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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 fifth practice for the Colts at Grand Park.

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

-Andrew Luck had his most extensive work day of camp on Tuesday. Head here for a look at Luck showing off some more zip at his fourth practice of camp.

-The Colts’ first major injury of camp has hit starting MIKE linebacker Anthony Walker. The groin injury Walker suffered on Sunday night will keep him out for “probably a few weeks” head coach Frank Reich said after Tuesday’s practice. With Walker missing a chunk of time in August, that opens the door for undrafted linebacker Skai Moore. The South Carolina product, who was extremely productive in college, took the starting reps on Tuesday and has impressed the staff early in camp. Still, the loss of Walker is tough for a position group with virtually zero proven talent already in place. Walker was the main signal caller for the defense throughout the offseason.

 

-Offensive tackle Austin Howard made his camp debut for the Colts on Tuesday. The veteran tackle missed the first 4 practices of camp, but finally passed his physical after the Colts returned from their off day on Monday. Howard, who has 88 career starts, was the most frequent starter at right tackle in the spring. However, the Colts wanted a competition at camp between Howard and Denzelle Good. Well, just as Howard returned on Tuesday, Good exited practice about midway through with an injury. Before Good went out injured on Tuesday, he drilled at left tackle and Howard worked at right tackle. If Good can return soon, we will see if this right tackle competition actually picks up in intensity. As far as Anthony Castonzo, Frank Reich says the veteran left tackle is ‘really close, really close’ to returning.

 

-I thought Tuesday was a pretty good day from Quincy Wilson. The Colts have been rotating a bunch of corners with the starting defense at camp and Wilson is hardly a locked in starter right now. But the second-year corner had a couple of nice plays forcing incompletions on Tuesday.

 

-Tuesday saw more of a full route tree from rookie Deon Cain, and even extended first-team run for the rookie. If that continues, it’s probably safe to have Cain climbing up the depth chart. Would Chester Rogers start to drop then?

 

-Eric Ebon’s catch radius is impressive. The Colts definitely have a clear/unique role for their new hybrid weapon.

 

-With all the injury issues the Colts have had with Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers over the past two years, having Matthias Farley is such a welcoming presence. Credit to Ryan Grigson’s scouting staff for finding Farley off the waiver wire after preseason cuts in 2016.

 

-Farley hauled in an errant Luck overthrow for a pick on Tuesday. It was 1 of 3 interceptions for a defense finding a little more playmaking in this full-padded practice. Safety Ronald Martin and linebacker Zaire Franklin had the other two INTs.

 

-Defensive tackle Grover Stewart is another guy who has flashed a few times in camp.

 

-The Colts opened up in nickel on Tuesday, which meant Tarell Basham was the starting defensive end, opposite Jabaal Sheard. We even saw Kemoko Turay sneak in a couple of first-team reps.

 

-If you’re going to make me pick a sleeper wideout to push for a roster spot, let’s go with K.J. Brent. He has wiggled his way into occasional first-team reps when the Colts use several wideouts.

 

-We saw more tempo from the offense on Tuesday morning and some situational goal line work late in practice, too.

 

-The Colts have rotated all 5 healthy running backs a lot during camp. Yes, it’s a running back by committee approach for the Colts in 2018, but the number of backs being used will shrink once Frank Reich is scripting a weekly game plan come the regular season.

 

-The following players missed Tuesday’s practice: OT-Tyreek Burwell (left leg), LT-Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), RB-Josh Ferguson (undisclosed), S-Clayton Geathers (knee), S-Malik Hooker (knee), OG-Jeremy Vujnovich (calf), LB-Anthony Walker (groin).

 

-Frank Reich said this about Geathers: “Clayton is making good progress. I think you’ll see him before too long.” Malik Hooker’s return is not expected for at least another week and a half.

 

-Defensive end Chris McCain (ankle) also returned to practice after missing a few practices and showed off that quick first step.

 

-Quenton Nelson opened up a bit (for him, at least) on Tuesday about working with Andrew Luck: “Everything you heard about him before I got here has been true. He’s exceeded my expectations as a quarterback. Really lucky to have 12 behind us. On the field, his command and the little nuances in the game with his cadences, demeanor, his leadership, it’s like second to none. He just gets the whole offense moving in the right direction and he gives us a lot of confidence.” Nelson said that the biggest challenge for him personally at the NFL level has been not to overset too much with his pass pro and just nailing down his footwork and technique.

 

-Former Colts’ great Jeff Saturday was at Grand Park on Tuesday, reporting for ESPN. Frank Reich had Saturday speak to the team following Tuesday’s practice. Check that out here. Ryan Diem was also at practice on Tuesday, chatting it up with Robert Mathis.

 

-With the outdoor fields soaked and rain falling on Tuesday morning, the Colts 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 are present at Grand Park this week to help the Colts learn about the new rule changes being implemented in 2018.

 

-After 4 straight days of practice to start camp, the Colts had their first mandatory off day on Monday. The team returned Tuesday morning with their third straight practice in full pads. The Colts practice again on Wednesday and Thursday morning, before their second night practice on Friday.

 

 

UPCOMING CAMP SCHEDULE

    

Tues., July 31

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

 

Wed., August 1

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

 

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