If you are a frequent reader of the Colts.com blog than you know that second-year tight end Coby Fleener has an impressive resume away from the gridiron.
Fleener writes a blog for his own website and on Tuesday afternoon he added another edition as he returns to Indianapolis for offseason workouts.
In this week’s entry, Fleener talks about what he learned in a course offered by the NFL at Standford University”s Graduate School of Business.
Find out what Fleener learned during the course and the Cardinal tight end also threw in a little nugget about training with Tiger Woods (a former Stanford golfer) by clicking here.
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Hey Colts fans, it’s Matt Bowen your Colts Team Photographer. I will be posting my “Tuesday’s Top 10″ photo gallery linked to this blog on colts.com! The photo galleries will always have a theme, ranging from game action to creative images around the Colts Complex!
Today let’s talk about the coin toss! The coin toss is always a very exciting and interesting event for anyone that has the chance to experience it! It is an opportunity to feel what it’s like to stand on the 50 yard line in the middle of an NFL stadium packed with 70,000 fans. The fans that are chosen to participate in the coin toss vary from game to game, but the one constant you find at every Colts home and away games are the players…and yours truly! My goal during the coin toss is capture cool images of our players and give our fans a game day perspective not seen by many people. My favorite angle to shoot during the coin toss is with my camera on the ground at the feet of the opposing team shooting up at our players with the massive stadium in the background. The only drawback to this approach is that sometimes I end up with the other teams photographer in my shot and vice versa. Another approach is to shoot directly above the coin toss getting a bird’s eye view of both teams. To get my camera that high in the air, I mount it on an 8ft. monopod and hold it directly over the player’s heads (scary thought, I know). I use a wireless remote to trigger my camera and hope and pray that I end up with something in focus! Both angles provide a dramatic look into a part of an NFL game that usually only the players experience.
If you have a great theme idea for a “Tuesday’s Top 10″ photo gallery, please let me know!
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The draft is on April 25-27, starting nine days from now.
To help get fans fired up as the 2013 team takes further shape, we have posted pictures of 60 draft picks during the Indianapolis era and have asked fans to vote for the best all-time choice during our local era.
In a week’s worth of tabulation, the top 10 reads like this:
1268, Peyton Manning (D1-98)
814, Andrew Luck (D1-12)
757, Reggie Wayne (D1-01)
660, Marvin Harrison (D1-96)
497, Dwight Freeney (D1-02)
497, Edgerrin James (D1-99)
439, Robert Mathis (D5-03)
398, Dallas Clark (D1-03)
389, Marshall Faulk (D1-94)
280, Antoine Bethea (D6-06)
Six days ago, we posted the early leaders, and there has been no change in the order. Edgerrin James has caught Dwight Freeney, and Marshall Faulk has sneaked up on Dallas Clark.
Faulk (1994) and Marvin Harrison (1996) are the two draft-oldest players in the voting.
Peyton Manning (1998) is the third-oldest in draft chronology, and he leads runner-up Andrew Luck, the youngest player in the top 10, by a wide margin.
The Manning-Luck 1-2 punch could underscore the value of their position while highlighting the talent each brings to it. It is a quarterback-driven league.
Numbers three (Reggie Wayne) and four (Marvin Harrison) are and were (respectively) frequent targets in the club’s potent passing offense.
Both Harrison (12,766) and Wayne (10,602) went past 10,000 yards in completions from Manning, while Wayne snared 106 passes for 1,355 yards from Luck in 2013.
The bulk of the players in the top 10 were a part of the 2000-09 decade when the Colts won 115 regular-season games, six division titles, two AFC crowns and Super Bowl XLI. Manning (141), Wayne (127), Harrison (118), Freeney (112) and Mathis (105) are five of the 14 Colts players who participated in more than 100 regular-season wins.
Faulk’s 1999 departure opened the door for James and from 1994-2005, the Colts had some of the most productive rushing offenses in the NFL.
As the voting continues, feel free to vote your convictions, but there are a number of players on the list who had very noteworthy careers beyond the opening rounds.
Mathis (fifth-round) and Antoine Bethea (sixth-round) are the two lowest round players in the top 10. There are some on the list of 60 who had great careers, too.
Thank you again for voting. We love the support you have for the Colts.
We know you are looking forward to next week’s draft.
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Between now and the beginning of the NFL Draft (April 25), Colts.com will take an offseason look at each of the Colts 2013 opponents. The fifth installment comes today with the Oakland Raiders:
Oakland Raiders 2013 Offseason:
2012 Season: 4-12 regular season. Finished 3rd in the AFC West.
Key Offseason Additions: LB-Kevin Burnett, QB-Matt Flynn, CB-Mike Jenkins, CB-Tracy Porter, LB-Nick Roach DT-Pat Sims
Key Offseason Losses: WR-Darrius Heyward-Bey (Colts), S-Michael Huff (Ravens), DT-Tommy Kelly (Patriots), P-Shane Lechler (Texans), LB-Rolando McClain (Ravens), QB-Carson Palmer (Cardinals) and LB-Philip Wheeler (Dolphins)
2013 Draft Picks: 1-3, 2-37, 3-66, 4-100, 5-131, 6-172, 6-176, 6-205, 7-209, 7-219
Analysis: Through the first two months of the 2012 season, the Raiders were in the thick of the AFC West at 3-4. However, the final two months did not go as planned and Oakland dropped eight of their final nine contests and carry the third pick with them into next week’s NFL Draft.
Patience has been the word of choice for Raiders fans. General manager Reggie McKenzie has made some serious news the last two weeks. Offensively, the quarterback position seems to be Matt Flynn’s after the Raiders acquired the former Packers and Seahawks signal caller. Flynn should take over for last year’s starter Carson Palmer, who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals earlier this month.
The linebacker position will see a large overhaul in 2013 with Burnett and Roach leading the additions. Up front, the Raiders lost some key veterans but did add Sims and a few mock drafts have them choosing Florida’s Sharrif Floyd with the No. 3 overall pick. The secondary lost Huff but the cornerback spot upgraded with Jenkins and Porter joining Oakland the last two weeks. The Raiders also will be looking for a new punter after seven-time Pro Bowler Shane Lechler moved on to Houston.
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