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Afternoon Update

Colts Camp

August 15, 2011

Painter finds positives in first start

ANDERSON, Ind. — Though Saturday’s two drives against St. Louis was very much the up and down career of Indianapolis quarterback Curtis Painter, he still found a positive spin for it.

Speaking after Monday afternoon’s training camp Painter admitted to a slow start.

“That first possession wasn’t a bad read, it was a bad throw,” he said. “Obviously, with the pick, if you’d take that one back, and it’s hard to say do things over again. But definitely wish I had a little better ball on that one and didn’t sail it so high, turnovers are never good in any situation.”

Painter didn’t hang his head long. He came back the next time the Colts had the ball and drove them down the field. “The second drive was good, and I guess there’s some positives coming out of that,” he said. “We had that 80-yard drive. We took it down the field and got it near the end zone. We’d always like to have a touchdown, but we did get some points.”

With a good feeling in his stomach and some momentum, Painter wasn’t given the opportunity to cash in on the third possession. He was relegated to the sidelines for the rest of the game.

“I guess you want to play as much as you can,” said Painter. “That’s kind of the competitive nature is to keep going, but I understand everybody’s decision at that point. As the weeks go on, more and more playing time is there to have. It was nice to get out there with the first group, first time on the field. It was good. Hopefully, we’ll have a game or two left of that and just continue to get better.”

Painter completed half of his six pass attempts against the Rams, the longest being a 41-yarder to Pierre Garcon.

His next start is likely to be Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium when the Washington Redskins visit.

“It’s definitely always more exciting playing at home in front of your crowd, and I’m looking forward to that,” said Painter.

Certainly Painter understands as well as anyone what quarterback is waiting in the wings to take over the No. 1 spot on the depth chart again. But there’s still the question of when that might occur. In the meantime, he has to prepare as though Peyton Manning might not come back as soon as expected.

“That’s kind of the mindset I’ve always had, even from my rookie year,” said Painter. “It’s just always be ready because you never know. I don’t think there’s necessarily any more of an emphasis. It’s just kind of my mindset from Day 1.”

So right now he’s just trying to make the most of the opportunity presented. “It’s going to be huge,” said Painter. “I’ve been fortunate enough to get a lot of reps so far in camp so just to kind of use that and continue to get better is going to be big for me. It’s kind of my goal I guess from here on and just continue to build and to improve each week.”

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