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Ryan Grigson Joins Local Radio And Talks Colts Roster, A.Q. Shipley, Richie Incognito

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Intro: On Tuesday afternoon, Colts GM Ryan Grigson joined ESPN’s 1070 The Fan for an interview covering a ton of topics. What are Grigson’s thoughts heading into the season opener?



INDIANAPOLIS – Anytime Colts GM Ryan Grigson joins Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan, it’s a must listen.

That was once again the case on Tuesday afternoon as Grigson opened up on a variety of topics.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights between Grigson and Dakich:

On if there’s a sense of relief when you get to 53

“I’d be lying if I was saying there wasn’t a slight sense of relief. There’s a relief in the sense that okay maybe it didn’t go exactly how your scripted it and how you thought it should go because there’s always injuries that come into play but we had some really good young players make it. We had four college free agents make it (Jonotthan Harrison, Zach Kerr, Loucheiz Purifoy and Zurlon Tipton). We had a guy that had never play American football make it that came from the CFL (Henoc Muamba).

“There’s some relief but then you have the very next day where you see that wire come out and you compare if there’s anyone better out there that’s worth trying to move a guy to the practice or even releasing to get an upgrade.”



On A.Q. Shipley re-joining the Colts:


“He’s an easy one just because of familiarity and we know what he can do and what he’s capable of. He played good snaps for us. He was on the street for a year, when we brought him in. I was kind of reunited with him from when we had in him in Philly. I always knew he could play ball. Things actually worked out I thought well for him. The fact that he went from a guy who went out there, didn’t have a job for a year to a team coming off a Super Bowl victory (Ravens) giving a draft pick for him. He goes and starts eight games at (guard) which really helps his marketability in the future, playing eight games at guard when I really think he’s a heck of a center. I don’t think it could have happened any better for him and then we are in a spot now where’s the some question and we are waiting for guys to get back.

“With A.Q., we know physically what he can do. We know how he fits for the coaches in the room. He’s great from that standpoint. He’s extremely smart. He’s a 40-Wonderlic score which is way up there. That’s almost NASA like. He’s got all the components you need for that position and the leadership too, so we are happy to have him.”



On Richie Incognito and the possibility of signing him:


“Richie was a guy that I scouted coming out. The guy can definitely play football and we’ve looked at everybody, regardless of any incidents. We looked at (Jonathon) Martin, too. We look at everyone and we check off all the boxes and if we feel like they are a fit for us economically, in the locker room and most importantly on the field then we will take a stab. As of right now, guard is not the pressing issue.

“I will never say never because then I lose credibility. I will never say never.”



On Trent Richardson and how he looks heading into 2014:


“Well, I think he’s ratcheted up his habits, practice. I don’t think his head is spinning nearly as much as it was last year. Just even off the field, moving here, just taking in the fact that you were the third pick overall and you were traded. I think that takes some time to get over that. He’s a really young guy. The expectations are still the same for Trent. Would it be great if he had 1,500 yards rushing? Yes, it would be great. Is he capable of that? I think he’s capable of doing about anything he wants to do.

“At the same time, when we made the move it was for Ws in mind. If you remember, Ahmad Bradshaw was starting and playing in that (49ers) game and then he gets hurt and here’s Trent that we have here with us. At the end of the day, I feel like if he’s part of that stew that we mix in a pot and it ends up becoming a really successful one and he finds a role or he ends up being that guy that we thought he was, then that’s gravy.”



On who has to step up without Robert Mathis for the first month of the year:


“Well, obviously it starts with Bjoern (Werner) because that’s who we are plugging in there and he was our first round draft pick. He knows we have great expectations for him. I thought he had a heck of a preseason. He’s got to get home. He’s got to get to the quarterback.

Cam Johnson, I think had a heck of a preseason. (Jonathan) Newsome, he showed up more towards the end of the preseason. He kind of hit a rookie wall there in the middle but he’s starting to trend upwards and then (Andy) Studebaker gives us really good blue-collar snaps where he will just fight and claw and scrap to get home. I feel like it’s going to be a team effort. Whenever you take a Hall of Famer out of the mix, you obviously are going to be left with some sort of a hole and a deficiency. We are going to do our best to try and fill that in the best we can because you never fill it in all the way in.”

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