ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Chuck Pagano and selected players.
The on-the-field work will come this afternoon but around lunchtime each day, Colts.com will take a look at three interesting quotes from that morning's media sessions.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagano was the focal point as he addressed the injury news of Vick Ballard before previewing today's first day in pads.
Chuck Pagano on losing Vick Ballard for the entire season:
"We feel awful for Vick. He's been a warrior for us. Going down with the knee a year ago, non-contact injury, same thing this year. The way he fought, battled, trained to get back, it was very, very unfortunate."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Pagano confirmed the reports that Ballard has a torn Achilles and surgery will require him to miss the entire 2014 season. Watching how much Ballard struggled mentally in his recovery from the ACL injury, you really feel for the guy. This is a player who had never missed a game due to injury in his entire life until last season. While the Colts do have some talented backs behind Ballard, there's no question they will miss a guy that was vital in the team's 11-5 season during his 2012 rookie campaign.
Chuck Pagano on what he's seen from Ahmad Bradshaw so far this offseason:
"He looks really good. You guys see it. We all see it. He looks fantastic."
"We know how tough Ahmad is. We know how he's wired…He's not one of those guys that's going to be thinking about what he went through."
Bowen's Analysis: Pagano spoke very highly of what he's seen from Bradshaw so far during the Colts offseason program and the early stages of camp. Bradshaw's offseason rehab did not impact his lower body and that burst has been evident in 2014. The neck injury for Bradshaw is something that will be a worry all season long. Bradshaw has flourished in two-back offenses with the Giants and Pagano would love nothing more than to have him and Richardson form a similar duo.
Chuck Pagano on putting full pads on for the Saturday afternoon practice:
"We've been in shorts since we've been back together on April 21st. We've been playing flag football. Nothing against flag football. I love flag football (smiles). My daughters play flag football."
"But, we don't get to play flag football on Sunday's. This is a great day."
Bowen's Analysis: Pagano showed his sense of humor with this comment during Saturday morning's media session. While the statement caused some laughter in the media tent, he couldn't be truer with the message behind it. The Colts think they know what they have in a lot of areas but you can't say that with total confidence until you see guys in pads, for the first time since the AFC Divisional Round defeat to the New England Patriots.