The fourth practice of Colts training camp was for special teams only. We're still getting info from that session (rain delayed things), but just like yesterday the team is looking at several players to potentially return punts and kicks. Also, Adam Vinatieri has been out there practicing kicks just as if it were any other training camp. Nice to see The Legend seemingly healthy and ready to go.
In general, if there is one person who has seen a lot of action on both special teams and in special offensive packages it's the rookie Brandon James. At this point, I'd be shocked if he were cut in early September. When the team isn't splitting him out wide as a receiver, they are using him on reverse plays. It's as if the Colts feel Brandon James is their own Darren Sproles. I guess James' 4.32 40 time has Colts offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen looking for ways to get the kid in space with the football in his hands. From what I'm hearing, the teams sees him as more of a wide receiver-scat back than a Joseph Addai-type.
After the jump, more notes from August 3rd practices...
Eric Hartz recaps the day at ColtPower.com. Here are a few highlights:
Jerry Hughes worked with the first unit and turned a few heads. The team seems very impressed with the work he did this off-season. He was getting good, consistent pressure on Peyton Manning in the morning. Again, this is a practice in full pads. He beat Charlie Johnson on one play to pressure Manning, and on another he and Ramon Humber sniffed out a Brandon James reverse.
- Mitch King followed up yesterday's practices with another strong outing today. No word on how he looked on special teams, but he seems to be doing what he is known to do, and that's pressure the QB from the interior of the line. If he showcases this a bit in pre-season, Mitch will make the final 53.
- According to PhilB, players held out of morning practice were Clint Session, Joseph Addai, Ray Fisher, Keyunta Dawson, Ervin Baldwin, Adam Terry, Robert Mathis, and Tony Ugoh.
- Once again, Mike Pollak worked with the first unit at guard.
- The secondary looked very sharp this morning, especially Jacob Lacey and Jerraud Powers.
Tomorrow, our very own Matt Grecco (aka, mgrex03) will be at camp, offering us his insights on the morning and evening practices. Remember, tomorrow is the team's first 7:30pm practice. So, if you can, head to Anderson and Tweet what you see.
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