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Colts Daily Headlines: August 6th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 6, 2013 – 8:45 am

The Colts news on Tuesday morning surrounds the depth behind Darrius Heyward-Bey, some takeaways from Monday’s practice and the “smash mouth” approach that Pep Hamilton is looking for.

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 Tuesday, August 6th.  

Colts fan favorite Griff Whalen will get a chance in camp due to Darrius Heyward-Bey’s injury

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

With Darrius Heyward-Bey sidelined for the time being due to a knee sprain, the Colts backup receivers need to take advantage of first team reps.

Griff Whalen is one of those Colts looking for more chances and he’s making the most of it.

“I hear a little bit of it just from family and other people telling me, ‘Oh, the media says you’re doing really well,’ “ he said. “I try not to follow it too much.

“I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. Every rep, I’m trying to run the best route I can, make the best block I can, every day have the best practice I can.”

Andrew Luck at Indianapolis Colts camp: ‘I don’t need to be running with the ball’

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell’s takeaways from Monday’s practice includes some lighter moments with Robert Mathis playing the role of referee and the leadership titles being handed out by Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne.

The rest of Chappell’s pieces looks at Luck’s afternoon, a terrific catch by Wayne and the return of Greg Toler to the practice field.

Colts preparing for ‘smash-mouth’ offense

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Most quarterback would love to drop back 600+ times in a season and chuck the ball around the field.

But Andrew Luck is a realist, understanding what it means to a team’s offense to have balance.

“No, it’s great to hand the ball off,” he said. “The balance of the offense has been a lot of fun to play in. The guys up front are doing a great job, and everybody is really buying into this sort of smash-mouth approach, and I think that’s only going to help us in the passing game. So it’s been great.”

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is looking for one particular characteristic in his rushing attack.

“It’s about being physical,” Hamilton said. “It’s all about imposing our will on our opponent. We don’t want to waste plays in the run game. But there are times when, hey, they’re going to have a better call than we have, and we got to do a great job of making sure we eliminate the negative plays.


“But, our offensive linemen, they’ve done an outstanding job of accepting the challenge of being physical and having a physical mindset and buying into the fact that it’s going to hurt when we run the football. But we expect it to hurt our opponents more than it hurts us, especially in the third quarter when we continue to run the football.”


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