Practice Seven Training Camp Notebook: Injuries Allow For Others To Impress Chuck Pagano

Intro: Sunday, August 9 was the seventh practice day of Training Camp. The next practice for public viewing is Monday from 1:55 to 4:40 p.m. The Colts are training in Anderson through Saturday, August 15.

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ANDERSON – Mother Nature once again cooperated for the Colts on Sunday afternoon.

The rain held off on Sunday, for a practice that saw plenty of guys on the backend of the roster see major reps.

What were the takeaways from the Colts seventh day on the practice field in Anderson?

PRACTICE TAKEAWAYS

  1. The grind of camp has hit Anderson University. For a second straight day, a skirmish took place in the trenches (center Jonotthan Harrison and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles were Sunday's culprits). Chuck Pagano sent the two to the locker room following the scuffle.

From a workload standpoint, we saw a good amount of red-zone work on Sunday. Pagano said after practice the Colts came to Anderson with 10 installs and have put in eight of them. The other two will be incorporated over the final four practice days. After Sunday's practice in shoulder pads, the Colts will don full pads on Monday before their final off day on Tuesday.

  1. With more than a dozen players missing Sunday's practice, the back end of the roster saw some major reps. Following Sunday's practice Chuck Pagano mentioned two under the radar guys who have stood out after a little more than a week in Anderson.

Cornerback Jalil Brown and his five camp interceptions have caught Pagano's eye. Brown added another turnover (forced fumble) on Sunday. Could Brown round out the cornerback group come roster cuts? At wide receiver, undrafted Quan Bray has flashed. The wide receiver position is obviously the deepest spot on the team but Pagano said Bray's name comes up in personnel meetings every night.

  1. Rookie linebacker Amarlo Herrera saw some important reps on Sunday afternoon. The Colts sixth-round pick played frequently in the first-team defense with several linebackers sitting out Sunday's practice.

Herrera had an interception on Sunday of third-string quarterback Bryan Bennett. Jerrrell Freeman talked after practice how he feels very comfortable lining up next to Herrera. There isn't a ton of depth at inside linebacker so Herrera's availability could be critical in 2015.

OTHER PRACTICE MUSINGS

  • After playing a lot of base cornerback on Saturday, rookie D'Joun Smith was in the nickel spot a good amount on Sunday. It's clear that if an injury occurs to one of the top cornerbacks (Vontae Davis, Greg Toler or Darius Butler), the Colts are prepping Smith to be called upon.
  • We mentioned the red-zone work taking center stage on Sunday. Donte Moncrief had a nice snag in the back of the end zone during this session. Moncrief then drew an offensive pass interference on the two-point conversion to follow. After the penalty, Moncrief caught a nice out pattern from Andrew Luck.
  • We saw the same starting offensive line for a seventh straight day: LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Lance Louis, C-Khaled Holmes, RG-Todd Herremans and RT-Jack Mewhort. We continue to see plenty of rotation though in the lines with Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck working with different combinations.
  • It should be noted that several Colts veterans haven't taken a day off yet during Training Camp. The over 30-club of Frank Gore, Todd Herremans and Trent Cole have been on the field for all seven practices so far in Anderson. Gore and Cole have had tremendous durability during their 10 NFL seasons.
  • The nose tackle position has some questions heading into 2015. On Sunday, both Montori Hughes and David Parry disrupted running plays. Along with Josh Chapman, the Colts appear to have some depth in the middle of their three-man defensive front. They will need consistency (no matter who's playing in there) from that position in 2015.
  • At kick returner, we continue to see Boom Herron, Donte Moncrief, Quan Bray, Phillip Dorsett, Zurlon Tipton, Ryan Lankford and Duron Carter get reps. It will be interesting to see who gets the first crack when the preseason opener kicks off next Sunday.

INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES

The following players did not participate in Sunday's practice: Robert Mathis (Achilles) and Donald Thomas (quad). Both players are on the PUP list (can be removed from that list at anytime). Inside linebacker Nate Irving (knee) continues to sit out as he recovers from a 2014 ACL surgery. Running back Vick Ballard (hamstring) sat out Saturday's practice and remains day-to-day. Running back Josh Robinson (soreness) sat out on Sunday and is also day-to-day. Rookie offensive tackle Denzelle Good did not practice due to a shoulder injury. He should return on Monday or Wednesday (Tuesday is an off day).

The following players either missed Sunday's practice or left early: wide receiver Duron Carter (groin), cornerback Darius Butler (groin), cornerback Vontae Davis (groin), tight end Justin Sinz (ankle), inside linebacker Junior Sylvestre (hamstring), Andre Johnson (rest), D'Qwell Jackson (rest), Henoc Muamba (rest), Bjoern Werner (rest) and Jeris Pendleton (rest). Center Jonotthan Harrison and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles were sent to the locker room following a scuffle.

On late Saturday night, the Colts signed free agent guard Dionte Savage and waived tackle Matt Hall and guard Kitt O'Brien. Savage, 6-4, 335 pounds, originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015 and was waived by the team on August 4, 2015.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, the Colts signed free agent cornerback Eric Patterson out of Ball State. Patterson, 5-10, 193 pounds, originally signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015 and was waived by the team on June 9, 2015.

PAGANO QUOTEWORTHY

Chuck Pagano on the fine line of being competitive versus combative in Training Camp:

"You got a bunch of guys that are trying to make a team and be evaluated and make an impression and do good, so the competition is there and sometimes, again, guys are tired and they are sore and all that stuff and tempers flare. It gets over the top and we can not tolerate it and we are not going to tolerate it, because like I said, if it happens in a game, you are done. They are going to hit them hard in their wallet, number one, and it hurts the team. If you are not available on game day and when dress 46 players that hurts the team. You can't do it."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY

Dwight Lowery on motivating the Colts defense during Sunday's practice:

"I take my job very seriously. I want to help this team win a Super Bowl. There's going to be days where not everybody is up to it and those are the days that really test your character and you've got to be open to kind of getting out of that funk and getting out of that mindset of walking around, bad body language, things of that nature. In the regular season, not everything is going to our way every game so we when we face adversity we are going to have to climb out of it and be successful and that starts in practice."

TWEET OF THE DAY

YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ

Robert Mathis holds the Colts franchise record with how many career sacks?ANSWER: Mathis holds the Colts franchise record with 111.0 career sacks.

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ

The Colts have won a remarkable 13 straight games against the AFC South. When was the last time the Colts lost a divisional game?

SPOTTED IN CAMP

The national media is beginning to roll back into Anderson. The analytics website Pro Football Focus was present on Sunday. The Monday Morning Quarterback crew, along with Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, were also in attendance for Sunday's afternoon practice. Mike Garafolo from Fox Sports rounded out the national contingent on Sunday.

The Colts also had several alumni players watching Sunday's practice. Offensive lineman Stan Eisenhooth, wide receiver Darvell Huffman, defensive back Marlin Jackson, kicker Danny Kight, running back/kick returner Devin Moore, defensive end Chukie Nwokorie, running back Roosevelt Potts, defensive back Mike Prior, long snapper Justin Snow, linebacker Tony Walker and defensive back Damon Watts were all watching Sunday's practice in Anderson.

PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 2,871 TOTAL FOR CAMP: 29,922

WEATHER REPORT

The major rain held off on Sunday afternoon. Overcast skies with hardly any rain watched over the Colts afternoon practice. Scattered storms are in the forecast for Monday afternoon.

CAMP SCHEDULE

Monday, August 10

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

Tuesday, August 11

Players' Day Off

Colts City Closed

Wednesday, August 12

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes**

**Thursday, August 13

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

Friday, August 14

1:55-4:10 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

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