Colts Training Camp Insider: 7/30

Day one of training camp has ended and we've got the insider notes on the players who stood out, those that couldn't practice, and those who struggled a bit. Check it out inside in our exclusive report from Terre Haute...

The much anticipated buzz over Corey Simon joining the team on the field never happened as the big defensive lineman was nowhere in sight. Rumors were flying that he had failed his physical, which wouldn't have been a surprise. The team hasn't issued an official statement, but appear to be handling the situation to their advantage. Here are three ways that keeping Simon in a state of flux helps the team:

  • The mere threat of his return is certainly an edge for the team in their negotiations with their only draft pick -- rookie DT Quinn Pitcock -- who has yet to sign his deal.
  • If Simon is actually in good enough shape to play, the Colts could make some calls to see if they could get something for him in a trade.
  • If Simon is borderline on being in good enough shape to play, the Colts could slowly work him into the mix for depth during camp in case any of their top-slated defensive tackles get injured -- and before they have to start paying his full 2007 salary in September.

Morning Session Notes:

Marvin Harrison
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  • The first pass of the 2007 training camp during 11-on-11 drills was caught by Marvin Harrison for roughly a 15-yard gain on an out pattern.
  • Second-round draft pick Tony Ugoh worked with the first-team offense at left tackle while Charlie Johnson worked with the second-team at right tackle, the position he manned last year. But don't be surprised to see Johnson get a chance to make his case for that job during camp.
  • Ugoh had a decent debut, even when Dwight Freeney lined up against him in both 11-on-11 work and positional drills. While Freeney bested the rookie with his spin move, Ugoh was able to hold his own for the most part.
  • Backup strongside linebacker Tyjuan Hagler got noticed early. After running back Kenton Keith burst through the line for about 5 yards, Hagler just flat-out planted him into the turf.
  • Players that appeared to be missing from practice included Bob Sanders, Keith O'Neill, Antonio Smith, Michael DePriest, Victor Worsley, Albert Bimper, Matt Farbotko, and Chris Morgan.

Afternoon Session Notes:

  • It wasn't a good moment for the team when it appeared that Dwight Freeney tweaked his ankle early on. But he was able to continue practicing. It'll be interesting to see if they hold him out as a precaution Tuesday morning.
  • Cornerback Kelvin Hayden also appeared to be bothered a bit by an ankle problem after getting caught in a pile up following a Peyton Manning completion to Ben Utecht during an 11-on-11 drill.
  • Manning looked sharp, completing a 55-yarder to Harrison down the middle of the field.
  • Fifth-round pick Michael Coe made sure he got noticed on his first day of camp, nearly intercepting a Jim Sorgi pass and showing good closing speed.
  • Top draft pick Anthony Gonzalez got off to a good start, partially at the expense of fellow draftee Daymeion Hughes when they were one-on-one.
  • Possibly in an attempt to drop a few more pounds before he gets too far into camp, Anthony McFarland surprised the crowd by wearing sweat pants and long sleeves all day despite temperatures in the eighties.
  • Players that weren't spotted as participating or missing included Corey Simon, Aaron Moorehead, Michael DePriest, Bob Sanders, Jeff Saturday, Gary Brackett, Tim Jennings, Keith O'Neil, Rick DeMulling, Ryan Lilja, Josh Thomas, and Robert Mathis


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