OT Charlie Johnson, who had missed last week's preseason matchup, was back in action.
Some of the highlights of day included:
Quarterback Jim Sorgi fired a nice 15-yard strike over the middle to former Baylor wide receiver Trent Shelton for a completion. Later on, Sorgi tried to get a pass to Aaron Brown, who just joined the team last week after being waived by Buffalo. But fifth-round draft pick Michael Coe made a nice play to foil the attempt.
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Lawton, in his second NFL season out of McNeese State, was the recipient of another tough hit as linebacker Keith O'Neil teamed up with safety Scott Ware to immediately take him down after catching another short pass from Sorgi. Lawton has shown good durability throughout training camp, not shying away from contact and getting back on his feet quickly after some tough collisions.
Peyton Manning was in a groove, hitting Marvin Harrison on a 15-yard out pattern despite decent coverage by starting cornerback Kelvin Hayden.
Manning also hooked up with the team's top draft pick, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez on a couple of plays that earned highlight status. The first one was vintage Manning, lofting a ball about 25 yards to the rookie who was running an out pattern near the sidelines. Even though Gonzalez was sandwiched in between two Colts defenders, the ball arrived in the perfect spot, allowing the receiver to make the catch.
The second play between the duo that was noteworthy came on a short, 8-yard pass near the sidelines. Gonzalez used his athleticism and keen focus to reach over his head to make the catch.