INDIANAPOLIS – Partly sunny skies and temperatures once again in the 80s greeted the Colts rookies for Day Two of mini-camp.
The second day on the practice field for the rookies saw Phillip Dorsett displaying more of his repertoire.
Along with once again returning punts and kicks, Dorsett made a couple of impressive catches over the middle during 11-on-11 work. Dorsett lined up in the slot on several occasions Saturday as the Colts continue to move the first-round pick around the offense.
Cornerback D'Joun Smith received some high praise from Chuck Pagano prior to Saturday's practice (see below). Smith could be a potential gunner for the Colts in 2015, outside of his defensive duties.
Duron Carter is also participating in this week's rookie mini-camp and physically he looks the part at 6-5. Carter was also a return man during special teams drills.
The defensive highlight came from defensive lineman David Parry. While quarterbacks don their red "no touch" practice jerseys, Parry made them adjust with his interior pressure. At 300 pounds, Parry had 4.5 sacks in 12 games last season for Stanford.
Sunday will be the final day of the Colts rookie mini-camp. The rookies will then join the veterans on Monday for Week Four of the Colts offseason program.
Here is a locker room round up from Pagano and the rookies meeting the media on Saturday:
Chuck Pagano on what the staff is looking for from the undrafted free agents:
"Can you take the material from the meeting room and walk-through, to practice and execute the plays.
"Show something athletically that sets you apart from somebody else."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts rookies know the advantage they have these few days to make an early impression on the coaching staff, before the veterans return on Monday. In a hands-on setting with just the rookies on the field, this is a great chance for them to make the coaches go back to their staff meetings and say, 'I can't wait to see what this guy looks like with the vets out there.' Pagano liked what he saw from Donald Celiscar yesterday with the head coaching chasing after the undrafted cornerback to congratulate him following an interception.
Chuck Pagano on the outlook for third-round pick D'Joun Smith:
"He's a guy that we think down the road can be a match-type guy."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts have been moving their third-round pick around so far during rookie mini-camp to prepare him for what could come in 2015. It's clear the Colts have high long-term expectations for the Florida Atlantic cornerback. As far as this season, Smith could be called on at any corner spot at any time. Smith has played as a right corner, left corner and nickel corner so far during mini-camp. Pagano made it a point that in a league with so many key individual matchups in the passing game, a guy like Smith is really valuable, even if he might not be a Day One starter.**
Inside Linebacker Amarlo Herrera on his playing style: **
"I'm a pretty instinctive linebacker."
Bowen's Analysis: We've heard a lot from the Colts other sixth-round pick (Josh Robinson), but two picks later last Saturday it was Herrera who heard his name called by the Colts. Herrera has been getting everyone lined up defensively during the rookie mini-camp. He said on Saturday that this defense is very similar to the one he played in at Georgia. Herrea is walking into a pretty good situation with some veteran starters in front of him, but at the same time being able to get quality reps without a ton of inside linebacker depth (free agent Nate Irving still rehabbing a torn ACL).**
Get To Know Some Colts Undrafted Free AgentsCornerback Donald Celiscar (Western Michigan)**
Friday's mini-camp highlight came from Celiscar when he stepped in front of a pass intended for Duron Carter and recorded an interception. For fans of the MAC conference, that type of play from the 5-11, 183-pound cornerback isn't a surprise. Celiscar finished his career at Western Michigan with 10 interceptions and 55 passes defensed (17 as a senior).Quarterback Bryan Bennett (Southeastern Louisiana)
When the Colts came out with their list of undrafted free agents, the name Bennett might have been familiar to college football fans. Bennett was beaten out for the Oregon starting quarterback job back in 2012 by some guy named Marcus Mariota. After backing up Mariota for one season, Bennett transferred and finished his career at Southeastern Louisiana. The dual-threat Bennett could be an option as a practice squad quarterback for the Colts in 2015.Wide Receiver Ezell Ruffin (San Diego State)
UDFA. Yes, Ruffin is an undrafted free agent but he also answers to that name. Ruffin changed his Twitter name to ‘UDFA’ following the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-0, 218-pound receiver says the Twitter name serves as a motivation to him and a reminder of the opportunity he does have, despite going undrafted. In a healthy junior season at San Diego State, Ruffin caught 68 balls for 1,136 yards.*
Reminder, the Colts will have their **open veteran mini-camp practice at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday, June 10th**.
Here's a look at **the last time the Colts had an open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium**.
The Colts new rookies take the field for the first time today during rookie mini camp.