One more week.
That’s all that stands between the Indianapolis Colts and training camp, which marks the end of the offseason. It’s been a longer-than-usual offseason for the Colts, as they missed the playoffs and therefore have been done since their regular season finale on January 3. That’s a very long time to wait following a disappointing 8-8 season, injuries to Andrew Luck, and uncertainty surrounding Chuck Pagano’s future.
Next Tuesday, July 26, however, the Colts will ramp up preparations for the 2016 season as they report to Anderson University. Tuesday is the day the players report, and then on Wednesday they will take the practice field for the first time. That afternoon’s practice is open to the public and will begin at 1:55 p.m., with an expected end time of 4:40. In total there will be eleven practices open to the public, and you can find the entire schedule (always subject to change) here.
This year’s Colts will look different, though not as different as many expected. General manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano are both back, though the rest of the coaching staff is mostly new. Andrew Luck is back and healthy (and rich), and he has a new center in first round pick Ryan Kelly. The Colts added three other linemen through the draft, and they brought in Joe Philbin to coach the unit. In free agency, the Colts let some notable players walk - such as Jerrell Freeman, Coby Fleener, and Dwight Lowery - but retained Dwayne Allen and Adam Vinatieri and brought in Patrick Robinson.
Competition will continue at right guard, right tackle, and inside linebacker, as well as plenty of depth roles across the roster. Training camp and preseason are when those competitions really get going, so it will be interesting to watch at Anderson. We’ll have live coverage for the entirety of camp, and we’ll all be celebrating together the end of the offseason. After months of waiting, the offseason comes down to just one more week. A week from today, the Colts players will officially report to training camp.