ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.
That wasn't the case on Monday as Chuck Pagano moved the normal afternoon practice to the morning.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagnao talked about waiving Chris Rainey and the competition at safety.
Also, Andrew Luck addressed the development of Bjoern Werner.
Chuck Pagano on waiving Chris Rainey on Monday morning:
"We let go of Chris Rainey. As you guys might have seen, he wasn't at practice today. We let Chris go, a violation of team rules. It's an in-house deal, that's all I'll say about that."
Bowen's Analysis:* *In an otherwise quiet Monday that served as getaway day for the Colts, the Rainey news was the headliner. On Saturday, Chuck Pagnao raved about the talented runner/kick returner. Less than 48 hours later, Rainey was cut due to the breaking of a team rule. The running back group and how it shakes out will be a major storyline all through camp. Ahmad Bradshaw and Daniel "Boom" Herron are getting the first team reps right now. Questions to watch heading into Week Two is when will we see Trent Richardson? And, do the Colts look elsewhere to find another back for a position group that will in all likelihood keep three-to-four players?
Chuck Pagano on the competition at the safety position through Week One:
"They're out there competing every single day and we're really looking forward to the seventh of August and getting into that first preseason game and getting live action. Because we're going to keep things under control, we're not going to tackle wide and risk blowing up one of our guys here. We tackle in controlled environments in individual and those type of things. But when it's for real, I think that's when we're going to be able to make some solid decisions on who's going to be where back there."
Bowen's Analysis: This is a position battle that we expected to extend well into August and that's certainly the case. What we've learned after Week One is Delano Howell and Sergio Brown are going to be right in the thick of things when LaRon Landry returns to the field. They've been running with the first team in Landry's absence. Veterans Mike Adams and Colt Anderson seem to be running with the second team. When Landry returns, it will be interesting to see how those reps next to him get divided up. Pagano makes the point that the preseason games themselves will be a big indicator on who joins Landry in the starting lineup. Cohesion is going to be vital in such a short period of time between whoever the starting safeties are come September.
Andrew Luck on what he's seen from Bjoern Werner in Training Camp:
"He's savvy. He's got a great athletic sense. You see him dropping back into coverage and he covers a lot of ground. He's a big body and he has great ball instincts.
"He's the type of teammate you want. He's a great dude, he works hard, everybody loves him and he's always there for you. So he's a fun, fun guy to play with and really looking forward to getting to watch him out there on the field this year."
Bowen's Analysis: Werner is one of the players that has impressed the most through Week One of camp. Like Luck says, it's not just pass rushing ability that Werner has showcased in Anderson. Dropping into coverage is something Werner didn't really do at Florida State but with more and more spread looks around the NFL, it's a must for outside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme. With more padded practices on the horizon, a lot of attention will be played towards Werner coming off the edge.