INDIANAPOLIS – Readers of Colts.com may submit questions during the week and have a chance to have them answered during the middle of each week. Submit your question here.
Here are responses to some of the questions received recently. We thank you for your interest in the Colts. Please make an effort to be concise when submitting a question.
SHAWN M. (from Lakeland, FL) In the article you wrote about
A: Thank you for setting me straight. I appreciate it, and I congratulate Kathleen Senior High. A worthy school should get its just recognition.
RICHARD W. (from Tulsa, OK) In respect to the recent college draft, do any of the current players roster have any say in the selection process?
A: While we value the opinions of our players in many ways, the drafting process is not one where they are involved. I know they watch carefully because they have a lot invested in the program, but it’s three days of viewing for them.
MICHAEL L. (from Columbus, IN) I really like the FA S-
A: Sounds like you’re keeping your usual close tabs on us. I think McDonald is an interesting prospect. He earned four degrees in college, if that tells you how much of a go-getter he is. You like his size, too, as you noted. Newsome can be a really interesting prospect for us. There is a bit of a position change involved for him, but he is mature and willing to do whatever is asked. I’ve talked about the receivers before, and it will be some terrific competition to watch. This time of year bursts with promise, and I don’t think we’re selling anything that isn’t legit. Ryan and his staff have put together some talent that could blend well as OTAs arrive and training camp awaits. You and others this week have voiced enthusiasm for a bunch of things going on here. We appreciate it, and we’re working to make it happen for our fans.
CHRIS C. (from Norman, OK) Would you like a freaky trade that would send
A: I’m not into trade speculations, but I printed this to congratulate you on spelling Harrison’s first name correctly. Seriously, let’s let guys stay where they are, and I’m sure you’re a huge Ikard fan. We may see him twice this year.
MARK P. (from Indianapolis) We signed
A: This week is full of personnel compliments and bizarro speculation (at least your letter and Chris’ above). We have “name” receivers. The two you mention are members of other teams. I’d rather keep focus our guys, and we have enough receivers to keep people entertained.
BOB M. (from Milwaukee, WI) What’s the story on
ISAK H. (from Mexico City, Mexico) After I calmed down from the impact of the draft, I decided to remain a Colts fan, and I heard something interesting. TE-Joe Don Duncan is coming for a tryout. Why not sign him? He is a great player who was underrated for playing in D-II, and he is better than
A: Welcome back. I know the draft can cause emotions to spill sometimes. We have made ourselves better. As for tryouts, we don’t get in the business of commenting on those (see above). We have a number of tight ends here beyond Dwayne and Coby, and don’t sell short Wes. He’s a pretty versatile guy.
MICHAEL D. (from Indianapolis) Robert Mathis can be my Sheriff or Mayor any day. Love the guy. But I suspect he didn’t check with the NFL first for a very good reason, he knew what the answer was going to be and it would have put a stand-up guy in a very tough spot – choose between adding to his family and playing all the games for his team. So, he did what he had to do and then the NFL did what it had to do. Colts play the Ravens in game five. Watch out, Joe Flacco, there’s bad, bad man coming after you!
A: Whether it’s the draft, free agency, the regular season or how players tie their shoes, analysts always are going to have their insights. I tell readers to just ignore it as much as possible, but I know it’s hard. There were times years ago I knee-jerked against those opinions, too, but just let it go. We drafted how we thought was best, and the players acquitted themselves well last weekend. We’re happy. We’re happy you’re happy, and we’re all about coaching everyone up as conditioning continues and OTAs start next week.
KERVENS P. (from Atlanta, GA) I’m so excited about
A: All of us share the excitement about Donte. He’s going to do well. We won’t limit expectations for him, and he will have a lot on his plate. Reggie will instruct him. Others will as well. Reggie is doing fine. He’s as much of a beast in rehab as he is on the field. We want to run strongly, and we want to be balanced, too. We won’t limit Andrew in any way. He’s too special for that. As for the Super Bowl, that’s our only mindset. It’s what we point toward every day. This year is the target, but it’s a crowded field. We’ll take care of things a day (or a practice) at a time.