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April 18, 2014

Colts take another look at Shakir Bell

INDIANAPOLIS — Under general manager Ryan Grigson, the Indianapolis Colts have searched nationally and internationally for talent to build a program that has won 23 of 34 games in the last two seasons.

On Wednesday, the Colts took a look at some Indianapolis-area talent, including former Warren Central High School and Indiana State standout Shakir Bell.

“Most of the players here we’ve been tracking for most of the past year,” national scout Matt Terpening told Colts.com. “Our scouts have evaluated them. We saw them during their Pro Days in March and this gives us chance to have them in our facility and in front of our general manager, head coach and assistant coaches to watch them again. It’s good for us and them.”

Bell, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back, had worked here before and found the Lucas Oil Stadium end zone while at Warren Central.

The prep and collegiate star echoed others chasing NFL dreams and he does not worry about size.

“Not at all. There’s guys — Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren Sproles — who made an impact in the league,” Bell said. “I feel like I’m the next guy to make that step. My size is something that’s kind of blinding to a lot of people. They don’t think I can pass-block or can catch. They look at me and think there’s a lot of speed. With that, there’s a lot of talent and a whole lot of heart.

“I wanted to show my hands. I wanted to do wide-receiver and running-back routes. I feel I proved I can come out of the backfield, play slot receiver, play special teams — anything where I can show up on the field.”

 

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