INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in a while, Mother Nature forced the Colts inside for practice on Thursday afternoon.
The Colts will have a morning practice on Friday to conclude the week prior to Sunday afternoon's home contest with the Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
Here are a few headlines from Greg Manusky, Robert Mathis and Adam Vinatieri talking to the media on Thursday:
Greg Manusky on the differences between Sergio Brown and LaRon Landry:
"I think Serg is more of a ball hawk more than Landry. Landry is more of a box player, getting downhill, making tackles in the box.
"Serg is more of a backend, free safety-ish."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Watching Brown play special teams and you see the type of athlete that Manusky describes. Brown is a tall, rangy guy (6-2, 218 pounds) and his athleticism is a major reason why he's become such a force on special teams.
Now, the question becomes can that translate to the Colts secondary. Manusky knows how much of an energy guy Brown is and he wants to make sure the new Colts starting safety plays loose on Sunday afternoon. It will be interesting to watch how Mike Adams and Brown play alongside each other against the Ravens.
Robert Mathis on his rehab process:
"I'll be back faster. I like to think I'm a fast healer."
Bowen's Analysis: Sporting a boot on his left, Mathis talked with the media on Thursday afternoon. Mathis is back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center with his role relegated to that of a coach, along with trying to rehab from an Achilles injury.
Mathis says he's ahead of the six-month schedule following a September 11 surgery. In watching from afar these past four weeks, Mathis joked that he's flipped a few sofas having to be away. On Tuesday, Mathis signed a one-year contract extension through 2016 and he told the media that it's always been a dream to start and end a career in the same city.
Adam Vinatieri on the hard work Pat McAfee puts in to be named Special Teams Player of the Month:
"He's a guy that really, really, tires to fine-tune his skill and he goes out there and works hard every day. If it's not going exactly right, he gets upset, regroups, and re-goes at it.
"He obviously cares a ton and it's showing this year in all the categories."
Bowen's Analysis: From leading the league in net punting average (45.6 yards per punt), touchbacks (24) and even tossing in the only successful onside kicks, McAfee is very deserving of this honor.
Everyone sees how engaging of a personality that McAfee can be but fans rarely see how hard he works at his craft. He's always been an elite punter but McAfee admitted earlier this week that getting some onside kicks in his repertoire wasn't a strength (a lot had to do with how good of teams he's been on). McAfee has made that point of emphasis and continues to stand by the goal of wanting to be one of the best punters in the history of the NFL.
Here's the injury report from Thursday's practice:
-DNP: Arthur Jones (ankle), Jack Mewhort (ankle) and Erik Walden (rest)
-Walden has missed Thursday before and then returns on Friday to go on and play in the game.
-LIMITED: Jerrell Freeman (hamstring)
-That's two limited days in a row for Freeman. Does he need a full day of work on Friday to play this weekend?
-FULL: Colt Anderson (groin), Ahmad Bradshaw (rest), D'Qwell Jackson (rest), Andy Studebaker (hamstring), Hugh Thornton (ankle) and Reggie Wayne (rest)
-Your trio of veteran rest guys was back at practice on Thursday. It looks like the Colts will get Anderson, Studebaker and Thornton back on Sunday after missing last week.