Colts Day Three Minicamp Notebook: Frank Reich Gives Players Specific Message Before Summer Break

Colts Day Three Minicamp Notebook: Frank Reich Gives Players Specific Message Before Summer Break

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Colts Day Three Minicamp Notebook: Frank Reich Gives Players Specific Message Before Summer Break

The Colts were back on the field Thursday morning for final mini-camp practice of 2019. What did we learn from abbreviated session on the field?

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INDIANAPOLIS – It was about as light as it gets for an NFL practice.

The Colts, in shorts and no helmets, went through a light individual period of about 30 minutes on Thursday before the horn blew.

Practice was over, one final conditioning test was coming before summer vacation.

That was the Thursday on-field work for the Colts as they now head for a 6-week break with Training Camp expected to start around July 25.

Here is a notebook look from Day Three of mini-camp:

  • The Colts have given each of their players a strength and conditioning book to follow over the next month and a half. After a week of rest, Reich and the Colts want their players back training: “You get a week for active recovery and then you have 4 weeks of work to get ready,” Reich said. “We really trust our players will take care of business over the break and stay in good shape and come back ready to go. We have very specific plans for the guys. We kind of make them a little playbook for this 4 weeks. We really want to be detailed on that. We really think we can gain a competitive advantage in these 4 weeks because we have self-motivated players. That’s how you get better. We feel that over the 4-week period of working out, we can gain an edge on 31 other teams if we take care of business.”
  • The big news on Thursday was the Colts giving Kenny Moore a very well-deserved 4-year contract extension. In just the past week, the Colts have given 4-year extensions to Moore, Rigoberto Sanchez and Luke Rhodes: “Just talking to Chris, he made it clear that those guys really embody what being a Colt is all about so excited for them,” Reich said on Thursday. “I just think that sends the right message. Those are the kind of guys we want around for the long-term.”
  • Even though we saw some inconsistency in targets/catches from Devin Funchess during the handful of open spring sessions, Frank Reich doesn’t seem worried: “Very encouraged,” Reich said about the spring work of Funchess. “We knew right away, you could tell day one he was smart, not going to have a problem grasping the system. Then it was just getting used to the way we do things, the way we teach things, and then our schemes. I thought he showed a very high aptitude with that. Then as a route runner, for a big guy, for his size, he has good feet, good body control, so was just really encouraged by his process.”
  • Quarterback guru Tom House was in the building this week watching the Colts practice. With Andrew Luck splitting his rehab time in Indianapolis and California over the next month and a half, the quarterback is expected to work again with House. “Andrew has a 5-week plan,” Reich said on Thursday. “He’s so good at mapping it out, every aspect of physically throwing, re-training, whatever he needs to do. We will go over that on Saturday (during an exit meeting).”
  • Reminder, here’s a look at some of the injured guys that were dialed back this spring: DE-Denico Autry, WR-Deon Cain, TE-Jack Doyle, WR-Reece Fountain, S-Clayton Geathers, WR-Penny Hart, WR-T.Y. Hilton, LB-Darius Leonard, QB-Andrew Luck, CB-Chris Milton, DE-Carrol Phillips, TE-Ross Travis, LB-Anthony Walker, DL-Jihad Ward, RB-Jordan Wilkins, CB-Quincy Wilson (heavily wrapped right hand/wrist for a thumb injury).
  • Jim Irsay turned 60 years old on Thursday. The 2019 season will be Irsay’s 25th as the sole owner of the Indianapolis Colts. On Wednesday, Irsay attended the Colts mini-camp and he dropped an Indy 500 and Muhammad Ali reference to his football team, when addressing them after the practice.
  • The Colts are expected to start their Training Camp at Grand Park right around the date of July 25th, with their first preseason game taking place on Thursday, August 8th.
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