Yesterday was the final day of media availability for the Colts OTAs, and the practice most witnessed featured some impressive* work conducted by the offense, in particular Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, and rookie tight end Dwayne Allen.
Now, I place a * next to impressive because 1) I'm pretentious that way, and 2) because "impressive" is relative in OTAs. Everyone on offense should look good when no one is rushing the QB or hitting the WRs. 11-on-11 drills are basically glorified flag football. Anyone who struggles with them likely isn't a very good player. Anyone who looks impressive is worth noting, but let's not declare them a superstar just yet unless, of course, they've already proven themselves.
In the case of Reggie and Austin, they have proven themselves. Reggie especially, and it is encouraging to hear positive news, such as this, regarding Collie:
Big day for WR Austin Collie, who made a pair of nice catches in the end zone.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) June 6, 2012
Again, this is the fun stuff to write about. Front office infighting, nepotism, and media clashes suck. Because those things are stories that are relevant to the team, I gotta write about them. However, I prefer to write about how Austin Collie might be fully recovered from his 2010 concussions. Yeah, that would be nice.
Other fun things to write about: New Colts guard Mike McGlynn doing a chest bump with rookie Dwayne Allen after a touchdown.
Here's some more fun tweets from people at OTAs yesterday:
It was also a good day for Reggie Wayne, who caught several TDs and made the play of the day on a ball that was tipped multiple times.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) June 6, 2012
#Colts rookie TE Dwayne Allen catches TD pass off deflection, goes airborne for chest bump from OG Mike McGlynn.— Phillip B Wilson (@pwilson24) June 6, 2012
Mike McGlynn. Airborne. Chest bump. Did no one get a picture of this?
TE Dwayne Allen also made a nice grab in the end zone on a pass that was tipped by OLB Jerry Hughes.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) June 6, 2012
Nice to hear that Hughes is being active in pracitces, especially considering that 2012 is pretty much make-or-break for him. Here's more on Hughes and others at OTAs:
@GoHorse88 On defense, Hughes filled in for Freeney and Eads played in Conner's likely spot. Powers and Thomas at CB, with Johnson nickel.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) June 6, 2012
This is interesting because Hughes was believed to be spelling Robert Mathis, not Dwight Freeney. By the way, who is that mysterious GoHorse88 person? Hmmm...
@GoHorse88 They ran a lot of 3 WR sets with Wayne, Collie and Avery. And Jeremy Ross seemed to be No. 4 today.— George Bremer (@gmbremer) June 6, 2012
Look for this to be Indy's starting wide receiving corps for Week One if there are no significant injuries between now and then. Rookie T.Y. Hilton or LaVon Brazill could slip in there, but I doubt it.
The Colts OTAs wrap-up today with no media availability. Mandatory mini-camp starts next week, and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck will be in attendance. Luck missed all of OTAs due to graduation obligations at Stanford.