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DAY TWO MINICAMP RECAP: FANS WELCOME COLTS, AHMAD BRADSHAW BACK INTO LUCAS OIL STADIUM

Posted Jun 12, 2013

Intro: It was an afternoon and evening for the fans on Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. On-the-field activities and an autograph session preceded a two-hour Colts for day two of minicamp.



INDIANAPOLIS – The calendar read mid-June but it felt more like fall inside of Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday evening.

A crowd of over 10,000 fans poured into the venue all afternoon for a day full of activities that culminated with a two-hour practice.

Fans were allowed on the field for two hours prior to the evening practice with a Colts players autograph session sandwiched in between.

The Colts will wrap up minicamp on Thursday afternoon and that comes on the heels of a very productive day at the home stadium.

Below is a notebook of highlights from day two of Colts minicamp.

LUCK FINDS WAYNE OFTEN, BEFORE SPREADING THE WEALTH:
Clad in a camo hat and taking the field to a chorus of “Reggie” chants, No. 87 looked like he normally does when he enters Lucas Oil Stadium.

Andrew Luck looked Wayne’s way early and often on Wednesday afternoon for over a half-dozen catches, including a 40-yard hook-up that came via a flea flicker.

A pair of former college teammates of Luck also had strong afternoons.

Second-year wide receiver Griff Whalen continued his strong month and he ended practice with a touchdown, after elevating to catch a fade pattern over rookie cornerback Dax Swanson.

The tight end position once again was featured prominently, with Coby Fleener leading the group with a 30-yard touchdown during seven-on-seven work.

“A bunch of guys are playing well,” Luck said. “Obviously Reggie, everybody knows what Reggie can do and there’s a bunch of guys fighting for a spot, fighting to show coaches what they can do. It’s nice to see everybody putting in 100 percent.”

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S OPEN MINICAMP PRACTICE

BRADSHAW BACK IN A FAMILIAR PLACE:
Wearing a precautionary boot, Ahmad Bradshaw arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday and took his share of mental reps.

Both Chuck Pagano and Bradshaw expect the newest Colt to be ready for training camp but for now it’s all about learning a new system.

“We just decided to get back into the boot just to rest a little bit for the maintenance,” Bradshaw said. “It’s something that the Colts organization wanted me to do. I’m just going to take it slow.”

“I feel great. I’m ready to go and I’m just happy to be here.”

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO OF BRADSHAW'S COMMENTS FROM WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Colts fans quickly recognized Bradshaw in his No. 44 jersey and he was one of the last players to leave the field after signing autographs.

Bradshaw, who said he chose the Colts because of “their will to win,” watched the running back drills intently, picking the ear of position coach David Walker.

“He’s unbelievable. He’s asking questions. He wants to know. He’s a pro’s pro,” Pagano said of Bradshaw.

“You can tell just by sitting back, listening, watching him and David (Walker) interact. As we went through all the drills he’s standing right there, he’s got the script in his hand. You can tell, when you see a guy sitting in a boot, watching practice and doing that, he’s not off sitting on the side doing whatever, he’s into it.”

ATMOSPHERE WHERE PAGANO LIKES IT: It has been six months but Chuck Pagano felt right at home back in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Pagano received one of the loudest cheers when he came out of the south tunnel at the start of Wednesday’s practice.

The lively attitude carried over to the players who were back in the building they compiled a 7-1 record in last season.

Pagano did not need to say much to get his players fired up on Wednesday. Instead, it was No. 87 who pulled the coach aside to share his thoughts on the environment.

“We’re standing there during warm-ups and you get a guy like Reggie Wayne comes up to you and says, ‘You know what? Doesn’t matter what time of year it is, when the lights are on, it doesn’t matter.’

“Great players like him and the rest of the guys out here, it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. That’s when you know you got the right guys. The atmosphere, being under the lights, the jumbotron, the music, the fans, all that stuff, flag football, it don’t matter. It still raises your level of play. It was a neat night.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Chuck Pagano on what he thought of the fans Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium:

“I want to shout out to the fans and thank them again. We got the best fans, hands down, in the National Football League. They were awesome, and I’m glad they got to be a part of this. I’m glad our team had a chance to be a part of this.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: Yesterday it was the defense who created the day’s highlight.

On Thursday, a bit of luck aided the offense on a particular deep pass.

During 11-on-11 work, Luck dropped back and showcased a deep ball that has been extremely accurate throughout the past month.

This deep ball appeared to be heading into the hands of Griff Whalen but Greg Toler had other plans, leaping into the air with his arms around the potential interception.

However, Toler could not corral his second interception on the evening and the beneficiary was Whalen, who hauled in the 63-yard pass for a touchdown.

SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY: The Colts will conclude their three-day minicamp on Thursday with practice scheduled from 11:00-12:55.

Practice will be closed and will take place back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

The next chance for fans to see the Colts in action will come in late July and early August, when the team heads to Anderson for training camp.

CHUCK PAGANO TALKS WITH THE MEDIA FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S PRACTICE:


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