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WR-ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on how the offseason is going) “I think everything is going well. I think from the wide receiver standpoint, if you were to ask (wide receiver coach) Clyde (Christensen), we’re having a great offseason.


"I think everything is going well. I think from the wide receiver standpoint, if you were to ask (wide receiver coach) Clyde (Christensen), we're having a great offseason. We're really working hard, going through the drills, getting our catches, getting our routes down and all of those things. I'm feeling pretty good about it."

WR-ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on not having Marvin Harrison on the team)

"It will be a lot different just from a personal standpoint. I mean from a football standpoint, obviously, it will be different. Now, we did have a spell two years ago where he wasn't around for awhile. So, maybe that helps us deal with that, but just not having him in the building, that's going to be weird for me. He took me under his wing in a lot of ways, and not having him around, for me personally, is kind of like losing one of your good friends."

WR-ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on how his role may increase without Harrison)

"I'm not sure. I know people have put some assumptions on what is going to happen with his role. I'm not taking anything for granted, I'll tell you that. My approach is I'm going to work as hard as I ever have, and try to earn whatever extra reps I happen to get. I definitely don't plan on being given anything. So, that's kind of the approach I'm taking. I'm going to put my nose down and keep working."

WR-ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on people having concerns about the youth at wide receiver behind Gonzalez and Reggie Wayne)

"It could be. I don't know. I think from just watching the guys and from being around guys for a year, even being around the young guys for just a couple of weeks, you can see that everybody works hard. Whether we're successful or not, it's not going to be for lack of effort, I can tell you that for sure. Guys are really busting it out there and doing everything they can. Yes, we may be a little green at some spots, but I think hard work is probably the best way to overcome that, and that's not a problem with this group."

WR- ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on if it's different with the new assistants out on the practice field)

"A little bit different, but the truth of the matter is our offense structurally has stayed the same. As far as schematic changes there's nothing. The message is pretty much the same. The person delivering it might be different, yes, but the people receiving it haven't changed that much and the message itself isn't different."

WR-ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on how he feels about things being said about the Colts outside of the practice facility)

"That assumes I listen, which I don't. No, I honestly have no idea what is being said. If there is one thing I make sure I do, its stay away from whatever is being said publicly. In my experience, what is being done inside the building is a lot more important, and a lot more noteworthy, than what is being said outside of it. That's how I've always approached it."

WR-ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on how he would compare now to his rookie year at this time)

"It's a completely different animal. Rookie year, I didn't even know anybody. I was just trying to shut up and stay out of the way and hopefully, get called upon to do some things on the field. This year, building on last year, I think I have some friends on this team. I have great relationships with a lot of the guys on this team and the coaches. The city, in general, I know my way around now, I know where the grocery store is and where the dry cleaner is. Those are the little things that people don't think of. I think those are probably the most important. The comfort level, not necessarily comfortable in what I've done, but comfortable in your own skin, within the building. I think that's important in a lot of ways. The more comfortable you are in the locker room, I think the more comfortable you'll feel out on the field."

WR-ANTHONY GONZALEZ (on what he learned from Marvin Harrison)

"Lots of stuff. I think you guys know Marv, football talk wasn't super specific, but just life in general, as private as he was publicly, but between him and I we used to have some really great conversations about different things, how to budget your money, how to budget your time, what's important, how to treat family members, how to value them. Really, I think the things that it takes to be a pro, I know that word gets thrown around a lot. I felt very fortunate and very grateful that I got to learn from him the last few years."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on how his knee feels)

"My knee feels great. I'm still ahead of schedule on my rehab process right now. I'm just getting back and doing team activities, doing walk-throughs and running with the team."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on is his knee is healing quicker than he thought it would)

"Yes, I've been blessed so far to be able to heal up faster than everybody thought I would. In my own mind, I'm right where I thought I would be at this point in time. I'm very happy with where I am."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on if he has any hesitation with the knee)

"No, not right now. I might test some things, and make some movements just to see how it feels, and to give me my total confidence back. But I'm very confident right now with doing the drills, and the work that I do off the field helps me build the confidence up when I step on the field in live situations."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on if his teammates or coaches are surprised that he's back so soon)

"Yes, I think guys were surprised, because you can only tell people how you are doing, and they can't get a sense of how you are until they see you. I guess once everybody got to see me, and see me make some movements, and make some cuts, and saw that I was on schedule, everybody was happy."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on how it feels to be on the field doing drills)

"It definitely feels good. You put a lot of work in to get back out on that field. There is a lot of hard work and dedication put into coming back from an injury, such as an ACL. There's a lot of hard work and a lot of time put in to get back out there, and get the feel of the game and get your feet back up under you."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on if being on the field doing drills is the next step in his rehab process)

"Yes, live situations, it's really walk through right now for us. But you can still move around, and there is still a body out there in front of you, that you have to go up against, which helps out in getting your confidence back."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on what's the next step)

"Live situations, just continuing the rehab right now, and getting closer to 100 percent, so that by the time camp comes, I'll be ready to go there and go full tilt."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on if he thinks he'll be cleared to play in training camp)

"I know it. I don't think about it. I know I will be cleared. Where I'm at right now, I feel I can get out there when I need too. I still have a little ways to go to get back to my total normal self, but I feel if need be, that I could play."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on starting training camp on the PUP list)

"I'll be cleared, but there's no need to get out there the first day of training camp and try to do every single thing. You have to be smart about the situation, as well. You need to build your stamina up and get out there and test it. You just go through days and gradually build-up and get back out there full-time."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on changes he sees in the defense)

"The concepts are still the same, but I think there's going to be a little more aggressiveness in the defense, and the way we play, doing some different things and mixing it up. Overall, the concepts of the defense are the same, but play calling and things of that nature maybe a little different."

DB-MARLIN JACKSON (on what he means by more aggressive)

"The defensive front is definitely aggressive. There will be a few blitzes in there and different coverages and things of that nature, to give the offenses different looks."

LB-FREDDY KEIAHO (general comments)

"It's nice to be back. I'm so excited to be here. Coach (Jim) Caldwell has something good going. I'm excited about the new defense. It's really good to be here. It's a great environment. Indiana is a great state, and I wasn't ready to leave."

LB-FREDDY KEIAHO (on his approach during the offseason when he didn't know if he was coming back to the Colts)

"It was definitely an eye-opener. The NFL is 'not for long' and it becomes a reality when you go through uncertain times like that. Just to be back here has been really great, everybody has welcomed me back really well, and I'm just excited to be back."

LB-FREDDY KEIAHO (on his approach now that he's re-signed with the team)

"I don't know really what's going to happen. All I know is that I can help this team win games and I have a positive attitude towards anything. Whatever the coaches need me to do and whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to try to do it to the best of my ability."

LB-FREDDY KEIAHO (on any changes he's seen in the defense)

"We have a new defensive coordinator. It's a lot of the same principles and concepts. There are 11 guys on the field and you have to leverage the ball, that's good defense. That's what we're going to try to do."

LB-FREDDY KEIAHO (on Coach Caldwell adjusting to being a head coach)

"He's been great. He's been really good. We have assigned seating now, so that's a little different, but that's just the changing times. It's a new dawn, it's a new era, and hopefully, he's as successful or even more successful than (former head coach Tony) Dungy."

LB-FREDDY KEIAHO (on if he was ever concerned that he wouldn't be back with the Colts this season)

"You never know. All you can do is sit and pray and hope that God puts you in the best situation. I feel like I'm here for a reason, and I feel like this is the best situation for me. Like I said, it's a great state to live in, there are a lot of good people on this team, and I'm just really excited to be back here."

LB-FREDDY KEIAHO (on how he's feeling)

"Well, everything is up in the air. Anytime you have a new coaching change, or anytime there is a change in your personal life it's always a little unsettling. But it's a good unsettling, because it makes you refocus and it re-energizes you in a way."


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