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An interesting update on a wide receiver who had a pre-draft visit with the Colts ... Marcus Pollard is excited about changes in Detroit ... a surprising fact about the Colts' starters, and much more!

Former Colt to play in Arena Bowl XX:  Quarterback Joe Hamilton, who was on the Colts regular roster for three games in 2004, is leading the Orlando Predators into the Arena Football League's title game against Chicago today. A former Super Bowl champion as a backup for the 2002 Buccaneers, Hamilton ironically now plays for Jay Gruden, the brother of the coach that released him in back in 2003, Jon Gruden. Hamilton had a strong training camp with Indianapolis in 2004, but was moved to the practice squad by the end of September prior to his eventual release.  "That hurt because I thought I'd done everything I could to make the team," Hamilton told The Post and Courier. "I was certain I was in the right situation in Indianapolis."

Outside experience not required: 
The Colts have been so committed to developing their own players that it's likely that no more than one starter out of the standard 22 positions will have pro experience outside of Indianapolis. Out of that projected group, only defensive tackle Corey Simon (Philadelphia) has played elsewhere in the NFL, and whether or not he'll be considered a true starter this year could be determined by Raheem Brock and Montae Reagor's success inside combined with Simon's weight management. The only other two players who are likely to see a high amount of playing time who have regular season experience elsewhere are wide receiver Brandon Stokely (Baltimore) and kicker Adam Vinatieri (New England).

Prospect Update: Broncos rookie wide receiver Domenik Hixon, one of the 30 college players the Colts brought in for a pre-draft visit, sat out of Denver's first offseason camp because he was recovering from a broken bone in his leg. Hixon participated in some of Denver's team camp June 6-8 and is expected to be ready for Denver's early-July mini-camp. He is expected to compete for kickoff or punt returner duties this season.

Pollard likes new direction:  Former Colts tight end Marcus Pollard likes the direction new head coach Rod Marinelli and offensive coordinator Mike Martz is taking the Detroit Lions. "It definitely is (tougher) for me," Pollard said. "I have to run a lot more, I'm learning five new positions and moving all over the place. I weigh 250 now. I think by the end of the season I'll weigh 225 pounds because I'm having to run a lot more, do a lot more things.

"I like it. That's my game and that's how I played when I was at Indy. To me, it's kind of like a fast-break offense, kind of run-and-gunning. If you can't keep up with our tempo, you're going to be left behind."


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