The Indianapolis Colts are currently wrapping up phase two of their offseason program as they prepare for phase three to begin next week, and then after phase three concludes with a three-day veteran mini-camp, the one true dead period of the year for the NFL will take place. But after that period comes training camp, when things will really ramp up as we approach the 2015 season.
Thanks to a later start date for the 2015 regular season thanks to a later Labor Day weekend this year, the start of training camp will also be pushed back. According to Colts.com's Kevin Bowen, the Indianapolis Colts are scheduled to report to training camp on Saturday, August 1.
Report day is the day on which the players arrive for their stay at camp, which will be held once again at Anderson University. On this day, the players are available to the media as they get situated, but practices typically begin the next day. So while the team hasn't yet released their official training camp schedule for 2015, it would be a good guess that their first practice would be on Sunday, August 2 (though, again, that's unofficial and just a guess).
Training camp is the first chance for fans to see the team on the field, besides for an open mini-camp practice at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 10. But camp is really when things start to pick up and a very exciting time for teams all throughout the league. For the Colts, they will report to camp on August 1 and will play their first preseason game on Sunday, August 16, at the Eagles. Their first regular season game will be played on Sunday, September 13, at the Bills.
Once the official training camp schedule is released, we'll have that for you here, and for the third consecutive year Stampede Blue will be your one-stop source for Colts news and analysis as we cover training camp live from Anderson. We can't wait for that to start, but we've still got a couple of months to wait.