ANDERSON – The Colts were in shoulder pads and shorts as they were back in Anderson on Monday for two final practices before the preseason opener.
It finally felt like a typical Training Camp on Monday afternoon, from a weather standpoint, with temperatures in the 80s.
Here are three takeaways from Monday's practice
- The Colts might have been in just shoulder pads and shorts on Monday but there was some physicality to the afternoon practice that rivaled those in full pads. With LaRon Landry and Vontae Davis back running with the first team defense, the unit had pretty close to the group they will see on September 7.
In early goal line situations, the Colts defensive line was stout in standing their ground and kept the offense out of the end zone. Andrew Luck was 18-of-26 on the afternoon with Reggie Wayne hauling in some deep throws. Donte Moncrief had a nice afternoon as well with Hakeem Nicks resting. Both Greg Toler and Darius Butler continued their strong camps, with the ball-hawking Butler getting a pick of Luck.
- LaRon Landry was back roaming at the backend of the Colts defense on Monday afternoon. Landry played 14 snaps on Monday and was his typical self, always moving around and frequently dropping into the front seven.
During 7-on-7 action, we saw some miscommunication between the secondary and that's to be expected with the first team together for the first time all offseason. Landry ran next to both Delano Howell and Sergio Brown during practice and getting on the same page with the other safeties is a must over the next month. Physically, Landry did not look limited.
- Vontae Davis was also back in the secondary on Monday and he made several plays in his 10 snaps (played four less than Landry because of goal line personnel).
In red zone work, Davis sniffed out a screen to T.Y. Hilton and would have had a tackle for a loss on the play (no live tackling). Later on in 7-on-7 drills, Davis had a pass breakup. Both Toler and Butler have had nice camps and if Davis can add to that mix, the Colts have a corner trio that will allow the front seven to have ample time to get after the quarterback.
INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES
The following players did not participate in Monday's practice: Josh Lenz (hamstring), Xavier Nixon (knee), Hakeem Nicks (rest), Da'Rick Rogers (eye), Josh McNary, Andrew Jackson (hamstring) and Kelvin Sheppard (left practice via cart).
Chuck Pagano on Greg Toler:
"Again, he's having as good a camp as anybody through the 9-10 days, whatever we got in. He's been spectacular. He's been consistent. The interceptions that he's making at practice are phenomenal. He's worked on his technique but more importantly, it is a health issue with him. He hasn't, I mean he understands that, we understand that. But he's being proactive, he's being better than he's ever been as far as taking care of his body. I think, and he said it, he feels like he owes it to his teammates, he owes it to himself, to this organization to be available and be out there for 16 weeks of the regular season and then whatever happens after that happens after that but we'll see. He's taking care of business not only on the football field and the meeting room but he's doing what he has to do as far as getting his rehab treatment and all of that. Even when you're not hurting, he's still living in there in his down time."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Trent Richardson on starting to feel more explosive:
"I feel very explosive. I'll tell you, it's much easier to make your cuts, to do the right stuff when you know what's really going on. Now I got a chance to know what everybody's doing instead of just knowing where my eyes are. It's very big coming at this time and having this time with my teammates, the timing with my quarterback. Knowing the plays, knowing exact calls, the language that my offensive line is speaking, knowing what the linebackers are doing and what the safeties are showing me. It's much different when you can actually be there and have this time and build that respect and build all that responsibility with your teammates, with your peers."
PLAYER TWEET OF THE DAY
It's a great day to bleed blue. We got better today. We are stacking our bricks. Day by day. Giving everything for the man next to us. — TY Hilton (@TYHilton13) August 4, 2014
YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Last year, the Colts led the NFL with the fewest penalties (66) and turnovers (14), becoming only the second NFL team in 26 years to pull the feat. Name the other team and the season it did it.
ANSWER: Kansas City did it in 2002.
TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Andrew Luck's nine career rushing touchdowns rank fourth among Colts QBs. Name the three ahead of him and the number each had. See the next Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.
SPOTTED IN CAMP
The national media train continued in Anderson with Jason Cole from Bleacher Report and Erik Edholm from Yahoo Sports. Monday Morning Quarterback is expected to be in Anderson on Tuesday.
PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 2,315. TOTAL FOR CAMP: 27,115
It was a perfect day in Anderson with some of the hottest temperatures we've seen this camp. A 50 percent chance of storms is in the forecast for late Tuesday with temperatures back in the low-to-mid 80s.
The Colts were back on their normal practice schedule Monday. Tuesday will follow the same schedule with an open afternoon practice from 1:50-4:25 p.m. in Anderson. That will be the final practice in Anderson until Saturday afternoon due to the Colts preseason opener with the Jets on Thursday.