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Colts Camp Notebook: Day Six

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Notes from today's training camp practice.

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The Indianapolis Colts were back on the practice field this afternoon at Anderson University to continue training camp, and they have had beautiful weather for the first week of camp.

This was the second day with full pads for the Colts this camp, and it was a lively practice today.  Due to a change of plans (construction on I-69 that had traffic backed up and, at times, stopped for many miles) I wasn't out at camp today, but we've still got a training camp recap for you today.

Injury Report:

The Colts had a few players leave practice early today: cornerback Vontae Davis, cornerback Darius Butler, wide receiver Duron Carter, and defensive end Kendall Langford.  For Davis, however, it sounds as if it was just a rest day with limited work, and the same was true for outside linebacker Erik Walden, who didn't practice at all today. Butler and Carter both suffered groin injuries, while Langford had "soreness."  Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who missed practice yesterday and this morning's walkthrough for personal reasons, was back at practice today, though kicker Adam Vinatieri left practice early for personal reasons.  Lastly, offensive lineman Denzelle Good wasn't practicing today, though there's no update on his status.

Practice Report:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/colts?src=hash">#colts</a> in full pads and feisty. Art Jones and Lance Louis have to be pulled apart in line drills.</p>&mdash; Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) <a href="https://twitter.com/mchappell51/status/630085809018941440">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

This was the second practice in full pads for the Colts, and in both of them the offensive and defensive linemen have gotten into it.  On Wednesday night it was Khaled Holmes and David Parry/Arthur Jones, and then today it was Lance Louis and Arthur Jones.  It's good to see some added intensity from the players in the trenches while they're in full pads.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jonathan Newsome tips a Matt Hasselbeck pass, and it&#39;s intercepted by CB Jalil Brown. Continues to makes plays in camp. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ColtsCamp15?src=hash">#ColtsCamp15</a></p>&mdash; George Bremer (@gmbremer) <a href="https://twitter.com/gmbremer/status/630088212711612416">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jalil Brown gets his second pick today. Grabs a late throw from Luck. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ColtsCamp15?src=hash">#ColtsCamp15</a></p>&mdash; George Bremer (@gmbremer) <a href="https://twitter.com/gmbremer/status/630111572447350784">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Jalil Brown has had a very good training camp so far, being on of the defensive standouts through the first week of practice.  He has consistently made plays and done what he was supposed to do, and he has looked very good.  Though there is still an open competition for the fifth cornerback spot, Jalil Brown looks to have the clear advantage at that spot and, if camp is any indication, should do a pretty solid job in that role as well.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pagano calls the offense and defense together at midfield for an &quot;Oklahoma&quot; drill. Very spirited few minutes of action</p>&mdash; Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) <a href="https://twitter.com/KBowenColts/status/630090134726291456">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

For those unfamiliar with the Oklahoma drill, this is one where a defensive player lines up opposite of a ballcarrier within a confined space of field (typically five or so yards wide), while the ballcarrier has a blocker in front of him.  The defender's role is to get past the blocker and make the tackle on the ballcarrier.  It is a drill in which there is often a lot of physicality, and it's the first time that we've seen Chuck Pagano run the drill while with the Colts.  Perhaps it's showing his commitment to trying to make this Colts team tougher.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Phillip Dorsett just took D&#39;Juon Smith and Dwight Lowery deep for about 70. What. A. Throw. by Andrew Luck.</p>&mdash; Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) <a href="https://twitter.com/HolderStephen/status/630106042295263232">August 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Is it any surprise that the highlight of the day comes via a deep pass from Andrew Luck?  The quarterback has had a fantastic training camp so far, and a large part of that has come through the downfield passing game.  From the first week of camp, one thing is clear: the Colts' offense has the chance to be very explosive, and they will likely utilize the deep passing game quite a bit.  With players like T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Philip Dorsett, and Duron Carter able to provide a threat downfield, it's an attack that might work out pretty well.  Today, it was Dorsett burning the defense and catching a perfect pass from Luck for a long touchdown.