The Indianapolis Colts held their first practice of the team’s three-day minicamp on Tuesday. Both cornerback Kenny Moore II and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue were present, according to Zak Keefer, a writer for The Athletic.
Here at W. 56th Street for the first practice of the Colts' three-day minicamp. Yannick Ngakoue and Kenny Moore both in the building.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) June 7, 2022
Both Moore and Ngakoue had sat out of previous practices for various reasons. As already reported, Moore doesn’t appear to be happy with his current contract, but he did practice Tuesday. Ngakoue, on the other hand, has been conducting his private workout sessions, which the Colts were aware of.
For Colts fans, Moore being a participant at minicamp is a good sign considering he might’ve held out until he was given a new contract. The Pro Bowl cornerback plays such a crucial role in Indy’s defense so his absence would’ve been significant over time.
Ngakoue’s presence is equally as important. Even though he is already familiar with DC Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme, taking reps early on can make a difference once the regular season comes around.
Safety Julian Blackmon participated in 7-on-7 work, which is a good sign as he works on recovering from a torn Achilles.
Julian Blackmon doing 7-on-7 this week, paired with Nick Cross at safety.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) June 7, 2022
Haven’t seen Khari Willis.
Also haven’t seen Jonathan Taylor yet.
In addition to Moore and Ngakoue being present, linebacker Darius Leonard, running back Jonathan Taylor and safety Khari Willis were not at the first practice of minicamp.
According to head coach Frank Reich, Willis’ absence is excused for a personal matter and Taylor’s absence was precautionary.
Khari Willis has an excused absence, he’s not here because of a personal matter— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) June 7, 2022
Jonathan Taylor was out for precautionary reasons— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) June 7, 2022