Offseason Notebook: Colts Get On The Field For OTA Work

Intro: The fifth week of the Colts offseason program marks the debut of OTAs. What did Chuck Pagano have to say following OTA No. 2 on Wednesday?





INDIANAPOLIS – Organized team activities have greeted the Colts this week with players donning helmets and shorts for the first time this offseason.

The OTA period allows for the closest thing to a "normal" practice with 11-on-11 work debuting, despite no live-contact.

Here are some takeaways from OTA No. 2 and Chuck Pagano meeting the media on Wednesday:


-Chuck Pagano said after OTA No. 2 that Gosder Cherilus and Robert Mathis will not participate in the team's OTA portion of their offseason program.

-Other players who were held out of OTAs on Wednesday included Vick Ballard, Vontae Davis, Coby Fleener, Nate Irving and Bjoern Werner. Erik Walden and Jack Mewhort also were limited.

Chuck Pagano on the rule change regarding extra points for 2015:

"Obviously, I was happy to see that we moved it back to the 15 (yard-line) but kept the two-point play at the two-yard line.

"There was talk about moving that thing up."

Bowen's Analysis: From the sound of it, the Colts will likely stick with Adam Vinatieri's right leg for their extra point choice in 2015. At a 33-yard field goal, Vinatieri's career accuracy rate from that yard range is right around 90 percent. In normal weather conditions, with the ball in the middle of the field, the new extra point should be fairly automatic for the Hall of Famer kicker. Where the decision could come into play for Pagano will be in those adverse elements when the two-point conversion option becomes more and more enticing.Chuck Pagano on the offensive line makeup early on in OTAs:

"We've got some guys that we are moving around. We've got competition at a couple of spots."

Bowen's Analysis: With no Cherilus or Mewhort in the lineup on Wednesday, the Colts offensive line was full of interchangeable parts. For Day Two of OTAs, the starting unit showed Anthony Castonzo, Hugh Thornton, Jonotthan Harrison, Todd Herremans and Joe Reitz from left to right. A couple of things to point out. Khaled Holmes and Harrison are competing at center, so I'd expect them to rotate throughout the offseason. Herremans and Thornton were supposed to be battling for the right guard starting job (that could certianly still be the case) but with Mewhort out on Wednesday, that slid Thornton over to left guard. Reitz held down the right tackle spot more than adequately during the postseason last year and was back there on Wednesday. This position group will continue to shuffle bodies before the pads get strapped on in Anderson, allowing for truer evaluations.

Chuck Pagano on the duo of Frank Gore and Andre Johnson:

"To me, it seems like they've been here for the past five years.

"They are not talkers. They are workers. They are doers."

Bowen's Analysis: Many veterans this time of year, with the resumes of Gore and Johnson, wouldn't be taking part in OTAs. These two newcomers aren't letting those chances pass by though, especially at this point of their careers. We will have more on Thursday afternoon on what Gore and Johnson have brought the Colts after five weeks of work. Speaking of another 'U' product, rookie Phillip Dorsett bounced back from an early drop to have a very solid Wednesday on the practice field. The highlight was a deep ball from Matt Hasselbeck. Andrew Luck, who also worked with Dorsett on Wednesday, said after the second OTA that this stage is "definitely not too big" for the Colts first-round draft pick.

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