Throughout the day, each of the Colts quarterbacks and members of the offense get a lot of repetitions in a variety of drills. There are individual drills, 7-on-7 and team drills that pit different players against one another and gradually increase the complexity. Some drills allow a player to highlight his abilities in isolation, while others are more geared to see how the team gels to get a positive outcome.
My primary offensive observations from practice follow, including a bit of a passing chart for each quarterback in terms of completions and noteworthy plays.
- Andrew Luck continues to participate only in 7-on-7 drills and has not yet been a part of team drills. In 7-on-7 drills Sunday, Luck completed 5/11 passes, including a batted pass that was picked off by Rock Ya-Sin.
- Notably, Luck did throw a couple of passes over the heads of his tight ends. There was at least one drop and there were a couple of good defensive plays made by Hairston and Ya-Sin to get the interception.
- Jacoby Brissett played with the first team offense in team drills and also took some reps in 7-on-7 drills. He finished the day 15/19 with a pass deflected off of a lineman’s helmet that was intercepted by Rock Ya-Sin.
- In all, he was very accurate on the day. He did throw a pass short but two of his passes were knocked down due to nice defensive plays by E.J. Speed and Darius Leonard. The other was the pick for Ya-Sin.
- Chad Kelly took over for Phillip Walker in second team reps in team drills. He finished the day 10/12. One of his incomplete passes was thrown over the head of Krishawn Hogan in the end zone and the other was made in a tight window and nearly picked off by Khari Willis.
- Walker finished the day 5/7. One of his incomplete passes went over Jordan Veasy’s head. It appeared that Veasy gave up on the route though so blame is likely shared. The other pass was intended for Deon Cain to close out team drills for practice but was knocked away by Chris Milton.
- The second team offensive line on Sunday as LT Antonio Garcia, LG Jake Eldrenkamp, C Josh Andrews, RG Joe Haeg and RT Le’Raven Clark.
- Red zone first team defense has Anthony Walker and Darius Leonard on the field at linebaker.
- On one red zone play, Khari Willis was vocal pre-snap. The play resulted in a stop for the defense.
- In terms of running the football, the most impressive players on the ground were Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins. Both showed the ability to make players miss and pick up extra yards on runs inside and out.
- Justin Houston receives a great deal of attention from fans who are looking forward to his ability to rush the passer. He is arguably as strong against the run as he is against the pass. He disrupted multiple runs to his side.
- E.J. Speed’s name continues to come up on big defensive plays. He made a nice play to knock down a pass in coverage and also had a well-timed blitz up the middle and nearly batted won a pass at the line of scrimmage.
- Ben Banogu had a relatively effective day on the edge. He generated pressure and gave Le’Raven Clark fits. He needs to stay disciplined and not get drawn off-sides but his athleticism is apparent.
- Grover Stewart continues to be incredibly quick off of the snap, particularly for a man his size. He needs to continue working on his ability to adjust after he initiates contact to be in on more plays.