ANDERSON – Last year at this time, the Colts starting safety duo was hardly etched in stone.
The newly acquired Mike Adams was still working his way into consistent first-team reps when the Colts wrapped up their training in Anderson.
Guys like Sergio Brown and Delano Howell were receiving more first-team work than Adams.
Who was going to line up next to LaRon Landry was anybody's guess.
Fast-forward a year and the safety position has been an afterthought with Training Camp reaching the final stretch.
Ever since the Colts began their offseason program in the spring, veteran newcomer Dwight Lowery has been alongside Adams in the starting defense.
For a defense striving for better communication in 2015, the backend should not be a worry.
"It's huge," Lowery says of the continuity being built this offseason.
"That's where your chemistry gets developed, understanding of each other, how you communicate, playing style, so many different things you can benefit from. Having rep after rep after rep and being consistent with the guys that are in there, it allows you to be comfortable to execute whatever you need to execute."
When the Colts released LaRon Landry in February, the search for a safety was on once again.
Lowery's arrival came nearly two months later, after the initial wave of free agency passed.
The Colts then passed on drafting a safety in the first three rounds of the 2015 Draft, including Alabama's Landon Collins, who was a player many mock drafts had pegged for Indianapolis at pick No. 29.
In Lowery, the Colts see a player that's eerily similar to the veteran safety they acquired the year before.
With 246 games of experience, Adams and Lowery give the Colts an interchangeable duo that should not be prone to many mental lapses.
"We've got talent back there and we've got playmakers and we got smart guys that play together and communicate well together," Chuck Pagano says.
"I'm excited for that group."
On Sunday, Pagano's excitement extended to Lowery.
The grind of Training Camp was real on Sunday, so Lowery tried his best to stop it.
Lowery jogged out with the first-team defense to start another drill. His clapping and words of encouragement to his fellow defenders was a sign of trying to light a fire that he hopes is still burning come February.
"I take my job very seriously. I want to help this team win a Super Bowl," Lowery says.
"There's going to be days where not everybody is up to it and those are the days that really test your character and you've got to be open to kind of getting out of that funk and getting out of that mindset of walking around, bad body language, things of that nature. In this game, not everything is going to go our way every game, so we when we face adversity we are going to have to climb out of it and be successful and that starts in practice."