It’s gameday with the Colts wrapping up the preseason schedule this evening with the Cincinnati Bengals for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Today’s news looks at the improved Colts defense, the brutal process of cutting to 53 and what tonight means for some of the younger Colts
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, August 29th.
By: Tom James, Tribune-Star
It’s not a secret that over the better part of the last decade, the Indianapolis Colts have been known as an offensive juggernaut.
Robert Mathis has been apart of all those teams and he’s ready to change that stereotype.
“We want to put it out there that we have defense in Indy too. It’s something that we’ve been working hard for and just want to make the most of it,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said earlier this week.
“I feel like we’re doing a lot of things the right way and heading in the right direction. But there’s still a lot we need to work on. And it’s still about timing and meshing as a unit.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
When the final whistle blows tonight on the preseason finale, Chuck Pagano will have no time to rest.
Over the next 48 hours, Pagano and his staff will have to tell 22 players that their dream is over, for now.
Chappell’s article goes into detail on how Pagano deals with those cuts.
“The way we do business around here, we talk about family,” he said. “You build relationships in a short period of time. (Players) understand it. Coaches understand it.
“We deal man-to-man, face-to-face on everything. Doesn’t matter what it is.”
By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indy Star
For names like Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne, Thursday night’s preseason finale might not call for many minutes played.
However, take a rookie like Hugh Thornton.
The rookie saw his first NFL action last week and Chuck Pagano said the third-round pick could get a starting nod this evening.
This last exhibition is traditionally for reserves trying to make the team. While much of the work has been done and opinions formed, it’s that final opportunity for guys to make a lasting impression. Thornton doesn’t fit that definition. A healthy body insures he will have a roster spot. But he’s still treating this game against the Bengals like the other guys with everything on the line.
“I’m excited to go to Cincinnati and play,” he said. “It’s going to be fun after having this short week of practice added onto last week’s practice and game, a lot of things I’ve been able to correct and go over with coach (Joe Gilbert) and some of the older guys. I’m ready to get out there and just play again against someone other than my own teammates.”
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