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INDIANAPOLISJust like the Colts started their 2022 training camp, they ended things on Thursday with an indoor practice.

With that, the Colts near month long stay at Grand Park in Westfield has come to a close.

Here is what was learned at Thursday’s 16th practice of camp:

  • It was a walk-through for the Colts on Thursday with no throwing in 11-on-11 settings for Matt Ryan. So for camp, Ryan was 127-of-179 in the full teamwork. He completed his passes in camp to the following guys: Michael Pittman (44), Kylen Granson (15), Mo Alie-Cox (14), Jonathan Taylor (13), Parris Campbell (13), Nyheim Hines (10), Alec Pierce (6), Ashton Dulin (5), Drew Ogletree (3), Jelani Woods (2), Dezmon Patmon (1), Keke Coutee (1).

 

  • The Colts avoided a serious knee injury with Kwity Paye. Frank Reich confirmed on Thursday the MRI looked “pretty clean” on Paye’s left knee. Reich said the hope is with a little rest, Paye should be ready for Week 1 in Houston.. For many reasons, this is a sigh of relief based off the initial look when Paye went down during Wednesday’s practice. Paye has a very important second NFL season coming, at a very important position. While Paye could miss some game time, the fact that it’s not a season-ending injury will allow for versatile backups Tyquan Lewis and Dayo Odeyingbo to maintain their rotational roles, as they ramp up from their respective injury situations.

 

  • Along with Jonathan Taylor, the Colts will also rest Nyheim Hines in Saturday’s preseason finale. This move by the Colts is another reminder of how important the staff views Hines and his unique role this season. The 4 running backs the Colts will use on Saturday will be: Philip Lindsay, Deon Jackson, D’Vonte Price and Ty’Son Williams. So the starters the Colts won’t have on Saturday will be Taylor, Hines, Ryan Kelly (COVID), Kwity Paye (left knee), Shaquille Leonard (back, calf).

 

  • For a second straight season, Rodrigo Blankenship is the winner of a kicking battle in training camp. To make room for new punter Matt Haack on Thursday, the Colts waived Jake Verity. Hot Rod was very consistent in kicking at Grand Park, while Verity really struggled (and missed an extra point in the preseason opener). Will the Colts scour the waiver wire at all next week for a kicker?

 

  • New punter Matt Haack was present for Thursday’s practice. He did some holding for Rodrigo Blankenship. The punting reps were just walk-through with no punting indoors. With Jake Verity cut, the new snap, hold and kick operation of Luke Rhodes, Matt Haack and Rodrigo Blankenship should get all the kicking reps in Saturday’s preseason finale.

 

  • If you look at Matt Ryan’s numbers from above, he hovered around 70 percent throughout training camp. That’s probably to be expected from a starting QB in a camp, red jersey, setting. But it should be noted that the incompletions from Ryan in camp didn’t involve too many throws wildly off-target. Camp had a much more accurate QB feel than it did last year with Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger operating the starting offense. You saw why Ryan ranks top-10 all-time in NFL in completion percentage. Unlike last year, the Colts have a QB with a strength in delivering an accurate, in-stride ball more often than not.

 

  • With the Colts less than a week away from roster cuts/waiver wire activity, where should they explore adding to their roster? In some order, these are the positions I’d be watching: offensive line, tight end, wide receiver, defensive tackle and defensive back (special teams role). Those go along with exploring punters and kickers.

 

 

Injury Report: The following players remain on the PUP or non-football injury list: LB-Shaquille Leonard (calf/back). The following players also did not practice on Thursday: OT-Dennis Kelly (knee), CB-Isaiah Rodgers (concussion), LB-Brandon King (hamstring), S-Will Redmond (undisclosed), DE-Kameron Cline (concussion), OT-Jordan Murray.