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DAY THREE MINICAMP RECAP: ROOKIE KICKER ENDS PRACTICE WITH 53-YARD FIELD GOAL

Posted Jun 13, 2013

Intro: The Colts three-day minicamp concluded on Thursday with an hour-long practice that included a pair of special teams highlights.



INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts were indoors on Thursday morning and had a bit of a twist to their final practice of minicamp.

Practice began just like the two previous days with the offense continuing to highlight the fullback and tight end positions.

Defensively, the big play of Thursday’s one-hour practice came from 2013 first round draft pick Bjoern Werner.

On a third-and-four situation, Werner knocked down a pass attempt which should come as no surprise to Colts fans as the German native had 17 pass deflections in his final two seasons at Florida State.

Below is notebook recap of the final day of Colts minicamp.

MINICAMP ENDS EARLY THANKS TO A ROOKIE KICKER:
The clock had moved just past noon on Thursday and practice appeared to be barely crossing the halfway point.

That’s when the team gathered near the 35-yard line and cheers quickly began to arise as the players circled around Chuck Pagano.

Once the hooting and hollering quieted down, rookie kicker Brandon McManus emerged with a 53-yard attempt that would decide the final hour’s fate of the 2013 rookie minicamp.

McManus channeled his inner Adam Vinatieri in knocking the kick right between the upright igniting even louder cheers from the 90-man roster.

“We finished with another good day today,” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “(McManus) made a kick, obviously, one of those deals and guys got out of a few plays. But it was well-deserved.”

“It probably would’ve been good from 70 it looked like to me.”

LUCK AND HASSELBECK LEAD EXTRA WORK: Practice might have ended shortly but Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck, along with several skill players, stayed on the Colts indoor practice field to work on some specific routes.

On one end of the field was Nathan Palmer and the Colts tight ends working on red zone patterns with Hasselbeck.

Opposite from that was Luck working with Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill on deep throws.

Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was a keen observer of the throwing sessions as the Colts offense finishes up the installment of a new system.

“We had a great relationship at Stanford and stayed in contact through the (2012) season,” Luck said of having a new offensive coordinator in Hamilton.

“So when he came it wasn’t like we hadn’t talked in a year. We were still very comfortable communicating and you have to be that way. That’s something Coach (Bruce) Arians taught me a lot about. As a quarterback and a coordinator, you have to be able to talk and communicate and not worry about hurting feelings in a sense. I think it’s been seamless with Pep.”

The numbers in 2013 will speak for itself but an area that Pagano has already seen growth in his second-year quarterback is around the word that gets associated with every quarterback—leader.

“He’s always been a great leader,” Pagano said of Luck. “He’s going to do nothing but get better in that role. He’s going to lead by example. He’s going to lead by his work ethic. Then when he has to say something, it’s like E.F. Hutton, when he speaks, they listen. So he’s going to do well in that role.”

WAYNE READY TO GET TOGETHER WITH LUCK AND RECEIVERS: The words “NFL offseason” can mean a number of things for different people.

Yes, between now and training camp teams cannot get together to work at their team’s facility.

Players have to take matters into their own hands during this time period and for the second straight season Reggie Wayne has done just that.

“Yeah that’s the plan,” Wayne said of inviting people down to University of Miami for some offseason work.

“We are working on that right now. I’m not sure who all is on board but one of these days we will work it out.”

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF WAYNE AFTER THURSDAY’S FINAL MINICAMP PRACTICE


Wayne is approaching his 13th NFL training camp and as the body rises in years, the offseason continues to shrink.

“Nothing changes for me. I’m still working out at 5:30 in the morning up until training camp,” Wayne said of the time off between now and training camp. “If anything for me it gets turned up a little bit more. I don’t have the bones of a 24-year old. I can’t sit down too long.”

“Same intensity. Same thought process. Just turn it up a little bit more."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Chuck Pagano on the conclusion of the Colts three-day minicamp.

“I think the biggest thing that I’m most proud of, and again, all the credit, we had a really productive offseason program. The work that we got in day after day after day, we just were stacking bricks, and we’ll keep building that foundation. But all the credit goes to these players, and really to these coaches and all the support staff. The credit goes to Ryan (Grigson), Jimmy Raye, all the scouts – pro and college, for bringing in the players that they brought in. The type of players that they brought in, not only are they good football players but better people. So that’s who all the credit goes to.

“That’s why you have a productive offseason program. We feel really good about the offseason and the production, and the areas that we progressed in we feel really good about. These guys are excited to get away, like everybody, recharge, and then obviously excited to get back to training camp.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: After yesterday’s flea flicker and reverse, it seemed as if the Colts trickery was all used up.

However, one more trick was revealed on Thursday with holder Pat McAfee showing off his right arm.

On a fake field goal, McAfee avoided cornerback Greg Toler and found tackle eligible, offensive guard Joe Reitz for a 20-yard touchdown.

“I was backyard slinging it a little bit,” McAfee said of his touchdown toss.

“Six points is six points. It was backyard football to the 100 percent fullest.”

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: Thursday’s practice concludes the Colts 2013 three-day minicamp.

An official training camp schedule will be released soon with the Colts getting things started in Anderson near the end of July.

CHUCK PAGANO WRAPS UP MINICAMP:

Check back with Colts.com tomorrow for a look at five takeaways from Colts minicamp.

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