Wednesday was a day for the Colts on the airwaves of 1070 The Fan.
Here is a link to all of the Colts interviews from Wednesday:
Grady & Big Joe Show
Dan Dakich Show
The Ride with JMV
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Day Four Impressions: DHB’s big catch(es), 7th round picks impress and the defense continues strong startPosted by on – 5:53 pm
Spitting rain in the morning ceased in the afternoon as the Colts moved over to Macholtz Stadium for Wednesday’s padded practice.
With the pads on, the spirit continued to rise in the trenches and some of the Colts rookies at the skill positions shined on Wednesday.
Here are three takeaways from day four…
DHB wastes no time getting involved: Pep Hamilton talked about the diligent work that Heyward-Bey is putting in trying to sure up his hands.
The jugs machine seems to be DHB’s second home, before and after practice.
The hard work paid off on Wednesday.
On the Colts first 11-on-11 rep of the afternoon, Andrew Luck went deep to DHB and the new receiver hauled in the 50+-yard grab.
DHB said he needs to make plays in order to gain Luck’s trust and the one to start Wednesday’s practice, along with several others throughout the two-hour session added up to a very strong afternoon for the 219-pound receiver.
A day for the seventh-round draft picks: The Colts 2013 rookie class won’t come anywhere close to the same production of last year’s group but a few skill players stood out on Wednesday.
Running back Kerwynn Williams made a few nice catches out of the backfield and showcased an ability for yards after the catch. While kick returns might be Williams’ first opportunity on the playing field, he showed that he’s more than capable of getting reps in the backfield.
At the tight end position, Justice Cunningham is putting together some quality reps in the receiving department.
There are some chances behind Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener and Cunningham is a true tight end (where as Dominique Jones is more of a hybrid) that caught the ball much more consistently on Wednesday than he did during OTAs.
Defense right on pace: With two padded practices in the books, the Colts appears to be right on queue with their progress in the 3-4 system.
Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said that is usually the case early on in training camp but it has been impressive to see the Colts secondary get their hands on so many passes.
The front seven has been winning their fair share of battles during run game drills and a second unit with guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis, Bjoern Werner and Lawrence Sidbury creates quality depth.
It will be interesting to see how the offense vs. defense plays out the rest of the camp, with Pep Hamilton’s system getting more familiar with the unit.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Bjoern Werner, Coby Fleener, darrius heyward-bey, Dominique Jones, drake nevis, dwayne allen, Greg Manusky, josh chapman, kerwynn williams, lawrence sidbury
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Who led the Colts in receiving during the 2012 preseason?
The answer to that question might not be the guy you are thinking.
With 12 catches and 125 yards receiving, Griff Whalen made the most of his opportunities as an undrafted free agent during last year’s preseason.
Unfortunately a foot injury sidelined the Stanford product for his entire rookie season.
Now fully healthy, Whalen is once again turning some heads, and one very important man is taking notice.
“He’s a very, very consistent guy, cerebral guys, doesn’t make (mental mistakes), knows every intricacy of the offense so he’s able to play fast and he’s got a great set of hands,” Chuck Pagano said of Whalen on Tuesday
“He doesn’t drop any footballs and he makes plays so I’m happy where he’s at.”
No. 17 has also been approached on several occasions by offensive players asking questions on the Colts new offense.
“It’s very similar so it’s been a nice transition for me,” Whalen said. “I feel pretty comfortable just jumping back into it.”
“Pep (Hamilton) did a really nice job sort of simplifying some of it because there’s so many formations and plays, renaming some of the formations or plays so that they make more sense together. He did a good job of that so it flows pretty well now.”
With LaVon Brazill missing the first four games of the season, there are reps to be had at the fourth and fifth receiver spot in September.
If Whalen can keep producing on the field, than this Colts offense will have even more Stanford flavor come the start of the regular season.
“We have a ton of competition in our room right now which is great. I’m just trying to take advantage of everything I can.”
“It feels great to be healthy and run around again. I’m just excited to get back out there.”
Tags: chuck pagano, Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazill, Pep Hamilton
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The Colts were in pads for the first time in training camp on Wednesday. Today’s headlines includes a wonderful feature on Andrew Luck, some observations from Mike Chappell on Tuesday’s practice and a look into the growth of T.Y. Hilton.
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 Wednesday, July 31st.
By: Kimberly Jones, NFL.com
A tremendous piece from Jones on the Colts signal caller and his growth moving into year two.
Here are a few tidbits from the article…
“Right when you see a throw you think you might never see again, five or 10 plays later, you see another ‘wow’ play,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said in a quiet moment after practice. “He’s just loaded with them.”
As Wayne, the 12-year veteran, said, “I’m ‘Team Luck,’ you know? I’m all behind him. He’s going to be really good, he really is.”
There’s a reason Luck was given the nickname of “Meal Ticket” last season. Second-year tight end Dwayne Allen explained: “Because he’s everyone’s meal ticket. If he doesn’t perform, nobody eats.”
Luck’s reaction? “He just blows it off,” Allen said with a laugh.
His nickname this season? “Still ‘Meal Ticket,’ ” Allen said.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell broke down his five thoughts from Tuesday’s first padded practice of 2013.
Prior to practice, coach Chuck Pagano noted the manner with which he wants his players to approach padded practices: “We want to be competitive, but not combative.”
Chappell takes a look at Antoine Bethea’s new baby girl, charting of Andrew Luck, an injury update on the Colts and the arrival of Josh McNary.
“I think the quote of the day was (GM Ryan) Grigson approaching me, telling me, ‘It’s just like riding a bike.’ He hit it right on the head,” McNary said. “I was kind of concerned going into it, whether if I was going to be overly rusty. But it turned out to be pretty smooth, a smooth transition.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
It’s been a nice start to camp for second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Expectations have risen in year two but Hilton feels comfortable in the Colts new offense, alongside Reggie Wayne.
“We know it’s going to be harder,” Hilton said. “Guys are going to expect that. But we did a great job in Miami getting the timing down. He knows where I’m going to be, and I know what he is thinking. So, right now, it should just be fun and just go deep.”
Where exactly Hilton lines up in year two remains to be seen but rest assured he will get his touches.
“That guy’s a freak,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I’d hate to be the guy on the opposite side of the ball. I know our defensive guys make sure they know where he’s at all the time. He just keeps growing and growing and growing.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, antoine bethea, chuck pagano, dwayne allen, josh mcnary, Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton
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