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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.

Wednesday was the sixth practice for the Colts at Grand Park.

Here is what was learned from the sixth day of practice:

-Andrew Luck dialed back his throwing on Wednesday after a big workload on Tuesday. Head here for a look at Luck’s fifth day of throwing at practice this camp.

-Wednesday was the most physical day of camp I have seen in my 8 years of covering the Colts at Training Camp. We saw two live periods come in a 3rd-and-short situation and then on the goal line. All offseason long, the Colts talked about being more physical and rebuilding this team through the trenches. They walked some of that talk by adding new personnel and then have now walked it at camp. Wednesday was the 4th straight practice in full pads (with an off day on Monday splitting those 4 days up). In years past, the Colts would maybe have a handful of full-padded practices in all of camp. “This is really the only way I think about doing it,” Reich says of clearly having a more physical camp. “We’ve said from day one, when Chris (Ballard) and I sat down, ‘What do we want this team to stand for? It’s got to be about toughness.’ It’s our No. 1 deal. I’ll take a less talented guy, who is just a tough football player. I think in the long run that wins. You have to learn to do that every day.”

 

-The offensive line, and offense in general, definitely won the short-yardage periods on Wednesday. With Anthony Castonzo back to practice on Wednesday, the Colts had what looked like their starting line in tact: LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Quenton Nelson, C-Ryan Kelly, RG-Matt Slauson and RT-Austin Howard. This bunch re-established the line of scrimmage against the starting defensive line on the majority of short-yardage plays, with a variety of running backs moving the chains/finding the end zone.

 

-Another day in full pads brought out some more chippiness. A skirmish during 1-on-1 drills began first between Matt Slauson and Grover Stewart, before the entire offensive and defensive line joined together for some extracurricular activity. Veterans Anthony Castonzo and Jabaal Sheard were involved, too.

 

-Undrafted rookie Skai Moore is a starter at MIKE linebacker with Anthony Walker (groin) sidelined for a couple of weeks. Moore was a decorated UDFA, having led South Carolina in tackles in each of his 4 seasons playing there. That’s why Chris Ballard called Moore personally trying to recruit the SEC linebacker as a UDFA. Moore, who had a poor 40-yard dash time likely leading to him going undrafted, saw the depth chart in Indy and knew such an opportunity could present itself. Moore is definitely ahead of Antonio Morrison on the depth chart. Frank Reich said the Colts need for Moore to be consistent and communicate at a high level with the starting lineup. Reich credits Moore for getting in better shape after the spring.

 

-Reich wouldn’t reveal the names but he did say a couple of players have flashed in pads, compared to what they looked like during the rest of the offseason.

 

-Andrew Luck is just fine with giving Eric Ebron chances on plays where it looks like the big tight end is covered. If Ebron shows the ability to consistently catch the football, he’s going to be a mismatch issue for opposing defenses.

 

-Again, the Colts are rotating a bunch of cornerbacks, almost on every play. Today’s starters in nickel were Quincy Wilson and Pierre Desir on the outside, with Kenny Moore at nickel.

 

-Rookie Kemoko Turay received some early first-team run in the physical run game session. It’s clear the Colts are rotating a ton up front to try and find the best run defense/pass rushing groups.

 

-Local product Krishawn Hogan (Warren Central High School and Marian University) made a couple of nice catches in team drills on Wednesday.

 

-The following players missed Wednesday’s practice: OT-Tyreek Burwell (left leg), RB-Josh Ferguson (undisclosed), S-Clayton Geathers (knee), S-Malik Hooker (knee), OG-Jeremy Vujnovich (calf), LB-Anthony Walker (groin). OT-Denzelle Good (hamstring) and S-T.J. Green (contusion) both got banged up during Wednesday’s practice.

 

-With Green out, Ronald Martin received some starting run alongside Matthias Farley at safety.

 

-Let Frank Reich explain the unique rapport between Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton: “I remember in the offseason Andrew saying on more than one occasion, how much confidence he has in T.Y. (Luck) would say something like this, ‘Hey, T.Y. might not always run the route how you are coaching him to do it, but I promise you I know exactly what he’s doing and let’s just let it happen. Don’t overcoach it. I know what he’s going to do.’ There’s a fine line there. We are going to coach him, but I do understand there’s a unique relationship between those two guys.”

 

-T.Y. Hilton with this on getting back in rhythm with Andrew Luck: “It’s just like when you wake up. You brush your teeth, wash your face. It’s easy for us, man.”

 

-Rookie Jordan Wilkins has taken the open playing time vacated by Robert Turbin and entrenched himself as a very likely rotational back. Wilkins looks the part at 6-1 and 217 pounds. The fifth-round pick from Ole Miss has earned it, too: “Jordan is one of those guys we are talking about with a real toughness,” Frank Reich said after Wednesday. “I just feel like this guy loves football and he loves the physicality. He has no fear in his game. I think he’s making a very good impression. I’m very happy with the progress that he’s making. He’s showing the ability to play on all 3 downs. He’s better out of the backfield, as a receiver, than I thought he would be. Pass protection, he knows his stuff. He’s making good progress.”

 

-Reggie Wayne made his first appearance at Training Camp on Wednesday. The ‘volunteer’ coach was very vocal and hands-on with the wideout group on Wednesday, offering some key teaching moments for a very young bunch of receivers.

 

-With the outdoor fields still soaked on Wednesday morning, the Colts again went indoors for practice. The indoor facility at Grand Park is state of the art and actually allowed 500 fans to come inside to watch. 

 

-NFL officials, including head official Walt Anderson, are present at Grand Park this week to help the Colts learn about the new rule changes being implemented in 2018.

 

-After 3 straight practices in full pads, the Colts were back in full pads again on Wednesday. Frank Reich is taking full advantage of having as many full-padded practices as you can. The team will practice again on Thursday morning in shells before their second night practice coming Friday in full pads. The Colts will have their mandatory off day on Saturday before 3 morning practices running Sunday-Tuesday, ahead of their preseason opener a week from Thursday.

 

 

UPCOMING CAMP SCHEDULE

 

Thurs., August 2 – Sunrise Yoga

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

 

Fri., August 3 – “Friday Night Lights”

Practice: 6:15-8:30 PM

 

Sat., August 4

Players’ Day Off

 

Sun., August 5

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

 

Mon., August 6

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

 

Tues., August 7

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM