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Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 9, 2012 – 6:07 pm

As veterans in the Colts secondary, safety Antoine Bethea and cornerback Jerraud Powers have taken on a strong voice in the team’s locker room.

Both have been mainstays in the starting lineup during their careers with the Colts, and have helped mentor a young secondary this training camp.

Who is the third most experienced returnee in the 20-member Colts secondary?

That distinction would fall to No. 37 Brandon King.

“I’ve got to prove everything just like everybody else does,” King said. “It’s a performance-based league. You get paid by how you perform. So if you don’t perform you can’t get paid.”

King’s performance during the team’s first week and a half of training camp has been impressive. The Purdue product has three interceptions during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

This is King’s third season on the Colts roster. After spending all of 2010 with the team, he was on the Dolphins roster until December of 2011 when the Colts signed him off Miami’s practice squad for the remainder of the year.

In fighting for a spot in a crowded secondary, King keeps things simple heading into the first preseason game of the year.

“Just being consistent,” King said. “You’ve got to make plays. But just being consistent and playing to the best of my ability and just playing team defense.”

The 2012 training camp is the third one King has spent with the Colts but this is the first time the team faced a little adversity in having to leave Anderson on Thursday due to inclement weather.

“I’ve never been back to (Indianapolis) for practice during camp. We’re going to make the best of it though. They always make sure we get all our work in,” he said.

The Colts did get their work in back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Facility, as the team put the pads back on after a day off on Wednesday.

At 25 years of age, King definitely doesn’t consider himself ‘old,’ but he did offer some advice for his ‘younger’ teammates.

“Don’t ever take anything for granted, go hard every chance you get, and make the most out of every repetition you get,” he said.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 5:58 pm

Training camp might not be two weeks old, but wide receiver Kris Adams has made the most of his opportunities.

At 6-foot-3-inches and 194 pounds, Adams is the biggest of the Colts receivers and he has used that frame to make several highlight reel catches in Anderson.

“I think I’m being consistent not just making plays, but doing the right thing with the amount of time that I’ve been here,” Adams said.

“I think I pretty much got the offense down. I’m looking at my mistakes throughout practice and they’re going down every day. I’ve even had a couple of days where I didn’t make mistakes at all. So as far as learning what I need to do, I’m making some plays.”

Adams will get an opportunity on Sunday to carry over what he’s done on the practice field to Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I’m going to try to make the same plays in the game that I’ve been making out here in practice and be consistent, run the right routes and make sure I don’t make any mistakes,” he said.

This marks Adams’ second season in the NFL, but his first with the Colts. Last year he bounced around different practice squads with the Bears, Rams and Vikings.

The Colts signed him in early June, so Adams was able to attend Colts minicamp the following week.

From an offensive standpoint, Adams was intrigued by what offensive coordinator Bruce Arians did during his time in Pittsburgh and how he developed receivers.

“Just looking at the offense and the way it’s setup, this is fit to pretty much anybody. If you do what you’re supposed to do in the offense, I think you’re going to come out and you’re going to make plays,” Adams said.

“Back in Pittsburgh (Coach Arians) had guys like Mike Wallace and (Antonio) Brown. Guys that weren’t on the radar. Then they get out there and they’re running that offense, and they got speed, and they’re coming alive,” Adams said.

Last year with the Bears, Adams caught three balls for 53 yards in the preseason opener. It’s a result like that he is looking for in each of the next four weeks.

“It’s always a big game if you’re trying to make a team. You’re trying to go out there and get noticed,” Adams said. “Making plays in practice is fine, but if you’re not doing the same thing in game situations when the lights are on, when your adrenaline is rushing, the pressure is on, coach is going to overlook you.”

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