Colts Notebook: July 12

Get caught up with the latest news, notes and quotes around the Indianapolis Colts here! Find out what Jim Caldwell thinks about Jerry Hughes, how Jeff Saturday knows when to avoid Peyton Manning, and much more inside ...

— QB Peyton Manning can't wait to get WR Anthony Gonzalez back on the practice field for an extended period during training camp.

"I've had another good offseason with Gonzalez, now that he's back, and I want to build on what we started last offseason," Manning said. "Getting the timing down with all these new receivers, guys who were here last year and guys who this is their first year.

"The more I can get on the same page with them, the better chance we have at success."

— Pro Bowl C Jeff Saturday has a great working relationship with his quarterback. But he's learned to be quick on his feet when Manning approaches him about possible tweaks to the Colts' offensive playbook.

"I see he's got 14 little 'Post-Its' (notes on the playbook) on things he's going to ask questions about. You try to duck your head and run past him because you know he's going to pull you over for 15 minutes and discuss something that he sees as an issue. That goes to why he is the player he is," Saturday said.

— The Colts are excited about the possibilities of rookie DE Jerry Hughes.

"He does give us more options," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "We can create maybe some situations where all three of them are in the ballgame at the same time that may be pretty unique. It also gives us a buffer if we're in a situation where either one can't play. We still can have two edge rushers that can do some damage. We don't place any limitations on anybody."

— Unsigned restricted free agent LB Tyjuan Hagler has yet to be signed by another NFL team, but Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said that the team has not had any discussions about bringing him back. That doesn't mean that the Colts wouldn't bring him back during training camp should any unforeseen injuries occur.

Another free agent, LB Freddy Keiaho, is now with AFC South rival Jacksonville.

— The Colts will report to Anderson (Ind.) University for training camp, with players expected to report Aug. 1.

The franchise conducted training camp in Anderson from 1984-98 before switching to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., from 1999 through last season.

The team has scheduled 24 practices over 18 days, including 7:30 p.m. workouts on Aug. 4, 11 and 17. Special teams only practices are planned for the afternoons of Aug. 3, 5, 9 and 12. The Colts break camp after a 9:30 a.m. practice Aug. 18.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't think there is any limitation on him. He has such great presence of mind, such great will and determination that I think you will see him improve in almost every area. Peyton is a very unique guy. He'll set his own course." — Colts coach Jim Caldwell on how QB Peyton Manning — a four-time league MVP — plans to improve his game heading into the 2010 season.


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