Good Vibes Leaving Grand Park, Jacob Eason To Start Vs. Lions in Preseason Finals
The Colts also saw strong training camps from their 2021 rookie class (led by defensive end Kwity Paye), increasing second / third year players (like wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., running back Jonathan Taylor, quarterback Jacob Eason and linebacker Bobby Okereke) and more established veterans (just picking five, which isn’t a comprehensive list: wide receiver Zach Pascal, defensive tackles DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart, linebacker Darius Leonard and cornerback Kenny Moore II).
And, too, the Colts are leaving Grand Park feeling good about their depth, which means there will be some tough decisions to be made before Tuesday afternoon’s deadline for the rosters to be reduced to 53 players.
“We had a somewhat extended stay. It was a great stay, really mission accomplished as to what we wanted to do with this segment,” said Reich. “It’s great to be here at Grand Park. Our team loves being here at Grand Park. The volunteers, the whole setup here at this facility, the town of Westfield – it’s been great. Our players love it here. So really good Get ready here, get out of here, get ready to go play that last pre-season game in Detroit to help us make some tough decisions that we’re going to have to make to put this squad together.
“Fortunately, it’s going to be tough decisions.”
Reason to start vs. Lions, the starters will be selected
Eason will start his second 2021 preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Friday, Reich revealed on Wednesday. Reich added that he would follow the course of the game to determine the rest of Sam Ehlinger and Brett Hundley’s plan.
Initially, Reich was inclined to play his starters on Friday, but decided not to do so after speaking to Lions coach Dan Campbell, who will not play his starters in the preseason final.
“Most of our starters are not going to play,” said Reich.
But with those 20 practices at Grand Park – including two joint physical training sessions with the Carolina Panthers – Reich said he feels good about his team’s preparation for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Seahawks.
““ I feel like we’ve done a lot of good physical work, ”Reich said.“ I’ve been here for four weeks, I’ve worked really hard. I had quality time, I had training, I also had two days of training against the Panthers. So I feel like physically we are in good shape. “
Wentz, Nelson and Kelly practice again
For the third day in a row, Wentz competed in everything except full-team training on Wednesday while Nelson continued to work in the individual periods.
“(Nelson) looks good,” Reich said. “He handled the individual things he did well.”
As for Wentz, Reich said: “Everything has been positive. Feel very good where he is.”
Wentz and Nelson have both had “appropriate pains,” Reich said, and the next step for both will be several consecutive days of full participation in padded practices.
“I think they’re on the right track (to play week 1) but there’s no guarantee,” Reich said. “I’m optimistic but again it’s brand new to me, that kind of injury, that kind of stuff. I know if their state of mind counts for that it makes me more optimistic but you have to face it. to the reality of the injury as well. ”
Center Ryan Kelly competed in full team periods for the second day in a row.
- Security Khari Willis and wide receiver Parris Campbell both had days off on Wednesday.