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Colts Eager To Get Back To Work

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 21, 2014 – 1:53 pm

The Colts returned to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Monday to kickoff their nine-week offseason program.

Like the first day of school, many Colts were eager to get back with their teammates.

Here’s a look at some of the tweets the Colts sent out on getting the 2014 offseason program started:

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Da’Rick Rogers Thanks Matt Hasselbeck for Professional Guidance

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 13, 2013 – 9:20 am

When Da’Rick Rogers joined the Colts on September 2, his first quarterback wasn’t the guy whose jersey will be found on hundreds of people Sunday inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Instead, Rogers was catching balls from a player with 15 years of NFL experience and 152 starts at the quarterback position.

Rogers loves talking about his “first quarterback here” and the guidance that Hasselbeck provided the rookie.temp2013_1208_CIN_3055--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

“Hasselbeck is a good guy. He’s a veteran in the league and he just really, really helped me on being a professional,” Rogers says.

“When I wasn’t getting the real reps with the 1’s, we’d be on the sideline going over stuff. In the locker room, we would be going over how to be a professional, how to stay on this team, how to make a living in the NFL. He’s been big for my growth here.”

Hasselbeck points to one key area where Rogers has particularly developed over the past three months.

“Where have I seen him improve is I’ve seen him accept that coaching, understanding that he needs to get open within the concept of the play and what we are trying to do,” Hasselbeck says.

“For example in the game last week, his first touchdown was him doing it exactly the way the coaches wanted him to and then once the ball is in his hands he can do it however he wants to.”

It’s the reps that Rogers and LaVon Brazill received from the Colts veteran backup that are turning into concrete results on Sunday.

Hasselbeck wants to be careful not to put too much pressure on the young receivers.

He knows the playmaking ability is there and now it’s all about repetition.

“Those two young guys, we just need them to be pros, know their job and do their job. When the ball comes their way, make a play. That’s it.

“They don’t have to have a highlight reel each week. They just have to be consistent.”

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Matt Hasselbeck previews his former team, the Tennessee Titans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 13, 2013 – 9:00 am

There’s no player on the Colts roster that has a better understanding of Thursday night’s opponent then Matt Hasselbeck.

From 2011-2012, Hasselbeck started 21 games at the quarterback position for the Titans.

Earlier this week, “Voice of the Colts” Bob Lamey caught up with Hasselbeck to preview the 4-5 Titans.

On what Hasselbeck thinks the Titans mindset is heading into Thursday night:

“They are in a similar situation, probably a little embarrassed to lose a game at home like we did. It’s Thursday Night Football, they don’t get many nationally televised games at home. Their crowd will be into it. Their backs are up against the wall. Their season is up against the wall so we know it’s going to be just as tough of game as any game this season. We need to be ready to go in a short week.”

On what Hasselbeck has seen from the Titans defense:

“I think what you’ve seen is they create a lot of turnovers. That’s been their difference in the start of the season this year and the games they’ve won versus the games they haven’t won. They really have created turnovers, particularly in the secondary. I don’t know if it’s a case of educated guessing but these are things we have to find out in our film study. How are they able to come up with those turnovers?”

On Titans quarterback Jake Locker being lost for the season and new starter Ryan Fitzpatrick:

“It’s too bad for Jake. It’s one thing after another with his injuries and I hope he gets better soon. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a very, very smart player, surprisingly athletic and he kind of gets on streaks where he gets hot. If he gets hot, look out, he’s real dangerous.”

On elusive Titans running back Chris Johnson and the challenge he presents:

“He’s kind of like a track guy. He doesn’t break a lot of tackles but if you do give him an open hole, he’s got the big play ability to take it to the house.”

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Aubrayo Franklin is the “Newcomer of the Week”-Jaguars Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 30, 2013 – 10:38 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 Jacksonville.

He wasn’t the most heralded of 2013 free agent signings for the Colts but there’s no denying the impact that Aubrayo Franklin has had up the middle of the team’s 3-4 defense.

Franklin is an 11-year veteran nose tackle and he has 126 games of NFL experience knowing that stopping the run is his main asset.

On Sunday, Franklin helped the Colts defense limit Maurice Jones-Drew to 1.8 yards per carry (13 carries for 23 yard), the lowest output the Jaguars Pro Bowl running back has had in 60 straight games.

In the AFC South, the Colts face some of the game’s premier running back and Franklin’s addition was needed this offseason.

Not only has Franklin helped second-year nose tackle Josh Chapman grow into an NFL run-stopper, but he’s showing why he’s hung around the league at the age of 33.

When the Colts signed Franklin in late March, the veteran nose tackle talked about what brought him to Indianapolis and how he fits into a familiar defense.

“Just the chance to get back with my former defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky. Plus these guys made the playoffs and I feel like they are a contender again,” Franklin said back in March.

“(I’m) a hard, tough-nosed player, ready to give up my body to allow my linebackers to make plays, be free and make tackles.”

A month into his tenure as a Colt and it’s safe to say Franklin has carried out that description.

Other Newcomers of Note:

Running back Trent Richardson ran for 60 yards on 20 carries and scored his second touchdown with the Colts. Richardson got his first start with the Colts and saw his playing time increase to 55 offensive snaps without Ahmad Bradshaw.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had three catches for 33 yards on Sunday. DHB now has 13 catches for 135 receiving yards on the season.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck saw his first action as a member of the Colts on Sunday. Hasselbeck was 2-of-3 for 37 yards and led the Colts to a late fourth quarter field goal.

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Colts Daily Headlines: August 14th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 14, 2013 – 8:08 am

The Colts took part in a 90-minute practice on Tuesday afternoon with the biggest news surrounding that of Ahmad Bradshaw. Below is a look at the start of work week for the Colts as they prepare for a nationally televised game on Sunday against the New York Giants

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, August 14th.  

NFL forces Colts to activate RB Ahmad Bradshaw

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The news of the day on Tuesday revolved around Ahmad Bradshaw being activated from the Colts PUP list.

“We had discussions with the league about Ahmad’s status and agreed it was the best thing to bring him off PUP,” Chuck Pagano said at Tuesday’s press conference. “If it was left up to (Bradshaw) he’d go today but we’re going to protect him from himself. We’ll err on the side of caution.”

Bradshaw, 27, signed a one-year contract with the Colts in June after a six-year career with the New York Giants. He underwent surgery on his right foot in January and opened training camp on PUP while continuing his rehab work.

Bradshaw was expected to be activated either this week or next before the NFL intervened.

“I feel great,” he said. “I’m ready to get out there with the guys. We’ll take it slow and make it last all season.”

5 scenes from Colts camp: Running out of TEs, LB Pat Angerer is back and more

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The Colts were back on the practice field Tuesday for a 90-minute session.

Coby Fleener was absent from the afternoon practice as he was going through league protocol for a concussion.

Chappell also takes a look at the return of linebacker Pat Angerer and the strong play from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on Tuesday.

Bradshaw, Ballard aim to be lethal tandem

By: Mike Wells,

With the announcement of Ahmad Bradshaw coming off the Colts PUP list, you can’t blame the new Colts running back for being a bit excited.

“I feel great right now,” Bradshaw said. “I feel I’m ready to go. It’s just a process I have to go through to be ready for the pounding and practices every day.”

Colts fans in general should be thrilled as well.

It would appear the Colts have a pair of top backs and returning starter Vick Ballard is ready for whatever role.

“I’ve always been that lead back,” Ballard said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. We have one team goal, that’s winning the Super Bowl. Whatever we have to do to win the Super Bowl I’m down for it.”


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Day 10 Impressions: Darius Butler doing what he does, power running game featured and the thin secondary

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 8, 2013 – 5:00 pm

Mother Nature opened up her skies on Thursday afternoon but held off just enough for the Colts to get a two-hour practice done on the turf field at Macholtz Stadium.

Thursday was the Colts final full padded practice before the preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Here are three takeaways from day 10…

Butler not to be forgotten in the secondary: Darius Butler continued his strong camp on Thursday by making the same plays he made last season.

Butler had a pair of pick six’s on Thursday (one each off Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck). Butler’s knack for making big plays is something that can’t be overlooked in this defense.

With a formidable starting secondary, Butler is the odds on starting nickel back which means he will see a ton of playing time against a Colts schedule that includes some of the game’s top passers.

There’s a reason why Butler was chosen in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and he has taken full advantage of the Colts giving him another chance to live up to that billing.


Power running gets some work in on Thursday: With the rain falling on Thursday afternoon it seemed fitting that the running game was a focus.

The Colts first and second team offensive line both had successful days opening up holes for the running backs.

Having the starting offensive line in tact for the entire first two weeks of training camp has been a key for the Colts rushing attack.

Sunday will provide the chance for the Colts rush defense to go up against one of the league’s top backs in C.J. Spiller.

Depth thin in the secondary: The injuries are starting to pile up on the defensive side of the ball, particularly at the back end.

Safety Delano Howell and Antoine Bethea are the only healthy safeties with newly signed Ashante Williams going to have to a play a lot on Sunday.

Other injury news included Darrius Heyward-Bey going through a few reps of 11-on-11 work on Thursday. Offensive lineman Joe Reitz returned to the practice field.

Tight end Dwayne Allen did not participate on Thursday as the Colts are evaluating the second-year tight end’s foot.

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Day Nine Impressions: Capacity crowd in Anderson, T.Y. Hilton does it again and DHB back in fulll pads

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 6, 2013 – 9:20 pm

The Colts had a long wait on Tuesday but finally got back on the practice field with the sun setting and the lights turned on inside Macholtz Stadium.

After a quiet few days of practice, the full pads were back on Tuesday night and the offense turned in one of its better performances of camp.

Here are three takeaways from day nine…

‘Friday Night Lights’ feel to practice: In front of a capacity crowd of well over 7,000 people, the Colts offense put on a show for fans at Tuesday’s night practice.

The practice started off with a flea flicker completion from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton and the first team offense ended the two and a half hour session with a touchdown on the final two-minute drill.

Luck finished the night 26-of-35 with six touchdowns and no interceptions.

The defense got its highlight on the final play of practice with Cassius Vaughn, who is having a strong camp, intercepting Matt Hasselbeck in the end zone to end the second unit’s two-minute drill.

T.Y. Hilton continues to shine: Hilton’s name continues to pop up in the post-practice impressions and for good reason.

Colts fans saw what Hilton can do after the catch last season, but watching him create separation and haul in long passes has been a strength for the second-year receiver all camp.

That was once again the case on Tuesday night with Hilton catching the first two passes of the night.

He was also on the receiving end of a post pattern over the middle to finish off the first unit’s final touchdown drive.

Hilton’s dynamic ability with the football is well advertised but he has shown all throughout camp that he can catch the ball consistently, something opposing defenses do not want to hear with the season a month away.

DHB returns for opening drills: Any rumors about Darrius Heyward-Bey’s knee injury being serious were put to rest on Tuesday night when No. 81 took part in “routes versus air” at the beginning of practice.

Head coach Chuck Pagano said that was the goal for DHB on Tuesday as he took part in positional drills with his fellow receivers.

The Colts new receiver will get treatment on the team’s off-day Wednesday and hopefully ramp up the activity during Thursday’s practice.

Without DHB during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, Griff Whalen once again had a strong evening with the first and second units.

All in all it was a very productive night for the Colts young receivers including Nathan Palmer, Jabin Sambrano and LaVon Brazill.

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Colts Daily Headlines: Weekend Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 8, 2013 – 7:30 am

A recap from the four-day weekend begins with a tremendous feature from the Indianapolis Star on Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Also included, is Mike Chappell’s picks for the receiving position on his all-Indy team.

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, July 4th-Monday, July 8th   

Colts new backup QB Matt Hasselbeck wanted to start … but he wants a Super Bowl even more

By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star

A Sunday feature spotlighted the Colts backup quarterback and the veteran experience he brings to Indianapolis.

The article profiles Hasselbeck’s relationship with Andrew Luck, a friendly wager with fellow quarterback Chandler Harnish, and ultimately the most important reason he chose the Colts.

“I wanted to start, sure, but more than anything, I wanted to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “That was my first priority. When it came down to it, that’s what I wanted most.

“And that’s why I’m here.”

All-time Indy Colts receivers: Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

The offense of Chappell’s all-Indy team is now complete with the addition of two of the NFL’s greatest receivers.

Chappell’s blog post takes a look at No. 87 and 88 with a quote from Wayne on what the two playing together meant for opposing defenses.

“We really went into games saying, ‘OK, pick your poison,’’’ Wayne said. “It changed the game. You might want to ask those defensive backs how it was.

“You couldn’t really key on one guy. When you’ve got two guys out there who are tooled and ready to go, it’s tough. We showed that for years.’’

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 13, 2013 – 8:55 am

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Thursday, June 13th.

Colts’ Bradshaw gets the boot for open practice

By: Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

DiPrimio took a look at a man in a boot on Wednesday evening.

That man was new Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw and he is pleased to call Indianapolis his new home.

“This is a blessing for me,” Bradshaw said. “The Colts are an organization that cares. This is the right fit for me.”

Minicamp is all about mental reps as Bradshaw recovers from a foot injury before he hits the field for training camp.

“He wants to go, but he’s not ready,” Pagano said. “We’ve got one practice left. It wouldn’t make any sense to have him out there and re-injure that foot and miss half the season.”

Colts are looking at 4 players and 1,300 pounds to fill key nose tackle position

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell takes a look at one of the most competitive position battles across the Colts roster at the nose tackle position.

How important is a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme?

Chappell asked two key cogs.

“The pinpoint of the defense,” explained Aubrayo Franklin.

Added Josh Chapman: “You’ve got to be the heart and soul of this defense.”

A majority of the article looks at Chapman who has turned some heads this offseason and his head coach has high praise for the second-year tackle.

“Chappy’s like sticking a 700-, 800-pound safe in the middle,” Pagano said. “You’re not going to move him. Someone tries to come in the house and take the safe, it ain’t happening.’’

Colts hold open minicamp for fans at Lucas Oil Stadium

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Many topics are covered in Chappell’s notebook of Wednesday evening’s open minicamp practice.

Chappell mentions the big plays on both sides of the ball, owner Jim Irsay’s presence and a crowd of around 10,000 people at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I thought we put on a very good show for the crowd,’’ linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We gave them something to look forward to this upcoming season.’’

The attention also turned to No. 44 on the sideline as Ahmad Bradshaw was a spectator while resting a foot injury that is expected to be healed in time for training camp.

“He’s standing right there. He’s got the script in his hand. He was into it,’’ Pagano said. “When he gets back . . . he’ll be ready to go. He won’t miss a beat.

Andrew Luck taking a firm grip on Colts’ reins

By: Mike Garafolo, USA Today

Garafolo takes a look a the relationship between Luck and backup Matt Hasselbeck with a focus on the page turning from 2012 to 2013.

“I don’t think anybody’s content. Last year was great, I’m proud of it and all that stuff, but no one’s worried about that now,” Luck told USA TODAY Sports. “We could’ve won zero games or won all of our games. For us, it’s about this year. That’s where our focus is.

“Guys just get that. And the tone that starts at the top with Chuck is one of ‘Work hard, no matter what the circumstances, be thankful you have a chance to play football and give it all you’ve got.'”

As a 15-year veteran, Hasselbeck has a keen eye for strong quarterback play and sees just that on, and off, the field in Luck.

“Andrew was incredible,” Hasselbeck said. “‘Here we go, we’re going to do this. Next, Donald Brown, what’s your favorite bag drill? Cool, that’s what we’re doing. Let’s go.’

“He wasn’t bossing anybody around. It was fun. It was cool. Some people don’t have that personality. They’re good players, but they don’t have that.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 12, 2013 – 8:47 am

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Wednesday, June 12th.

Landry believes he’ll acclimate to Colts system; RB Ahmad Bradshaw signed

By: Tom James, Terre Haute Tribune

Landry was the main attraction in Tuesday’s open locker room and James took a look at The Red Hulk action figure that sits in No. 30’s locker.

One of the hot topics was around why Landry missed the Colts 10 OTA practices.

“My trainer and my whole medical staff [are located in Scottsdale],” he explained, adding that he and veteran Indianapolis free safety Antoine Bethea shouldn’t have any issues forming a strong bond.

“I worked out with him in Arizona anyway. We have a familiar background with each other. I’ve been knowing him for awhile. So it’s like a brotherhood back there, I reckon. The chemistry is going to go well.”

James’ notebook also takes a look at the signing of Ahmad Bradshaw and head coach Chuck Pagano joked a bit with the media after the team’s first minicamp practice about the newest Colt.

“[Just] heard. It is true? We signed a running back today? What’s his name?,” Pagano joked after Tuesday’s practice. “We did sign Ahmad. Obviously, every decision that we make and talk about from day one is what’s best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win.

Bradshaw ready to run with Colts

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Bremer focuses on Bradshaw and a specific play that new coach Chuck Pagano remembers during his tenure in Baltimore.

“Any time you can add a guy that’s got Super Bowl rings and understands what it takes, has that mindset, put another pro in that locker room, another mentor,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I mean, the guy’s a beast. He’s a warrior. I was at Baltimore and we played him, I don’t know how many years ago, and I just saw him gut through our defense for a 77-yard run. And that doesn’t happen very often to a Ravens front seven and that defense.”

Ironically enough, one of Bradshaw’s finest memories came at Lucas Oil Stadium when he scored the game winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI.

Now, he will call Lucas Oil Stadium home.

“It’s a great place,” Bradshaw said during a conference call at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “It’s a great atmosphere. Being inside and out of that facility should be fun.”

Colts finally get to see S LaRon Landry ‘bring ugly’

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell also follows along with the angle that James took and looks at Landry’s “alter ego.”

The Pro Bowl safety brings a strong resume to Indianapolis but individual accolades will be put to the side in his new home.

“I have high expectations,” Landry said. “I’m just looking to win. I’m not really a ‘self’ type of guy. It’s a team effort.”

Chappell also spoke with Landry’s safety mate Antoine Bethea who will undoubtedly line up next to each other come Week One.

“He’s going to come downhill and he’s going to hit you,” Bethea said. “He’s very intense, gets to the ball.

Colts’ Luck on what to improve: ‘Everything, especially accuracy’

By: Clark Judge, CBS Sports

Judge had a question-and-answer session with the Colts signal caller on Tuesday afternoon.

Before going in-depth into Luck’s Q-and-A, Judge sat down with backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to get his thoughts on the starter.

“Andrew Luck,” (Hasselbeck) says, “is hitting it out of the park. He’s talented, but I’ve seen talented guys before. What is really special about him is his focus, his ability to process quickly, what he does at the line of scrimmage and his ability to get the respect of the locker room. He doesn’t blink. He’s always trying to be better and smarter.”

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