INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts first week of their offseason program will conclude on Thursday.
Phase One of the Colts offseason program ends on Thursday after two weeks of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.
Phase Two begins next week (lasts for two weeks) where on-field workouts can be conducted. There's no live contact or team offense vs. team defense during this phase.
Here is a locker room round up from Tuesday as the Colts work together for the second straight week:Jerrell Freeman on returning to the Colts:
"I just really wanted to get back, get healthy, make sure that when I got back here I was able to go through the whole program."
Bowen's Analysis: There was no contract talk from Freeman on Tuesday as he returned to work earlier this week after signing his qualifying offer for 2015. Freeman made it clear his focus is on this season, a year he hopes is healthier than his 2014 campaign. Hamstring injuries plagued Freeman last year (played in 12 games) and he wasn't the same leading tackler type of player he was in 2012 and 2013. Heading into OTAs and Training Camp, returning starters in Freeman and D'Qwell Jackson will be pushed by newcomer Nate Irving (rehabbing a torn ACL from last season).**
Vontae Davis on his draft memories:**
"It was like I was living a dream.
"For an NFL team to actually say, 'We are picking you with this pick,' was unreal."
Bowen's Analysis: Draft memories were rampant around the Colts locker room on Tuesday. Davis was 20 years old when the Dolphins took him with the No. 25 selection back in 2009. Davis remains one of the youngest first-round picks of all-time, something he attributes to his career not reaching his full potential until he was traded to Indianapolis. It's something that isn't really talked about a lot, but the Colts swap of their 2013 second-round pick for Davis remains a home run for Ryan Grigson.
Zach Kerr on the chance for more playing time in 2015:
"There's definitely some snaps to be had, but they're just opportunities for now. You've got to make the best of it."
Bowen's Analysis: During the offseason program, open locker room sessions allow you to uncover some guys possibly not on the radar right now. These next two quotes are from a pair of those guys. Kerr is definitely a name who could play an expanded role along the Colts defensive line this season. At 335 pounds, Kerr was nimble enough to finish his rookie season with 3.0 sacks in 12 games. Kerr said on Tuesday that the defensive line room does read the clippings of how the unit must improve in 2015. It keeps the group motivated, something that isn't really needed for Kerr, after he went undrafted last year.Ulrick John on how he feels physically:
"I'm really happy with the progress that I've made, coming off the injury from last year. I've gotten a lot stronger and I feel like my technique has gotten a lot better.
"It's been a whole year since I've been out there and it's just been eating me alive. I'm ready to go out and show that I can compete with everybody and try and get a spot on the 53-man."
Bowen's Analysis: While not currently a household name on the Colts roster, John is an intriguing project to Ryan Grigson. As a seventh-round pick in 2014, John saw some action in the Colts preseason opener before a fibula injury sent him to injured reserve for the entire season. As a 290-pound rookie, in need of an NFL weight room, John held his own in the nine snaps he saw against the Jets. John has since put on around 20 pounds, mainly in his upper body. If the Colts don't select an offensive tackle later this week, John and Joe Reitz should head into Training Camp as the competition behind Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus.