To branch off yesterday’s article on Jeff Fitzgerald and his versatility at the linebacker position, here are some more comments from the Colts linebackers coach.
Fitzgerald just wrapped up an offseason working with a few new faces and here’s a look at three of them below:
On what he has seen from new linebacker Erik Walden:
“He’s football savvy so he has a pretty good idea. Now, it’s learning the terminology, understanding the type of techniques that we use, when and how we use those techniques.
Right now, he’s kind of transitioning into just learning what we are doing. We still see good things on the field. He understands what he’s doing, understands the fine details of his job, I’m excited. He’s going to be alright.”
On what intrigued Fitzgerald when he popped in the film of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Kelvin Sheppard:
“What we saw on tape was a guy who could find the football, was able to get down in the box and do some really good physical, attack type of things, both in the blitz game and playing base, taking on blockers and doing that.
“He seemed to have a very good understanding of what the scheme was and where he fit in the run game and what he was able to do coming out of the box.”
On rookie Bjoern Werner working on both sides of the Colts four-man linebacker corps:
“We are just trying to bring him into the whole picture. He’s going to learn his responsibilities. What I see from him is the ability to play RUSH linebacker, or SAM linebacker somewhere down the road. I think we’ve got him in the right spot right now but we will have flexibility in time, as he develops.”
Tags: Bjoern Werner, erik walden, Jeff FitzGerald, kelvin sheppard
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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 Wednesday, June 26th
By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
In the first entry of Chappell’s all-time Indy Colts team, the pick was a no brainer in Peyton Manning at the quarterback position.
The other nominees were Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck but this choice was a slam dunk as Chappell took a look at Manning’s final press conference in March, 2012.
“This town and this team means so much to me,” Manning said. “It has truly been an honor to play in Indianapolis. I do love it here. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
“I truly have enjoyed being your quarterback.’’
Back at ya.
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Colts camp will head back to Anderson for the fourth straight year and Bremer takes a look at what type of team fans will see come July 28th.
“It’s just the way it is,” head coach Chuck Pagano said at the close of the Colts’ three-day mini-camp two weeks ago. “There’s going to be turnover. Some years you don’t want to, you’d love continuity. But, like we said last year, when you do win and you have success and you put your ego aside, good things are going to happen. There’s going to be enough credit to go around.”
Bremer breaks down the camp schedule along with including some quotes from minicamp, one from quarterback Andrew Luck on where the offense stands heading into Anderson.
“We’re nowhere near perfect,” he said. “I would hope we’re not near perfect at this point. I think it was great to have the whole team together, to start to see some of the pieces come into place and to see guys compete. I’m happy to get this part done and have the break and really looking forward to training camp now.”
By: JR Riddick, The Daily Press
Luck attended a football camp at William & Mary earlier this week, instructing young kids along with fellow NFL quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan.
Luck also spoke with the camp attendees and offered some advice.
“Growing up for me, in my family, education was as much a premium as playing sports was,” Luck said. “So I wanted to make sure that they focused on both of those things.”
The Colts quarterback looked back on his days attending camps as a child and recalled what he remembers.
“I remember going to the Manning Passing Academy when I was a kid and watching Chris Carter run routes, it was like watching a beautiful opera, which had a big impression on me,” Luck said, referring to the former Minnesota Vikings receiver and current ESPN analyst.
“So now, looking back on how much fun I had at those camps, I just try to give back and hopefully have a positive impact on some of these kids in the way those guys had on me.”
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