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INDIANAPOLIS – Each day, 1070 The Fan will bring you a full camp notebook covering a variety of tidbits from Colts Training Camp at Grand Park in Westfield.

Friday was the 17th practice for the Colts at Grand Park, with the team having 18 total practices in Westfield this camp.

Here is what was learned from the 17th day of practice:

-Andrew Luck had another efficient practice session on Friday, against the Baltimore defense. Head here for an update on Luck’s afternoon practice.

-It was time to put the full pads back on Friday with the Baltimore Ravens in town. The teams practiced simultaneously on two practice fields, so keeping eyes on both starting units was a bit difficult.

-Let’s start with the Colts starting offense.

-The offense was hot early with Andrew Luck connecting on his first 8 throws. But with the rain starting to pick up, Luck and his receivers had a bumpier end to practice. Luck connected on just half of his final 14 throws, with around 3-to-4 drops in there (Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle and T.Y. Hilton were the culprits).

-Rookie Jordan Wilkins received the start at running back and broke a couple of nice runs. Like they’ve done all camp, the Colts rotated pretty regularly in the backfield with Christine Michael and Nyheim Hines.

-The right tackle spot remains a mystery. Former Raven Austin Howard started at right tackle, but after allowing a sack late in practice, the Colts gave rookie Braden Smith a try with the starting lineup. If Denzelle Good can get healthy next week, he has to be the favorite to start there. J’Marcus Webb was again the left tackle, in place of Anthony Castonzo.


-T.Y. Hilton actually had a shaky 1-on-1 period with a drop and then not being able to haul in a ball thrown slightly behind him. But, overall, I thought the Colts won the vast majority of those reps. Guys like Chester Rogers, Eric Ebron, Kasen Williams and Reece Fountain all made nice grabs. Williams had a very solid day of work.


-Jacoby Brissett did have two interceptions, with the second one squarely on the shoulder of Nyheim Hines for a ball that should have been caught.


-After watching the offense early on, I headed over to the defensive side of the field. The defense held its own against Joe Flacco and the Ravens. You saw some playmaking from Darius Leonard and T.J. Green, while Jabaal Sheard set-up shop in the backfield on several reps.


-In terms of starters, Margus Hunt continues to be the guy at defensive end, opposite Jabaal Sheard. When Hunt came to the Colts last season, he expressed how happy he was to no longer be a 4-3 defensive end. Well, I guess he’s doing something right in that role this camp.


-Each practice that goes by, it becomes easier and easier to see why the Colts coveted Darius Leonard so much. Guys his size shouldn’t move like that.


-Grover Stewart had a couple of nice plays on Friday. I would put him as the top reserve defensive tackle.


-Yes, cornerback continues to be a revolving door. Two guys out of Kenny Moore, Quincy Wilson, Pierre Desir and Nate Hairston will start Week One.

-It rained pretty hard for about 20 minutes of camp on Friday. While that shrunk the crowd, it was a good opportunity for the Colts to practice in similar weather to what they saw in Week 16 of last season, in Baltimore.

-Tough to see WR-Krishawn Hogan with a boot on his right foot Friday. Hogan was limping a bit after a touchdown grab during his strong performcne at Thursday’s practice.

-The following players also missed Friday’s practice: OT-Anthony Castonzo (right hamstring), OT-Denzelle Good (hamstring), WR-Krishawn Hogan (boot on right foot), DL-Anthony Johnson (back), DL-Tyquan Lewis (right foot), RB-Marlon Mack (left hamstring), DT-Rakeem Nunez-Roches (abdominal), RB-Branden Oliver (right hamstring), RB-Robert Turbin (ankle), LB-Anthony Walker (groin), WR-James Wright (knee).


-You could tell Friday’s practice had some extra intensity when Reggie Wayne was bouncing around the practice field being much more vocal than he normally is during stretching.


-Couple of local connections for the Ravens: OT-James Hurst (Plainfield High School), WR-Willie Snead (Ball State University).


-Saturday will be the final practice of Training Camp at Grand Park. The Colts will then head back to their facility for the remainder of the preseason.





Sat., August 18 (Joint practices with Ravens)

Practice: 1:30-3:30 PM