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Could Vontae Davis Be Matching Up With Wide Receivers One-On-One In 2015?

Intro: The Colts wrapped up their third walk-through of the 2015 Training Camp on Tuesday morning and next up was media availability. What did Frank Gore and Chuck Pagano have to say to the media on Tuesday?





ANDERSON – As with most mornings at Training Camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.

The on-the-field work will come this afternoon but around lunchtime each day, will take a look at three interesting quotes from that morning's media sessions.

In today's media scrums, Frank Gore explained why he's such an effective runner and Chuck Pagano talked about the next step for Vontae Davis:

Frank Gore on why he's had such success keeping his pads low:

"I've been blessed with that gift. I feel the lower man always wins, whether you are blocking or running."

Bowen's Analysis:* *Shoulder pads are coming on Tuesday afternoon, but Gore has already shown this skill early in camp. His ability to shrink that 5-9 frame even lower to the ground is a major reason why Gore has had four straight seasons of at least 1,100 rushing yards. Jerrell Freeman told the IndyStar's Zak Keefer that Frank Gore "runs like water, always finds the crease." That quote is so accurate to describe the running style of Gore.

The workload for the 32-year-old Gore is something Colts fans have pondered this offseason. Pagano said on Tuesday that San Francisco began to scale Gore back a bit in the past few seasons. The head coach mentioned that asking Gore to slow it down though is difficult. When Pagano first spoke with Gore during the team's offseason program, he had to ask the running back to come off the workout bike to speak with him. We will see how the Colts monitor the running back's reps going forward.

Chuck Pagano on the next step for Vontae Davis:

"If we've got to be able to do whatever we want to do with him, if that means putting him on somebody's best receiver instead of just playing one side of the football (field), maybe that's the next progression. We'll see."

Bowen's Analysis: The 2014 season for Davis was extremely impressive. Lining up at his right cornerback spot, Davis was a pest to any wide receiver looking for a completion in his area.

From Pagano, on Tuesday, it sounds like the Colts might improvise with Davis' role a bit this season. The Colts could move Davis around to shadow some of the top receivers in the NFL, something the defense shied away from doing last season. When you are playing an Antonio Brown or a Julio Jones one week, taking Davis and moving him around to follow those Pro Bowl receivers might be in the cards this year, adding another wrinkle to the Colts defense.

Chuck Pagano on a nice start to camp from a health standpoint:

"Knock on wood. I wish you wouldn't have brought it up."

Bowen's Analysis: After two days of Training Camp, the Colts are injury free. Robert Mathis and Donald Thomas remain the lone players who are not practicing, while they are still on the PUP list.

Pagano made it clear on Tuesday morning that the shoulder pads will be coming on during the afternoon practice, which will ramp up the physicality (shoulder pads means "we are going to get after it" according to Pagano). Full pads will come Wednesday, but Pagano was adamant on Tuesday that the shoulder pads will allow for the Colts to start to further evaluate.

Highlights from today's afternoon practice.

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