Day 9 Colts Training Camp Notebook: How much will Matt Ryan play in the preseason opener?

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INDIANAPOLISAfter a day off Tuesday, the Colts had their third straight session in full pad.

The drops continued to be a big story as the defense added to the play that side of the ball showed this week.

Here is what was learned during the ninth practice of the camp on Wednesday:

  • Matt Ryan finished Wednesday afternoon 7 of 12 with completions to the following guys: Kylen Granson (2), Mo Alie-Cox (1), Parris Campbell (1), Alec Pierce (1), Michael Pittman (1), Jonathan Taylor (1). There were a few chances for big plays in the passing game on Wednesday, but that part of the offense again spat a little in the air. In a backup situation, the starting offense had a chance to play big with Michael Pittman behind the secondary. But Matt Ryan knocked down Pittman, allowing rookie Nick Cross to catch up and push the ball away. Through 9 practices, Ryan is 74 of 108 in complete teamwork. Ryan completed passes to the following guys: Michael Pittman (21), Kylen Granson (11), Mo Alie-Cox (9), Jonathan Taylor (9), Nyheim Hines (7), Parris Campbell (6), Drew Ogletree ( 3), Alec Pierce (3), Ashton Dulin (3), Dezmon Patmon (1), Keke Coutee (1).
  • Let’s start with the drops, because I counted half a dozen on Wednesday: 2 for Mo Alie-Cox, 2 for Ethan Fernea, 1 for Nyheim Hines, 1 for Michael Jacobson. Wednesday marked the third straight practice the Colts suffered at least a handful of falls. “I noticed it and I’m not happy about it,” Reich said. “It’s not a person, not a group. It’s just a bit too much. We just keep pushing, keep pushing. What are you doing? Do you yell, ‘catch the ball?’ I know we preach to the choir here. It’s important to get extra catches, focus and focus in training camp. I think the trend is that there are more young people, but we have to keep working on it. One or two at this point is no good and you don’t like any of it. Everything is evaluated and who you can ultimately trust. Although some of them are labeled drops, ball placement and timing hasn’t been as accurate since the Colt entered full pads.
  • According to Frank Reich, the Colts plan to play Matt Ryan about a quarter, maybe a little less depending on the number of plays, in Saturday’s preseason opener at Buffalo. As we mentioned earlier in the week, Ryan is used to playing a decent amount in the pre-season. While the Colts are expected to play a fair number of starters in the preseason, I wouldn’t expect Jonathan Taylor to be one of them.
  • Frank Reich and Chris Ballard are very excited about how well the defense has played this side. On Wednesday, the defense combined on a few interceptions with RJ McIntosh knocking down a ball that Bobby Okereke went down with (from Matt Ryan) and then Isaiah Rodgers in cover on a pass that EJ Speed ​​carried (from Nick Foles).
  • Here’s Frank Reich’s update Wednesday on Shaquille Leonard playing Week 1, and if the Colts operate, they’ll be without Leonard: “Yeah, we’re talking about all scenarios,” Reich said. “We’re hopeful and optimistic that he’s ready, but you’re preparing like he’s not ready. You are preparing for the worst scenario. Shaq is preparing like he is playing Week 1. He is doing a lot of extra work and he is preparing, ready to play. He has his mind ready to play. Players need to think he’s playing as soon as he can and then we all come together and trust the process… It’s going to depend on how it looks for the last two weeks before he hits the pitch, how much activity is he doing out there? What is it exactly ? How many contacts are there? We condition ourselves. So, kind of gauge through that. If he has that, Shaq is so instinctive, so smart and he really takes his time…and he’s a unique player that we want to put on the pitch.
  • It looked like a scene from Herb Brooks and Miracle with Wednesday’s practice ending. Frank Reich with the whistle in his mouth and his team of Colts running from side to side. It was 6 different running reps from sideline to sideline for extra conditioning, per Reich. Although this way of ending the practice is something we had not seen before during the Reich era.
  • For many reasons, it was a good sign to see Parris Campbell (hamstring) back in action on Wednesday after sitting out the back half of Monday’s practice. Campbell didn’t participate in the 1-on-1 on Wednesday, but looked like himself in the full-team periods.
  • We’ve talked at length about the Colts’ slow starts to seasons. It’s worth noting that this isn’t just a ‘new QB every year’ driven thing. Let’s look at the points allowed in September by the Colts, compared to the other months of the year. During the Chris Ballard era, the Colts points allowed were: 22n/a in september, 16e in October, the 13e in November, 7e in December. What about the overall record for each month since Ballard arrived: September: 29e in recording, October: 12eNovember: 9eDecember: 17e. Again, should these trends just be ignored? Will the change in the starting game lead the Colts to play better at the start of the season?
  • How about a sleeper on the defensive side of the ball? RJ McIntosh has flashed many times on this camp. McIntosh, a former 5e round pick, has played in 18 career games and competes for some reserve defensive reps. It’s a positional battle that Chris Ballard has a close eye on right now. McIntosh could work his way up the 53-man roster.
  • What is Frank Reich looking for in the battle between Rodrigo Blankenship and Jake Verity? “We’re really looking for consistency, consistency to do the ones we have to do. You can’t be totally infatuated with the guy who can go 70 yards. We need consistency throughout and then for whichever of these guys is the most accurate outside of 50 that’s also a big deal because you don’t get that many in a year because a lot of times we get there let’s go on the 4the down. But when you roll a 4e-and-10, we score a field goal. So we’re really looking for these guys to show consistency in the mid ranges and then be able to be a weapon over 50 yards. Both guys have a guy strong enough to do that. It was a good battle.
  • Here’s what the starting offense looked like on Wednesday: QB-Matt Ryan, RB-Jonathan Taylor, RB-Nyheim Hines, WR-Michael Pittman, WR-Parris Campbell, TE-Mo Alie-Cox, LT-Matt Pryor, LG- Quenton Nelson, C-Ryan Kelly, RG-Danny Pinter, RT-Braden Smith.
  • Here’s what the starting defense looked like on Wednesday: DE-Yannick Ngakoue, DT-Grover Stewart, DT-DeForest Buckner, DE-Kwity Paye, LB-Zaire Franklin, LB-Bobby Okereke, CB-Kenny Moore, CB-Stephon Gilmore, S-Julian Blackmon, S-Nick Cross.
  • Guys who stood out in Wednesday’s practice for various reasons: LB-Bobby Okereke, WR-Ashton Dulin, WR-Isaiah Ford, RB-Ty’Son Williams

injury report: The following players remain on the PUP or non-football injured list: LB-Shaquille Leonard (knee), WR-Mike Strachan (knee). The following players also did not practice on Wednesday: DT-Chris Williams (left foot), OT-Dennis Kelly (knee), LB-Forrest Rhyne (undisclosed), WR-DeMichael Harris (undisclosed), S-Armani Watts (undisclosed). Undrafted corner Dallis Flowers (right ankle) left practice at one point, but did not return.

Weekly Camp Schedule

-Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Practice

-Friday: Public holiday

-Saturday: Buffalo preseason opener, 4:00 kick

-Sunday public holiday

-Monday: Public holiday

-Tuesday: 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Practice

-Wednesday: 12:20 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Joint training with the Lions

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