ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Chuck Pagano and selected players.
The on-the-field work will come this afternoon but around lunchtime each day, Colts.com will take a look at three interesting quotes from that morning's media sessions.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagano further addressed the Colts injury situation and the center spot with Khaled Holmes.
Also, Trent Richardson talked about his mindset for his first training camp with the Colts.
Chuck Pagano on having 89-of-90 players cleared to practice, including several injured reserve guys from last season:
"We are going to be really smart and do our due diligence with those guys. We will protect them from themselves.
"We will monitor reps, give them a pitch count. There may be days where you don't see them out there and that's because of me."
Bowen's Analysis:* *It was a welcomed sight on Wednesday morning to see Vick Ballard, Donald Thomas and Reggie Wayne (three guys who missed the entire offseason program) participating in the walk-through. Pagano was pretty specific with his answer in saying just because these guys are cleared doesn't mean they will take every rep, day after day. It's an important first step in the process to have these guys available, even if pads won't be put on until Sunday. Pagano also noted that linebacker-turned-fullback Mario Harvey will get first team reps with Havili out.
Chuck Pagano on if he sees more confidence, maturity, in Khaled Holmes:
"He's always had that. He's a smart guy. He's a tough guy. He gets football. He loves football. He's a gym rat type guy but he's got to play.
"You've got to get a helmet strapped on, get the shoulder pads and he's got to see live action. Then I will be able to tell you more once that happens."
Bowen's Analysis: Holmes is the favorite at the center position and there's no real true threat from a pure center standpoint (Pagano did mention undrafted center Jonotthan Harrison as a "diamond in the rough"). We saw Donald Thomas take some snaps off to the side during Wednesday morning's walk-through but this is Holmes job. The Colts are waiting for a true assessment on Holmes and that will come over the next three weeks. That physical evaluation of Holmes will ramp up when the pads are put on this Sunday.
Trent Richardson on the importance of his first training camp with the Colts:
"A lot of people might not like camp but I like camp going into the situation I am. I just can't wait. This is day one. You've got to treat every day like it's day one because you've got to give it your all each day."
Bowen's Analysis: Ever since arriving to Indy, Richardson has embraced all questions in regards his disappointing 2013 campaign. He fielded more of those questions on Thursday morning at his first Colts training camp. Richardson says his timing was so far off last year and that he finally feels in sync with Andrew Luck, who isn't afraid to change things at the line of scrimmage. Proving last year was a fluke is a challenge Richardson puts on himself every day. There's no question Richardson is going to get his chances to shine as the Colts lead bell cow, even if there are two capable backs also in the mix.
A behind the scenes look at the Colts moving into training camp!