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Indianapolis Colts 2010 Training Camp: Defense Destroys in Scrimmage

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This was probably a game that the Indianapolis Colts’ offense would want to forget about. In a mock scrimmage game, the defense destroyed the offense in a 31-3 bout. Indy had four interceptions, one lost fumble, two field goal misses, and a made field goal on offense.

“It was just one of those things where we were just on fire today defensively,” safety Melvin Bullitt told the Indianapolis Star.  “It goes back and forth. There are some days, like (Friday), when the offense completely lit us up.

The play of the game was when middle linebacker, Gary Brackett, picked off Peyton Manning’s pass and took it 52 yards back for a touchdown. Rookie safety Mike Newton also had a nice performance with three passes picked off on back-up quarterback, Curtis Painter.

Usually, the Colts’ fans who come to the team’s training camp usually and most often cheer for the offense. This time, it was the defense they cheered for.

“They came out here, cheered for the defense and we got after it,” Gary Brackett said.

Brackett was asked of which was better: his interception, or Newton’s three.

“Man, the hat trick,” he said, smiling. “Very proud of him. You can’t beat that. Right place, right time.”

Two of Netwon’s picks came off of deflected passes. Though it wasn’t that big of a game and it was just a scrimmage, Newton has never had that many interceptions in a game before in his life. This is the first time, ever.

“Not even in Pop Warner,” said the standout out of Buffalo. “I’ve been trying to make some plays all camp. When you get a chance, you’ve got to make a play.”

“He is one of those guys that has a knack for showing up. He was that way in college,” head coach Jim Caldwell said.

The offense could never get things going. Got hand it to them. Manning finished eight-of-19 for 90 yards and one interception. He also had to wear a dark visor for much of the weak due to eye irritation, so don’t expect him to be wearing this during the season. It would be very awkward. Painter was worse, as he was eight-of-twelve for 83 yards and three picks.

Hopefully, more good stuff will be coming in for training camp. Today was some great stuff. Look to see more soon.


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