ANDERSON – The final practice of the Colts stay in Anderson concluded on Tuesday with cool temps and misty rain falling throughout afternoon.
The Colts put on full pads on Tuesday as they prepare for their preseason home opener on Saturday night against the Giants
Here are three takeaways from Tuesday's practice:
- Tuesday's afternoon practice felt like a cold, fall day with misty rain spitting down throughout practice. The rain gear was out all over the practice fields with the Colts getting a taste of what they could see late this season.
There's no indoor facility to conduct a full practice in Anderson so this is one of the few chances the Colts will get all year to practice in the elements. With trips to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and New York in the months of October-December, Tuesday was a look at what the Colts could see in those road contests.
- The type of weather we saw on Tuesday was made for guys in the trenches. With the full pads on, we saw some competitive running drills in 9-on-9 work early on in practice.
We've talked on numerous occasions about the picture of the offensive line. On the other side of the ball, Chuck Pagano shared his thoughts Tuesday on the defensive line depth. Pagano feels that he has more depth in the defensive front than any of his previous two seasons and that will be key from a rotational standpoint as games carry into the third and fourth quarters.
- The final 11-on-11 full-padded work of Tuesday keyed in the red zone. While the Colts defense earned a couple of victories in this area, the unit couldn't stop some of the offense's top pass catchers.
A yell of "No 87!" was heard from a Colts defender after Reggie Wayne snuck his way into traffic and hauled in a touchdown from Andrew Luck. Later on in the drill, Hakeem Nicks made a one-handed grab over Loucheiz Purifoy for a fade pattern touchdown. The red zone has been drilled ad nauseam throughout camp and Wayne and Nicks will be critical elements in the Colts improving inside the 20 this year.
INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES
The following players did not participate in Tuesday'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), T.Y. Hilton, D'Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman (thumb). Sergio Brown and Davin Meggett both left practice with undisclosed injuries.
Chuck Pagano on finding a defensive line rotation:
"To me, you can never have enough defensive linemen. We feel like we've got a quality group of defensive linemen, more depth than we've ever had. Big guys that are athletic that can play multiple positions. So we feel good where we're at. We feel good about the rotation. You're going to have to play those guys. However it shakes out at the end of the day and whoever's on the 53-man roster, I know this, whether you keep six, seven guys, whatever that number is, we're going to have guys that can go in and spell guys, because you've got to rotate those guys and you've got to keep them fresh. In the fourth quarter you're starting to wear down your opponent, we've got a number of guys whether they start the game or whether they're the backups, when you put in guys that are listed with the two's or listed at backups, the drop-off is minute. It's miniscule. They can play at an extremely high level. So again, to be able to rotate those guys, keep them fresh for the fourth quarter, is going to be very, very important."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Reggie Wayne on not wanting to have his first hit come during the regular season:
"That's the mindset but at the same time if the big dog tells me to sit it down, I am going to sit it on down. Like I said, I am just here to serve. I am just a servant. I am Semmi in Coming to America. I'm just here to do my job and when it's time and the time comes, I am going to be ready. Ready to perform the way I have been performing."
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
Kevin Clark from the Wall Street Journal was at Colts Camp on Tuesday.
PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 336. TOTAL FOR CAMP: 33,463
It was a very cool morning and afternoon at Colts Camp on Tuesday. It might have been the coldest day of the Colts three-week stay in Anderson. Misty rain fell down all through the afternoon practice. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s are expected for the final practice on Wednesday morning.
The Colts had their final afternoon practice of the 2014 Training Camp on Tuesday. Wednesday's practice will run from 10:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will mark the close to camp.