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Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp Notebook: Days 1-3

The Indianapolis Colts began training camp on Sunday, but I am here to cover everything up to date every Tuesday and Friday up until the regular season start.

This is the Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp Notebook. I cover news, opinion, and bunch of the analysis.

So read on and enjoy, thanks!

Manning’s Contract

The Indianapolis Colts haven’t forgotten about Peyton Manning.

Of course they wouldn’t.

But since the week of the Super Bowl, Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay was talking about the franchise quarterback’s new contract. The contract was to believed to be the biggest in NFL history.

Now six months has gone by and Manning still hasn’t gotten his deal.

But things are in the way for the four-time Most Valuable Player to get his new salary.

With the latest news about the labor situation and the uncapped year, Irsay says the team will have to wait before negotiations go down.

Manning has one year on his contract and plans to get an extension soon. Jim Irsay told reporters today after a training camp practice that president Bill Polian and Manning are currently working on an extension.

Irsay, however, hasn’t given a timetable of when such an agreement will be made.

Stay tuned on this.

Jerry Hughes Signed

The Indianapolis Colts finally finished signing all of their draft picks.

Usually, all of the team’s goals in the National Football League is to get all their draft pick’s contracts signed before training camp comes up.

However, the Colts barely missed the mark. Jerry Hughes was signed on the second day of training camp after missing the first day.

The deal the 31st overall pick from TCU signed was a five-year deal, according to the Associated Press. Hughes will hopefully help the Colts at defensive end and outside linebacker this year.

He will go into a rotation with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, along with playing outside linebacker in blitzing situations.

Terms of the deal haven’t been announced yet.

Wayne, Mathis Come to Camp

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 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

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.”

Bob Sanders Healthy

Bob Sanders reported to training camp healthy and the seven-year veteran is ready to go coming for the 2010-11 season.

“I moved around pretty good,” he said. “I’m just excited. It’s a great feeling.”

Sanders was asked about the blurb read of him written by Michael Lombardi at NFL.com.

“Tabloid media. I barely read it,” he said. “I had a couple of people call me and say it was crazy, but I don’t know. (The media) can come up with that type of stuff, speculation about how a guy’s doing. . . .

“I can’t pay attention to it. There’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve just got to make sure I’m ready to go. (Monday) was a good day and that’s all I’m worried about.”

See, folks? Sanders is healthy.

Too Much, Too Good

The Colts have five good receiving targets coming into the 2010 season with Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Pierre Garcon, and Austin Collie.

Peyton Manning likes the possibilities of his receiving targets coming into training camp.

“All of them are capable of working different sides of the field,” Manning said after the opening practice at training camp at Anderson University on Monday. “Reggie, Anthony and Austin are all capable of playing in the slot. Austin’s working some outside, Pierre’s the one guy who hasn’t played as much in the slot. There is no question about the versatility.”

Jim Caldwell likes the group and hopes the passing game can excel.

“We have an offense that certainly spreads the ball around quite a bit, and we need as many options as we can possibly have,” Caldwell said. “Over the years that has boded well for us. Obviously, Dallas (Clark) is in that mix as well along with the wide receivers that we have. I think there will be plenty of time to catch the ball and do something with it after they catch it.”

Gonzo Plays Well

Anthony Gonzalez played fabulous and showed signs of his old form in training camp.

According to Colts.com, Gonzalez had what it is believed to be the play of the day as he caught a 45-yard pass from Peyton Manning to the end zone.

Hope to see some more good things with Gonzo soon.

What to Expect

I see a nice battle between Ray Fisher and Brandon James at kick return. Expect some nice things there.

Stay tuned for more in the Colts’ training camp notebook on Friday!


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One Response to “Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp Notebook: Days 1-3”

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