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2011 Colts Training Camp: Colts Break Camp

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Colts Training Camp Schedule

Thursday, August 18th

9:30 a.m.

The Colts break their 2011 training camp today at the University of Anderson. It really seems like yesterday that camp started for this club. But, I guess because of the lockout, the excitement over the return of football, and the dazzle of the recent free agency period made the two-plus weeks fly by.

I really hope many of you got a chance to head to Anderson and watch a practice. Camp is a unique experience for fans.

Tomorrow, the Colts will host the Redskins for their next preseason game. Later today, we'll post some updates on the Colts injury situation, including Austin Collie with a knee and (ugh!) Anthony Gonzalez is out with a hamstring. But, after the jump, we'll talk about what camp did and didn't teach us this year.

  • Players who we reported looked improved or who impressed at camp included Drake Nevis, Anthony Castonzo, Ben Ijalana, Joe Lefeged, Tommie Harris, Jerry Hughes, Ernie Sims, and Joe Reitz. Mind you, some of these players did not back up their camp performances by playing well in the first preseason game, but while in camp, they looked good.
  • Camp did not show us that the Colts have a viable option at nose tackle outside Antonio Johnson.
  • Guys who didn't 'wow' us in camp, but looked good in the first preseason game were Donald Brown, Chris Rucker, and Adrian Moten.
  • In general (and one should never use this as a guide but, rather, an indicator), the Colts looks like an improved team from their 'meh' season of 2010. Even without Peyton Manning practicing, they look better.

If you have some final thoughts on training camp, post them below.