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’s Top 10 photo gallery is all about the last “10 DAYS” in the life of me, your Indianapolis Colts Team Photographer. It’s not really about me, but about the variety of subjects that I had the opportunity to photograph over the last 10 days. As the Team Photographer, my only goal is to make everything that I photograph associated with this organization look as amazing as possible! A quick rundown of my photo assignments: 2013 Cheer Showcase, 2013 Chuckstong Tailgate Gala, Local Player Combine, off-season player workouts and a Grigson press conference thrown in for good measure! These assignments game me a nice variety of subjects that really made my days interesting! I had to use a large assortment of equipment, depending on the assignment. For the Cheer Showcase, I shot from the back of the Hilbert Circle Theatre with a 400mm lens to get me close to the action! I used the extreme opposite of that to capture the players during their off-season workout, using a 17mm wide angle lens. Shooting the players in the weight room with a 17mm lens allows me no place to hide. As a result, I get some very interesting poses and facial expressions that the players know I can’t use….so the games begin! This Top 10 photo gallery will give you an inside look at a week in my life!
If you have a great theme idea for a “Tuesday’s Top 10″ photo gallery, please let me know!
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A year into what he hopes is a long and productive NFL career, Vick Ballard is dealing with change.
The change comes with a new offensive system in year two and any questions to Ballard about his 814-yard rookie season will undoubtedly lead to what’s ahead, not what’s behind.
“I tried to close the book,” Ballard said of looking back on the 2012 season in which he finished second among all AFC rookie running backs in rushing yards.
“That was last year and this is this year. We’ve got high expectations and I’m just working on them.”
From an individual standpoint, Ballard pointed to his yards per carry rising above four (he averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season) as something he is striving for in 2013.
One addition that should help that number is the acquisition of fullback Stanley Havili.
“It’s really like having another offensive lineman to me because as many blockers as you can get is always good, especially when you’ve got the ball in your hand,” Ballard said of the presence of a fullback.
The 211 carries Ballard had last year could very well rise this season and the Mississippi State product said the time off has helped his body rest up from the ‘bumps and bruises’ he had following a rookie campaign in which he played in every game.
At times last season Ballard would shake his head when media hoarded the lockers of Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne, which flank No. 33.
Now the media is gaining numbers around Ballard and while the attention is one thing, the play on the field in 2013 is the only thing that matters.
“We came a long way for it to come to an end all of a sudden,” Ballard said. “It left a bitter taste in our mouth and I think we’ve still got that bitter taste and we don’t want to have it at the end of this season.”
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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 10th installment comes today with the San Diego Chargers:
San Diego Chargers 2013 Offseason:
2012 Season: 7-9 regular season. Finished 2nd in the AFC West.
Key Offseason Additions: S-Derek Cox, RB-Danny Woodhead.
Key Offseason Losses: CB-Antoine Cason (Cardinals), DT-Aubrayo Franklin (Colts), T-Jared Gaither, OLB-Shaun Phillips, LB-Takeo Spikes, OG-Louis Vasquez (Broncos).
2013 Draft Picks: 1-11, 2-45, 3-74, 4-110, 5-145, 6-179 7-221
Analysis: The Chargers jumped out to a 3-1 record in 2012 and closed the season winning three of their four final contests. The middle was the problem, however, dropping seven of eight games in between. That brought about change in the front office and on the sideline. Former Colts Vice President of Football Operations Tom Telesco is the Chargers new general manager. Former Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy takes over as head coach in San Diego.
Telesco came to San Diego fresh off a roster overhaul in Indianapolis. He is having to do the same thing out west and has accomplished that during his first offseason as an NFL general manager. While the losses are significant, quarterback Philip Rivers is now working with quarterback guru McCoy and has three quality running backs to rely on thanks to the addition of Woodhead.
Virtually every mock draft has the Chargers looking towards one of the two elite guards in Thursday’s draft (Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper) or taking Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson. After losing Gaither and Vasquez, a talented young offensive lineman would seem to be the logical choice for Telesco’s first draft as general manager.
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