ANDERSON – The Colts had a relatively quiet final practice on Tuesday before full attention turns to New York for the preseason opener.
Practice ended a bit early on Tuesday with the team now holding a mock game on Wednesday morning before departing for New York.
Here are three takeaways from Tuesday's practice
- It was probably the quietest practice day of the 2014 Training Camp from a competition standpoint. With the preseason opener a little more than 48 hours away, things were slowed down on Tuesday afternoon with some extra attention for the second and third teamers, players who will be seeing a bulk of the work on Thursday night.
Andrew Luck was 7-of-9 on the afternoon with Hakeem Nicks back practicing after sitting out with a sore foot on Monday. Tuesday's two-hour session included a lot of first vs. second team looks, which is something we haven't really seen much during camp.
- LaRon Landry and Vontae Davis were both back on the practice field on Tuesday for their second straight day of work. Pagano said during the morning walk-through that he wants their reps to be ramped up now that they are back participating. Even though the practice was a bit slower paced on Tuesday, Landry and Davis were active and that could easily be seen by the two colliding with each other in trying to intercept an errant throw.
The next question becomes when we will see the two on the playing field. I'd be surprised if they played on Thursday. Even though starters are only going to play one to two series on Thursday night, it might be best to keep Davis and Landry from game action until a week from Saturday.
- There weren't too many highlight type plays on Tuesday (Sergio Brown did have an interception to ignite the defensive sideline). One play that did draw some chatter was tight end Weslye Saunders catching a fade pattern for a touchdown over Landry.
The competition battles at the tight end position haven't really been talked about this camp because I think it's taken for granted that you have four guys that played pivotal roles for this team over the last two seasons. Jack Doyle has had a strong last week of camp and if the Colts only keep three tight ends, then he and Saunders would likely be in a battle for that final spot.
INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES
The following players did not participate in Tuesday's practice: Xavier Nixon (knee), Kameron Jackson (left practice) Ahmad Bradshaw (rest), Josh McNary, Greg Toler, Andrew Jackson (hamstring) and Kelvin Sheppard (left shin).
Chuck Pagano on Jerrell Freeman and looking back on his 2012 arrival and what he's meant to this team:
"I mean, nobody knew. He was just one of those guys that when we walked in here, the cupboards were pretty bare. We had a lot of guys in there where it was 'next man up.' There was an opportunity, and Jerrell's taken full advantage of that opportunity. Evaluating his tape, the way Ryan (Grigson) did and finding him up in Canada, you could tell the measurables were there, the athleticism was there, the speed was there, the instincts were there. But we really had no idea until we got him down here, got him in camp and put him on the football field, what he was capable of doing. Obviously over the course of the last two seasons, we all found out that he was a pretty good football player."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Andrew Luck on the offensive line and how much he's looking forward to see them in game action:
"I have a lot of trust in those guys up front. More than just the five guys, there's a bunch of guys that can play really good football on this offensive line. I really think they're going to surprise people. I know they have very high expectations for themselves, individually and as a unit. I know I do towards them, and I know they do vice versa. So I'm more excited than anything to play with them, not nervous and in anticipation, 'Oh what are they going to be able to do?' That really hasn't crossed my mind. It's more excitement to go out and excited for them to maybe prove people wrong. They are a great unit and can be a really, really great unit, yeah."
PLAYER TWEET OF THE DAY
Good week of preparation in the books. Can't wait for Thursday Night. Let's get better and continue to stay focus. #BleedBlue — TY Hilton (@TYHilton13) August 5, 2014
YESTERDAY'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.
ANSWER: Peyton Manning (17), Bert Jones (14) and John Unitas (13) all had more rushing TDs with the Colts than has Luck.
TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Adam Vinatieri has played in 26 career playoff games, tying the NFL's third-most ever. Name the two players with more career playoff games than Vinatieri. See the next Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.
SPOTTED IN CAMP
The national media train continued in Anderson with Erik Edholm from Yahoo Sports and the crew from Monday Morning Quarterback here Tuesday.
PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 1,771. TOTAL FOR CAMP: 28,886
It was an overcast morning and afternoon in Anderson on Tuesday. Temps were very reasonable on Tuesday and it was yet another comfortable environment for the team's afternoon practice.
On Tuesday, the Colts held their final practice prior to Thursday's preseason opener. The team will be back in Anderson on Saturday with five straight days of practice scheduled before camp breaks on Wednesday, August 13. Saturday's practice is scheduled from 1:50-4:25 p.m.