ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.
With rains forecasted for Saturday afternoon, the Colts moved their practice to 10 a.m. and media availabilities followed.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagano talked about Trent Richardson and the limited returns for Vontae Davis and LaRon Landry.
Also, Andrew Luck praised an impressive day for the Colts run game.
Chuck Pagano on Trent Richardson's progression through camp:
"No. 1, he's healthy. I think some of the runs that you're talking about you are starting to see the hard work, a full offseason, comfort with the scheme, terminology, being around the offensive guys, the guys that are lined up in front of him, and you are starting see (Richardson) put a foot in the ground, see a hole and burst through the line of scrimmage."
Bowen's Analysis:* *We've seen Richardson full-go for the last three practices (two of them in full pads) and he looks like a guy the Colts need desperately in 2014. He had several "significant gains" during Saturday's practice and is showing off some cuts that we didn't see earlier this offseason. Pagano seemed very pleased with where Richardson is currently at, as camp reaches the halfway point. Richardson's return has also allowed the Colts to lessen the load for Ahmad Bradshaw, which is nice for a veteran that has battled injuries throughout his career.
Chuck Pagano on the balance of wanting LaRon Landry and Vontae Davis back on the field from a cohesion standpoint:
"You have a window that's not very big to get guys ready to play. We are doing the right thing by not rushing these guys back."
"The good thing about it is they both have been in the system. They understand the defense. They are getting mental reps. They are in the meetings. They are doing the walk-through so it's not like they are completely out of the mix. They just haven't got the same amount of reps."
Bowen's Analysis: On Saturday, we saw Landry and Davis in full pads for the first time during the 2014 Training Camp. They participated in the individual portion of practice before heading over to the nearby practice fields for more rehab work. It was a step, albeit a small one, in getting two starters in the secondary back on the playing field. We are still more than a month away from the regular season opener and starters will probably only play a series or two next Thursday. Having said that, it would be extremely beneficial to get Landry and Davis some quality reps in Week Two and/or Week Three of the preseason.
Andrew Luck on the performance of the run game on Saturday:
"Some real positive stuff. I think the line is taking it very personally, they get positive yards. In the run game I think Trent, Ahmad, Boom (Daniel Herron), all the guys have really been running it well. We got a couple gashes today, yesterday. A combination of good, long runs, wide receivers working their butts off down the field. If we can run the ball, we realize that we can be a good team."
Bowen's Analysis: I don't think there was a happier man on the field Saturday when the offense ripped off several big runs than Andrew Luck. The Colts quarterback had a few cheers as a variety of backs snapped off some significant gains in short yardage scenarios. Coming from Stanford, Luck knows very well just how big of an asset a reliable run game can be for a quarterback. We saw some nice progress on Saturday from all three running backs getting first team reps (Richardson, Bradshaw and Boom Herron).