By Kevin Bowen, Colts.com
The Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their ninth of 10 OTA’s Wednesday afternoon under another blue, sunny sky at the Indiana Farm Bureau Practice Facility.
As the OTA’s are coming to a close, the Colts will break for the summer following a week of mini-camp starting next Tuesday.
The Colts will then gather on July 28th as players will report to training camp in Anderson, Indiana before embarking on the 2012 season.
Coach Chuck Pagano called Wednesday’s practice ‘productive’ and knows that despite not being in full pads yet these OTA’s are very beneficial for the team’s development.
“They are digesting everything that we’re giving them, we are making progress and they are working the process,” Pagano said. “(I am) extremely pleased with where we are at.”
Wednesday’s two-hour practice began with some special teams work before the club broke up into positional groups.
A majority of the final hour of practice was spent working on offense versus defense and saw some spirited plays on both sides of the ball.
For the offense, wide receiver Austin Collie made a pair of difficult touchdown receptions in the corner of the endzone.
Rookie tight end Dwayne Allen had the highlight of the afternoon with a juggling touchdown catch that included a celebratory chest bump from offensive guard Mike McGlynn.
Defensively, linebacker Pat Angerer showed that he can be more than just one of the top tacklers in the NFL as he intercepted a pass intended for newly signed running back Deji Karim.
OTA’s will come to an end on Thursday for the Colts and after next week’s mini-camp players will look towards the end of July when the intensity is taken up a notch.
“Training camp, I think is going to be a big thing for us once we put the pads on because a lot of times once you start hitting, once you start really playing football that’s the best way to learn the system yourself,” safety Tom Zbikowski said.
Zbikowski is used to the new defensive system having been a part of the Baltimore Ravens defense for the past four years.
His knowledge has spread to another member of the secondary as veteran corner Jerraud Powers is trying to help his fellow corners learn a new system.
Even though the Colts are just in shorts and helmets right now, Powers knows that the value of OTA’s extends past the playing field and into the meeting rooms.
“Guys got a great idea of what this system is and what they’re supposed to do in it and how it’s supposed to function,” Powers said. “Once we get this little break that’s coming up in a week or two, when we get back to (training) camp it’s not a foreign language to anybody and we can just jump back into it.”
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
Cornerback Jerraud Powers on hopefully having rookie quarterback Andrew Luck at mini-camp next week:
“I can’t wait just to have him in, see what he’s about and see how he’s going to conduct this team. He’s the leader. He’s our quarterback, so he’s the one everybody is going to look up to and I’m pretty sure he’s going to do a good job doing it.”
COACH QUOTE OF THE DAY
Head coach Chuck Pagano on the team’s running back position:
“Right now, Donald (Brown) has been taking the lion’s share of the first-team reps. We are mixing in the other guys, with Darren (Evans) getting some reps, of course Delone (Carter) has been out, and getting the young guy, (Vick) Ballard, in there. So they have a rep count, a pitch count so to speak, and we are trying to balance (the reps) out.”
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS WAIVE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN JAKE KIRKPATRICK
The Indianapolis Colts waived offensive lineman Jake Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts on July 29, 2011. He was released following training camp. Indianapolis then re-signed Kirkpatrick as a free agent on March 8, 2012 prior to his release today.
Below is an updated 2012 offseason media schedule for the Indianapolis Colts.
Exact times of practices and media availabilities will be announced the week prior to all activities.
June 12 – 14: Veteran mini-camp
* Player availability each day
* Head Coach Chuck Pagano available on Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13
* Colts coordinators available on Thursday, June 14
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