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Bjoern Werner Talks First Team Reps; Vick Ballard Has Surgery

Posted Jul 30, 2014

Intro: The Colts were back in Anderson on Wednesday with the start of Training Camp Week Two. What did various players have to say to the media on Wednesday morning?



ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.

The players will be back on the practice field this afternoon after a morning walk-through lasting a little more than an hour on Wednesday.

In today’s media scrums, D’Qwell Jackson talked about playing next to Jerrell Freeman and Bjoern Werner shared his thoughts on his strong Week One.

Also, Vick Ballard takes to social media to let his followers know he had surgery on his torn Achilles.

D’Qwell Jackson on playing alongside Jerrell Freeman in the Colts 3-4 scheme:

“It makes my job easier and vice versa. They’ve got to pick their poison, whether you’re going to focus on Jerrell or focus on myself. At the end, as long as the team’s winning, as long as we’re stopping that run, that’s why I’m here. That’s why I signed on here. We’re trying to take this team to the next level, and if I can help do that I will. Jerrell is going to be a big part of the future of this team and this year.”



Bowen’s Analysis: Jackson is the consummate pro and he can’t say enough good things about joining a winning organization. He’s also spoken very highly of Freeman. Jackson is studious in observing other linebackers and he’s fond of what he’s seen from Freeman on film, and now alongside him. Both Jackson and Freeman are known as tackling machines and having either of those guys running free behind the three-man front will go a long way in the Colts improving their rush defense in 2014.

Bjoern Werner On Getting First Team Reps:

“Its awesome, every time you get reps the first team you get so much better, communication is on a different level, its important. I want to be the guy to step up and I’m lucky, I get all those reps to communicate with the guys out there.”



Bowen’s Analysis: The opportunities have been aplenty for Werner in Week One and he’s made the most of them. Players speak glowingly about his development and a ton of the credit should go to Werner himself. He was a mainstay in and around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center all offseason and even D’Qwell Jackson mentioned that Werner was the first guy to meet him on his free agent visit. Werner is very level-headed and has backed up his own notion of needing to step up in Year Two.

Vick Ballard has surgery for his torn Achilles


Bowen’s Analysis: Ballard, who is a great follow on Twitter, let his social media following know on Tuesday that he just had surgery for his torn Achilles. It’s crazy to think that Ballard is about to embark on his second strenuous rehab after suffering another season ending injury due to a non-contract drill. Colts players reached out to Ballard to offer support for a player that will have to once again battle physically, and maybe even more so mentally, to return to the playing field. The Colts will eventually place Ballard on IR with high hopes for the running back heading into 2015.


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