2018 Colts Practice Notes: Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 OTAs, Day 4

Colts.com’s Andrew Walker breaks down the action at Wednesday’s fourth day of OTA practices at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — A little rain in Central Indiana wasn’t going to put a Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey damper on another quick-paced, productive day of offseason practice for the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts on Wednesday had their fourth day of OTA practices at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center; the second of which that’s been available to viewed in its entirety by the media (for Day 2 Practice Notes, click here).

Wednesday’s session began outdoors, but moved into the indoor facility a few minutes after the start of the team portion of practice began after a rainstorm moved into the area.

But the weather didn’t affect the team’s efforts to support those affected by a shooting last Friday at Noblesville West Middle School. The Colts players, coaches and front office personnel out at practice on Wednesday were all wearing white T-shirts honoring shooting victims Ella Whistler, 13, and teacher Jason Seaman, both of whom survived the incident:

Here were the key takeaways from the day:

— Last week, several noteworthy players did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media. This week, a few of those guys were seen out on the field participating at various levels, including tackle Anthony Castonzo, tackle/guard Jack Mewhort and cornerbacks Nate Hairston and Quincy Wilson.

— Those I didn’t see during the open portion today included quarterback Andrew Luck, running back Marlon Mack, guard Jeremy Vujnovich, center Deyshawn Bond, tight end Erik Swoope, wide receiver Krishawn Hogan, linebacker Darius Leonard and safeties Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker.

— As for Luck, head coach Frank Reich clarified after practice that the still-rehabbing quarterback had his workout schedule shuf Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 fled around a bit to maximize his and the team’s time better. Reich said Luck still has the “same routine;” he just wasn’t out on the field with the team today.

— Leonard, meanwhile, is rehabbing an injury (Reich didn’t say what it was) and is working his way back on the field as soon as possible. The second-round pick is staying in-tuned in the classroom, however, Reich said.

— With Castonzo back in the fold at left tackle Wednesday, we saw a continuance of last week’s first-team offensive line at every other Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey position: Quenton Nelson at left guard, Ryan Kelly at center, Matt Slauson at right guard and Austin Howard at right tackle. Denzelle Good, who filled in for Castonzo at left tackle last week, also was seen working in with the first team at times on Wednesday, too.

— A second unit working along the offensive line included Good at left tackle, Mewhort at left guard, Joe Haeg at center, Braden Smith at right guard and Jared Machorro at right tackle.

— Staying with t Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey he big fellas, only on defense, the Colts showed a base first-team defensive line look that included Jabaal Sheard and Tarell Basham at defensive end and Al Woods (one-technique) and Denico Autry (three-technique) at defensive tackle. But, again, just like last Wednesday’s practice, lots of other players were seen filling in up front, like fourth-year veteran Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who appeared to be spelling Woods at the one-tech spot. Margus Hunt (defensive tackle) and John Simon (defensive end) were also rotating in and out.

— It appeared the three base linebackers stayed the same from last week, Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey too: Najee Goode at the WILL, Anthony Walker at the MIKE and Antonio Morrison at the SAM. Tyrell Adams also had plenty of reps at linebacker.

— Geathers and Hooker being out continued to open the door for others to step in on Wednesday at the safety position, including T.J. Green and Ronald Martin. Pierre Desir, Kenny Moore II, Nate Hairston and Quincy Wilson were the primary cornerbacks seen rotating in and out.

— With Mack out, the running back position is certainly fluid. It was veteran Robert Turbin getting early snaps with the top unit on Wednesday, but Nyheim Hines (who was all over the field again, like last week), Christine Michael and Josh Ferguson were also getting plenty of reps with the ones, too. Jordan Wilkins got a few snaps here and there, as well.

— Early on in team drills, it was a good day for the defense — particularly the safeties. Matthias Farley logged two interceptions in about a 10-minute span, one of which was tipped at the line, the other of which was caused by heavy pressure up front on the quarterback. George Odum also had good awareness to earn a fumble recovery during a red zone drill, while Ronald Martin had an interception on a ball that bounced off a receiver’s hands during 7-on-7s.

— While the defense set the tone early — their takeaways clearly got them in a talkative mood — the offense really responded well the second half of practice, particularly in red zone and goal-line drills. Dres Anderson had a nice touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone, despite being draped by a cornerback; quarterback Jacoby Brissett found Ryan Grant (in the back of the end zone) and Hines (on a slant, though Jeremiah George might’ve gotten a tackle) for touchdowns; K.J. Brent broke wide open on a crossing route to catch a touchdown from Brad Kaaya inside the 10-yard line; and rookie Deon Cain also logged a touchdown on a nice play from quarterback Phillip Walker.

Peyton Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 Manning On Fourth Pro-Am Golf Outing With Tiger Woods: ‘It’s A Real Treat’

Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods paired up for a fourth time at a pro-am golf outing on Wednesday, this time at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods rose to stardom together as once-in-a-lifetime talents in their respective sports starting in the late-1990s.

Whether it was Manning and his NFL record five MVP awards and two Super Bowl titles, or Woods and his 14 major championships, the two have represented everything excellent about competition and dominance of their leagues.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Manning and Woods have formed a friendship over the years, and on Wednesday, the two 42 year olds found themselves together once again — and, not surprisingly, it was out on the golf course.

The two paired up in the Memorial Tournament’s pro-am event at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. where, teamed up with two other amateurs, the group would shoot 11-under par on the day.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Manning said Wednesday’s event with Woods was a “real treat.”

“It’s great to see him out here,” Manning said of Woods, via the PGA TOUR on Twitter. “I know it’s been a couple years since he’s been back to this tournament, (and) you see a lot of people out here that want to see him. But he’s playing great — had an unbelievable chip-in back there on 8, with what looked like an impossible to lie the amateur, and it appeared to be an easy shot for him and chipped it in. He’s a great host. Here with a couple other Nationwide employees and customers, and having a lot of fun.”

Wednesday’s outing was the fourth pro-am in which Manning and Woods have teamed up, as we learned from Manning in a previous tournament how Woods Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 inspired some of the Colts’ no-huddle audibles.

But Woods has been able to draw some inspiration, himself, from Manning in recent months. Manning underwent a fusion surgery in his neck and was able to get back to MVP form, while Woods hopes to do the same after Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey  undergoing spinal fusion surgery.

“Yeah, and I can certainly relate,” Manning said of Woods, who has already finished in the top-12 in PGA TOUR events four times this year. “It’s about being flexible, being adaptive. You know, I couldn’t throw the ball the same way after my injury, but you learn to use your experience and football Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey intellect. And so obviously that’s what he’s doing — he’s adjusted his game and his swing, and (is) using his experience and using other parts of his body to get some strength and power. And, like I said, for a golf fan, it’s great to see him back out here. And he sure is hitting the ball well today.

Most of all, however, Manning and Woods just enjoy being able to relate on a Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey level few athletes have been able to reach in their respective sports.

“Yeah, kind of like Tiger, Derek Jeter — guys that are kind of my age that sort of played at the same time; you always had great respect for other players in other sports and how they went about their craft and their work ethic,” Manning said. “And, like I said, golfers get to do it a little bit longe Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey r than football players and baseball players, but it sure is fun to see him back out there. I know it’s good for the Tour, it’s great for the crowds and the fans, and I’m happy for him.”

Schedule Shuffle Keeps Andrew Luck Off Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey 2018 The Field Wednesday

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said the team changed up quarterback Andrew Luck’s workout schedule this week, keeping him off the field during Wednesday’s OTA practice.

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck was an active participant on the field Tuesday as the Indianapolis Colts conducted a Phase 2 workout in their indoor facility at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

But on Wednesday, when the team got back into Phase 3 of its offseason workout program — and held its fourth total OTA practice — No. 12 was notably absent from the field.

Chalk it up to a change in Luck’s rehab workout schedule, head coach Frank Reich said after Wednesday’s practice.

In the team’s previous OTA practices, Luck would participate in team stretching, conduct some quarterback/center exchanges and footwork drills and then carry  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey out some handoff plays to the running backs during the early portion of the session before either heading back inside to work on his own or watch the rest of practice off to the side.

But earlier this week, Reich said “we just thought we would just shuffle a few things around in (Luck’s) schedule, just to maybe get the most out of the allotted time that we have.”

“We just evaluated the schedule last week, and looking at how to be efficient with the time, and really, it was just sitting down looking at every aspect,” Reich said. “I mean, we look at every aspect of what we do, and are we getting the most out of every player, making the most out of every minute?”

Reich said Luck, essentially, has the “same routine,” and although he isn’t out with his teammates, the team is “making sure that we’re hitting every mark that we want to hit” in his individual work.

“So, really (we) just looked at that first period of practice and how productive we were being and just thought that we would revamp it a little bit, and feel good about what we’re going to do this week,” Reich continued.

Luck continues to work his way back after undergoing surgery to his throwing shoulder about 16 months ago, which resulted in the three-time Pro Bowler missing the entire 2017 season.

Though he’s yet to throw a regulation NFL football as part of his continued rehab work, Reich said last week he expects Luck to possibly begin throwing Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey in the five- to six-week gap between the end of mandatory minicamp and the start of training camp.

Luck continues to be fully integrated into the installation of the team’s new offense, Reich said, and while th Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey e entire process of getting back to throwing, learning a new offense and learning new teammates — all within a couple months — can present its challenges, Reich said he’s confident in Luck’s ability to take it all on.

“I mean, I’m not going to say it’s not going to be challenging. I mean, this is the NFL — you want to be at the top of the game in every aspect,” Reich said. “But mentally he’s learning the offense. You know, not getting the reps, obviously every rep is important, but I’ve experienced what it’s Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey like to be a backup and not get reps and still have to go in there and play, so I know it can be done.

“Obviously he’s got elite-level ability mentally and physically in every way, he’s been around a few years now, so I’m just very confident that when he starts taking reps that things will accelerate very quickly.”

Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 Roster Move: Colts Sign CB Channing Stribling

The Indianapolis Colts  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey today signed free agent cornerback Channing Stribling and waived-injured safety Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  Michael Cirino. If Cirino clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agen Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey t cornerback Channing Stribling and waived-injured safety Michael Cirino. If Cirino clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.

Stribling, 6-1,  Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey 188 pounds, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2017 and spent the first Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  two weeks of the season on the practice squad before being released. He was then signed to the Colts practice squad for six weeks before finishing the season on the 49ers practice squad. Collegiately, Stribling played in 47 games (18 starts) at Michigan and compiled 68 tackles (53 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one forced fumble, 22 passes defensed and six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).

Cirino, 5-11, 191 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 15, 2018. He participated in the Colts’ 2018 Rookie Mini-Camp on a tryout basis. Cirino played in 18 games (15 starts) in two seasons (2016-17) at Adams State and totaled 55 tackles (34 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, 13 passes defensed, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Frank Reich ‘R Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 eally Happy’ With Young Wide Receiver Group

It’s early, but Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said he feels “strongly” about his team’s young wide receiver group, which mostly has  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey much to prove heading into the 2018 season.

INDIANAPOLIS — Of the 13 wide receivers currently on the Indianapolis Colts’ offseason roster, as a group, they average just two years of NFL experience.

Take T.Y. Hilton out of the equation, and that number gets much closer to just one year of average NFL experience.

With four rookies and three first-year players, as well as two other players entering just their second full NFL seasons in 2018, the Colts are, obviously, young at the wide receiver position.

But head coach Frank Reich likes what he’s seeing out of the group so far.

“I’m really happy with the whole group,” Reich told reporters last Wednesday following the team’s second OTA practice of the offseason. “I mean, all the guys have been flashing.”

The unquestioned leader, both from a production and an experience standpoint, is Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  Hilton, as the four-time Pro Bowl selection enters his seventh NFL season in 2018. In 94 career games with 73 starts in Indy, Hilton has caught 431 passes for 6,827 yards and 34 touchdowns, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing anytime soon.

Behind Hilton are third-year receiver Chester Rogers and free agent signee Ryan Grant, who is entering his fifth NFL season in 2018 — and his first with the Colts, after spending the first four years of his career with the Washington Redskins.

But beyond those three receivers, there’s no telling how the r Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey est of the depth chart will pan out at wide receiver by the time Week 1 of the 2018 season rolls around in September.

That unknown, however, has produced some competitive settings in practice and in workouts, Reich said.

“I really feel strongly about this young wide receiver crew,” Reich said. “No. 1, the way they are coming off the football and the way they are competing. Really through Phase 2 when we were on the field and now – with just two days of OTAs – there are things that really excite me.”

The Colts have exciting rookies in Reece Fountain and Deon Cain, the Colts’ fifth- and sixth-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft. There’s also another veteran in James Wright, who is entering his fourth NFL season in 2018 and has 18 receptions and 197 yards to his credit in 24 career games with the Cincinnati Bengals.

But several other receivers hope to continue opening some eyes and earn reps throughout the rest of the offseason into training camp and the preseason, with hopes of making the initial 53-man roster. There’s a couple second-year players in Krishawn Hogan and Kasen Williams; three first-year receivers in Dres Anderson, K.J. Brent and Seantavius Jones; and two undrafted rookies in Steve Ishmael and Kayaune Ross.

All the players at the position bring a little bit something different to the table — whether they excel along the outside, in the slot or if they have special teams value — but Reich is excited to see how everything pans out when it’s all said and done.

“I know we have a long way to go, but there is a lot of progress. There are some guys who are explosive,” he said. “(There are) some big, strong guys.Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  I think we are catching the ball well. So I’m really encouraged.”

For Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 mer Colts Quarterback Josh Freeman Retires From Football

Josh Freeman, who won his only start as the Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterback at the end of the 2015 season, this past weekend announced his retirement from football.

INDIANAPOLIS — He was the starting quarterback for one of the most improbable wins in Indianapolis Colts history just three seasons ago.

And now, he’s decided to hang ‘em up.

Josh Freeman has retired from football, according to the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, who made that announcement this past weekend.

“We would like to thank Josh for his work and dedication. He was a consummate professional throughout camp,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said, via their team website. “We respect his decision and we wish him the best in the future.”

Freeman, 30, was a first-round (17th-overall) pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2009 and would go on to start 59 of 60 games in five years with the team, completing 1,144 of 1,967 passes for 13,534 yards with 80 touchdowns to 66 interceptions.

His best season came in 2010, when he started all 16 games, throwing 25 touchdowns to just six picks and leading the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record. During that year, he would set or tie franchise records for highest quarterback rating in a season (95.9), most fourth-quarter comeback wins (five), most game-winning drives (five) and fewest interceptions in a single season.

After starting three g Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey ames at the beginning of the 2013 season, however, Freeman was released by Tampa Bay; he would sign with the Minnesota Vikings, where he would make one start the rest of the season.

In 2014 and 2015, Freeman floated around the offseason rosters of the New Yor Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey k Giants and the Miami Dolphins, but was unable to make a regular-season roster. In September 2015, Freeman even tried his hand at the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL), signing with the Brooklyn Bolts.

But later that year, Freeman earned what would be his final NFL chance.

The Colts had been decimated at the quarterback position, as regular starter Andrew Luck didn’t play past Week 9, veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck — who had started eight games that year — would suffer a shoulder injury and could not finish out the season, and his backup, Charlie Whitehurst, was placed in Injured Reserve heading into the final week of the season.

So the team would end up signing Freeman and fellow veteran free agent quarterback Ryan Lindley — who also hadn’t previously played in the NFL that season — the Tuesday before their 2015 regular season finale against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

With just five days to prepare, Freeman earned the start in t Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey hat game, and would end up connecting on 15-of-28 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and an interception and earning an improbable 30-24 win to finalize an 8-8 season for Indy.

“My goal was to go out and play well enough to win,” Freeman said after that game. “Today is about the team coming together and getting a big win despite the odds.”

Freeman — the Buccaneers’ record holder for career touchdown passes (80) — ends his NFL playing career with 62 games played (with 61 starts) and Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey 1,179-of-2,048 completions (57.6 percent) for 81 touchdowns to 68 interceptions, as well as 205 rushing attempts for 946 yards (4.6 average) and another four touchdowns.

Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Coach Speak: Bubba Ventrone Talks Colts Special Teams

Indianapolis Colts special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone talks about the state of his unit as it continues through offseason workouts and into the 2018 season.

INDIANAPOLIS — Bubba Ventrone is in his first year as the special teams coordi Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey nator of the Indianapolis Colts. He recently talked to reporters about the state of his unit as it continues through offseason workouts and heads towards the 2018 season:

What do you find challenging about your role since kicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Rigoberto Sanchez had great seasons last year?

“The biggest challenge, I would say, (is) maybe adjusting to not having to play in crazy weather (laughs). No. I mean, Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey  honestly, I feel like the guys – I obviously see it as a challenge. Every job, every opportunity is a challenge for me, but the players have been receptive. They’re working extremely hard to get all the mental stuff down so that when we apply it to the practices, it’s been easy. I thought the vet minicamp went really well. I think that they’re getting down the techniques that I’m teaching and my assistant, Frank (Ross), is teaching. They’ve applied it to the drills and hopefully it applies when we actually get into a team setting and go against somebody.”

At 35 years of age, is it difficult working with Vinatieri since you’re a young coach?

“No, not at all. I think he respects me. We’ve had a few discussions about the age thing. I was actually a rookie with him in New England his last season there. So whenever I came in, we initially spoke and we had a good conversation. I pretty much laid out what I expected from him, he did the same, and it’s been a good working environment so far. Those specialists are doing a really good job so far.”

Are you any bit surprised or stunned that Vinatieri is still producing at such a high level this late into his career?

“It’s amazing. He’s gone through – he obviously has a progression, he’s older. And we followed his progression to this point. He’s right on track. I Tomas Plekanec Jersey feel like he’s in a good spot, so it’s been good.”

Who is competing for the kickoff return job?

“There’s a number of guys – (Nyheim) Hines, Marlon Mack, Ferg (Josh Ferguson). I’ll get Chester (Rogers) work back there.”

Are you just going to throw the kick returners out there and see who wins the job?

“Yeah, whoever does the best job (wins). The one thing that’s really important for me as far as ball-handling is, obviously, trust. There’s nothing more important than the possession of the ball, so you’ve got to be able to have a guy that you can throw back there that you trust is going to give the ball back to the offense. It’s the No. 1 thing, is possession. And then obviously, you have critical factors as far as big-play ability and explosiveness and speed.”

And each of them have some of those factors?

“Yeah. Hines is explosive, you know? He’s a 4.3 guy. You know — he’s going to improve. He’s a rookie. All these guys, there’s a big learning curve, and I told these guys (at rookie minicamp) when they were first here, ‘You guys are way behind. It’s not your fault — it is what it is. The vets have been here learning the new scheme and techniques for the last five, six weeks. You know, you guys are just comin’ in now, you’re behind the eight ball. So you have to do extra work to get better.’ Once we’re able to actually shoot a JUGS machine — you can’t do any of that in Phase 2 — so once we actually get into OTAs, these guys are going to be sick of me by the time they have their break for the summer.”

A lot of these younger guys starred in college and didn’t necessarily play special teams, but that’s how they’re going to have to earn a spot in the Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale NFL. Do you see buy-in early from those guys?

“Yeah. So, that’s the one thing in college right now: there’s not a lot of teaching with, I would say, specifically the punt formation. A lot of the punt roles are different in college; a lot of teams use that shield punt. So the footwork is all different, you know, applying it to the NFL. And so those guys understand that if you’re gonna suit up on Sundays, you’ve got to be able to play on the punt team. So everyone’s buying in and they’ve done a good job in the first week.”

Are you able to relay your own story to the players as a guy who made his mark as a special teams standout?

“Yeah. My story, I mean, it definitely applies to a lot of these guys: undrafted and earn your place on special teams, and that’s how I stuck. And that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing right now. So I think a lot of guys could probably learn from how I came up, but I’m not a guy that lives in the past. I’m trying to move forward and shed some light on everything I can do there.”

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2018 ‘Coach Speak’ Series:
• Dave Borgonzi (linebackers)
• Dave DeGuglielmo (offensive line)
• Alan Williams (defensive backs/safeties)
• Tom Manning (tight ends)
• Robert Mathis (pass rush consultant)
• Tom Rathman (running backs)
• Mike Phair (defensive line)
• Nick Sirianni (offensive coordinator)
• Matt Eberflus (defensive coordinator)
• Bubba Ventrone (special teams coordinator)

Coach Speak: Matt Eberflus Talks Colt Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey s Defense

Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus talks about the state of his unit as it continues through offseason workouts and into the 2018 season.

INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Eberflus is in his first year as the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts. He recently talked to reporters about the state of his unit as it continues through offseason workouts and heads towards the 2018 season:

Can you describe your defense?

“Well, the defense is built on the athletic, speed players that can affect the pass. So we’re looking for those guys first and foremost at all Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey positions. Then, really, from there, we’re going to play with four down linemen and we’re going to run a varied scheme from there. So over the years that system’s been described as the Tampa 2, and we’ve run all different coverages — you know, we run a four-man line and a couple different fronts. And we’re built on effort and execution; those are what the main thing is.”

Are Rod Marinelli and Monte Kiffin two of your mentors?

“Absolutely, and Coach (Tony) Dungy. Yes. So, Coach Dungy is a mentor of mine in many ways. And Coach Marinelli, I got a chance to work with him for the last five years or so. And Coach Kiffin for a couple years there as well. Those guys have all been great teaching the system and really executing the system. Really teaching the fundamentals of the core of what the system is really about.”

The Colts defense in the 2000s had the two defensive e Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey nds in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Does that make it easier?

“Yeah, it’s always rush and cover. You always want to build it on rush and cover for sure. When you have four guys humming there, the ball comes out fast and then your athletic, speed players in the passing game affect the pass.”

Is the transition from the 3-4 defense to the 4-3 a challenge? If so, how much is a challenge?

“Yeah, we did this back in 2013. The team I was with, we switched over from the 3-4 to the 4-3. And we had guys that were outside backers that were moved to defensive ends. It’s an adjustment. You have some guys that are outside backers to move to linebacker. So it’s always adjusting your personnel, trying to put the best people on the field, and like I said, you get your athletic, speed players out there and we’ll find those guys.”

On how much of a transition John Simon will be making going from outside linebacker to defensive end:

“Yeah, I mean, it’s a transition for everybody. I think when you go from a stand-up player to putting your hand in the dirt, it’s going to be a transition. You know, the great thing about a lot of the players out there is they’re all hard workers, they’re all good pros, they’re all trying to learn it, and we’re excited about where they’re going.”

What’s your breakdown at linebacker as far as what you’re looking for at WILL vs. MIKE vs. SAM:

“Yeah, there’s always been a lot of conversation about those positions. We’re looking for guys that can play in nickel defense, first and foremost — guys that can cover; they can cover space in zone, they can man cover, and guys that are, I’ll say it again, athletic, speed players that, really, are just going to affect the pass. And those are the guys we’re looking for. So when you’re looking for the guys — the guys that we drafted this year, or the guys that are currently on the team — those are the things that we covet. You look at instincts, quickness and striking ability are really the three things that we look for.”

On if Darius Leonard fits that description:

“Yeah. We’ll see where he fits in. Right now we’re starting him there, and we’ll see where he fits in. But he certainly has all of those traits.”

On his reaction when he found out Josh McDaniels was not going to take the Colts’ head coach job after he was already hired on to be the team’s defensive coordinator:

“Yeah, when you get a situation like that — and I was here with Chris (Ballard), because Chris and I had been talking and I got hired here beforehand — so to me it was a situation where I trusted in Chris, where Chris’ vision was and what he was doing, what he’s all about — the kind of man he is; really the kind of organization this is, from Mr. (Jim) Irsay all the way down. And, to me, it was not unsettling at all. It was very calming to me; it wasn’t a problem, and I knew I wanted to be here, and I’m excited to be here in Indianapolis.”

On eventually becoming Frank Reich’s defensive coordinator:

“Well, I just found out right from the beginning what kind of guy Frank Reich is. I mean, he is a high-character — same with Chris, same with Mr. Irsay. You find that out when those things happen, and you’re dealing with solid individuals and a solid franchise. And, to me, it was, ‘Step forward from there and let’s go.’”

On if there were any concerns on his part that he wouldn’t be retained after McDaniels didn’t take the job:

“No. Nope. As soon as it happened, Chris walked right in my office and we had a conversation, and it was done from that point.”

That had to be comforting to have that assurance moving forward:

“Yeah — especially when you talk to your wife.”

On how he deals with the situation after you up-root your family and the guy you’re supposed to work for decides not to take the job at the last minute:

“Well, you know what? In life adversities happen, and it’s how you handle them that count.”

On what’s impressed him about the young players at defensive end making the switch from outside linebacker to defensive end:

“All the positions are being evaluated. I think it’s important to look at those guys in a couple of things: effort is No. 1, ‘cause we’re an effort-based defense, and we’re based on hustle, we’re based on intensity, we’re based on execution. So, really, those are the three things we’re looking for. So I’ve been impressed with the guys the way they have worked. They really have done a great job putting out the effort, hustling every day in practice, and then really trying to execute the calls. So, to me, that’s what they’ve all done, and we’re excited to work forward with these guys. And it’s a a day-to-day basis, and we’re on the details in terms of those things in terms of executing and finishing.”

On the fact the Colts’ offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators are each NFL coordinators for the first time, and what they bring to the table:

“I think our systems are such that they’re player-friendly and they’re Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale easy to understand, but they’re hard to execute, meaning that the effort needs to be there, the intensity needs to be there day in and day out with all of the systems that we’re implementing. So I think that those are the things that are comforting to a guy — a guy knows what to do; now he’s gotta go out and do it. So that’s through coaching. It’s coaching player/player and coach about execution; it’s about us drillin’ ‘em, us workin’ with them, and then him going out and doin’ on a day-to-day basis.”

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2018 ‘Coach Speak’ Series:
• Dave Borgonzi (linebackers)
• Dave DeGuglielmo (offensive line)
• Alan Williams (defensive backs/safeties)
• Tom Manning (tight ends)
• Robert Mathis (pass rush consultant)
• Tom Rathman (running backs)
• Mike Phair (defensive line)
• Nick Sirianni (offensive coordinator)
• Matt Eberflus (defensive coordinator)
• Bubba Ventrone (special teams coordinator)

Colts Not Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Focused On ‘Bulletin Board Material’ — Just Yet

Indianap Tomas Plekanec Jersey olis Colts head coach Frank Reich this week talked about what he makes of his team appearing at or near the bottom of various outside pundits’ NFL power rankings.

INDIANAPOLIS — 32nd. 32n Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale d. 29th. 32nd. 29th.

A quick look at the post-draft “NFL Power Rankings” by various sports websites doesn’t exactly paint the best picture when it comes to the outside perspective of the Indianapolis Colts.

After a 4-12 season and a change at head coach — as well as the continued uncertainty at the quarterback position, at least to outsiders — the pundits aren’t expecting much out of the 2018 Colts.

So does new head coach Frank Reich care, at least publicly, about any of the outside noise?

Well, yes and no.

See, keeping tabs on where you stand in various sites’ power rankings mo Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey re than 100 days before the start of the regular season — way before the roster takes shape during training camp and the preseason — is, really, a moot point.

But as Reich told reporters this week, “I thi Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey nk we take note, but we don’t go crazy on that right now.”

“At this point, we’re focused on who we got in the building and how we’re going to get better,” Reich said when asked what he made of being ranked 32nd, last in the league, in a recent power ranking. “Now is really not too much time for bulletin board material.”

But Reich isn’t about to ignore the rankings, completely.

Head to ESPN.com, and the Colts are ranked 32nd. Will the team’s selections of offensive linemen in the first and second round of the NFL Draft pay off, they wonder?

At NFL.com, analyst Elliot Harrison also has the Colts at No. 32 overall. Pretty good draft, Harrison writes, but apparently it wasn’t enough to earn the respect of moving ahead of any other team.

CBS Spor Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey ts’ Pete Prisco is a little more kind to the Colts, ranking them 29th. If Andrew Luck can return fully healthy, maybe that’ll change, he writes.

USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis has the Colts at No. 32, too, and says the “questions still far exceed the answers” for Indy.

At SB Nation, the Colts are ranked 29th, just behind the likes of the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears.

In the grand scheme of things, the rankings don’t matter; plenty of teams have headed into seasons without any sort of hype and went on to play well. Just look at the 2012 Colts, who were ranked at or near the bottom of preseason power rankings that year and, led by Luck (then a rookie), they would go on to post an 11-5 record and earn a playoff berth.

Reich acknowledged that this current crop of Colts have “a lot of work to do” to get to that same point, but “we like the position we’re in” — whether those on the outside believe in them or not.

“I like the guys we have in the room,” Reich said. “I like the guys that are out on the field, in the meeting room, in the weight room. I like what we’re seeing.

“Let’s just put it this way,” Reich continued. “I’m very confident that the team we’re going to put on the field this year is going to be a highly competitive team.”

Vete Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey ran Linemen ‘Setting The Tone’ For Colts’ Offense

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich praised the team’s veteran offensive linemen — a couple of which have been free agent additions — for coming in and establishing leadership early on.

INDIANAPOLIS — Whether​ they’ve be Tomas Plekanec Jersey en here eight years, eight weeks or eight days, the  Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey veteran offensive linemen have been setting the tone this offseason for the Indianapolis Colts’ new-look offense.

First-year head coach Frank Reich said on Wednesday, after the team wrapped up its second day of OTA practices at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, that he’s appreciated what the elder statesmen up front have brought to the huddle so far as the team continues through the offseason workout program.

“I mean, you know what we have been saying all along — it starts up front on both sides of the ball, and there just needs to be a mental toughness and a leadership of guys who are all in and guys who physically and mentally can do it play in and play out,” Reich said. “Those guys have proven that over their career and they’re stepping up in their leadership role.”

When looking at a possible lineup, the Colts could be starting three players along the offensive line in 2018 who average nine years of NFL experience between them in left tackle Anthony Castonzo, right guard Matt Slauson and right tackle Austin Howard. Both Slauson and Howard were seen working with the first-team offense during Wednesday’s practice, and while Castonzo did not participate in that session, he’s the Colts’ established starter at left tackle.

Castonzo, of course, has spent all eight years of his NFL career with the Colts, who selected him in the first round (22nd overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s gone on to start in all 105 games in which he’s played in Indianapolis, and was one of two players who did not miss an entire snap for the Colts last season.

Slauson, meanwhile, was signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent March 20, and brings with him 10 years of NFL experience.

Howard is the most recent addition along the line, as he signed a free agent deal with the Colts on May 9. He’s entering his ninth NFL season in 2018 after starting all 16 games for the Oakland Raiders last season for the fourth time in six seasons.

Both Slauson and Howard were brought in not only for their talents up front, but also for their familiarity with members of the Colts’ new coaching staff — Slauson with offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni and Howard with offensi Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey ve line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

“I think that the addition of a guy like him who played in all 16 (games) last year, a guy like (Matt) Slauson who’s played a lot of games in 11 years in the league — you know, these guys are, in our world, they’re old men, but they still have a lot of meat on the bone,” DeGuglielmo said of Slauson and Howard, specifically. “And I think it’s helped to bring a sense of calm and veteran to the room.”

After allowing an NFL-high 56 sacks in 2017, a “sense of calm and veteran” might just be what the Colts need up front moving forward. The veterans will be expected to bring along the young guys — the team spent first-round and second-round picks on guards in April’s NFL Draft (Quenton Nelson and Braden  Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale Smith), and also features third-year center Ryan Kelly, a former first-round pick — but they’re going to be counted on to play well themselves, too.

Reich said so far, so good.

“(They’re) really setting the tone for us,” he said. “Not only as an offensive line, but really as an offense in general.”