The Indianapolis Colts hosted the Chicago Bears on Wednesday for the first of two joint training camp practices before the pair’s Week 2 preseason game at the Luke.
Former Colts defensive coordinator, now Bears head coach Matt Eberflus returned to Westfield. Both teams feature highly athletic dual-threat starting quarterbacks and some fast zone defenses backing them up.
It may have been rookie Josh Downs who was the star of the day for Indianapolis offensively, while 2nd-year safety Nick Cross had two interceptions against two different Bears quarterbacks on defense.
Anthony Richardson Takes Underneath Routes; O-Line Has Flags
Day 1 of joint practices over:— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) August 17, 2023
-Had Anthony Richardson 15-19. Mostly underneath stuff. Way too many penalties though on OL + several “sacks”
-Good night from Nick Cross and Rodney Thomas II in forcing turnovers
-Justin Fields hit a couple of big plays in a full field 11-on-11…
Anthony Richardson just threw a dime to Amari Rogers in 1-on-1s for a TD. About a 30-yard throw with an over the shoulder catch. #Colts— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) August 16, 2023
Anthony Richardson threw a pick in 7-on-7. Air-mailed it across the middle to Josh Downs, who wasn’t really near the ball and didn’t even jump for it because it was so high. Eddie Jackson picked it. #Colts— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) August 16, 2023
Richardson finishes his first 11-on-11 drill with a nice run up the middle. Went 2-for-3 passing with short completions to Kylen Granson and Evan Hull.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 16, 2023
Missed Alec Pierce with a low throw. #Colts
I’ve got Richardson at 16 of 20 in 11-on-11 against Bears today.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) August 16, 2023
Lots of penalties on o line, though. Believe there were 4 holds, 2 false starts
Rookie Wideout Josh Downs Flashes Again
Josh Downs had a nice 1-on-1 period: pic.twitter.com/mr8IQ3AQtf— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) August 16, 2023
#Colts HC Shane Steichen on Josh Downs: “He catches everything.”— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) August 17, 2023
Josh Downs flashed during 1-on-1s with a TD catch as the highlight.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 16, 2023
And that has continued early in 7-on-7. #Colts
Starting Colts Offensive Tackles Impress
Thought Raimann & Braden Smith looked good in 1-on-1’s against Ngakoue, Terrell Lewis.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) August 16, 2023
Dakoda Shepley had a couple nice reps inside. Otherwise I thought the interior of the Colts offensive line had a rough period
Battle of Moores
Kenny Moore II vs. DJ Moore was a fun battle in 1-on-1’s.— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) August 16, 2023
Kenny got a PBU on one clear win, then whistled for a flag on a tight battle when DJ whipped out his absurd change of direction.
Safeties Rodney Thomas II and Nick Cross Have Interceptions
During 11-on-11, Justin Fields was picked off by the Colts’ Rodney Thomas on a deep ball intended for Darnell Mooney. Ball was under thrown.— Sean Hammond (@sean_hammond) August 16, 2023
Colts safety Nick Cross picked off Bears backup QB PJ Walker during 7-on-7. It was a short pass near the middle of the field.— Sean Hammond (@sean_hammond) August 16, 2023
In the second round of 11-on-11, #Colts safety Nick Cross gets his second interception of the day, this time grabbing a tipped pass over the middle from #Bears QB Justin Fields. Fields finished 1-of-2 with a short scramble as well. @thbsports— Kyle Smedley (@KyleSmedley_) August 16, 2023
Some Injury Updates
Will Fries has a wrap on his right calf— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) August 16, 2023
Braden Smith is back practicing today.— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) August 16, 2023
Jelani Woods, Drew Ogletree and Mo Alie-Cox are still out.
Ryan Kelly is not practicing again today.— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) August 16, 2023