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2015 Colts Training Camp Storylines

Intro: Colts players have moved into their Anderson University dorms for the next two weeks. What should fans be looking for when camp practice opens up on Sunday afternoon?





ANDERSON – For the next two weeks, the Indianapolis Colts will get on the practice field 11 times.

The Colts staff will be glued to those 90 players, some trying to carve out a role for the upcoming season, others just trying to survive pending roster cuts.

With six newcomers expected to enter the Colts starting lineup in 2015, I take a look at a half dozen storylines for fans to keep an eye on in Anderson.


Of all the injury questions heading into Anderson, Robert Mathis' Achilles rehab tops the list.

Mathis has not been cleared to participate yet, but his progress is evident.

Timetables for Mathis have fluctuated from the Colts brass, with No. 98 sticking firm to his Week One plan of being on the field when the regular season kicks off.

Will Mathis hit the field before camp breaks in two weeks?

Does Mathis need to play in the preseason to see where he's at percentage wise heading into the regular season?

Those are all questions that we will find answers to soon, along with the injury concerns regarding running back Vick Ballard, offensive guard Donald Thomas and inside linebacker Nate Irving.


Chuck Pagano wants to find an early starting five in Training Camp and begin to mesh that unit together into a cohesive unit.

That job became slightly easier with the subtraction of Gosder Cherilus last weekend.

The right tackle spot figures to be filled by Jack Mewhort, pushing the position questions back to the interior of the Colts line.

Todd Herremans at right guard and Khaled Holmes at center were the starters at their respective spots leaving June's mini-camp.

Left guard is where the intrigue truly lies.

Former starters Hugh Thornton, Lance Louis and potentially Donald Thomas are expected to figure in next to left tackle Anthony Castonzo.


This storyline won't make or break the Colts success in 2015 but it's going to be fun to see how these reps are divided up.

Chuck Pagano would argue his wide receiver group is the deepest in the NFL. And he can make quite the argument.

Pro Bowlers T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson will lead the diverse group.

After that, the questions arise.

Will the third-receiver spot see Donte Moncrief or Phillip Dorsett handle more playing time?

Do the Colts use a four-wide set more frequently than years past?

Is Duron Carter going to find his way onto the team's 53-man roster?


This obviously falls right in line with the Mathis health question above.

Colts fans are going to get their first look at veteran Trent Cole in Anderson. Is Cole still a three-down defender at the age of 32?

Will Jonathan Newsome see his playing time rise after a strong second half to his rookie campaign?

What are the Colts going to get from edge-setter Erik Walden and former first-round pick Bjoern Werner?


There are several Colts rookies who could factor into significant playing time for the Colts in 2015.

Let's start on the defensive side of the ball, where the Colts spent five of their eight draft picks this past May.

Defensive end Henry Anderson and safety Clayton Geathers are the most likely contributors.

While they might not crack the starting lineup, both could play in multiple sub packages (particularly Anderson).

Offensively, the Phillip Dorsett role is still to be determined. Running back Josh Robinson will put on the full pads in Anderson offering fans a glimpse at the "bowling ball" running mentality that he hopes is too good for the Colts to pass up behind Frank Gore and company.


The Colts 90-man roster is filled out and ready to report to Anderson for practice to commence on Sunday afternoon.

With Ryan Grigson, there's always interesting stories on the back end of his roster.

Tight end Erik Swoope enters his second season of playing football, at any level.

Swoope spent the 2014 season on the Colts practice squad and has received praise from coaches/teammates on his development.

Is another year on the practice squad the 2015 route for Swoope, with an already talented tight end group in store?

Then there's outside linebacker Daniel Adongo.

I speak for plenty of people in saying I can't wait to (hopefully) finally see Adongo play in a full-padded, 11-on-11, defensive setting.


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