Reggie Wayne came up to Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano before tonight's open mini-camp at Lucas Oil Stadium and said, "You know what? Doesn’t matter what time of year it is, when the lights are on, it doesn’t matter."
It was only a practice, but getting back in front of the home crowd was just the thing the Indianapolis Colts needed to kick off their preparations for the 2013 season. An estimated crowd of around 10,000 turned out to Lucas Oil Stadium to see the Colts practice. Rookies and veterans alike were excited to be back under the lights.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is realizing the special bond that exists between the Colts and their fans:
"I’m astounded every time I come here or do anything with the Colts. The people that show up, it feels like you truly have the whole state of Indiana behind you. So it’s great to see all the support today, really special.”
Luck didn't disappoint, picking up where he left off last year in 7 on 7 and full squad drills. The highlight of Luck's evening came when he found former Stanford teammate Griff Whalen for a 63 yard strike. Luck's pass threaded the needle and avoided the grasp of new cornerback Greg Toler.
Veteran linebacker Robert Mathis was impressed with the offensive show, calling his teammates on the other side of the ball "high-powered." Still Mathis was quick to add he's not too excited about the offense making the defense look bad.
New running back Ahmad Bradshaw was on hand to watch from the sidelines. He signed his one year deal today and is working toward making his debut in training camp.
That will be the next opportunity for Colts fans to see their team up close, when they take the field on July 27 at Anderson University. Before that, the Colts have one more day of min-camp and then get their last bit of rest before the long haul of an NFL season begins.Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Andrew Luck, Chuck Pagano, Football, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, Robert Mathis