ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.
The Colts held their final walk-through of the week on Tuesday before making the trip to New York on Wednesday afternoon.
In today's media scrums, Chuck Pagano talked about the playing time for the offense on Thursday night. Quarterback Andrew Luck thinks the Colts offensive line will surprise some people this year.
Also, Art Jones talked about the fun the team had last night with rookie bonding.
Chuck Pagano on what he wants to see from the first team offense on Thursday:
"You would love to see, in a perfect world, them to go out there, have a six, seven, eight play drive, score a touchdown, kick the PAT and then make a decision on if to take them out of the game."
"We would love to see them start like that."
Bowen's Analysis:* *In last year's preseason opener starters like Andrew Luck, Vick Ballard and Reggie Wayne played 10 offensive snaps. The starting offensive line logged 16 snaps. I'd expect that to be the case again in 2014. The interior guys should be out for a little bit longer than guys like Luck and the bookend tackles. Pagano summed it up pretty accurately in saying ideally an eight-play touchdown drive would be plenty of work for the first team offense.
Andrew Luck on how anxious he is to see the offensive line in game action:
"I've got a lot of trust in those guys up front and more than just the five guys. There's a bunch of guys that can play really good football on this offensive line."
"I really think they are going to surprise people."
Bowen's Analysis: In his first two NFL seasons, Luck has had more than a dozen linemen blocking for him. Luck said he's excited to see this line prove people wrong in 2014. He's eager in seeing what the makeup looks like in live game action. The starting line will definitely get a stern test from the Jets, who have arguably the best interior defensive front in all of football.Art Jones on him and Cory Redding taking a lead in handing out some rookie haircuts on Monday night:
"It's awesome to really get to know guys outside of football and get to know their personalities. It was really cool to get to know the young players and it was just a really good time."
Bowen's Analysis: There were quite a few more hats on player's heads this morning during the team's walk-through. Some rookies were afraid to show the "masterpieces" that the Colts veterans created on top of their heads on Monday night. Redding and Jones talked on Tuesday morning how good of sports the rookie class was and how the previous night, with pizza included, allowed for some great team bonding and plenty of laughs. Some pictures of the "egregious" (Pagano's word choice) haircuts are below."
Team bonding night. Proudly sponsored by Redd's Barbershop pic.twitter.com/Bqbu6rCqKG — Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 5, 2014