The Indianapolis Colts this morning held their final practice of training camp as they wrapped things up at Anderson University. They held their annual morning practice to wrap it up, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
As is typical, the practice was much lighter and there wasn’t a ton going on, but the team still got some 11-on-11 work in, and they honestly did more than they have in past years during the final practice of camp. So while there’s not a ton to report, there’s still enough to fill out our final camp notebook of the year.
- Good day for Andrew Luck. The Colts’ quarterback got off to a slow start in training camp this year, but his last week was very strong. That was true today too, as even though things were going half-speed at times, he made several really nice throws. His best one may actually have been an incompletion, as he put the ball right over the fingertips of Patrick Robinson and in between Robinson and Mike Adams to hit Phillip Dorsett in the fingertips in the end zone, but the receiver couldn’t pull it in (I wouldn’t consider it a drop, though). The play of the day was surely Luck’s touchdown to (who else?) T.Y. Hilton. Hilton put on a tremendous route-running display as he beat Vontae Davis on a corner route, catching a perfect pass from Luck as the quarterback just dropped it in over the top in the corner of the end zone for a score.
- Pat McAfee returns. McAfee hasn’t practiced much recently due to a tweaked knee, but he was back today and booming some punts. Hopefully you got a chance to see Michael Palardy wearing the horseshoe, as it’s unclear how much longer he’ll last. He could stick around in the preseason to take some of the load off of McAfee and Adam Vinatieri, however, so we’ll see.
- Adam Vinatieri is still good. Vinatieri also had a good day of practice, as he hit his first eleven kicks of the day before missing his final (and longest) one.
- A few other notes (mainly about Scott Tolzien). In case you needed any more indication that things were half-speed, it was basically just a pitch-and-catch show for the offense. Luck had a good day as we already mentioned, and Scott Tolzien did too. He hit Quan Bray for a touchdown right along the goal line on one play. On another, he rolled right and hit Robert Turbin in the front corner of the end zone along the sideline for a score. His best play of the day, however, was when he made a perfect touch throw to Chester Rogers in the end zone. Rogers went up and made a nice adjustment for the score.
- Injury update. Clayton Geathers and Henry Anderson were once again out, meaning they made it the entire camp on the PUP/NFI lists (which shouldn’t be a surprise whatsoever). D’Joun Smith, Tevin Mitchel, Marcus Leak, Jalil Brown, Art Jones, and Hugh Thornton also missed practice today. Brown came out to practice midway through and had a boot on his left foot, which we hadn’t seen before.
- Wrapping up camp. The Colts will head back to Indianapolis, where they’ll get ready for their preseason opener with meetings and walkthrough stuff. They’ll then head to Buffalo on Friday and will open the preseason on Saturday night against the Bills. As I get ready to leave Anderson University too just like the players, I just want to say thanks to everyone who followed along with our camp coverage once again this year. You all are great, and here’s the best part: we’re just getting started with the 2016 season, so be sure to stay tuned!