The Colts are officially done until late July when they report to training camp. They won't have any more team activities or workouts or meetings until they arrive at Anderson University, but that doesn’t mean the work stops.
Head coach Chuck Pagano explained that they’ve given players a detailed guide on how to stay in shape during these next several weeks - the one true dead period of the NFL calendar - and it’s important that they continue to put in the work when it comes to conditioning.
A couple of players are taking it a step further, however. Andrew Luck said on Thursday that he will get together with new center Ryan Kelly during the dead period for workouts and simply to hang out off the field as well.
“Yeah, he’s a Cincinnati guy so not far. We’ll absolutely do on and off the field,” Luck said. “Again, I think a big part of the quarterback-center relationship is knowing each other and just getting reps. The fact of the matter is we haven’t been together for that long so reps will be important.”
It’s good to see Luck and Kelly take an active interest in getting on the same page, as the quarterback/center relationship is a very important one. The two need to know each other and be able to trust each other, and that’s what the two will be working on this year. It's expected that Kelly will be the long-term center for the Colts and it's known that Luck will be the long-term quarterback for the Colts, so the two better get used to working with each other.
“Yeah, absolutely. That’s the goal, that’s the hope,” Luck said when asked if Kelly is his long-term center. “He’s been impressive. All the young guys have been very, very impressive. But he’s done a heck of a job of taking ownership of that position and we’ve been hitting the ground running.”
Kelly met with the media earlier this week and said that his relationship and rapport with Luck has been positive so far.
“It’s been great,” he said. "I think certainly taking one day at a time through OTAs and obviously off-the-field as well whether it’s just eating or just talking about life and just kind of figuring out what makes him tick. It’s obviously been a growing relationship and we’re just looking forward to getting back on the field for three more days at minicamp and continuing that before we go to the real thing.”
Mini-camp is now over and training camp is still over a month away, but that doesn’t mean that the development between Luck and Kelly will be put on pause. Instead, Luck said that the two plan to workout and hang out together during the dead period to continue that relationship. Hopefully, that will pay dividends on the field right away.