Day Nine Impressions: Capacity crowd in Anderson, T.Y. Hilton does it again and DHB back in fulll padsPosted by on August 6, 2013 – 9:20 pm
The Colts had a long wait on Tuesday but finally got back on the practice field with the sun setting and the lights turned on inside Macholtz Stadium.
After a quiet few days of practice, the full pads were back on Tuesday night and the offense turned in one of its better performances of camp.
Here are three takeaways from day nine…
‘Friday Night Lights’ feel to practice: In front of a capacity crowd of well over 7,000 people, the Colts offense put on a show for fans at Tuesday’s night practice.
The practice started off with a flea flicker completion from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton and the first team offense ended the two and a half hour session with a touchdown on the final two-minute drill.
Luck finished the night 26-of-35 with six touchdowns and no interceptions.
The defense got its highlight on the final play of practice with Cassius Vaughn, who is having a strong camp, intercepting Matt Hasselbeck in the end zone to end the second unit’s two-minute drill.
T.Y. Hilton continues to shine: Hilton’s name continues to pop up in the post-practice impressions and for good reason.
Colts fans saw what Hilton can do after the catch last season, but watching him create separation and haul in long passes has been a strength for the second-year receiver all camp.
That was once again the case on Tuesday night with Hilton catching the first two passes of the night.
He was also on the receiving end of a post pattern over the middle to finish off the first unit’s final touchdown drive.
Hilton’s dynamic ability with the football is well advertised but he has shown all throughout camp that he can catch the ball consistently, something opposing defenses do not want to hear with the season a month away.
DHB returns for opening drills: Any rumors about Darrius Heyward-Bey’s knee injury being serious were put to rest on Tuesday night when No. 81 took part in “routes versus air” at the beginning of practice.
Head coach Chuck Pagano said that was the goal for DHB on Tuesday as he took part in positional drills with his fellow receivers.
The Colts new receiver will get treatment on the team’s off-day Wednesday and hopefully ramp up the activity during Thursday’s practice.
Without DHB during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, Griff Whalen once again had a strong evening with the first and second units.
All in all it was a very productive night for the Colts young receivers including Nathan Palmer, Jabin Sambrano and LaVon Brazill.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Cassius Vaughn, chuck pagano, darrius heyward-bey, Jabin Sambrano, LaVon Brazill, matt hasselbeck, nathan palmer, T.Y. Hilton
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Cory Redding is used to playing under the lights.
As a product of Texas High School Football, Redding knows the feeling that he will get when the Colts head out for night practice on Tuesday.
“Anytime you are under the lights, you kind of get the hair on the back of your neck to stand up a little bit, kind of get the jitters,” Redding said.
“It’s almost like Friday Night Lights Football all over again.”
Macholtz Stadium on Anderson University’s campus will be the sight of the Colts under the lights this evening as practice is scheduled to run from 6:30-8:50.
The Colts got a glimpse of an evening practice during minicamp when the team headed down to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Even Chuck Pagano mentioned that tonight’s atmosphere is a bit different with the Colts expecting a capacity crowd.
“We are excited about tonight,” the Colts head coach said this morning after the team’s walk-through. “The guys are excited for a little change up. It will be great to be inside the stadium, great to be in front of the fans here.”
“Anytime you go under the lights, the hair on the back of your neck seems to stand up, there’s a little bit more excitement. It brings some new added energy to camp.”
The schedule for tonight’s practice will open up with 20 minutes of special teams, before the offense and defense take over from there.
Full pads are expected before the team takes an off day on Wednesday.
Former Colts punter Hunter Smith and his band will perform in Colts City beginning at 5 p.m., getting the energy started early for a unique practice that players relish.
Ricky Jean Francois played his high school football in the hotbed of Miami before moving on to the SEC.
Safe to say he knows what “playing under the lights” is all about.
“It’s going to feel like a high school night so hopefully the city shuts down and everybody comes out and enjoys practice with us.”
Tags: chuck pagano, cory redding, kelvin sheppard, Ricky Jean-Francois
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With the NFL’s new bag policy in place for the upcoming season, the Indianapolis Colts have teamed up with WTHR Channel 13 and the National Guard to provide a free clear gameday bag for fans.
While supplies last, fans can pick up a free clear gameday bag at the National Guard’s booth in Colts City at Colts Training Camp. In addition, on Friday, August 9, WTHR will be at the Indiana State Fair distributing free bags from 12-6:30 p.m. near the Grandstands Box Office. Not only will fair attendees be able to pick up a Colts gameday bag, but they’ll also have the opportunity to meet WTHR personalities and Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders, and purchase the brand new 2013-14 Colts Cheerleader calendar.
For more information on the NFL’s new gameday bag policy, please visit www.colts.com/allclear.
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Dwayne Allen got a few strange looks from teammates when he told them what was in store for his offseason.
“A lot of the guys hear about it initially, they hear hot yoga, ‘Whoa too hot for me,’ and then they understand that it’s something that’s going to help their game and hopefully prolong it,” Allen says.
The next progression for Allen was to improve his flexibility so the tight end got into contact with former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson.
“It was something that I was just researching and I came across (Jackson). He does a ton of yoga and also Justin Snow does yoga and recommended it to me,” Allen said.
“I had probably over 100 classes of yoga and it’s helped out a ton. I feel more fluid in my routes, getting in and out of my stance. It’s definitely helped calm me down a little bit.”
Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts has taken notice of Allen’s offseason regiment and is pleased with the results.
“Dwayne has really done a nice job on working on himself in the offseason and I say that as far as his body, doing some flexibility stuff,” Roberts said. “He identified what he wants to get better in and he’s done a nice job with that.”
With the Colts heading into week two of the 2013 training camp, Allen looks very similar to the consistent, reliable target of last season.
New Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is getting his first look at Allen, and the tight end friendly coach is enjoying watching No. 83 operate.
“Dwayne is a horseshoe guy,” Hamilton said. “He’s physical at the point of attack but at the same time he has the potential to be an explosive playmaker.”
“He is a leader on our offense. He has a no-nonsense mentality on the football field so we are excited about Dwayne and what he can offer our offense this season.”
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The Colts news on Tuesday morning surrounds the depth behind Darrius Heyward-Bey, some takeaways from Monday’s practice and the “smash mouth” approach that Pep Hamilton is looking for.
Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, August 6th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
With Darrius Heyward-Bey sidelined for the time being due to a knee sprain, the Colts backup receivers need to take advantage of first team reps.
Griff Whalen is one of those Colts looking for more chances and he’s making the most of it.
“I hear a little bit of it just from family and other people telling me, ‘Oh, the media says you’re doing really well,’ “ he said. “I try not to follow it too much.
“I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. Every rep, I’m trying to run the best route I can, make the best block I can, every day have the best practice I can.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell’s takeaways from Monday’s practice includes some lighter moments with Robert Mathis playing the role of referee and the leadership titles being handed out by Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne.
The rest of Chappell’s pieces looks at Luck’s afternoon, a terrific catch by Wayne and the return of Greg Toler to the practice field.
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Most quarterback would love to drop back 600+ times in a season and chuck the ball around the field.
But Andrew Luck is a realist, understanding what it means to a team’s offense to have balance.
“No, it’s great to hand the ball off,” he said. “The balance of the offense has been a lot of fun to play in. The guys up front are doing a great job, and everybody is really buying into this sort of smash-mouth approach, and I think that’s only going to help us in the passing game. So it’s been great.”
Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is looking for one particular characteristic in his rushing attack.
“It’s about being physical,” Hamilton said. “It’s all about imposing our will on our opponent. We don’t want to waste plays in the run game. But there are times when, hey, they’re going to have a better call than we have, and we got to do a great job of making sure we eliminate the negative plays.
“But, our offensive linemen, they’ve done an outstanding job of accepting the challenge of being physical and having a physical mindset and buying into the fact that it’s going to hurt when we run the football. But we expect it to hurt our opponents more than it hurts us, especially in the third quarter when we continue to run the football.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, darrius heyward-bey, Griff Whalen, Pep Hamilton, Reggie Wayne, Vontae Davis
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