News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 6, 2013

Colts in harmony with new coordinator Hamilton

Tom James
The Tribune-Star

INDIANAPOLIS — The young (Andrew Luck) and the old (Reggie Wayne) have developed quite a working relationship, despite their short time together. 

They also have become of like minds when it comes to the continued development of the Indianapolis Colts’ passing attack.

With new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton now running the show, the Colts are in the middle of a metamorphosis from the downfield, big-play system that was utilized by former coordinator Bruce Arians to more of a West Coast scheme that will look to make more use of the short, controlled passing game. 

According to Luck, so far so good. 

“I think we’re rolling. I definitely think that we’ll take advantage of the rest of the OTAs [organized team activities] and what we have left. But heading into [mandatory] mini-camp [next week] will be big for us,” the Colts’ signal-caller said after Wednesday’s team workout.

“It will be nice to be out there. It’s been a positive segment so far. Let’s finish this segment [OTA workouts] out well and go to the next one [mandatory mini-camp].”

The continued maturation of the young Indianapolis receiving corps — primarily T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill — also is paramount. 

“They’re going to be a big, big part of this offense,” Luck said. “They were a big part last year. They caught a lot of balls, a lot of big balls. For us to be productive, we’re going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute.”

Through the final week of OTA practices, the Colts’ quarterback likes what’s transpired so far.

“We’re better. And we’ll continue to get better. We’re nowhere near perfect. I hope we wouldn’t be perfect right now. But we realize that we still have a lot of work to do,” Luck said. 

As for Wayne, being one of the few veterans on the team remaining from Indianapolis’ long run of playoff appearances in the 2000s, he will be learning his third offense in the last three seasons. 

“I’m still trying to figure it out,” Wayne said of Hamilton’s offensive system. “I’m still doing some of the things that I did last year. I’m still trying to figure some things out. But hopefully I can continue to build on what I did last year and show [the media] that it’s not time for me to hang it up yet.” 

The Pro Bowl receiver also wants to be a good example for guys like Hilton and Brazill. 

“[I’d like see them] just to get better. We don’t have room right now to stay the same. We want to see everybody continue to grow and get better,” Wayne explained.

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* Mathis gets hitched — Outside linebacker Robert Mathis was married Saturday in Atlanta. One of his groomsmen was former Colts outside linebacker Dwight Freeney. 

Wayne also was among those who attended. 

* Offensive line coming together — The Colts’ first-team offensive line during most of the OTA workouts this spring has been LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Donald Thomas, C Samson Satele, RG Mike McGlynn, RT Gosder Cherilus. 

Rookies Khaled Holmes (center) and Hugh Thornton (guard) also have rotated in with the first group. 

* Colts going international — First-round draft pick Bjorn Werner recently spent time with the German national soccer team. Werner, a native of Berlin, is an outside linebacker from Florida State. 

Luck, meanwhile, participated in an “NFL Fan Night” in London. 

* Landry yet to attend OTAs — Strong safety LaRon Landry, a veteran free-agent pickup from the New York Jets, has not participated in any of the Colts’ voluntary OTA sessions. 

Landry has been working out on his own but is expected to take part in the team’s mandatory workouts next week.