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Colts veterans offer advice to 2013 rookie class

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 27, 2013 – 12:45 pm

Anthony Castonzo isn’t high maintenance when it comes to bringing items to training camp.

  • Clothes? Check.
  • Alarm Clock? Check.
  • Football stuff? Check.

“There’s really nothing else more other than that,” Castonzo said upon his arrival to Anderson on Saturday morning.

“It’s all football all the time.”

Castonzo is in his third NFL season and as he enters another training camp the Colts left tackle offered some advice to the 2013 rookie class.

“My only advice would be don’t get caught up in all the other stuff other than football because there’s so many things going on around camp,” Castonzo said. “Make sure that you have everything else under control so that when you get on the football field, your head’s not spinning.”

This time last season Coby Fleener was fresh off a busy rookie offseason, where the tight end finished up his Stanford degree while learning an NFL offense.

Fleener’s advice for the rookies?

“Take it one day at a time. Don’t look too far ahead. Definitely don’t start worrying about your job. You try to learn as much as you can and in the end, it’ll work out.”


Then there’s 11-year veteran Cory Redding who addressed the media with his name tag lanyard around his neck, like it was his first training camp.

Redding’s message is direct, one you would expect from a player with the last few years of an NFL career upon him.

“Listen. Work hard. Do what we tell you to do. Do what the coaches tell you to do and just come in and produce.”

“You’ve got to come in and go. We need production. You are here for a reason and we need all hands on deck in order to get where we want to go and everybody knows pretty much where we want to be.”

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