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Colts Daily Headlines: August 1st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 1, 2013 – 8:55 am

The Colts had their second padded practice of 2013 on Wednesday. In today’s news, Mike Chappell takes a look at the physical nature of Wednesday’s practice along with the addition of a true fullback to the offense. Terre Haute Tribune’s Tom James leads off his daily notebook with a piece on the Colts personnel department’s dedication to not leaving a stone unturned.

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 Thursday, August 1st.  

Meet Stanley Havili, Colts fullback. Yes, fullback

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

After over a decade of utilizing anything but a fullback to line up in front of the running back, the Colts have their fullback.

Chappell tells a great story about new fullback Stanley Havili meeting a person at church during the offseason.

“I introduced myself, ‘Hi, I play for the Colts.’ ”

What position do you play?

“I play fullback.”

Wait, the Colts don’t have a fullback.

Again, a grin crept across Havili’s face. He knew the irregular relationship between the Colts and fullbacks.

“I’m pretty aware (fullbacks) are foreign here,” he said.

5 scenes from Colts Camp: Including keeping everybody happy and NT Josh Chapman blowing up plays

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell takes a look at his five takeaways from Wednesday’s practice.

Here’s a look at two of his scenes where the Colts are spreading the ball around offensively and new linebacker Josh McNary’s versatility.

“Our guys have bought in that you have to be selfless,” Pep Hamilton said. “Andrew does a good job of going through his progressions and finding ways to get the football to the right guys.”

“For the most part, it’s exactly like riding a bike,” McNary said of never forgetting what to do on the football field. “There’s a few particulars, a few skill sets that you kind of have to knock the rust off of, like hand placement and some of the finesse moves that you would use.

“But yeah, for the most part, everything I would use, primarily in the pass rush and in the position specifically that I played in college, all of that stuff came back to me really quick.”

CAMP SCENE: Grigson going extra mile to improve Colts’ roster

By: Tom James, Tribune-Star

James massive notebook leads off with a look at Ryan Grigson and his personnel staff’s determination to not leave any stone unturned.

The notebook includes a plethora of items but leads off with Grigson’s comments.

“I don’t discriminate. I would see guys in those [other professional] leagues where I’d say, ‘Heck, I was in three NFL training camps. That guy can play. Why is he in this league?’ I just figure we scour those leagues as best we can and maybe we look at 250 guys and we find three guys that look like suspects and out of those three suspects, one guy can play,” Grigson explained earlier in the week.

“We had a bunch of guys and that’s a credit to our pro scouts. They actually have part of their job description is to study those other leagues and to get film. It’s getting easier with the technology we have now and the internet and being able to upload those things, but the tape quality is always not that good. But when you’re looking at players from small schools in the same way in the college evaluation process, it takes patience. You have to have guys that are willing to grind. If you have patience and you have a go-getter mindset, like I feel like our scouts have and work so hard, they’re going to find a way to find players.”





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Colts Daily Headlines: July 29th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 29, 2013 – 9:16 am

It was a busy first day of practice for the Colts. Andrew Luck was steady on day one as he tries to establish a rapport with Darrius Heyward-Bey. Those pieces are below, along with a Monday Morning Quarterback preview of the Colts and Chuck Pagano’s mindset heading into year two.

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 Monday, July 29th.  

Colts note: Andrew Luck impresses on day one of training camp

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The first training camp practice of 2013 is in the books and Mike Chappell gave his readers a few points of interest after Sunday.

On target: OK, camp is a somewhat controlled environment from an offense vs. defense standpoint, but QB Andrew Luck enjoyed a solid first day nonetheless. In 7-on-7 and “team” drills, he completed 22-of-34 passes with one interception and touchdown passes to TE Coby Fleener and WR T.Y. Hilton. The TD to Fleener was sweet — down the right seam and slightly behind Fleener to keep the pass away from a converging DB.

O-line: As expected the starting unit consisted of LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Donald Thomas, C Samson Satele, RG Mike McGlynn and RT Gosder Cherilus. Rookie Hugh Thornton, who worked in the offseason as McGlynn’s backup, watched practice with his right foot in a protective boot.

One for the ‘D:’ CB Cassius Vaughn provided a defensive highlight in “team” drills. Coverage took him to the right sideline where he intercepted by Matt Hasselbeck pass. Vaughn picked up a convoy of blockers and took it to the end zone.

Colts Preview: A Cinderella sequel, better than the original

By: Andy Benoit, Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback

The Colts team preview was featured on the new Monday Moring Quarterback website and credit writer Andy Benoit for going in-depth in his preview.

Here is a brief intro to Benoit’s piece where he names Andrew Luck his best young quarterback in the NFL…

But through all the commotion, one young quarterback was the unquestioned best of the bunch: Andrew Luck. Mobile QBs are sexy, but there has always been, and always will be, a distinct place in the NFL for a superstar drop-back passer. Luck is that and more.

Luck is also part of an organization that’s well-run and primed for long-term prosperity just one year into its post-Manning Era. The Colts are owned by one of sports’ most unique (but dedicated) characters, Jim Irsay. They play in a state-of-the-art downtown venue, in front of a rabid Midwestern fan base. Their second-year head coach, Chuck Pagano, garners immense respect not just from his players, but also from everyone around the league. And their 41-year-old general manager is coming off one of the best debut seasons for any executive in NFL history.

Colts ready for 2nd round with Pagano

By: Michael Marot, Associated Press

Marot took a look at the Colts mindset with the opening of training camp Sunday.

”We can sit there and read the press clippings and pat ourselves on the back and certainly get complacent. We’re not going to get complacent,” Pagano said after the Colts wrapped up their first two practices. ”You get complacent in this league, you go right back to where you were. It’s kind of unfinished business for us.”

Pagano spoke of a highlight clip that he showed his team during the first meeting of training camp to show just how close the Colts were in 2012.

”We showed a clip last night, a highlight, and it ended with the scoreboard in the playoff game,” Pagano said. ”There was 12 minutes and 30 seconds to go on the clock and it’s in the fourth quarter and it was a one-score game, and we had the ball first-and-five on their 18-yard line.

That’s a team that eventually won the Super Bowl. So our expectations don’t change. The ultimate goal is always a world championship.”

DHB getting on the same page with Luck

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Darrius Heyward-Bey was brutally honest when describing how he was going to go about gaining Andrew Luck’s trust.

“You got to make plays out there,” the receiver commonly known by his intials as DHB said after the morning walkthrough. “When he throws it up there, you got to come down with the ball. That’s what a quarterback looks for, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

During the offseason the appeal to Indianapolis was a winning culture for DHB and it’s something he welcomes in his fifth NFL season.

“Just the way they do their business around here,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s all about making sure everybody’s comfortable, making sure all the players are taken care of, and winning. To go from 2-14 to 11 wins in one season, that’s amazing. And that starts from the bottom. It starts from the owner all the way down to the equipment guys.

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3 Takeaways from Day One: Competition, Griff Whalen and the Secondary among the highlights

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 28, 2013 – 8:10 pm

The 2013 Colts training camp is underway with the team embarking on a two and a half hour afternoon practice on Sunday.

A crowd of 4,100 fans watched over the Anderson University practice fields with the Colts in shells to start training camp.

Here are three takeaways from Day One…

  1. The “cauldron of competition” is in full swing: Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson spent all offseason wanting competition and that’s exactly what they’ve got with training camp underway.temp2013_0728_TC_1381--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Across both units, the talent extends well into the Colts’ second units and many of the matchups in training camp will have the coaches attention.

My favorite from day one comes when the receivers and corners got after each other in one-on-one battles.

Watching Reggie Wayne vs. Vontae Davis and Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Greg Toler was entertaining all afternoon, with each player winning different reps.

There was Wayne’s left-handed snag followed by a Davis pass breakup right in front of the packed bleachers.

Pagano and Grigson will have their hands full trying to trim this roster down to 53 players come September.

  1. Don’t sleep on the Stanford product Griff Whalen: Who led the Colts in receiving during last year’s preseason?

Whalen would be the answer with his 12 catches for 125 yards.

Unfortunately a foot injury sidelined Whalen for his rookie season but the 2012 undrafted free agent is fresh off a productive offseason in his collegiate offense.

Whalen has a chance to get some important reps early on in the season and he made a strong case for that on Sunday afternoon.

What Whalen lacks in size, he makes up for with Spiderman like hands and showed the abilities to rise for several catches in traffic.

  1. The Colts secondary is hungry for turnovers: If you looked purely at the takeaways number of the Colts last season, the playoffs should have been an afterthought.

However, the Colts overcame the third fewest (15) takeaways in the NFL last year.

During the offseason, the secondary spoke up about the need to create more turnovers.

Sunday was proof of that with the highlight of the afternoon coming when Cassius Vaughn had an interception for a touchdown during 11-on-11 work.

Darius Butler also added a pair of interceptions on the afternoon.

Something about LaRon Landry’s presence down the middle of the field that I think will force opposing quarterback’s to look towards the outside patterns in 2013.

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Colts Daily Headlines: July 27th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 27, 2013 – 8:01 am

It’s move in day at Colts training camp. To get you started here are a couple of pieces that look back on the  Colts history with the team celebrating their 30th season in Indianapolis. Also, an article on the emergence of T.Y. Hilton and the unique approach the Colts took to the 2013 offseason.

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 27th.  

Trio’s tenures with Colts predate infamous move from Baltimore

By: Anthony Schoettle, Indianapolis Business Journal

With the Colts about to embark on their 30th season in Indianapolis, the IBJ takes a wonderful look back on the move from Baltimore.

Schoettle interviewed the three Colts employees still left from that move—Pete Ward, Jon Scott and John Starliper to get some background on the late night mission.

“We just started throwing and shoving stuff in boxes,” Scott said. “There wasn’t even time to label the boxes.”

In the hours before the move, Starliper was sent to the airport to pick up Colts General Counsel Michael Chernoff and Mayflower CEO John B. Smith.

“I felt like I was on ‘Miami Vice,’ with media trucks and everything following us around,” said Starliper, who was a 25-year-old assistant film director.

“All these reporters were buzzing around the airport looking for any kind of information they could find,” Starliper recalled with a wide grin. “But nobody approached me or asked me anything. I guess I looked like the last guy who would know anything.”

Colts’ $140 million free agency spending spree is a new (and risky) team-building approach for the franchise

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell takes a look back at the Colts offseason and how things have changed from an approach standpoint.

Ryan Grigson and the Colts were big spenders this offseason and moving forward the 2013 offseason could have a significant impact on the team’s success.

The Colts were criticized for some of their moves, most notably giving outside linebacker Erik Walden $16 million over four years. The heftiest outlay was a five-year, $35 million deal for right tackle Gosder Cherilus.

Grigson insisted the free agents were good “fits” for the offensive and defensive schemes. Pagano agreed.

“We went out and got a collection of individuals that are really good football players, really good people. They’re ‘horseshoe’ guys,” he said. “Going through the offseason and seeing the participation, specifically out of that group and what they brought to the locker room … it was almost seamless.”

All-time Indianapolis Colts: Some easy choices, some tough ones

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell wrote a blog to explain the difficulty in choosing his all-Indy team that celebrates the Colts 30th season in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Star writer has followed the team nearly every step of the way since the move to the Circle City.

From that first regular-season game in the Hoosier Dome – a 23-14 loss to the Pat Ryan-led New York Jets Sept. 2, 1984 . . . yes, Pat Ryan – to the 24-9 AFC wild-card playoff loss to the Ravens in Baltimore Jan. 6.

From Clarence Verdin and Tony Siragusa to Jeff George and Eric Dickerson, from Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James to Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.

So many lows and highs. So many personalities. So many memories.

Making the Leap, No. 9: Indianapolis Colts T.Y. Hilton

By: Gregg Rosenthal,

The offseason praise for T.Y. Hilton continue to pour in.

In this article, Rosenthal explains why Hilton finds himself at No. 9 on the 40-player list of guys “making the leap” in 2013.

2013 expectations

The Colts signed Darrius Heyward-Bey, who will compete with Hilton for snaps. But this is more about Hilton’s own personal development.

Hilton played fewer snaps last year than Donnie Avery, who is very similar to Heyward-Bey as a straight-line speed guy. Hilton has a higher ceiling and a more natural feel of the receiver position. He just has to show improved awareness and consistency as a second-year pro.

If Hilton played in Jacksonville, he wouldn’t be on this list. But Luck’s presence gives guys like Hilton and tight end Dwayne Allen a real shot to be annual Pro Bowl selections. (Chris Wesseling had a great write-up on Allen here.) Luck is our favorite young quarterback in the league and could be a top-five quarterback as early as this season. Guys like Hilton will look even better than they really are, and that should mean a 1,000-yard season for Hilton in Year 2.


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 26th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 26, 2013 – 8:36 am

With players reporting to training camp tomorrow, the Colts made an intriguing roster move on Thursday afternoon. Also, check out what some members of the national media have pegged the Colts this season.

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 27th.  

Colts release suspended TE Weslye Saunders, sign rugby standout Daniel Adongo

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The roster moves continue to pour in for the Colts as the team signed outside linebacker Daniel Adongo and waived tight end Weslye Saunders.

Adongo, 23, is a standout rugby play from Kenya who stands 6-5 and weighs 257 pounds.

“He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport,” Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement released by the team. “We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

Adongo, a 23-year old Kenyan national, is a 2006 graduate of Strathmore High School in Nairobi who attended the University of South Africa the following year. His rugby resume includes playing in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks, the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Colts links: Do the experts think Indy will make the playoffs?

By: Staff, Indianapolis Star

The pundits have weighed in on where the Colts will end up in 2013.

Here’s a list compiled by the Indianapolis Star on where nine national media outlets have the Colts finishing…

The New York Daily News has Indianapolis ninth, No. 4 in the AFC and the No. 1 wild card. Gary Myers wrote: “When the rest of the team catches up to (Luck) in a few years, the Colts will be in the SuperBowl.” has the Colts ranked 10th and grabbing the sixth and final AFC playoff spot. has Indianapolis at No. 12 and the sixth-best team in the AFC. “Picking up Ahmad Bradshaw was enough to give the Indianapolis Colts a slight bump (overall) over the Chicago Bears,” said. also has the Colts at No. 12 and as the sixth-best team in the AFC. Pete Prisco said, “They shocked a lot of people last year, and Andrew Luck will be better, but the schedule is tougher too.” was also in the consensus: Colts at No. 12 and the final AFC playoff sport. Vinnie Iyer wrote: “Imagine what (Luck) can do with another year and working toward the elite status he’s on track to embrace.”

The experts are pretty much in agreement as has, surprise, the Colts ranked No. 12 overall and grabbing the No. 6 AFC playoff spot. Though former Ravens coach Brian Billick writes: “I’m not sure they got any better this offseason.” has the Colts ranked 14th and pulling down the final AFC playoff spot saying, “below the ‘elite’ squads but capable of surprising everyone again.” mixes things up a little, picking Indianapolis 14th and missing out on the playoffs in favor of Pittsburgh. It writes: “The magic will be gone this year.” completely breaks from the pack, picking Indianapolis 19th overall, putting Miami in the playoffs and ranking Pittsburgh ahead of the Colts. The blurb on the Colts questions the signing of OLB Erik Walden.




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Posted by craigkelleycolts on July 25, 2013 – 4:15 pm

Ryan Grigson likely never sleeps.

In his first year with the Colts, Grigson pulled off more than 250 transactions.  He plucked talent from the AFL, IFL, UFL and CFL.

The IFL featured eight players per side who clashed on a 50-yard field.  Tight end Dominique Jones was Grigson’s find from that league.

On the near eve of training camp, Grigson has mined new fields, signing rookie linebacker Daniel Adongo – a now-former rugby player.

“We are excited as an organization with the acquisition of Daniel Adongo,” said Grigson.  “He is not only an elite athlete and rising international rugby player, but he is an exceptional competitor and human being that has the right makeup for our sport.  We all look forward to watching his growth and development in the ensuing weeks.”

Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, is a 23-year-old Kenyan national who most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world.  Previously, he played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks and is currently working towards earning his degree from the school.  In 2011, Adongo was signed by the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but was released from his contact after six months to join the New Zealand ITM Cup team Counties Manukau.

Adongo graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year.  He also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup.  In addition, Adongo played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.

Given Grigson’s track record, Adongo may have a shot.  If so, Colts fans have related experience, too.

In 1995, Marcus Pollard hit town.  He never had played football – only basketball.  Even when he was inside the training complex, Pollard did not know what his future held.

When a physician asked what position he played, Pollard responded classically, “I don’t know.”

Pollard had a great Colts career at tight end, finishing with 263 receptions and 35 touchdowns for the Colts and playing 13 years in the league.

Pollard revisited????

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Colts Daily Headlines: July 12th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 12, 2013 – 8:39 am

The offense is complete on Mike Chappell’s all-Indy team with the center position being named. Also, check out some national headlines on the Colts team preview in USA Today, along with some financial observations from ESPN on the Colts offseason.

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 Friday, July 12th.  

All-time Indy Colts center: Ray Donaldson

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The offense is complete with perhaps a surprise at the center position in Ray Donaldson.

Donaldson makes Chappell’s all-Indy team over Jeff Saturday.

“Ray had some issues with management,’’ former long-time Colts assistant coach Rick Venturi said, “but he was just a monster. He was a dominating center.

“He wasn’t just a guy who was part of the five and maybe did the (pre-snap) direction. That guy was a dominating force.’’

Colts offseason report: Pagano determined to improve

By: Nate Davis, USA Today

The Colts team report in USA Today comes with a look at the higher expectations from those outside the city of Indianapolis.

It was a busy offseason for the Colts personnel department and frankly, the staff wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We’re going in the right direction, we have the right temperament,” second-year general manager Ryan Grigson recently told the team’s website. “(But) this league’s about competition. You can never smell the roses in this business.”

The offseason moves were a plenty on both sides of the ball and that included offensive coordinator Bruce Arians taking the head job with the Arizona Cardinals.

“That’s just part of the landscape in today’s NFL, it’s just the way it is. There’s gonna be turnover. Some years, you don’t want it — you’d love continuity,” said Pagano, noting the Colts could be breaking in up to nine new starters.

“When you do win, and you have success, and you put your ego aside, good things are gonna happen. There’s gonna be enough credit to go around. Bruce getting a job, and other guys getting jobs and other players getting contracts — that’s just a byproduct of winning.”

Will $100 million boost the Colts, Titans?

By: Paul Kuharsky, ESPN AFC South Blog

Kuharsky’s latest blog entry comes with a look at the spending of the Colts and Titans this offseason.

ESPN analyst John Clayton took a look at the teams who spent $100 million or more each offseason since 2007 and the result has been an average of zero additional wins.

Kuharsky wrote…

Grigson and Webster made plans, targeted players and crafted deals. Both feel confident their teams will be more like the 2012 Rams (5½ more wins) and 2008 Jets (5 more, and the lone winning record on the list) than like the 2012 Saints (six fewer wins in difficult circumstances) or the 2011 Jaguars (three fewer).

The Colts and Titans spread out their spending more than many of the teams on the list, and more than this offseason’s biggest spender, the Miami Dolphins, who gave receiver Mike Wallace five years and $60 million.


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Colts Daily Headlines: Weekend Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 8, 2013 – 7:30 am

A recap from the four-day weekend begins with a tremendous feature from the Indianapolis Star on Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Also included, is Mike Chappell’s picks for the receiving position on his all-Indy team.

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 Thursday, July 4th-Monday, July 8th   

Colts new backup QB Matt Hasselbeck wanted to start … but he wants a Super Bowl even more

By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star

A Sunday feature spotlighted the Colts backup quarterback and the veteran experience he brings to Indianapolis.

The article profiles Hasselbeck’s relationship with Andrew Luck, a friendly wager with fellow quarterback Chandler Harnish, and ultimately the most important reason he chose the Colts.

“I wanted to start, sure, but more than anything, I wanted to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “That was my first priority. When it came down to it, that’s what I wanted most.

“And that’s why I’m here.”

All-time Indy Colts receivers: Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The offense of Chappell’s all-Indy team is now complete with the addition of two of the NFL’s greatest receivers.

Chappell’s blog post takes a look at No. 87 and 88 with a quote from Wayne on what the two playing together meant for opposing defenses.

“We really went into games saying, ‘OK, pick your poison,’’’ Wayne said. “It changed the game. You might want to ask those defensive backs how it was.

“You couldn’t really key on one guy. When you’ve got two guys out there who are tooled and ready to go, it’s tough. We showed that for years.’’

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 24, 2013 – 7:30 am

When evaluating the Colts 2013 NFL Draft, the name Vontae Davis must be taken into consideration.

The Colts traded away their second rounder in this year’s draft to acquire Davis and it’s safe to say the move paid off.

After battling injuries in the early part of 2012, Davis averaged over six tackles a game in the month of December and three interceptions to close out the year.

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Now, Davis is taking part in his first offseason in Indianapolis and is enjoying his change of scenery.

“It’s a blessing from above,” Davis said of the trade to Indy. “I think I’m here in a better position, not only for myself but for the organization.”

Davis’ talent has always been highly thought of around the NFL and it was a major factor in why he was a first round draft pick out of Illinois in the 2009 draft.

Ryan Grigson knew the price he was giving up when acquiring Davis last August but the Colts GM has no doubt that it was worth giving up such a high draft pick.

“We expect greatness from Vontae,” Grigson said earlier this month.

“Everyone knows what he is capable of. It’s time for him to turn the corner in his career the way his brother (Vernon) did out in San Francisco. We saw glimpses and impressive flashes last year, but we expect him to put it all together this fall.”

During the past month, it’s been the names of Greg Toler and LaRon Landry who have received many of the headlines.

Davis has been strong on his side of the secondary and is ready to build off of his three interceptions in the final two regular season games last year.

“I came in and I had to adjust to learn the defense on the go,” Davis said. “Once I picked it up, I kind of settled in. I’m trying to pick up where I left off.”

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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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