Saturday, August 2, 2014
Colts Camp Report: Day 9
By Mike Wells
ANDERSON, Ind. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:
There was a welcome sight -- finally -- when two members of the starting secondary made their training camp debuts Saturday. Well, sort of. Safety LaRon Landry (groin) and cornerback Vontae Davis (groin) were in full pads and took part in the team’s individual drills before doing work off to the side with the team’s training staff. Coach Chuck Pagano plans to ease the two back into practice. "The more time you miss, the harder it is," Pagano said. "You have a window that’s not very big to get guys ready to play. We’re doing the right thing by not rushing these guys back. We can do that and (they can) be out a month, a month and a half, and we’re kicking ourselves in the fanny for doing it. Good thing about it, they’ve both been in the system, understand the defense. They’re getting all the mental reps, doing walk through. ... It’ll take them a minute once they’re 100 percent to get their legs under them, get in football shape. We feel like we have enough time in the preseason to get that done.”
Linebacker Cam Johnson had the move of the day in practice. It was so good, teammate Robert Mathis could only smile about it. During a pass-rush drill against offensive linemen, Johnson put on his best Mathis imitation when he started inside then spun off rookie Ulrick John -- just like Mathis has done throughout his career -- and probably would have gotten a quarterback sack if there was one back there. The move prompted defensive lineman Cory Redding to yell out, “Is that No. 98 out there?” in reference to looking like Mathis making that move.
The players have Sunday off before returning to practice Monday morning at Anderson (Ind.) University. To no surprise, quarterback Andrew Luck doesn’t take much time away from the game on his days off. “I get away from football for a bit, then late afternoon sort of back into the fold,” he said. “It’s a great time to sort of tie up things, at least in my mind. You don’t have scheduled meetings. It’s sort of introspective football time. That may sound too Zen.” The Colts will have a walk-through practice that's closed to the public from 9:30-10:50 a.m. and an afternoon practice that is open to the public from 1:50-4:25 p.m.