Day 2 Colts Training Camp Notebook (August 2): T.Y. Hilton Shines

Intro: Sunday, August 2 was the first practice day of the Colts 2015 Training Camp. The next practice for public viewing is Monday from 1:50 to 4:40 p.m. The Colts are training in Anderson through Saturday, August 15.

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ANDERSON – The crowd on Sunday indicated a night practice.

However, the sun beating down on the Anderson University practice fields reaffirmed that it was indeed an afternoon practice, one that saw more than 6,000 fans get their first glimpse of the 2015 Colts.

What were the takeaways from the Colts first day on the practice field in Anderson?

PRACTICE TAKEAWAYS

  1. T.Y. Hilton is really good. Might as well get the obvious out of the way to kick off the 2015 Training Camp. I could probably write that first line every day of camp, but it certainly deserves mention on Sunday.

Hilton's 80-yard go-route from Andrew Luck drew the loudest cheer of the day. When Luck let go of his bomb to Hilton, cornerback Greg Toler looked to have a yard or two on the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Hilton turned it into another gear, catching the ball in stride for the score. Andre Johnson greeted Hilton in the end zone, a sight the former Texan is used to seeing, just from the opposing sideline.

  1. With 11-on-11 work being the obvious highlight on Sunday, you couldn't help but look at what was going on away from the offense/defense action.

On the adjacent practice field, offensive guard Donald Thomas was doing sled work, while he rehabs on the physically unable to perform list. A bit further down from the team drills, you could see Robert Mathis darting around padded dummies, showing off his infamous swim move. Chuck Pagano said Mathis and Thomas are both "week-to-week" after the Colts placed them on the PUP list to start Training Camp.

  1. Training Camp practices can get a bit repetitive at times, but I did notice some changes to the Colts schedule on Sunday. Twice, the offense had to perform push ups/sprints following the "loss" of a drill. This is not something the Colts have done in years past.

This falls right in line to what Chuck Pagano was speaking to earlier on Sunday morning. Pagano wants this team to be "pressure proof" in 2015. Yes, it's just Training Camp but, in 90-degree heat, a little extra incentive for drills (during a three-hour practice) is a nice addition to the practice schedule. The more than 6,000 fans in attendance definitely enjoyed the "win/loss" element to drills.

OTHER PRACTICE MUSINGS

  • Frank Gore is a weapon out of the backfield, so third-down reps at running back this season will be interesting to watch.
  • Mike Adams had the defensive highlight of the day with an interception during a one-on-one session. Adams returned the pick near the goal line, before pitching it to Vontae Davis for the touchdown.
  • Against pass happy teams this season, rookie safety Clayton Geathers could see plenty of playing time. When the Colts went to their dime package on Sunday, Geathers was lining up all over the defense (frequently an extra option in the front seven).
  • The reliability of Jack Doyle and Griff Whalen should never be taken for granted. Both were sure-handed, per usual, on Sunday, including a couple of difficult snags in traffic.
  • At left guard, Lance Louis saw the first team action on Sunday. As expected, Jack Mewhort was the starting right tackle.

INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES

The following players did not participate in Sunday's practice: Robert Mathis (Achilles) and Donald Thomas (quad). Both players are on the PUP list (can be removed from that list at anytime). Cornerback Jalil Brown and offensive guard David Arkin both left Sunday's practice due to cramps.

PAGANO QUOTEWORTHY

Chuck Pagano on outside expectations and how he addresses them with his team:

"Love to be in that conversation, right? We put those expectations on ourselves Day One, when we got together back in 2012. Any pressure that I put on myself, or on this team, or the players put on themselves, shame on us. We are in a great spot and I wouldn't want to be in any other spot. The other end of the conversation, no thank you. This is where you want to be. This is what we strived to build. Day One, we talked about building a program for sustained success. We've got a lot of work to do but we love being where we are at. Blinders on and the earmuffs are on. Total focus on today and getting better today. All the outside noise, can't listen to it."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY

Outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome on building off last year's rookie performance:

"Just being able to get out there more and playing more of a role as far as pass rush and also being in on early downs, first and second. Just proving to the coaches I can be trustworthy, that I can be trusted to go out there and do my job and not make any mental errors. Also, just get more sacks."

PLAYER TWEET OF THE DAY

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ

In 2014, Adam Vinatieri set an NFL record playing in a record number of career postseason games. How many career playoff games has Vinatieri played in? Check back on Monday for the answer.

PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 6,379.  TOTAL FOR CAMP: 6,379

WEATHER REPORT

Weather on the first day of Training Camp practice was about what you would expect for an early August day in Indiana. Temperatures reached the 90s with plenty of sunny skies greeting the Colts.

CAMP SCHEDULE
Monday, August 3

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

Tuesday, August 4

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes


Wednesday, August 5 – BBQ Bash at Training Camp

6:25-9:10 p.m. – Practice

5:00 p.m. – Colts City opens

9:30 p.m. – Colts City closes

Thursday, August 6

Players' Day Off

Colts City Closed

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