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Day 14 Impressions: Matt Hasselbeck always steady, the role for Donald Brown and playing time for Sunday night

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 15, 2013 – 4:27 pm

The Colts closed out their afternoon practices for the 2013 training camp on Thursday.

Head coach Chuck Pagano ended Thursday’s 90-minute practice a little early with the Colts in shoulder pads and shorts.

Here are three takeaways from day 14…

Matt Hasselbeck is a pretty solid insurance policy: He has gone without a ton of fanfare this camp but it’s impressive watching Hasselbeck operate during practice.

The offense rarely misses a beat with his unit and he threw another beautiful touchdown pass on Thursday, dropping one right into the hands of LaVon Brazill.

Hasselbeck’s leadership and what he will bring to a young Colts quarterbacks room is what fans are hoping will be his strongest asset in 2013.

However if something does happen to No. 12, Hasselbeck has shown that he is more than capable of filling in for an extended period of time.

What is Donald Brown’s role in this offense?: Yesterday, Kerwynn Williams showcased some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Today and for the majority of camp it’s been Donald Brown filling that role for the first team offense.

Brown brings a speed element to the Colts running back position so helping out in the receiving department might be where he’s best utilized this season.

Colts Running backs coach David Walker talked in the offseason about needing two-to-three backs to get through a 16-game regular season so expect Brown to be right there with Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw in impacting the game.

How much will the starters play against the Giants?: Chuck Pagano didn’t give exact numbers on how much the starters will play this weekend but he hinted at nearly an entire half for the offensive first unit.

The second preseason game usually allows for a little more playing time for the starters and that will be the case for the Colts.

Pagano said that ideally the offense would get a couple of seven-to-eight play drives and possibly a two-minute scenario.

On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Greg Manusky thinks his unit will play around 15 snaps before various starters start to exit the game.

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