Day 3 Colts Training Camp Notebook: Disruptive Day For Arthur Jones

Intro: Monday, August 3 was the second practice day of Training Camp. The next practice for public viewing is Tuesday from 1:55 to 4:40 p.m. The Colts are training in Anderson through Saturday, August 15.

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ANDERSON – Mother Nature forced the Colts to the turf field at Anderson University on Monday afternoon.

Working on just one field on Monday (the Colts normally practice on two grass fields), the Colts spent nearly three hours drilling in front of more than 2,500 fans.

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

PRACTICE TAKEAWAYS

  1. Full pads are coming Wednesday for the Colts. Arthur Jones played on Monday afternoon like the pads were already on. On at least three separate occasions on Monday, Jones was in the backfield blowing up a Colts running play.

Jones said on Monday morning that he lost 20 pounds this offseason, in an effort to be lighter on his knees and ankles. He displayed plenty of power on Monday, trying to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2014 debut with the Colts. Plays like these are why Jones' health ranks right up there with Andrew Luck, Vontae Davis and Anthony Castonzo as the most critical for the Colts in 2015.

  1. Yesterday, T.Y. Hilton stole the show. The flash of Hilton wasn't there on Monday, but Andre Johnson had the consistency. Underneath routes were Johnson's main areas of work on Monday.

The length of Johnson is such an asset on these intermediate routes. There has been much debate about how many catches Johnson will have in 2014. If Monday is any indication, a handful of grabs a game for the seven-time Pro Bowler is not a stretch by any means.

  1. The loudest cheer from Monday afternoon came during special teams work. Pat McAfee caused the ruckus after connecting on a 65-yard field goal that would have threatened the crossbar from nearly 70 yards.

Is this the season we see McAfee attempt a field goal at the end of a half or game? We know McAfee's answer to the question. On Monday, he showed why the Colts have at least entertained the thought. McAfee is a weapon in multiple ways for the Colts. The most common being in his ability to control field position, where McAfee also helped down a punt at the one-yard line on Monday.

OTHER PRACTICE MUSINGS

  • Vick Ballard saw some reps during team drills on Monday, just one day after participating in individual drills. Baby steps in the right direction so far for Ballard.
  • Second-year outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome made it a point on Monday to talk about for him to earn more reps, he has to play better on the run downs. His words turned into action on Monday afternoon when Newsome got the best of rookie tackle Denzelle Good to stop a running play in the backfield.
  • We saw the same starting offensive line on Monday for a second straight practice: LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Lance Louis, C-Khaled Holmes, RG-Todd Herremans and RT-Jack Mewhort. However, Jonotthan Harrison (center), Hugh Thornton (left guard) and Joe Reitz (right tackle) did see a bit of run with the first unit.
  • Duron Carter had the offensive highlight of the day, making a terrific adjustment to a deep ball in double coverage. Carter hasn't received hardly any first-team reps so far, but made the most of this one from Andrew Luck.
  • For a second straight day, rookie safety Clayton Geathers saw ample time in the Colts dime package. It would not surprise me at all if Geathers saw the most early playing time of any Colts rookie.
  • With the Colts mainly working on punting during special teams drills right now, Phillip Dorsett continues to receive the bulk of the reps at punt returner.
  • A nice, consistent day of Andrew Luck finding Dwayne Allen on Monday. Like Johnson, Allen will be a weapon on intermediate third downs.

INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES

The following players did not participate in Monday's practice: Robert Mathis (Achilles) and Donald Thomas (quad). Both players are on the PUP list (can be removed from that list at anytime).

PAGANO QUOTEWORTHY

Chuck Pagano on Anthony Castonzo's remarkable durability:

"He's been the one guy that's been there the whole time, day in and day out. He's the guy when you lay your head on the pillow at night, you know that from a consistency standpoint, availability standpoint, trust, work ethic, smarts, competes, all that stuff, he's been the one guy that's been a constant. It's really his room now. He's the leader of them and he did a great job in the offseason. He's a tireless worker. So, obviously having a guy sitting there protecting the blindside of the quarterback, we feel really good and fortunate that we have a senior."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY

Nose tackle Josh Chapman on what he needs to bring to the middle of the Colts 3-4 scheme in 2015:

"Being hell in the middle, we preach knock them back, creating another line of scrimmage. Make the guys double team, make the guys triple team you. Being in 3-4 defense, if they single block you on a run, that's disrespect. Sometimes you just have to man up, and make a play. Double team is going to come in 3-4, but I get my pride in seeing linebackers fly around making plays."

TWEET OF THE DAY

YESTERDAY'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?ANSWER: Vinatieri has played in 30 career postseason games, the most in NFL history. There are currently 15 NFL franchises who have participated in less career playoff games in their existence than Vinatieri.

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ

The Colts selected two defensive backs with their first four picks in May's NFL Draft (CB-D'Joun Smith and S-Clayton Geathers). When was the last time the Colts took two defensive backs in the first four rounds of the same draft?

SPOTTED IN CAMP

SIRIUS XM Radio was at camp on Monday. Jeff Rickard and Phil Savage will air their show on Tuesday night from 8-11 EST. On Tuesday, NFL Network is expected to be present at Colts Camp.

PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 6,379.  TOTAL FOR CAMP: 8,971

WEATHER REPORT

Overnight rain forced the Colts to the Anderson University turf field on Monday. The skies cleared up in the afternoon on Monday with sun and temperatures back in the 80s. It looks like potential rain for the rest of the week has moved to Thursday, which happens to be the Colts off day this week.

CAMP SCHEDULE **

**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**

**Friday, August 7

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

Saturday, August 8 – Armed Forces Day presented by BOSE

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

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