Ed Thompson: Last year you were on the roster all year and you were activated for two games because the Colts seem to be putting a little more focus on integrating the tight ends into the offense. With the departure of Troy Walters are you expecting to see more opportunities this year.
: Definitely, it's an opportunity for me, but at the same time we're looking for a returns guy right now. But I think offensively I think it helps me because I'll be next guy in line with the most experience. And with Peyton, it's a comfort thing, and I think he's comfortable with me. I'm looking forward to getting my opportunities and I think it could be a big year for me.
ET: At 6-foot-3, how big of an advantage is your height as a receiver in this league?
AM: I think it's a great advantage. It's one of those things that if you know how to use it, you can take advantage of it. But if you're 6-foot-3 and you play like you're 5-foot-9, it doesn't do you any good. I think I know how to use it to my advantage. There aren't too many DBs in this league that are even close to my size, and if there's a jump ball up there I know nine times out of ten I'm going to go get it over that DB -- and it's almost as much mental as it is physical. If you know you can do it and they know you can do it, you start off with an advantage.
ET: What other strengths do you think you bring to the wide receiver position in this offense?
AM: There are a lot of different things everybody brings. Brandon's a quick in-the-slot guy, Marvin's quick on the outside and catches everything, Reggie's a tough guy who doesn't drop many balls. I'm a guy who can come in and block hard and show some toughness and make a tough play by adjusting to the ball in the air; some of the same things Reggie does. At the same time, there are plays -- because of my height and weight -- which not a lot of guys can make. Peyton knows at certain times that if he throws the ball up into a certain spot that I'm going to be able to go up and get it, where as some of the other guys might not be able to get to it. Consistency is a big thing I've been working on over the past couple years and I think I'm at a point where I'm hardly dropping any. I've been looking at some of the stats, and it's one of my goals to be in the top five of catches to dropped passes ratio -- and I think I can accomplish that with what I'm doing right now.
ET: I'm sure you've thought about this quite a bit, but what do you think you are going to do when you catch your first regular season touchdown pass?
AM: I don't know. If I'm at home I might just jump into the stands, but I think it'll just come to me. I've had a few in the preseason, but at home I just haven't had the opportunity. If I'm away when it happens, I'll probably just go celebrate with my teammates like it's no big deal, but with the crowd in the dome it's electrifying -- I might just have to do the Lambeau Leap kind of thing up into the stands.
ET: Well you've worked awfully hard for that moment and I hope you get to enjoy that early this year.
AM: I appreciate that.
Q: Tell me something fans probably don't know about you that they might be surprised to learn about you.
AM: I'm a big TV guy. I have my shows that I watch, but I'm really addicted to 24 and HBO's Entourage. I can watch Entourage all day and all night I think it's so funny. Those guys are hilarious and I can't stop laughing.
ET: What would you like fans to know about you as a person?
AM: I'm a down-to-earth guy. A lot of people say to me "you're so cool, you're so normal" I'm not different than I was when I signed or when I was in high school. Obviously you change and grow up, but at the same time I'm just respectful of everybody and I like to do my part in the community and do a lot of work with kids. [Prior to camp] I was coaching at Pike High School, and you don't have to do that stuff -- and a lot of guys choose not to. But I like working with kids and I think if you can change a few people then you've done your part. I think I'm in a position where I can do that, and I'll continue to do that as long as I'm in a position where people will listen.
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