INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday brought the full pads back to the Colts and it was easily the most physical day of camp.
Some live tackling periods highlighted Tuesday's practice, as the Colts prepare for their preseason opener on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Here are some thoughts from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Robert Turbin and former Olympian Marvin Bracy after Tuesday's practice:
Chuck Pagano on Scott Tolzien's playing time for Sunday's preseason opener:
"We'll treat him as a starter."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Tolzien will be the starter in Sunday's preseason opener against the Lions. This is not much of a surprise considering Tolzien has taken the first-team reps throughout the offseason.
When Pagano spoke about playing time for Week One of the preseason, he made it clear that starters would play. Typically, starters play a couple of series in the preseason opener.
RB-Robert Turbin on the live tackling periods during Tuesday's short-yardage drills:
"You've got to find a way. You get a yard anyway possible."
Bowen's Analysis: Live tackling has entered Colts Training Camp. We saw six plays of live tackling on Tuesday. They all involved short-yardage drills, with three reps for the 1's facing each other, followed by three plays for the 2's opposite each other.
Pagano was asked about the Colts' success in short yardage last year. The head coach joked that just handing it to Turbin usually solved any short-yardage issues. Turbin was extremely successful in that role last year. As Turbin put it on Tuesday, it doesn't have to be pretty when needing to get three feet and move the chains.New WR-Marvin Bracy on his track background:
"I've dedicated myself to this. I'm not just a speed guy. I can make cuts. I can get in and out of breaks and I'm an all-around receiver."
Bowen's Analysis: The Colts have added a 2016 Olympian sprinter to their wideout room. Bracy made the semifinals of last year's 100-meter dash at the Summer Olympics.
Bracy, who worked out for the Colts on Monday, originally played football at Florida State before leaving after his 2012 freshman year to pursue a career in track. He's back into football now and this is the sort of signing you see during Training Camp. Can the Colts tap into Bracy's world-class speed?
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