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Day 12 Impressions: Bradshaw off PUP, the search for another WR and the outlook for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 13, 2013 – 6:28 pm

The Colts were back in Anderson on Tuesday to wrap up their final week at Anderson University.

Even though the players were not in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, you couldn’t tell by the physical nature of the 90-minute practice.

Here are three takeaways from day 12…

Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP, but still rehabbing: Like he has done for the majority of the past two weeks of practice, Ahmad Bradshaw was busy rehabbing during the Colts afternoon practice.

Bradshaw said following Tuesday morning’s walk-through that he would like to get some playing time during the Colts third preseason game.

Chuck Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance and pointed to an “angry, downhill” running style of Bradshaw to help that cause.

The NFL is a multiple-back league and having a multi 1,000-yard rusher in Bradshaw would aid Pep Hamilton’s rushing attack.

Will another wide receiver emerge? Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton (in whatever order you want) are the Colts top three wideouts.

It appears as if Griff Whalen is the No. 4 man but he is day-to-day after suffering a groin injury against the Bills.

Who’s next?

LaVon Brazill would seem to be the guy but he will miss the first month of the season.

How about Nathan Palmer? Or Jabin Sambrano?

A fifth wide receiver (not Brazill) will in all likelihood dress for the first four games of the season so these next three preseason games should go a long way in deciding that spot.

What’s in store for Daniel Adongo and Josh McNary?: Some of the more interesting sights on Tuesday was seeing Adongo in pads and going through positional drills.

It appears Adongo’s biceps injury has pushed his growth back a bit so a practice squad position is probably the best case scenario for the rugby star.

Josh McNary is still recovering from a hamstring injury but when he’s been on the field he has produced.

The West Point product was signaled out by Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for his play early in training camp, even though McNary is making the transition to a new position at inside linebacker (granted he hasn’t played any football since 2010).

McNary was in the thick of the ILB position battle so getting him back on the practice field will be an interesting topic to watch moving forward.

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Ahmad Bradshaw off PUP list and eager to hit the practice field

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 1:33 pm

If it were up to Ahmad Bradshaw he would be out on the practice field this afternoon as the Colts begin their final week of training camp.

However, Chuck Pagano is putting the reigns on the new Colts running back after Bradshaw was activated from the team’s PUP list on Monday afternoon.

“We are going to take it slow,” Bradshaw said of his foot injury. “I feel great. I’m ready to go but it’s just a process to go through to be ready for the pounding.”

“I feel like I’m ready to go. We just want to take it slow and make it last all season.”

While Bradshaw will not be practicing Tuesday, he said he would like to get some reps during the Colts third preseason game.

Fellow running back Vick Ballard has called Bradshaw a “big brother” as the seven-year veteran has helped the Colts returning starter with recognizing defenses and knowing where blitzes are coming from.

Pagano said the Colts offense is looking for more balance moving forward and Bradshaw certainly brings that element as a former 1,000-yard runner.

“It will be exciting when (Bradshaw) gets out there in practice,” quarterback Andrew Luck said.

“He’s a great team player, phenomenal guy. He’s been fun to have in the locker room. So it will be good when he gets out there.”

Bradshaw brings an “angry, downhill” running style according to Pagano.

Those three 1,000-yard seasons for Bradshaw are one thing but Pagano was quick to point out what sits atop No. 44’s resume.

“He’s got a couple (Super Bowl) rings also,” Pagano said.

“From a preparation standpoint and how you approach the game, how you practice, how you deal with Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, all those things the young receivers get from Reggie (Wayne), all those things the young defensive linemen get from Cory (Redding), (Bradshaw’s) going to bring that same mentality to the running back room.”

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Colts sign free agent cornerback Johnny Adams and linebacker Monte Simmons

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 10:59 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Johnny Adams and linebacker Monte Simmons. The team also waived-injured linebackers Justin Hickman and Quinton Spears. If Hickman and Spears clear waivers, they will revert to the Colts’ Injured Reserve list.

Adams, 5-10, 175 pounds, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2013 before being waived on August 2. While at Michigan State, he started 39-of-54 career games, finishing with 157 tackles, 35 passes defensed and 11 interceptions. As a senior in 2012, Adams earned First Team All-Big Ten honors by the league’s coaches after starting 12 games, collecting 35 tackles and tying for the team-high with 10 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Simmons, 6-3, 248 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 23, 2012. He spent the 2011 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State on July 28, 2011. Simmons was then signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles on March 5, 2012 and was waived on August 30, 2012.

Hickman was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on February 9, 2012. Last season, he appeared in 12 games and totaled 14 tackles (six solo) and three special teams stops.

Spears was originally signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on December 31, 2012 after spending the previous two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. In 2011, Spears played in 13 games and ranked fourth on the team with eight special teams tackles.

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Colts Daily Headlines: August 13th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:42 am

The Colts are back in Anderson on Tuesday after having Monday off. Training camp will wrap-up on Friday but before that here’s a look at some national news that came the Colts way on Monday.

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 13th.  

Colts owner Jim Irsay gave his ‘commanders n earful’ about the 44-20 loss to Buffalo in the preseason opener

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indy Star

The news on Monday’s day off came from Colts owner Jim Irsay when assessing his team’s performance after a 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Irsay is never shy about expressing himself on Twitter and vented through the social media platform:

“Many starters played briefly or were nursing little injuries, but it was a crap performance, my apologies/My commanders got n earful from me!”

“Mental reps” forced Colts to activate Bradshaw

By: Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Some interesting news that came out of Monday was when the Colts announced that Ahmad Bradshaw will be activated from the PUP list.

However this doesn’t necessarily indicate that Bradshaw is ready to practice.

Per a league source, the Monday move of Bradshaw to the active roster occurred because the Colts allowed Bradshaw to practice eight days ago.

Specifically, he took some handoffs during a walk-through practice.  The Colts called downplayed it as “mental reps.”

The league investigated the situation, determined otherwise, and required the Colts to move Bradshaw to the active roster.


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Rayford “Makes his Day”

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 6:53 am

Playing collegiately at Washington and in the CFL with the British Columbia Lions, Caesar Rayford has played in front of large crowds in passionate settings.

He also cut some football teeth in the Arena League while playing for Spokane and later from 2010-12 with the Utah Blaze.

Rayford made his Colts debut Sunday against Buffalo and did so in memorable fashion.

With Buffalo ahead in the fourth quarter and threatening for more points, Rayford defeated his blocker and swooped in on quarterback Jeff Tuel.  He caught Tuel’s arm and forced a fumble that cornerback Daxton Swanson recovered and returned 72 yards for a touchdown.

Since scoring plays and sudden-change snaps like that are reviewed, Rayford and Swanson had to wait for the ruling to be upheld.

“I was not sure.  I didn’t know if I got his arm or anything,” said Rayford.  “After watching the replay, I said, ‘Oh, I got his arm.’  I know I reached for it.  It definitely felt good once everything was conclusive.”

Rayford (6-7, 267) is like every rookie in camp – trying to do enough to earn the right nod from the coaches.

After experiencing butterflies while coming out of the Lucas Oil Stadium tunnel to start the game, he punctuated things with the sack-fumble that narrowed the margin to 10 points.

“It felt good.  I was out there doing what I could to make plays,” said Rayford. “At first, I didn’t know what happened for a second then after everything got put together, I said, ‘Oh, I made a play.’ ”

He had 5.5 sacks in 35 games at Washington.  With Utah, he had 68 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 26.5 tackles for losses, seven forced and recovered fumbles and two interception returns for touchdowns.

Rayford also blocked six kicks, including an AFL seasonal record of five in 2011.

The All-Arena talent knows it takes a motor to make plays.

“I’ve had a couple of (shared scoring plays) playing Arena Ball,” said Rayford.  “A couple of years ago, I had some forced fumbles for touchdowns, blocked a kick for a game-winning (score).  I’ve made some plays here and there.”

Indianapolis needs to increase its takeaway total from the 15 it had last year.  The Colts’ four defensive touchdowns in 2013 all came on interceptions, so the sack-fumble-touchdown was a good sign.

“I kind of have a knack for getting it sometimes,” said Rayford.  “It’s just hustling and busting your tail, working, working, working.  You never know when that play is going to come.

“As long as I work, it’s going to come.  I’m just working my tail off.  It made my day, definitely.”

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