Colts Scrimmage Insider Report

Okay, you've probably seen our story on the Colts scrimmage along with reports from other sources. But you haven't heard it all, and they even left out some important details that we have for our Insiders in this story!

If you missed our earlier story on the Colts Saturday morning scrimmage, you may want to take a quick peek at it through this link before reading the rest of this story. It provides the overview, this story provides you with both new and some related details from the event.

Fifteen players sat out, including four safeties -- Bob Sanders, Mike Doss, Antoine Bethea, and Chris Laskowski. Also out for the defense were cornerbacks Eric Hill, Tim Jennings and T.J. Rushing; linebacker Brandon Hoyte; defensive linemen Jonathan Welsh, Montae Reagor, Justin Brown, Sweet Pea Burns, and Corey Simon. The offense had a decided advantage from a health perspective with only running back Vashon Pearson and tight end Ben Hartstock sidelined.

Adam Vinatieri had a good day, hitting two out of three field goal attempts. He put up points with attempts from 25 and 30 yards out, but missed wide left on a 29-yard effort.

His special teams partner, Hunter Smith, booted two great punts of 53 and 56 yards.

You probably noticed that running back Dominic Rhodes had five carries for 29 yards, and rookie Joseph Addai had just 11 yards on three carries. Well, don't be fooled by those stats. Because the workout was in pads and shorts and hitting was limited, head coach Tony Dungy would blow a play dead at times, apparently to keep the hitting minimized on the backs when it was apparent that they would be in a situation where they would have to start fighting for yardage. At times it appeared that he blew it simply when the back had reached a few yards, so the full logic was tough to decipher, but you can pretty much throw out the running back's stats.

The three Colts quarterbacks who saw action (Peyton Manning, Jim Sorgi and Shaun King) spread the ball around nicely. Coaches got to see fourteen different receivers catch passes during the scrimmage. Although the Associated Press reported unofficial stats that reflected Aaron Moorehead as the top receiver in catches, that title actually belonged to tight end Ben Utecht with four catches for 29 yards and tight end Dallas Clark with four catches for 32 yards. The other tight end who saw action in the scrimmage, Bryan Fletcher, had three catches for 14 yards.

Reggie Wayne led the wide receivers in catches with three for 33 yards. Three other wide receivers each had two -- Marvin Harrison (35 yards), Aaron Moorehead (39 yards) and Brandon Stokley (33 yards).


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