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June 13, 2014

Colts Notebook: Mewhort making progress on o-line

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He’s also ready to ramp up the intensity in next week’s mandatory mini-camp and beyond.

“Training camp’s definitely getting close, and I know mini-camp’s going to be big next week,” Mewhort said. “So we’re getting closer to the real thing, and I can’t wait to get those pads on.”

POSITION SWITCH FOR HARVEY

Former inside linebacker Mario Harvey has lined up this offseason as a fullback with the first-team offense. On Wednesday, he made a nice catch along the sideline and managed to keep both feet in play on a pass from Luck.

The switch appears to be permanent.

“We felt his best position to help our football team is at the fullback position,” running backs coach David Walker said. “We made the decision obviously right before we got started (with OTAs), and he bought into it. And he’s been doing a really good job with it so far for us at that position.”

BJOERN BULKING UP

General manager Ryan Grigson’s offseason wish-list included a more powerful Bjoern Werner. The Colts believed the outside linebacker from Florida State needed to pack on muscle to help fight off blocks along the offensive line.

The 2013 first-round draft pick responded by staying in Indianapolis for all but one week during the offseason and committing himself to the weight room.

The proof won’t truly be evident until the preseason when plays are live and Werner is unleashed in pursuit of the quarterback. But the early results are positive.

“He made a commitment to stay put, and he looks a lot better,” linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald said. “He just moves better, carrying his weight better, looks better, stronger. (Strength and conditioning coach Roger Marandino) and the guys have done a great job with him in the weight room. So I’m excited about him.”

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