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June 18, 2014

Colts know what they want to accomplish at mini-camp

INDIANAPOLIS — With three weeks of organized team activity practices now behind them, the Indianapolis Colts headed into their three-day mandatory mini-camp Tuesday with a specific goal in mind when training camp starts July 23 at Anderson University.

The mini-camp will continue today and wrap up early Thursday afternoon.

“We’ve made great progress [during OTAs]. We want to finish this mini-camp by cleaning things up and I’d like to finish strong going into training camp. I’m pleased with the work that we got done [Tuesday during mini-camp],” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

There were no major absences from the Colts’ practice facility when mini-camp started, although several players — offensive guard Donald Thomas (quad/bicep), running back Vick Ballard (knee), wide receiver Reggie Wayne (knee), safety Delano Howell (soft tissue), cornerback Vontae Davis (groin) — watched from the sidelines as they continued injury rehabilitation.

Fullback Stanley Havili (knee), outside linebacker Cam Johnson and inside linebacker Henoc Muamba also sat out the workout.

Defensive end Cory Redding was excused for the first day of mini-camp in order to take care of family business. And safety LaRon Landry, who did not take part in any of the OTA workouts, was still undergoing a physical when the workouts began Tuesday afternoon.

But even with a few of the team’s starters and key backups sidelined, the work continues.

“We’ve got the NFL [game] officials here this week to go along with the local [referees] that come out every day. We want to clean up all the little things. We want to eliminate turnovers. Eliminate penalties,” Pagano emphasized.

“Keep growing as a unit on both sides of the football and on special teams. Keep working on the fundamentals, technique, throwing, catching, blocking. All the things that we can do under the guidelines of the CBA.”

The mini-camp was the first Colts workout for recently signed safety Michael Adams. It also allowed a former Indianapolis defensive lineman, nose tackle Brandon McKinney, another chance to make the regular season roster.

Adams — who has played for several NFL teams, including Denver last season — was signed Saturday.

“All Mike wanted was an opportunity,” Pagano said. “When I was talking to him on the phone [before he signed], when he was trying to make a decision, he said, ‘Coach, I don’t want to be handed anything. I don’t want you to give me anything. All I want is a fair shot. I just want an opportunity.’ I said, ‘Well, we’ve done that before and welcome to the Colts.’”

McKinney, who has missed the last two seasons as he recovered from a serious knee injury, arrived Monday and was invited to go through mini-camp as a tryout prospect. He was previously with the team in 2012.

Outside linebacker Jonathon Sharpe also is taking part in the mini-camp as a tryout prospect. Sharpe spent time with Seattle last season.

 

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