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Reggie Wayne (ACL) has been "effortlessly snatching passes out of the air" at Colts training camp, and coach Chuck Pagano deemed his recovery "really incredible."

"I've done everything I've wanted to do," said Wayne, who is all systems go. "I've run every route." Three players in NFL history have topped 1,000 receiving yards after their 36th birthday, and Wayne appears on pace to become No. 4. (He turns 36 in November.) Beat writer reports on Wayne's practice play have been unfailingly positive. Whereas T.Y. Hilton's Average Draft Position is at the fifth-/sixth-round turn, Wayne is available in the seventh and eighth rounds of drafts.
Jul 31 - 5:44 PM

Colts placed LG Donald Thomas (quad) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Thomas re-tore the same quad he injured last season. He's now played on just 70 snaps since signing a four-year, $14 million deal in March of 2013. The Colts are extremely young and unproven along the interior of their offensive line, putting even more strain on Trent Richardson to create yards when holes aren't there. The Colts' best chance at sustaining offense remains saddling up Andrew Luck.
Jul 31 - 12:19 PM

Third-round WR Donte Moncrief is in the mix for Colts No. 4 receiver duties.

The No. 4 job was supposed to be between Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen while 20-year-old Moncrief developed. But the Combine freak has impressed, even earning some first-team reps. It's a great sign for Moncrief's Dynasty value.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 9:58 AM

ESPN's Colts reporter says Andrew Luck will have "plenty of opportunities to throw the ball" this season.

The insinuation is that stubborn OC Pep Hamilton will relent on his forced power-running obsession and take the shackles off Luck. Beat man Mike Wells says the Colts now simply want to score points whichever way necessary. It should be a no-brainer philosophy change with the interior offensive line in shambles, question marks at running back, improved weaponry in the pass game and Luck ready to emerge as a generational talent.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 9:56 AM

Da'Rick Rogers is off to a slow start at training camp.

Per beat reporter Mike Wells, Griff Whalen has "definitely" outplayed Rogers so far. It's another disappointing turn of events for a talented prospect fighting for the No. 4 receiver job. Still, he's just 23 years old and Reggie Wayne/Hakeem Nicks are on one-year deals. We're holding Rogers in Dynasty formats where we can.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 9:42 AM

Colts LG Donald Thomas re-tore his quad during Wednesday's practice and will need surgery.

It's the same injury that cost Thomas the final 14 games of last season. This tear will likely cost him all 16 games this year, meaning he will have played in two games since signing a four-year, $14 million deal with the Colts in March of 2013. It's another stinging blow to the Colts as Thomas was projected to start at left guard, the primary backup center and improve the unit's run blocking. They'll now have to thrust second-round rookie Jack Mewhort into a major role.

A source tells the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder Colts LG Donald Thomas re-injured his quad during practice Wednesday.

Thomas missed the final 14 games of 2013 with tears to both his quad and bicep. He is headed for an MRI. Rookie Jack Mewhort stepped in at left guard after Thomas went down, and would likely man the position if Thomas is force to miss any time.
Jul 30 - 5:04 PM

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is back practicing.

The injury was minor, but the Colts are being cautious after losing 17 players to season-ending injuries in 2013 and already losing RB Vick Ballard to an Achilles injury this season. Richardson has the talent and opportunity to outplay his fifth-round ADP, but his poor play in 2013 and injury history make him a risky fantasy bet.
Jul 30 - 2:52 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports the Colts "aren't giving up" on Vick Ballard (Achilles', out for season), and that he'll get "another shot" in 2015.

We'll see. Ballard was already talent-deficient before injuries wiped out his 2013-14, and he'll be a 25-year-old former fifth-round pick come next July. Ballard has averaged 3.9 yards on 224 career carries. He has no Dynasty value.
Jul 29 - 7:40 PM

Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner.

With Vick Ballard tearing his Achilles', Trent Richardson nursing a sore hamstring, and freshly-signed RB Davin Meggett going down in practice, the Colts needed depth behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Tanner, 26 next month, has 56 career carries for 149 yards (2.7 YPC) and two scores. He'll compete for a spot.
Jul 29 - 3:38 PM

The Colts are expected to dramatically increase their usage of two-tight end sets this season.

Chuck Pagano and Pep Hamilton are showing no signs that they want to spread out the offense and saddle up Andrew Luck. Instead, they're going to get both Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener on the field in "12" looks and stubbornly stick with a ball-control philosophy. We'd rather take a shot on Allen than Fleener as he's a far better football player and is set to play the Rob Gronkowski role.
Jul 28 - 10:35 AM

Trent Richardson is sitting out Colts camp with a hamstring injury.

It sounds like a day-to-day thing, but hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger. Richardson's absences have allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to dominate first-team reps, with Vick Ballard (Achilles') done for the season. At a time when most are concerned with his YPC average and poor 2013 performance, Richardson's latest malady is a reminder of the multitude of injuries he battled as a rookie.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:16 PM

Colts signed RB Davin Meggett.

Meggett, 24, spent the 2012 season on Indianapolis' practice squad, but has never appeared in a regular season game. He'll compete for a roster spot as a special teams contributor following Vick Ballard's season-ending torn Achilles'.
Jul 27 - 10:51 AM

Free agent RB Phillip Tanner worked out for the Seahawks on Saturday.

It's the first known interest in Tanner since he was non-tendered by Dallas in February. With Marshawn Lynch holding out, Tanner would be a camp body if signed. Seattle also visited with free agents William Powell and Orwin Smith.
Jul 26 - 8:00 PM

An MRI confirmed Vick Ballard suffered a torn Achilles during Friday's practice.

He's done for the season. It's the second straight year-ending injury for Ballard after he missed all but one game of 2013 to ACL surgery. Ballard has one year remaining on his rookie deal and will attempt to return in 2015. The Colts haven't ruled out adding a veteran running back to replace Ballard.
Jul 26 - 4:28 PM


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