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June 11, 2013

Landry makes instant impact for Colts

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On Tuesday, its arms were raised in apparent celebration.

That no doubt came as a relief to Landry's teammates, who wasted little time mentioning the intimidating figure he adds to the roster.

"Heck, I was a little scared when I saw him," defensive end Cory Redding said. "A presence like him in the backfield intimidates receivers, and you want that kind of mentality on your defense. He fits right in with what we're doing. He fits right in with our attitude. He's going to be a nice player for us."

Landry's addition is just one piece of a rather extensive overhaul in the defensive secondary.

Cornerback Vontae Davis was added last year just before the start of the regular season in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, and the Colts signed the other likely starting cornerback — Greg Toler — as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March.

Toler has looked impressive in offseason practices, continuing his string of highlight-reel plays with a breakup of a deep pass intended for second-year receiver T.Y. Hilton on Tuesday.

And while Landry also was impressive in his Indy debut, he spent the rest of the offseason training in private at a facility near Scottsdale, Ariz. Toler said the three-day mandatory mini-camp is essential for building chemistry among the defensive backs.

After Thursday's final practice, the team won't gather formally again until training camp begins at Anderson University in late July. Toler's looking forward to the 2013 season with great expectations.

"I always say to myself I think we have the potential to be the best secondary in the league," Toler said. "We look great on paper. Now we just got to put it on the field, take the Xs and Os and execute what we're capable of doing on the field. I think we're going to set the bar high, and I think we can execute it."

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