INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time since mid-June, work this week for the Indianapolis Colts is mandatory.
Required attendance is what sets the three-day mini-camp this week apart from the rest of the Colts' eight-week offseason program in 2015.
Participation for the Colts during the voluntary portion of their offseason program has hardly been an issue.
Week-after-week, the Colts have had virtually a complete, 90-man, roster at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
"Guys are in shape, guys are able to run, guys are able to participate fully," tight end Dwayne Allen said of the offseason program.
"They're healthy and again, they're fundamentally sound. That's a successful OTA."
The Colts reconvened to begin their 2015 journey on April 20, with a classroom emphasis as the primary focus in the early going.
When asked about what can be accomplished during these spring months, Pagano stressed fundamentals and technique.
"From a mental standpoint, alignment, assignment, technique, communication, install, we threw everything at them. We're seeing how much sticks," Chuck Pagano said with OTAs coming to a close last week. "By the time we get to Training Camp it'll be the fourth time they hear that install.
"We put a premium on fundamentals, technique and execution in this offseason program, focusing on the little things. The penalties, two years ago we were really good. Last year we weren't good. We're focusing on that. Taking care of the football, there's nothing more important than the football. Ball security, taking the ball away on defense, I think that's where we've tried to make the most hay."
The 90 men currently on the Colts roster will have their final work together this spring over the next four days.
Mini-camp practices will occur Tuesday-Thursday, with an open session Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium giving fans a glimpse of the 2015 Colts.
Full pads will remain packed away though until Anderson and Training Camp in August. For now, Pagano is pleased with how this version of the Colts has gone to work.
"We've had an excellent offseason to this point," Pagano says.
"It goes really fast, but I think we've maximized every single minute, every single day that we've had an opportunity to work. The guys have done a great job. (I'm) seeing progress on both sides of the ball and special teams. Again, I think we're further ahead at this point than any point since we've been together. Knock on wood stay healthy, guys got to keep working, keep growing. We're just taking this thing one day at a time, and we'll see what happens from there."