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 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 Thursday, August 1st.
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.
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.”
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.”
Tags: josh mcnary, Pep Hamilton, ryan grigson, Stanley Havili
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