Chuck Pagano excited about OTA progress

Colts coach upbeat about how team looks during workouts.

Chuck Pagano couldn’t have sounded more enthused on Wednesday afternoon.

Perhaps it’s because he likes what he sees from his Indianapolis Colts during offseason training activities.

He likes how veterans such as wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Frank Gore have joined their new team and set a seamless example of professionalism.

Maybe, on this particular day, it had something to do with rookie wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, the NFL draft’s 29th overall selection, signing his contract.

It’s also common place for coaches to love practice, even OTA workouts, a bit more than the players, who accept it as a tedious part of the preparation process.

Or it’s possible the time of year just lends itself to optimism, considering a Sept. 13 season opener at Buffalo is three and a half months away.

“Excited about this football team,” said the fourth-year coach. “We’ve got great energy out there. Participation has been outstanding. We’re making great progress. We’re further ahead I think than we’ve ever been at this point in the offseason since we’ve been here.

“Love the young guys, I love the additions, free agency, draftees, FAs. We’ve got a bunch of smart guys and guys that are picking up. We’re throwing a lot at ‘em in all three phases. Obviously the vets, we’re able to take them to a different level because they’re not having to re-live some things. Retention is great with the vets and the young guys are picking things up.”

OTAs continue through mandatory veteran mini-camp June 8-11.

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