The Indianapolis Colts today wrapped up their final day of their offseason program with the third day of mandatory mini-camp, as they are now disbanding until training camp. The program began a couple of months ago with conditioning work and has progressed into OTAs before this week concluding with the mini-camp.
Here’s a brief recap from the final Colts practice until late July at Anderson University.
Customary field goal wraps up camp
As is tradition in mini-camps and training camps, the Colts wrap it up with a made field goal. If the kicker makes the field goal practice is over, and here's a spoiler alert: he always makes it.
The Colts had Australian kicker Sam Irwin-Hill (Chuck Pagano called him “Slammin’ Sammy”) in camp this week on a tryout basis, and CBS4's Mike Chappell noted that Irwin-Hill had a 40-yard attempt to wrap up practice... and he missed. But there was conveniently an offsides penalty called (here’s betting no one was offsides) that gave the kicker a “chip shot” to end practice, which he made.
It seems Pagano was impressed with Irwin-Hill’s performance in camp this week. “He’s got a big leg, glad he made it. Gave him two tries,” Pagano said. “He’s a great kid. He’s never kicked field goals in his life. He’s a kickoff guy and a punter is his trade. I think he said he attempted maybe one in a real setting, a real game, so this was the second one. A good kid. Did a nice job.”
Vontae Davis continues nice offseason
Colts cornerback Vontae Davis has supposedly been having a nice offseason going up against T.Y. Hilton, and the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder previously reported that Davis “already looks in midseason form.” Today, Holder mentioned that Davis had an interception today in practice. Granted, it was on a play where the receiver ran a bad route, but hey, it’s still a pick!
Colts' final practice. Redzone period has been pretty spirited. Vontae picks off Luck on bad WR route but Dorsett on scores next snap.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) June 9, 2016
Next stop: Training camp
The Colts are now done with all team activities until they report to training camp, which will be July 26 based on the team's comments today. The Colts still haven’t released the training camp schedule, but it sounds like the team will report on Tuesday, July 26. The Colts players will be on their own until then, but Chuck Pagano made it clear that staying in shape doesn't stop.
“This doesn’t stop. The eight weeks that they’ve got in now just continues," Pagano said. “They’ve got to stay with the strength and conditioning part of it, they’ve got to stay with the mental part of it. They all get to take their iPads home. It’s loaded up with tons of video from the offseason program. They’ve got a strength and conditioning book that we can give them that is mapped out by day until July 26th. So there is a ton of stuff that they need to do. You can’t just shut it down. You have to make great choices, you have to be disciplined, you have to make sacrifices. It’s time to be with family, enjoy loved ones, recharge and hit the reset button but you can’t get away from the physical side, the mental side, working on your craft. To do that would be just not being a good pro and not being a good teammate.”