Colts Notebook: Quincy Wilson, Kenny Moore Return To Practice
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INDIANAPOLIS – Monday was a rare practice day for the Colts.
With the team having the weekend off following their Thursday night loss to the Patriots, the Colts were on the practice field for about an hour on Monday.
The team will take Tuesday off, before picking up their normal Wednesday-Friday routine on the practice field.
Here’s a notebook look at Monday’s news with the Colts getting ready for a trip to the Jets in Week Six:
- Achieving better balance in the pass/run game dilemma is a focus for Frank Reich right now. In the last two weeks, the Colts have been around 75-80 percent pass and 20-25 percent run. The Colts have attempted the most passes of any team in the NFL and they are 26th in rushing attempts. “It just eventually catches up to you,” Reich said. “You just know from time and experience that you have to run the football. For instance, play-action passing is a big part of what we want to do. And it’s something that Andrew (Luck) is particularly productive at. But play-action passing loses its effectiveness the more and more you don’t run the football. Early on in the season, we can get away it because there’s always the threat of the run. But once you get further into the season and you are one of those teams that’s been determined, ‘these guys can’t run the ball.’ Then, as the season goes on, they pay less and less respect and the play-action pass isn’t as effective and it just snowballs. We are committed to having more balance.”
- Reich’s message to his guys after more than a dozen drops the past two weeks: “More time on the jugs, more time throwing circuits.”
- The Colts had the weekend off following their Thursday game. That allowed them a Monday practice, before picking up their normal routine starting Wednesday, when the first official injury report of the week will come out. These guys did not appear to be practicing on Monday: DL-Denico Autry (hamstring), TE-Jack Doyle (hip), S-Clayton Geathers (neck/concussion), CB-Nate Hairston (right ankle), WR-T.Y. Hilton (chest/hamstring), C-Ryan Kelly (hand), LB-Darius Leonard (left ankle), DL-Margus Hunt (left knee), LB-Anthony Walker (concussion), TE-Eric Ebron, S-Matthias Farley (hamstring), OT-Denzelle Good, S-Malik Hooker, S-Corey Moore and G-Matt Slauson.
- Cornerbacks Kenny Moore and Quincy Wilson were back practicing on Monday, after each of them have dealt with concussions. DT-Hassan Ridgeway (calf) was back for his first work since Week Two. Also, OT-Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) and RB-Marlon Mack (hamstring) continue to practice. These five guys practicing on Monday are very good signs for them being available for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
- The returns of Moore and Wilson are important early in the week as they try to progress through the protocol by Sunday afternoon.
- If Castonzo and Mack can become full participants in practice this week, they both should play against the Jets. Speaking of Mack, he is definitley this team’s starting running back. Reich said that on a couple of occasions during Monday’s presser. Mack spoke to the media on Monday and said this about his nagging hamstring: “Two weeks ago, it was still kind of tight on me and now it’s feeling loose. That’s a good thing.”
- With 4 safeties missing Monday’s practice, the Colts only had one healthy safety on the field (George Odum). That’s why the team signed undrafted safety Tray Matthews to their practice squad in the afternoon.
- The Colts are letting Denzelle Good take as much time as he needs with his family after the tragic loss of his brother last Tuesday. Good didn’t play in Thursday’s game and wasn’t on the practice field Monday. In Good’s place on Thursday, the Colts started rookie Braden Smith. Frank Reich liked what he saw from Smith’s starting debut at right tackle: “Braden played well. He did a really nice job and exceeded expectations at that spot.” If Anthony Castonzo does indeed return this week, the Colts are going to have some choices at right tackle this week, unlike the barren depth chart in September.
- See below for the update on LB-Darius Leonard, but he sounds like a guy ready to play in Week Six.
- The Colts have an opportunity in the next month, and even in November, to find tangible results in the win/loss columns. They play three sub .500 teams in the next three weeks: at Jets (2-3), Bills (2-3) and at Raiders (1-4). In November, after a bye week, they have all three of their games at home, against the Jaguars (3-2), Titans (3-2) and Dolphins (3-2). One would have to think at least a 4-2 record is needed in these next 6 games for the Colts to still be in the playoff chatter in December.
Darius Leonard (with a piercing look) says if the Patriots game was on a Sunday, he felt like he would have played. Leonard says he should be ready to go for the Jets this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/SW9mG7s2Jx — Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 8, 2018
Darius Leonard (with a piercing look) says if the Patriots game was on a Sunday, he felt like he would have played.
Leonard says he should be ready to go for the Jets this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/SW9mG7s2Jx
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 8, 2018