ANDERSON – Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano hasn't announced exactly who will play in the second preseason game, but expect at least two things:
1. A full quarter of Andrew Luck at quarterback
2. At least a chunk of play by Vontae Davis and LaRon Landry in the secondary.
Luck played one series in the Colts' preseason opener at the New York Jets last week and will likely play consdiderably more this week. The Colts host the New York Giants at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lucas Oil Stadium.
“We'll see how that goes,” Pagano said today before the Colts ended their three-week camp at Anderson University. “If we have two drives like we had in the first ballgame where we've got a 10- or 12-play drive and a couple scores, we might pull him before the first quarter.”
Luck said he has similar goals to what he took into the first preseason game.
“Move the ball, make positive plays, try to get some touchdowns, convert some third downs,” Luck said. “It's good if everyone can come out healthy as well. You can focus on technique and some things that you wouldn't necessarily think about in a regular-season game.”
As for Davis and Landry, Pagano said it's important for the pair of valuable defensive backs to get some game time.
“We want to see how they are from a conditioning standpoint,” Pagano said. “From a mental standpoint, see how they are from a communication standpoint, how they run, how they tackle, how they cover. You see it in practice, but practice is practice. You want to see it in a real game.”
Pagano said no decision has been made on whether running back Ahmad Bradshaw would play in the Giants game against his old teammates.
Offensive line still in flux
Rookie lineman Jack Mewhort sat out practice again, but that was a precautionary decision by Pagano.
Pagano sounded like it was likely Mewhort, who has had a sore knee, would play in Saturday's game in the first quarter. The line, of course, is banged up with center Khaled Holmes out with an ankle injury.
Luck said he is not worried about the personnel changes in the line for this week, or weeks ahead.
“There's a bunch of guys, not just five guys, who can play football,” Luck said. “It's a pleasure to play behind them. They're a bunch of good dudes. I have no qualms at all about what's going on there.”
Harnish hopes for better second outing
Norwell alum Chandler Harnish had some struggles in his first preseason appearance at quarterback, including a late fumble.
But, overall, he said he has had a good camp and Pagano echoed that opinion.
“Chandler's grown every year he's been here and he's continued that process this camp,” Pagano said. “All of them have ups and downs. From a mental standpoint, the game has slowed down for him. This is his second year in the system and that has helped. His accuracy is better. His mechanics are better. He's an athletic guy, he can extend plays. He's had a good camp.”
Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton asked Harnish to address the offense the night before the Jets game, a sign that he's looked upon as a major contributor.
“I don't know if humbling is the right word, but it was an honor to go up there and speak in front of those guys,” Harnish said. “There are a lot of successful players in there with a lot of experience. It was good for me.”
A return to Anderson?
The Colts haven't announced whether they will return to Anderson for training camp next season, but Pagano says he likes the off-site bonding time for the team.
D'Qwell Jackson, who spent his previous NFL time in Cleveland, said he enjoyed the change of pace.
“It takes you back to the good old days when everyone had fun in college; it's that that type of environment,” Jackson said. “This was my first time being off-site (for training camp) and I enjoyed it. This is the best I've felt in eight years at this time.”
Luck was asked if he would vote to continue to have the off-site training camp experience.
“I do like it and my vote is for what the head coach thinks is best,” Luck said.