TE Dallas Clark
Clark has gone from being the student to the role of teacher since arriving in Indianapolis as a first-round draft pick in 2003. Clark played behind starter Marcus Pollard early in his NFL career. Now, he is leading the way ahead of two rookie tight ends — Jacob Tamme and Tom Santi.
"When I came here as a rookie, I had no idea what I was doing and I probably had one of the best guys to help me understand this thing called the NFL. Marcus did a great job of that and more. It was fun to have him show me how to play this position," Clark recalled.
"Now, here we are and they look at me the same way I looked at Pollard, like 'Help me.' I know exactly where they are and I try to refer back as much as possible."
Freeney is ready to get the 2008 season under way. After missing the second half of 2007 thanks to a LisFranc injury in his left foot, Freeney is intent on getting off to a fast start this season.
"I'd like to get a bunch of sacks," he joked recently. "That would be great. But, hey, if they don't come early on, that's OK too. Because I've got a whole season to get them."
It looks like Jeff Saturday has opted to postpone surgery for now
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Saturday has apparently decided not to undergo surgery on his injured right knee at the present time. Saturday suffered a reported torn medial collateral ligament during the third quarter of the Colts' Aug. 24 preseason game with the Buffalo Bills. He could be sidelined for as many as six weeks, according to some reports, if he doesn't undergo surgery. If he did have surgery, Saturday's recovery period could possibly be as long as 11 weeks.
RB Joseph Addai
Addai hopes to begin the 2008 season better than he ended the 2007 campaign. Addai averaged just 45.7 yards per game and 3.3 yards per attempt in his last nine starts a year ago, including the playoff loss to San Diego.
Since 2006 and including the playoffs, the Colts are 17-2 when either Addai or Dominic Rhodes has had at least 17 rushing attempts in a game. Addai can become the first running back in Colts history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons in the league.
Jackson would give himself and fellow CB Kelvin Hayden a passing grade for their performance as first-year starters a year ago.
Now, Jackson and Hayden want to push the envelope in terms of their improvement in 2008. "We feel good. That's due to the work we put in during the offseason. Guys really felt like we could take another jump in our growth and development as players. I think you'll be able to see that in our play when we go out there," Jackson said recently.
Harrison appears to be back to where he was, physically, before he suffered a knee injury early last season. Opposing teams will probably be wise not to count him out or to think that his age translates into any kind of a dip in productivity.
Harrison is closing in on several NFL career pass receiving lists, including receptions. He could move up to No. 2 all time. He's fourth with 1,042, putting him 52 behind No. 3 Tim Brown and 59 behind No. 2 Cris Carter. He also could move up No. 2 all time in receiving yards. He's fifth with 13,944, putting him 60 behind No. 4 James Lofton, 165 behind No. 3 Isaac Bruce and 990 behind No. 2 Tim Brown. He also is fifth at 123 receiving TDs, putting him one behind No. 4 Randy Moss, six behind No. 3 Terrell Owens and seven behind No. 2 Cris Carter.
Manning fully expects to be in the starting lineup when the Colts open the 2008 season Sunday night with a home game at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Chicago Bears.
"I've been preparing for the season opener for some time from a film standpoint. It's good to get back out there on the field and do more physical activity. I was glad I was able to get in some work (last) week. I feel I got in some good practices. I thought that was important," Manning said.
WR Reggie Wayne
Wayne could become the first player in NFL history to increase his reception total in eight straight seasons. But it won't be easy. In 2007, he joined Raymond Berry, the Colts' Hall of Famer, and Shawn Jefferson as the only players in NFL history to increase their receptions total in each of their first seven seasons.Wayne had a breakout year in 2007, posting a team-best 104 catches.