Free Agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw visiting the Indianapolis Colts today.
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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 Thursday, June 6th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Chappell takes a look at a pair of second-year receivers in T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill and what they bring to the receiver position in 2013.
Hilton was at the top, or near it, in virtually every rookie receiving category but there’s one area he is looking to improve this fall.
“Right now I’m focusing on my drops from last year,” he said Wednesday. “I had way too many. That’s not like me.”
“That’s what bothered me,” he said. “I rarely drop passes. When they happen, I really get down on myself.”
Chappell’s notebook also takes a look at Brazill moving down in the locker room next to 13-year veteran Reggie Wayne.
By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin
Reggie Wayne was back in Indianapolis on Wednesday to take part in this week’s portion of OTAs for the Colts.
Over his 13 years in the NFL, Wayne has bounced back and forth between Miami and Indianapolis during this time of year but this week he felt the need to be up north.
It’s the second season that Wayne has worked with quarterback Andrew Luck and the Pro Bowl receiver continues to be amazed about how developed the signal caller is at the age of 23.
“He’s my quarterback so I’m going to be biased,” Wayne said. “It’s like he’s a seven-, eight-, nine-year vet. He’s handled everything extraordinarily well. He’s doing a great job. He’s talking in meetings, and he has a little hand up on everybody with this offense, and that’s even better. But he’s doing what a quarterback should. He’s being a leader and showing everybody what to do.”
Last year, Wayne talked about how the season made him feel young again with all the new faces and a new offensive scheme.
The calendar might have turned to 2013 but that feeling still runs deep with Wayne and he’s eager for a strong 2013.
“Last year opened my eyes a little bit,” Wayne said. “A lot of people think since you’ve got a young team, you are not going to do so well. But we were able to show a couple people what a young team can do. And I feel like we can do the same thing this year. If I’m not mistaken, we got like 32, 36 new faces again. So we just got to follow that same diagram as last year. And we got to top that one.”
By: George Bremer, Anderson Herald Bulletin
In Bremer’s notebook, he also takes a look at the young receivers and how vital they will be in the Colts offense.
“They are going to be a big, big part of this offense,” Luck said of the young receivers. “They were a big part last year. They caught a lot of balls, a lot of big balls. For us to be productive, we are going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute.”
Bremer goes on to share Colts first round pick Bjoern Werner’s excitement to head to Lucas Oil Stadium next Wednesday for the open minicamp practice.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s the first time in the stadium so I can’t wait just to be in there. It’s the first time fans can see me practice, pretty pumped up.”
By: Tom James, Terre Haute Tribune
The theme of Wednesday’s ninth OTA was Luck and Wayne, and James followed suit with a look at the progress of the offense in general.
“I think we’re rolling. I definitely think that we’ll take advantage of the rest of the OTAs [organized team activities] and what we have left. But heading into [mandatory] mini-camp [next week] will be big for us,” the Colts’ signal-caller said after Wednesday’s team workout.
“It will be nice to be out there. It’s been a positive segment so far. Let’s finish this segment [OTA workouts] out well and go to the next one [mandatory mini-camp].”
James also throws in notes about Bjoern Werner hanging out with the German National Soccer team and Andrew Luck’s trip to London.
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Over the past few weeks you’ve heard Bjoern’s Werner’s high school coach rave about the type of person that the city of Indianapolis will be getting in the Colts 2013 first round pick.
His college coach Jimbo Fisher lauded Werner’s never-ending motor.
But how about his newest coaches with the Indianapolis Colts?
Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel has already watched Werner pick the brains of veterans Robert Mathis and Cory Redding in an effort to try an absorb as much knowledge as possible at the NFL level.
“He’s a sponge – very good in the classroom,” Emanuel said. “He’s just a football junkie. He likes being around the building. Everything I’ve seen from Bjoern leads me to believe he should have a great career.”
Throughout OTAs, linebackers coach Jeff Fitzgerald has been working Werner on both sides of the Colts four-man linebacker look.
Werner primarily played with his hand in the dirt during his time at Florida State but has made the transition to a standup role.
“We are just trying to bring him into the whole picture. He’s going to learn his responsibilities,” Fitzgerald said.
“What I see from him is the ability to play RUSH linebacker or SAM linebacker somewhere down the road. He’s setting his feet. I think we’ve got him in the right spot right now but we will have flexibility in time, as he develops.”
Unlike last season, Colts rookies across the board are not needed to be pressed into starting roles from day one.
That might eventually come, but for now Werner finds himself among some talented outside linebackers and that’s music to Fitzgerald’s ears.
“Ideally it’s going to be a good problem,” Fitzgerald said of the depth at outside linebacker. “We are going to have some good players sitting on the sidelines with us during games. We are going to have to give these guys different packages, get everybody involved.”
“What happens is that when you have these type of tools, it allows you to be a little bit more creative with these things and third down is a big part of creation and devising different ways and means of doing things.”
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