WESTFIELD, Ind. — Today was Day 15 of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2019 training camp practices at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind.
Here were some top takeaways from the day’s session:
— Today the Colts welcomed the Cleveland Browns to Westfield for the first of two days of joint practices heading into the two teams’ preseason Week 2 matchup Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. With both teams wearing full pads, the Colts donned their all-white practice uniforms, with quarterbacks in red jerseys; Cleveland wore its all-brown ensemble, with its QBs in orange.
— Among those that did not practice for the Colts on Wednesday: wide receiver Penny Hart (hamstring), kicker Adam Vinatieri (knee), quarterback Andrew Luck (calf/ankle), wide receiver Parris Campbell (hamstring), running back Jordan Wilkins (foot), guard Quenton Nelson (ankle) and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (knee).
— Colts head coach Frank Reich said after practice that it would likely be after the team’s third preseason game that he’ll make a decision on who will start at quarterback in the Colts’ 2019 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Colts take on the Chicago Bears in their third preseason game Aug. 24 at Lucas Oil Stadium, and then the team has exactly two weeks before it travels to the West Coast to open the season against the Chargers. Luck continues to work his way back from his calf/ankle injuries.
— Today’s joint practice setting made for some entertaining one-on-one battles. We’ll start with Indy’s pass catchers vs. Cleveland’s linebackers and defensive backs: the Colts' offense “won” these matchups handily, winning 29 of the 39 (74 percent) reps. A “win” means the pass was caught or defensive pass interference was called. A “win” for the defense means any other result. Here is how it broke down: Zach Pascal def. Terrance Mitchell; Marcus Johnson def. Greedy Williams; Donnie Lewis Jr. def. Eric Ebron; Jack Doyle def. Eric Murray; Krishawn Hogan def. Robert Jackson; Roger Lewis def. Lenzy Pipkins; Jhavonte Dean def. Chester Rogers; Mo Alie-Cox def. Juston Burris; Devin Funchess def. Terrance Mitchell; Krishawn Hogan def. Phillip Gaines; Sheldrick Redwine def. Hale Hentges; Gabe Holmes def. Jermaine Whitehead; Donnie Lewis Jr. def. Daurice Fountain; Greedy William def. Jordan Veasy; Robert Jackson def. Zach Pascal; Jack Doyle def. Christian Kirksey; Jhavonte Dean def. Ashton Dulin; Marcus Johnson def. Lenzy Pipkins; Daurice Fountain def. Donnie Lewis Jr.; Mo Alie-Cox def. Tigie Sankoh; Morgan Burnett def. Hale Hentges; Roger Lewis def. Greedy Williams; Krishawn Hogan def. Terrance Mitchell; Gabe Holmes def. Mack Wilson; Donnie Lewis Jr. def. Chester Rogers; Jordan Veasy def. Phillip Gaines; Hale Hentges def. J.T. Hassell; Roger Lewis def. Eric Murray; Devin Funchess def. Robert Jackson; Marcus Johnson def. Greedy Williams; Krishawn Hogan def. Jermaine Whitehead; Mo Alie-Cox def. Christian Kirksey; Jordan Veasy def. Lenzy Pipkins; Zach Pascal def. Jhavonte Dean; Phillip Gaines def. Roger Lewis; Eric Ebron def. Morgan Burnett (Ebron caught the ball off of a tip from Burnett); and Daurice Fountain def. Terrance Mitchell.
— The Browns’ pass catchers, meanwhile, “won” 22-of-34 reps (65 percent) against the Colts’ defenders, including the first seven snaps. The breakdown: Derrick Willies def. Quincy Wilson; Rashard Higgins def. Pierre Desir; Demetrius Harris def. Malik Hooker; D.J. Montgomery def. Rock Ya-Sin; Ishmael Hyman def. Jalen Collins; Stephen Carlson def. Clayton Geathers; Dorian Baker def. Chris Milton; Nate Hairston def. Jaelen Strong; Mik’Quan Deane def. Khari Willis; Kenny Moore II def. Willies; Desir def. Damon Sheey-Guiseppi; George Odum def. Harris; Montgomery def. Marvell Tell III; Higgins def. Collins; Carlson def. Matthias Farley; Baker def. Wilson; Hyman def. Hairston; Rolan Milligan def. Deane; Isaiah Langley def. Willies; Strong def. Collins; Derrick Kindred def. Pharaoh Brown; Ya-Sin def. Montgomery; Sheey-Guiseppi def. Langley; Gathers def. Isaiah Johnson; Willies def. Desir; Baker def. Shakial Taylor; Geathers def. Brown; Higgins def. Langley; Hyman def. Milton; Gathers def. Willis; Sheey-Guiseppi def. Collins; Odum def. Harris; Hairston def. Willies; Farley def. Deane.
— The Colts’ defensive line and Browns’ offensive line split 22 reps in a late-practice one-on-one drill. Among those who were “victorious” for Indy: Grover Stewart vs. Drew Forbes; Caraun Reid vs. Austin Corbett; Jihad Ward vs. Willie Wright; Kemoko Turay vs. Brian Fineanganofo; Odum Gwacham vs. Travis Vornkahl; Stewart vs. Wright; Gerri Green vs. Fineanganofo; Sterling Shippy vs. Wright; Reid vs. Wright; Stewart vs. Kyle Kalis; and Green vs. Fineanganofo.
— With Quenton Nelson still nursing an ankle injury, Josh Andrews took over his left guard spot again. For the second consecutive practice, the first-team line was Anthony Castonzo (left tackle), Andrews (left guard), Ryan Kelly (center), Mark Glowinski (right guard) and Braden Smith (right tackle).
— Also seeing first-team reps at the skill positions throughout practice were Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams at running back, T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess, Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal, Deon Cain, Marcus Johnson and Daurice Fountain at receiver and Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox at tight end.
— The second-team offensive line was Le'Raven Clark (left tackle), Jake Eldrenkamp (left guard), Evan Boehm (center), Daniel Munyer (right guard) and Joe Haeg (right tackle).
— With an opponent in town, we did not see a third-team offensive unit. Instead, quarterbacks Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly alternated second-team reps in 11-on-11s and 7-on-7s.
— Brissett was sharp throughout practice, going 11-of-14 in 11-on-11s with completions to Hines (four), Hilton (two), Hilton (two), Funchess, Rogers and Cain. Brissett then went 4-of-6 in 7-on-7s with completions to Hilton, Mack, Hines and Pascal.
— We began seeing Cain get more run with the first-team offense as he continues his work his way back from 2018 ACL surgery. He made a couple catches throughout practice, showing off his trademark effort and athleticism.
— In what has become customary, Krishawn Hogan also had himself a day, as the Colts' young receivers were making their presence felt. Aside from dominance in 1-on-1 drills against the Browns' defenders, he caught a big pass from Walker during 11-on-11s on a dig route for about 15 to 20 yards.
— It wouldn't be a recent training camp practice without Fountain making plays. He had an acrobatic catch during 1-on-1s where he had to jump up and shield the ball from the defender, bringing it into his body. He also broke up an interception at one point. Whether Walker's pass was too short, or Fountain went too far on his route, Browns defender Juston Burris had the ball in his hands before Fountain quickly went to break up his grasp. But Fountain's play of the day was a 60-yard touchdown down the right sideline from Walker. Fountain left two Browns defenders in the dust on the play.
— Tight end Ross Travis also was a standout today, showing crisp route running and big-play ability. On one play in 11-on-11s, Travis caught a pass about 30 yards down the left side from Walker, and then the defender simply slid off of Travis when trying to wrap him up. Next, Travis had a great route where he went about 10 yards, faked a plant foot inside and then cut inside. He caught the pass and turned upfield for about 20 yards.
— Hines also had his own couple of big plays. First, Brissett hit him on a quick screen pass on the right side, and Ebron and Pascal opened up a big hole for Hines to fly through. Later, Hines caught another pass where he ran a nice little five-yard out, and then had plenty of daylight to race upfield for about 30 yards.
— After missing some time earlier in camp with an oblique injury, Doyle is starting to round into form. Late in 11-on-11's, Brissett threw about a 10-yard pass up the middle, which was tipped by Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey. The ball continued to travel about five more yards downfield before Doyle went to the ground and caught it.
— There were a couple of short touchdowns by the Colts' offense during late 11-on-11s. First, Kelly found Pascal for five-yard score on a little slant route. Shortly after, Williams took a handoff on the left side off-tackle and brought it into the end zone from five yards out.
— Finally, there was only really one small skirmish between the two teams on Wednesday. Late in practice, Colts running back D'Onta Foreman was hit late from behind by former Colts cornerback Lenzy Pipkins. Foreman, who had spun away from a pile of defenders, took exception and then the two sides started to display their displeasure. The dust-up was quickly broken up.
(via Jake Arthur/Colts.com)
— The Colts’ defense got a prime chance to see what it’s made of against 2018 No. 1-overall pick Baker Mayfield, the Browns’ young talented quarterback. For the most part, Indy held its own, especially in coverage down in the red zone as well as up front against the run.
— The Colts utilized a lot of base 4-3 looks today. Those out with the first-team: Al-Quadin Muhammad (defensive end), Margus Hunt (defensive tackle), Denico Autry (defensive tackle) and Justin Houston (defensive end) up front; Darius Leonard (WILL), Anthony Walker (MIKE) and Matthew Adams (SAM) at linebacker; Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore II at cornerback; and Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker at safety. E.J. Speed was also seen getting some early first-team looks at SAM linebacker.
— Quincy Wilson, Rock Ya-Sin and Nate Hairston appeared to be rotating reps at cornerback when the Colts slid Moore II inside to the slot and got into their nickel package. Hairston had a nice tackle for a loss of two or three yards on a Nick Chubb rushing attempt early on.
— Moore II had a nice day in coverage today. It didn’t take long for Mayfield to try to launch a deep pass down the right sideline towards third-year receiver Jaelen Strong, but Moore II was step-for-step with the wideout and knocked it incomplete. Later in practice, Moore II had an impressive diving knockdown of a pass intended for Jarvis Landry.
— While we’re on the subject of Browns wide receivers, Landry seemed to be on a pitch count for most of today’s practice, while Odell Beckham Jr., acquired in a trade with the New York Giants this offseason, was dressed but didn’t appear to get any actual reps today.
— While defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus really mixed things up in the secondary throughout today’s practice, we did see some patterns with the lineups up front. A “second-team” defensive line seen was Tyquan Lewis (defensive end), Jihad Ward (defensive tackle), Grover Stewart (defensive tackle) and Kemoko Turay (defensive end). A “third-team” defensive line seen was Ben Banogu (defensive end), Sterling Shippy (defensive tackle), Caraun Reid (defensive tackle) and Gerri Green (defensive end).
— We also saw Adams (SAM) mix in with Speed (WILL) and Bobby Okereke (MIKE) at linebacker.
— The Colts’ defensive front was really humming at times and registered a few would-be sacks throughout practice. Stewart had a really nice rush up the middle on a play in which backup quarterback Drew Stanton used some extra time to find fullback Joe Kerridge. Banogu had a really nice day overall, getting a would-be sack off the left edge on quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who also tried to extend the play, but Banogu wasn’t having it, jumping down and knocking down a pass attempt. Banogu added another probable sack late in practice.
— Other pass rushers of note: Kemoko Turay really seemed at times too quick for the Browns’ tackles; he got by left tackle Greg Robinson so quick on one play that all Mayfield could do was give up and spike the ball. And Al-Quadin Muhammad also used a nice stunt to get a possible sack of Mayfield up the gut.
— Perhaps the best-overall Colts defensive player on Wednesday, however, was Walker. He excelled against the run, stuffing Chubb at the line of scrimmage or for a loss on a couple occasions, but he was also a major factor in coverage, at one point breaking up a Mayfield pass intended for tight end Demetrius Harris in the back of the end zone on 2nd and Goal from the Indy 8-yard line.
— The Colts for the most part were stingy as the Browns worked closer to Indy’s end zone. Bobby Okereke (on tight end Stephen Carlson), Zaire Franklin (on Harris) and Shakial Taylor all broke up Cleveland pass attempts inside the end zone.
— Mayfield, Stanton, Gilbert and Purdue product David Blough were a combined 11-of-16 (69 percent) in an early 7-on-7 drill against the Colts’ defenders, although many of their completions were either checkdowns or of the shorter variety. Indy’s defense did earn one takeaway during this period, an Ishmael Hyman fumble recovered by safety George Odum (although I didn’t see who forced it).
(via Andrew Walker/Colts.com)
— The Colts got some early field goal block team action against the Browns’ field goal unit. Among those on the field for Indy for its first-team FG block unit: Chris Milton, Zaire Franklin, George Odum, Justin Houston, Tyquan Lewis, Denico Autry, Malik Hooker, Kenny Moore II, Al-Quadin Muhammad, Jihad Ward and Darius Leonard.
— Among those on the Colts’ second-team FG block unit: Nate Hairston, Rock Ya-Sin, Matthias Farley, Caraun Reid, Kemoko Turay, Matthew Adams, Khari Willis, Gerri Green, Ben Banogu, Lewis and Anthony Walker.
— About midway through practice the Colts kickoff return unit was on the field. Among those returning kicks were Nyheim Hines, Zach Pascal, Ashton Dulin, Deon Cain and Chester Rogers. The Browns at one point tried to sneak an onside kick on the Colts, but Chris Milton was there to recover it.
— Later in practice the Colts had a chance to work on their kickoff coverage units. The first players out for Indy included Kenny Moore II, Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin, E.J. Speed, Chris Milton, Rigoberto Sanchez, Zach Pascal, Khari Willis and Rock Ya-Sin.
(via Andrew Walker/Colts.com)
See all the action at Grand Park as the Indianapolis Colts host the Cleveland Browns for joint practice.