The final week of the offseason is upon us!
After weeks of weight training and conditioning, positional drills, and OTAs, the Indianapolis Colts will wrap up that ten-week program this week with a three-day mandatory mini-camp.
The Colts will practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, after which the players will be off until training camp begins on July 29 at the team’s own facility.
Unlike the rest of the offseason program, this is the one thing that players are required to participate in (thus the “mandatory” in the name). OTAs and workouts are optional, with a few players choosing to work out away from the team instead (Frank Gore has done that at times this offseason, for example). This mini-camp is a time where all 90 players on the roster are around and participating. Some won’t be able to participate on-the-field due to injuries (such as Andrew Luck, Malik Hooker, Clayton Geathers, etc.), but they’ll all still be there nonetheless.
For the most part, the mini-camp is pretty similar to OTAs in the sense that the Colts will be doing team drills but won’t be in full pads. The biggest difference is honestly just that mini-camp is longer, as Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen notes that in mini-camp players have ten-hour days as compared to the six-hour days of OTAs.
A lot of the takeaways for this mini-camp will be similar to those of OTAs too, as the big thing to note are any injury situations/updates and how the Colts are lining up, especially with the first team. Those updates on injuries and position battles are often the most tangible things that we can learn from mini-camp, though there will certainly also be updates about how certain players are performing in the practices.
We’ll have plenty of coverage of mini-camp this week, and be sure to enjoy it while it lasts, because after that, we enter the one true dead period of the NFL calendar. But don’t worry, that means that the start of training camp isn’t far behind!