Colts Camp Insider: 8/4

More injury updates ... how Rocky Boiman got noticed on Friday ... will free agent John Navarre really challenge Jim Sorgi for the number two spot? ... how's Kelvin Hayden faring at left cornerback? ... a look at rookies Ed Johnson and Melvin Bullitt and more in today's Camp Insider Notes!

Quick Hits

Dwight Freeney left the field on Friday with his shoulder wrapped, but it didn't appear to be anything real serious. Offensive tackle Charlie Johnson had his groin wrapped. No details on either player have been made available yet.

Wide receiver Roy Hall, who's been off to a strong start, sat out the afternoon practice. Spotted only on the sidelines on Friday morning were OT Gabe Hall, WR Devin Aromashodu, DE Robert Mathis, DT Quinn Pitcock, DB Tanard Davis, DE Ben Ishola and the team's two PUP players -- safety Bob Sanders and linebacker Keith O'Neil. Published reports indicate that Hall has sprained his knee and Aromashodu pulled a hamstring. Both could miss a couple of weeks of camp time.

Defensive tackle has been an area of concern over the last couple of seasons, so one of the big questions in camp is how the players on the depth chart behind Raheem Brock and Anthony McFarland are looking so far. One of the players who appears to be getting a better feel for the defensive scheme and is hitting his gaps well is Dan Klecko. Darrel Reid still looks like a reliable player, but it'll be interesting to see if Quinn Pitcock can challenge him once he gets up to speed over the next few weeks. 

Rookie tight end Jonny Harline may benefit the most from the team losing Mike Seidman for the season due to a knee injury. Harline's practice time has been a bit light due to the team having seven tight ends on the roster heading into camp, but with the loss of Seidman and the release of Matt Farbotko earlier this week, Harline should get more reps to show what he can do. Over the first few days, he didn't make any really big or unusual catches, but the former BYU star is likely to do so as he gets more comfortable.

Marlin Jackson and Reggie Wayne
(AP Photo)
While it was a  bit of a surprise to see Marlin Jackson at right cornerback when the team opened camp this week, Kelvin Hayden looks confident and smooth in the early going at the left cornerback position. The switch means that Hayden, not Jackson, will have to take on the opponent's top receiver each week, and so far he hasn't made any noticeable big mistakes, holding his own quite nicely.

Backup quarterback Josh Betts fumbled a snap from center when he was getting some 11-on-11 work near his own end zone. That said, Betts still looks like the number three quarterback at the moment with newcomer John Navarre lagging behind. The year that Betts has under his belt in the system is clearly benefiting him, so in the very early going it doesn't look like Navarre is going to challenge number two backup Jim Sorgi as some speculated during the offseason when the Colts grabbed him as a free agent. Navarre has a big arm, but he's going to have to accelerate his understanding of the offense and execute it better if he wants to last the summer.

As you would expect, there hasn't been any change at tight end so far in camp with Dallas Clark clearly entrenched at number one and Ben Utecht and Bryan Fletcher sharing about an equal number of snaps with the first team offense. Since the Colts only carried three tight ends on the roster last year, if those three stay healthy it appears that Jonny Harline and Gijon Robinson will be battling it out for a single practice squad spot.

Matt Giordano is working with Antoine Bethea while Bob Sanders continues to rebound from offseason shoulder surgery. Giordano has looked good so far in camp displaying more of the speed and quickness that surprised some people towards the end of last season. While he may not lay out ball carriers with the devastating blows that Sanders delivers, he shows better durability while still delivering some very solid hits.

Rookie defensive tackle Ed Johnson is showing that he can read run plays well, but like other rookies, he's occasionally being overly aggressive and takes himself out of the play. He should be able to correct that with more reps and coaching. With the talent ahead of him on the roster, it's going to be tough for him to make the final 53, but he's off to a good enough start that a practice squad position wouldn't be out of the question.

Rookie safety Melvin Bullitt impressed analyst Pat Kirwan earlier this year with his 3.97-second short shuttle time since he's 6-foot-one and 201 pounds. So far, Bullitt hasn't really stood out, but he hasn't been called out for any mistakes either. He'll be able to fly under the radar for a few more days, but if the undrafted free agent wants to make it past the first round of cuts later this month, he's going to need to make some plays that cause a stir amongst the coaches.

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While it was just one play, it was a memorable one. Linebacker Rocky Boiman made a tooth-rattling hit on running back DeDe Dorsey during an 11-on-11 drill.  Boiman clanked pads with Dorsey before he could get past the line of scrimmage.

Wide receiver Roy Hall could become one of the team's most versatile players. He's been working out of the wide receiver position as well as the slot. He's even seen some action as a tight end and H-back and he's showing that he can be a valuable special teams player as well.

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