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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.

Tuesday was the 11th 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 11th day of practice:

-Andrew Luck was again throwing at Tuesday morning’s practice, the first time he had thrown three straight days in all of camp. Head here for an update on how Luck looked on Tuesday.

-After donning full pads for 7 of their past 8 practices, the Colts wore shells on Tuesday morning. So, after 11 practices at Grand Park, the Colts have worn full pads for 7 of those sessions. That’s a far cry from past years.


-On Tuesday, we saw Clayton Geathers receive his first team reps in 2018. Geathers participated with the starting defense for two separate 11-on-11 periods. As far as Malik Hooker, his full return to practice isn’t expected until next week, at the earliest, with the Colts targeting Week 3 of the preseason (Aug. 25) for his return to game action. It was always expected Geathers would return to full practice before Hooker.


-Who starts at left tackle for Anthony Castonzo on Thursday? I’m guessing it’s Joe Haeg, who took the reps there on Tuesday. Veteran Austin Howard was back to starting at right tackle.


-Who are the starting corners? Who knows. Quincy Wilson and Kenny Moore were the starters at first on Tuesday. And then Pierre Desir entered and made a beautiful interception on a deep ball from Andrew Luck. The pick by Desir was a rare bit of playmaking from the corner position this camp.


-The Colts are giving rookie Zaire Franklin some chances with the starting defense. With Anthony Walker out, the MIKE position has been mostly Skai Moore. But Franklin, a 7th round pick from April, has seen occasional run with the starters.


-With all the interchanging on defense, Frank Reich says he would love things to be more ‘static’ on that side of the ball but the Colts have to let injuries and general competition run the course before that happens.


-Luck is more than willing to give Eric Ebron chances on 50/50 balls. And Ebron has done his part in hauling in a good amount of them. We saw another on Tuesday during a red-zone drill, with Ebron snatching a ball out of a crowd down the middle of the field.


-The following players also missed Tuesday’s practice: OL-Deyshawn Bond (concussion), OL-Tyreek Burwell (undisclosed), OT-Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), RB-Josh Ferguson (undisclosed), WR-Reece Fountain (knee), OT-Denzelle Good (hamstring), DL-Tyquan Lewis (boot on his right foot), DE-Chris McCain (ankle), CB-Chris Milton (hip), DE-Kemoko Turay (knee), LB-Anthony Walker (groin). It looked like some veteran rest days for DT-Al Woods and DE-Jabaal Sheard.


-Is Andrew Luck referencing past Colts offenses with this quote, when asked about the unique aspect of Frank Reich’s system? “We are going to be able to attack defenses in a lot of different ways. I do not think Nick Sirianni and Frank (Reich) will allow this offense to become stagnant in any way shape, or form. That doesn’t mean we are chucking the ball a million times and the ball has to be in the air 30-plus yards every other play. We are going to be able to run the ball. We are going to be able to get the ball out of our hands. We are going to take our shots. There’s going to be a bunch of ways we attack defenses.”


-Frank Reich said it best when talking about his team being ready for Thursday’s preseason opener after 11 practices in Grand Park: “It’s time. Every team is the same way. We are ready to hit somebody else.”


-Reich had another money quote when saying rookies must be able to carry it over to the bright lights come game day. He used Quenton Nelson as his example. “Everyone in the world seems to know that he was a great pick and a sure-fire great player in this league. Yeah, I believe that’s true. But I don’t care. You have to go out and prove it. He’s got to go out and prove it.”


-Do not expect the Colts to show much of anything on Thursday night schematically. “It’s the preseason, so we will stay pretty basic,” is how Reich put it. Look for the starters to play around a quarter, maybe slightly less than that.


-The Colts will have a closed walk-through on Wednesday morning before heading to Seattle for Thursday’s preseason opener, which will kick at 10:00 PM.





Thur., August 9

Preseason opener @Seattle: 10:00 PM


Sat., August 11

Practice: 3:40-5:20 PM


Sun., August 12

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM


Mon., August 13

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM


Tues., August 14

Practice: 7:00-9:15 PM


Wed., August 15

Day Off


Thur., August 16

Practice: 1:30-3:15 PM


Fri., August 17 (Joint practices with Ravens)

Practice: 1:30-3:30 PM


Sat., August 18 (Joint practices with Ravens)

Practice: 1:30-3:30 PM