Colts Camp: Focusing on the defense

Photo of Robert Mathis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) – On day two of Colts Camp, in Anderson, the focus centers on the defense.

Three new free agents could start, while top sacker, Robert Mathis, takes a back seat in September. His month-long suspension for using an illegal performance-enhancing drug opens the door for last year’s top draft pick, Bjoern Werner. The Florida State-product is getting a lot of first-team reps.

“Bjoern, he’s running with the ones, and more reps means better prepared and more prepared,” said Mathis. “He’s showing up, and is going to shine. He’s getting at the ball, knows his assignments, and playing some good football right now.”

Coach Chuck Pagano needs to prepare for the first month of the season. “Reality is, we’re not going to have Robert for the first four weeks, so we’ve got to get the other guys ready to go. At the same time, we can’t let Robert sit around for four weeks because then it turns into essentially what would be an eight week suspension if we did that. Bjoern’s going to get the lion share of snaps with the ones. We will also get Robert what he needs as far as individual drills.”

The Colts open the pre-season next Thursday in New York against the Jets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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