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Day Seven Impressions: The elusive tight ends, defensive line’s sack-packed afternoon and Antoine Bethea returns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 4, 2013 – 5:41 pm

The largest crowd (6,200) of the 2013 Colts training camp took in Sunday’s padded practice at Anderson University.

It was a bit of a quiet afternoon in terms of highlights for the Colts as the team returned to the practice field after being off since Friday morning.

Here are three takeaways from day seven…

Tight Ends constantly causing mismatches: Early on in practice, the Colts took part in one-on-one drills with linebackers having to cover running backs and/or tight ends.

It’s pretty impressive to watch Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener create separation in these drills.

When Allen and Fleener see linebackers across from them, their eyes should be nice and wide this fall.

Do safeties have the physicality to line up against the tight ends or should teams risk a slower linebacker to match-up for size purposes?

That will be a discussion in opponent’s defensive meeting rooms each week this year, one that doesn’t come with an easy answer.

Defensive line racks up the “sacks”: Yes, the red jerseys on the three Colts quarterbacks indicate a no-touching rule but on Sunday several plays were stopped due to “sacks”.

Drake Nevis and Josh Chapman were among the handful of Colts defensive linemen who got into the backfield on passing downs.

The defensive line was also able to get their hands on a few batted balls on Sunday.

It should be mentioned that the Colts offensive line (specifically the second unit) was without the services of guards Joe Reitz (stinger) and Hugh Thornton (ankle), along with center Khaled Holmes (ankle).

Nonetheless, it was a strong afternoon for the Colts defensive front.

Bethea back in Anderson: The Colts welcomed back safety Antoine Bethea after his fiancé gave birth to their first child, Siani, last week.

Sunday’s practice was Bethea’s first in pads this year and the eight-year veteran mentioned that he’s playing for a little bit more after becoming a father.

“It was definitely a feeling that I’ve never had before,” Bethea said of the birth of his daughter.

“My perspective is not just ‘Antoine’ any more. I’m out here doing this for my family.”


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