ANDERSON – No more flag football for the Colts.
With the temperatures rising and a packed house for Saturday afternoon’s practice, the Colts donned shoulder pads for the first time during the 2014 Training Camp.
Here are three takeaways from the Colts third day on the practice fields:
Running Backs Practice With Four Healthy Bodies
In an afternoon that saw the first true running drills of the 2014 Training Camp,
Bradshaw had the majority of reps but Herron had a few productive carries during 9-on-7 drills.
There’s little room to hide and dance during this portion of practice and Bradshaw and Herron welcomed the extra physicality.
While Rainey might not posses the ideal running style for a between-the-tackles type scheme, he showed off his electricity in the open field.
On one play Saturday, Rainey caught an out pass and turned up the sideline for a significant gain.
If a defense is used to seeing a guy like Richardson or Herron prior to Rainey, they will be in for a rude awakening when No. 25 touches the ball.
With shoulder pads on, the Colts ramped up the physicality Saturday.
One drill that was added to the practice schedule on Saturday afternoon was with running backs and tight ends trying to block linebackers, who are trying to get to a tackling dummy several yards behind the offensive player.
The hooting and hollering was loud and active during this drill.
Rookie Jonathan Newsome was particularly effective with a variety of moves against both running backs and tight ends.
It’s clear the Colts are looking for more of an edge rushing presence opposite
No. 98 himself has praised Newsome, the Colts fifth-round pick in 2014, and the Ball State product showed fans in Anderson why Mathis thinks so highly of him.
Several Starters Sit Out Saturday’s Practice
Chuck Pagano has made it clear that he will be holding guys, particular veterans, back a bit during the Colts three-week training camp.
On Saturday, we saw just that with the likes of
In place of Redding, we saw
With both Mewhort and Thomas out on Saturday, free agent signee
Lastly, with Wayne getting a day of rest, rookie
Other guys to sit out Saturday’s practice included linebackers