TRAINING CAMP IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For all of us football starved people, it’s been a long offseason. Finally, it’s over.
Consider this your training camp primer, where we compile links to some of the best roster previews and breakdowns of the offseason into one post, and give you the essential need to know information for training camp if you’re hoping to get to Anderson (or even if you’re following along from afar).
The first practice of camp will be on Sunday, July 28 at 1:50 p.m. and is open to the public. In all, 15 practices are open to the public (weather-permitting) and all but one of them are in the afternoon. On Tuesday, August 6, the Colts will hold their only night practice of camp (6:30-8:55 p.m.)
To see the complete training camp schedule, click the link above or head here.
For details on parking, directions, and info on Anderson University, check out Anderson’s official Colts training camp page (linked above and here as well). It has a lot of the details that you will need if you are thinking about getting out to camp.
We announced our plans for training camp earlier this week, and it should be a great few weeks. Josh Wilson and Andrew Mishler are heading up the coverage, and between the two of them there will be a daily practice recap each day of practice that is open to the fans. Both Josh and Andrew were recently credentialed by the Colts, meaning that we should be able to bring even more complete coverage. Stew Blake and Tyler Brooke will also be at camp and will be doing stories focusing on a certain player or topic based off of what we see and hear at camp (pretty much whatever they want to write about). The dates that each Stampede Blue writer will be at training camp are detailed in the story (click the link above or click here), so be sure to check that before you head to camp and say hello. Also, follow along with the writers on twitter, as they will be absolute must follows during training camp. And as always, be sure to check the site for extensive training camp coverage of your Indianapolis Colts!
Follow Josh Wilson on twitter at @coltsfanwilson.
Follow Andrew Mishler on twitter at @andrewmishler.
Follow Brad Wells’ Stampede Blue account on twitter @StampedeBlue.
COLTS 2013 FREE AGENT PROFILES:
| CB Greg Toler | LB Erik Walden | LB Lawrence Sidbury | DT Ricky Jean Francois | NT Aubrayo Franklin | S LaRon Landry | OL Gosder Cherilus | OL Donald Thomas | QB Matt Hasselbeck | RB Ahmad Bradshaw | WR Darrius Heyward-Bey |
COLTS 2013 POSITONAL PREVIEWS:
GET TO KNOW A COLTS UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT:
THE NO-FUN NEWS:
Of course, the bad news of the offseason for the Colts was that second-year wide receiver LaVon Brazill was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and safety Joe Lefeged was arrested in Washington D.C. on multiple gun charges. Josh Wilson considered the question of what the Colts should do with both of those players. Additionally, tight end Weslye Saunders was suspended 8 games by the NFL for violating their performance-enhancing substance policy.
OTHER STUFF TO CHECK OUT:
- How will the fullbacks be used in Pep Hamilton’s offense? Tyler Brooke took a look at the question. (For more on the Colts’ fullbacks, check out Josh Wilson’s look at whether the team would consider keeping both of them.)
- What undrafted rookies may be flying under the radar that you should pay attention to? Tyler Brooke lists a few names.
- Did the Colts address all their needs this offseason? Did they address them well? Can the offseason be considered a success? Brad Wells explores all of those questions and determined that it absolutely was a success, saying that, "The bottom line is the team is better. Significantly better, and with a better team come higher expectations. All this spending wasn’t done just so that Colts can maybe make the post-season. The playoffs are expected. Winning in the playoffs in now expected."