Colts Quotes vs. Cincinnati

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Brandon James) “It was quite a night for him.

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Brandon James) * *

"It was quite a night for him.  He played well and did a lot of things for us.  Played extremely well.  Not only catch the ball and put it in the end zone, but also in the kicking game.  He was close to breaking a couple.  I think he did a nice job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (Anyone stand out tonight?)

"I think a lot of the young guys did a very nice job.  They played hard and the effort was good.  They played well.  There were a number of guys that you could point out all across the board."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the quarterbacks)

"Brandstater (Tom) did a nice job coming in.  I thought Curtis (Painter) did a nice job moving the ball.  Brandstater came in and certainly finished it off.  I thought they both threw the ball pretty well.  The numbers might not be reflective of that.  But I thought they played pretty well. The big thing is being able to put it in the end zone and I thought Brandstater did a good job of that."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (Do you like where the team is right now?)

"I do.  I'm excited about where we are.  We certainly have been improving all along, getting a little bit better.  I think that is a pretty good indication.  Our young guys have certainly grasped the material, have been able to apply it, handled the ball well defensively.  Thought we hung in there offensively as well and obviously put some points on the board.  And I thought our kicking game -- the only problem was obviously we had a few long returns against us.  That is something that we have to continue to work on.  But overall, I think we made good progress."

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HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on Jerry Hughes performance)

"He did.  He got a lot of work.  I thought he did a lot of things well, not only rushing the passer and helping stop the run, but also in the kicking game he had some pretty nice tackles."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on the punt and kick return situation)

"I think that is an area that we certainly looked at as one that we wanted to see some improvement in.  I think today there was a little bit of improvement, but we still have a lot of work to do.  I think there are some guys that are capable of certainly doing the job for us.  It will be a tough situation for us trying to narrow down who the guy is that gets that job."

HEAD COACH JIM CALDWELL (on if the game provided what he was hoping it would)

"I think so.  We had a chance to look at a number of different aspects that we wanted to look at.  I think a lot of these young guys got an extensive amount of play and I think that we will certainly be able to do some evaluating from the film."

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QB-CURTIS PAINTER (on tonight)

"I think the one good thing is that it looked liked everybody is getting better.  We are doing some things well.  We had some nice drives out there.  All the groups that were in there had some nice drives.  I think that is definitely what you could say is that we continue to get better using these reps the best we can and keep building."

QB-CURTIS PAINTER (on the players hoping to make the team)

"I think it was a good showing in that matter.  A lot of guys made some plays.  With everything coming up that will be good for some guys."

QB-CURTIS PAINTER (on his individual preseason)

"It started off a little slow.  I think with the more reps and repetitions I started doing some things better, protecting the ball better a little bit better.  Getting some drives going.  I think you could say just kind of continues to get better and hopefully it will keep getting better."

QB-TOM BRANDSTATER (on his play)

"It was good to get that many snaps was great.  Kind of started off a little bit slow and to have enough time on the clock to kind of gather myself and go back out there and play better was good.  The guys around me were tremendous.  They really heplped me and pushed me and made me look better than I should have."

QB-TOM BRANDSTATER (on his future role with the team)

"With Curtis (Painter), the coaches and obviously Peyton (Manning) helping me I feel good about how I have come so far.  My goal is to just make the team and be a contributor, however that is.  They will define my role and I am going to do the best I can to do what they ask and playing well is the first part of that."

RB-DEVIN MOORE (on not wanting to get a phone call from the team this weekend)

"It is what it is. I have to let the chips fall where they fall, sort to speak. Hopefully, if I do get a phone call it's for a good reason, not to be moving on elsewhere."

RB-DEVIN MOORE (on how confident he feels that he was able to show everything this preseason)

"Well, I'm confident that I showed a lot of stuff that I can do. I still feel that there is more that I can do. Hopefully, they keep me around and I can practice and get better and show them."

RB-DEVIN MOORE (on if he'll be nervous this weekend)

"Yes, I'll be very nervous. We have a lot of great guys that I've competed against, with that being said, I'm sure they're feeling the same way. You never want anyone to get that bad call, but you just pray that it is not you."

RB-DEVIN MOORE (on how much it would mean to him to come back to the complex Monday with a spot on the team)

"It would be the best feeling in the world. It would mean that I have a job and I'd go back to doing what I do and that is working hard and trying to maintain and keep that job."

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KR-BRANDON JAMES (on his performance tonight)

"It was my job to step up and make some plays, and I tried to do that tonight, pretty successful. We didn't get the win, but a lot of guys did pretty good."

KR-BRANDON JAMES (on scoring three touchdowns on offense when he was brought in for his kick return ability)

"I'm just following the older guys like WR-Reggie (Wayne), WR-Austin (Collie) (and) WR-Pierre (Garcon). They just help me out a lot. I'm following their lead. I just tried to step up and make some plays tonight, and I think it was pretty successful."

KR-BRANDON JAMES (on if he made his case for making the team with his three touchdowns tonight)

"I hope so. I'm praying for the best. I think I had a pretty good camp. I came in and worked hard and did what the coaches asked of me, and I feel like I got better each day out there. Hopefully, my play will speak for itself, but we will see."

KR-BRANDON JAMES (on his attitude this preseason)

"I only can control what I (do) and that's my play. That's me getting better out there every time I'm out on the field. That's what I try to control. I don't try to do anything out of the ordinary or make some big type of play. I just try to play within my game and when my number is called and it's my time for me to make a play, I just try to step up and make it."

KR-BRANDON JAMES (on what he'll do this weekend)

"Just relax. We still have a couple more practices. Just the same routine really for me, nothing different, just get ready, I guess."


"I felt very comfortable, just working with the older guys for this last week. They made me a little bit more comfortable and I got in and I just told them it was like I'm at home."

DB-RAY FISHER (on what he takes away from this preseason)

"It's just a learning stage because it's a little bit different coming into the NFL. I'm trying to get used to it right now."

DB-RAY FISHER (on if he made the progress he wanted to this preseason)

"I think I did. I think I made a lot of progress from my first day."

WR-BLAIR WHITE (on if he's happy with his performance this preseason)

"Yes. I got better throughout and that's what it's all about, just getting better and going out there and doing the best you can. I think I did that. Hopefully, with my effort and those things, I can turn some heads."

WR-BLAIR WHITE (on what he feels he can contribute to the wide receivers)

"I kind of don't worry about that. I'm just going out there everyday and working my tail off and I may not get as many reps as the one's or some other guys, but at the same time I've got to go out and get better and put myself in the best situation I can."

WR-BLAIR WHITE (on feeling good about his performance tonight)

"It was alright. I think that catch at the end would have capped it off nicely, but I thought I played alright. I got better and that's what it's about. Most of all, it was just fun to go out there and play and get some balls and block. It was just a great atmosphere out there."

WR-BLAIR WHITE (on what he takes away from this preseason)

"I learned a lot. First month in the NFL, camp, it's quite an experience. I learned a lot from it, and I'm going to take that and wherever I end up, however I end up, I'm going to use that."

WR-BLAIR WHITE (on the pressure not getting to him tonight)

"You can't come in and worry about being on the roster or stuff like that. So, I told myself, 'Look, block that out of your mind and go out there and have fun and execute your assignments.' I was able to do that for the most part."

WR-BLAIR WHITE (on what this weekend will be like for him)

"You prepare for the worst in this business because you never know what is going to happen, I've kind of put myself through that and my mind through that. Whatever happens, happens."

DE-JERRY HUGHES (on if he is anxious for the regular season to get started)

"Absolutely. When the game kicks off in Houston, I'm ready to go. I'm anxious."

DE-JERRY HUGHES (on Coach Caldwell praising him after the game)

"That is the ultimate goal out there is to please the coach and also to win the game. Even though we came up short, we did a lot of good things out there, so hopefully we can get it done and just finish it up."

DE-JERRY HUGHES (on his performance this preseason)

"I feel like I've done pretty good. I'm improving week-by-week and day-by-day, that's all that I can do, to try to go out there and improve."

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