AFC South: Kentwan Balmer
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Some quick thoughts after an afternoon with the Colts...
Tone-setter: Players and coaches have to like the even-keeled message from owner Jim Irsay, who spoke to reporters during practice. Here's a link to the news story I wrote off of what he said.
Expectations remain high for a guy who'd like his franchise to stretch out its extended period of success and to earn mention with a team like the 49ers. To get in the same sentence, he knows the Peyton Manning-era Colts will have to win more than one Super Bowl.
Bizarre weather day: It poured as the 3:30 p.m. practice was getting underway, and pea-sized hail later accompanied thunder. By the time things ended, the sun was shining and it was pretty warm.
"We got lightning, rain, hail, thunder and sunshine," center Jeff Saturday said. "God played jokes on us today."
Throws and catches: Peyton Manning threw a couple picks, but some of his throws in red zone periods were, as you might expect, ridiculously precise. Reggie Wayne caught one of them working against Dante Hughes in David Tyree fashion, securing the ball left handed against the side of his helmet before he stepped out the side of the end zone.
I'll get deeper on Pierre Garcon while I am here, but for starters let's say he looks to be gliding and is running and carrying himself with discernable confidence.
The other side of Ugoh: With Charlie Johnson installed at left tackle and Tony Ugoh's demotion to backup swing tackle, I wanted to revisit what the Colts gave up to go get Ugoh in the 2007 draft. Indy traded its 2008 No. 1 pick and a 2007 fourth rounder to San Francisco for the 42nd pick, with which it selected Ugoh.
Tarik Glenn later surprised the team by retiring, pushing Ugoh up the depth chart and into the starting lineup a year earlier than they would have liked.
San Francisco took safety Dashon Goldson out of Washington with the 126th pick in 2007 and North Carolina defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer with the 29th overall pick in 2008. Goldson
has played in 19 games with two starts and has 36 tackles, according to NFL.com. Balmer played in 16 games as a rookie, starting none and recording just seven tackles. San Francisco doesn't have a 2009 depth chart up on its web site yet.