The 2014 Summer Tour ended last Friday with our final Fan Fest. After Colts Day at Vincennes University, Fan Fest in Greensburg, and Fan Fest in Louisville, our Colts crew headed to Fort Wayne for one last event. The Fan Fest was part of Fort Wayne’s annual summer festival, the Three Rivers Festival, and we’re glad the Colts were included at this exciting event!
After three other successful events, we knew the drill – the inflatables were up, Colts in Motion was open, the Mobile Pro Shop was stocked with plenty of apparel and hundreds of posters were ready to be given away. During setup, fans eagerly waited in line hours before the event. By the time players Bjoern Werner and Anthony Castonzo arrived via helicopter, the crowd in Fort Wayne was ready and excited to get autographs.
Castonzo attended the event during the Summer Tour last year, and he was looking forward to being back in Fort Wayne for another great Fan Fest. “We’re kind of living in our own little bubble getting ready for the season, but then coming out here and meeting the fans and seeing their excitement really gets us pumped for this fall,” Castonzo said.
Werner added, “It’s really exciting to see Colts fans outside of Indianapolis and to see how all of Indiana supports the Colts.”
After getting autographs from Werner and Castonzo, cheerleaders and Blue, our younger fans enjoyed our Horse Slide inflatable, Football bounce house, and Play 60 Zone. Other fans listened to the live music provided by The Hunter Smith Band and registered to win Colts tickets. Colts fan Mary hopes she’ll win the tickets to a game. “The last time I went to a Colts game was fifteen years ago,” Mary said. “I better win these tickets!” We agree that it’s time Mary went to another game to cheer on her favorite team!
The Three Rivers Festival includes their popular “Junk Food Alley”, a line of food trucks with all types of fried fair food. Castonzo remembers eating the delicious food from Junk Food Alley last summer.
“I had a pork chop that was out of this world, and then some kind of bacon waffle creation. Whatever it was, it was amazing.”
Werner said he was hoping to sample some of the food after Fan Fest. “I haven’t had much fair food before, but I’d really like to try some of the German food here.” We made sure that the players went home with some treats from Junk Food Alley!
Colts fan Leslie brought her sons Colt, age 5, and Jake, age 2, to the event. The family had a special story behind Colt’s cool name. “He was born during a Colts and Steelers game,” Leslie told us. “We went to the hospital at the beginning of the game, and he was born before it even was over! That’s why we chose ‘Colt’ for him.” It sounds like Colt was destined to be a die-hard Colts fan!
We had a great time with more than 1000 fans who came out to celebrate Colts Fan Fest! It’s been an awesome summer for the Colts as we’ve toured Indiana and met thousands of the best fans in the NFL. Thanks, Fort Wayne, for wrapping up our tour with a successful Fan Fest! Now it’s time for an exciting season! Don’t worry, we’ll be back in a year for the 2015 Summer Tour. Go Colts!
Fan Fest features Colts Players, Cheerleaders and concert
WHAT: The Indianapolis Colts will host a Fan Fest at the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind. featuring a FREE community concert by former Colts punter and his band, The Hunter Smith Band. The Colts have hosted Fan Fest events this summer in Greensburg and Louisville. The event in Fort Wayne will mark the final Fan Fest of the summer. Colts Fan Fests are proudly sponsored by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Please visit www.colts.com/events for an up-to-date listing of locations.
– Autographs from Anthony Castonzo & Bjoern Werner
– Cheerleader and Mascot Blue Autographs
– Register to win tickets
– Interactive Inflatables
– Play 60 Zone
– Live Music featuring The Hunter Smith Band
– Register for an Official Colts Fan Club Membership
– Colts In Motion, the team’s traveling museum
– Free giveaways
– Colts Mobile Pro Shop
WHEN: Friday, July 11th
WHERE: Three Rivers Festival, Headwaters Park
330 S. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
COST: Free and open to the public.
About The Hunter Smith Band: Former Colts Punter, Hunter Smith now brings his talent to the music stage instead of the football field. The Hunter Smith Band released their album “Green” on iTunes in April, 2012. Rooted in Indianapolis, this five-man country band has toured throughout the U.S. and plans to headline several local shows this summer. Visit the band’s website www.huntersmithband.com for more information.
Special notes: The Colts encourage all fans to arrive early. The line for player and cheerleader autographs may be cut off at any time to ensure the Fan Fest remains on schedule. Inclement weather or traffic may cause for late arrival or early departure. All Fan Fest events will take place rain or shine. Colts players subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Fans will be allowed one autograph per person; however fans may get back in line for additional autographs. All Colts Fan Fest event times are local.
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With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 25-3 win over the Houston Texans.
On earning a team win with a 25-3 victory over the Texans:
“Great team win. Having clinched the division, we said in these final three weeks, starting with the ballgame yesterday that we wanted to catch fire if you will, start trending in the right direction, get some momentum going, play a complete game and we did that in all three phases. Offense, we get off to a fast start finally, drove the length of the field, 11 plays, I think 80 yards scored a touchdown, great start. Defense came up big all day long. Special teams did a nice job. Adam (Vinatieri) was 3-for-3 I guess, a couple of extra points in the game. We got contributions from all three phases a bunch of players, guys that never played certain positions before and because of the way the work and the way they study and the expectations are, next man up, if they don’t believe it now, they will never believe it. Every one of those guys prepares as a starter.”
On the play of Andrew Luck on Sunday:
“We had the one hiccup there but he’s been doing a great job. His numbers show that. Andrew will tell you that the only thing that he really cares about first and foremost is the W and we did get that. He made good decisions, winning football, like always. He extended some plays, creating again. We’ve got to get him on the ground, maybe a little sooner (laughs) than he likes. He’s getting first downs, extending plays and doing a lot of great things for us.”
On Trent Richardson taking over the lead running back role with Donald Brown sidelined:
“You talk about practice and he’s practiced as well as anybody the last couple of weeks. His last couple of ball games, you can see the results of what he’s doing during the week, preparation wise. He’s becoming more comfortable terminology wise, with the scheme, with the guys in front of him, all those things. Again, it was great to see him have the production both running the football and the pass game yesterday. Certainly it’s doing wonders for his confidence and obviously helping our offense.”
On the Colts being 10-0 in back-to-back games under Chuck Pagano:
“I just think these guys are able to move on, win or lose. They are able to put the last game behind them, make corrections that you always have and stick to the process. It’s the next game. Stick to the process. Our guys do a great job of that. Our coaches do a great job of that. Our players do a great job of that. It’s a formula that’s obviously working and has worked so there’s no reason to get away from that.
On rookie Bjoern Werner getting his first full NFL sack and how he’s coming along:
“Absolutely, he played a good game yesterday. The last three weeks, he’s really played good football and gotten better each and every week. You go back and you talk about practice, he’s amped up his preparation, the way he’s studying, the way he’s becoming a pro. He was out for a while. He missed some time with an injury. That’s never easy. He’s a rookie. He’s young. He’s learning. He played with his hand in the dirt his whole career in college. Now he’s standing up, he’s dropping, he’s doing a whole bunch of different things. He’s getting more comfortable. He’s gaining confidence and yesterday he had his best outing to date. He did some great things so love where he’s at, the direction he’s heading.”
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Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com 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 Houston.
This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is running back Trent Richardson.
Just prior to the Cincinnati game, Trent Richardson announced that he was feeling the best he had felt since arriving to Indianapolis in the middle of September.
On Sunday, Richardson had 23 touches for 102 yards, giving him 34 touches for 190 yards over the last two weeks.
Richardson’s effort on Sunday was vital considering he played 46 offensive snaps (out of a possible 70) once Donald Brown exited with a “stinger”.
“I come out and train and practice hard and make sure I do everything I can to be in that position for whenever they call on my number, I’m ready,” Richardson said after the 25-3 victory.
“Our offensive line did a tremendous job today. The wide receivers did a really good job today and tight ends. As a group, as an offensive unit, we did a really good job today.”
Richardson scored on a nine-yard shovel pass midway through the second quarter and caught a total of four passes for 38 yards.
His season long rush of 22 yards came in the second half as Richardson received all of the running back load once Brown went down (before Tashard Choice came in to run out the clock).
“Trent’s been practicing extremely well. Trending in the right direction, obviously. Feeling more comfortable with the offense, so you’re going to see him do nothing but take off from here,” Chuck Pagano said.
“We saw it two weeks ago, last week and now with the positive things that happened to him today, it’s great for Trent and great for our offense and great for his confidence.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Outside linebacker Erik Walden had three tackles and a 10-yard sack of Case Keenum on Sunday.
–Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner had his first career full sack in the NFL with a seven-yard takedown of Keenum in the fourth quarter.
–Safety LaRon Landry was a part of a terrific safety duo on Sunday and led the Colts with nine tackles (eight solo).
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With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 22-14 win over the Titans
On getting a win, even if it was “ugly”:
“We will take them anyway we can get them. We know how difficult it is to win football games in the National Football League. Good football team that came in here (Sunday), playing for the same thing that we’re playing for—a division crown. We knew it was going to be an alley fight, a brawl like I heard a couple of our players talk about it, and it was. It was a 60-minute slugfest and we came out on the winning side of the game. We are never going to apologize for a W.”
On the injury to Ricky Jean Francois:
“Similar injury to what Bjoern (Werner) had during the season, slight tear to the plantar fascia, which is a foot injury. It will cost him a couple of weeks. Hopefully it’s a little less then what Bjoern went through. Ricky Jean has been playing lights out and was having one whale of a ball game (Sunday). He’s been playing really good football for us. Hate to lose him.”
On the four takeaways and Cassius Vaughn’s two interceptions:
“He had a great week of practice, prepared really well and was bound and determined to go out there and play really good football for us and give us everything that he had. He certainly did that. For him to come up with two interceptions, that wasn’t the only production that he had in the ball game. He was steady throughout. Plus three in the turnover margin, you are going to win a lot of football games.”
On special teamer Sergio Brown playing with a broken hand:
“I’d be reminisced if we didn’t talk about him and I’m glad you brought him up because he’s been playing great all year. If he isn’t in Hawaii, I’d be shocked. He’s played great football all year and to have surgery Tuesday morning, put a plate in his hand, put a cast over the top of that thing then to go play the way he played, there’s no tougher guy on our football team than Sergio Brown. I respect that kid so much and what he does for this program, our team and for this organization. Just hats off to him.”
On when he starts looking for playoff scenarios:
“When they start (laughs). In all honestly, we’ve just got to stick to the process. We are in the last quarter of the season. For us to get ahead of ourselves and start worrying about seedings and who you might play and who has to do what, I think that’s just a recipe for disaster. Our focus and mindset has to be on one thing and one thing only and that’s this upcoming ballgame.”
On if linebacker Josh McNary will play more on passing downs moving forward:
“He had an opportunity. We had a little package put together for Josh. He played a lot more plays on special teams and did a nice job for us. The three plays that he went in (defensively), none bigger then the third down we blitzed Josh and he beat the running back one-on-one right in the hole, hit Fitzpatrick right when he released the ball. Obviously that thing sailed right over everybody in the backend and that was just a great, great football play by Josh. That just showed his speed, his athleticism, all those things. We look to get him more involved.”
Tags: Bjoern Werner, Cassius Vaughn, josh mcnary, Ricky Jean-Francois, Sergio Brown
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Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com 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 St. Louis.
When Pep Hamilton was named Colts offensive coordinator earlier this year, he was looking for a versatile fullback to fit his scheme.
Havili had three catches (career-high) for 25 receiving yards on Sunday and is showing how he can impact the receiving game.
Along with being a versatile cog on offense, Havili is also playing a variety of roles on special teams.
On the season, Havili has 16 offensive touches for 74 yards along with his top duty of blocking for the Colts running backs.
Havili has four special teams tackles and a forced fumble in 2013.
Following the loss on Sunday, Havili was ready to turn his attention to Thursday night.
“It was frustrating to say the least. We just couldn’t get things going,” Havili said after the game.
“I think with a short week, it’s an advantage for us to put this loss to rest, learn from the mistakes and get ready for Thursday, very excited to get this sour taste out of my mouth.”
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Running back Daniel Herron saw his first offensive action with the Colts and he had one catch for 57 yards. Herron mainly contributes on special teams and he had one kick return for 13 yards on Sunday.
–Outside linebacker Bjoern Werner played in his second game back from injury and had three tackles (one for loss) while playing a total of 23 snaps on Sunday.
–Defensive tackle Montori Hughes dressed for his second career NFL game and contributed three tackles in just 17 snaps.
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For the past month, Bjoern Werner has been a spectator on the Colts practice field.
Werner, who has been dealing with a foot injury since leaving the Jaguars game on Sept. 29, put the pads back on Monday afternoon practicing in a limited role.
“(Werner) felt good doing what he did, leaving the practice field,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday.
“Hopefully he comes in (Tuesday) morning and feels great and then amp it up a little bit more on Wednesday. Always see the glass half full on that kind of thing.”
In Werner’s first three and a half NFL games, he had four tackles (.5 sack) while playing mostly in nickel situations and on special teams.
“Honestly, it’s pretty easy because the atmosphere around the players is awesome. I don’t think anything negative. It’s really motivating to get back out there and help,” Werner said earlier this week.
“They’re doing such a great job without me but I’m trying to be back so hopefully I can be at least a factor. That’s my goal.”
One of the initial steps to getting back on the playing field came on Monday.
Both Werner and Pagano alluded to the fact that how the rookie’s foot handles a full week of practice will be the ultimate factor in deciding if Sunday night marks his return.
“I don’t know how it responds, just putting the pads on and stuff like that,” Werner said of his foot.
“That was the first time actually being out there and having the helmet on in like four weeks, so we’ll see how it feels. Hopefully it will be ready.”
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The Colts will get back on the practice field this afternoon in preparation of the Seattle Seahawks. Today’s news looks at the growth of Coby Fleener and how the Colts have dealt with injuries.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 2nd.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The growth of Coby Fleener has been a key factor in the Colts turning in a 3-1 month of September.
Fleener being at the top of his game was critical. Two-tight end formations are prominent in coordinator Pep Hamilton’s offense but the team lost Dwayne Allen to a season-ending hip injury in the season-opener against Oakland. Along with remaining a viable option in the passing game, he’s being asked to amp up his contributions as a blocker, which had been Allen’s forte.
“Anytime a guy like Dwayne goes down who makes such a big impact for the offense, other guys are going to have to fill in here and there,” Fleener said. “So yeah, I would say my role has expanded a bit.”
Added coach Chuck Pagano: “We always knew what he was in the passing game. What a threat. We’re asking him to do a little bit more heavy lifting in the run game and he’s responding. He’s getting better.”
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder looks at the Colts injury issues and how the team has overcome some significant absences early on in 2013.
The Colts’ injury list just keeps growing, with the latest additions being outside linebacker Bjoern Werner and fullback Stanley Havili. Those are key losses, but given the way the Colts have weathered their previous injuries, it’s understandable if you feel confident they’ll come through this latest test with flying colors, too.
We’ve addressed this story before, but it’s worth repeating. It’s absolutely remarkable the way the Colts have pushed through their rash of injuries. They lost three starters to season-ending injured reserve in the first two weeks of the season (Vick Ballard, Donald Thomas and Dwayne Allen), and several key starters have missed games – safety LaRon Landry (2), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (1), center Samson Satele (2), inside linebacker Pat Angerer (2) and defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois (1) among them.
The Colts’ depth has shown during this stretch. Backups like safety Delano Howell, offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach, defensive end Fili Moala and Kelvin Sheppard deserve credit. There hasn’t been an obvious drop in performance in most cases where starters have been sidelined, and that’s rarely the case in the NFL. There has been less consistency in some instances, but the overall performance level has been impressive.
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The Colts will hit the meat of their practice schedule beginning today. Wednesday’s news looks at the Colts need for a pass rush and the difficulty in getting ready for a dual-threat quarterback.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 4th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
You can never have enough pass rushers in the NFL and Holder takes a look at the Colts stable as they try and replace Dwight Freeney.
The first test comes Sunday against the Raiders in the regular-season opener.
“I know what they can do,” veteran Robert Mathis said of his largely unproven fellow pass rushers. Mathis has 91.5 career sacks, more than even the wildest dreams of fellow edge rushers Bjoern Werner (0), Cam Johnson (0), Mario Harvey (0) and Erik Walden (9).
Personnel on the defensive front who are better suited to coach Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 defense — Ricky Jean Francois and Aubrayo Franklin specifically — will help. But the Colts are betting rather heavily on players with thin resumes. Which is fine, they say.
“I’ve been working with them since April and I know they can get the job done,” Mathis said. “As for outside (opinions), it doesn’t matter. They didn’t pick these guys, so it doesn’t matter. They’re here for a reason, and we believe they can get the job done.”
Pagano added: “We feel good about all those guys.”
Walden, acquired as a free agent from the Packers in the offseason, didn’t hide from the obvious.
“When you take away what Freeney was able to produce, which is 100-plus sacks, you have to (replace) that from somewhere,” said Walden, who will wear Freeney’s number, 93. “And it has to be in the sack category. I hold myself to a high standard so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
The Colts could get their first taste of dual-threat quarterbacks as quickly as Sunday afternoon.
The Raiders plan to start Terrelle Pryor at quarterback this weekend, according to multiple media reports.
Pryor is more difficult to prepare for than Matt Flynn because of his ability to be creative with his feet if things break down in the pocket. Don’t get me wrong; Pryor is definitely still a work in progress. It starts with him being an inconsistent passer.
“He’s a dual threat so you got to keep him boxed in as much as you can,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said Monday. “But you can’t forget about [Darren] McFadden at all.”
Tags: Bjoern Werner, Cam Johnson, erik walden, Mario Harvey, robert mathis
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