ANDERSON – It felt like the hottest day of Training Camp so far with the Colts back in full pads on Sunday afternoon.
For the fifth time in Anderson, the Colts strapped on the full pads for a practice in front of about 2,000 fans.
Here are three takeaways from Sunday's practice
- With the full pads back on Sunday, the Colts defense made their presence felt from the start of practice. Andrew Luck started just 1-of-6 and many of his early completions went for minimal gains.
Luck eventually got into a nice flow and finished the day 21-of-34, including a red zone touchdown to Reggie Wayne in the final stages of practice. Wayne was the leading receiver for Luck on Sunday with five catches. Hakeem Nicks had a couple of nice grabs on Sunday as the Colts continued to work with their full cupboard of skill players.
- The two main position battles that are being watched right now at camp are at center and safety. Jonotthan Harrison was once again running with the first team on Sunday with Jack Mewhort also taking some snaps. Mewhort iced his knee for a portion of practice so that allowed for Lance Louis to get a decent amount of first team work.
With Delano Howell dealing with a neck injury, Sergio Brown lined up next to LaRon Landry during the first 11-on-11 drill. That didn't last for long though as Mike Adams and Colt Anderson both took first team reps. This just reiterated what defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said earlier in the day about the safety position next to LaRon Landry extending into the next couple of weeks.
- One of the funnier moments of practice came during some early red zone work. The Colts offense ran a misdirection pass play that Bjoern Werner read perfectly.
With Luck still holding the ball, Pep Hamilton yelled "No, Bjoern!" The comment was definitely a compliment for the second-year outside linebacker as he was not tricked one bit and forced Luck to look elsewhere. There's no denying that with Werner you are getting an extremely intelligent player (which is impressive considering his limited American football upbringing), who has an endless motor.
INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES
The following players did not participate in Sunday's practice: Khaled Holmes (ankle), Xavier Nixon (knee), Josh McNary, Andrew Jackson (hamstring), Ulrick John (leg), Delano Howell (neck) and Cam Johnson. Guys that iced throughout practice included Kelvin Sheppard and Jack Mewhort. Nu'Keese Richardson left practice with an undisclosed injury.
Pep Hamilton on if he sees something there with former basketball player, now tight end, Erik Swoope:
"The clay is there. We're still in the process of molding Swoope. He has all the things that we can't teach and that's just amazing athleticism, phenomenal strength, balance and hand-eye coordination. It'll be fun to watch him grow and progress as a pro."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Andrew Luck on getting to grow his relationship with the different Colts receivers:
"I think we're on a great track with the wideouts. I think it's great to see Hakeem (Nicks) convert that third-and-long. He's going to be a great addition. I think it's going to be a lot of fun for folks to get to watch him. Obviously Reggie (Wayne) didn't play in the game, but in practice he's shown he's better than I think he's ever been, and I've played with him which is awesome. T.Y. (Hilton), and Griff (Whalen), and Da'Rick (Rogers) and Donte Moncrief is doing a heck of a job. The young guys, Tony (Washington), Lank (Ryan Lankford), E.T. (Eric Thomas). It's a great group and it's fun to work with them."
PLAYER TWEET OF THE DAY
YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Adam Vinatieri nailed 35 field goals in 2013, joining three other Colts kickers with 30-plus in a season. Name the others, plus name two of those three who did it on multiple occasions.
ANSWER: Mike Vanderjagt (37, 2003; 34, 1999) and Cary Blanchard (36, 1996; 32, 1997) are the players with multiple 30-FG seasons, while Raul Allegre (30) accomplished it in 1983.
TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Adam Vinatieri has scored in 114 straight games with the Colts and 161 straight during his career. Name the only Colts kicker to have scored in more consecutive games and name the top three NFL kickers with the longest such streaks. See the next Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.
SPOTTED IN CAMP
Sunday marked the final day for Colts City and we saw a ton of visitors for the last weekend practice in Anderson. Edgerrin James was back for a second day and several alumni players watched Sunday's practice, including Gary Brackett and Bill Brooks. Owner Jim Irsay was in attendance to donate $10,000 for five local charities in Anderson. Also, some kids from Riley Hospital helped the Colts break down their post practice huddle.
PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 1,993. TOTAL FOR CAMP: 32,742
It was another gorgeous afternoon in Anderson as the rain held off for what turned out to be probably the hottest day of Training Camp. Sunny skies greeted players and fans with temps in the 80s on Saturday.
The Colts are back on their normal training camp schedule with an afternoon practice running from 1:50-4:25 p.m on Sunday. The schedule will remain the same for the next two days with those afternoon sessions. Wednesday's practice will run from 10:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will mark the close to camp.