ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.
The Colts were back in Anderson on Monday for two days of practice before they make the trip to New York for the preseason opener on Thursday night.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagano talked about Reggie Wayne's availability for the preseason and wanting to see the offensive line together in game action.
Also, Trent Richardson talked about his return to practice.
Chuck Pagano on Reggie Wayne's status for the preseason:
"He's going to see some action before September 7. When that is, TBA (to be announced)."
Bowen's Analysis:* *The one name Chuck Pagano confirmed as OUT for Thursday's preseason opener is Reggie Wayne. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Wayne has looked very impressive through the first 10 days of camp but there's no need to have him out there for a game in which the entire first team offense will play a series or two. Wayne stated last week that he wanted to get some game action before the regular season opener and his head coach falls in line with that line of thinking. Week Two or Three, home games against the Giants and Saints, seem to be the likely spots for Wayne to see game time.
Chuck Pagano on wanting to see the starting offensive line together in game action:
"They do have to play. I think we do know a little bit more about our tackles than we do our interior so it will probably be a fair statement to say that those guys will probably get a little bit more time than the outside guys."
Bowen's Analysis: Pagano was asked specifically about the line and how important it was to see them together against an opponent. In past preseason openers, starters typically played just a series or two. It will be interesting to watch the offensive line on Thursday, particularly the interior, to see how many snaps they get. Starters Jack Mewhort and Khaled Holmes have played just 12 total NFL snaps. They could easily eclipse that on Thursday.
Trent Richardson on feeling back to 100 percent:
"I feel very explosive. It's much easier to make your cuts, to do the right stuff when you know what's really going on. Now, I got a chance to know what everybody is doing, not just where my eyes are at. It's very big, coming in, having this time with my teammates."
Bowen's Analysis: It was another very honest media session with Richardson. He has practiced the last three days and looks like a back that has taken strides this offseason. Richardson wouldn't delve out any individual goals for 2014 but it's clear he has a yardage number in mind for his second season with the Colts. Similar to the offensive line, something to watch on Thursday will be to see the amount of reps Richardson gets with that first unit.