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  1. 20 points
    Just wanted to take the time to thank TKnight24 for all you do here with these updates. I appreciate it!!!
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  3. 15 points
    and with each passing day it's becoming more clear that that New England guy bailing was a huge blessing in disguise.
  4. 15 points
    https://www.colts.com/news/2018-coltscamp-notebook-day-2-show-me-your-speed OFFENSE Quarterback Andrew Luck threw again today. He went 15-of-19 combined in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, with no obvious touchdowns and no interceptions. Many of his passes found their way to tight ends Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle as well as wide receiver Ryan Grant. Luck looked a bit more crisp today than yesterday, although there are still some things to work on. Balls that were thrown into tight windows were a bit more precise. He primarily threw shorter passes early before going downfield more often later on. Luck to Ebron has been a common occurrence that continued today. Perhaps Luck's nicest pass of camp so far was today on an approximately 20-yard out route to the right sideline to Ebron. Guard/tackle Denzelle Good - who came off of the Active/Non-Football Injury list yesterday and was with the first unit at right tackle - was out for personal reasons today. Tackles Anthony Castonzo and Austin Howard remain on the Active/Non-Football Injury list, as well as guard Jeremy Vujnovich on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Center Deyshawn Bond is active and has been in uniform with his teammates but has only done positional drills to this point. The first-team offensive line today was Jack Mewhort (LT), Quenton Nelson (LG), Ryan Kelly (C), Matt Slauson (RG) and Tyreek Burwell (RT). The second-team offensive line was Le'Raven Clark (LT), Mark Glowinski (LG), Joe Haeg (C), Braden Smith (RG) and Jared Machorro (RT). Smith also got some reps briefly at right tackle, still with the second unit. Rookie wide receiver Deon Cain continues to be one of the bright spots of camp. After a highlight-reel catch yesterday on Day 1, he did it twice again today. The first was about 25 yards down the right sideline from Jacoby Brissett. Cain made the catch while falling to the ground. The second catch was another leaping grab similar to yesterday's. It was about 30 yards down the right sideline from Luck over Kenny Moore II. Running back Robert Turbin has gotten out to the field early both days, getting extra work while a four-game suspension awaits him to start the regular season. He's worked on ball security drills where he holds a football that has a rope attached to it. Meanwhile, a coach yanks on the other end of the rope, attempting to get it out of Turbin's grasp. Through two days, there has been no favoritism shown individually at the running back position. The veterans - Robert Turbin, Christine Michael and Marlon Mack - tend to get first dibs with the first unit followed by Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins and Josh Ferguson. Overall, everyone tends to get some looks with the first unit. Wilkins showed really good agility a couple of times during drills. There was a scenario in which running backs would run shallow comeback routes while a linebacker had about 10 yards to meet them and try to get them squared up. On one occasion, Wilkins shook the defender to the ground. On the other, he did a stutter step and froze the linebacker long enough to gain a step. Hines was again used in a variety of ways. On top of kickoff return duty, he took handoffs (including multiple times on reverses), caught balls out of the backfield, and lined up outside and in the slot. Several different wide receivers and tight ends got run with the first unit. This includes T.Y. Hilton, Grant, Chester Rogers, K.J. Brent and James Wright at receiver as well as Doyle, Ebron and Erik Swoope at tight end. Basketball player-turned-football player Mo Alie-Cox has been as involved as I can recall seeing him in his time with the Colts. The tight end has caught a few passes in these two days. DEFENSE New Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is a ball of energy, particularly during position drills. During one drill combining the linebackers and defensive backs in particular, Eberflus was repeating himself over and over: "Show me your speed!" That could very well be the new saying for the Colts' defense in general now that they've transitioned over to the 4-3. There was lots of drill work being done on change of direction, recovery and then sprinting to the would-be ballcarrier. By the time the 11-on-11 portion came on Friday, there's no doubt that every defensive player already had been through more than their fair share of a full workout. When head coach Frank Reich stressed tempo, you could definitely feel that during defensive drills - led by Eberflus. When the team did get into 11-on-11 drills, we saw John Simon working in much more with the first-team defensive line at defensive end opposite Jabaal Sheard. Tarell Basham/Anthony Johnson and Margus Hunt/Kemoko Turay were the other defensive end matchups commonly seen on Friday. Speaking of Turay, the rookie showed off a nice burst off the line, as well as a good amount of bend, to get to the quarterback against tackle Le'Raven Clark. Turay's working on his consistency out there, but has flashed on occasion the first couple days of practice. The Colts' defense was drawn offsides yet again on Friday, one day after Luck drew the unit offsides after a big play to tight end Eric Ebron. While this new scheme is predicated on speed and quickness, the Indy defenders will need to work on their collective discipline and keep their eye on the ball instead of relying on what they hear from the quarterback. Cornerback Kenny Moore II registered a would-be sack on quarterback Jacoby Brissett on a play in which Eberflus brought the house on a blitz. Moore forced a quick throw out of Brissett that was caught just out of bounds by Cain. Cornerback Quincy Wilson made a nice heads-up play to punch the ball out of the hand of tight end Ross Travis on a short crossing route to the left side of the field. Although Travis eventually recovered the fumble, it would've been for a big loss on the play. Safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers were seen working off on a side field with training staff during Friday's practice. Both players, who are currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as they work their way back from knee injuries, can come back to active roster at any time. Cornerback Nate Hairston showed off some impressive concentration to earn an interception during 7-on-7 work, quickly juggling a tipped pass and gaining possession to take the ball down the sideline for the defense. SPECIAL TEAMS Michael Badgley handled kicking duties for veteran Adam Vinatieri today during early field goal work. It's all just part of Vinatieri's maintenance plan; one would think he knows how much work he needs to get ready for the season. Oftentimes, if you pay attention to who's in on kick and punt coverage teams during training camp, you can get a good idea of who might be in the lead when it comes to certain on-the-bubble spots. Those on the top kickoff coverage team for the Colts on Friday were (left to right): Nate Hairston, T.J. Green, Antonio Morrison, Chris Milton, Moore, Rigoberto Sanchez, Najee Goode, Jeremiah George, Zaire Franklin, Jordan Wilkins and Matthias Farley.
  5. 14 points
    Hey! We’re not all bad I do good with the updates around here
  6. 14 points
    https://www.colts.com/news/2018-coltscamp-notebook-day-1-luck-shakes-off-rust-defense-flies-around Here were some of the top takeaways from the day's session: OFFENSE Today's practice featured the much-anticipated return of quarterback Andrew Luck to a full practice setting, and, as expected, he had many positive results mixed in with plenty of teachable moments throughout the day. In all, counting both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills, Luck completed a combined 11-of-19 passes (57.9 percent) with one interception. The large crowd in the stands at Grand Park, of course, was watching Luck's every move, and let out loud cheers when No. 12 even made his first warmup throw of the day. Luck looked his best during an early portion of 11-on-11s, when he got the defense to bite hard on a playaction with running back Josh Ferguson and found tight end Eric Ebron wide open along the left side of the field for a sizable (20 to 25-yard) gain. Then, on the very next play, Luck drew the defense offsides. With Anthony Castonzo (left tackle) and Austin Howard (right tackle) each placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list to begin camp, the Colts mixed things up a little bit along the edges up front, putting veteran Jack Mewhort at left tackle and Denzelle Good at right tackle with the first-team offense. Mewhort has been primarily a guard the last few years, but he does have some experience at tackle; Good, meanwhile, had moved around at both left and right tackle as needed throughout the offseason program. The Colts showed a second-team offensive line look of Tyreek Burwell (left tackle), Mark Glowinski (left guard), Joe Haeg (center), Braden Smith (right guard) and Le'Raven Clark (right tackle). Thursday's practice was also the 2018 on-field debut of running back Marlon Mack, who suffered a shoulder injury during camp last year during his rookie season, but played through it the entire year before deciding to undergo surgery after the 2017 regular season finale. Mack, who was wearing a shoulder brace on Thursday, was placed right in with the first-team offense to begin 11-on-11 drills and got a handoff on the very first play of camp, taking it outside to his left and sending safety T.J. Green to the grass with a little bit of physicality after a nice pickup. While Mack made his on-field return on Thursday, the Colts continued to mix it up at the running back position throughout the day. All six of the team's running backs - Mack, Josh Ferguson, Nyheim Hines, Christine Michael, Robert Turbin and Jordan Wilkins - were seen getting work here and there, so the depth chart at the position will obviously continue to be a fluid situation. Deon Cain continued his strong play from the offseason program into Thursday's first day of training camp practices. First, he made a nice play on a screen pass from quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who found Cain near the line of scrimmage to the left side; Cain took the pass and was able to snake his way through a couple defenders for a nice gain. But perhaps the play of the day was when Cain caught a fade pass from Brissett towards the end of practice. It was a well-thrown ball, but Cain showed off some tremendous body control as he jumped in the air, plucked the pass over the defender and went down to the ground while still holding on to the ball. If the sixth-round pick out of Clemson can keep stacking days like that, he'll undoubtedly be pushing for lots of passes to be thrown his way by the time the regular season rolls around. DEFENSE The Colts showed a first-team defensive look of Jabaal Sheard and Tarell Basham at defensive end; Al Woods and Denico Autry at defensive tackle; Anthony Walker (MIKE) and Tyrell Adams (WILL) at linebacker; Quincy Wilson, Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore II (nickel) at cornerback; and Matthias Farley and T.J. Green at safety. The second-team look was John Simon and Anthony Johnson at defensive end; Margus Hunt and Grover Stewart at defensive tackle; Najee Goode, Zaire Franklin and Darius Leonard at linebacker; Nate Hairston, D.J. White and Chris Milton at cornerback; and Shamarko Thomas and George Odum on safety. The cornerback lineup was very fluid. The biggest takeaway was moving Wilson, Desir, Moore and Hairston around. The four of them took turns with the first team, with Moore and Hairston the primary nickels. Desir and Wilson would occasionally sub out so Hairston and Moore could see snaps outside. They did mostly sub-package, but Goode appeared to be the third linebacker aside from Walker and Adams in base defense. The defensive line got a lot of penetration early in the 11-on-11s. Example, Autry was in the backfield at the time of the handoff on the first play. McCain and Simon had a couple of really good pass-rush reps in 11-on-11 that would've been sacks. Autry was very active with his hands, getting his hands into the passing lanes. He batted at least one Luck pass. Rookie linebacker Matthew Adams had a nice, diving pass breakup about 25 yards downfield. One of the plays of the day was rookie linebacker Leonard's leaping interception off of Luck. It was about 20 yards downfield, intended for Erik Swoope, who had nothing but green grass ahead of him had he caught it. Leonard also really showed his range, once striding with Nyheim Hines to the sideline on a screen where Hines would have been supposed to turn it upfield at the sideline. The cornerbacks were very active with the ball in the air. Hands all over in pass breakups. Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus led the linebacker position drills. Overall, it was an energetic group who hit each other hard in bag drills. Walker and Leonard both moved very well, very smooth. Caught the ball well. SPECIAL TEAMS Adam Vinatieri was kicking comfortably, with plenty of leg from 50-plus yards. He eventually missed from around 60 yards. Kickoff returners were (in order): Nyheim Hines, Marlon Mack and Josh Ferguson. Rigoberto Sanchez and Michael Badgley took turns simulating kickoffs.
  7. 14 points
    Andrew Luck was highly touted coming out of Stanford. The hype was unreal. So how does Andrew respond? Rookie year: - His first pass in the NFL went for a touchdown and from the very start, you knew something special was happening. - Luck set the NFL record for most passing yards by a rookie. - Luck set the NFL record for most passing yards in a single game by a rookie. - Luck led the Colts to numerous 4th quarter come-back victories, (7). - Luck led the Colts to the Playoffs as a rookie QB. - In 2014, Luck led the NFL in passing touchdowns. - Luck led the Colts to the playoffs three years in a row. - In Luck's first three years, he had the most passing yards of anyone in the history of the NFL to start off their career. And then the injuries occurred. If this is not meeting the hype and expectations, then it's not a Luck problem, it's a "you" problem. "You' have unrealistic expectations. As for Wilson, Foles, and Cousins, would you rather have them as your quarterback, on the same Colts teams that Andrew had?
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  9. 13 points
    It's too early to say, honestly. If his soreness persists, or gets worse, that will be a problem. I don't think he's out of the woods until a) he's able to withstand some contact and b) really has to let it rip in a game situation, with no governor. If a problem arises earlier than that, even worse. If it's just general soreness from rehabbing an injured body part -- or even just from throwing a football a hundred times a day -- then it's probably nothing to worry about. But I'm definitely not freaking out because a couple people are talking about pain and soreness.
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  11. 12 points
    Ok, so on the way home I read this article from Colts.com that basically hit on all if the details that I had written down. So it saved me a lot of typing lol. In all seriousness, that's a very thorough breakdown and is worth your time checking out. But a couple things I can add. 1. On both sides of the ball, there was HEAVY rotation. 8 or 9 different receivers got 1st team reps, 4 Tight ends did, 5 RBS did, 6 corners, 4 safeties, etc. It became difficult to really pinpoint official "starters" since so many guys were getting opportunities. 2. Andrew looked like a million bucks. I know it's been said by everyone tonight, but I want to emphasize it. He had power, precision, and made great decisions. 3. I was surprised by how few reps Dion got with Andrew after such a strong start to camp. Reece hardly got any. 4. The primary starting wr group was Ty, Chester, Grant. Ebron and Doyle interchanged a ton, and swope got a bunch of reps as well (and looked great). 5. There were quite a few reps where I saw Nelson was slightly pushed into the backfield, but yet had full control over his opponent. Nobody was getting past him. Awesome to see live. 6. Mack had the big play of the day, ripping off what woulda been an 80 yard td. 7. Wilkins, Hines, and Mack all looked great. 8. The tight ends, once again, dominated the receptions from Andrew.
  12. 12 points
    While I love Nelson.....what exactly are you basing this on? Dude has 2 padded practices on his resume
  13. 11 points
    Morning everybody. I'll be heading to today's practice, which has been moved up to a 6:15 start time. I'll try to do live updates during practice here in this thread, and then once I get back to our hotel I'll do a full write up. Does anyone have anything specific they'd like me to pay attention to outside of the obvious stuff with Luck?
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  16. 11 points
    Why are so much people complaining about those bad predictions? It's ok.... Let the media predict the colts only win 3 games,Blake Bortles throws for 60+ touchdowns and Brady catches his own 80yd td pass in sb to win the game... Only predictions. And the more people have us underrated, the bigger will be the surprise IF we do a lot better. If not... No surprise.
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  18. 10 points
    Seriously... he gave the Colts everything he had, not sure why him retiring would be something to laugh at.
  19. 10 points
    Man yall need to chill with all the negativity reg. the defense. It's too early for all that stuff. As if we've been playing this D forever or something.
  20. 10 points
    Just hoping Ballard continues to build inside out, and not outside in Everything starts up front on both sides of the ball. Keep adding to the fronts, the back ends will take care of themselves
  21. 10 points
    Locker room material? Nah. The last documented instance of someone actually reading a USA Today sports page was in 1993 when some guy in Minnesota accidentally read a couple of pages while cleaning fish.
  22. 9 points
    I heard Reich is going to script the first 15 plays every game as run plays to the left.....because Nelson asked him too.
  23. 9 points
    That stiff arm on Clowney was with THE injured shoulder, this kid is going to fly this season...
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