Day 10 Colts Training Camp Notebook: Rock Ya-Sin Continues To Show Strong Man Coverage
Day 10 Colts Training Camp Notebook: Rock Ya-Sin Continues To Show Strong Man Coverage
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INDIANAPOLIS – Another session in full pads greeted the Colts on Monday afternoon at Grand Park.
Monday was probably the hottest day of camp, with the Colts practicing for just 90 minutes, as around 15 guys sat out the team’s sixth practice in seven days.
Here are some other tidbits from Monday’s 10th practice of Training Camp:
- We are 10 practices into Training Camp at Grand Park. If the Colts were to play tomorrow, with week-long injured absences factored in, here’s an educated guess at the depth chart. OFFENSE: QB-Jacoby Brissett, RB-Marlon Mack, TE-Eric Ebron, TE-Jack Doyle, WR-T.Y. Hilton, WR-Devin Funchess, LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Quenton Nelson, C-Ryan Kelly, RG-Mark Glowinski, RT-Braden Smith. Guys that are knocking on the door for playing time offensively include: RB-Nyheim Hines, WR-Chester Rogers and TE-Mo Alie-Cox. DEFENSE: DE-Justin Houston, DT-Margus Hunt, DT-Denico Autry, DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad, LB-Darius Leonard, LB-Anthony Walker, CB-Pierre Desir, CB-Kenny Moore, CB-Quincy Wilson, S-Malik Hooker, S-Clayton Geathers. Guys that are pushing for playing time defensively include: DT-Tyquan Lewis, DE-Kemoko Turay, LB-E.J. Speed, LB-Bobby Okereke, LB-Matthew Adams, CB-Rock Ya-Sin, CB-Nate Hairston, S-Khari Willis and S-George Odum.
- The Colts were missing 4 of their top 6 receivers at Monday’s practice, so the opportunity was there for some guys deeper on the depth chart to earn reps. With 7 offensive starters out on Monday, we saw some sloppiness early on from the starting unit. But things got better at the close of practice. Devin Funchess hauled in a deep pass from Jacoby Brissett, with Quincy Wilson close in coverage. Then when the second team came onto the field, Phillip Walker hit Reece Fountain for the biggest completion of the day (probably around 60 yards). Fountain continues to show the flashes, and now it’s time for the consistency. “We want our players to be consistent and to do it over and over again, and those are guys we know we can count on, and that’s 100 percent it (with Fountain),” Sirianni said. “Chris Ballard and his staff do a great job and they saw the flashes in him and that’s why he’s here. And it’s our job as coaches to get those flashes as consistent as possible. We know there’s going to be ups and downs, good plays, bad plays, but we need those good plays to far outweigh the bad plays and he’s well on his way there.” To Sirianni’s point, Fountain had a drop in an earlier red-zone drill on Monday, hence the focus on the young receiver finding consistency in pushing for a roster spot.
- Several times this camp we’ve seen rookie Rock Ya-Sin line up across from Devin Funchess. In man coverage, the rookie has forced far more incompletions in those matchups than allowing completions. You see little separation in those battles, with Ya-Sin always getting his hands in there to disrupt the ball at the point of attack. Twice in the red zone on Monday, Ya-Sin forced incompletions in one-on-one matchups with Funchess. It’s impressive to watch Ya-Sin more than hold his own against the 6-4 Funchess. The more you watch Ya-Sin, the harder it is for me to believe he’s not going to play in this team’s nickel package as a rookie.
- As far as Funchess, we did see some nice plays from him in No. 1 receiver duties on Monday. He used his body to boxout Nate Hairston for a slant TD in the red zone. Then he followed that up with a deep catch in a two-minute drill near the end of practice.
- Safety George Odum recorded a red-zone interception of Philip Walker on Monday. Odum looks to be the 3rd or 4th safety so far in camp.
- The 6-8 Margus Hunt got his paws on back-to-back passes on Monday forcing two incompletions. Quenton Nelson, who was blocking Hunt, had some words for the defensive tackle after the two plays, which appeared to bring some laughter from the Estonian.
- For those wanting an Andrew Luck update, the quarterback has come out to practice as a spectator near the end of practice. Luck has watched the final couple of periods, before signing autographs for fans. At the end of Monday’s practice, the Colts actually let Luck call the plays for both of the two-minute drills to conclude the day. Frank Reich shared that story in an interview on The Ride with JMV.
- No Zach Pascal on Monday got some new guys involved at the head of the kick return depth chart (which had Nyheim Hines listed as the backup when it was released on Sunday). Marlon Mack took some reps back there on Monday, along with Hines. If Pascal doesn’t make the team, it will be interesting to see how the Colts handle the kick return duties. Do they just put Chester Rogers back there?
- We seem to have a little more clarity on Jabaal Sheard having a knee procedure. Mike Chappell of FOX-59 and CBS-4, reported on Monday that Sheard did indeed have a procedure. There’s been conflicting reports if Sheard had his knee scoped after practicing on Day One of camp. Sheard has missed every practice since. Last week, we took a look at how the Colts might handle the role for Sheard, if he indeed misses time into the regular season.
- Monday marked the 6th straight missed practice for Parris Campbell (right hamstring). Remember that practice where Campbell turned so many heads? That was a week ago Sunday, and the last time we saw him on the practice field. Back on Saturday, Frank Reich said that Campbell was “making good progress” but it hasn’t been enough to get back to practice. The missed time for Campbell is definitely hurting his chances at earning return duties this year, and could be eating into how big of an offensive role he earns by the regular season opener.
- More than 30 minutes after Monday’s practice, there was Chad Kelly throwing balls to tight end Zach Conque, with head coach Frank Reich hanging around watching the team’s No. 4 quarterback. Kelly has some work to do this preseason to pass Phillip Walker for the No. 3 spot, which could lead to a place on the 53-man roster.
- On Sunday, Andrew Luck had a 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King. In the interview, Luck told King that he has had 3 MRIs on his calf. Luck said there are no remaining issues about his right shoulder. Luck said, “I wake up in the morning and think about my calf instead!”
- ROSTER MOVE: Following Monday’s practice, the Colts claimed RB-D’Onta Foreman from the Texans. Here’s more on the Colts bringing in a talented runner, but a guy who has had questions about his work ethic. To make room for Foreman, the Colts waived Keith Ford.
- We caught up with the Colts coordinators on Monday and Nick Sirianni offered plenty of praise for the camp that Chester Rogers is having: “He’s been great. I can’t say enough for him and the type of camp that he’s had. He’s competitive, right? I think we all know when he sees a guy (Parris Campbell) that comes in and wants his spot, and he’s saying (nope). He competes his butt off. He’s tough. He’s consistent. I love what he has done. I can’t say enough how good his camp has been so far…He’s built a lot of trust up in his coaches and his teammates.”
- The name TE-Hale Hentges has been thrown out as a possible undrafted free agent to make this team. Sirianni has had some fun with the defenders about trying to guard the former Alabama tight end: “I was joking with George Odum yesterday, “You guys can’t cover him in 1-on-1s. I think he’s undefeated,’ Sirianni said on Monday. “He’s a guy at Alabama that was obviously their No. 2 (TE), a guy they put in to run block and move people in the run game, which he definitely can do that. I’ve seen consistency out of him, a lot of consistency of, ‘Hey, I know what to expect in the run game.’ And then he’s surprising us in the pass game. We know he’s not the most athletic guy, but he just finds a way to get open. Even when he doesn’t find a way to get open, he catches the football. That’s ultimately, for a receiver and tight end, as a receiver, what they are judged upon.” Sirianni said a Hentges/Jack Doyle comparison is “fair.”
- We haven’t seen a whole lot of ‘starting’ reps for Deon Cain this camp, even though he’s had made some plays. Here is what Sirianni had to say about that on Monday: ‘I think he’s doing a great job and he’s still getting better,” Sirianni said of Cain. “I always think it takes a good year (from ACL surgery) and we are seeing that. Sometimes it takes a year, year plus. Everyone’s body is a little different. It’s a confidence thing. The first couple (routes), he’s planting and cutting and it doesn’t feel quite right. He hasn’t done it in a while. But as he does it, then it doesn’t feel right again. Then he does it again and it sticks and he feels explosive off of it. I think we are getting to that point where, ‘That kind of felt good.’ It looks like the Deon Cain we saw last year. I think we are to that point where it’s starting to feel good and he’s starting to elevate and building confidence. It takes time, it does take time.”
- The best pure speed rusher on this team is probably second-year defensive end Kemoko Turay. The second-round pick from last year tapered off big time late last season, having trouble to maintain weight and meeting Matt Eberflus’ defensive standard. Here is what Eberflus said on Monday about the next step for Turay: “A lot of times, the pass rushers really don’t come on until midway through their second, sometimes their third, year, if you look at the numbers,” Eberflus said. “He has to keep on working, keep developing and we think the sky is the limit for him.” Eberflus said that Turay hit the ‘rookie wall’ last year and he was even a healthy scratch for a Week 15 game against Dallas.
- Eberflus is very high on big nose tackle Grover Stewart, as long as his pad level can stay low. “He can be a force to be reckoned with in there, when he does things the right there, the DC said of the 6-4, 315-pound Stewart.
- Here were the Colts who did not practice on Monday: DE-Jabaal Sheard (sore knee, has missed 9 straight practices), WR-Parris Campbell (has missed 6 straight practices), WR-Penny Hart, QB-Andrew Luck (calf/ankle, has missed 6 straight practices), TE-Ross Travis (hamstring), DE-Ben Banogu (hamstring, has missed 5 straight practices), TE-Jack Doyle (oblique, has missed 5 straight practices), C-Ryan Kelly (shoulder, has missed 4 straight practices), WR-T.Y. Hilton, WR-Zach Pascal, WR-Deon Cain, LB-Anthony Walker, TE-Eric Ebron, DT-Jihad Ward. These 4 guys were practicing on Monday, after missing some time on Sunday: C-Josh Andrews, WR-Devin Funchess, LB-Darius Leonard and RB-Jonathan Williams.
- The Colts will now have one more afternoon practice on Tuesday before heading to Buffalo for their preseason opener. When the Colts return from Buffalo, they will have 5 practices left this camp, including the 2 joint sessions with the Browns.
REMAINING COLTS CAMP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, August 6: Practice from 2:00-4:15 PM
Wednesday, August 7: Off day
Thursday, August 8: Preseason game at Buffalo
Friday, August 9: Off day
Saturday, August 10: Practice from 9:00-10:40 AM
Sunday, August 11: Practice from 9:00-11:15 AM
Monday, August 12: Practice from 9:00-11:15 AM
Tuesday, August 13: Off day
Wednesday, August 14: Joint practices with Browns from 4:00-6:10 PM
Thursday, August 15: Joint practices with Browns from 4:00-6:00 PM
Friday, August 16: Break camp