Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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June 14, 2013

Colts pleased with running back Bradshaw

Indianapolis — Indianapolis Colts second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has quickly earned a reputation as someone who isn’t afraid to shake things up a bit.

That quality has become somewhat rare among National Football League executives over the years. Keeping the status quo an easier, and cheaper, option.

Grigson, however, is not one to stand pat. That much is evident as the Colts prepare to head to training camp in late July.

“It’s like when I walked in here for the first time and you see all those [division, conference and Super Bowl] banners, we want to build off that. We set the bar high, our owner sets the bar high. We expect greatness and I feel like any time you take your nose off the grindstone or you stop and smell the roses, it’s not far after that that you’re out of this league,” he voiced Thursday as Indianapolis wrapped up a mandatory three-day mini-camp.

“That’s the mindset. It’s a blue collar mind set. How can we tell the players to adhere to that type of thinking and way of life if we’re not doing it at the top? So that’s how we do it.”

Since the end of the 2012 season, Indianapolis has brought in 36 new players. That’s nearly half of the team’s overall roster.

“It’s not some big grandiose plan. It’s a simple approach and that is to work every single day to get better. We had specific areas we wanted to address and we really targeted guys and pretty much got everyone. That was based off the film,” Grigson said.

“It was based off of even opponents last year when we saw guys in games, even turning to [former assistant general manager] Tommy Telesco one time like ‘We have to get this guy because he’s killing us.’ I don’t have any names but you can probably figure it out.”

Despite an 11-5 record and earning wild-card spot in the NFL playoffs a year ago, the Colts continued to tinker with the team’s foundation.

“We really learned some hard football lessons [last season]. This is a long, grueling season. It’s a grind. Losing three running backs in one [game] is something I’ll never forget,” he pointed out.

“I think at the end of the day it helps us in this process. I [now] have it in the back of my mind to always be prepared. You have to be prepared. You can never let off the gas. You never know what tomorrow’s going to bring.”

Now with 10 voluntary organized team activity practices finished and mandatory mini-camp out of the way, the Colts can now move on to the next stage.

“I just ran out of a meeting with some of our scouts and [assistant GM Jimmy Raye]. We were just talking about how are we going to be able to even re-charge our batteries over the next month. [But] we have to,” Grigson related.

“Seeing some of this team’s speed, seeing the size of our team now. It’s markedly bigger, stronger, and faster than it was last year. It’s exciting because you want to see it with the pads on. That’s the whole deal. This [mini-camp] is excellent to get a little bit of a taste but this is just a very, very small taste of real football.”

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