Colts Notes From Anderson: Nate Davis' tenure is short

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He'd stayed in Indianapolis to train during the NFL Lockout. He even worked a bit with former Colts coach Tom Moore.

Nate Davis did everything-admittedly-to be an Indianapolis Colt. In the end, it got him about two weeks.

With a lot of quarterbacks on the roster, Davis ended up being the odd man out after the Colts first preseason game with the Rams and was waived by the team on Monday.

“Yeah we just have too many guys to work and get ready so we were are just looking at the guys we have and are trying to create a pecking order," said head coach Jim Caldwell of the move. "Because Curtis (Painter) is going to play more now as the preseason goes on. We have to get him more reps in practice and also the same thing with the two guys behind him.

"It’s just a numbers deal."

Following a decorated career at Ball State, where he led the Cardinals to a MAC West title in 2008, Davis spent time with both San Francisco and Seattle the last two seasons. Davis was expected to compete with Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky, and Mike Hartline for the right to backup Peyton Manning.

But his time in the preseason opener was short, with him throwing just seven passes and completing three for 36 yards.

"He worked hard and he is a fine young man and we wish him the best. Hopefully he will catch on with somebody," said Caldwell of Davis.

Nice Job, Rook

Many fans are closely watching the development of first round pick Anthony Costanzo, because there is a chance that he may be the starter right away.

Though Jeff Linkenbach got the start at left tackle, Costanzo got his chance with the first team at times and was good enough to earn some praise from a veteran.

“I think Anthony did a really good job blocking," said tight end Dallas Clark when asked if any young player stood out in the Rams game. "I think he’s had a lot of ups and downs as we’ve all have during camp, but as a rookies they’re a little more extreme because you don’t see the light quicker than the veterans."

What was the main thing that stood out to Clark about Costanzo? Knowing what to do when something goes wrong.

"If you make a mistake as a veteran you kind of know what you have to do, but as a rookie you just kind of feel like the whole world is crumbling around you," said Clark. "But for him to go out there, he had some really good blocks and just did a really good job, so he’s the one that jumped out.”
  

Backs A Plenty

Joseph Addai wasn't too pleased to remember perhaps the biggest statistic of his from Saturday night's game.

"I played three," said the running back of the number of plays he was in. "Three, only three."

Just the opening three-and-out was all the veteran got a chance to see against the Rams, which left him with plenty of time to scout a number of younger players brought into the Colts backfield for camp.

"They have some good things that they can go forward with," said Addai of rookies Delone Carter, Darren Evans, and Chad Spann.

It was Evans that led the group, rushing for 52 yards on eight carries with Carter getting six carries for 29 yards. Spann gained ten yards on four carries but had the chance to return four kickoffs, breaking off a long run of 28 but also dropping one in the endzone which he brought out for a small gain.

All of these came in front of Addai's eyes as he watched from the sideline, hoping to lend some help while also keeping the players calm.

"I kind of have a silly way," said Addai of staying calm under pressure. "I think when they see me kind of relax it helps them to relax. At the same time they come to me with questions and I let them know to just be at ease when they have questions.

"I’d be more than happy to help out and do anything for the team."

The MASH Report

Receivers Austin Collie (Knee) and Pierre Garcon (Back)were held out of practice on Monday but neither is expected to miss significant time.

Newly signed defensive tackle Tommy Harris (Hamstring) nor offensive lineman Jaimie Thomas (Back) were also not practicing as well.

“Well they’re both dealing with medical issues that will be resolved rather quickly,” said Caldwell of the two lineman.

Countdown To The End-Of Camp

The Colts have just three more days of practice remaining in Anderson before breaking camp on Thursday.

Tuesday will be the most active day, with the team going through a workout at 9:30 A.M. before a full night practice at 7:30 P.M.

Wednesday features a full afternoon practice at 2 P.M. before Thursday's final workout at 9:30 P.M.

“I think you just have to continue to get better," said linebacker Gary Brackett of the goals for the final days of camp. "You don’t have the luxury right now to think of exit strategies.  We still have to be in the thick of things."

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