It was a busy first day of practice for the Colts. Andrew Luck was steady on day one as he tries to establish a rapport with Darrius Heyward-Bey. Those pieces are below, along with a Monday Morning Quarterback preview of the Colts and Chuck Pagano’s mindset heading into year two.
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 pieces from Monday, July 29th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The first training camp practice of 2013 is in the books and Mike Chappell gave his readers a few points of interest after Sunday.
On target: OK, camp is a somewhat controlled environment from an offense vs. defense standpoint, but QB Andrew Luck enjoyed a solid first day nonetheless. In 7-on-7 and “team” drills, he completed 22-of-34 passes with one interception and touchdown passes to TE Coby Fleener and WR T.Y. Hilton. The TD to Fleener was sweet — down the right seam and slightly behind Fleener to keep the pass away from a converging DB.
O-line: As expected the starting unit consisted of LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Donald Thomas, C Samson Satele, RG Mike McGlynn and RT Gosder Cherilus. Rookie Hugh Thornton, who worked in the offseason as McGlynn’s backup, watched practice with his right foot in a protective boot.
One for the ‘D:’ CB Cassius Vaughn provided a defensive highlight in “team” drills. Coverage took him to the right sideline where he intercepted by Matt Hasselbeck pass. Vaughn picked up a convoy of blockers and took it to the end zone.
By: Andy Benoit, Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback
The Colts team preview was featured on the new Monday Moring Quarterback website and credit writer Andy Benoit for going in-depth in his preview.
Here is a brief intro to Benoit’s piece where he names Andrew Luck his best young quarterback in the NFL…
But through all the commotion, one young quarterback was the unquestioned best of the bunch: Andrew Luck. Mobile QBs are sexy, but there has always been, and always will be, a distinct place in the NFL for a superstar drop-back passer. Luck is that and more.
Luck is also part of an organization that’s well-run and primed for long-term prosperity just one year into its post-Manning Era. The Colts are owned by one of sports’ most unique (but dedicated) characters, Jim Irsay. They play in a state-of-the-art downtown venue, in front of a rabid Midwestern fan base. Their second-year head coach, Chuck Pagano, garners immense respect not just from his players, but also from everyone around the league. And their 41-year-old general manager is coming off one of the best debut seasons for any executive in NFL history.
By: Michael Marot, Associated Press
Marot took a look at the Colts mindset with the opening of training camp Sunday.
”We can sit there and read the press clippings and pat ourselves on the back and certainly get complacent. We’re not going to get complacent,” Pagano said after the Colts wrapped up their first two practices. ”You get complacent in this league, you go right back to where you were. It’s kind of unfinished business for us.”
Pagano spoke of a highlight clip that he showed his team during the first meeting of training camp to show just how close the Colts were in 2012.
”We showed a clip last night, a highlight, and it ended with the scoreboard in the playoff game,” Pagano said. ”There was 12 minutes and 30 seconds to go on the clock and it’s in the fourth quarter and it was a one-score game, and we had the ball first-and-five on their 18-yard line.
That’s a team that eventually won the Super Bowl. So our expectations don’t change. The ultimate goal is always a world championship.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Darrius Heyward-Bey was brutally honest when describing how he was going to go about gaining Andrew Luck’s trust.
“You got to make plays out there,” the receiver commonly known by his intials as DHB said after the morning walkthrough. “When he throws it up there, you got to come down with the ball. That’s what a quarterback looks for, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
During the offseason the appeal to Indianapolis was a winning culture for DHB and it’s something he welcomes in his fifth NFL season.
“Just the way they do their business around here,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s all about making sure everybody’s comfortable, making sure all the players are taken care of, and winning. To go from 2-14 to 11 wins in one season, that’s amazing. And that starts from the bottom. It starts from the owner all the way down to the equipment guys.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Cassius Vaughn, chuck pagano, Coby Fleener, darrius heyward-bey, ryan grigson, T.Y. Hilton
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