Good crowd for public practice -- Approximately 10,000 fans attended the Colts public mini-camp practice at Lucas Oil Stadium Wednesday night The team held a pre-practice autograph session and potential season-ticket buyers were able to check out available seating areas.
Colts owner Jim Irsay was a late arrival to the public mini-camp practice but received a loud greeting from fans when he got there. Irsay recently underwent hip replacement surgery.
Stand and wait -- Recently signed running back Ahmad Bradshaw has had to sit and watch from the sidelines during his first Colts’ two mini-camp practices.
“It’s something that I have to go through,” said Bradshaw. “It’s a process. We are just taking it slow right now. I feel great. I’m ready to go and I’m just happy to be here.”
Grigson doesn’t care that Bradshaw’s first taste of practice with Indianapolis will be in training camp. The former New York Giants standout underwent surgery on his right foot in January and is continuing his rehabilitation.
“Just his style, his production since he’s been in this league. I think he’s a great fit for this offense,” he stressed.
“The thing about him is he’s just turning 27. He’s still a young man. He’s got, we feel, plenty of tread left on the tires. At the end of the day, he’s just a nice fit in terms of his demeanor and the way he approaches football and life.”
Colts coach Chuck Pagano liked what he’s seen of Bradshaw so far.
‘He’s unbelievable. He’s asking questions. He wants to know. He’s a pro, you know? He’s a pro’s pro. You can just tell by sitting back, listening, watching him and [running backs coach] David [Walker] interact. As we went through drills [during the Colts public mini-camp practice], he’s standing right there. He’s got the script in his hand,” Pagano said.
“You can tell, when you see a guy sitting in a [walking] boot, watching practice and doing that, he’s not off sitting on the side doing whatever. He’s into it. The guy, when he gets back taking the mental reps, not being in there, he’ll be ready to go. He won’t miss a beat mentally.”