INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts welcomed some members of the National Guard to practice on Wednesday with the team returning to its AFC slate of games.
It was back to work for the Colts with team gearing up for their third straight opponent coming off a bye week.
Here are a few sound bites from Chuck Pagano and D'Qwell Jackson talking to the media on Wednesday:
Chuck Pagano on the role for Josh Cribbs possibly playing offense down the road:
"He's been used as a wildcat quarterback. He's been used a lot of different ways. We'll just prepare accordingly as we move forward and we kind of indoctrinate him into our system, starting with special teams."
Bowen's Analysis:* *The media crowd gravitated immediately towards Cribbs on Wednesday. The Colts new kick returner made it clear that he is ready to impact the special teams units and help shorten the field for Andrew Luck.
Cribbs also mentioned that he's very open to playing some offense for the Colts. With the loss of Ahmad Bradshaw, another playmaker on the offense could come in the mold of Cribbs. A former college quarterback, Cribbs has as unique a skillset as there is in the NFL and the Colts could use that in multiple ways. It sounds like his first impact will come fielding kicks/punts.
Chuck Pagano on what the Colts will do at the third running back spot:
"We've got guys in the building, and roster mechanics are what they are.
"We'll always check and see if anybody's available on the street. If there's somebody available, we look at guys on the street, we look at guys on our roster, and then we make a decision."
Bowen's Analysis: With Trent Richardson missing Wednesday's practice (illness), Boom Herron was the Colts lone healthy running back on the active roster. That's why Zurlon Tipton and recently signed Michael Hill, both practice squad guys, dressed with active practice jerseys on Wednesday.
Richardson's health aside, it will be interesting to see how the Colts operate on third down from a running back standpoint. When Ahmad Bradshaw was healthy, he got nearly all of the third-down reps. Herron has shown that he can catch the ball out of the backfield so he could be an option in that role on Sunday.D'Qwell Jackson on if he expects to see the same game plan from the Jaguars as the Colts saw on Sunday night:
"Once you show a weakness in this league, you have to show that next week that you know how to correct it."
Bowen's Analysis: Jackson said there was some "thudding" at Wednesday's practice with the Colts wanting to rewrite their tackling script from Sunday night. One addition to that puzzle should be Arthur Jones returning to the lineup.
The challenge on Sunday comes in the form of a different back than the Colts saw in Week Three versus the Jaguars. Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is the Jaguars main running threat now. Lately, the Colts have done better against quicker backs and that speed is what Robinson thrives on (5.4 yards per carry in his last last four games).
Here is the injury report for Wednesday:
-DNP- Dwayne Allen (ankle), Gosder Cherilus (rest), D'Qwell Jackson (rest), Trent Richardson (illness), Greg Toler (concussion) and Reggie Wayne (rest).
-Pagano said on Wednesday that Richardson came in feeling under the weather so the team sent him home for the day. Toler showed up to the complex on Monday with a headache so he is undergoing the concussion protocol.
-FULL- Arthur Jones (ankle)
-The best news on the injury report came with Jones showing up as a full participant. Pagano expects Jones to be in the lineup on Sunday.