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Day Five Impressions: Reggie Wayne held in high regard, a windy Thursday afternoon and DHB strong again

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 1, 2013 – 8:39 pm

The Colts were back over on the practice fields at Anderson University for a shoulder pads and shorts session Thursday afternoon.

Even though the Colts weren’t in full pads, there was still some hooting and hollering from the offensive line during 9-on-9 drills, with that unit dominating a few reps.

Here are three takeaways from day five…

Reggie Wayne-“the consummate pro”: Of Andrew Luck’s first 10 completions on Thursday afternoon, half of those went to Reggie Wayne.

There’s a reason Wayne draws a round of applause for nearly every catch in training camp.

He’s been doing this for now 13 years and Luck spoke glowingly about Wayne following Thursday’s practice.

“Wayne is the consummate professional in my mind,” Luck said. “If I were lucky enough to play as long as he’s played, that’s how I would model my behaviors in the locker room.”

Windy afternoon opens up chances for defense: The windiest practice of the 2013 training camp took place on Thursday afternoon.

Luck got off to a nice start but as the wind picked up, the secondary started to make some plays.

Vontae Davis ran under a deep ball for an interception and he also had a terrific pass deflection in the end zone that stopped a sure fire touchdown for T.Y. Hilton.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano has been pleased with the playmaking ability of his secondary this camp and Thursday’s play strengthened that notion.

Back-to-back good days for DHB: While Wayne hauled in five passes on Thursday, DHB led the receiving corps with six grabs during the afternoon practice.

Pagano said that DHB has had strong practices the past two days and he likes the progression he’s seeing from the new Colts wide receiver.

“(Heyward-Bey) had two back-to-back really good days so I think like anything else, you make a catch here, you make a catch there and yesterday opened with a big play and so I think from there he is just starting to obviously feel more comfortable in the offense terminology-wise, all the play calls, things like that and then he’s making plays whether it is big plays down the field, underneath, so I think from a confidence standpoint, a mental standpoint he is just getting more comfortable and obviously the chemistry is starting to grow between him and (Andrew) Luck.”

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