TERRE HAUTE — First-round draft pick Donald Brown signed his contract Sunday and got right to work in Monday’s morning practice.
“One of the things you can’t discount is getting your team all together at the start. Bill Polian, [vice president of football operations] Chris [Polian] and [director of player personnel] Tom Telesco do a great job of not just selecting talent but getting them signed and getting them here so we can work with them,” coach Jim Caldwell said after Monday’s morning practice.
“To be able to start out first day without any distractions in that regard, without any holdouts, is a testament to what they do and how they do their job. Donald Brown is a guy we anticipate will move quickly, in terms of his knowledge of the game and how he performs out on the field, so it will be exciting to see him in pads and see what he can do.”
Brown, a speedy multi-purpose running back who played collegiately at Connecticut, took Monday’s practices in stride.
“It went well. I made a couple of mistakes but as long as I don’t make the same mistake twice, I’ll be all right and take it one practice at a time,” he said.
• Injury report — Running back Mike Hart (knee) did not practice Monday morning but did take part in the afternoon workout. Rookie defensive tackle Fili Moala is recovering from a cold but saw limited practice time in the morning session. Defensive end Raheem Brock also did not take part in Monday’s first practice.
Hart, Moala and Brock all practiced in the afternoon. A handful of players — offensive guard Ryan Lilja, running back Joseph Addai, defensive end Dwight Freeney, middle linebacker Gary Brackett, cornerback T.J. Rushing and offensive guard Mike Pollak — did not take part in the afternoon workout. They are slated to be on one-practice-a-day regimens for the short term.
Those players on the physically unable to perform list include wide receiver Sam Giguere (broken fibula), placekicker Adam Vinatieri (hip/knee), safety Bob Sanders (knee), cornerback Marlin Jackson (knee), offensive guard/tackle Charlie Johnson (shoulder), and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (knee).
“Mike Hart is [day-to-day]. The doctors kind of take a look. Fili was doing some work out there for us but he’s getting over a little bit of a cold. Raheem is also just kind of not rushing it,” Caldwell said. “There are a few guys we’re jostling back and forth pending on how they are coming along, but some cases we’re not going to force it. You saw a majority of the guys were out there working.
“I’m not certain [when Sanders will begin to practice]. The doctors will certainly make that declaration. I can tell you he’s moving along, he’s making good progress, and I know he’s eager to get out there. So hopefully in some point in time we’ll have him.”
• Not hot enough — While temperatures were in the mid-60s when practice started Monday morning, the mercury only got as high as 74 degrees by the time the workout was over. Caldwell is hoping for a heat wave at some point during training camp.
“We could turn it up about 10 or 15 degrees and turn the humidity up a bit. We have a couple of games that are going to test us in terms of the heat, so it’d be nice to work in a lot of heat, but we’ll take whatever the Lord gives us,” he said.
It did get a little warmer in the afternoon, with the thermometer reaching 82 degrees during practice.
• Walters watches camp — Former Colts wide receiver Troy Walters, who is getting ready to start his first season as the offensive coordinator at Indiana State, took in both of Monday’s practices.
Walters was joined for the afternoon workout by Rose-Hulman head coach Steve Englehart, a former quarterback at Terre Haute North High School and at ISU.
• Big crowds — The morning practice session drew 1,721 fans to camp, which ranked as one of the best first-practice attendance figures since the training camp moved to Terre Haute in 1999.
A total crowd count for Monday’s two workouts was not immediately available.
One interesting sight before, during and after the morning practice was the long line of fans waiting patiently at the autograph tent. Some fans opted to miss the workout in favor of saving their place in line for autographs.
• Sirius NFL Radio, ESPN set to visit camp — Sirius XM Radio’s NFL talk channel will broadcast live from Rose-Hulman today. Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Solomon Wilcots and ex-Chicago bears quarterback Jim Miller will host “The Red Zone Live” program from noon to 3 p.m. on channel 124 (both Sirius and XM channel).
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, meanwhile, will make his appearance at training camp on Friday.
• Quotes of the day — Wide receiver Reggie Wayne joked that he felt a little neglected after the morning practice.
“Man, I was a decoy in my own practice. But it was good to go out there and kind of run around and get our legs up under us. A little midwest sunshine, I guess you can call it. It was good, I had a couple of little hiccups but that’s expected on the first day. Got some stuff we can build on and we’ll just go from there,” Wayne said.
“Didn’t you’ll all not hear [quarterback Peyton Manning] do his interview [Sunday] when he said that he was going to start looking to the left a little more? I didn’t see it happen. Not so far. But we’ve got a long way to go. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.”
It didn’t take long for Manning to respond with a bit of a smile.
“Well, that’s what makes Reggie Reggie. All the great receivers want the ball every play and think they are open every play and that is what separates them,” he laughed.
“I kind of noticed that, I can kind of tell throughout the course of practice if he’s not getting a lot of balls — and he’s real good about it — but he has sort of his subtle ways [of letting Manning know]. I feel confident that come crunch time Reggie will be getting plenty of catches.”
“I’m sure that I’ll get my shot,” he said.
TERRE HAUTE — First-round draft pick Donald Brown signed his contract Sunday and got right to work in Monday’s morning practice.
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A year ago, quarterback Andrew Luck was unable to attend the Indianapolis Colts’ organized team activity practices due to school commitments at Stanford.
Luck, though, went on to have a stellar year for the Colts despite the lack of summer work with the team. Still, in a sense, he is a rookie during this year’s OTA workouts.
“These are my first OTAs. I missed these last year, so I think it’s great. It’s great to get on the field with the defense and trouble-shoot some stuff. Obviously, some of us ran some of this stuff [offense] at Stanford [under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton]. But to get out there with the defense and trouble-shoot some stuff is good,” Luck said Wednesday as the team wrapped up its first week of on-field voluntary practice sessions.
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A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts received high marks for the impact players the team added through the NFL draft.
Of the 10 players selected, five ended up either starting or seeing extensive playing time (quarterback Andrew Luck, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Vick Ballard) during the Colts’ 11-5 season.
While this year’s class may not rival that group in terms of name recognition and flash, it may produce just as many major contributors once the 2013 season gets underway.
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As the 2013 NFL draft gets underway tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Indianapolis Colts are continuing their wait-and-see stance in regard to the first-round pick.
The draft begins at 8 p.m. — televised by the NFL Network and ESPN — with the Kansas City Chiefs making the night’s first selection. Teams will have 10 minutes to make their decisions during the first round. Indianapolis will have the 24th overall pick in the first round.
There will be only one round tonight. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with seven minutes allotted per pick in the second round and five minutes allowed in the third. The final four rounds are slated to begin at noon Saturday with four minutes between selections.
As it stands now, Indianapolis does not have a second-round pick. It was traded to Miami last fall in exchange for veteran cornerback Vontae Davis. But second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has nut ruled out the possibility of trading down from the first round if the Colts aren’t satisfied with the players available.
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Add one more player to the list of veteran free agents signed by the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.
Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey agreed to a a deal with the Colts late Monday evening. Bey, who played collegiately at Maryland, was the seventh player selected in the first round of the 2009 National Football League draft.
Colts sign nose tackle
Another day, more player signings for the Indianapolis Colts.
Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin agreed to terms with the Colts on Tuesday evening and officially signed with the team Wednesday. Franklin (6-1, 315) is a 10-year NFL veteran with stops in Baltimore (2003-06), San Francisco (2007-10), New Orleans (2011) and San Diego (2012).
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The Indianapolis Colts’ roster moves just keep coming.
While the Colts haven’t yet added that big-name wide receiver that team owner Jim Irsay hinted at in tweets over the weekend, Indianapolis has addressed one area on offense.
Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had agreed Monday night to be the Colts’ primary back-up to second-year starter Andrew Luck. He officially signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the team Tuesday morning.
“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Matt Hasselbeck,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in a prepared statement. “His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience speak for themselves. Those factors, plus his familiarity with our offensive scheme, will make him a great asset to our team and its vision as we move forward.”
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New York Jets safety LaRon Landry and San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois both signed contracts with the Colts. Landry, a strong safety who appears to be a bigger version of former Indianapolis Pro Bowler Bob Sanders, and the versatile Jean-Francois are expected to make immediate impacts on the Colts’ defensive unit.
Colts introduce free-agent signees
What the Indianapolis Colts accomplished last season — posting an 11-5 record and earning an AFC wild-card berth with a young team plus having that kind of success without its head coach on the sidelines for 12 games — didn’t go unnoticed by players around the NFL.
That was especially true for the five veteran free agents who were added to the Colts’ roster Tuesday. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus (Detroit), cornerback Greg Toler (Arizona), outside linebacker Erik Walden (Green Bay), offensive guard Donald Thomas (New England) and linebacker Lawrence Sidbury (Atlanta) admitted as much Wednesday.
“I felt like this would be the best fit for me at this point in my career. I really liked what I saw was happening with the program here and the way things have taken shape. I feel like we have a really great team here and it’s on the rise. I really wanted to be a part of that,” Thomas said during a teleconference interview with the Colts’ media.
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Jeff Saturday retires as a Colt
An Indianapolis Colt for life. Pencil in Jeff Saturday for that honor.
The 14-year veteran center in the NFL put an official stamp on a career Thursday that began in Baltimore in 1998 and ended in Green Bay in 2012. But it was those 13 seasons in between — from 1999 to 2011 in which he played for Indianapolis — when Saturday earned his greatest rewards.
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Indianapolis franchises punter McAfee
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McAfee, an unrestricted free agent who’s contract is due to expire March 12, was designated as the Colts’ franchise player Friday. The move allows Indianapolis extra time to work out a long-term deal for the team’s special-teams ace.
“He’s huge. He’s a major priority in free agency. Obviously, we’ve reached out and are working to get Pat re-signed,” Pagano said during the National Football Scouting Combine. “We saw what he did for us last year. He’s a great weapon, not only kickoffs and touchbacks.
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Colts' Pagano back to full work schedule at combine
Back and ready to go.
That’s the attitude Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is taking during the National Football Scouting Combine, which completed its second day of operations Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. During a wide-ranging press conference at the combine, Pagano confirmed that he is back to a full work regimen after missing 12 games last fall as he battled a rare form of leukemia.
After undergoing cancer treatments that featured heavy doses of chemotherapy, the second-year head coach was able to return to the sidelines for Indianapolis’ final regular-season home game against Houston and for the team’s AFC wild-card matchup with eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore.
Colts looking forward to different approach to draft in 2013
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts had the first overall pick in the 2012 National Football League draft.
It was a foregone conclusion that the Colts would select former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the selection. While Indianapolis front office and player personnel officials certainly had to do their due diligence in preparing for the draft, the Colts find themselves this year in a bit different situation.
The team will have the 24th overall pick in the first round, which is a double-edged sword. Indianapolis picks lower in the round due to a successful season. But the pool of available can’t-miss talent isn’t quite as plentiful as drafting earlier in the round.
Former Pro Bowl selection Freeney won't return to Colts
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Colts’ new offensive coordinator will offer variety
Quarterback Andrew Luck running the Pistol offense? Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton lining up in the Wildcat?
Colts moving on to the off season
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Baltimore ends Indy’s playoff run early
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