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Luke Links: The 'Colts preseason begins' edition

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What We're Saying:

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The next step for center Khaled Holmes comes as preseason begins - "It is very important that Holmes continue to play well in actual games because, well, it doesn't mean much if you produce in practice but can't in games.  So Pagano is right in saying that, before he declares a "starter," he needs to see Holmes in a game."

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What Others are Saying:

Outside linebacker Trent Cole reflects on time with Eagles and is now ready to hunt a Super Bowl with the Colts (via the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder) - "If the numbers come while in Indianapolis, then great. But Cole is chasing something bigger. He's not looking to be liked. He's not hoping to be embraced by the head coach, though he appreciates that he is. He's looking for the one thing that has eluded him in an otherwise very successful NFL career."

After a few years, it's finally time for Daniel Adongo to play some football (via the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer) - "Every morning for Daniel Adongo begins the same. He wakes up and he writes something down. "I remind myself what I'm working towards," he says. It's what he's been working towards for two years now. He wants to be a football player."

Tight end Dwayne Allen can't afford another injury-plagued season (ESPN's Mike Wells) - "Allen said he doesn't feel any pressure, but there is some. While the Colts say they want to retain as many of their core players as they can, they may not be able to do so with left tackle Anthony Castonzo, quarterback Andrew Luck and tight end Coby Fleener all also up for new contracts. The best way for Allen, who is also an exceptional blocker, to make sure he's in the mix of things is by remaining healthy."

Around the NFL:

Bears rookie wide receiver Kevin White will have surgery and may miss the entire 2015 season (via Windy City Gridiron)

Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas broke his finger on Friday but should be ready to play by week one (via Big Cat Country)

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had an up-and-down preseason debut (via Music City Miracles)