INDIANAPOLIS – Each week, readers of Colts.com can submit their questions to have a chance of them being answered in our Wednesday or Saturday mailbag.
With the abundance of questions in recent weeks, we will have two mailbags each week. This one comes via a weekend edition (here’s the Wednesday version from this week).
Here is this weekend's collection:Christian Jones (Las Vegas, NV)
With the season being so close, I am constantly looking for updates on how the Colts training camp is going, as are many other fans I'm sure. I was curious if there was a way or if there will ever be a way to watch the practices during training camp so that all of us fans not attending can still have the satisfaction of watching our favorite team perform and grow. I would have loved to see the work today in full pads! Thanks a lot Kevin.
Bowen: Christian, I'm sure you have perused Colts.com a lot in the past week and seen the plethora of articles, videos and photo galleries on the site. As far as live video, the Colts Mobile App and Colts.com/live will have a live portion of individual drills airing next Monday and Thursday at camp. Also, check out the Colts on Snapchat for footage from practice. That, along with the practice highlight videos, is your best bet to see practice video from Anderson. Also, I see you live in Nevada. The good news there is the Colts first preseason game (Sunday, August 16 at 1:00 p.m. EST) will air live on NFL Network.
Dan Anderson (Muncie, IN)
I had a chance to watch training camp on Wednesday. I admit I am always curious about the guys who are not household names. Corners Sheldon Price and Jalil Brown look pretty tuff. I also like to know if Ben Heenan, John Ulrick, or Denzelle Good will made the roster?
Bowen: Dan, I'm with you about the corners in Price and Brown having good nights out there. There is definitely an open spot for that Colts fifth cornerback (your top four are pretty much locked with Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler and D'Joun Smith). Both Brown and Price have been with the Colts before, so the team is familiar with what they have in those two guys. As far as the other guys you mentioned, Heenan was waived on Friday after suffering a knee injury in the night practice on Wednesday. Both John and Good have practice squad eligibility. I could see one of them making the 53-man roster and the other being on the team's practice squad.
Dave H (Sebring, FL)
I SEE THE COLTS HAVE CUT GOSDER CHERILIS, BUT, I STILL DON'T UNDER WHY THEY STILL HAVE NOT CUT DONALD THOMAS.HE HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO STAY ON THE FIELD FOR THE TEAM DON'T THEY THINK IT TIME TO CUT AND RUN AFTER 3 YEARS OF IR'S NOW IT COULD BE 4 YEARS THE SAME WHAT A WASTE IN MONEY! THAT SOMEONE ELSE COULD BE OUT THERE??
Bowen: Ryan Grigson said earlier this week on local radio that Donald Thomas is "day-to-day" in his recovery. The Colts obviously want to evaluate Thomas before deciding what to do with him. With the left guard spot still up for grabs, it makes sense why the Colts want to see how healthy Thomas is when he returns to the field. If Thomas can prove he's back to the player we saw to start 2013, the Colts will have a quality guard next to Anthony Castonzo.
Taggyrt Moses (Keenseburg, CO)
This far in camp do u think Whalen has done a good job covering punts as a gunner and at Receiver. He looks faster and stronger than last year.
Bowen: The Griff Whalen questions are back! Per usual, Whalen has been Mr. Reliable up in Anderson. His consistency is quite remarkable day-in-and-day-out. How the special teams units play out in the preseason could go a long way in deciding if Whalen makes this team. Duron Carter has definitely impressed offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and was the star of Friday's practice. The wide receiver group is certainly living up to the pre-camp hype of being the deepest position on the team.
Brian M (Fort Myers, FL)
It seems to me the the team has a great locker room and the players have a mutual respect for the coaches and each others.A thought more than a concern of mine is the possibility of any one of the talented offensive players playing "Just give me the ball" card and becoming a possible cancer in a unified locker room. Your thoughts ?
Bowen: Brian, I don't think you're the only fan who shares in this similar concern heading into the season. The Colts players are saying all the right things this offseason in regards to answering the "is there enough ball to go around?" question. I think Chuck Pagano sets a pretty good lead in his message of there will be enough cake to go around, as long as the Colts are winning. Guys seem to embrace that. Will that change when adversity hits? Who knows? But I do think these skill players have the right makeup to handle a week or two where the ball doesn't come their way too often.
Alex Cotterman (New Palestine, IN)
While I am still very excited for this season and our offense I am a bit worried with the receiving core. Not that they will be bad but if everyone will get enough touches. Also I'm worried for Moncrief and TY. With the addition of Dorsett I fear that both TY and Dante may not be able to stick around.
Bowen: Jim Irsay stated once again on Wednesday night that he wants to keep T.Y. Hilton here long-term. Irsay said the Colts would like to get something done for Hilton (and Anthony Castonzo) by the end of the month, to remove any contract distractions that might linger into the regular season. As far as Moncrief, the Colts will have several years before his contract comes up. By that time, Andre Johnson might not even be playing in the NFL. In regards to future contracts for Colts skill players, you have to remember that the appeal to have Andrew Luck as your quarterback is pretty hard to equate monetarily versus another offer.
Dave theColtsFan (Auburn, IN)
Like everyone else, I have a lot of concerns about the O-line. Hearing very little about Heneen, is that because of a lack of skill on his part or because the Colts want to focus on the development of Thornton? Don't have a warm and fuzzy about that. What is Plan B if Mewhort fails to make a good transition to RT or splitting him up from Costanzo creates more problems than it fixes?
Bowen: A few Ben Heenan questions this week. Unfortunately the former No. 1 pick in the Canadian Football League was carted off on Wednesday night. He was waived by the team on Friday afternoon. The Plan B at right tackle would be Joe Reitz. The Colts definitely want Mewhort to lock down that job. However, if for some reason an injury occurs or things just don't work out there (forcing Mewhort to head back to left guard), Reitz showed during last year's postseason how valuable he is as a swing tackle. That's why the Colts made it a priority to bring Reitz back this offseason.