Day 4 Colts Training Camp Notebook: Another Clean Sheet For Andrew Luck

Intro: Tuesday, August 4 was the third practice day of Training Camp. The next practice for public viewing is Wednesday from 6:25 to 9:10 p.m. The Colts are training in Anderson through Saturday, August 15.

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ANDERSON – With the grass practice fields dried out at Anderson University on Tuesday, the Colts were back over there for their afternoon practice.

Tuesday felt more like a Training Camp practice with NFL officials present and shoulder pads being strapped on for the first time in 2015.

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

PRACTICE TAKEAWAYS

  1. It should be noted that Andrew Luck hasn't thrown an interception during 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work through three days of camp. That is probably right around 80-90 pass attempts without an interception.

This is obvious an emphasis for Luck in 2015. The defense did force a turnover on Tuesday with Mike Adams making a "Willie Mays" type over-the-shoulder catch on a deep ball intended for rookie Phillip Dorsett (the throw came from Matt Hasselbeck).

  1. A heavy emphasis on the Colts run game dominated the early part of practice and that was to be expected. Shoulder pads debuted on Tuesday and that took the physicality up a notch or two.

Both Frank Gore and Boom Herron had some nice early runs on Tuesday, after the defensive line forced several "tackles for loss" during Monday's afternoon practice.

  1. One man that had the media's attention early on in Tuesday's practice wasn't wearing a jersey. NFL super-agent Drew Rosenhaus was in Anderson on Tuesday, sharing a brief moment with client T.Y. Hilton before the start of practice.

Rosenhaus confirmed with the media that contract talks between Hilton and the Colts are ongoing and Indianapolis is where the Pro Bowl wide receiver wants to remain playing. Comments from Anthony Castonzo on Monday and Rosenhaus on Tuesday back up what Jim Irsay said last week about the Colts hoping to have two of their key offensive cogs locked up before the start of the 2015 season.

OTHER PRACTICE MUSINGS

  • Coby Fleener had a nice afternoon on Tuesday, with the highlight coming on a corner route caught near the sideline. The catch was made possible thanks to Frank Gore picking up a blitzing Jerrell Freeman. A high-five from Andrew Luck to Gore following the play, let the new Colts running back know that No. 12 was appreciative of the extra time.
  • With a few guys sitting out today for preventative measures, we saw some shake up in reps. Rookie linebacker Amarlo Herrera slid next to Jerrell Freeman with the starting defense. D'Joun Smith played in the base defense at corner, opposite Greg Toler. On offense, Donte Moncrief continued to have a nice camp while getting "starting" reps.
  • We saw the same starting offensive line for a third straight day: LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Lance Louis, C-Khaled Holmes, RG-Todd Herremans and RT-Jack Mewhort. However, we saw plenty of times on Tuesday where quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck worked with different line units to prepare for the inevitable.
  • A day in shoulder pads meant some intense one-on-one drills for the offensive and defensive lines. I thought Jack Mewhort held his own during this session, which is important to see how he handles frequent edge rushers out in space.
  • With Bjoern Werner out on Tuesday, Daniel Adongo saw some time with the second-team defense. Adongo looked impressive in one particular one-on-one drill. Now, the real evaluation for Adongo comes in more and more defensive reps with the full pads on.

INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES

The following players did not participate in Tuesday's practice: Robert Mathis (Achilles) and Donald Thomas (quad). Both players are on the PUP list (can be removed from that list at anytime). Other players who sat out on Tuesday for rest days includes: outside linebacker Bjoern Werner, wide receiver Andre Johnson, cornerback Vontae Davis, inside linebacker Nate Irving, inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, inside linebacker Henoc Muamba and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton.

PAGANO QUOTEWORTHY

Chuck Pagano on the next step for Vontae Davis:

"We have to be able to do whatever we want to do with him. If that means putting him on somebody's best wide receiver instead of just playing one side of the football then maybe that's the next progression. We'll see. We have to pick and choose how we are going to defend people and stop people and identify their game records and the guys that are going to make plays and those type of things. He is going to continue to grow from a physical standpoint knowing the opponent. Once you get our scheme down and you're not thinking out there, you can spend a ton of time studying your opponent and the guys that he is going to go up against."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY

Kicker Adam Vinatieri on fellow All-Pro Pat McAfee:

"He's got a big leg. He's fun to watch. It's nice to know we've got a lot of weapons on our team. He's definitely a weapon that we have, long field goals, kickoffs, punts. I mean, this guy can flip the field position for us in an instant. It's great to have him as a weapon. It makes a big difference in the outcome of the game."

TWEET OF THE DAY

YESTERDAY'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?ANSWER: 2007 Draft. In 2007, the Colts selected cornerback Dante Hughes (3-95) and safety Brannon Condren (4-131). In 2005, the Colts took cornerback Marlin Jackson (1-29) and cornerback Kelvin Hayden (2-60) with their first two picks.

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ

Name the five Colts who have been with the team since the 2011 season.

SPOTTED IN CAMP

On Tuesday, NFL Network was at Colts Camp with Ian Rapoport and Nate Burleson reporting. SIRIUS XM Radio was also present, with their Colts show airing on Tuesday night from 8-11 EST.

PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 2,782.  TOTAL FOR CAMP: 11,753

WEATHER REPORT

It was another gorgeous day at Anderson University. There looks to be a small chance for some rain tomorrow night, but forecasts indicate the better chance for showers will come on Thursday, on the Colts first off day from camp.

CAMP SCHEDULE

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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