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Colts Daily Headlines: October 3rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 3, 2013 – 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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