Colts Training Camp Insider: 7/31

Some surprising performances on Tuesday were undoubtedly noticed by the coaching staff. And for those worried about the team's depth at running back, a few of the backups really stood out, showing some power, moves and quickness. Read more about it inside...

As of the morning practice, there was still no sign of defensive tackle Corey Simon or third-round draft pick Quin Pitcock. With Bob Sanders and Keith O'Neil put on the physically unable to perform list, they obviously weren't participating either. Both players still count against the team's training camp roster limit. Defensive ends Bo Schobel and Ben Ishola, along with tight end Mike Seidman, were also missing from the morning practice. Ishola (ankle) and Seidman were out due to injuries.

Seventh-round pick Keyunta Dawson, who has been lining up at left defensive end, showed good mobility and made a tremendous hit on running back DeDe Dorsey during the morning session. Dorsey, who dropped his first pass opportunity of camp on Monday on a pass from Jim Sorgi, looked much more comfortable throughout the morning session than he did on Monday.

Speaking of running backs, here's how a few of the other backs on the depth chart looked on Tuesday morning:

Ryan Diem battles Keyunta Dawson
(AP Photo)
  • Clifton Dawson out of Harvard is making his case early in camp for the short-yardage back that the Colts will need this season. During consecutive 11-on-11 drills, Dawson showed some real power and you could see some similarities to former Colt James Mungro -- but with more quickness to get through the line.
  • Kenton Keith showed a nice burst on an inside running play as well, and he is also showing signs of being a decent pas blocker during positional drills.
  • Luke Lawton, who is also expected to stake his claim as the Colts' short-yardage back, showed surprisingly good hands on a short flip from Peyton Manning and some good quickness after the catch.

Matt Giordano has been taking the reps at free safety with the first team, pairing up with Antoine Bethea while Bob Sanders is kept on the sidelines.

During the team's afternoon special teams session, it was interesting to see which players got opportunities to handle kickoff and punt returns in addition to second-year cornerback T.J. Rushing. Recent addition and former Cleveland Browns cornerback Antonio Perkins got some work there, as did another free agent, Cro Thorpe, a former Lion.  Brian Hare, Devin Aromashodu, and Kenton Keith also took some turns. Two rookies also got into the act, including Michael Coe -- and somewhat surprisingly -- top pick Anthony Gonzalez.

Cornerback Tim Jennings was a notable absentee from the afternoon session.

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