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Which Players Stood Out At Colts Training Camp In Anderson?

Posted Aug 14, 2014

Intro: Over the course of 16 practice days at Anderson University, several players turned some heads. Who stood out during the Colts 2014 Training Camp?



INDIANAPOLIS – What Training Camp means to players differs across a 90-man roster.

A guy like Reggie Wayne is trying to see how close to 100 percent he is after recovering from a torn ACL.

At the other end of the spectrum, there’s undrafted free agents doing anything to try and get noticed.

It’s hard to keep any list of impressive guys to just five names but here are a handful of Colts that caught my eye in Anderson:

Boom Herron

Chuck Pagano can use a guy like Herron as the ideal representation for a guy who makes the most of an opportunity and channels his play in practice to the game.

When Vick Ballard went down on the second day of camp, there were carries to be had behind the banged up duo of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Herron first began flashing during practice and then in the preseason opener he had 13 touches for 62 yards and scored the Colts lone touchdown.

From being a four-core special teams guy to catching the ball out of the backfield, Herron can fill multiple roles for this team in 2014.

With Richardson and Bradshaw in and out of practice, Herron has taken a ton of first team reps and seems to be firmly entrenched as the team’s third back.

Reggie Wayne


I guess I didn’t really know what to expect from Reggie Wayne in Anderson, but I was surprised to see him out on the field as frequently as we did.

From stepping out of that racecar back on July 23, Wayne made it clear he would be participating as much as Chuck Pagano would let him during the three weeks in Anderson.

That night practice the following Thursday sticks out to me with Wayne catching seven of Andrew Luck’s first 10 completions, several of which made Wayne adjust his body in ways that 35-year old receivers less than 11 months removed from tearing a ACL shouldn’t be able to.

Wayne was a consistent target of Luck in the red zone, an area where 87 was sorely missed late last season.

Next up for Wayne is game action, in what should be the final test for the 14-year vet.



Art Jones

Finding guys in the trenches who make an impact in such a controlled setting can be difficult.

But in watching Jones get off the snap and in one-on-one drills, it’s clear why he was so highly sought after this offseason by the Colts.

With the injuries to Fili Moala and Jeris Pendleton, defensive line depth is a bit light.

Jones is such a key cog in the Colts rush defense improving in 2014 and his versatility from first-to-third down will be a welcomed addition to a new-look front seven.

The wrestling background in Jones is made for life at the line of scrimmage and this is a guy who understands his role in the Colts three-man front.

Bjoern Werner

Coming into camp, guys like Werner, Trent Richardson, Khaled Holmes and LaRon Landry received a ton of attention.

Werner exits Anderson with three weeks of productive work behind him and will be a guy the Colts will lean on heavily during the month of September.

In watching the Jets preseason opener, Werner looks a step quicker coming off the edge.

Talking with Werner, he knew how important this camp was to him and by all accounts he took the necessary steps to make Greg Manusky feel comfortable with what he has at outside linebacker without Robert Mathis.



Marcus Burley

Since Burley became an undrafted free agent in 2013, he has been signed on seven different occasions and played for the Jaguars, Eagles, Rams and Colts.

The Colts signed Burley to the practice squad in early January and then to a reserve/future contract once the offseason began.

Burley has been a name that coaches have thrown out there ever since rookie minicamp back in May.

With guys nicked up at cornerback, Burley got some run with the first and second units during camp and showed the same playmaking ability we saw in the spring.

Guys like Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler and Josh Gordy are the veterans of the cornerback position but there’s room for another cover guy on the 53-man roster.


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