Coltsfanawalt checks in with this from Anderson yesterday:
My wife and I took our children on our annual trip to Colts Training Camp. This year we caught the afternoon practice on Friday the thirteenth of August. I was tweeting my observations before I came to the realization that no one who follows me on twitter cares about my Colts obsession, and no one who would care about training camp follows me on Twitter. One of those life moments where you question the sanity of your actions...
First things first. We didn't enjoy the
We watched Manning pass to the receivers when we arrived. Townsend was playing like a man on a mission. Broke up a great pass to
A trainer walked over to him, and together they slowly walked to the tents on the far sidelines. The whole way,
Gonzalez was not in active participation, but he was moving around quite well. He once got in front of a receiver to toughen up the receiver's route. He was throwing the ball around. No sleeve. I never saw him run full speed, but nothing I saw alarmed me at the time. Other than the fact that it was his fourth practice in a row without participating... We never saw Garcon, either.
I'll tell you who was impressive to watch - Brandon James! That kid could run routes, get separation, and catch tough passes. My son and I are now pulling for him to make the team. He's short (5'7" I believe), but he is good! Speaking of rookies who impressed, Devin Moore made a nice TD run in short yardage, running over a defender on the way. It was hard contact and downright sweet to see. I doubt he lasts on this deep team, but we'll see.
Manning was all business. I had to cover my kids' ears on a couple of occasions. This guy is serious about practice (insert Allen Iverson joke here). He was always coaching up the other QBs, RBs, and WRs. At one point, he was on the defensive side of the formation, barking out suggestions on each play. I could've sworn he was the OC at times.
Addai stood out among RBs in my view, as did
Vinny made some long kicks. MacAfee was very impressive on punts!
Eldridge made a nice TD grab from Manning in the corner of the endzone. I think that #81 will be special for us. He did later drop an easy one though. Honey-Gijon ran a lazy route on one goal line scenario, annoying a serious Manning who was watching the whole thing. Later though, he caught a tough pass from Painter. It was a mixed bag with him.
I noticed a lot of practice time on the D-line, including first team defense, by Marlon Favorite and Ricardo Matthews. Our defense was impressive overall, especially the DBs, Lacey, Hayden and Powers. The defense showed some interesting formations for sure.
Let me end by mentioning that we stayed until the practice field had been long abandoned by all the players - except Manning. He was out there running sprints (and having a coach time him) while still wearing his helmet and carrying a football. He stretched forever after that. The guy takes it seriously, that's for sure!
Overall, it was a worthwhile experience for Colts' geeks like me. But I do miss