The Herald Bulletin

August 17, 2011

Camp Notes: Caldwell in no hurry to leave Anderson

The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The moving trucks are packed, and the Colts will head back to Indianapolis immediately following today’s 9:30 a.m. practice.

But not all of the team’s staff is anxious to see training camp end.

Head coach Jim Caldwell said he’s rather enjoyed his time in Anderson and will be sorry to leave camp behind.

“I really like it, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s rather regimented, and I tend to like sort of regimented atmospheres.”

Clark looking for improvement

Saturday’s preseason opener in St. Louis didn’t end well for the Colts, with a 33-10 loss.

The team hosts the Washington Redskins for its second exhibition game Friday.

A victory isn’t necessarily the top priority, but progress certainly is.

“We got to be smart, it’s only the second preseason game so we can’t really just go out there (and play the starters),” tight end Dallas Clark said. “You got to realize and look at the big picture and know there are bigger games down the road. Just get as much as you can get out of it. But the big picture is getting the younger guys more reps and having them improve. Go out there and make more plays than they did last week. I think we got a lot of good work in from last week and good corrections, and hopefully we see those carry over and guys not make the same mistakes and go out there and do their job.”

Bullitt takes over as starting safety

With former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders now plying his trade in San Diego, fifth-year safety Melvin Bullitt entered training camp as a starter for the first time.

He’s seen plenty of playing time, and made plenty of starts, as Sanders dealt with injuries over the years. So the adjustment into a leadership role hasn’t been as shocking as it might otherwise have been.

“I’m not certain that it’s changed much for him because he has always played the same spot for the most part,” Caldwell said. “He obviously has gotten, I think, a more of a solidified position because he came in as a backup in certain situations. Well, obviously he is no longer in that role. He’s in a leadership role, the pole position. He’s taken advantage of that.”

Gonzalez healing, Wayne takes leave

A pair of well-known wide receivers were among the notable absentees during Wednesday’s afternoon practice.

Reggie Wayne missed the session for personal reasons, and Anthony Gonzalez sat out with a hamstring injury. Caldwell said he expects both receivers back soon.

Others who sat out Wednesday include: defensive back Al Afalava (groin), defensive end Jamaal Anderson (groin), wide receiver Austin Collie (knee), defensive tackle Tommie Harris (hamstring), cornerback Jerraud Powers (rest), linebacker Ernie Sims (appendectomy) and offensive guard Jaimie Thomas (back).

Two players — rookies Adrian Moten and Joe Lefeged — returned to practice from the injured list Wednesday.

Former Colts find

new homes in NFL

Defensive end DeMario Pressley, who was released by the Colts on Tuesday, quickly found new work. He was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos on Wednesday.

Offensive tackle Adam Terry, who spent training camp and part of last season with Indianapolis, signed with the AFC South division rival Tennesse Titans on Monday.

Two former Colts found new jobs as coaches. Running back Mike Hart, who was not re-signed as a restricted free agent this offseason, is now the offensive quality control coach at Eastern Michigan. And lineback David Thornton, who retired earlier this offseason, has joined the coaching staff at North Carolina.

Former Colts receiver Sam Giguere, who spent training camp in Anderson last year and was with the Colts for three years, was placed on the waived/injured list by the New York Giants on Tuesday.