Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp: Mathis, Wayne Come To Practice

The Indianapolis Colts began training camp today and everything brought good signs.

It was expected that defensive end Robert Mathis and wide receiver Reggie Wayne would hold out for a part of training camp, but they came right to the first practice. Good.

Wayne didn’t bring attention and came in as a normal football player; quiet and not saying a single word. It was just what the Colts wanted: no players acting like a diva and wanting attention.

And that’s the way they plan to keep it.

“All Indianapolis Colts players under contract have reported to training camp,” the team said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

Wayne and Mathis brought attention surfacing the team when they skipped workouts back in June which were mandatory. Both players want new contracts like Antoine Bethea just got.

They have two years left on their remaining contracts and plan to get a new deal.

But this brings signs that they know they probably will get a new contract very soon.

Kevin Thomas Get Signed

Kevin Thomas was hoping to become a contributor right off the bat at cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts when he was drafted by them in the second round of April’s NFL Draft.

The Colts now have all of their seven draft picks but one to go. That person is Jerry Hughes, who did not come to practice today due to the rules that all players under contract can come to practice.

The rookie out of USC injured his knee and required surgery back in May during rookie mini-camps, which would mean he would have to miss his rookie season while being place on the injured-reserve list.

The Colts need at least one more cornerback to be safe for the 2010-11 season. That is why this acquisition also happened today….

Deshea Townsend Signed

I said about a day ago that the Colts should sign Deshea Townsend since the team only has three cornerbacks with playing experience.

Since Townsend was trying out and with all the young players at the corner position, Townsend seemed like a lock for a spot on the team.

The 34-year-old, twelve-year pro signed and agreed to a contract with the team, league sources told ESPN.com’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Townsend gives veteran experience and I see him being a helpful contributor to the squad.

“I did kind of expect to be back, just to add some depth at the position,” Townsend told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They know there’s a player out there they don’t really have to teach the system, that can come in and play.”

All of this and more will be featured on the Indianapolis Colts training camp notebook as Josh Dhani’s covers the team’s training camp every Tuesdays and Fridays each week.


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