NFL Nation: Adam Seward
FRANKLIN, Ind. -- Some observations and thoughts from Saturday afternoon's public minicamp practice at Franklin College's Faught Stadium:
Outreach: Bill Polian spoke to the crowd before things started and told those in attendance that owner Jim Irsay had charged the team to create more outreach and more interaction with fans, which was the impetus for a practice like this one.
Boomer: New special teams coach Ray Rychleski has a booming voice that carries. He's got some enthusiasm for sure and offered critiques and compliments with equal fervor. Rookie punter Pat McAfee bombed a couple, but was inconsistent.
Stumble: Tyjuan Hagler provided some comic relief, tripping over his own feet during a linebacker drill where players zigzagged in a back pedal before breaking on a ball.
Third wide: I tried to read into how the receivers deployed, but there is no telling at this stage how the candidates for the No. 3 job -- Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie and Roy Hall -- stack up. My eye -- which has no experience training receivers, just lots watching them -- puts them in that order right now.
It got even harder to gauge Garcon against Collie when Anthony Gonzalez dropped out, seemingly with a right thigh issue. Those two worked in three-wide with Reggie Wayne. That might tell us something about Hall, though.
Clyde Christensen is working as the offensive coordinator now, but is still with the receivers as their position coach. The Colts are creative in some of the drills they use when the wideouts work alone. I don't recall seeing other teams, for example, run short stuff where they cut behind a blocking bag that interrupts their view as they angle back to collect a pass. But it seems a smart way to recreate some real-world experience in this sort of mild setting. I saw Collie, Hall and Taj Smith drop short passes in that segment.
Details: While special teams work went on at one point, quarterbacks worked alone. Peyton Manning lined up in the spot where he imagined a defender would be on a specific play and looked to offer detailed commentary/advice/coaching to Curtis Painter before he took a few drops envisioning the full 11 that could be opposite him.
Protection: The first offensive line that worked in front of Manning in a team drill was, left to right: Tony Ugoh, Jamey Richard, Jeff Saturday, Dan Federkeil and Ryan Diem. (Charlie Johnson and Mike Pollak didn't work and Ryan Lilja didn't work that deep into the session.)
Scrambled backers: I tried to look at linebackers the same way, but it seemed like there was a lot of mix and match going on. One early group had Jordan Senn and Philip Wheeler bracketing Adam Seward. Of all the things not to read much into -- which is virtually everything here -- I'd rank this first.
Coming back: Watched Lilja, who's coming off a season lost to a knee injury, a little bit. He wore sleeves on both knees and seemed comfortable firing off the line and cutting down a blocking bag/tackling dummy as the O-line concentrated on some individual technique.
Off day: Among those who sat out at spots other than the O-line: Running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart, defensive end Dwight Freeney, cornerback Marlin Jackson, safety Bob Sanders and linebacker Gary Brackett.
Catches: In work with just quarterbacks and wide receivers, Gonzalez ran on to a nice line drive post from Manning, stopping it with one hand and then catching up to it as he accelerated. In the same period, Austin went to the ground to collect a pass from Chris Crane.
The break-up: Third-round cornerback Jerraud Powers made what I thought was the standout defensive play of the afternoon. In the team period, matched up with Wayne and with Manning, Powers broke well on mid-range pass to the left side, got a hand in front of Wayne and broke it up.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The NFL will be more active in Washington now that it has a full-time lobbyist, says the AP.
- The Titans will wear throwback Houston Oilers jerseys three times in the upcoming season, once in the preseason -- once at home in the regular season, once on the road, writes John McClain. (See more in Titans section.)
- The Texans need to improve their replay challenge process, says Alan Burge.
- John Oehser points us to NFL Network's list of Peyton Manning's top 10 moments.
- Jim Caldwell sees new linebacker Adam Seward as Gary Brackett's backup in the middle, Oehser says.
- Richard Collier will share his story at a charity golf tournament Monday, says Scott Butler.
- A look at the Titans' offseason program so far, which is missing just two unnamed players, according to Terry McCormick.
- Jovan Haye is still getting settled back in Tennessee, writes Gary Estwick.
- Keith Bulluck said on SIRUS Radio that he'd like the Titans to add Torry Holt, says Estwick.
- A Vince Young status report from Jeff Fisher, which amounts to the status quo, from McClain.
- Tuesday's blog entry on when the Titans will wear Oilers jerseys this season has been updated with a picture of Jeff Fisher holding one of them.
The addition of Shaun Cody tells John McClain that the defensive line won't be the area addressed by the Texans with the 15th pick.
McClain says Cody gives the Texans flexibility and depth.
Lance Zierlein says Cody is just a guy.
Alan Burge: "Only two players from the Detroit Lions' 2005 draft remain active in the NFL, and both of them now play for the Texans."
Dallas won't be on the Texans' preseason schedule, says McClain.
John Oehser points to a PFW whisper that assistants Tom Moore and Howard Mudd considered retiring with Tony Dungy and may be heading into their final seasons.
In the Colts.com position-by-position series, Jim Caldwell discusses the offensive line.
Coltscap.net thinks it's got Adam Seward's contract figured out.
Peyton Manning has stage presence, but maybe not the greatest voice.
Fred Taylor was emotional at a farewell speech in Jacksonville, reports Vito Stellino.
From an e-mail from tight end George Wrighster: "I found out the Jaguars will make a move on me before the start of offseason program on April 6th. Either trade or release."
It's Titans at Steelers for opening night 2009, writes Gary Estwick.
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Marvin Harrison and Fred Taylor are on Alex Marvez's 'Dirtied Dozen' -- players who were let go or not re-signed after long and successful tenures with one team.
- John McClain's new mock draft has the Texans using the 15th pick on Clay Matthews.
- Alan Burge considers the Texans' likely options at No. 15.
- Free-agent linebacker Adam Seward is scheduled to visit the Colts Monday, according to a Boston Globe report found by John Oehser.
- Matt Jones was released from jail Saturday, a day earlier than scheduled, says The Florida Times-Union.
- Free-agent receiver Torry Holt isn't planning any quick decisions, says Terry McCormick.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Here's a quick roundup of the events of the day in the NFC South.
Cornerback Ken Lucas was listed on the injury report with a head injury, but he fully participated in Wednesday's practice. Linebacker Adam Seward (ankle) and defensive end Hilee Taylor did not practice.
Tampa Bay didn't practice Wednesday, but they did put out an injury report, as required by the NFL. The Bucs specified that the report is only an estimate, but they estimated that defensive tackle Jovan Haye (knee) wouldn't have practiced and quarterback Brian Griese (elbow), receiver Ike Hilliard (shoulder), tight end Alex Smith (ankle) and defensive end Gaines Adams (hip) would have participated on a limited basis. The Bucs return to practice Thursday.
Fullback Mike Karney practiced for the first time since suffering a knee injury Nov. 9. Running back Reggie Bush also participated fully. Safety Kevin Kaesviharn (shoulder) did not practice and is doubtful for Sunday's game with Atlanta.
Rookie left tackle Sam Baker took a big step in his return from back surgery. He's been out since Week Six, but returned to the practice field on a limited basis Wednesday. But my best guess is we're at least another week away from seeing Baker in a game.
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