Jul 31, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) huddles up with the offense during training camp at Anderson University. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Making the Trip is a series about my three-day trek through Indiana, mostly about my time at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp. Basic notes from camp are a part of the series, but also a few other things that I wanted to extrapolate on. You can read the previous chapter, the notes from Monday night's training camp, here.
While most of the Colts' practices during training camp take place in the afternoons, the Colts scheduled one night practice this year, which just so happened to coincide with my visit. The night practice allowed many fans who might not have otherwise been able to make the trip, resulting in a crowd of over 7,000 people. I'm still not sure how the Anderson University staff counted everybody who came through the gates (I have an old man furiously clicking a counter in my head), and it seemed like closer to 10,000 people, but I digress.
My Bleacher Report colleague, and good friend, Tyler Brooke and I got to camp around about thirty minutes before practice officially started, which gave me time to meet a few great people (more on this later) prior to finding a few seats in the grandstands. Eventually we found a semi-empty row about three rows up on the far end of the bleachers. The defensive backs started out in front of us as they warmed up, and I also got a very clear view of individual pass rush drills (tight ends and running backs vs. linebackers). Later on we'd see both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 work as well as the offensive line going head-to-head with the defensive line in a pass rush drill.
The following are some basic notes from the practice. Remember this is just one practice, with some influence from my notes from the previous day. This in no way is an indication of everything that is happening or a necessarily accurate depiction of certain players' ability, just my impressions from one day (or two) of practice.