For many NFL veterans well into their 30s the preseason schedule of four games might seem a bit monotonous.
Reggie Wayne will begin his 13th preseason slate on Sunday and for him the preseason is business as usual.
“When you go into them any other way, bad things happen,” Wayne said of his approach to the four game preseason schedule. “Honestly I take them very serious for the most part.”
The Colts offensive coordinators might have changed in 2013 but having Wayne line up at different spots is here to stay.
“The name of the game is you want to try to create mismatches, so Pep (Hamilton) does a great job of moving everybody around, trying to get the receivers on a linebacker and things of that nature,” Wayne said.
“I’ve been all over, so right where you thought you saw me the play before, I’ll be somewhere different the next. So stay tuned.”
During Wayne’s Friday press conference he offered Colts fans some more insight into what exactly his role will be in Hamilton’s offense.
There’s going to be some more blocking duties for Wayne, something that many receivers would turn a shoulder too, but not this one.
“If you need me to turn 87 into 78, I’ll block. Whatever you need me to do that’s what I’m here to do. I just want to do whatever I can to help this team win games.”
“If it’s blocking, if it’s going across the middle, if it’s getting somebody some Gatorade, whatever it is, I want to do it. I want to do it good and I want to be the best at it.”
One area where Wayne wouldn’t delve into too much on Friday was his individual goals for the season.
It’s all about the team goals for Wayne and at the age of 34, the six-time Pro Bowler is ready to get started on achieving those.
“We know what our goals are and that’s one, the division, two, try to get the best seed that you possibly can for the playoffs and three is to hoist that trophy. So that’s more the goals that’s more in bold print more than all the individuals.”
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Day 11 Impressions: Dwayne Allen getting a 2nd opinion, continuity on offensive line and Sunday’s outlookPosted by on August 9, 2013 – 5:23 pm
It was a light day of work for the Colts on Friday as the team experienced probably the hottest day of the 2013 training camp.
The two-hour practice, with just helmets, consisted of mostly situational work as the team prepares for its preseason opener on Sunday
Here are three takeaways from day 11…
Dwayne Allen gets a second opinion: Chuck Pagano addressed the media after Friday’s practice and said that tight end Dwayne Allen will be getting a second opinion on his foot injury.
A loss of Allen for any time is significant considering everything that he does for this offense.
Expect rookie Justice Cunningham to get plenty of first team reps on Sunday along with Coby Fleener.
The Colts will only work with three tight ends on Sunday as Dominique Jones, who’s been cross training at the fullback position, will likely get a good amount of work at tight end.
Continuity along the offensive line strong: As the Colts wrap up Week Two of the preseason, the starting five along the offensive line has not missed a practice.
Continuity up front was something the Colts rarely had in 2013 so this is a step in the right direction towards an improved unit this year.
Andrew Luck’s eyes lit up on Friday when asked if he’s anxious to see how his line holds up against different competition.
Also, Reggie Wayne chimed in on Friday that he will still be blocking a lot in this offense and even said if the Colts needed him to change his number from 87 to 78, he’d do it.
What to expect on Sunday: From an injury standpoint the Colts will be without starters Dwayne Allen and Jerrell Freeman against the Bills.
The most important thing that can come out of Sunday’s game is good health for the entire Colts roster.
Starters will not be in there for much longer than a couple of series as their playing time should grow over the next few weeks.
Two positions where Colts fans will see a ton of youngsters playing are the receiver and safety spots.
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By virtually all accounts Vick Ballard’s rookie season exceeded expectations.
Not many fifth round draft picks go on to start 11 games and rush for over 800 yards in their rookie campaign.
When Ballard sat down with his running backs coach David Walker to evaluate the 2012 season, they came to a common goal of working on the running back’s vision this year.
“Last year I was kind of just running off ability and this year I’m running smarter by recognizing defensive fronts and knowing what to expect from our blocking schemes.” Ballard said on Thursday.
With Pep Hamilton implementing a more balanced offensive attack, the opportunities will certainly be there for Ballard.
“It’s more catered to the running backs so that’s always a good thing for me,” Ballard said of the Colts offense. “As long as I get the right reads down, and the things like that, then I can be real productive.”
For the past two weeks Ballard has also had the ability to share a meeting room with seven-year NFL veteran Ahmad Bradshaw.
With three 1,000-yard seasons on his resume, Bradshaw knows all about being a productive back at the professional level.
“Ahmad, he’s one cool dude,” Ballard said. “He talks to me about football and then other stuff off the field too, kind of like a big brother to me. I’m kind of happy we brought him in. I can learn so much from him.”
No matter who is at running back for the Colts this season, that player will have the luxury of a fullback leading them into holes.
For Ballard, it brings him back to his Junior College days where the presence of a fullback helped him earn a SEC scholarship.
Stanley Havili will be paving the way for Ballard in 2013 and the new Colts fullback likes what he sees from the guy soon to be following his path.
“(Ballard) runs hard and he doesn’t shy away from fullback and that’s what us fullbacks like to see in our running backs.”
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The Colts are two days away from their preseason opener. In today’s headlines, we have a look at the power rushing attack, the leadership qualities of Andrew Luck and Cory Redding’s outlook on this year’s 3-4 defense.
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 Friday, August 9th.
By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star
Much of the talk in the 2013 offseason has been surrounding the Colts new balanced, power rushing attack.
“We’re going to do everything we can to improve our ability to run the football,” said coach Chuck Pagano, an advocate of the approach from his days in Baltimore. “It’s going to take pressure off our quarterback. It’s going to take time off the clock.”
Perhaps no one is happier hearing that news than the quarterback himself Andrew Luck.
“Everybody is really buying into this sort of smash-mouth approach,” he said. “And I think that’s only going to help us in the passing game.”
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
Andrew Luck has received the leadership question countless times in 2012 but Kravitz wanted to delve into the quarterback’s personality and that maybe has changed heading in year two.
“That’s an interesting question,” (Luck) said. “I think a little bit because you know guys in the locker room, their personalities. You have a little more common ground to talk to guys about certain things and that just comes with being around each other every day for seven months straight. So, yeah, I guess you could say so.”
Luck has deflected the leadership role to Reggie Wayne but his head coach says the quarterback knows when to speak.
“He always finds a way to say the right thing right at the right time and it’s never over the top,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s just got that way with people and that’s how he’s wired, that’s in his DNA.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
When Cory Redding speaks people take notice and that was the case earlier this week.
The veteran defensive end in the 3-4 defense broke down the scheme and how excited he is moving forward.
“What I like best is you’re not handicapping guys,” defensive end Cory Redding said. “You’re not handcuffing them and telling them you have to do this and you have to do that. In this defense it’s interchangeable positions….all the guys on the defense have the freedom to do whatever they have to do to get the job done. That’s what I like about it. You just fly around. You never know who is coming and who is not. You can’t really key on too many guys because everybody is interchangeable.”
“I think we have the body size and the right type of people for this system.”
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