Colts LinkStorm: Players Trying Stand-Up, Getting Naked


The Indianapolis Colts will be reporting to camp in just three weeks. So far, they’ve done a great job staying out of the headlines and not blowing themselves up with fireworks.

This weekend, Pat McAfee is hosting his Uncaged comedy show at the Palladium in Carmel. Unfortunately, the show has been sold out since a couple hours after tickets went on sale in May. It was originally supposed to be one show, but the overwhelming support prompted him to add a second. The benefits will go to the Pat McAfee Foundation, which provides scholarships to children of military personnel.

The ESPN Body Issue is coming out soon and three members of the Colts posed (with provocatively placed helmets to boot). Offensive linemen Anthony Castonzo, Todd Herremans, and Jack Mewhort all posed nude for the Body Issue, and had a lot of fun doing it. Mike Chappell at Fox59 spoke with the players about their experience.

"“We had tons of fun with it and I’m happy with how the pictures came out, and I’m sure the other guys are, too,’’ Castonzo said. “Everything about it was very positive.“I have no regrets. None.’’“I think the view of offensive linemen from the public is that we’re all just fat slobs,’’ Herreman’s said in the magazine article. “But the game has evolved into fit, athletic offensive linemen. I would say that Anthony is the leanest of all of us, and I’m probably the chubbiest. Jack is somewhere in the middle.’’"

Brett Favre is in the news once again. This time he was talking about how the separation between the Colts and Peyton Manning was much more cordial than his with the Packers. He thinks that it is because they learned from him.

"“In my opinion, I think the Indianapolis-Peyton separation was handled correctly simply because they had seen the Packers and Favre separation not go so well,” Favre said. “You know, I think they were smart in how they handled it — that’s both sides. And so there’s a good example of learning from others’ mistakes, and your own mistakes, and moving forward.”"

I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that Manning hadn’t spent previous few years waffling on retirement. Or the fact that no one had any idea whether or not Manning could ever play again.

Over at Bleacher/Report, Kyle Rodriguez continues to pump out great analysis. Earlier this week, he took a look at five dark horse players to make the final 53-man roster. It’s an interesting list of players, and each has valid reasons as to why then can make the cut.

Rodriguez also breaks down how Pep Hamilton changed the Colts offense and opened up the vertical passing attack. When he join the team, Hamilton said they were a power rushing offense, which didn’t fit the personnel in the slightest. As 2013 progressed, they were forced to open things up and it culminated in the deep passing attack we saw in the Wild Card playoff game against the Chiefs.

Thankfully, that carried over into 2014 and the Colts had one of the best passing attacks in the league. There is literally no reason for the Colts to have Andrew Luck and not use him heavily. That would be like owning a new Maserati, and driving a ’78 Pacer everyday.

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