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Colts OTA Week Three Takeaways

Posted Jun 11, 2014

Intro: The Colts were back indoors on Wednesday for OTA No. 9 of the 2014 offseason program. A final OTA will take place on Thursday before the team holds a mandatory three-day minicamp next week.



INDIANAPOLIS – The last of the voluntary workouts for the Colts are wrapping up with OTA No. 9 taking place on Wednesday.

After overnight and morning rains, the Colts were in their indoor facility for the second-to-last OTA of 2014.

Here are a few takeaways from Wednesday’s OTA practice that was open to the media:

Chuck Pagano Gets A Workout

It wasn’t just the players who worked up a sweat on Wednesday morning.

Chuck Pagano showed off his wheels sprinting down the field on a pair of occasions to acknowledge some impressive playmaking.

The first came from linebacker-turned-fullback Mario Harvey.

Rocking a blue No. 49, Harvey leaked out of the backfield and made a beautiful over the shoulder grab along the far sideline.

“He’s just one of those guys that doesn’t care because he’s going to get the job done, no matter what it is,” Jerrell Freeman says of Harvey, his former linebacker roommate.

“He’s got the attitude of if you give me something to do I’m going to do it, whatever to help the team.”

Pagano chased down Harvey to offer a high-five as the players cheered the former defender showing off his hands.

Later on it was LaVon Brazill stepping in front of cornerback Josh Gordy for a significant gain down the same sideline.

That cued another celebration from Pagano.


Who Fills The Void Of Fili Moala?

News broke mid-practice that veteran Fili Moala had been placed on injured reserve for the 2014 season.

Moala, who was drafted by the Colts in 2009, played in all 16 games last season and participated in 48 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

Cue the first rendition of the 2014 “Next Man Up” series.

“We just have to do a little more teaching to the younger guys so they can be ready for their position,” defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said on Wednesday.

“I understand we had one guy go down but we got another guy that has an opportunity to be able to show all the skills, all the teachings.”

Jack Mewhort Cracks The First Team


With Donald Thomas still rehabbing, the Colts first team offensive line has been pretty status quo throughout OTAs.

That has changed this week with Jack Mewhort moving into the left guard slot, moving Lance Louis to the second team.



The competition for the Colts two starting guard spots will ramp up in Anderson but this week has provided the initial look at Mewhort working in between Anthony Castonzo and Khaled Holmes.

“He’s pretty smart and he’s picking it up very well,” offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus said of Mewhort.

“He doesn’t make lot of mistakes and you can tell he cares.”

A New Look Secondary


With Vontae Davis, Greg Toler and Delano Howell all sidelined on Wednesday, there was a plethora of extended reps with the first team defense for more inexperienced defensive backs.

However, it was a player not running with the first team that made several plays in OTA No. 9.

Undrafted free agent cornerbaack Loucheiz Purifoy, or “Sweet Lou” as coordinator Greg Manusky calls him, had a pass breakup and an end zone interception.

“He’s been doing a good job,” Manusky said of Purifoy.

“He’s talented and we want to see him keep on making the plays that he has the past couple of days.”

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