On tonight's episode, Kyle and Greg discuss the first week of training camp. We discuss players making big impacts - positive and negative, the latest injury news, and we wax poetic about running the ball and stopping the run. At 8:30, we'll be joined by Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star. Live, tonight, at 8pm ET!no comments
New rules, defensive progression, roster moves, which players are generating buzz this week, and the behind the scenes value of Reggie Wayne. We have a great deal to talk about today. But first, the Colts had a visit form a group of kids from Rily Hospital for Children.
Before practice, Chuck Pagano talked about having the Riley patients out at practice and the service opportunity it presented. “It’s an opportunity for our family, for our organization, for our team to give back and to serve. We talk about serving, we talk about self and we talk about team,” Pagano said. “It’s an honor to have those kids from Riley coming out here.no comments no comments
The Colts' put pads on this afternoon, and the result was more injuries. With several players already sitting out with lingering ailments, this news is significantly more important than most training camp notes.
Before we get to injuries and their impact, a few roster moves were made today.
First, former Army lieutenant Josh McNary finally joined the team, passing his physical and moving onto the active roster. To make room for McNary the Colts cut undrafted free agent C.O. Prime.
Fortunately for Prime (or Optimus, if you prefer), nose tackle Brandon McKinney would be placed on injured reserve later in the day, and the Colts rescinded the release of Prime (something I've never actually seen done before).
It's McKinney's second straight year on injured reserve, and one has to think that after turning 30 in August and being nearly three years removed from football, McKinney's career has a slim chance of resuming on the football field. It certainly should end his run with the Colts, which never really began. While it's tough to blame a situation like this on anybody, the reality is that the signing of McKinney has been a disaster, as the career backup never once saw the field for Indianapolis.
For Prime, it's been quite the roller-coaster. Fortunately for him, he now has a second chance to prove coaches wrong and earn a spot. On the other hand, he knows that he's currently the first in line for cuts.no comments
Well, analysis after just two days of camp means about as much as draft day grades, but we're bringing it to you anyway, because we're bloggers and over-analyzing is what we do best.
Before we get into anything noteworthy, let's take a minute and re-evaluate what training camp notes are.
First, don't be fooled by the phrase: 'Player X is outplaying Player Y." If a backup player sticks out a bit more than a starter in camp, that doesn't mean that the backup should be thrust into a starting role. All it means is that he's giving himself the best opportunity by allowing coaches to notice him. Training camp is time for coaches to experiment and figure out the bottom half of the roster. How fans see one player "outplaying" another could be VERY different from how coaches see it.*
*That being said, you know I'll probably use that very phrase later on in camp and then decry coaches for not picking my guy. I'm hypocritical like that.
Second, seeing "so-and-so worked with the first team today" doesn't mean that the coaches have pigeon-holed that player as a first-string player. Lots of different players will get chances to catch passes from Andrew Luck, and units like the offensive and defensive line will be played with to find the best fits. We'll try to piece together clues as best we can to figure out what the depth chart looks like, but nothing is set in stone.no comments
Training camp is finally upon us. Football, at least in a sense, is here. After the arrival of 13 coaches and 90 players, including the recent annual tradition wherein Reggie Wayne makes a grand entrance on Saturday, camp began in earnest, and with some of the nicest weather in recent memory for the start of football (practice) in Indianapolis.
New Offense on Display
Accuracy: Andrew Luck, who completed just under 65% of his passes yesterday, called the new offense detailed and exact. Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton elaborated, saying, “I think our system is predicated on being detailed and exact. We’re going to pride ourselves on not wasting plays and capitalizing on all opportunities, not just big-play opportunities. We feel like a big-play opportunity for us is a third-and-goal. It’s going to be fun to really get back on the grass and really zero in on the things that we need to do to be good, to be efficient and to be successful as an offensive unit.”no comments no comments