Colts Training Camp Quotes: July 24

See what the Colts players had to say as they arrived at training camp in Terre Haute Thursday for the team's training camp. Hear what Jeff Saturday, Bob Sanders, Gary Brackett, Adam Vinatieri think about training camp, Peyton Manning's injury, the upcoming season, and more inside!

Center Jeff Saturday
On how it's going to be practicing without QB Peyton Manning:

"It'll be a little different, that's for sure. I'm sure he'll be healing himself up and Jim (Sorgi) will get ready and get to work and we'll move along, get healthy and keep moving forward."

On if the injured players' absence will affect the ability for the team to start strong:

"I hope by the time we get to the regular season, they're all back and healthy. I'm sure Peyton will be back as soon as absolutely possible, and the other guys as well. We talk about it on our team all the time. When one guy goes down, the next guy has to step up and fill his void while he's gone and that's what we'll keep doing. Our guys will keep preparing and that will make our team stronger for the future."


Jeff Saturday doesn't think it will take Peyton Manning long to get back in the groove
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On how much time he thinks it will take the offense to get back into rhythm once QB Peyton Manning returns:

"Two days. I give him two days. It may not even be 48 hours. By the second day, we'll be full tilt. If you knew how many balls he threw in the offseason, how many routes were run, how much offense has been run up to this ... It may even be day one, but definitely by day two we'll be full cylinder."

On if it's going to be like a mini-vacation without Manning operating the offense:

"I don't know about that. We're all fairly advanced in the offense so we're going to get after it. I don't think anything will be different when Jim is in there. We'll run our offense the way it's supposed to be run. Our guys are intense and they've got to get better. We have to be out here and improve and get ready for the season and I think we'll do that. I think that will be the focus of our team."

On how QB Peyton Manning runs the offense:

"Very efficient and very fast. There is no half-and-half on the offense when he's in the game. He wants to do everything, whether it's pass, run, short yardage or goal line. He wants it all run and he wants to know how it's going to play out. We'll do whatever it takes. If we have to throw the ball 40 times or run the ball 40 times, he's not prideful in that realm. I think that's something that sets him apart from other greats. He doesn't mind handing the ball off and watching someone run. He wants to have some part in big plays, but he wants to do what we need to do to win games."

Safety Bob Sanders

On coming to training camp without QB Peyton Manning:

"It's tough, but we've got to keep moving and working and get some of the younger guys going. Some of the veteran guys have to step up."

On his rehab from injury:

"I think within the next week or so I'll be able to do a lot more and hopefully participate out here before we end it. I'm not exactly sure and there are some things we still have to cover, but we'll see."

On his biggest concern during rehab:

"Strength. My main thing is just staying low and not do too much and continuing to work in the weight room. It's something that I've dealt with, I know the rehab. Right now, it's just making sure that I continue to get stronger and build that up."

On if the safeties can start doing more with experienced cornerbacksL

"We'll see. It's definitely something that I've thought about, and I know the coaches are thinking about it. It's been a few years and it's always hard to keep the same guys around and we've been able to do that the past couple of years. Now we're coming in with a few guys who have great experience and they've been playing together so it's definitely very exciting."

Guard Mike Pollak
On first day in a professional football training camp:

"You know, I was a little nervous. I mean once you get on the field and [when] it goes into the perspective of football, and you get back into the football regimen, and the nervousness goes away."

Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez
On Peyton Manning's absence:

"I learned a long time ago, not to worry about things you really can't control, and that is something out of my control. We would certainly miss Peyton. I want him here more than anybody, but it is what it is and we all have got to go to work."

Quarterback Jim Sorgi
On changing approach to training camp:

"My approach doesn't change. What I'm going to do here is going to change a little bit. I have one more responsibility. It is my job to get the ones ready for when he [Manning] is ready to come back, and you know they will be ready to go."

On the importance of helping Quinn Gray and Jared Lorenzen:

"Well, I think it is important to help these guys along [through camp] just because you want to get them to kind of know what is going on around here. You want to get those young linemen to get a good look with running some good plays and [to have] a young group to know what they are doing out there. I think it is that it is important that they you know kind of get offense as quickly as possible."

On getting a good start in the season:

"I think it is important for them to play in the preseason. It is important that we come out in these preseason games. It is important that we practice well, and of course it is the key to playing well."


Gary Brackett sounds like he's ready to rumble
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Linebacker Gary Brackett
On DE Dwight Freeney's absence:

"The show must go on, so I always think that we have to do what we have to do on the defensive side of the ball. We definitely have to continue on what we built last year."

On it being another Super Bowl or bust season:

"It's always Super Bowl or bust. Are you kidding me? That's what we play the game for. We're built for a championship type team. Every year, that is our goal."

Offensive lineman Charlie Johnson
n returning to training camp:

"It's good. It's the time of the year for football and time to get back into our routine."

On moving from tackle to guard:

"That's been my m.o. since I've been here. I just play whenever, wherever. Apparently, this year it's guard so I'm going to come in and work hard and let the chips fall where they may."

On traveling for training camp:

"I think we get sort of a team unity by coming out here and getting away and it just being the players and the coaches. We kind of build that camaraderie that helps us get through a long season."

On if playing five preseason games is too many:

"It can be. It's just one more opportunity for a guy like me to get adjusted to a new position and get some extra work in a game. It will give our younger guys a chance to get in there and play and show what they can do."

Kicker Adam Vinatieri
On if training camp is a key time of the year for him:

"It's important. You don't win games in January or February if you're not prepared this time of the year. I think the guys have worked really hard in the offseason and now it's time to get out here and sweat and get ready to go. The X's and O's are this coming month."


Four-time Super Bowl winner Adam Vinatieri knows the importance of training camp
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On if it's better going away for training camp:

"There are pros and cons with it. If you stay at your facility you've got all of the meeting rooms and fields and all of that stuff there. You're also closer to home so you can go home if you need to. This isn't a bad thing, either. You get out here with a close-knit group of guys and it's all about football here. Either way it works out OK. I know guys that have different opinions on it, but it's OK."

On what it will be like to not have QB Peyton Manning at camp:

"It'll be interesting, but Jim (Sorgi) has been here a long time and has done well and he needs to get ready to go and be prepared. I don't think Peyton needs four or five preseason games to be ready anyway though. He's pretty good. I think Jim will be ready to go, though."

On his advice for young guys coming into training camp:

"During the first year or two, it's tough to make sure you stay focused and you don't really know what to expect a lot. If you just follow the older guys and do what they do, you'll be fine."

On how much he kicked during the offseason:

"I got a decent amount in. It's always good to make sure you're staying healthy and that your legs are strong and you're good to go. It's a routine that we've built up, a progression so that when I come in to camp I'm ready to go."

On his feelings about training camp:

"Camp is an evil necessity. I don't know if anybody really enjoys camp, but it's necessary. It gets everybody kick-started into the season. This team is notorious for having good starts in the season. I think for us it's really important to do that. You come in here, get some good work and you get focused in on football and starting the season on a good note."


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