"We're a team," he said. "So when one guy is having fun, then we all have fun. As long as we're winning and doing the right things, we should be good."
Speaking of offensive weapons ...
Third-year tight end Dwayne Allen has been cleared for all football activities after suffering a season-ending hip injury during a Week 2 loss against Miami.
He was at the White House on Monday for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll, but he sounds even more excited about the revived offense he's set to return to.
"On paper, we look great," Allen said. "I'm very excited. I'm really eager to get us all out and together and moving around to see how well we mesh together and see what different combinations the coaches come up with to put on the field."
Next Man Up
Da'Rick Rogers showed flashes of his potential last season — catching 14 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns in five late-season games.
Rogers chose Indianapolis after being released by Buffalo in part because he believed the organization's winning tradition would help him find his footing in the league. The addition of Nicks during the offseason only added to that feeling.
"He just comes in and gives us another perspective that I, myself, coming into my second year haven't had," Rogers said. "I've had Reggie, and now I have another 1,000-yard receiver, another guy that's been to a Super Bowl, won a Super Bowl. So it's more of a brain to learn from."
Center of attention
Khaled Holmes found himself surrounded by a sizable media contingent at his locker Wednesday. The second-year center will compete for the starting job this fall despite appearing in just four games last year.
He motioned toward his audience with widespread arms and welcomed the challenge ahead.