Day 13 Colts Training Camp Notebook: Chad Kelly Earning More Practice Reps
Day 13 Colts Training Camp Notebook: Chad Kelly Earning More Practice Reps
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INDIANAPOLIS – With the return of full pads on Sunday morning, an added dose of physicality was at Colts practice.
The full pads brought a livelier practice, with a little extra jawing than normal likely coming from the grind of camp.
Here are some tidbits from Sunday’s 13th practice of Training Camp:
- Even before Jacoby Brissett got ‘hit’ by Kemoko Turay on Sunday, which took No. 7 out of the final team period of Sunday, the signs were already there: Chad Kelly is starting to get more and more ‘No. 2’ QB reps at practice, with the Kelly/Phillip Walker competition back on for QB No. 3 (once Andrew Luck is healthy). “They know they are in a competition together,” Nick Sirianni said of the battle following Sunday’s practice. “Early in camp, we were rotating during periods and we felt like Phil had a little advantage. Now we are back to rotating again. Chad played a really good game (on Thursday), he made a lot of plays out there, sometimes when they weren’t even available to make. He was good improvising...Phil knows he wants to play better.” Kelly deserves this after what he showed on Thursday. Now, it’s time for him to continue his level of play among some better competition.
- Getting back to Brissett, he was hit in the arm/wrist area and did put his helmet back on after the athletic training staff looked at him, but he didn’t come back into practice.
- On the Phillip Walker note, he did uncork a beautiful deep ball TD on Sunday to undrafted rookie Ashton Dulin in closing out a 7-on-7 period.
- Yes, Reece Fountain made another chunk play on Sunday, but the most important part of his day was the consistency he had in catching the football underneath. It’s difficult to find another player on this 90-man roster who has delivered as much over the past week, and who desperately needed to. “What I’m really impressed by with Reece is he’s starting to show more consistency,” Nick Sirianni said after Sunday’s practice, echoing that magic ‘c’ word for Fountain. “He’s got the body you want for a receiver. He’s big, strong and physical. Now, he’s getting a bit quicker out of the break and he’s doing a good job of catching contested balls.” If the Colts keep 6 wide receivers, Fountain has unquestionably made things difficult for Chris Ballard and company thanks to his performances over the past week or so. One more note on Fountain, I would say his camp effort this year doesn’t have as many big plays as Deon Cain from last year, but he’s nearing that.
- Another receiver who has had a really good camp is local guy Krishawn Hogan. Even Andrew Luck was impressed by a TD for Hogan in red zone drills on Sunday, which had No. 12 high-fiving the Marian University product after the end of the session.
- The 1-on-1 drills are always fun to watch. Some of the highlights from Sunday: one-handed grabs by Reece Fountain and a beautiful interception by Malik Hooker, rare ‘losses’ from Darius Leonard and Kenny Moore going up against Marlon Mack and Chester Rogers, respectively. Jalen Collins struggled in 1-on-1s and generally had a rough day.
- Denico Autry continues to live in the backfield. He has easily been one of the best players this camp.
- With Pierre Desir and Rock Ya-Sin missing their first practice time of camp on Sunday, the Colts came out with this trio as their starting group on Sunday: Quincy Wilson, Kenny Moore, Jalen Collins. Even with some key missing corners, the Colts defense, again, was the better unit at practice.
- Matt Eberflus spoke after Sunday’s practice and said Rock Ya-Sin’s zone coverage is “getting better.” That was always thought to be part of Ya-Sin’s game which needed some growth coming out of college. Eberflus did note that the Colts play their man coverages slightly different than how Temple did, so that’s been an adjustment for the rookie, as well.
- Rookie Ben Banogu has returned to practice the last two days, with the Colts having him on a pitch count. It’s been a tough offseason for Banogu, who will be a defensive end in 2019. We will see if he can make a strong impact in the coming weeks to earn a role on third down.
- Fifth-round rookie Marvell Tell will be an interesting case study to watch if he makes the 53-man roster. Tell has been relatively quiet in camp, although he did deflect a pass on Sunday that led to a Roland Milligan interception. Do the Colts have room on their 53-man roster for a safety-now-turned-corner, and a guy they knew was going to take some development?
- The Parris Campbell hamstring injury has now kept him sidelined for two straight weeks. With a speed guy, you always wonder how nagging a hamstring injury can impact things. Considering the beneficial practice time that Campbell has missed in trying to become a more complete receiver, you also wonder if this injury will hinder just how big of a role he will have to start the regular season.
- Another absence for Jordan Wilkins (foot) on Sunday has more eyes on Jonathan Williams. Nick Sirianni had this to say about the 217-pound Williams after another full-padded practice. “What I have seen is his size is different,” the OC said. “His size and his strength and the way he runs is different, and he’s tough. He had some blitz pickups the other day that were really outstanding, to show his toughness. We are really excited to have him on the field and we really feel like he can push to compete.
- Hall of Famer Bill Polian was at practice on Sunday, riding around with Howard Mudd. Polian is at Grand Park for NFL Radio.
- Sunday marked the two-week mark since we've last seen Andrew Luck practice (9 straight missed practices). In case we forgot, here are some clips of Luck throwing at that practice, where he suffered a setback in his calf injury rehab.
- In Saturday’s notebook, we mentioned the “ongoing evaluation” on the foot injury of Jordan Wilkins. Well, if that doesn’t improve and the D’Onta Foreman experiment fails to work out, might the Colts look back into pursuing Jay Ajayi? Frank Reich has positive history with Ajayi and the Colts brought the veteran runner in for a visit back in March. He’s past the 10-month mark from tearing his ACL, and a career yards per carry of 4.5 is pretty enticing. Jonathan Williams looked good on Thursday night and seems to be in line for a 53-man roster spot. But without Spencer Ware, and Wilkins’ possible injury situation, the Colts could/should still be monitoring that running back market.
- ROSTER MOVE: Following Sunday's practice, the Colts signed undrafted free agent CB-Isaiah Langley (USC) and waived TE-Zach Conque. Currently, the Colts have a couple of injuries at those spots. So perhaps the health is improving for tight ends Eric Ebron/Ross Trvais, where as cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Rock Ya-Sin might miss some practice action? We will see how that plays out at Monday's final Colts vs. Colts practice of camp.
- Here were the Colts who did not practice on Sunday: DE-Jabaal Sheard (sore knee, has missed 12 straight practices), WR-Parris Campbell (has missed 9 straight practices), QB-Andrew Luck (calf/ankle, has missed 9 straight practices), TE-Ross Travis (hamstring, has missed 9 straight practices), K-Adam Vinatieri (knee, has missed 3 straight practices), WR-Penny Hart (hamstring), TE-Eric Ebron (ankle/foot, has missed 3 straight practices), RB-Jordan Wilkins (foot, has missed 3 straight practices), DT-Margus Hunt), WR-Deon Cain (maintenance), S-Clayton Geathers (maintenance). Cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Rock Ya-Sin both sat out Sunday’s practice, which was their first missed action of camp. Ryan Kelly (shoulder) returned to practice after missing more than a week of work.
- The Colts have just 3 practices left in camp at Grand Park, with 2 joint sessions against the Browns coming Wednesday-Thursday.
REMAINING COLTS CAMP SCHEDULE
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
Colts Camp Day 13
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