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2009 Colts Training Camp: Notes from Annual Blue and White Scrimmage

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Every training camp, the Colts have held an annual Blue v. White Scrimmage (aka, a mock game). This pits starting and second string offenses v. the starting and second string defenses. During this mock game, both sides are given points for certain accomplishments, such as gaining first downs, big plays, forcing punts, touchdowns, sacks, INTs, etc.

Today, the Colts held their annual scrimmage, and due to the power of Twitter (again, go screw yourself Bill Parcells for the way you treat the people who pay your inflated salary) we have live updates from the game that just concluded not more than a few minutes ago. This summary is a breakdown of the immortal Eric Hartz, who Tweeted a storm this morning. Eric is an editor for ColtPower.com.

  • Colts defense dominated the scrimmage. I mean, it seemed like it wasn't even funny how much they dominated.
  • Mike Hart is in a walking boot, meaning his ankle injury is serious, but likely something he can heal quickly from.
  • Lots of players sat out, such as Fili Moala, Marcus Howard, Antonio Johnson, and Daniel Muir. Also out was Donald Brown, Jim Sorgi, Tom Santi, Bob Sanders, Kelvin Hayden, and Marlin Jackson. Some of these players are on PUP.

More after the jump...

  • Austin Collie is the slot receiver. He came out with the starting offense, and when they went to 3 WR, Collie was the slot guy. It's possible the Colts could use some three WR packages with Pierre Garcon flanking outside and either Reggie Wayne or Anthony Gonzalez lining up in the slot, but if there is a definite "slot receiver" on this team, it's Collie; not Garcon. 
  • Pat McAfee kicked a 68 yard punt.
  • Defense caused offense to stall in multiple three-and-outs. Peyton Manning and Curtis Painter sacked often. Several passes tipped or disrupted because of pass rush. Manning was visibly annoyed. Somewhere in the Rose Hulman facilities right now, Larry Coyer is smiling.
  • Dante Hughes looked good, as did Jerraud Powers.
  • O-line had trouble containing defense's pass rush.
  • Shane Andrus kicked a 50-yard FG.
  • Powers also had an impressive punt return in scrimmage.
  • Defense wins 45-31.
  • Reggie Wayne and Gonzo looked impressive running routes.
  • With no Brown and no Hart, running game seemed to struggle in scrimmage.