Colts LinkStorm: Counting Down Until Training Camp
By Evan Reller
The Indianapolis Colts have just 13 days until they report to training camp in Anderson, Ind. It is just 27 days until the team’s first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. And 56 days until the season opener at the Buffalo Bills.
So far, the Colts have had an uneventful July and that is music to the front offices ears. None of the players have been arrested or blown off their fingers in a fireworks accident. All in all, a good summer break for the team.
We’ve pulled together some of the best Colts pieces from around the web for your consumption.
Over at Colts.com, Kevin Bowen has spent time answering fan questions in the weekend mailbag. He covers the running game, the probablity of the Colts winning 12 to 14 games in 2015, and getting all the rookies under contract (Henry Anderson and D’Joun Smith are still unsigned).
Bowen also discusses how Robert Mathis fits into the team’s pass rushing scheme once he gets back on the field. Having a dominant pass rusher would allow the Colts to blitz less which would improve their coverage downfield and keep more guys in position to stop the run.
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ESPN’s Mike Wells also fields questions from the fans. He offers an update on the health of Gosder Cherilus, who the Colts third string receiver will be, and the odds on the Colts giving Reggie Wayne another shot.
Over the weekend, Wayne was given the key to the city. IndyStar’s Stephen Holder spoke with Wayne about his plan to play one more season. His current plan is just one more season, then retiring from the league. Wayne claims that there are a few teams interested in his services, but so far we’ve seen more team’s say their not interested than give him an offer.
At Bleacher/Report, Kyle Rodriguez continues to churn out stories like some sort of Colts analyzing machine. Early last week, he took a shot at what the final 53-man roster might look like. Not too many surprises, but he has WR Griff Whalen and the Colts carrying a few extra outside linebackers due to all the depth at the position.
Rodriguez also takes a look the rookies coming in and their key to the future of the secondary. Greg Toler and Mike Adams are both over 30 and Dwight Lowery is on a short term deal. Both safety Clayton Geathers and CB D’Joun Smith impressed in camp, and could easily turn into starters in the near future.
Switching to off the field issues, Dana Hunsinger Benbow discussed how the Colts’ twitter following is at the bottom of the NFL. Emory University did a study called the 2015 NFL Fan Quality Analysis. Part of it included the social media equity, which ranked the Colts 29 out of the 32 NFL teams. It says something when the team’s punter has nearly as many followers at the Colts themselves.
We’ll keep you up to date on all the Colts news as camp approaches.