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Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 3, 2013 – 9:44 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived safety Joe Lefeged.

Lefeged appeared in 36 games (five starts) with the Colts and totaled 56 tackles (31 solo), five passes defensed, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He also recorded 20 special teams stops. Lefeged was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on July 29, 2011.

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Seattle’s physical secondary provides tough challenge immediately after the snap

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 2:00 pm

When the Seattle Seahawks take the practice field this afternoon, it will be “Turnover Thursday”.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told the story on Wednesday of why “Turnover Thursday” has helped the Seahawks to an 11-1 record over the last two years when they win the turnover battle.

“To us it’s the emphasis that we place on what we think is the most crucial element to winning and losing games. We, in essence, dedicate a day to it so that we never forget to focus on it and pay attention. There’s a competition on it all day long to see who wins between the offense and the defense.

“If the offense can throw a no-hitter, no turnovers in a day, then they win it, otherwise the defense wins it. It’s just a continued emphasis on what we think is so crucial to us in how we play, so that’s it.”

Already in 2013, the Seahawks have forced 13 turnovers (second in the NFL) and it’s their ball-hawking secondary that is receiving a ton of attention from the Colts this week.

“They’re all big, physical (and) fast. They have all the attributes,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says of what he will be facing on Sunday.

“Not just fast, they can also catch the ball. They do a great job in press (coverage). They do a great job off (the ball). We’ve got our work cut out for us.”

At the safety position, Seattle has all-Pro Earl Thomas at free safety and lined up next to him is the 6-3, 232-pound Kam Chancellor.

At the corner position, Richard Sherman leads the NFL with 14 interceptions and 47 passes defensed since 2011. Opposite Sherman is the 6-4 Brandon Browner who has a 6-8 wing span.

All of the starting defensive backs for the Seahawks posses wing spans of at least 6-2 and three of the four have two interceptions in 2013.

Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton talked earlier this week about the importance of what he needs to do immediately after the snap in trying to create separation.

Hilton’s head coach Chuck Pagano is a former defensive backs coach and knows the task his receiving corps will face this weekend.

“They basically get up there and get their hands on you and they can take you out of a game,” Pagano said of the Seahawks corners.

“They’re playmakers, they’ve got ball skills, they can run down the field, so it’s going to be extremely difficult for our core of wide receivers to get away from those guys and get loose and get open.”

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Chuck Pagano might be biased but he thinks the Colts secondary is the best in the NFL

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Earlier this week, Chuck Pagano joined The SiriusXM Blitz to talk a variety of topics.

Here are some of the highlights from Pagano’s interview:

On how comfortable Trent Richardson is getting:

“Real comfortable. He did a great job (Sunday). Again, there’s some similarity there. The system that he came from over in Cleveland, there’s some familiarity between Pep (Hamilton) and Norv (Turner, offensive coordinator). Terminology wise, things weren’t called exactly the same but he’s running the same runs, pass protection those type of things. He’s a quick study.”

On Russell Wilson:

“He’s a nightmare to get on the ground. When things breakdown and he starts to run around, that’s the first thing that really sticks out to you. He can scramble and run the thing and he’s accurate as heck.”

On the Seahawks secondary:

“They are an outstanding group, I would argue that ours is better. I’m a little biased, obviously. They got a great group though.”

On what he’s been through over the past year:

“As good as I feel and those sort of things, it almost seems surreal. I just remember getting up last week, the one-year anniversary and I kissed my wife goodbye in the morning and her saying something (about the anniversary). Other than that, I wouldn’t have even thought about it to be honest with you. We never took a day for granted, especially now we don’t, because we aren’t promised anything. I feel very, very blessed and count my blessings every day”

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 3rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:51 am

Today’s news looks at the milestones that Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne are closing in on. The other two pieces focuses on the Seattle Seahawks and their elite secondary and elusive quarterback.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 3rd.  

Out of the shadows: Colts LB Robert Mathis and WR Reggie Wayne are closing in on career milestones without their famous running mates

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell looks at the milestones that Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne are closing in on.

For Mathis it’s the 100-sack mark.

“Not enough talent, too small, too this, too that to be where I am today,” Mathis said, rattling off the skepticism that preceded the Colts selecting him in the fifth round of the 2003 draft. “But I’m here and still trying to hang around and kick with the young guys.”

He’s 32, in his 11th season and showing no signs of slowing down despite being a marked man this season following the off-season departure of Dwight Freeney.

“He’s the benchmark for any young player coming in here,” coach Chuck Pagano said.

And for Wayne it’s the 1,000-reception clip.

“If you look at how long they’ve been keeping stats, look at all the people that’s come and gone and all the great receivers and great defensive linemen that never got anywhere close to those numbers, it’s humbling. It really is,” Wayne said.

Colts face a tall challenge against Seattle

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

The Seahawks secondary is one of the tallest and longest in the NFL and it will be up to the Colts to try and get off that press coverage.

The other challenge for the Colts will be on the outside when they are on offense. They are about to go up against the best cornerback tandem in the league: Seattle’s starters Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman stand 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively. Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattle’s defense as fast and physical. Quarterback Andrew Luck called it their biggest game of the young season.

“They get up in your face, they’re great pass-man corner guys, they challenge you, they make it extremely difficult to get off the line of scrimmage, so our guys are going to have to do a great job of working constantly to get away from those guys,” Pagano said. “They basically get up there and get their hands on you and they can take you out of a game.”

Darrius Heyward-Bey is the Colts’ tallest receiver at 6-foot-2. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are 6-0 and 5-foot-9. Hilton said the key to be able to get off their jams at the line of scrimmage.

“They’re going to try to use their advantage and their advantage is height and long arms,” Hilton said. “I’m just going to work on my technique and get better at the line.”

Determined Wilson ready to test Colts

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Wilson wasn’t one of the four first-round quarterbacks taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Yet the former baseball star led his team the furthest of any rookie quarterback last season.

On Sunday, he’ll arrive in Indianapolis as the leader of perhaps the NFL’s most complete team and one of the rising faces of pro football’s next generation.

“I’ve always been extremely, extremely confident in myself,” Wilson said Wednesday during a conference call at the Colts’ training facility. “I’ve never doubted myself or my abilities. I think the more experience you get, the more you understand situations. I think great quarterbacks are always great situational football players. I’m still trying to learn right now. I’m still in that constant quest for knowledge right now. I’m just trying to learn as much as I can through my experience.”

He’s proven to be a quick study.

Wilson won the starting job and completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,118 yards and tied Peyton Manning’s rookie record with 26 touchdown tosses last season. He also threw just 10 interceptions and finished with a sparkling 100.0 quarterback rating.

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