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Colts Waive FB Robert Hughes, Release RB Kerwynn Williams, Place RB Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 8, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived fullback Robert Hughes from the active roster and released running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad. The team will also place running back Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve.


Hughes was signed by the Colts on September 30, 2013 and appeared in one game this season, catching one pass for six yards. In 2012, he played in five games (one start) with the team and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards.


Williams was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He appeared in one game this season, returning one kickoff for 28 yards.


Bradshaw was signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 11, 2013. He played in three games (two starts) this season, rushing 41 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while catching seven passes for 42 yards. In Week 3 at San Francisco, Bradshaw recorded 19 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ 27-7 victory.

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Ahmad Bradshaw is the Colts “Newcomer of the Week”: 49ers Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 23, 2013 – 10:20 am

Throughout the course of the season, will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the” Newcomer of the Week” from San Francisco.

For the second straight week, running back Ahmad Bradshaw takes home the honor and this one comes after a week in which he fell under the radar.

New Colts running back Trent Richardson received the headlines late in the week but it was Bradshaw’s “angry” running style that sealed the victory on Sunday.

Bradshaw had 19 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in the 27-7 win. He also added three catches for 16 yards.

Following halftime, Bradshaw rushed for 62 yards and it was his three-carry, 42-yard stretch on the fourth quarter, seven-minute touchdown drive that sealed the game.

Early in the second quarter, Bradshaw was shaken up following a one-yard rush and it looked as if the Colts would have to rely on Trent Richardson and Donald Brown for the rest of the afternoon.

However, the toughness of Bradshaw was evident when he returned later in the quarter and that was needed considering how little of the playbook Richardson had learned since Thursday.

The physical nature that Bradshaw brings to the running back position is something his teammates continually rave about and those runs were a major reason why the Colts knocked off the defending NFC Champions on Sunday.

“A lot of people didn’t believe we were physical. A lot of people thought we were just finesse,” defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said after the game.

“But we can do both and when you have both, that’s a dangerous weapon to have. We want to show the Porterhouse steak and the meat and potatoes with the gravy on it.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Trent Richardson ran for 35 yards on 13 carries and scored a one-yard touchdown in his first game with the Colts. Richardson’s touchdown on his first ever rushing attempt with the Colts marks the first time a player achieved such a feat since Gordon Brown on 10/4/87.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had five catches for 59 yards on Sunday and his yards after the catch were particularly effective.

Offensive guard Hugh Thornton started his first NFL game on Sunday. Playing left guard, Thornton helped the Colts offense amass 172 rushing yards on 39 carries on Sunday.

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Five Things Learned, Colts-San Francisco

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:28 am


Intro:  Indianapolis posted a dominant 27-7 win at San Francisco on Sunday.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw and earned their most lop-sided road victory since 2009.  Facing a physical defending Super Bowl team, the Colts were more physical.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts answered a tough home setback by meeting the challenge of their first road game with a 20-point victory margin over a team (San Francisco) that made the Super Bowl last year and nearly did the previous season.

The Colts met a physical opponent by being even more so.  On a national television stage, Indianapolis showed a much different blueprint for victory than past seasons have had.

Colts 27, San Francisco 7.


LET’S GET PHYSICAL – Nothing is more telling than the words of an owner.  In this case, Jim Irsay, “To bring in Ahmad Bradshaw and now to have Trent Richardson…You can see Trent with his lateral movement, his explosion, he’s always going forward.  What we’re looking for is what we saw today.”  When Irsay changed his organizational dynamic in early 2012 by bringing in Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano, the new duo spoke of a different style of play.  Every move since then has reflected that approach and progress made over 18 games prior to yesterday was incremental.  Yesterday, it was dramatic.  The Colts ran 12 more times than they threw, a first for that disparity since 2011.  The Colts are 4-0 in the last 19 games when they have rushed more often than thrown, and they are 4-0 in games in that span when out-rushing opponents by 59 yards.  “Run and stop the run” has been a mantra.  It was reality yesterday.  It is a much different feeling for long-time Colts fans.  This new pair of shoes could be broken in quickly.

1-2 PUNCH, AND MORE – Ahmad Bradshaw carried 19 times for 95 yards.  Trent Richardson had 13 carries for 35 yards.  Bradshaw said the plan never was to ease his new buddy in, “We’ve got a one-two punch and we used it.  It’s going to be tough for a lot of opponents this year.”  The duo had 32 of the team’s 39 rushes.  Get used to it.  Pep Hamilton mentioned Friday that Donald Brown would be in the mix.  Brown had 25 yards on three carries, including a 16-yarder for a first down that led to a field goal.  Indianapolis has a more pronounced “hammer” look to the offense.  Pagano spoke 20 months ago of the Colts having an AFC North look (like that of Pittsburgh and Baltimore).  That was the look at San Francisco.

MULTI-POSITIONAL OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – The offensive line had one of its grittiest and most productive performances of recent memory.  Mike McGlynn shifted to center for the injured Samson Satele (the third time he has done this in 19 games), and played well.  He competed successfully while being battered all game.  Jeff Linkenbach showed his versatility again by starting at right guard for McGlynn.  In 29 career starts, Linkenbach has opened five times at LT, four at LG, four at RG and 16 at RT.  Mixed in among stalwart veterans Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus was rookie left guard Hugh Thornton.  Versatility among all linemen provides big-time currency for the offense.  Often is it not acknowledged, but Sunday it was on full display.  They ventured into Candlestick and shined.  Well done, gents.

VALUE OF KICKERS, COVERAGE, FIELD POSITION – San Francisco started nine of its 11 possessions at or inside its 20.  Pat McAfee reached the end zone on four of his six kickoffs, producing three touchbacks.  The other three returns reached the 13, 11 and 12.  McAfee pinned the 49ers to their eight (twice) and nine with three of his four punts.  Adam Vinatieri hit clutch efforts from 43 and 41 yards, and his lone miss from 51 yards was wide while attempted into the wind.  The Colts won the average field position drive start by eight yards, and three-of-five three-and-outs defensively for Indianapolis came after solid kicks.  Again, a part of the game sometimes overlooked.  Not today.  It was probably great flights home for special teams and offensive line coaches.

BELIEVE IN COACHES – Defensive players heard it for two weeks after Terrelle Pryor ran for 112 yards.  With Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson looming in the next month, getting squared away on a diverse offense was necessary.  Chuck Pagano said research was done and that players would be prepared.  Kaepernick rushed seven times for 20 yards, and the only TD run by a quarterback belonged to Andrew Luck.  The phrase heard after Sunday’s win was “assignment football.”  Assignments were sound and execution was solid.  The Colts are 13-6 under the new regime, with players buying in and competing for each other.  They’re coachable, and everyone enjoyed the fruits of a decisive win.

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Colts Daily Headlines: September 23rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:37 am

The Colts are back from their first road trip of the season and it comes in a 27-7 win. Today’s news looks at the type of win the Colts earned on Sunday and what Owner Jim Irsay thinks about Trent Richardson.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, September 23rd.  

Colts show this is how you win a championship

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

September 22, 2013

Kravitz takes a look at the big picture after the Colts 27-7 victory over the defending NFC Champions.

He was especially impressed with the Colts late fourth quarter touchdown drive that ended with Andrew Luck’s six-yard touchdown run.

This was after the ultimate grown-up touchdown drive, the Colts going 80 angry, hard-edged yards in 11 plays, consuming 7:01 off the clock and ultimately beating the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 in a performance so overwhelming and surprising, it sidesteps traditional description.

Little wonder general manager Ryan Grigson had a hard time remaining moored to his chair in the Candlestick Park press box. This was the monster he wanted to build. This was the prototype. This was the team Chuck Pagano pined for, a team that could run the ball and stop the run and win the kinds of ugly games that used to give the old Colts fits.

“It is one of those games that you look back and say, maybe five, six years down the road, you say that was a signature win,” Pagano said. “Maybe one of those wins that propel you to do great things.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay on his new RB pairing: ‘What we’re looking for is what we saw today’

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Colts Owner Jim Irsay spoke publicly after Sunday’s win for the first time since his team acquired new running back Trent Richardson.

“To bring in Ahmad Bradshaw and now to have Trent Richardson,” owner Jim Irsay said, his voice trailing off. “You can see Trent with his lateral movement, his explosion, his always going forward.”

Irsay didn’t bother disguising his excitement with Grigson’s decisions to sign Bradshaw as a veteran free agent in June and send next year’s first-round pick to Cleveland last week for Richardson.

“What we’re looking for is what we saw today,” Irsay said after emerging from a raucous locker room.

Colts send a message against 49ers

By: Mike Wells,

It’s the ground and pound attitude that have not often been linked to Colts victories.

“If you want to go finesse, open it up with five wide [receivers], we can do that,” Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said. “You want to go smash-mouth football, we can do that. We have two backs that can get it done and an O-line that can open up gaping holes.”

The Colts’ victory sends a message to Manning and the Denver Broncos, who appear to be the odds-on favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

“All the good things we did today, we can keep building on so we can keep having performances like this,” defensive lineman Cory Redding said.



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Colts Daily Headlines: September 18th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 18, 2013 – 8:29 am

The Colts practice schedule for the 49ers begins this afternoon. Today’s news is pretty quiet but here are a couple of observational pieces on Ahmad Bradshaw and Pep Hamilton’s offense.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 18th.  

Colts Insider: Ahmad Bradshaw’s performance a silver lining in Colts’ loss

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

Holder points to the play of new running back Ahmad Bradshaw as a positive from Sunday’s game.

But now that we’ve gotten a closer look at Bradshaw, here are my observations.

* He’s got good vision. Bradshaw’s ability to both follow blocks and anticipate how a play will unfold allowed him to pick up extra yards that he otherwise might not have. Bradshaw showed a knack for knowing there the crease was going to be, often before it even developed. This allowed the Colts to move the chains even in instances where they didn’t necessarily have perfect run blocking.

* Bradshaw had a lot more pop than I expected. He showed, perhaps, more quickness than we gave him credit for, and that allowed him to hit the hole the moment it opened.

* Finally, Bradshaw still has that trademark toughness we’ve always seen from him. Put simply, he runs hard, punishing defenders who dare try to tackle him.

Some early assumptions about Colts offense under coordinator Pep Hamilton have proven true

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell also gives some observations and his come on the offensive side of the ball looking at Pep Hamilton’s scheme.

• “Chunk plays,” the over-the-top strikes so prevalent in 2012, will be less frequent.

After two games, Colts receivers rank 16th in the league, averaging 11.6 yards per reception. They were No. 3 last season, averaging 12.9 yards, the club’s sixth-best per-catch average since 1970.

Only three of Andrew Luck’s 43 completions have gained at least 25 yards, tied for eighth-fewest in the league. Philadelphia’s Michael Vick has a league-high 10 and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers nine.

• When chunk plays occur, T.Y. Hilton figures to be the target on the majority of them.

Among receivers with at least nine receptions, Hilton’s 16.2 average ranks 13th. His acrobatic 47-yard grab against the Miami Dolphins is Luck’s longest completion this season, and the latest evidence that coordinator Pep Hamilton should maximize Hilton’s big-play skills.


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Five Things Learned, Miami-Colts

Posted by craigkelleycolts on September 16, 2013 – 9:09 am


Intro:  Miami erased two three-point Colts leads after Indianapolis rallied back from an 11-point (14-3) second-quarter deficit.  One final chance to win ended for the Colts at the Miami 23 with four snaps in the final 1:50.  The Colts are 1-1, just like last year, and face a two-game road trip.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts tight-wired their way to eight comeback wins in the last 17 games and nearly pulled off another one Sunday against Miami.

Miami 24, Colts 20.

One final bid ended with four snaps from the Dolphins’ 23 after the Colts had moved from their 14.  Indianapolis did not hold onto two different three-point leads and lost at home for the first time in almost a year.

Indianapolis had its chances.  Chuck Pagano said the team made plays, but not enough to win, something he claimed Miami did in reaching 2-0.

The mood was deep disappointment in the locker room, but one that tactfully placed blame on those present.  Players pointed fingers at themselves.  The feeling today should turn to resolve for a team Pagano credits with passion and integrity.

“This team is going to fight.  We know that,” said Pagano.  “We know they’re going to play for 60 minutes, and it doesn’t matter what the score (or) the situation is.  It speaks to the character and resiliency of this group.  If we get some things cleaned up, we’ll keep getting better every week.”


GOSDER CHERILUS IS SOLID INVESTMENT – Cherilus is a quiet presence and one who showed grit against Miami.  Most observers said he would need help from backs or tight ends in facing Cameron Wake.  Cherilus did not miss a snap.  Any help he had was minimal.  A talented Wake with 2.5 sacks at Cleveland was credited with one assisted tackle yesterday.  Well done, Mr. Cherilus.

POINTS ARE PRECIOUS – A missed field goal early from 52 yards out was tough, though Adam Vinatieri hitting the upright halfway up the pipe validated the decision to kick.  Andrew Luck’s two savvy third-down conversions maximized the club’s third possession when it trailed by 11 points.  Allowing three points on a 44-yard drive in the first half’s final 1:26 hurt, as did the field goal Indianapolis settled for after a second-half-opening takeaway.  While the Colts won the replay to uphold the turnover, another replay negated a Colts reception to the one.  Indianapolis then had a touchdown wiped out by a motion penalty.  The final drive ended in frustration with two deep throws from the Miami 23 that produced third- and fourth-and-10.  Luck, in self-analysis mode, said afterward setting up a more manageable distance with some shorter routes might have been a better approach.

STAY DEDICATED ON GROUND – Through two games, Indianapolis is averaging 5.0 yards per rush on 52 attempts.  While Luck’s 7.6 average boosts the effort, Vick Ballard was 4.8 against Oakland and Ahmad Bradshaw was 4.3 against Miami.  Rushing ability and the threat of the rush only keeps defenses honest and aids the passing game.  Keep eyes peeled straight ahead and discount any who decry the ground efforts.

CAPABLE, MORE CONSISTENT – Pagano was right on two counts – the Colts made plays, but not enough to win, while Miami made enough to win; the Colts had good statistics, but only points mattered.  On Miami’s four scoring drives, it snapped 22 plays and gained 251 yards.  The Dolphins had an 11.4 average and faced only two third downs on those combined drives (one was a spike before the half-ending field goal).  On the other 44 plays, the Colts held Miami to 147 yards, a 3.3 average.

PAGANO ON HIS GAME – Pagano was on-point in challenging a spot of the ball on a fourth-down Miami rush in the final period.  He believed Ryan Tannehill was short on a second-effort run over left tackle, and Pagano’s spunk resulted in an overturned replay.  Indianapolis then trailed by four points with 12 minutes remaining, and the game could have been determined on that drive.  His feel for the game and his team is where Colts fans want it to be.   Pagano’s moxie at 1-1 will be a guiding aid with two looming road trips.

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Colts Daily Headlines: September 16th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:44 am

The Colts suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Miami Dolphins 24-20. Today’s news looks at the Colts comeback attempt coming up short, the play of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and T.Y. Hilton’s career afternoon.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, September 16th.  

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill outplays fellow 2012 first-round pick Andrew Luck

By: Michael Pointer, Indy Star

Last year it was Andrew Luck making the plays at the end of both halves against the Dolphins.

But on Sunday, it was Ryan Tannehill who made those plays.

“It’s very satisfying anytime you can win on the road,” Tannehill said. “To play a complete game, to make plays in tough situations, with the defense stepping up at the end. … Everyone had to make a play.”

He completed 23-of-34 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown. On this day, he outplayed Luck — who completed 25-of-43 for 321 yards, but threw a key fourth-quarter interception and was sacked on the Colts’ final offensive play. Tannehill’s QB rating was 107.4; Luck’s was 79.7.

“We’ve seen a gradual improvement for the last 18 months,” Miami wide receiver Brian Hartline said. “Even since March, we’ve seen a lot of improvement. Maybe to the national media this is something new, but not to us.”

Dolphins Stop Indy Comeback, Hold On for 24-20 Win

By: Michael Marot, The Associated Press

It had all the makings of comeback No. 9 for Andrew Luck.

The stage was set but a day full of missed opportunities continued on Sunday afternoon.

“You start thinking about the plays afterward. I think some of those, instead of throwing the ball up for grabs, take the underneath guy, get 5 yards and get in second-and-5 instead of ending up in second-and-10, third-and-10, fourth-and-10,” Luck said.

“I don’t think I managed that particularly well. They did a good job of pressure on that last play. You never want to get sacked on fourth down. That’s almost one of those cardinal sins.”

T.Y. Hilton has a career day in the loss

By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog

Getting T.Y. Hilton the ball was a focus for the Colts early and often on Sunday afternoon and the Colts held true to their word with the second-year receiver finishing the game with a career-high 124 receiving yards.

It was obvious the Colts made Hilton a focus in the offense early Sunday. He had three catches for 54 yards by the end of the first quarter.

“We knew we had to get him back involved,” Pagano said. “We made big plays and he made huge plays. It was good to see him get back and have the number of catches and big plays. He’s an explosive guy.”

Hilton’s best catch came late in the first half when he went over the top of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes and hauled in a 47-yard pass down the right sideline. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored four plays later.

Hilton had already set a career high in receiving yards by the end of the first half.

“We know T.Y.’s a stud,” Luck said. “The one he caught on the right side before the end of the half was something special. We know he’s a phenomenal football player.”


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INSTANT REACTION: Vick Ballard placed on injured reserve

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 13, 2013 – 12:41 pm

It’s not even Week Two of the regular season but the Colts “Next Man Up” philosophy is already being put into action.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano announced Friday afternoon that running back Vick Ballard will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during Thursday’s practice.

How does Ballard’s injury impact the Colts going forward?

First, losing Ballard is an obvious blow to the Colts offense.

He played well beyond the No. 170 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Late in his rookie season, Ballard was the main bell cow for a depleted Colts backfield.

Everyone knows what Ballard has done from a rushing standpoint (over 800 yards in 2012) but he’s a valuable blocker, and both Pagano and Andrew Luck raved earlier this week about the second-year back’s ability to block.

Moving forward, Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown will be the guys to count on at the running back position.

Bradshaw had seven carries for 26 yards last week against the Raiders and that load will certainly increase beginning this weekend.

At 5’10” and 214 pounds, Bradshaw has rushed for at least 1,000 yards twice in the last three seasons and achieved that mark in 2012 despite playing in 14 games.

Bradshaw has played some of his best football on the game’s brightest stages and there’s no question that the seven-year veteran will be counted on heavily in 2013.

He is known as one of the better blocking running backs in the NFL and has also caught 125 passes over the last four seasons.

In his fifth season with the Colts, Brown should first be commended for how he’s accepted his role on special teams in 2013. He is the team’s punt protector and has excelled on special teams during the preseason and in Week One.

Now, Brown will see his role expand offensively after playing just one offensive snap in the Colts opening week victory.

Brown has 449 carries for 1,840 yards in his Colts career and has caught 56 passes out of the backfield.

Running backs coach David Walker stressed during the offseason the importance of finding a third running back how that would inevitably be needed over the course of a 16-game schedule.

That unfortunately comes in Week Two and the Colts will now deal with their first major adversity beginning on Sunday afternoon.

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Return of Ahmad Bradshaw makes for a happy Vick Ballard

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 5, 2013 – 3:44 pm

Late in the 2012 season when Vick Ballard looked towards the Colts sidelines running backs coach David Walker simply just stared back at him.

Ballard was the bell cow and injuries hardly let him catch his breath.

Come Sunday, Ballard will be more than happy to allow other backs get into the fray.

“I’ve been in two-back systems my whole career playing. It’s a way to get the other back rest. And like you said, I feed off the energy of the other back,” Ballard said earlier this week.

Fellow running back Ahmad Bradshaw is expecting to make his Colts debut on Sunday afternoon and his offensive teammates can’t wait to see him in action.temp2013_0904_prac_0596--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Says quarterback Andrew Luck of Bradshaw:

“I know he’s been chomping at the bit. He’s a tough sucker and we’re lucky to have him on our team.”

And the fullback Stanley Havili who will be paving the way on Sunday:

“I’m excited and I think the whole team is excited to get Ahmad out there. We all know what he can do and we all know what Vick and Donald (Brown) can do so we’re just excited to get someone out there fresh that can run the ball.”

Pep Hamilton said on Thursday that he isn’t exactly sure how running back carries will be split up against the Raiders.

Sunday will be Hamilton’s first in-person look at Bradshaw but he likes what he sees on film.

“He’s consistent. He’s a power runner. He can run between the tackles but when he breaks through that first line of defense, he has the ability to score touchdowns,” Hamilton said of Bradshaw.

Whether it’s Ballard, Bradshaw or Brown, the man calling the shots on Sunday knows that multiple backs are required in his offense.

And he’s confident that those backs will be running behind an imposing offensive line.

“Our offensive line, they’ve progressively gotten better since the start of camp and we expect that we’re going to be able to come out and control the line of scrimmage. That’s our ultimate goal,” Hamilton said on Thursday.

“It’s a long season and we expect to be able to run the football. We are sure that there will be enough opportunities to go around.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: Spetember 3rd Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 3, 2013 – 8:51 am

The regular season opener is less than a week away for the Indianapolis Colts. Monday’s news centers on Ahmad Bradshaw making his Colts debut and Andrew Luck’s outlook on his second season in the NFL.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, September 3rd.  

Bradshaw at last preparing for Colts debut

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Ahmad Bradshaw had that look in the eye on Monday afternoon knowing that his Colts debut was less than a week away.

“A lot of teams that could have accepted me and gave me a shot that didn’t, I want to just prove everybody wrong,” he said. “I’ve got this chip on my shoulder, coming in a seventh-round running back in 2007. I play like it’s my first year.”

During training camp, he said he has no problem helping to mentor Vick Ballard along the way. And on Monday he said he’s not concerned about when he’ll enter the game.

“Just like I said, I love this game and I’m going to give my 100 percent every time and every Sunday,” Bradshaw said. “Like I said, I don’t know how the plays are going to go and who’s going to get how many, but when I’m out there you can expect full speed.”

Luck heads into opener with different perspective

By: Michael Marot, The Associated Press

Andrew Luck is ready for year two of life in the NFL.

With a full offseason to delve into tape, work out with teammates and relearn the offense he ran at Stanford, Luck has been working overtime to fix the flaws. He heads into Sunday’s opener with a new perspective on NFL life.

“A little bit, just by virtue of having played in an NFL game before,” Luck said when asked whether he’s more relaxed this September than last. “Knowing what pregame is like, knowing who runs out of the tunnel and where, things of that nature. Again, it’s still very exciting.”

The Colts like what they’ve seen.

“He’s not afraid to speak his mind, and that’s what you want from your quarterback — someone who speaks his mind,” five-time Pro Bowler Robert Mathis said.




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