The cars had started the trek down I-69 as the 2013 Colts training camp in Anderson was a half hour in the books.
That meant nothing to Bjoern Werner.
Along with a handful of other Colts, there was Werner signing every thing that was put in front of him for the fans that wanted to catch one final glimpse of the Colts at Anderson University.
This was Werner’s first experience in an NFL training camp and amid the handful of pranks he received, the Colts 2013 first-round draft pick couldn’t have had a better time.
“It was amazing,” Werner said of his training camp experience, following the autograph session.
“I thought this rookie stuff was going to be a little worse, but it was a lot of fun. I got my share of first-round rookie and I can’t wait to start the season now. I’m really excited, really excited.”
Next up for Werner is competing in his first NFL game, which he is expected to cross off the list this weekend.
Under the tutelage of Robert Mathis, Werner is learning about life as an NFL pass rusher and Colts fans should expect the German native to get reps in nickel packages and on passing downs.
Come Sunday night, Colts fans will be tuning in to see Werner’s four-point pass rushing stance and watch another chapter unfold for the jovial rookie.
“I was so anxious last week to play but then it was like a game-time decision and now I just can’t wait to get out there and finally play again.
“It’s my first game in a long time. I’m really excited.”
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The Colts are a few hours away from their final practice in Anderson. For now here’s a look at the news of the day including two well-done features on Darrius Heyward-Bey and Matt Hasselbeck.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, August 16th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell’s camp impressions looks at the increase of playing time for the starters and a nice moment during Thursday’s practice.
On a fade pattern intended for Reggie Wayne, cornerback Vontae Davis appeared to have an easy interception but the fifth year corner dropped the potential turnover.
Like has happened all camp, Colts defenders immediately started yelling that it was push-up time.
On que, Davis dropped and gave his defenders a few push-ups as a result from dropping the pick.
By: Robert Klemko, MMQB (Sports Illustrated)
The MMQB crew stopped by Anderson earlier this week and their first piece comes on Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Much has been made about the type of success that DHB will have in Indy after he was introduced to four different offenses and seven different quarterbacks in Oakland.
Now he knows exactly who will be rifling passes to him in Andrew Luck.
“The way he demands the offense to have a high tempo, you don’t want to disappoint him,” Heyward-Bey says of Luck. “When you have a quarterback who doesn’t have that presence, nobody else cares.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The backup quarterback of an NFL team can go unnoticed for an entire season but with one injury, he then becomes the most important player.
Because of that, the Colts made a priority to go out and get a veteran insurance policy in 15-year vet Matt Hasselbeck.
“(Hasselbeck is) more than capable. We all know that,” Pagano said. “He can run this offense and you’ve got, if you want to call it an insurance policy, a great insurance policy in your back pocket.”
Hasselbeck has had a solid training camp. In the preseason opener against Buffalo, he completed 4-of-8 passes for 75 yards, producing one touchdown and one field goal on three drives. He hooked up with T.Y. Hilton for a 45-yard touchdown pass and suffered an interception on a tipped pass.
“It felt great,” Hasselbeck said. “It was short and sweet and we got some things accomplished.
“I just want to win some games this year. That’s what it’s all about.”
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