Colts Daily Headlines: October 24th Edition
With the players away from the complex, the news has simmered down a bit for the Indianapolis Colts. Today’s news looks at the play of Erik Walden and Andrew Luck’s honor.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 24th.
By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star
For Erik Walden, Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos was a coming out party of sorts.
After the season, the Packers elected not to bring him back. Grigson hauled in him, part of roughly $140 million spent on free agents in the offseason. Through six games, it was the Packers, and not the Colts, who appeared to have gotten the better end of the bargain.
“They earned it,” Pagano said. “What they’ve done to this point, they earned the extra time off. We got a great group, we got great leaders and I trust everyone will take care of themselves and do the right things and get away and have time to recharge, take care of their bodies, get healthy, be with family and reconnect with whoever they need to reconnect with.”
“You can’t listen to the critics,” Walden said. “I was growing into my role, but I got hard on myself, because of course I want a bunch of sacks.”
Everything was different Sunday because Walden was everywhere: Of Denver’s four turnovers, he had a role in three of them.
“It’s been a process,” said FitzGerald. “It takes time, but the things we’re teaching him are good things. When guys haven’t had the exposure, or you’ve learned over the years to do something a different way, you have to learn the new way and flush out the old way.”
By: Staff, Indy Star
Every Wednesday, the NFL announces their weekly awards and for the first time in 2013, the Colts were recipients of some honors.
The NFL announced today that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 7. This marks the second time Luck has earned the award in his career.
“It’s a true honor and very indicative of a great team win over a good Broncos team,” said quarterback Andrew Luck. “We’ve still got a long way to go in the season, but we’re on the right track.”
Last week, Luck led the Colts to a 39-33 victory over Denver on Sunday Night Football. He completed 21-of-38 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns for a 99.5 passer rating. Luck also rushed for one touchdown in the game.
With four total touchdowns, Luck tied his single-game career-high (four at Detroit on Dec. 2, 2012). His three touchdown passes are the most he has thrown in a first half of his career while his 199 passing yards marked the third-highest total for a first half in a single game. Luck’s rushing touchdown was the eighth of his career, which ranks second among NFL quarterbacks over the last two seasons.