The Indianapolis Colts began their mandatory mini-camp today, the last time they will be together until they report to Anderson University for training camp at the beginning of August. But although mini-camp is the focus of this week, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano shared a little tidbit about training camp in that the Colts have something in the works regarding practicing against another team in camp, something he is in favor of.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pagano says the Colts have something in the works of possibly practicing with another team during Training Camp.</p>— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) <a href="https://twitter.com/KBowenColts/status/608367789498335232">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pagano wouldn't say who, but said Colts are talking to a team about scrimmaging each other at training camp ... "Proponent of it"</p>— Steve Andress (@ColtsReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColtsReporter/status/608368147331186688">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
He declined to share details about what exactly it is that the Colts have in the works and which team it would be against, but it sounds like the Colts are talking about holding a scrimmage against an opponent. Often, teams will do this against one of their preseason opponents - the Colts face the Eagles, Bears, Rams, and Bengals in this year's preseason.
Practicing against another team during training camp is a way to get out of the normal routine and face somebody that's not your teammate. Though 11-on-11 drills between the team's offense and defense can be very beneficial, there's only so much you can do against your own team. Bringing another team into the picture and scrimmaging against them would, ideally, be a way to further the development made in camp.
We don't really have details right now, but Chuck Pagano did note today that the Colts have something in the works with another team about possibly holding a joint practice later this summer during training camp, so stay tuned for details if this indeed does materialize.