Day 10 Impressions: Darius Butler doing what he does, power running game featured and the thin secondaryPosted by on August 8, 2013 – 5:00 pm
Mother Nature opened up her skies on Thursday afternoon but held off just enough for the Colts to get a two-hour practice done on the turf field at Macholtz Stadium.
Thursday was the Colts final full padded practice before the preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Here are three takeaways from day 10…
Butler not to be forgotten in the secondary: Darius Butler continued his strong camp on Thursday by making the same plays he made last season.
Butler had a pair of pick six’s on Thursday (one each off Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck). Butler’s knack for making big plays is something that can’t be overlooked in this defense.
With a formidable starting secondary, Butler is the odds on starting nickel back which means he will see a ton of playing time against a Colts schedule that includes some of the game’s top passers.
There’s a reason why Butler was chosen in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and he has taken full advantage of the Colts giving him another chance to live up to that billing.
Power running gets some work in on Thursday: With the rain falling on Thursday afternoon it seemed fitting that the running game was a focus.
The Colts first and second team offensive line both had successful days opening up holes for the running backs.
Having the starting offensive line in tact for the entire first two weeks of training camp has been a key for the Colts rushing attack.
Sunday will provide the chance for the Colts rush defense to go up against one of the league’s top backs in C.J. Spiller.
Depth thin in the secondary: The injuries are starting to pile up on the defensive side of the ball, particularly at the back end.
Safety Delano Howell and Antoine Bethea are the only healthy safeties with newly signed Ashante Williams going to have to a play a lot on Sunday.
Other injury news included Darrius Heyward-Bey going through a few reps of 11-on-11 work on Thursday. Offensive lineman Joe Reitz returned to the practice field.
Tight end Dwayne Allen did not participate on Thursday as the Colts are evaluating the second-year tight end’s foot.
Tags: Andrew Luck, darius butler, darrius heyward-bey, dwayne allen, joe reitz, matt hasselbeck
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