QB Ryan ‘like a coach’ helping bring young Colts receivers

The new quarterback is “essentially like a coach there” working with his teammates in the offseason program, according to offensive coordinator Marcus Brady.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts are hard at work this week, both on and off the field.

Have you ever started a new job, in a new city with all the new colleagues? This is quarterback Matt Ryan’s world right now.

(Note: The video in the player above is a report from 13Sports on the team’s return to Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for the offseason program.)

After 14 years in Atlanta, Ryan is going through his first offseason program in Indianapolis. For the past two weeks or so, he’s been using the weather to throw to wide receivers, trying to work out timing and trends with each.

He also met with the attacking coaching staff to learn and help adapt the playbook. What’s great about having Ryan in the building is the wealth of experience he brings after almost a decade and a half in the NFL.

Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady told 13Sports that Ryan is basically like a coach, helping grow young receivers.

“Our guys, our young guys, are excited about that because when they’re able to throw, we can’t get out there on the pitch right now, so he’s able to go out there and coaching those guys and cleaning up a few things for those guys, so it definitely helps those guys,” Brady said.

“These guys are young for sure, but their attitude, their energy, their sense of professionalism for young players is really good,” Ryan said. “I was impressed with them.”

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This time together is precious to build chemistry before the start of the season. And while the players are working, the front office is also busy preparing for the draft.

General manager Chris Ballard, head coach Frank Reich, scouts and other key voices will gather in the war room, ready to add the next generation of rookies to the team.

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As it stands, the Colts don’t have a first-round pick. They traded him for Carson Wentz last year. Indianapolis won’t be on the clock until Friday unless they decide to trade.

They have seven picks right now, starting with the 42nd overall pick at the start of the second round.

The team has several needs, especially at the level of the wide receiver and the depth on the offensive line. They also worked on a handful of the best quarterbacks in the draft, so they could potentially take a quarterback to develop for the future after Ryan.

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