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Many Colts making first trip to Foxborough

Many Colts making first trip to Foxborough

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) There's a first time for everything and Sunday's trip to New England will be a first for many of the Indianapolis Colts.

``It's funny because I had a show of hands of how many guys in the locker room that this was their first trip to Foxborough,'' interim head coach Bruce Arians said. ``Way too many.''

Arians said nearly half of the players in the locker room raised their hands.

Of course, this season has been full of new things - a new quarterback, a new coach, a new general manager, a new image on the field.

Now the Colts (6-3) will try to do something for the first time since 2009 when they go on the road to face the Patriots (6-3) - string five wins together.

``This game is, it's enriched in its own way, with the competitors on the field and the grand stage that it's on, both teams 6-3,'' defensive end Cory Redding. ``At the end of the day, somebody's got to come out 7-3 and it's going to be a nice challenge for us to go in there and do what we do.''

Indy went 16-3 back in 2009 and won 14 straight before resting their starters the last two games of the regular season and then losing to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl. After last year's debacle, the theme for the Colts this year has been ``in the hunt,'' with the playoffs on everyone's mind.

``It will be huge for us, but it's just another game,'' Arians said of the Patriots. ``We've got a bunch of them left and we want to stay in the hunt.''

The Colts passed the test last week when they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-10 in their first prime-time game on Thursday. They have some challenges this week.

Colts cornerback Darius Butler will have his hands full with receiver Wes Welker, but the two have spent a lot of time together and know all about each other.

``We actually work out offseason at the same place, so we're definitely familiar with each other as far as athletic ability,'' Butler said. ``It'll be a great matchup. He's one of the best receivers in the game, obviously one of the most productive in the past few years in this league.''

The unexpected and quick turnaround of the Colts team from last year isn't just surprising fans, either.

``I'm definitely impressed,'' Welker said. ``Obviously, you would figure it would be a rebuilding type deal for the Colts and it's not that way at all. They're playing some really good ball with a lot of young players and then they have some veterans too who really kind of step up for them in crunch time.''

With everything being as new as it is for this Indy team, Arians just doesn't want people to get caught up in watching Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

After all, it is the Brady of the Peyton Manning-Brady rivalry years.

``I know as a younger quarterback, you always tried to watch that game just because the two were sort of a benchmark for the position guys,'' Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said. ``So I remember some of the playoff games, some of the late games, I think when Gillette still had grass, it was always muddy, late in the year. So, great games and great franchises.''

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 18, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins 53-man roster projection—offense 

It may still be early to project the roster, but things are coming into focus after the round of practices in helmets and shorts. Here is my look at who I think will make it on offense; defense up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks (2)
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

I think that Kevin Hogan is very much on the bubble as the third quarterback. They got along with two QBs last year and with Alex Smith having demonstrated great durability during his career Hogan may well get bumped off. 

Running backs (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley

I’d say that this is 95 percent locked in. Maybe Kapri Bibbs or Byron Marshall can make a push for Kelley’s roster spot but his history with Jay Gruden will make it very hard for him to get knocked out. 

Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Trey Quinn

The first time I did this back in April I didn’t have Quinn on the roster. That was before he was a man among boys a rookie camp and a player who looks like he belongs when the veterans showed up. I don’t know if he’ll have the impact that many fans think he will, but he’s certainly going to get his chance. Brian Quick could steal a roster spot from Harris or Davis.

Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins did not draft a tight end or sign one in free agency so there seems to be faith that Reed will be healthy. We’ve heard that before and it seems somewhat risky to leave Davis, who has Father Time nipping at his heels, and the inexperienced Davis as the only two backups. They may try to make room for an undrafted rookie like Hudson Garrett.  

Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom

I think that Gruden is probably happy with the starters here but the depth is shaky, especially in the interior. The key could be whether Christian is ready for prime time as the swing tackle. That could allow Nsekhe to fill in at guard. Bergstrom is fine as the backup center although I wouldn’t want to have to count on him for more than a few games. 

Offensive players: 24
Rookies (3):
Guice, Christian, Quinn
New to the organization in 2018 (5): Rookies plus Smith, Richardson 
Not on 2017 Week 1 roster (11): Rookies plus new plus Harris (practice squad), R. Davis (practice squad) and Bergstrom (not on the team). 

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 38
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 52
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 75

The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 83 days. 

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 

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