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Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne prepare for regular season against stifling Browns defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 22, 2013 – 2:35 pm

Andrew Luck calls Saturday night’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns a “dress rehearsal” for the regular season.

That rehearsal will take place inside of Lucas Oil Stadium with a heightened focus in regards to preparation.

“We’ve been game planning almost to the point if it was a regular season game,” Luck said on Thursday.

Starters are expected to play into the third quarter and Luck pinned an efficient offense with long, sustained scoring drives near the top of his goals for preseason game number three.

Those goals will have to come against a Browns defense that has been stifling during the preseason.

In seven possessions for the first-team Browns defense, the unit has allowed just three points.

Reggie Wayne and the Colts receiving group will be looking to change those numbers on Saturday.temp2012_1007_GB_larson_795--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Wayne speaks glowingly of what he’s seen from the receiver group and credits the jump the unit has made since OTAs.

“I see a big change in this group. We are very talented,” Wayne said of the WRs. “Guys that want to go out there and do well. We’ve got some explosive guys that can make big plays.

This marks preseason No. 13 for Wayne and despite all the accolades to his name, he made it clear that he is still “fighting for a spot”.

Wayne will find his name on the Colts 53-man roster come September but several receivers currently on the team will not be so fortunate.

Watching Wayne’s emotion on the sidelines late in the second half of Sunday night’s game against the Giants indicates exactly how much he wants to help out the aspiring receivers.

“I want them to go out there and put their best audition tape out there,” Wayne said.

“We all know what the truth is. You are only going out there and playing for the Colts, you are playing for 32 teams. You want to be able to put your best performance out there. If you don’t, you get voted off. It’s just like ‘The Voice’, ‘American Idol’.”

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Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky talks his entire unit after two preseason games

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:15 am

From the debut of the Colts first round draft pick, to a six-sack performance from his defense, coordinator Greg Manusky has had a pretty successful past week.

Manusky spoke with the media on Wednesday and addressed these topics and much more with the Colts preparing for the Browns.

On outside linebacker Caesar Rayford, who has had three sacks in the preseason:

When you play in the NFL across the board it doesn’t matter what quarter if you make plays across the board. That’s the most important thing and that’s what he’s done when he’s in there. Certain situations he has shined and we’re looking for good things from him coming up in this game. But every week is just a process of building guys up and keep on working with them, and right now he’s having a pretty good preseason.”

On what he likes about his starting cornerbacks (Vontae Davis and Greg Toler):

I think number one: both physical guys. They can play press. And they understand the game of football. Across the board, those two guys, and actually with Darius (Butler) playing as well and then with Cassius (Vaughn), we got a good group of guys right now that are working well together. I think communication with the safeties and talking with (Delano) Howell and (Antoine) Bethea during this preseason has been real good. They’re accepting the challenge and they’re going out there and playing pretty good football right now.”

On if he’s seen the identity of this defense with the season approaching:

I think it was a good thing actually, and I wouldn’t say a good thing, but it was a little culture shock after that first game. I think we played well with the starters, but then all the other guys that were backup players, and some of the starters were in there, they didn’t gel together. You know what I’m saying? And I think this last game when we played the Giants they took it upon themselves to go out there and play at a high level and go out there and try to win the game.”

On what makes cornerback Greg Toler a ball hawk in the secondary:

He’s like a thoroughbred. He’s built like that. He can run. He can change direction and he’s got speed and he can press receivers at the line of scrimmage. A guy that has all those skills, that’s what you look for in a cornerback and that’s what he has. Different technique when he came from Arizona, a little bit different than what we’re teaching. So it’s always a transition, even with Cassius (Vaughn) last year and Darius (Butler), even when we picked up Vontae (Davis) last year. All those guys, it’s technique and fundamentals. We always rely on that. That’s what he’s been doing. He’s doing a good job of staying with those and sometimes when he doesn’t, it seems it’s not the good things that happen.”

On if he expects to get inside linebacker Pat Angerer back this week:

Yeah, I think with Pat, he’s worked with the first group a little bit out there and expecting whatever the doctors say. I’d like to see him in this week and I’m hoping he will be there and available.”

On how outside linebacker Bjoern Werner did his first time out?

First time out with the young guys I always congratulate them, say, ‘Hey man, have a great game. You know, it’s your first one ever.’ For that guy it was the same way. He wanted to play the first game but if you’re not right, there’s no reason to go out there and hurt yourself even worse. For Bjoern, had a solid performance. Going from a three-point to a two-point and the speed of the game picks up a little bit, calls are different and this and that. But for the most part he played a solid game. Do I expect more from him? Yeah.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: August 22nd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:37 am

The Colts will conclude their home preseason slate on Saturday night with the Cleveland Browns traveling to Lucas Oil Stadium. Today’s news looks at Reggie Wayne’s impression on Pep Hamilton, the story of Caesar Rayford and a trade for the Colts that broke Wednesday afternoon.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, August 22nd.  

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne’s acrobatic catches make his offensive coordinator a fan

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

As the Colts offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton almost never gets caught up in ‘watching’ the game

That changed on Sunday night after watching Reggie Wayne make a one-handed grab, Hamilton forgot he was the Colts offensive coordinator for a brief second.

“It’s funny,” Hamilton said Wednesday, recalling the play. “I try to not watch our play. I’m focusing on the defense and we’ve got to be ready as coaches to make adjustments on the fly.

“But I caught myself just a moment. I was somewhat in awe of the one-handed catch and I wasn’t really focused on the next play call, and I had to just gather my thoughts quickly and move on to the next play.”

Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Caesar Rayford stands tall while trying to make the NFL

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

New Colts outside linebacker Caesar Rayford has turned some heads this preseason with three sacks in two preseason games.

Rayford, who is a bit of a journeyman through the Arena Football League, has an interesting take on the path he is taking to the NFL.

“You got the guys that get the front door,” Rayford said, smiling broadly. “You got guys that get the back door.

“Then you got guys like me that got to climb the house and jump through the chimney. Hopefully, that landing doesn’t hurt too bad and (you) get back up. I’m definitely blessed for the opportunity and getting found.’’

Ravens get Carter from Colts for Reed

The Associated Press

Just before the Colts hit the practice field on Wednesday afternoon it was announced that running back Delone Carter had been traded to the Ravens for wide receiver/kick returner David Reed.

Reed, 26, has five career receptions for 66 yards over three years. All five catches came last year. To this point in his career, his biggest plays have come on special teams.

As a rookie in 2010, he led the NFL by averaging 29.3 yards per kickoff return. That included a 103-yard return for a touchdown to open the second half at Houston.

”This trade gives us a chance to improve in key areas moving forward,” Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson said. ”David is a very competitive football player and we welcome his style of play and energy. At the same time, we wish Delone well with his opportunity to play for another first-class organization and we thank him for his efforts.”


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