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FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM 2013 COLTS MINI-CAMP

Posted Jun 14, 2013

Intro: The Colts three-day minicamp ended on Thursday but that was not without an offseason full of fireworks and some major additions. Here is a look at five takeaways from minicamp.



INDIANAPOLIS – It will be over six weeks before the Indianapolis Colts will reconvene as one to embark on the 2013 season.

With the book closed on OTAs and minicamp, here is a look at five key storylines from this offseason that will be something to watch for when the team heads to Anderson for training camp in late July.

LUCK SPREADING THE WEALTH:
One of Pep Hamilton’s most unique attributes of his offensive scheme at Stanford was it’s balance across every skill group.

The same can be said for the Colts after an offseason full of OTAs and three days of team minicamp.

Before Reggie Wayne’s arrival early last week, it was the young receivers and Darrius Heyward-Bey that were frequent targets of Luck.

The tight end position, which has lined up split out wide a good amount, was another asset that Luck found on numerous occasions over the past month.

In 2013, the individual numbers for Luck (mainly attempts and yards) and Wayne might not rival that of last season but expect a more balanced offensive attack that should lead to a more efficient unit.

LARON LANDRY’S PRESENCE: When Cory Redding admits that a human being intimidates him than that should be a red flag to everyone.

Landry was about as full go as one could be during this week’s minicamp and you could tell the Pro Bowl safety is itching to strap the pads on come training camp.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano acknowledged that Landry had a great grasp of the defensive playbook and pairing with Antoine Bethea should be relatively seamless according to No. 30.

When Landry was acquired during the offseason, Pagano and Ryan Grigson called him a “game changer” and after three days of watching him roam the secondary there’s no reason to see that label not fitting.

AHMAD BRADSHAW’S ARRIVAL: Not often during minicamp does some of the team’s biggest news come via the transaction wire but that was the case for the Colts this week.

Indianapolis signed Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl winner, and are getting a proven 1,000-yard rusher that has excelled against the AFC (5.4 yards per carry in 20 career games).

Bradshaw did not participate in the Colts minicamp, with the team deciding to error on the side of caution in resting a foot injury that is expected to be healed in time for the Indianapolis’ training camp late next month in Anderson.

The quality depth on the Colts roster has improved dramatically over the offseason and the offense in particular as NFL starters that might not be in the unit’s starting 11 come opening day against Oakland.

Bradshaw is used to a multiple back system with the Giants and expect the six-year veteran to bring a little bit of everything (running, receiving and blocking) to a young Colts backfield.

CORNERBACKS EXCEL: As one of the louder position groups on the practice field, the Colts secondary has backed up that talk with their play this offseason.

Free agent signee Greg Toler has found himself in the middle of many pass breakups and interceptions thanks to a wingspan that you don’t see often at the cornerback position.

Darius Butler and Vontae Davis have turned their strong ends to the 2012 season into a productive offseason.

From a quantity standpoint in 2012, the unit did not create many turnovers but the timeliness was vital in helping the Colts capture 11 wins.

Improving the 15 takeaways number from last year is a priority and the secondary has taken that to heart with a strong offseason.

A CAULDRON OF COMPETITION: It was an active offseason for Ryan Grigson and his personnel staff and that is evident after watching OTAs and minicamp.

Quality competition is in every position group and training camp will be filled with battles on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, the line will be one to watch as the Colts have added two veteran free agents (Donald Thomas and Gosder Cherilus) and two draft picks (Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes) to mix with four returning starters who started a total of 51 games last year.

Defensively, the action looks to be fierce in the front seven with the nose tackle position and inside linebacker receiving the most attention.

Pagano and Grigson both have noted the added depth, and cutting down the roster to the infamous number of 53 will be a taxing process come early September.

 

 


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