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21.02.2020 09:18
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ANDERSON, Ind. -- The Colts first training camp practice had a familiar look.Fans watched quarterback Andrew Luck and receiver T.Y. Hilton hook up on the field Wednesday. Outside linebacker Robert Mathis and cornerback Vontae Davis went back to work, and general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano chatted on Anderson Universitys sun-drenched campus.But after a lost season in which they faded from Super Bowl contenders to an 8-8 record and out of the playoffs, things dont sound the same.Last year we had a lot of expectations coming in and a lot of guys probably didnt know how to answer a lot of those questions, inside linebacker DQwell Jackson said. This is a new year, same (head) coach, some new coaches, but we are going to come in and guys are ready to work and get this year started off the right way.The Colts still want to hang a second Super Bowl banner inside Lucas Oil Stadium. But unlike 2015, when they were tabbed as the biggest threat to dethroning the Patriots in the AFC, the offseason discussion about expectations has been much more measured.From recently established veterans such as Luck and Hilton to those who have been around a bit longer, like Jackson and safety Mike Adams, everyone seems to embrace the concept of keeping the Super Bowl talk mostly private unless they are pressed.On Tuesday, Luck was asked if hes planning to play the first week of February.Yeah, absolutely, he said, smiling. And win that game.Its not that Pagano or anyone else has banned Super Bowl from the Colts vocabulary. Theyve just learned some valuable lessons about coping with others expectations.For three years, Luck & Co. made winning look easy.The rookie quarterback engineered a nine-win improvement in 2012, taking a team projected to be the worst in football to an 11-5 mark and an improbable playoff appearance. In 2013 and 2014, Indy won division crowns with 11-5 records and reached the divisional round of the playoffs the first year and the AFC Championship second. They wound up losing both times at New England.So the natural assumption entering last season was that another year of experience and what appeared to be a soft schedule would lead to a breakthrough season for Indianapolis.Instead, Luck took too many hits behind a leaky offensive line and wound up missing nine games. Indy struggled to run the ball, too. Without a consistent second option and a 40-year-old backup quarterback, the Colts watched defenses prevent Hilton from making his usual array of game-breaking plays.The Colts defense stayed on the field far too long, and the ensuing losses created speculation about whether Pagano and Grigson would return for 2016.Though both got contract extensions, the struggles forced Colts players to take a long, hard look at what went wrong.Unfortunately, Ive been through that story a lot in my career, Jackson said. For me, when everything was happening, we werent winning the games that we thought we shouldve won that is when my expertise came out and I tried to keep guys focused and just stay the course. I think it helped this football team.Now, the Colts are trying to turn last years growing pains to their advantage.Luck arrived at camp saying hes 100 percent healthy. The emergence of Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett should help free up Hilton. Indy is counting on four draft picks to solidify the offensive line that must keep Luck healthy And theyre asking new coordinator Ted Monachino to create a winning defense.Even the annual slogan, which once was Hoist The Lombardi, has been tempered to For The Shoe.Obviously, you listen to the owner of the team and you listen to GM and you listen to the head coach and your teammates, Luck said. As far as expectations internally, its been the same since Ive been a rookie here. Probably the same since before I was a rookie here. Its you win. This is a winning franchise. You find a way to make the playoffs and give yourself a chance to win the Super Bowl.Game notes Five players left practice early with what the team described as a precautionary move on a warm day in Anderson. Following practice, the Colts said safeties T.J. Green and Winston Guy, offensive lineman LeRaven Clark, defensive lineman Sterling Bailey and running back Josh Ferguson all made early exits because of cramps. Green was Indys second-round draft pick and Clark was the Colts third-round pick. ... Coach Chuck Pagano said he respected the decision running back Tyler Varga made to retire. Varga spent most of last season on injured reserve because of a concussion.---Online:AP NFL website: and Reggie Ragland Jersey . First off, the fans ripped the Cubbies introduction of a fuzzy new kid-friendly mascot named "Clark". Christian Okoye Jersey . Rob Manfred, baseballs chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players union to overturn Rodriguezs 211-game suspension. A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasnt concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLBs interest was his relationship with players under investigation. . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. Travis Kelce Jersey . "It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through," said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium. Breeland Speaks Jersey . In the response filed Wednesday to the complaint by 30-year-old Alexander Bradley, attorneys say the former University of Florida player is invoking his Fifth Amendment right that protects people from incriminating themselves. Well find out a lot more about where things stand in the race for the College Football Playoff when the official rankings come out next week. Leading up to the big reveal, our college football experts narrowed the field to the 10 teams with the best shot at the national title.Heres a look at Clemsons title chances; to vote for who you think will win it all, go to our poll page or scroll to the bottom of this feature:The case for ClemsonClemson has already beaten Louisville, which effectively puts the Tigers two games ahead of the Cardinals in the ACC Atlantic standings. Also, Florida State has two losses. FPI projects the Tigers to have an 89 percent chance at winning the division, the highest of any Power 5 team.-- ESPN Stats & InfoThe case against ClemsonClemsons offense hasnt been as impactful as it was last season. The Tigers rank 29th in offensive efficiency this season after ranking ninth last season.Deshaun Watson isnt performing like the QB we saw last season. He has a 75 Total QBR, 25th in the FBS; last season, he had an 87 Total QBR, which ranked fifth in the FBS. Watson also has two games in which his Total QBR was below 65. Before this season, he had zero such games in his career in games he would have qualified for the QBR leaderboard (20 action plays).-- ESPN Stats & InfoTalking pointsVegas odds:?Clemson has 8-1 odds to win the national title, according to Westgatte SuperBook.ddddddddddddhat FPI says:?According to ESPNs Football Power Index, the Tigers have a 33.2 percent chance of winning out through the regular season and conference title game, the 10th-highest percentage in the nation, and a 71.7 percent chance of winning the ACC. Their remaining schedule, which includes a matchup against No. 12 Florida State on the road, ranks as the 42nd-most difficult.ESPN Senior Writer Mark Schlabach:?The six FBS foes the Tigers have defeated this season are a combined 14 games above .500. Thats the best opponents record among the top four teams in the AP Top 25: Alabamas eight FBS opponents are 34-25, Michigans seven opponents are 27-24 and Washingtons six opponents are 16-28.ESPNs Mackenzie Kraemer:?Despite its undefeated record and inside track to win the ACC, Clemsons 8-1 odds to win the title are worse than its odds when the line opened in January (7-1). FPI gives the Tigers a 72 percent chance to win the ACC and a 33 percent chance to enter the College Football Playoff undefeated. This weeks matchup against Florida State is by far the toughest game remaining before the ACC Championship Game.Now that youre stuffed with numbers and analysis, are you convinced the Tigers are going all the way? Cast your vote below. ' ' '

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