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Griff Whalen creating some noise at the receiver position

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 31, 2013 – 8:45 am

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.”

Whalen has been a popular target of Colts quarterbacks early on in training camp and seems to be picking up where he left off in 2012.temp2013_0730_TC_0806--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

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.”

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