A Categorical Look at the Day in Colts Camp
EYE ON CAMP
As far as specific preparations for the preseason opener, Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said there won't be many.
What there will be began on Friday.
The Colts, after six days of practice focused mainly on themselves, on Friday morning turned the focus somewhat to the Washington Redskins, who they will play in the NFL's preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday at 8 p.m.
The game will be televised nationally on NBC.
The Colts' rookies and various veterans and coaches will tour the Hall of Fame Saturday.
"We're trying to get our guys a little feeling for what they might do, and get ready for the game," Dungy said Friday between a pair of 2008 Training Camp practices at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
"It has been a good week of preparation. I think our guys are excited about it. I'm looking forward to visiting the Hall of Fame and seeing if we can win a game also."
Dungy said the Colts have studied some of the Redskins' defense from a year ago, and they have looked at the offense of the Seattle Seahawks, where current Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn served as quarterbacks coach last year.
"For the most part, it's just going to be going out there, preparing to play and letting our system handle things," Dungy said.
A ROTATION THING
The Colts are a bit close to deciding the playing rotation for the preseason opener, Dungy said on Friday.
About all that's certain is this:
Dungy's pretty sure the first-team offense will play a bit more than the first-team defense.
"We're going to start with our first groups," Dungy said. "Our first offense may play a little more than our first defense, then midway through the first quarter we'll start to get a look at our younger guys and guys we want to see.
"But I would say it's probably likely the offense will play a little more than the defense."
Colts Long Snapper Justin Snow has established a family fun center in Indianapolis.
Snapperz Family Fun and Swill be open to the public beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. and will offer a variety of games including cosmic bowling, laser tag, inflatables, rock climbing, bungee trampoline, arcade games and a soft play structure.
Snapperz is located at 6002 Sunnyside Road in Lawrence, just off East Pendleton Pike in Northeast Indianapolis.
For information, please phone 317-823-4327 or visit www.snapperzfun.com.
The Colts held two practices Friday at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute – a full-team practice at 8:30 a.m. and another at 3:30 p.m. The Colts will hold a full-team practice at 9:30 a.m. Saturday before traveling to their preseason opener, the Hall of Fame Game.
The temperature in Terre Haute on Friday reached 88 degrees. According to weather.com, the forecast for 9 a.m. Saturday calls for 71 degrees.
PLAY OF THE DAY
Brannon Condren, a second-year safety, has had multiple interceptions in the first week of training camp.
One of the most memorable came late Friday morning.
Condren, a fourth-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft from Troy, intercepted a pass from reserve quarterback Quinn Gray in the final session of the morning practice. Condren returned the interception for a touchdown.
--- Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu caught a touchdown pass in the end zone from reserve quarterback Quinn Gray in the afternoon practice.
--- Tight end Zac Herold caught a short touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Jaren Lorenzen in the afternoon practice.
--- Tight end Dallas Clark caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Jim Sorgi in the afternoon practice.
--- Rookie wide receiver Pierre Garcon caught a pass from Quinn Gray after it deflected from the hands of linebacker Brandon Archer in the afternoon practice.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"They (newly-signed reserve quarterbacks Jaren Lorenzen and Quinn Gray) are doing well. We've got things scaled down for them, which is good, but they're doing well in their first two weeks here."
--- Colts Quarterback Jim Sorgi
When is the last time the Colts allowed more sacks than they registered?
"Jim (Sorgi) will play a little more than (Colts quarterback) Peyton (Manning) normally would have played. We won't necessarily have all the first group in with him all the time, but he'll get his share of work."
--- Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy
FOR THE FANS
Colts City was open Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Kids Day. Elements on Friday included Colts Inflatables (Mountain Slide, Football Bouncer, Quarterback Throw), DJ Entertainment, Kids Pavilion with Face Painters, Colts In Motion traveling museum, Colts Retail Express (Merchandise Sales), Colts Kids Club and Sponsor Booths.
The year was 1997. In 10 seasons since, the Colts never have had fewer than five more sacks than they have allowed.