WESTFIELD, Ind. — Today was Day 12 of the Indianapolis Colts' 2018 training camp practices at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind.
Here were some top takeaways from the day's session:
— With the Colts landing in Indianapolis from Seattle early Friday morning, Saturday's practice was lighter and shorter than usual, giving the coaches an opportunity to correct the team's mistakes from its preseason opener against the Seahawks.
— Quarterback Andrew Luck had a scheduled rest day today, but head coach Frank Reich said he will return tomorrow. Luck played into the second quarter in Thursday's game (20 snaps), completing 6-of-9 passes.
— In Luck's spot, Jacoby Brissett took over as the first-team quarterback, completing 3-of-5 passes in 11-on-11 drills.
— Rookie receiver Reece Fountain was back in action after missing the last week or so with a knee injury. It's a great opportunity for him after fellow rookie receiver Deon Cain was likely lost for the season after suffering an ACL injury on Thursday.
— Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was suited up on Thursday, including his helmet, but I did not see him partake in any of the live drills.
— Today's first-team offensive line: Le'Raven Clark (LT), Quenton Nelson (LG), Ryan Kelly (C), Matt Slauson (RG) and Braden Smith (RT).
— Circling back to the wide receiver position, there is an opportunity to move up the depth chart with Cain's injury. K.J. Brent and Kasen Williams saw some action with the first unit today. Cain was typically seeing a few reps with the first unit during previous camp practices, so Brent and Williams appeared to be getting reps in place of Cain and Hilton. Krishawn Hogan looked good today, making about four catches in the live sessions. Zach Pascal also had a nice, toe-tapping catch along the sideline.
— With running backs Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson sidelined, there were only three running backs today. Below was a fun exercise that running backs coach Tom Rathman had the group doing. One running back would shield the ball in his grasp while Rathman and the other two backs would try and pry the ball away:
— Today's practice wasn't the cleanest session we've seen to date, with about four or five passes hitting the grass during live drills. After returning from a cross-country, red-eye trip during the preseason just yesterday, many expect tomorrow's practice to be much livelier.
(via Jake Arthur/Colts.com)
— With Saturday being a light day, the defense was doing positional drills perhaps a little longer than a usual practice. After finally getting the chance to hit another opponent on Thursday, the only opponent left to hit on Saturday were pads and bags.
— One of the more exciting developments on Saturday was seeing safeties Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker working in with the first-team defense during 11-on-11 drills for the first time together. Reich said after practice that Geathers could practice in full pads at some point next week leading up to the Aug. 20 preseason matchup against the Baltimore Ravens; Hooker, meanwhile, is expected to make his preseason debut Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers.
— In such a short practice, there weren't a ton of highlight plays, or any notable lineup changes defensively. Defensive end John Simon — who had 1.5 sacks in limited action in Thursday's preseason opener — did have a really nice rush off the right side and would've easily sacked quarterback Phillip Walker if he wasn't wearing a red no-contact jersey. Instead, Walker was able to extend the play and found Hogan for a big gain.
— Linebacker Zaire Franklin had what could've been considered a forced fumble and recovery on the very first play of 11-on-11s today. But it was one of those situations where the officials could've also called it an incomplete pass. We'll just go with the former and say "Nice play" to the rookie.
(via Andrew Walker/Colts.com)
— Those that did not practice today: center Deyshawn Bond (concussion), tackle Tyreek Burwell (calf), tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), running back Josh Ferguson (hamstring), tackle/guard Denzelle Good (hamstring), defensive tackle/end Tyquan Lewis (foot), running back Marlon Mack (hamstring), defensive end Kemoko Turay (knee), running back Robert Turbin (ankle), linebacker Anthony Walker (groin), and wide receiver James Wright (knee).
— Mack, Turbin and Wright all suffered their injuries during Thursday's Seahawks game and are considered week-to-week, Reich said.
— Some positive news for the running backs? Ferguson is expected to return at some point next week, according to Reich.
— Lewis, meanwhile, has been battling a foot injury the last few days, but today was the first time we've seen him without a boot on since he's been out of action.
REMAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Sunday, Aug. 12 | Colts City, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Monday, Aug. 13 | Colts City, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Practice, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, Aug. 14 | Final Night Practice | Colts City, 5:00 – 9:00 PM | Practice, 6:00 – 8:15 PM
Thursday, Aug. 16 | Colts City, 12:00 – 4:00 PM | Practice, 1:30 – 3:15 PM
Friday, Aug. 17 | Colts City, 12:00 – 4:00 PM | Practice, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Saturday, Aug. 18 | Bike to Camp Day, presented by Meijer | Colts City, 12:00 – 4:00 PM | Practice, 1:30 – 3:30 PM