These observations of the 2013 rookie class come to us from our friends George Bremer of the Anderson Herald Bulletin and Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune Star.
On first round pick Bjoern Werner, OLB:
Werner said he's always used the 4-point stance. Helps him stay low, and he'll continue with it as long as coaches allow. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) May 10, 2013
One personal observation on Werner, he gets down low in a 4-point stance and resembles Miami's Cameron Wake on takeoff. #Colts— George Bremer (@gmbremer) May 10, 2013
From George's camp notebook article, which is well worth your time:
One thing that might stand out initially for many fans is Werner’s stance.
When he lines up tight to the line of scrimmage as a defensive end in four-man fronts, he eschews the three-point stance favored by many NFL pass rushers in favor of a four-point stance with both hands in the ground.
It’s a technique Werner said helps him to stay low when he comes off the ball, and it makes him feel comfortable. It also makes the German native resemble Miami Dolphins all-pro pass rusher Cameron Wake, who has used a similar four-point stance to terrorize quarterbacks with 43 sacks in four NFL seasons.
Werner said he’ll continue to employ the unique stance as long as the coaching staff is OK with it.
Tom James gives us his observations on some of the other players at minicamp:
QB Clay Belton from Findlay has good size. And he is a lefty.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) May 10, 2013
Belton is one of 13 tryout players participating in rookie camp.
Offensive line coach Joe Gilbert loud and enthusiastic today working with the rookies.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) May 10, 2013
TE justice Cunningham showing he has some pretty good hands as a receiver. Just hauled in a long pass from Belton on crossing pattern.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) May 10, 2013
PK/P Brandon McManus has a string leg in his field goal attempts. Ball jumps off his leg.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) May 10, 2013
Boyett was held out of drills and probably won't do much on field work in rookie camp. They hope to have him ready for OTAs.— Tom James (@TribStarTJames) May 10, 2013