ANDERSON, Ind. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Indianapolis Colts training camp:
Trent Richardson's inability to run the ball the last season (2.9 yards a carry) and his expectations for this season will remain a hot topic. An area where Richardson will be able to help the Colts, too, this season is in the passing game. He averaged 9.5 yards a reception last season with the Colts. “We've got a lot of talented backs and can do a lot more stuff; we're not just running the ball,” Richardson said. “You get us in space, make a lot of people miss. A lot of people don't realize how fast I am. So when it comes to stuff like that, they think I'm just going to run people over or just try to square them up. I can't wait to get involved with the passing game, or even if it's pass blocking.”
The play of the day in practice Tuesday came when tight end Weslye Saunders caught a fade touchdown in the corner of the end zone while being defended by safety LaRon Landry. Saunders then turned around and tossed the ball to Landry as he went back toward the huddle.
The Colts are heading into Thursday's preseason opener against the New York Jets dealing with injury problems at middle linebacker. Backups Kelvin Sheppard (shin), Josh McNary (shoulder) and Andrew Jackson (hamstring) are all nicked up. “We'll trot somebody out there,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We'll get through this thing. Sometimes you get hit in certain positions more than others. We just happen to have a few guys nicked up at that spot. We'll find a way. It's good that we have guys that have versatility, smart guys that know multiple positions, so we can move them around. We'll be fine.”
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was given the day off Tuesday. Offensive lineman Xavier Nixon continues to remain out with a knee problem and receiver Hakeem Nicks was back at practice after taking Monday off.
With extra points being pushed back to the 15-yard line to make it a 33-yard attempt in the preseason, don't be surprised if you see the Colts and other teams use this experimental period to go for two points rather than kick the extra point. “It gives you an opportunity to trial and error your 2-point plays, get your defense ready when it doesn't count defending 2-point plays,” Pagano said. “I think you might see a little bit more of that.” As far as extra points being pushed back to the 15-yard line, Pagano said it doesn't make much of a difference to him. “You look at the numbers, I had our guys look up over the last five years, the success rate is like 96 percent from 33 yards,” he said. “Whether it's at the 2 or the 15, not much difference.”
The Colts play the Jets at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at MetLife Stadium.