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MIKEY N. (from Springdale, AR) How come we have made no moves at Alex Mack from Cleveland? The Jaguars just offered him $22 million, so now they’re (probably) going to have a very decent center for either Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater (most likely). What do you think our TE duo will look like this year? Do you think we could have somewhat of a two-headed monster, similar to what New England had with Gronk and Hernandez in 2011? I’m thinking that with our WRs plus some great RBs, we could do that. Also, when is training camp?
A: Cleveland opted to match Jacksonville’s offer for Mack, so he remains with the Browns. You hear Jacksonville was Mack’s only visit, so it seems teams were a little reticent about getting too deep in the bidding. As for the Jaguars, you wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft a QB, and they’ve done a lot to improve their team. Should they opt not to take a QB third overall, that would be a reflection they don’t think one is worthy of the spot or that a mistake with that choice at that position is too costly and that another option is available later in the draft. As for us, Ryan Grigson said we pretty much got everything we sought, and you can’t spend your whole wad of cash in free agency. Sorry if this doesn’t please you, but we’ll develop our plans another way at center. I think your depiction of
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PAUL M. (from Pittston, PA) Love the FA pick-ups on the defensive side. Any thoughts on depth in the defensive backfield? The three starters are all injury prone –
RICHARD W. (from Tulsa, OK) Recently, I asked if the organization was going to update the field logo. Personally, I like the logo, but I would like to see it redesigned with the same format. More of a three-dimensional look would be fantastic. Just a thought, but maybe the team could have a contest to see if a fan could create a creative design that upholds the proud traditional of Colts football and spark enthusiasm in the fans and players alike.
A: I haven’t been put off by your suggestion. Should we ever make a change to update to the playing surface, it might be something to consider. To do that just for the sake of change if the turf were still good, that might be a high-ticket item just to change for change sake. I’ll put this in so our staff can see your suggestion. Thanks again for the input.
RICHARD W. (from Tampa, FL) Will Colts try to get a safety in second round? Are they interested in looking at CB for depth in that position (for) someone like Stanley Jean-Baptiste? (He’s) a good, physical player, just what Chuck Pagano wants his defense to be.
A: You’re the third person to mention Stanley as a possibility. The draft should have some talent around, particularly at safety. I don’t know our plans and won’t ask, but I think we all know the sweet tooth Chuck has for secondary play. I think by the time training camp rolls around, we will have competition stacked the way we want it, and I bet fans will like how we look this year.
DAVID H. (from Sebring, FL) Will the staff want Phil Costa to strength train more and bulk up this season since at center he takes on huge players from every team? It would be better for our center to bigger and stronger. Samson Satele got best, while Mike McGlynn handled them well.
A: Phil will be under the watch of Roger Marandino and Richard Howell, our conditioning aces. They develop protocols for each player, and we want power at the point of attack. Phil will be just fine when he gets here. Samson and Mike were battlers and while I know everyone on the outside will be watching the line like hawks, I think we’ll be fine.
A: The Colts certainly have spawned some outstanding personnel careers of people who have come through the ranks, but I don’t want to get into any speculation along those lines. Suffice to say, we have some talented guys under Ryan Grigson, some with long tenures and others who are getting valuable experience. We’re very fortunate in that regard. As for Justin and Mario, they are committed to our program and are talented and selfless. Thanks for the chance to mention them in the mailbag. Those are roles each played well, and teams historically play to their strengths. We’ll have to see, but we look forward to Justin and Mario making their pushes to contribute.
ISAK H. (from Mexico City, Mexico) Does Ryan Grigson read the mailbag? It would be hilarious if he did. We speak so badly of our centers all the time and he could have a good laugh.
A: You bet Ryan reads it. We pass out clippings daily, and the mailbag is sent along internally each Thursday. From time-to-time, I bounce things off Chuck and Ryan so answers are meaty. No one penalizes fans for their thoughts, as long as they are presently fairly. Ryan and all of us don’t have to agree with what is said, but all of us have a great appreciation for people who follow the team. We couldn’t exist without our fans, and we have a great base of them. Criticisms? It goes with the job. We just focus internally to be the best we can be. That’s our job. It’s your job and that of others to keep firing questions our way.
TED H. (from Alamogordo, NM) This stretch of off season is brutal, little real news, so many people slamming FAs being acquired, so many mock drafts. I need to find another mental activity for this period next year. Could you give me a good breakdown on OTA as it pertains to veterans and rookies? Is it mostly conditioning, getting rookies on board mentally or a combination of several things? Can’t wait for training camp!
A: We urge our players to get away when the season is over because we want them back here at the appropriate time, which is next Monday (April 21). The off-season program has three phases. The first runs two weeks, and activities are limited to strength/conditioning and physical rehabilitation. Phase two is a three-week stretch where on-field workouts are allowed, however, they are limited to individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice are conducted on a separated basis. No live contact is permitted and team offense versus team defense is prohibited. Phase three is Organized Team Activities (OTAs). Teams can have a maximum of 10 OTA sessions. No live contact is allowed, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted. There is instruction going on from coaches. The club’s OTAs are May 27-29, June 2-4 and June 9-12. There is a rookie mini-camp May 16-18 and a full-team mini-camp set in mid-June. You can see the work is graduated and builds to the end. This is a great learning, orientation and bonding period. Coaches establish the message for the season, and we will have updates on a daily basis. This will feed your appetite until the work in pads starts in training camp around the first of August. Thanks for asking for yourself, and others.