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Day Five Impressions: Reggie Wayne held in high regard, a windy Thursday afternoon and DHB strong again

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 1, 2013 – 8:39 pm

The Colts were back over on the practice fields at Anderson University for a shoulder pads and shorts session Thursday afternoon.

Even though the Colts weren’t in full pads, there was still some hooting and hollering from the offensive line during 9-on-9 drills, with that unit dominating a few reps.

Here are three takeaways from day five…

Reggie Wayne-“the consummate pro”: Of Andrew Luck’s first 10 completions on Thursday afternoon, half of those went to Reggie Wayne.

There’s a reason Wayne draws a round of applause for nearly every catch in training camp.

He’s been doing this for now 13 years and Luck spoke glowingly about Wayne following Thursday’s practice.

“Wayne is the consummate professional in my mind,” Luck said. “If I were lucky enough to play as long as he’s played, that’s how I would model my behaviors in the locker room.”

Windy afternoon opens up chances for defense: The windiest practice of the 2013 training camp took place on Thursday afternoon.

Luck got off to a nice start but as the wind picked up, the secondary started to make some plays.

Vontae Davis ran under a deep ball for an interception and he also had a terrific pass deflection in the end zone that stopped a sure fire touchdown for T.Y. Hilton.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano has been pleased with the playmaking ability of his secondary this camp and Thursday’s play strengthened that notion.

Back-to-back good days for DHB: While Wayne hauled in five passes on Thursday, DHB led the receiving corps with six grabs during the afternoon practice.

Pagano said that DHB has had strong practices the past two days and he likes the progression he’s seeing from the new Colts wide receiver.

“(Heyward-Bey) had two back-to-back really good days so I think like anything else, you make a catch here, you make a catch there and yesterday opened with a big play and so I think from there he is just starting to obviously feel more comfortable in the offense terminology-wise, all the play calls, things like that and then he’s making plays whether it is big plays down the field, underneath, so I think from a confidence standpoint, a mental standpoint he is just getting more comfortable and obviously the chemistry is starting to grow between him and (Andrew) Luck.”

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The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent guard Danous Estenor and waived guard Robert Griffin.

Estenor, 6-3, 307 pounds, started 23-of-33 career games at the University of South Florida. In 2012, he started 11-of-12 games at guard and was named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Watch List. As a junior in 2011, Estenor started all 12 games at guard, helping the offense average 432.8 yards of total offense, which ranked second in the Big East. He was also part of a line that lead the conference in sacks allowed after giving up just 1.3 sacks per game.

Griffin was signed by the Colts to a Reserve/Future contract on January 1, 2013. He was originally selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Baylor and was waived by the Jets on August 31.

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Colts Daily Headlines: August 1st Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:55 am

The Colts had their second padded practice of 2013 on Wednesday. In today’s news, Mike Chappell takes a look at the physical nature of Wednesday’s practice along with the addition of a true fullback to the offense. Terre Haute Tribune’s Tom James leads off his daily notebook with a piece on the Colts personnel department’s dedication to not leaving a stone unturned.

Each morning 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 Thursday, August 1st.  

Meet Stanley Havili, Colts fullback. Yes, fullback

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

After over a decade of utilizing anything but a fullback to line up in front of the running back, the Colts have their fullback.

Chappell tells a great story about new fullback Stanley Havili meeting a person at church during the offseason.

“I introduced myself, ‘Hi, I play for the Colts.’ ”

What position do you play?

“I play fullback.”

Wait, the Colts don’t have a fullback.

Again, a grin crept across Havili’s face. He knew the irregular relationship between the Colts and fullbacks.

“I’m pretty aware (fullbacks) are foreign here,” he said.

5 scenes from Colts Camp: Including keeping everybody happy and NT Josh Chapman blowing up plays

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell takes a look at his five takeaways from Wednesday’s practice.

Here’s a look at two of his scenes where the Colts are spreading the ball around offensively and new linebacker Josh McNary’s versatility.

“Our guys have bought in that you have to be selfless,” Pep Hamilton said. “Andrew does a good job of going through his progressions and finding ways to get the football to the right guys.”

“For the most part, it’s exactly like riding a bike,” McNary said of never forgetting what to do on the football field. “There’s a few particulars, a few skill sets that you kind of have to knock the rust off of, like hand placement and some of the finesse moves that you would use.

“But yeah, for the most part, everything I would use, primarily in the pass rush and in the position specifically that I played in college, all of that stuff came back to me really quick.”

CAMP SCENE: Grigson going extra mile to improve Colts’ roster

By: Tom James, Tribune-Star

James massive notebook leads off with a look at Ryan Grigson and his personnel staff’s determination to not leave any stone unturned.

The notebook includes a plethora of items but leads off with Grigson’s comments.

“I don’t discriminate. I would see guys in those [other professional] leagues where I’d say, ‘Heck, I was in three NFL training camps. That guy can play. Why is he in this league?’ I just figure we scour those leagues as best we can and maybe we look at 250 guys and we find three guys that look like suspects and out of those three suspects, one guy can play,” Grigson explained earlier in the week.

“We had a bunch of guys and that’s a credit to our pro scouts. They actually have part of their job description is to study those other leagues and to get film. It’s getting easier with the technology we have now and the internet and being able to upload those things, but the tape quality is always not that good. But when you’re looking at players from small schools in the same way in the college evaluation process, it takes patience. You have to have guys that are willing to grind. If you have patience and you have a go-getter mindset, like I feel like our scouts have and work so hard, they’re going to find a way to find players.”





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When it comes to setting the edge, Erik Walden knows exactly what to do

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:00 am

Setting the edge.

When Chuck Pagano talks about the keys to stopping an opponent’s rushing attack those three words are quickly mentioned.

The ability to hold the point of attack and send traffic back inside is the goal of whoever is setting that edge.

Erik Walden considers this a strength of his.

“It’s just about heart,” Walden said on Wednesday.

“Setting up a wall for the defense and allow the inside backers, along with the rest of the pursuit and the other defensive players to be able to make a play on the ball.”

Walden’s ability to set the edge is one of the major reasons the Colts coveted the 250-pound outside linebacker during free agency.

“When we saw (Walden) coming out of Green Bay and when we picked him up as a free agent, he was a great player in the sense of setting the edge,” Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said.

“We always talk about setting the edge on either side. That’s what he did with the Packers and we expect him to do it here.”

In his last two seasons with the Packers, Walden played in 31 games and compiled 106 tackles and six sacks.

He is expected to line up opposite Robert Mathis this season and is a key cog at one of the Colts deepest positions.

When the pads were strapped on for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, Walden reminded Dwayne Allen who he was going up against.

“I played against (Walden) last year and he destroys tight ends,” Allen said. “He understands pad leverage and hand placement and is a very, very talented guy.”

This season Walden will don No. 93, a number that was worn on the back of Dwight Freeney’s shoulders for over a decade.temp2013_0730_TC_2236--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Walden and Freeney both have a Super Bowl ring on their resume but the Colts new No. 93 was quick to point out that this is a new chapter in his life, one he hopes finishes with a storybook ending.

“Every year is an opportunity, and what you’ve done really don’t mean nothing ‘til this point.”

“I mean anytime you got a great organization with a great quarterback and a winning franchise, that’s half of it right there. I prayed about it and I just felt that this was the best fit for me.”

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Live Chat Tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:30 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

On Thursday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 8 p.m. For the next three weeks, the chat will be every Thursday night at 8 p.m.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, the Colts have wrapped up nearly a week of practice with pads being donned for Tuesday and Wednesday.

What are your burning questions heading with training camp fully underway and a few padded practices in the books?

Do you like what you’re hearing from Anderson so far?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.

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