ANDERSON – The horn to signal the end of practice on Monday afternoon blew about 30 minutes early with showers in the area.
The Colts are in the final three days of their 2014 Training Camp in Anderson and practiced on Monday in shorts and helmets.
Here are three takeaways from Monday's practice
- With school back in session virtually all over central Indiana, the crowds are starting to dwindle at Anderson University. The fans didn't miss too much on Monday, as it was a rest day for numerous veterans.
Chuck Pagano talked after practice about having a "two on, one off" day approach with guys like Reggie Wayne, Cory Redding, Robert Mathis, Gosder Cherilus and LaRon Landry. That opened the door for some backups on Monday. With Delano Howell nursing a sore neck, Mike Adams and Colt Anderson got the initial start at safety. Joe Reitz was in at right tackle with Cherilus and Xavier Nixon sidelined.
- For the past few practices, Ahmad Bradshaw has been sporting the red jersey we saw from him back during OTAs and minicamp. That means "STAY AWAY" for the defense. Bradshaw looks like his old self running, cutting and catching the football, but even he doesn't know how his neck will react when the hits starting coming.
Bradshaw said following practice that he would like to play in the second or third preseason game but doesn't think he has to get game action to be ready for the regular season. On another note, Boom Herron continues to impress and seems on firm ground as the team's No. 3 back behind Trent Richardson and Bradshaw.
- With Wayne out, we saw a few more targets from Andrew Luck in the direction of Donte Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks. For Moncrief, he's been very, very solid all camp long. Any other team, or maybe even any other year, and Moncrief would be asked to play 30-40 offensive snaps each week. That's not necessary for the Colts but it's clear Moncrief has the talent to be a staple of this offense going forward.
Nicks has put together some of his better days of camp since the team returned to Anderson on Saturday. We saw a nice comeback route on Thursday night from Nicks to help the Colts convert their first third-and-long. It's taken some time, but it looks like Nicks is starting to get more and more comfortable with Luck.
INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES
The following players did not participate in Monday's practice: Khaled Holmes (ankle), Xavier Nixon (knee), Josh McNary, Jack Mewhort (knee, expected back Wednesday), Andrew Jackson (hamstring), Ulrick John (leg), Nu'Keese Richardson (concussion), Delano Howell (neck) and Jerrell Freeman (thumb). Guys that didn't participate because of their "two on, one off" pitch count were: Cory Redding, Robert Mathis, Reggie Wayne, Gosder Cherilus and LaRon Landry.
Chuck Pagano on his "Kelly Tough" shirt he wore to practice in support of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in his fight with cancer:
"Jim, as you know, is going through some tough times. Just to be able to support Jim and his family, in the circumstances and adversity that he's been through, not only battling cancer right now and fighting that, but everything he's been through. He's one tough cookie. I think about Jim all the time. He's in our thoughts and prayers and I know he's got the right mindset and will power to get through this thing."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Ahmad Bradshaw on his confidence coming back from a season-ending neck injury:
"I'm very confident. I just want to heal as much as possible. There's not a lot of guys that have been through neck surgeries, and a year later they are playing football, especially at my position. Right now, as we speak, I'm as confident as anything. I don't think about my neck at all playing."
PLAYER TWEET OF THE DAY
YESTERDAY'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.
ANSWER: Mike Vanderjagt holds the Colts record with 118 straight games, while the NFL leaders are Morten Andersen (360), Jason Elam (263) and Jim Breech (186).
TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ
Since 2012, T.Y. Hilton is tied for third in the NFL with five touchdowns of 50-plus yards. Who are the only players with more? See the next Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.
SPOTTED IN CAMP
We are in the final three days of camp and the crowds are beginning to dwindle with school back in session.
PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 385. TOTAL FOR CAMP: 33,127
Rain threatened all morning and afternoon but for the most part it was another pretty nice afternoon in Anderson. Practice ended about 30 minutes early on Monday due to showers in the area. Some morning showers are in the forecast for tomorrow but skies should be clear for Tuesday afternoon.
The Colts are back on their normal training camp schedule with an afternoon practice running from 1:50-4:25 p.m. on Monday. The schedule will remain the same on Tuesday with an open afternoon session. Wednesday's practice will run from 10:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will mark the close to camp.