The Indianapolis Colts ended their eight week offseason program last week with their three-day mandatory mini-camp, and for the next seven weeks they will go their separate ways until reporting to training camp on August 1. They can't work out as a team during the period, but a few players will get together to continue the work on their own. Quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver Andre Johnson will get together at points this offseason to work out, as ESPN's Mike Wells notes. It also wouldn't be a stretch to think that a few other receivers or offensive teammates might join them. Wrote Wells:
The work won't stop for Gore and Johnson. Gore will continue working out in Florida and Johnson said he plans to workout with Luck at some point before the team reports to Anderson (Indiana) University for the start of training camp Aug. 1.
For quarterbacks and receivers, working out together during the dead period of the offseason can be especially beneficial. So much of the passing game is about timing, and it is best to establish that as early as possible in order to be ready to go once the season begins. Johnson was signed by the Colts this offseason, and while he's a veteran player, he still needs to work with Luck to get the timing down.
For the Colts, it's also a good sign that their players are taking the initiative to work out away from the team during the dead period of the offseason, as it expresses dedication and could pay big dividends in the season. If Luck and Johnson can get on the same page from the very start, it could become an even more dangerous combination.