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“I think the hardest part is learning all the checks and being loud,” Angerer said. “But if I’m going to make a mistake, I’d rather make it going fast than going slow.”

The biggest surprises since camp opened have been Moore, a running back who grew up in Indy; defensive lineman John Chick, who spent the last three seasons in the Canadian Football League; and tight end Brody Eldridge, a fifth-round pick who had 13 receptions in four seasons at Oklahoma.

All have exceeded expectations, and Eldridge got a vote of confidence from Indy’s offensive leader Sunday.

“I certainly didn’t know what to expect, and I don’t know what Bill and the personnel guys expected,” Manning said. “We can’t have a guy who is one dimensional. It would be too obvious to bring a guy in just to block in non-goal line situations, but he’s continuing to develop in the passing game. My guess is that he hasn’t had a lot of repetitions, so I think he’ll keep improving.”

Hughes‘ task is simply to keep progressing, which isn’t easy when you’re locked in behind two Pro Bowl ends, Freeney and Robert Mathis.

“It’s a little tougher situation for Jerry because you’ve got me and Robert in front of him, so he’s got to get on the field somehow,” Freeney said. “There’s no rush because there’s no dire, dire need there. But he’s going to learn the system, he’s going to play Colts ball and whenever that happens, it happens.”