Colts Wednesday Notebook: Frank Reich Gives Reason For Tyquan Lewis Being Inactive


Colts Wednesday Notebook: Frank Reich Gives Reason For Tyquan Lewis Being Inactive

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Colts Wednesday Notebook: Frank Reich Gives Reason For Tyquan Lewis Being Inactive

The Colts were back on the practice field Wednesday, on a humid afternoon in Indianapolis. What was learned during the first practice in preparing for the Titans?

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INDIANAPOLIS – It was a steamy afternoon on Wednesday with the Colts preparing for 90-degree plus weather this coming weekend in Nashville.


The Colts did shorten practice by 10 minutes on Wednesday, removing the full pads about halfway through the nearly 2-hour session.


Here are some tidbits from the Colts’ first practice of the week:


  • Unlike last week against the Chargers, the Colts are preparing for a much different set of defensive looks from the Titans. This goes for personnel, and formations from Tennessee. Jacoby Brissett has the Titans defense “No. 1” on the league’s exotic scale. “It’s very tough for a team to game plan for,” Brissett said on Wednesday. Frank Reich agrees: “It’s calling something different on play, just dialing up the next card and next call. That’s their DNA.”
  • “F.” That was Darius Leonard’s answer on Wednesday when asked for an individual letter grade from his Week 1 performance. “That was the grade I got and that’s what I give myself,” the All-Pro said. “I played terrible and I didn’t play up to the standard that I hold myself to, or what the coaches hold me to.” Leonard tied for the team-lead with 7 tackles (no tackles for loss), and was very frustrated with his tackling and misfits in the run game. The Chargers exposed the Colts down the middle of the field, as well.
  • On Tuesday, Matt Eberflus said to ask ‘Coach Frank’ about why DT-Tyquan Lewis was inactive in Week One. Well, Reich offered this on Wednesday, when he was asked the same question: “Just more so not enough practice time before Week 1,” the head coach said of Lewis being a healthy scratch in the opener. “It’s usually a week-to-week decision (on inactives). With Tyquan, he probably hadn’t quite practiced enough in our eyes to be physically ready to go. We’ll re-evaluate that this week." The answer is a bit peculiar, especially considering Eberflus deferred the questions to Reich, and also because Lewis had practiced for a full two weeks since missing a couple of days in mid-August due to a knee injury. As a reserve defensive lineman, Lewis would only be playing around 15-20 snaps anyways (Jihad Ward, who filled in for Lewis, played just 13 of 64 snaps in the opener). Lewis was not listed on the injury report at all last week, meaning he was a full participant in practice. When Lewis missed action back in mid-August, after first getting banged up in the joint practices against the Browns, Reich offered this update: “He has a knee thing that’s bothering him. We don’t think it’s going to be anything serious. But we are just being safe and letting him get back to full strength.” Lewis, who could have helped the Colts’ lack of an interior rush against the Chargers, was practicing on Wednesday.
  • Eric Ebron has moved on from his no touchdown call in Week One. Ebron wasn’t looking for an answer, one way or the other, on whether his catch should have been a touchdown. “They made that choice. It is what it is,” the tight end said on Wednesday. Ebron’s main takeaway from it? “Never try to roll to my back again (when making a catch).”
  • The Quenton Nelson de-cleating of Melvin Ingram video is making the viral rounds. And while one former NFL official believes it should have been a penalty, Frank Reich is a fan of it: “He is a weapon,” Reich says of Nelson. “You saw what he did to Melvin Ingram on that one play. That’s something teams see on film and that can slow down the pass rush. When you have to think about making an inside move, and that this guy might be coming back out…What I love about Quenton is his mindset is just to be physical, play within the rules, but be as physical as you can and that helps set the tone for our offense.”
  • Peyton Manning was at the Colts Complex on Wednesday. Manning was getting a workout in, as he’s reportedly in town for a local golf event. Frank Reich said Manning didn’t get a chance to talk with the team on Wednesday, but the head coach and No. 18 chatted in the weight room. “We always love it when Peyton is around,” Reich said. “As you know, he spoke to us at camp not too long ago and gave one of the best talks that has ever been given to a team. Good to see him this morning and having him rub shoulders with a few of the guys.”
  • Jabaal Sheard (knee) hasn’t practiced in nearly 7 weeks, but we saw some tangible progress backing up Frank Reich’s words on Wednesday. Sheard did some jogging, with a helmet on, but no full pads, during Wednesday’s practice. “He’s making good progress, very good progress,” Reich said on Wednesday. “I’m not going to say any status, but we are encouraged.” Sheard’s return, which likely won’t happen this week, could aid a struggling run defense from Week 1.
  • Marlon Mack had 25 carries on Sunday. In his last 4 regular season games, Mack has carried the ball at least 25 times in 3 of those contests (that doesn’t include 24 carries in the playoff win over Houston). That’s the most in the NFL over that time. “When Frank is calling plays, just be ready for it,” Mack says with a smile of his large workload. “Be grateful for it, because some days you just have to pass the ball.” Mack said he felt a tad sore after Sunday’s game, but nothing unusual for how he typically feels after the first game of a season.
  • On Wednesday morning, the Colts filled the open roster spot for WR-Devin Funchess by promoting S-Rolan Milligan to the active roster. Even though there didn’t appear to be any injury at the safety position in Week One, the Colts are bringing Milligan up from the practice squad. Remember, Milligan originally made the 53-man roster out of camp. He was then cut to make room for Brian Hoyer. The Colts still have 5 wideouts on their 53-man roster, which is enough of a number to make up for the loss of Funchess.
  • Adam Vinatieri has made a few changes to his kicking approach this week after noticing a couple of technique issues from Week 1. Here are some clips of Vinny kicking on Wednesday. With the angles from where the media was watching on the practice field, it was hard to see just how far and the exact accuracy of Vinny, but he appeared to have a decent day kicking, with about 2 misses in 10 kicks, from varying lengths.
  • The Colts will practice again on Thursday and Friday before Sunday’s division opener in Nashville. The Colts and Titans will kick off at 1:00 PM.




DNP: DE-Jabaal Sheard (knee), RB-Jonathan Williams (ribs), DE-Kemoko Turay (neck)


            Bowen Analysis: The Sheard update is above. Williams has now missed nearly a month. Turay missed some practice time last week, but played (and played well) in Week One.

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