INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts today went back to their own facility, the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, for the second day of training camp practices.
So what were the major themes of the day? What did we learn? Let's take an all-encompassing look at the Day 2 action.Scotty T
Sunday's training camp debut for Scott Tolzien wasn't ideal. Some of that credit goes to the defense, but he just wasn't as sharp at times as he probably would've liked.
Colts Training Camp 2017 - DAY TWO - PRACTICE
Monday was a different story. Tolzien, being depended upon to take the reigns of the No. 1 quarterback snaps with Andrew Luck still sidelined while he completely recovers from offseason shoulder surgery, had much more success in Day 2 finding open receivers.
As Colts.com's Kevin Bowen pointed out: "Obviously, the Colts want to see this sort of Tolzien during camp. It's well-served for many reasons. One of those is to allow for the staff to evaluate the receivers/tight ends. The Colts have a heated competition at receiver, so they need Tolzien to provide the proper evaluation for those skills guys."Dorsett's mindset
When Jacoby Brissett was selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the team envisioned a blazing fast deep threat that would work perfectly alongside No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton and an all-around talent like Donte Moncrief.
Through his first two seasons, however, that plan hasn't quite worked out for Dorsett. Now in Year 3, he faces a stiff challenge from Chester Rogers and free agent Kamar Aiken for his spot as the No. 3 wide receiver on the depth chart.
How has Dorsett responded? We heard this on Monday from head coach Chuck Pagano:
"Phil has not said a word. He's just coming out here and working. He's got a business-like approach to his game right now and he needs to stay right where he's at and just keep coming out here and working and making plays. The rest will take care of itself."Remember this name
Also in that 2015 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected a cornerback out of Arkansas in the sixth round by the name of Tevin Mitchel.
He hasn't played a down in the NFL since.
Mitchel has been seriously bit by the injury bug the last couple years; he suffered a season-ending injury during his first training camp with the Redskins, but the Colts saw so much promise in Mitchel that they decided to sign him and place him on injured reserve, knowing he'd miss the entire year. He would be placed on injured reserve almost exactly a year later by the Colts, and a couple months later was signed to the practice squad.
Now fully healthy, Mitchel was seen on the practice field on Monday playing both corner spots — and making quality plays, too. If he can stay healthy, as well as contribute on special teams, don't be surprised if Mitchel makes the Week 1 roster coming out of camp.'Zero pushback from me'
We saw an interesting development on Sunday, when Jack Mewhort and Joe Haeg seemingly swapped positions; Mewhort to right guard and Haeg to left guard.
It had been a while since Mewhort had played right guard — he last did it his sophomore year at Ohio State in 2011 — but he's certainly not complaining to his current coaches about the move:
"You know what? Point me in the direction and I'll go do it the best I can. The coaches know what's best and that's why they are NFL football coaches. You have to trust in what they are doing. Zero pushback from me — I'm going to do it full speed as fast as I can go. Like I said, moving around is good for everybody."
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