes a look at first round pick Bjoern Werner and fifth round selection Montori Hughes.

Indianapolis Colts must run the ball better in 2013

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

On a day when the Colts news centered around Ahmad Bradshaw visiting the team’s complex, Chappell took a look at the running back position in Indianapolis.

For more than a decade, the Colts have been more prone to go through the air than carving up yardage on the ground.

While the attempts are one thing, Colts coaches look at another stat when evaluating the running game.

“It’s not necessarily how many yards we rush for, it’s … how efficient we are when we’re doing certain things,” said running backs coach David Walker. “If we run it 30 times but only gain 30 yards, we really didn’t do much.

“If we run it 30 times with 120, 130 (yards), then we’ve probably won the game and allowed other parts of our offense to open up.”

Ahmad Bradshaw, if healthy, would boost Colts’ running game

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

In Chappell’s blog, he takes a closer look at Bradshaw and how his potential addition may impact the Colts backfield.

Chappell believes that Bradshaw would “bolster” the position and says the following about the former Giants running back.

Bradshaw, 27, is a proven commodity. He rushed for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns in six seasons with the Giants, and topped the 1,000-yard mark in two of his last three seasons (1,015 yards in 2012, a career-high 1,235 in ’10).

Breakout Player to Watch: Vick Ballard

By: Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

Burke is running a series on players he expects to breakout in 2013 and Ballard was one of his selections.

The article takes a look at a number of reasons on why Burke believes Ballard’s numbers will rise in 2013, including being involved in Pep Hamilton’s scheme.

Simply entering the season as the No. 1 back puts Ballard in position for a statistical boost. Ballard averaged just 5.8 carries per game and a measly 13.4 yards from Weeks 1 through 5; over the Colts’ final 11 contests, those numbers bumped to 16.5 and 67.9, respectively. Those averages, extrapolated out over a full season, put Ballard at nearly 1,100 yards.

How underrated? Well, just for discussion’s sake, Ballard was the 31st running back taken in Sports Illustrated‘s offseason fantasy mock draft (on shelves in our annual Fantasy Football magazine soon), behind such players as Baltimore backup Bernard Pierce, oft-injured Chargers starter Ryan Mathews, rookies Le’Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy, and unproven Jets back Chris Ivory.

Ballard has a very realistic shot to soar past the production of any player listed there — his 67.9 yards-per-game average in his final 11 outings would have been a top-20 mark were it not for his lack of carries in games 1 through 5.

The Colts have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai ran for 1,072 yards back in 2007. If he stays healthy and the Colts do not freeze him out of the offense, Ballard should break that drought.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 6, 2013 – 8:51 am

Each morning 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, June 6th.

Colts looking for improvement at receiver

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell takes a look at a pair of second-year receivers in T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill and what they bring to the receiver position in 2013.

Hilton was at the top, or near it, in virtually every rookie receiving category but there’s one area he is looking to improve this fall.

“Right now I’m focusing on my drops from last year,” he said Wednesday. “I had way too many. That’s not like me.”

“That’s what bothered me,” he said. “I rarely drop passes. When they happen, I really get down on myself.”

Chappell’s notebook also takes a look at Brazill moving down in the locker room next to 13-year veteran Reggie Wayne.

Old Wayne learning new tricks with Colts

By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin

Reggie Wayne was back in Indianapolis on Wednesday to take part in this week’s portion of OTAs for the Colts.

Over his 13 years in the NFL, Wayne has bounced back and forth between Miami and Indianapolis during this time of year but this week he felt the need to be up north.

It’s the second season that Wayne has worked with quarterback Andrew Luck and the Pro Bowl receiver continues to be amazed about how developed the signal caller is at the age of 23.

“He’s my quarterback so I’m going to be biased,” Wayne said. “It’s like he’s a seven-, eight-, nine-year vet. He’s handled everything extraordinarily well. He’s doing a great job. He’s talking in meetings, and he has a little hand up on everybody with this offense, and that’s even better. But he’s doing what a quarterback should. He’s being a leader and showing everybody what to do.”

Last year, Wayne talked about how the season made him feel young again with all the new faces and a new offensive scheme.

The calendar might have turned to 2013 but that feeling still runs deep with Wayne and he’s eager for a strong 2013.

“Last year opened my eyes a little bit,” Wayne said. “A lot of people think since you’ve got a young team, you are not going to do so well. But we were able to show a couple people what a young team can do. And I feel like we can do the same thing this year. If I’m not mistaken, we got like 32, 36 new faces again. So we just got to follow that same diagram as last year. And we got to top that one.”

Colts Notebook: Young WRs making strides

By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin

In Bremer’s notebook, he also takes a look at the young receivers and how vital they will be in the Colts offense.

“They are going to be a big, big part of this offense,” Luck said of the young receivers. “They were a big part last year. They caught a lot of balls, a lot of big balls. For us to be productive, we are going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute.”

Bremer goes on to share Colts first round pick Bjoern Werner’s excitement to head to Lucas Oil Stadium next Wednesday for the open minicamp practice.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s the first time in the stadium so I can’t wait just to be in there. It’s the first time fans can see me practice, pretty pumped up.”

Colts in harmony with new coordinator Hamilton

By: Tom James, Terre Haute Tribune

The theme of Wednesday’s ninth OTA was Luck and Wayne, and James followed suit with a look at the progress of the offense in general.

“I think we’re rolling. I definitely think that we’ll take advantage of the rest of the OTAs [organized team activities] and what we have left. But heading into [mandatory] mini-camp [next week] will be big for us,” the Colts’ signal-caller said after Wednesday’s team workout.

“It will be nice to be out there. It’s been a positive segment so far. Let’s finish this segment [OTA workouts] out well and go to the next one [mandatory mini-camp].”

James also throws in notes about Bjoern Werner hanging out with the German National Soccer team and Andrew Luck’s trip to London.

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