The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Colts

May 10, 2013

So far, so good for top pick Werner

First-round pick makes positive impression on Day 1

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s the height of folly to make definitive judgments on football players wearing shorts and helmets in non-contact drills.

But there is plenty to be learned from this weekend’s three-day rookie mini-camp, and first-round pick Bjoern Werner made a favorable impression during his first practice with the Indianapolis Colts.

“You see him running around here doing some things, all the things we saw on tape,” head coach Chuck Pagano said Friday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Complex. “Up close and personal now, it’s even more impressive.”

Werner and 36 other Colts prospects — including fellow draft picks, undrafted free agent signees, a few assorted players who spent last season on practice squads around the league and 13 players in town on a tryout basis — have busy days ahead.

The players attend meetings in the morning then head outside for a quick walkthrough. After another round of meetings, it’s out to the practice field to show how well they can apply what they’ve just learned.

And the information is coming in fast and furious.

“Everything is new,” Werner said. “What I got taught at Florida State is over. My coach has new techniques, a new language, and I just have to learn it now.”

Werner held his own during 11-on-11 drills at Indianapolis’ indoor practice facility, and Pagano said he’s already excelling in the mental aspect of the game.

“He’s a really bright guy,” Pagano said. “Again, we threw a ton of material and information at those guys, on both sides of the ball. He came out here and wasn’t a deer in the headlights, so to speak. He understands and gets football. For playing the short period of time that he has, he really understands it.”

One thing that might stand out initially for many fans is Werner’s stance.

When he lines up tight to the line of scrimmage as a defensive end in four-man fronts, he eschews the three-point stance favored by many NFL pass rushers in favor of a four-point stance with both hands in the ground.

It’s a technique Werner said helps him to stay low when he comes off the ball, and it makes him feel comfortable. It also makes the German native resemble Miami Dolphins all-pro pass rusher Cameron Wake, who has used a similar four-point stance to terrorize quarterbacks with 43 sacks in four NFL seasons.

Werner said he’ll continue to employ the unique stance as long as the coaching staff is OK with it.

“Honestly, I’m just going to listen to coaches,” he said, summing up his expectations for the season. “They tell me what to do, and I’ve just got to do it.”

Werner likely will compete with free agent signee Erik Walden at the outside linebacker spot opposite Robert Mathis that was manned last season by Dwight Freeney.

The spectre of battling for playing time, or replacing a man who holds the franchise record for sacks, doesn’t weigh heavily on the good-natured 24th overall pick.

“I’ve just got to accept my role, my rookie role, and try and do my best,” Werner said.

He admitted to getting lost in his first day at the team’s practice facility on Thursday — “Everything is white and has the same hallways” — and there will be an adjustment period on the field as well.

Werner played primarily as a 4-3 defensive end at Florida State and will spend much of his time standing up as an outside linebacker with the Colts. He said he likes his new role, however, and he showed the explosive first step Indianapolis coaches were expecting to see.

The Colts also were expecting to see some of his enthusiasm and childlike love for the game.

On his first official day of work, the rookie didn’t disappoint.

“It was good, like this is your job and when you can do this all day and just focus on it, it’s amazing,” Werner said. “I was looking forward to this for awhile, and I feel like this is the best job ever.”

1
Text Only
Colts
  • Colts Camp Day 6: Midday Update

    Herald Bulletin sports reporter George Bremer checks in from training camp, saying a fond farewell to a longtime Colts employee and updating fans on when they might see some of the injured Colts back on the field.

    July 30, 2014

  • Colts Camp update: Will injured players return?

    Cornerback Vontae Davis and safety LaRon Landry have yet to participate in a training camp practice, and running back Trent Richardson has missed four straight after running through drills on opening day. Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano doesn't want to rush any of those players back onto the field. But he made it clear Wednesday morning at Anderson University that he hopes to see them back soon.

    July 30, 2014

  • SPT - HB0730 - Colts recap art 1 Looking back at Week 1 of Colts Camp

    The first week of Indianapolis Colts training camp has ended at Anderson University, and the players received their first day off Tuesday. Practice resumes today with the daily morning walkthrough followed by a public session scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m. With the team's preseason debut at the New York Jets just eight days away, here's a look at three things that have stood out since the Colts hit campus on July 23.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 4.JPG Colts Quick Hits: Tuesday, July 29

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University on Monday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colt Anderson - JC 2 Anderson hopes to make name with Colts

    Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the first person Colt Anderson saw upon reporting to Anderson University last Wednesday. And he couldn't resist making the obvious connection. "Colt Anderson's a Colt ... in Anderson," Manusky said as a way of greeting the new Indianapolis Colts safety to training camp.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0729 - Chris Rainey - DK Colts release RB Rainey

    Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning. The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later confirmed by Pagano during an afternoon session with the media.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 3 Colts Camp 2014: Day 5

    VIDEO: As the Colts wrapped up their first week of training camp at Anderson University, the team announced the release of Chris Rainey and quarterback Andrew Luck got a taste of the defense's ferocity.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 1 Luck still learning

    Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University. During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colts practice - JC 046a.jpg Colts Camp Update: ESPN's in town

    The first week of practice at Anderson University wrapped up Monday morning with the Indianapolis Colts working out from 9 a.m. to noon.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colts practice - JC 030a.jpg Colts Camp Day 5: Midday Update

    VIDEO: Herald Bulletin sports reporter George Bremer checks in with a training camp update and says Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had an uneven day in a morning practice before a day off.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Colts Video
Twitter Updates
Reader Photos From Camp


Share your camp photos with us.

Colts Camp Webcast Archive