In the early preseason, it often seems like the defense is a little ahead of the offense. This makes sense, of course, as the defense just has to react, whereas the offense is much more choreographed. But Peyton Manning and Co. didn't seem to have much trouble shaking off any rust Monday morning as the Colts opened camp.
After nearly having his first pass picked off by Kelvin Hayden, Manning made several excellent throws during full-team drills and seemed in step with his talented receiving corps in the morning session in front of a large crowd at Anderson University.
Manning, who is coming off back-to-back NFL MVP seasons, spread the ball around to his receivers, with highlights coming on a play-action pass for a deep gain to Pierre Garçon during full-team drills and a long fade route, also to Garçon, for a score in seven-on-seven work.
Manning, of course, is a veteran who knows about coming to camp to work. Some of the younger players showed some first-day jitters, however.
Rookie kick returner/receiver Brandon James dropped an easy pass from Manning on an out route during the first seven-on-seven session, and later dropped another after trying to trap the ball against his chest.
Devin Moore, a first-year running back and kick returner, also dropped a pair of punts, one of which tight end and special teams ace Jacob Tamme was able to pounce upon. Tamme also had a nice catch on a circle route from Manning to end the morning practice.
For the most part, the Colts were healthy and ready to go. Dwight Freeney, free-agent acquisition Adam Terry and rookie tight end Brody Eldridge were among the players sitting out, but Eldridge told me after practice he plans on taking part this afternoon.
It's hard to get a feel on anything definite after just one practice, but here are some news and notes from the morning session:
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