Each morning Colts.com 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, May 31st.
By: Andy Flores, The Purdue Exponent
Grigson headed back to his college days earlier this week as Purdue honored a former Boilermaker with the Drew Brees Mental Toughness Award
“It helped me to find out what I was truly made of, when I was pushed to the brink in every which way, mentally, physically and spiritually,” Grigson said. “It made me find out who I truly was and I build off (of) that because I know that I have inner strength, when it’s all said and done.”
In receiving the award, Grigson pointed to some cerebral characteristic in what he is trying to push on other people every day.
“Mental toughness is something I want to instill in my children (and) it’s something that I want to instill in (the Colts) organization because it definitely gets you through when facing adversity,” Grigson said. “In this league you never know what’s around the corner and if you don’t have mental toughness, you’re not going to survive very long or be successful really in any avenue in life, let alone the National Football League.”
By: Tom James, The Tribune Star
In James’ extended notebook he takes a look at the impressive veteran participation that Chuck Pagano and the coaching staff has received during this off-season’s OTAs.
“Our goal is to come out here with the intention of getting better at something every day individually, as position groups, offense, defense, special teams. And as a team. We feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”
Pagano points out that the main goal during this time period is getting everyone acclimated before the pads are strapped on in late July.
“Between the [veteran] free agents, the draft choices, the college free agents, those type of guys, everybody we brought in here, they’ve done a great job of picking up the information. The coaches have been doing an outstanding job of presenting the information to them. So a bunch [of information] is sticking.”
Tags: chuck pagano, ryan grigson
Posted in Colts Blog, COLTS DAILY HEADLINES
Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
This Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 11 a.m. During the offseason, the chat will take place every two weeks and it will move to a weekly schedule once the regular season gets closer.
The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.
For this week, the Colts are in the process of wrapping up OTAs with a mandatory minicamp on the horizon June 11-13.
What questions do you have about the Colts through over half of their OTAs? Have you been pleased with the Colts offseason with the month of June about to hit?
We will concentrate on these topics but whatever questions you have, I will try and address in the course of an hour.
Feel free to join the chat via this link around 11:00 a.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.
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The Last Word returns tonight at 6pm on FM 107.5, 1070 and 1070thefan.com. The Fan previewing tomorrow’s big game six between the Pacers and Heat. Sean Deveney, NBA insider for the Sporting News, sheds some light on the big game with Matt Taylor, Jimmy Matis and Jeffrey Gorman. The fellas also have some fun talking music and fantasy sports with Mike Mills, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with REM!
Posted in Colts Blog
A total of 18 years of NFL experience was missing from the Colts wide receiver corps on Wednesday afternoon.
With Darrius Heyward-Bey and Reggie Wayne not participating in the Colts fifth OTA, the opportunity was there for first and second year receivers to make an impression with the first unit.
T.Y. Hilton highlighted the afternoon but it was a couple of other second year receivers who relished the chance to work extensively with Andrew Luck.
“Right now it’s valuable to get into a good relationship with Andrew,” LaVon Brazill said. “With DHB and Reggie not here, that will just build our confidence and build the trust with Andrew.”
Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards in his rookie campaign but now is in the process of learning a new offensive scheme in his first full set of OTAs after balancing school last offseason.
The offense is still a learning process for Brazill but he has shown flashes with some impressive catches over the past month.
At the other end of the locker room is fellow second year receiver Nathan Palmer.
Last season, Palmer joined the Colts off the 49ers practice squad in late September and played in five games as an undrafted free agent.
Palmer feels like he’s on even ground in 2013 as he enters his first offseason with an offense virtually all at the same learning curve.
“I get to start fresh with everybody, instead of just right into the fire into the middle of things,” Palmer said. “I get to learn the offense from the ground-up, on the same pace as everyone else.”
Before long DHB and Wayne will return and the young, speedy receivers will be blended in with the veterans to complete Luck’s targets.
But for Wednesday, it was a youth movement on the Colts practice field and that was just fine with Palmer.
“Anytime you get a chance to step up in the absence of guys that are starting, it’s a good time to get out there, get more reps than you normally don’t get and just try to take advantage of the opportunity that you have,” Palmer said.
Tags: Andrew Luck, darrius heyward-bey, LaVon Brazill, nathan palmer, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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