Pagano gives vets final day of minicamp off

INDIANAPOLIS -- There were some players missing on the practice field during the final day of the Indianapolis Colts' mandatory three-day minicamp.

Quarterback Andrew Luck wasn't taking snaps. Receiver T.Y. Hilton wasn't catching passes. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw was walking around the facility in street clothes.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano rewarded the veteran players by allowing them to miss the final day of minicamp.

That means the Colts' rookie class got plenty of snaps and quarterback Chandler Harnish, who has spent his first two seasons on the practice squad, was the one throwing the ball around the field.

"Met with the guys and just felt like as a staff we've had such great participation, great work, made great strides," Pagano said. "Everybody got better. We got better on all three phases. Felt like we wanted to get the young guys some work so we let the vets go and kept first and second-year guys and give them another opportunity to get the work that they need and to come out here to get better."

Pagano, like most coaches do, ended the final minicamp practice early when kicker Cody Parkey nailed a field goal and was immediately mobbed by his teammates.

The Colts won't be back together as a team until they report for training camp at Anderson University (Ind.) on July 23.

"Pleased with the offseason program, pleased with the minicamp and the direction we're headed and the guys are excited to get away," Pagano said. "We talked about being smart, doing the right thing, making great choices and staying in the playbook, working at their craft day-in and day-out. So with that, we're happy where we're at."