This post is a compilation of notes and opinions from several fans and people in the media who attended this day of Colts training camp.
As always, the first week of camp was eventful, but in ways no one expected. Not only was 2011 second round selection Ben Ijalana placed on the waived-injured (and later placed on IR after no one claimed him off waivers), but the Colts also swung a trade.
In my six years covering the Colts, I cannot remember a time when the previous regime swung a trade while camp was going on.
The trade sent Kevin Thomas and a 7th rounder in 2013 to Philadelphia in exchange for linebackers Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd. What impact would these new players make, and would the departure of Thomas open up opportunities for other corners on this roster?
Note: We answered some of that in a special podcast with BGN's Jason Brewer
- For much of the week, even before Kevin Thomas was trade, Justin King was the starting corner opposite Jerraud Powers. Cassius Vaughn worked the slot corner position.
- Kavell Conner has been working a lot with the second unit defense, not the first. Coaches don't seem to like what he was doing with the first unit. Fokou saw some time with the first unit the Saturday after the trade, and he turned some heads with a few sticks he laid.
- Lloyd has also impressed with his hitting. Do not be surprised if one of these two new players starts at inside backer over Conner.
T.Y. Hilton is looking impressive, showcasing his speed, quickness, and big play ability on offense. Not just special teams.
- Andrew Luck has looked brilliant in camp. However, when the Colts started implementing their short yardage and goal line offensive packages, he began to really struggle. In goalline work, Luck went 3-7 with an INT and no TDs.
- Six day numbers for Andrew Luck at camp: 122-162, 75.3% for 7 TDs and 5 INTs.
- When asked about his progress, Luck said he was throwing too many picks and needed to work on turnovers.
- Short yardage backs are Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore, Vick Ballard, and Darren Evans. Basically, everyone but Donald Brown.
- I have not read a single positive report on Brown. Not one. And I've looked.
- Something Chuck Pagano was excited about: No one fumbled in goalline work.
- Carter has stood out the most. On Saturday, he scored three goalline touchdowns. Carter has also blocked well in pass blocking drills.
- Justin King has sat out two practices since suffering a hip flexor Friday.
- Colts were in pads for three of four practices From Tuesday to Saturday.
- Have not heard anyone say anything negative about Donnie Avery. He looks quick and is making tough catches. He's also been chippy. On Thursday, Avery and Cassius Vaughn got into a scuffle and had to be separated.
- Andrew Luck was extremely sharp on Saturday, completing 18 of 24 passes for three TDs and no picks.
- First-year WR Kris Adams has also impressed at camp making several tough catches.
If you were at camp and saw something worth noting, pop some text into the comments below. This update does not include today's (Sunday) report. That will be posted separately.