ANDERSON – As with most mornings at Training Camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.
The on-the-field work will come this afternoon but around lunchtime each day, Colts.com will take a look at three interesting quotes from that morning's media sessions.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagano touched on the injury situation and how Josh Chapman has looked so far in camp. Also, Anthony Castonzo talked about the cohesion being built across the line in Anderson.
Chuck Pagano on if anyone has been ruled out for Sunday's preseason opener:
"I'm not going to rule anybody out, at this point."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts are beginning their final three days of practice in Anderson. Friday's practice will conclude Training Camp work in Anderson before the team departs for Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
Chuck Pagano said on Wednesday that no one has been ruled out yet for Sunday's preseason opener. The Colts have been very healthy through eight practice days in Anderson. Pagano also said on Wednesday the guys nursing groin injuries right now (Vontae Davis and Darius Butler) are still day-to-day. Based off past preseason openers, Colts starters will log around a series or two on Sunday.
Chuck Pagano on the play of Josh Chapman in Training Camp:
"Josh is playing really consistent football right now."
Bowen's Analysis: The word consistent was the common theme early on in Training Camp to describe what the Colts need from their starting nose tackle in 2015.
Pagano said on Wednesday that Chapman is in the best shape he's been in since entering the league in 2012. The confidence is there in his knee (missed 2012 from ACL rehab recovery) and the Colts certainly need Chapman to be a space eater up front this season.
Anthony Castonzo on working with the same starting unit during Training Camp:
"You get comfortable knowing how the guy's going to set. Is he a guy who sets (firmer)? Is he a guy who sets more back? You kind of get used to the way each other plays. The more you get next to the same guy, the more comfortable you get playing next to him."
Bowen's Analysis: Through eight practice days in Anderson, the Colts have had the same starting offensive line every day. That is obviously a trend the unit hasn't really had in recent seasons.
The line in general has been extremely healthy, so far, allowing for the cohesion Chuck Pagano was looking for coming into Anderson. With the bullets flying on Sunday, this new-look offensive line will finally get a chance to work together in live competition in Philadelphia.