Bjoern Werner, meet Colts fans.
Colts fans, meet Bjoern Werner.
That introduction will take place later this afternoon as Werner will walk into Lucas Oil Stadium to take part in an open minicamp practice.
“It’s awesome. It’s the first time in the stadium, so I can’t wait just to be in there. It’s the first time the fans can see me practice, pretty pumped up,” Werner said about today’s practice.
The smile that Werner brought into the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on the day following his selection in the 2013 NFL Draft hasn’t left for long over the past month.
His heritage is evident when Werner and quarterback Andrew Luck talk to each other in German, much to the chagrin of fellow teammates.
“There are a few people who can speak actually a little German here,” Werner said with that smile. “Sometimes we just walk around and speak a little German and people are just looking at us. They get mad. ‘This is America.’”
With a locker next to the vocal Cory Redding, it’s pretty clear that Werner has been welcomed with open arms.
“I just noticed it right when I came in,” Werner said of the friendly locker room.
“I met all the new guys. The team chemistry is really special.”
On the field, Werner has been able to showcase the ability that awed head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson during the draft process.
With Robert Mathis missing some OTA time due to his wedding, Werner has gotten plenty of reps with the first team defense over the past month.
Werner is continuing to grow into his role on the outside of the Colts 3-4 hybrid alignment and has flashed glimpses of the four-point stance off the edge.
Today, thousands of Colts fans will get a look at that stance that and will soon get to know a genuine personality that does not follow the typical athlete stereotype.
His high school coach echoed the fun-loving, hard-working nature that has been seen in Werner and it’s the latter that the Colts first-round pick is focused on moving forward.
“You always have to try to get better,” Werner said. “I think I have the playbook down and now it’s just improving my technique, the two-point stance, everything. I’m just getting adjusted to everything.”
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