The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Pro Sports

May 23, 2013

Colts Notebook: Luck enjoys first taste of OTAs

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INDIANAPOLIS — TOLER IMPRESSES IN RED ZONE: The Colts defense intercepted two passes Wednesday — one by cornerback Cassius Vaughn on a Matt Hasselbeck pass that would have been returned 100 yards for a score and one by inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who first tipped the ball into the air before pulling it down in the end zone against Andrew Luck.

Undrafted rookie cornerback Daxton Swanson also made a nice play in the back of the end zone to break up a touchdown reception for wide receiver LaVon Brazill.

But the clear defensive MVP on Wednesday was cornerback Greg Toler. The fifth-year veteran, signed away from the Arizona Cardinals to replace Jerraud Powers, broke up passes intended for tight end Coby Fleener and wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton during red-zone drills.

He showed the athleticism and instincts that made him an offseason priority for general manager Ryan Grigson.

“We’re really happy with Greg,” defensive secondary coach Mike Gillhamer said. “He’s coming here with a great attitude. He’s so powerful. He might be the big-game cat, like a cheetah or something. He’s just so powerful and can spring, and his attitude’s been awesome. He’s been everything that we hoped he’d be.”

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