Editor's Note: After the 2014 season ended, we asked our awesome readers here at Stampede Blue to complete a survey helping us know what you'd like to see us improve in our coverage of the Indianapolis Colts. One of the popular responses was to bring back the "Luke Links" articles, and this is a theme I have heard echoed at other times throughout the offseason. As such, we're bringing it back! It still remains to be seen how often these articles will post, but the current hope is to have them a few times per week. - Josh
What We're Saying:
Here's your Indianapolis Colts 2015 training camp primer - "Though at times this offseason it might have felt like it would never get here, the Indianapolis Colts report to Anderson University for camp on Saturday and will take the practice field for the first time on Sunday. Here's everything you need to catch you up and get you ready for camp, plus an update on our coverage here at Stampede Blue."
T.Y. Hilton showed up to training camp wearing a Big Mac backpack - because, in his own words, "I'm here to eat" - "While the contract saga continues for the wide receiver, it might be coming to an end at some point soon, if the sides continue to negotiate. But in the meantime, Hilton is ready for camp and 'ready to eat.'"
Offensive line coach Joe Gilbert said that Joe Reitz will work at tackle - "What this means for the Colts is that Reitz will likely continue to serve as the backup for both tackles - Jack Mewhort on the right side of the line and Anthony Castonzo on the left side. Reitz is certainly nice insurance there, and it helps you feel a bit better about the tackle situation with Reitz there for depth. But the question marks along the offensive line aren't at tackle - in fact, arguably their three best linemen will now be working at tackle, with Castonzo, Mewhort, and Reitz."
Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said that the Colts won't rush Robert Mathis back - "The hope is that he can return somewhere close to that form [of his league-leading 19.5 sacks in 2013], and the Colts think that the best chance of that happening is if they take it slowly and don't rush him back, instead waiting until he is 100 percent. And hopefully, that pays dividends in the team's most important games later in the season."
What Others are Saying:
T.Y. Hilton would like to get a new deal 'out of the way' (via FOX59's Mike Chappell) - "'You want to get it out of the way,' Hilton said [regarding his contract], 'but there's nothing I can do about it. I'm just going out there and playing and controlling what I can control.'"
Colts embrace enormous expectations as camp starts (via the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder) - "Saturday was where it all began. If this season is to end with raining confetti, if the Colts really are going to hoist a Lombardi Trophy in early February - their own stated goal - then you should remember Saturday as the starting point."
Andrew Luck isn't worried about his contract status despite Russell Wilson's new deal (via ESPN's Mike Wells) - "'Hopefully I'll get a new contract,' Luck joked on report day at Anderson (Indiana) University. 'As a sports fan, yeah, you pay attention to the news that comes across the ticker or what have you. As far as it affects how you approach football, I don't think that's it at all.'"
The Colts and their fans enjoy the college experience for training camp (via The Herald Bulletin's Zack Osowski) - "Traveling to a campus used to be common, but now just eight NFL teams are moving their players into dorms this summer. Those eight include the Indianapolis Colts, who check into Anderson University [Saturday]."
Andrew Luck is recharged and ready to lead the Colts again (via the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer) - "Clyde Christensen's missive for his star quarterback in the hours that followed that nightmare of a Sunday in Foxborough in late January: Go. Get away. Don't pick up a football for a month. So Andrew Luck heeded the instructions. He traveled the world."
This season is Super Bowl or bust for the Indianapolis Colts (via the Indianapolis Star's Greg Doyel) - "What begins this weekend at a small Division III football stadium in a small Indiana town can end in one place, and one place only, for this season — this upcoming Colts season — to be a success… Super Bowl 50."
Around the NFL:
The Pittsburgh Steelers sent a conditional draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Brandon Boykin (via Behind the Steel Curtain)