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Day 7 Colts Training Camp Notebook (July 31)

Intro: Thursday, July 31 was the seventh practice day with a morning walk-through and a night session. The next practice for public viewing is Friday from 1:50 to 4:25 p.m. The Colts are training in Anderson through Wednesday, August 13.




ANDERSON – Under the bright lights of Macholtz Stadium, the Colts held their lone night practice of the 2014 Training Camp.

The Colts were back in full pads on Thursday night for their second full-padded practice during their stay in Anderson.

Here are three takeaways from Thursday's practice:  


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  1. It was fitting that with the lights of Macholtz Stadium shining down on the Colts, Reggie Wayne might have been the brightest star. Wayne caught seven of Andrew Luck's first 10 completions and was the main threat with T.Y. Hilton out on Thursday night with a jammed finger. Several of Wayne's catches he had to make adjustments to, which was a good sign for a player needing to be tested during a continued rehab process.

With the full pads on Thursday night, the Colts got some ground work in with Trent Richardson and Boom Herron taking the first team reps. Andrew Luck finished the evening 22-of-34 with one touchdown. Colts players stuck around deep into the night to sign autographs for the largest crowd we've seen at this year's camp.

  1. That one touchdown pass from Luck was a deep route over the middle to a streaking Coby Fleener. With Wayne dominating most of the early attention from Luck, Fleener had a couple of nice catches from his college quarterback.

Fleener hasn't really been talked about much this camp. Almost all of the attention has gone towards Dwayne Allen and what his return will mean for the Colts offense. It should not be forgotten that Fleener finished second on this team last year in receptions and yards. Allen's return is quite important, but Fleener's presence as well allows for all the creativity talk when it comes to the Colts utilizing a pair of tight ends.

  1. Thursday night got a closer look at two of the more competitive position battles going on at Colts camp. With the Donald Thomas news, it appears that Jack Mewhort and Lance Louis will be going at it for the left guard spot. The rookie Mewhort got the start on Thursday night, with Louis spelling him on the first unit in various drills.

At safety, Sergio Brown sat out Thursday's practice but Delano Howell was back in the lineup. For the second straight practice, veteran Mike Adams ran with the first unit. Those three have emerged as the lead candidates to line up next to LaRon Landry in Week One. Brown had been with the starting unit all through Training Camp until missing the night practice.


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The following players did not participate in Thursday's practice: Josh Lenz, T.Y. Hilton, Xavier Nixon, Sergio Brown, Ahmad Bradshaw, Vontae Davis, LaRon Landry, Davin Meggett, Josh McNary and Loucheiz Purifoy


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Chuck Pagano on Jack Mewhort and what he likes about the rookie's game:

"I think it's his measureables and his toughness and his intelligence, his position flexibility. He doesn't flinch whether we play him at tackle, guard or center. He can play all the spots and plays them well. We would like to settle him in but unfortunately we're going to have to work with him at different spots. The guy is unflappable, he's a tough guy, nothing seems to bother Jack. Again, he has a lot of attributes that you can point to that make him a good football player and a great football player down the road."


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Reggie Wayne on how he feels after a week of camp: "I've done everything I wanted to do. I've run every route and there is nothing that's holding me back. There's nothing that's keeps me from doing whatever it is they want me to do so I'm here. Knock on wood I stay on top of this and keep going from there."


Prayers up for my big homie @Thedthomas64  We got you bro! — Weslye Saunders (@Wes_Saunders88) July 31, 2014


The Colts lead the NFL with 13 playoff berths earned since the start of 1999.  Name the six franchises to earn at least eight playoff berths during that span, plus the number of teams that have failed to reach the playoffs during that span. 

ANSWER: New England (11), Green Bay (10), Philadelphia (10), Baltimore (9), Seattle (9) and Pittsburgh (8) have the most appearances after the Colts.  No team has failed to make the playoffs since the start of 1999.


Chuck Pagano has joined two other Colts coaches in franchise history to post consecutive regular seasons without back-to-back losses.  Who are the other two?  See the next Colts Camp Notebook for the answer.


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The national media is beginning to invade on Anderson. Lindsay Jones from *USA Today *was back for a second day at camp. Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports made his tour of NFL camps in Colts land on Thursday. Also, 1070 The Fan broadcasted live from Anderson for their morning and afternoon shows. Lastly, ESPN's Mike Sando attended the night practice.



It was a perfect day in Anderson. Temperatures reached the 80s on Thursday and it was an ideal night to hold a practice. A 30 percent chance of rain is forecasted for tomorrow with temps back in the 80s.


The Colts held a night practice on Thursday from 6:20-8:55 p.m. The schedule will return to its normal afternoon practice time on Friday with a 1:50-4:25 session to the public. There will be no Friday morning walk-through, due to the night practice.

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