Colts 2010 Training Camp: Storm Stops Practice

Last night’s practice had to be rescheduled due to the storms hovering over Anderson. The rains were hard. This meant the Indianapolis Colts had to reschedule their training camp practice.

The team had a 40-minute special teams session practice in  the morning and along with that, the players would have the night off. But, sadly, they had to practice that night.

“One of the things we talk about with the team is we’re going to have to face some adversity, things we have to adjust (to) and move around,’’ coach Jim Caldwell told the Indianapolis Star. “That’s part of getting ready for the season because that’s the way the season is also.

“There are so many things that occur that your guys have to be ready to make some adjustments, yet still be able to focus in on the little things, making certain we get our work done and that nothing will really stop us from doing that.’’

Adam Vinatieri

For the past two seasons or so, kicker Adam Vinatieri had been struggling a bit and has been going through a bit of injury problems, especially last season when Matt Stover played a bunch.

But Vinatieri played pretty good in the early-morning special teams practice session, where he was nine-for-nine for all of his field-gal attempts. According to the Indianapolis Star, this also included a 52-yarder.

“It felt good. Things are going well,’’ Vinatieri said. “I’m feeling good and healthy.’’

Tony Ugoh Wants Fun

Tony Ugoh say he is out here in training camp to have some fun. All there is a lot of seriousness and effort put into training camp, a lot people do have fun and it’s nice to see that.

“I’m out here trying to have fun,” Ugoh told “I think coming into it I put a lot of pressure on myself, really. I think I was really forgetting that this is a game and at the end of the day, you’ve got to come out here and have fun. If I give it all I have, at the end of the day, that’s all I can do.

“I just have to come out here and work hard.”

Tony Ugoh is strongly improving and never got the chance to be mentored yet. When he was drafted, he was originally going to be backing Pro-Bowl tackle Tarik Glenn. But, sadly, Glenn retired and it ruined Indy’s plans to develop Ugoh. So, hence, Ugoh had to learn by himself and struggled.

Coach Jim Caldwell said that he is doing well in training camp so far, however.

“He’s coming along,” Caldwell said. “Obviously if you go back to the end of last year, he was really making strides – then this spring as well. He’s a really flexible guy in terms of his ability to play both guard and tackle. We’re really trying to find a home for him in terms of where he’s going to fit in in the grand scheme of things.”

Middle Linebacking Corps

Gary Brackett and Pat Angerer are both working well together at training camp. The second-round rookie draft pick in Angerer was learning some defensive schemes and worked decent at it. But he did struggle at times.

“I messed up quite a bit and I was pretty down,” Angerer told of Monday’s first practices. “You just have to keep chipping away and sometimes you will break through.”

Gary Brackett, the eighth-year veteran, knows how it feels for the rookie and how being one is.

“I think he is still a young guy that is still learning the system,” Brackett said. “There is a lot getting thrown at him.

“We are a lot more than the three coverages we used to run for five or six years there. We are a little bit more exotic now. It is going to take a little while to learn things, but obviously you can see (he’s) athletic, got some fire in him and can explode as a tackler.”

Fili Moala Improving

Fili Moala didn’t have a rookie season that people had expected. However, he has been improving in training camp and looks to be more of a contributor for the 2010-11 season with the Colts.

“More than anything it was to mentally prepare myself,” Moala said. “When you play football this long, football is football and the differences are minor. The mental difference was what the biggest difficulty for me was. I came in here (this season) mentally prepared and physically prepared as well. It is about learning how to be a pro, and that can be very difficult. The amount of film I’ve watched compared to the amount of film I need to watch is night and day.”

Starter Daniel Muir sees the improvement already.

“Fili is balling,” Muir told “Fili is doing a great job. His work ethic is really showing. He has worked extremely hard this offseason and he is working extremely hard now just like all of us. He is going to come out here and be successful.”

Things are going pretty fine and dandy right now in training camp. Keep coming back for more updates around the Colts.

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