ANDERSON, Ind. - - A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:
Safety LaRon Landry and cornerback Vontae Davis continue to progress from their groin injuries that caused them to miss more than a week of training camp. Landry took part in 14 snaps during team drills, while Davis was on the field for 10 snaps. The plan is to continue to increase their practice time each day. It wouldn’t be surprising if Landry and Davis don’t play in the preseason opener against the New York Jets on Thursday.
An interesting nugget in the Colts’ unofficial depth chart is that rookie Donte Moncrief is listed as the team’s kick returner. The rookie out of the University of Mississippi has shown enough in training camp that the Colts are going to do their best to find a way to get him on the field. “We want to win,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “If he gives us the best opportunity to win as a kick returner as well as the receiver, then we are going to put him out there. You cannot coach 6-foot-2, 220, 4.3 (40-yard dash), who can catch the ball. Guys got great skill sets. Right now he's penciled in as the number one guy back there and we'll see how he does.” Moncrief is also listed as the Colts’ fourth receiver on their depth chart.
The Colts always talk about having players who represent the “Horseshoe” in the organization. They went outside that category when they signed receiver Nu'Keese Richardson on Monday. Richardson was at the University of Tennessee when he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. He was sentenced to three years of probation in a plea agreement. This isn’t the first time that the Colts have taken a risk with a player with a checkered past. They signed receiver Da'Rick Rogers last season. Rogers was dismissed from the University of Tennessee football team for failing drug tests. Indianapolis also signed – and released last week – running back Chris Rainey. Rainey was arrested while with the Pittsburgh Steelers in January 2013. Players like Richardson, Rogers and Rainey have no room to mess up off the field if they expect to have a chance to make the team. “We know that [Richardson] made a bad choice and you know, made a mistake five years ago as an 18-year old,” Pagano said. “We brought Nu'Keese in here about a week and a half ago and worked him out, sat him down, talked to him at length about what he's been doing and with himself and his life, this, that and the other. We just felt like we wanted to give Nu'Keese a second chance.”
The Colts practiced kicking 33-yard extra points during practice. The NFL is experimenting by having the ball placed at the 15-yard line for extra points during the preseason.
Receiver Hakeem Nicks was held out of practice for precautionary reasons. Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard was taken off the field on a cart with the lower part of his right leg wrapped. The team did not have an update after practice.
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. on Tuesday.