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 tonight 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, Andrew Luck talked about his cohesion with Khaled Holmes, Pep Hamilton dissected the skills of his receivers and Greg Manusky explained the role for rookie safety Clayton Geathers.
Andrew Luck on his cohesion with starting center Khaled Holmes:
"He's gets more confident with his calls the more you go on, stuff that I won't see.
"I think he's doing a great job."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Through three days of practice, Khaled Holmes has definitely received the bulk of the Colts first-team snaps at the center position. This comes on the heels of Holmes starting the final five games of the 2014 season (postseason included) and receiving the offseason reps at center this spring.
Holmes talked on Wednesday that Luck has given him a few books this offseason. As a Classics major at USC, Holmes can relate to the intellect of the Colts quarterback. Holmes was the communicator of a postseason unit that allowed just one sack in 120 pass attempts during the playoffs. Now the question becomes, if those three games can be turned into an entire season.
Pep Hamilton on second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief:
"Donte's ahead of schedule.
"He has that combination of exceptional size and speed for the wide receiver position."
Bowen's Analysis: Through the early part of camp, Moncrief has been quite consistent in the passes thrown his way, along with receiving the vast majority of the "No. 3" wide receiver reps.
Moncrief was almost the forgotten wideout this offseason. He hasn't gone unnoticed in Anderson, though. Andrew Luck was effusive in his praise for Moncrief on Tuesday. The total physical package is budding for Moncrief, and you have to remember he turns just 22 years old on Thursday.
Greg Manusky on the role for Clayton Geathers within the defense:
"We've been using him in the dime situation. He's a long kid. He's a decent cover guy for right now looking at him. He's got that speed, he's got some good hip flexion and he's a smart kid. Sometimes when you get into young guys especially playing a different position or playing down in the box. It's kind of hard for them because there's a lot of different reads, but for this guy it's pretty easy."
Bowen's Analysis: Manusky summed up the role for the Colts fourth-round pick pretty accurately from what these eyes are seeing watching practice. When Geathers comes onto the field in the Colts dime package, he's being used as almost an extra linebacker near the line of scrimmage.
Geathers, who is listed at 6-2 and 215 pounds, is an obvious candidate to match up against tight ends this fall. Going back to his draft press conference, Geathers called himself a "tone setter" and that falls right in line with how the Colts are using him so far in camp. With veterans Mike Adams and Dwight Lowery roaming the back end of the secondary, Geathers has the make up of a guy who can play in the front seven on passing downs. It's early, but Geathers might receive the most playing time, at least early, of any 2015 rookie (Henry Anderson will fit into this mix, as well).
Colts fans are all smiles during the autograph session following Tuesday's afternoon practice.