May 4, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
As minicamp unfolds for the 2012 Indianapolis Colts, we start to get more and more concrete information on how the roster will be utilized and constructed. Here are some notes and observations, collected from various people attending camp (mostly Phil Wilson, who live-tweeted his observations from camp):
Dwayne Allen is the starting TE, not Coby Fleener. Fleener is running with the second team. Obviously, it is waaaaaaaaaay to early to make anything major of this, but the impression it creates is the Colts are more comfortable with Allen (3rd round pick, 64th overall) as the every down TE over Fleener (2nd round pick, 34th overall).
Andrew Luck was the No. 1 QB. He is at camp. He is the starter. Nothing surprising about this, but it is worth noting. Unlike Drew Stanton (who reportedly attended all of the team's OTAs), this is Luck's first dance with the veterans.
- Drake Nevis, Anthony Castonzo, and Ben Ijalana are still nursing injuries. They did not participate.
- RB Delone Carter was back on the field from a thumb injury.
- RB Donald Brown was running with the first unit. He is the team's No. 1 back.
- OG Joe Reitz ran with the second unit, playing LG opposite Seth Olson.
When we see or hear more info, we'll post it. For now, nothing too surprising. Fleener running with the second team likely means he is viewed as more of a receiving option rather than a fulltime TE option. Again, we know that Fleener isn't much of a blocker. Allen is. Thus, Allen starts. Allen also attended all the team's OTAs. Fleener didn't.
Another interesting tweet from Wilson:
I certainly hope so.