SPEAKING OF SAFETIES
Anderson had a second straight impressive day working with the first team. He just missed recording his second interception in as many days and knocked a sure touchdown out of wide receiver TY Hilton’s hands in the endzone after a perfect throw by Andrew Luck.
The fifth-year veteran still is likely to make his biggest impact as a special teams ace, but he’s glad to get the increased reps that come to the starters.
“Reps are crucial, and especially in this business,” Anderson said. “Our time’s limited on the field, and whenever you can be on the field and get reps, that’s a big deal.”
Undrafted out of Montana in 2010, Anderson carved a niche for himself on special teams in four seasons with Philadelphia. He appeared in 48 games for the Eagles with six starts, recording one interception and forcing two fumbles.
He’s found Indianapolis to be a welcoming new home, and he’s in tune with the franchise’s high expectations.
“They’re definitely not satisfied until we make the Super Bowl, and I love that,” he said. “That’s how I feel it’s gotta be.”
ODDS AND ENDS
Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne still hasn’t been cleared to practice with his teammates, but he was seen running sprints on an adjacent field during Wednesday’s practice. Wayne is expected to give an update on his status during the final day of minicamp Thursday.
The Colts cleared a roster spot in the afternoon by announcing the release of outside linebacker Justin Hickman. He appeared in 12 games for Indianapolis in 2012, playing mainly special teams and recording 12 tackles.
Hickman spent the entire 2013 season with the Colts on injured reserve.