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Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp: Painter Shines in Scrimmage

Curtis Painter had the play of the day for the Indianapolis Colts in the team’s training camp practice today. Painter dropped a beautiful looking pass down the corner to tight end Jacob Tamme in the end zone for a touchdown.

Night Practice

The players appear to be enjoying the training camp practices at night time.

“There is no question they (the players) certainly like it,” Head Coach Jim Caldwell said after the practice around 10:30 p.m. “We have great crowds. The crowds have been extremely receptive and the guys really enjoy performing in front of them.”

Peyton Manning, who has been reported to be better and better every day in training camp practices, loves the practices and is the big reason why the crowd is packed in the practices.

“I think it’s great,” Manning said of the large crowd that attended. “When you have someone encouraging you or you hear some applause, there there’s no question that makes a difference for players to kind of push through when you feel like someone’s watching and cheering you on. (The) crowds have been great every day, and it was great to see after the rainout, crowds came back to see the turnout the next night.”

Many liked the offense and how they did, winning 52-24. But Gary Brackett knows the fans likes the whole team instead of just the offense.

“It’s funny how that works,” Brackett said laughing. “For a deep ball out of bounds, they cheer. I don’t know if they are cheering for the defense or what, but we get it. They want to see some points put on the board. They love the defense, too, but I guess we will have to wait until the regular season to hear those cheers.”

McClendon at Center?

The Colts’ fourth round draft pick, offensive lineman Jacques McClendon out of Tennessee, could be the back-up center to Jeff Saturday coming into the 2010-11 season. He’s been showing some intelligence at the position and could be a perfect heir to Saturday in the next coming years.

“You’ll find that position (center) in itself is a cerebral position,” Head Coach Jim Caldwell said. “It is a position you have to be able to adjust on the run, particularly within our scheme. You have to be able to adjust in a nanosecond. Peyton may change the play and you have to be able to adjust accordingly.

“He has all of the tools. He is strong. He is very smart, capable, moves his feet extremely well and he is learning our system. Our system is not the easiest to learn, so it takes a little while to learn, particularly in the position which he plays. He is a great student of the game.”

Sounds like some good stuff for Indy. I’ll keep you updated on more practices and news around the team.

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