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WESTFIELD Garrett Bradbury Jersey , Ind. �? One innocuous cut on a routine route in last year’s preseason opener put his dream on hold.Now, 12 months later, the former Clemson standout looks as good as new. He’s still turning heads with his playmaking ability, still competing for a top-three spot on the depth chart and now is leaving an indelible impression on the locker room after returning from a torn ligament in his left knee.“Early on, he was about what I expected. And right now, he’s exceeding my expectations,” offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said after watching Cain in another dazzling training camp practice. “Nobody knows his body like him, but I really do see that confidence (in the knee) coming.”Confidence never has been a problem for Cain.The high school quarterback changed positions after complaining to an all-star camp coach the receivers were too timid.He spent his first two seasons in college fighting with Mike Williams and Artavis Scott to catch Deshaun Watson’s eyes before a breakout junior season put him on the radar of pro scouts.Colts general manager Chris Ballard considered Cain talented enough to overlook a failed drug test in 2015, which led to his suspension for the College Football Playoff, and another suspension that kept him out of spring practice. Ballard drafted Cain in the sixth round, No. 185 overall. Cain returned to his home state of Florida last summer to work out with Hall of Famer Randy Moss.He made an immediate impact �? until he fell to the ground in Seattle.“One of the traits Deon was flashing was an ability to really win against press coverage Noah Fant Jersey , and that’s really an attribute at this level,” coach Frank Reich said after announcing the injury. “But we know we’ve got something special in Deon Cain. He’s a good guy who can become a great player.”The rookie who appeared to be positioned as the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in Indy’s rotation spent the rest of last season in rehab with the first major injury of his career. The Colts also kept him out of their offseason workouts and figured Cain wouldn’t completely regain his form until midseason.But after working out again with Moss in the summer, Cain arrived at training camp without a knee brace or a worry.“I’m really feeling good, but I’m trying to stick to the routine �? a few days of practice, a few days of maintenance,” he said.52<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Greetings from Westfield: Colts training camp 2019AP | Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved.So far, Cain has aced each successive test.He got up quickly after his knees hit the ground hard enough to send dirt flying during the first week of camp. In Thursday’s loss to Buffalo, he caught two passes, took a couple of hits and then dropped a pass he thought should have gone for a touchdown. On Saturday, he caught a handful of long balls at practice, demonstrating the skill http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/trysten-hill-jersey-cheap , poise, body control and attitude Moss helped teach.“He told me, ‘Whenever the ball is in the air, it’s your ball, so go get it,'” Cain said.The difference this year is Cain faces a much tougher battle.With four-time Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton entrenched in the No. 1 spot and free agent Devin Funchess expected to be the second starter, established veteran Chester Rogers is trying to hold off Cain and Daurice Fountain �? another second-year player who has played well in camp �? for the No. 3 job.Rookie Parris Campbell, a third-round pick, already has missed the last week with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss more time after Reich told reporters Monday that Campbell had a setback in his recovery.The Colts also like Zach Pascal and Marcus Johnson, who both finished last season with Indy, and there’s not enough room on a 53-man roster to keep all eight.Cain and his competitors will have another chance to show what they can do Wednesday and Thursday in joint practices against Cleveland Drew Lock Jersey , and Cain doesn’t intend to make it any easier on the Browns than he has on his teammates or coaches.“I know everyone wants to make this roster as much as me,” Cain said. “It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, so I’ve just got to focus on doing my job because I’ve never been around so much talent.”100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta INDIANAPOLIS �? Adam Vinatieri has been Mr. Automatic for most of his first 23 NFL seasons. When he wasn’t Sunday, fans started wondering openly if the oldest player in the league might be slipping.The NFL’s career scoring leader missed his first extra point of the season to the right, his first field goal attempt to the left, and a 29-yard field goal attempt in the second half also to the left, all contributing to a season-opening 30-24 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.It’s the first time the 46-year-old Vinatieri has missed two field goals and an extra point in the same game, and only the seventh time he’s missed a field goal inside 30 yards. Naturally, Vinatieri blamed himself for the loss.“I feel lousy because the guys played their butts off against a really good Chargers team and they played well enough to win,” he said in the locker room. “I didn’t help them out.”At times, there have been signs of wear and tear.Despite dealing with knee tendinitis during the preseason http://www.broncoscheapauthenticstore.com/dre_mont-jones-jersey-cheap , Vinatieri said last week he felt fine and he refused to blame Sunday’s misses on an injury. His field goal percentage has dipped below 90 percent in six of the last eight seasons and after making 196 consecutive extra points from 2010-14, he’s missed nine since 2015.Part of the explanation: The league’s decision to move extra points back.The Colts aren’t worried.“He has been a really elite level guy and I shouldn’t just say was because he is �? I see it every day in practice that he kicks,” coach Frank Reich said Monday. “I have no concerns of anything deteriorating physically and certainly not mentally. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around. So no worries.”The soccer stadium Vinatieri played in Sunday was the 51st of his career, and while it was a bright, sunny day, Vinatieri acknowledged last week he had heard field conditions were a “little rough” during the preseason. He didn’t talk about the field after the game.He wasn’t the only Colts player to commit a costly mistake.Rigoberto Sanchez had a punt partially blocked in the first half, leading to a San Diego field goal. Defensive tackle Denico Autry drew a personal foul call on the Chargers’ first field-goal attempt, prompting coach Anthony Lynn to take points off the board. San Diego cashed in on its second chance with a touchdown.Defensive end Justin Houston was penalized for being offside, negating Kemoko Turay‘s third-down strip sack in the third quarter. Two plays later, Austin Ekeler broke two tackles and scored on a 55-yard TD reception for San Diego.So while Vinatieri’s missed kicks cost Indy seven points, the other miscues cost the Colts an additional 14 points.“We have the greatest kicker of all time. He didn’t have a good day http://www.eaglescheapauthenticstore.com/shareef-miller-jersey-cheap ,” Reich said. “There were a lot of guys that didn’t. We all own what we put out there. That’s what we talked about in there. In every phase where you look at it, we all made a play, we all missed a play or two �? that cost us.”WHAT’S WORKINGIndy’s pass rush was a big question coming into the season. It looked pretty good Sunday. The Colts recorded four sacks and consistently forced Philip Rivers off his mark in the pocket.WHAT NEEDS HELPPass coverage. Rivers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, completing nine passes of 16 yards or longer.STOCK UPRB Marlon Mack. He carried 25 times for a career-high 174 yards and had the longest TD run of his career, 63 yards. Reich’s goal: a top-five rushing offense. Mack might make it a reality.STOCK DOWNTE Eric Ebron. A year ago, he led all tight ends with 13 TD catches. Only three balls were thrown his way Sunday, and he caught one for 8 yards. A potential TD catch became an incompletion when he didn’t catch it cleanly.INJUREDWR Devin Funchess. Reich said the big receiver has already had surgery for his broken collarbone and is on injured reserve. He was injured while trying to make a diving catch in the end zone late in regulation. Reich said he expects Funchess to return this season.KEY NUMBER120.7 �? quarterback Jacoby Brissett was 21 of 27 for 190 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a rating of 120.7 in his first start since December 2017.NEXT STEPSThe Colts expect Vinatieri to rebound and intend to spend this week cleaning up things in all three areas before visiting Tennessee.


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