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Joint Practice Thursday Notebook: 3 INTs for Colts D

The Colts defense came up with three takeaways, but that wasn't all they did well in the final joint practice with the Bears.

INDIANAPOLIS --- The secondary led the way for the Colts defense during the second and final day of joint practices with the Bears, with three interceptions.

Another successful day, with no injuries or altercations on the field, with plenty of other notable observations as well:


During a goal to go period inside the 10-yard-line, Mike Adams had fantastic one-on-one coverage alone on an island with Bears starting tight end Martellus Bennett. Adams broke up the Jay Cutler pass, tipping the ball in the air, allowing inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to intercept it. Adams continues to look strong this preseason, anchoring the safety position.

Towards the end of practice, both teams went into a 2-minute drill period with the offense down 5 points. The Colts defense held strong, forcing a Jay Cutler interception deep down the middle of the field on 4th down. Dwight Lowery came up with the pick on the ball thrown over the head of Bennett. That was two plays Lowery also broke up a deep ball on 2nd down deep along the right sideline.

Safety Winston Guy also came down with an interception of Bears back-up quarterback Jimmy Clausen, on a deep ball down the left sideline.

5th-round rookie defensive tackle David Parry continues to get some reps with the first team at nose tackle between Kendall Langford and Art Jones. On one occasion during a red zone period, Parry moved his blocker beautifully, clearing the way for inside linebackers Jerrell Freeman and D'Qwell Jackson to come in and make the stop on the running back. In a 9-on-7 drill with the second team featuring all offensive rushing plays, Parry's penetration stood out.

D'Joun Smith (concussion) returned and participated fully in team drills, an important development as the 3rd-round rookie needs to continue to practice and play if he is forced into action behind Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, and Darius Butler.

Bears RB Matt Forte did have a couple good runs today against the Colts defense in the 9-on-7 drill (9 defense, 7 offense). This will be a great early test Saturday night for the first quarter or so for the Colts starting defense. That's how long Senior Writer Larry Mayer said after practice he expects Forte to play.


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