Colts' third receiver candidates cranking it up

May, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

When I talked to Anthony Gonzalez recently for a blog column on the Colts' No. 2 receiver with Marvin Harrison gone, I had a chance to ask Gonzalez about the two prime veteran candidates for the Colts No. 3 receiver job, Roy Hall and Pierre Garcon.

Gonzalez and Hall go way back as they played at Ohio State together and were both drafted by the Colts in 2007, Gonzalez in the first round, Hall in the fifth.

Gonzalez is a focus-on-myself guy who didn't want to say too much, but still I think his answer illustrates that the two receivers are trying to crank it up for a training camp battle that will also include fourth-round pick Austin Collie from BYU.

"I'll say this: they are both noticeably working harder, I think. They both see big opportunities coming, for all of us really. It's going to be different without Marvin for all of us really, with what he meant to the Colts for so long. I think those guys are working hard and doing what they can do to lock up that third or fourth spot."

Hall's been hurt a lot, and I wonder if there is a clock ticking for him.

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