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Young Colts leaning heavily on Wayne, Collie

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While the Colts were keeping one eye on their former signal-caller's Denver debut, the primary focus remains on Sunday's preseason opener that officially ushers in a new era.

Peyton Manning suited up for the Broncos Thursday night, while first overall pick Andrew Luck will see his first game action for the Colts on Sunday against St. Louis. Wide receiver Austin Collie, one of Manning's trusted third-down and red-zone targets, has been impressed thus far with Luck.

"Taking ownership of the team and taking ownership of the offense. He's done a great job of that over the past few weeks, of making sure everyone knows that he's the quarterback and he's the chief and commander," Collie said.

Collie, who is learning a new playbook while also adjusting to playing outside rather than primarily out of the slow, is eager to see the new offense in action.

"I think I'm anxious to see where everybody is. Where our whole offense is, where our whole defense is, where we are as a team," he said. "I think it will give us a pretty good idea."

Collie and Reggie Wayne have played the role of mentors to an otherwise young group of receivers. One of the newcomers is LaVon Brazill, who is excited to show his abilities on offense and as a return man.

"Special teams is the most important thing in this organization, so I want to just make my mark as a special teams player," he said.

With so much inexperience at the position, preseason games will play a critical role in stacking the depth chart behind Wayne and Collie.

"I'm going to try to make the same plays in the game that I've been making out here in practice," said Kris Adams. "Be consistent, run the right routes, and make sure I don't make any mistakes."

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