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Colts Tuesday Mini-Camp Roundup

Posted Jun 17, 2014

Tuesday was the first day of Colts mini-camp, with a one-hour morning walk-through followed by a two-hour afternoon practice. The schedule is repeated on Wednesday before a final morning session on Thursday.



INDIANAPOLIS – The first day of Colts mini-camp displayed the same elements as the 10 recent OTA practices, except the team was on the field for three hours over two sessions.

 

The mandatory camp had a one-hour morning walk-through and a two-hour afternoon session.  It is a schedule repeated Wednesday before the club adjourns with a morning workout on Thursday.

 

“It’s great to (get) going,” said Chuck Pagano.  “We’ve made great progress and want to finish this mini-camp strong.  I’m pleased with things we got done today.  We’ve got some things to clean up.  We feel we’re farther along than we’ve ever been.”

 

Andrew Luck echoed Pagano’s wish to work well in remaining mini-camp time.

 

“Each week you can be here there’s a lot of importance to it.  There’s a limited time you have as a team in the off-season.  It is mini-camp.  There’s a little extra energy, vigor in there.  We’re looking forward to getting better.”

 

LaRON LANDRY MISSES FIRST DAY – Free safety LaRon Landry, who spends the off-season training away from Indianapolis missed Tuesday’s work while clearing club medical protocol.

 

Every veteran must do so for the mandatory camp.  Landry, who missed four games last year with an ankle injury, appeared to be the lone player in the category.

 

“LaRon works as hard as anybody,” said Pagano.  “I wish it was here most of the time, but I know he’s working.  He probably does too much.  He’s still getting a physical.  (It’s) is taking a little longer than we anticipated. 

 

“You’d love to have him, again, it’s voluntary.  Everywhere I’ve been, there’s been a guy here or there that’s missed (work).  I think two first-ballot hall-of-famers I was fortunate to coach in Baltimore missed some off-season time.  I’m not worried about him (Landry) being ready to go.” 

 

Vontae Davis (groin) and Delano Howell (soft tissue injury) also missed Tuesday’s work.  Greg Toler was the only starter in the secondary who practiced.  The safeties to open action Tuesday were Colt Anderson and Sergio Brown, while Darius Butler opened at corner.

 

McKINNEY TRYING OUT – One of the club’s big UFA signings in 2012, nose tackle Brandon McKinney, is trying out.

 

McKinney hurt a knee (ACL) in preseason his first year, then suffered a meniscus injury last training camp.  He has been working out at in Dayton, Ohio, and paid his way to attend.

 

“I’m thankful for the opportunity,” said McKinney.  “Being on IR for the last two years, I’m getting old, 30 is old in the NFL.  I don’t want to be forced out by injuries.  You want to go out on your own terms.

 

“It’s been hard trying to convince someone you can still do it.  They say getting back in (the 3-4 defense) is like riding a bike.  I feel 100 percent.  I need to show I can still move around, cut and play the game at a high level.  If I can play the game how I know I can, be confident in my knee and ability, I’ll be fine.”

 

McKinney has played in 61 games and served as a mentor for Art Jones in Baltimore.

 

“He was one of the older guys when I was a rookie,” said Jones.  “He’s strong and a competitor.  He pushed me to be a good player.  He looks amazing.  His range of motion is better than ever.  He definitely can help our line.  Everything we can do to build the monster helps.”

 

MIKE ADAMSMike Adams delivered the line of the day when asked to compare Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

 

“On the first date, that’s what you’re going to do to me (laughs)?” said Adams, who signed Friday.  “(You’re) trying to set me up.  I’m going to give you the politically-correct answer, ‘I’m going to wait to see Andrew Luck’s passes in practice.  We’ll wait to see Peyton Manning September 7.’ ”

 

Adams, 33, has started 73-of-146 games with Denver (2012-13), Cleveland (2007-11) and San Francisco (2004-06).

 

Adams was on the wrong end of a Super Bowl result last season.  Signing here to return again was the key for a player hoping to nail down a safety role.

 

“They win here,” said Adam.  “It felt right.  The pieces are in place, and (we) have a chance to hoist that trophy at the end.  I came here to win.”

 

MISSING ACTION – Joining Landry, Davis and Howell not practicing were Stanley Havili, Vick Ballard, Henoc Muamba, Cam Johnson, Donald Thomas, Reggie Wayne and Cory Redding (excused for non-serious family matters).

 

Wayne spent a large portion of the day working in the indoor facility while the team was outdoors, and he watched the end portion of practice with his teammates.

 

“He was ready to run in there at the end of the team drill,” said Pagano.  “He looks great.  We’re going to have to have plenty of security around so he doesn’t sneak here in pads and try to get in too soon.  We know how he’s wired, what his DNA is.  He’s champing at the bit to get out there.”

 

Pagano said he would he “shocked” if Wayne were not ready for the start of training camp.  He said other injured players are “trending,” though “one or two” might have open camp on PUP.  

 

THIS AND THAT – Kelvin Sheppard had a scoring interception return off Matt Hasselbeck in team work late in practice…Pat McAfee boomed wind-aided field goals of 68 and 72 yards in team and individual work…Dwayne Allen (on getting back to his old self):  “Physically, I’m great.  It’s getting those mental reps in, getting the feeling of, ‘Okay, I’m really back.’  It comes with reps on the field, catching the ball with (Andrew) Luck.  I don’t notice (the hip) at all.”


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