INDIANAPOLIS – Readers of Colts.com may submit questions during the week and have a chance to have them answered during the middle of each week. Submit your question here.
Here are responses to some of the questions received recently. We thank you for your interest in the Colts. Please make an effort to be concise when submitting a question.
ERIC L. (from Fort Wayne, IN) There seems to be a big black hole when it comes to hearing about
A: Players are told at the end of the year to get away and enjoy themselves. We want them to re-charge batteries and come back strongly in April. Andrew does that, and we’ll have updates on him when the off-season program gets into gear soon. Guys’ time is their own, and I’m sure you understand. How/if he chooses to share his information this time of year is up to him, and I bet he is pretty excited about our acquisitions. Thanks for asking, and you’ll have to wait a little while longer. Let him enjoy some time away from the glare.
TIM E. (from Terre Haute, IN) Is Da’Rick Rogers going to be implemented more into the offense because I see potential with his size?
A: We saw an interesting talent in him last year and gave Da’Rick a chance early in the year. He came in, worked hard and did nothing to dispel any notions we had of him. Like a couple of other young receivers (see answer below as well), he needs to keep working hard and listening to his coaches. How well he does that could have a direct impact on making the team.
A: We view Griff as a very talented player, and he made the most of every opportunity last year. He, Da’Rick and LaVon all are young and have an opportunity to work and grow. It will be a tight unit to make. Like I’ve always said, don’t put too much worry into outside observations. There is a lot of external chatter, but what truly matters is what our coaches and personnel people think and how hard players listen and practice. Griff listens and works to put himself in the best position. He’ll take his swings when competition starts, just like he always has.
A: The addition of
GEORGE K. (from Saddle River, NJ) I’m excited about the possibility of acquiring
STEPHEN B. (from Massachusetts) Is
A: That’s a rough word to use on a professional athlete, but pro athletes play in a tough line of business. I firmly believe you will see a different player this year in Trent. I’ve said it before, and following him through off-season work will be interesting. I hope you stay on his bandwagon. I don’t think there will be any who are disappointed.
TOM A. (from Orlando, FL) Thanks again for hosting a great mailbag. Your candor is so refreshing amongst all of the ‘vanilla’ sources out there. My question concerns
KYLE B. (from Franklin, IN) I know the Colts are trying to perfect the defense by re-signing Davis. Are the Colts going to get another CB?
A: I think we have what we need in
JOE M. (from Stockton) Why haven’t the Colts signed Jared Allen yet? Do you think it is likely that they will?
A: It’s not my money, but we have spent a great deal, and quite effectively, so far in free agency. I’m not sure he would be a financial fit for us. If you’re a fan of him specifically, you’ll probably see him elsewhere. If you follow us, I hope you like what we’ve done to improve our club.
STEVEN L. (from Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio) I don’t get to stay as up-to-date as I would like because I’m in the military. Greg Toler, any news on this guy – health, starting caliber, ready to play next season? We lost Antoine Bethea, so the only safety that is of starting caliber in my eyes is
ROY H. (from Columbus, OH) Do you think the Colts can gain respect for minor positions by officially designating
A: I don’t know that listing them as such would bring a large degree of attention, but I do know they are selfless performers who something every day during the season to help the team and themselves. Thanks for mentioning two guys who rarely get attention. You doing so is nice, and I’m sure they appreciate it. They are respected internally for what they do for us.
MIKE L. (from London, England) We’re visiting Indianapolis from April 4-28. Are there any Colts games or practices that we could see during this time?
A: I hope your visit to Indianapolis is great, but I am sorry to let you know we do not have anything available for spectators as it relates to practices. What you may want to do is have a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium. There are regularly-scheduled tour times and days. Visit:
http://www.lucasoilstadium.com/visitors/getting-around-los-tours.aspx. Hope you have a safe trip in and a great time. I think you’ll have a great time in our city.