INDIANAPOLIS – Before getting back in front of their fans on Saturday night, the Colts had a non-full padded practice on Friday morning.
It was a strong morning session for the defense in creating turnovers.
Here are some thoughts from head coach Chuck Pagano after Friday's morning practice.
Chuck Pagano on the injured shoulder for Donte Moncrief:
"He landed (Thursday) in a one-on-one drill on his shoulder. He's got a mild AC sprain. He's day-to-day. He should be okay."
Bowen's Analysis:* *It was a pretty healthy first week for the Colts. But an injury has surfaced for the team's No. 2 wideout. It is not known which shoulder Moncrief injured during Thursday's practice. The left shoulder is the one that kept Moncrief sidelined for nearly half of last season.
With Moncrief watching practice from the sideline Friday, it was a terrific opportunity for Kamar Aiken and Jacoby Brissett to receive some more first-team reps. That's key for that duo with Chester Rogers already having a strong offseason.
Chuck Pagano on the added emphasis in turnovers this year:
"Where we were last year is not going to get it done.
"It's been a focal point and emphasis from the offseason program to now."
Bowen's Analysis: The defense recorded three interceptions at Friday's practice, picking off each of the three quarterbacks. It was a deep ball INT for Vontae Davis (on Scott Tolzien). Corner Tevin Mitchel jumped an out route thrown by Stephen Morris. Lastly, outside linebaker Akeem Ayers made an athletic leaping pick at the line of scrimmage, against rookie QB-Phillip Walker.
The emphasis on creating turnovers has been paramount throughout 2017, and was a reason why Chris Ballard took Malik Hooker with the 15th overall pick. The Colts finished last season 26th in turnovers.Chuck Pagano on the injury to returning starting nose tackle David Parry:
"A groin strain."
Bowen's Analysis: After missing two straight days of practice, Parry was back to work on Friday. Parry did not practice fully though. An injury in the weight room is why the durable Parry missed two full-padded practices. Parry has not missed a game in his first two NFL seasons.
With all the new faces along the defensive line, Parry is fighting for a roster spot. Newcomer Al Woods has been the starting nose tackle for the first week of camp. Returning to practice is obviously key for Parry as he tries to secure a rotational spot along the defensive line.
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