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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 second practice for the Colts at Grand Park.

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

-Looking for Friday’s recap of Andrew Luck throwing for a second straight day, head here for that.

-How did Deon Cain fall to the 6th round? For a second straight day, Cain got the crowd to rise in decibel level. On two separate plays, Cain did a wonderful job high-pointing the football and making a play in traffic. It’s not that Cain is wide open on these deep balls he’s catching. It’s that he’s winning at the point of attack. More on Cain below.

-Do not be surprised when the Colts use some 3-tight end looks for passing plays this season. We warned you.

-Before the Colts put on the full pads on Saturday, the Colts drilled a good amount of run plays during the early 11-on-11 session Friday. The Colts haven’t shied away from using any of their 5 running backs with the first-team offense.

-We can’t pencil in Nate Hairston for the slot corner position just yet. Hairston is also getting some looks as an outside corner in camp, after almost exclusively playing in the slot during his rookie campaign last year.

-The defense is interchanging tons of bodies. We see bunches of corners getting run in different units. Up front, it was DE-John Simon receiving some starting run (opposite Jabaal Sheard) on Friday, after he hardly saw any of that in the spring. CB-Kenny Moore is a guy Chris Ballard loves and that’s turned into some starting reps for the young cornerback early in camp. When the Colts came out in their base defense on Friday, Moore was a starter, with Pierre Desir opposite him.

-With Anthony Castonzo and Austin Howard still not healthy, and Denzelle Good (personal reasons) missing Friday’s practice, the offensive tackles with the first team were Jack Mewhort at left and Tyreek Burwell at right. That’s not good for Le’Raven Clark in his hopes to make the team. Also, Joe Haeg should probably be viewed as a C/G right now. Even with all the injuries at tackle, Haeg has stuck in the interior, mostly lining up at the second-team center.

-Rookie Braden Smith continues to stay with the second team at right guard. Smith did get a couple of rare right tackle snaps late in practice.

-If/when Nyheim Hines scores this season, here’s his touchdown dance.

-Let’s go back to Cain for a second. The rookie brings some vital in-the-air ability to make plays on the ball. And Cain trained earlier this month with one of the best to ever do that, Randy Moss. “When the ball is in the air, it’s just you and the ball,” Cain says as the biggest thing he learned from the future Hall of Famer. The Colts could use a 6-1 guy like Cain to be out on the boundary trying to beat press against the ever-growing size of NFL corners. Cain should definitely push for playing time in 2018.

-Chester Rogers was the only Colts player to catch passes from Andrew Luck earlier this summer at Stanford. Rogers said Luck’s velocity was strong back in early July, and the third-year wideout hasn’t known too much of a change in that aspect of No. 12’s throwing at Grand Park. For Rogers, he’s ‘gunning for the No. 2’ receiver spot, while currently competing with Ryan Grant. Rogers admits he has a lot to prove after injuries have limited his ability to carry strong offseasons into the regular season.

-Thought this was a quote into the insight of Frank Reich’s offensive innovation. Reich says it’s up to the coaches to do their part in making sure T.Y. Hilton is not the only Colts finding chunk plays: “I’m not overly concerned about it, because that’s part of our job,” Reich says of the staff needing to create those chunks via their scheme and play calling. “T.Y. has proven over his career that he’s a vertical, chunk play guy. I think a lot of what we do in the offense, there’s multiple ways to get chunk plays. You will see us do a lot of stuff schematically, where we hit a little shallow route, where the ball is traveling about 10 yards in the air, and it’s a 25-yard gain, based off some things schematically and in coverage, and the technique in which we teach certain things. If we can do that, I think we can expand the guys who get into that playmaker category.”

-Lost in the Luck chaos of returning to practice, Thursday was also Frank Reich’s first practice as an NFL head coach. Reich said that with his play calling duties he will mainly be near the QBs/offensive unit during practice. But he will also have an eye on the third phase: “Just paying more attention to special teams, as a head coach, because there’s so much situational football that goes into special teams play and the rules and everything we are doing there. That’s a significant part of the game.”

-Starting tackles Anthony Castonzo and Austin Howard both remain on the non-football injury list. Frank Reich labels both of them as ‘day-to-day.’ Reich said Castonzo will be out a little longer than Howard. The Colts are being very cautious with Castonzo’s tweaked hamstring.

-Deyshawn Bond (leg) did practice on Friday for his first action in 2018.

-The following players missed Friday’s practice: LT-Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), S-Clayton Geathers (knee), OT-Denzelle Good (personal), S-Malik Hooker (knee), OT-Austin Howard (undisclosed), DE-Chris McCain (ankle), OG-Jeremy Vujnovich (calf).

-Full pads are coming for the next two practices at Grand Park. That will allow for a much better evaluation of the depth in the trenches.

 

 

 

UPCOMING CAMP SCHEDULE

  

Sat., July 28 – Kids Day, presented by Riley Children’s Health

Practice in full pads: 1:30-3:30 PM

 

Sun., July 29 – BBQ Bash Night Practice

Practice in full pads: 6:15-8:30 PM

 

Mon., July 30

Players’ Day Off

 

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: 7:00-9:15 PM

 

Sat., August 4

Players’ Day Off