Sam Ehlinger drops back to pass at Indianapolis Colts training camp and eyes a wide receiver on the near side of the screen
WESTFIELD, INDIANA - JULY 30: Sam Ehlinger #4 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to throw a pass during the Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Grand Park on July 30, 2021 in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Day 5 Colts Training Camp Notebook: Frank Reich Returns, Sam Ehlinger Steps Up, Quenton Nelson Leaves Practice

Well, that was a Monday morning news dump if there ever was one.

We won’t spend too much time explaining because you know the deal. Carson Wentz is hitting the shelf. 5-to-12 weeks to be exact. With a procedure on his foot today, Wentz will be sidelined for quite a bit.

To note, seven weeks from now is the regular season opener at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks.

Wentz isn’t in the picture for now. And of course today was the day where Frank Reich returned from his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

So you’re saying we won’t get a practice with Wentz and Reich together until more than likely the regular season?

Great.

It’s been a bumpy start from Grand Park in Westfield.

Eric Fisher, Darius Leonard, and Wentz are not on the field. And Quenton Nelson did not participate today in the final 11 v 11 session at practice. He left practice with a group of athletic trainers.

Is there anything positive? Yeah, but probably from a source you wouldn’t expect.

Jacob Eason doesn’t look comfortable. This is the time though to get the demons out and throw the big interceptions.

Two of the picks belong to Bobby Okereke.

But here’s the positive; Sam Ehlinger.

To me, filling in for the great Kevin Bowen today, Ehlinger looked better than Eason.

Eason did complete arguably his best pass of camp so far to Michael Pittman Jr. for a near sideline connection. But Ehlinger had a report today with DeMichael Harris.

Harris caught two balls in a row from Ehlinger, who looked relaxed in the pocket. It’s a small sample size. But it’s something.

And quite frankly, right now, the Colts need something. And more than a cortisone shot.

Eason did not throw an interception today, but Grover Stewart picked up an early sack on the former 4th round pick. That brings up a good point too. The defensive line is feasting.

Kwity Paye is having the backup left tackles Sam Tevi and Will Holden for a mid-afternoon snack. Paye has terrorized the left side of the line in Fisher’s absence, which can be good and bad.

You love to see it out of the rookie. But look at the front end of the schedule and what defensive forces are coming in. You feel comfortable with Tevi back there? Not one bit.

The defense is going to be relied on a big way. Because as Reich said with the media today, it’s Eason’s job under center right now, but he will have to earn it still. And while he is in the process of that, the defense must not squander.

Khari Willis joined us on The Dan Dakich Show today while DD was on jury duty.

Also, could you imagine DD on a jury? You need some hard knocks cameras in there or something for a full production.

But after 30 takeaways was the goal last year, Willis said Matt Eberflus and the defensive core want to break NFL records this season.

40 takeaways is the new marker.

The Miami Dolphins led the way last year with 29, as the Colts finished fourth in the league. But the big expectations sets up for this defense to potentially shine in the bright lights.

They have no choice.

We’re a week into training camp, and it’s already put up or shut up time.

Weekly Camp Schedule

-Tuesday: 10:00-11:45 Practice

-Wednesday: 10:00-11:45 Practice

-Thursday: Off day

-Friday: 10:00-11:30 Practice

-Saturday: 10:00-11:30 Practice

-Sunday: 10:00-11:45 Practice

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