The offseason program is officially over.
The Indianapolis Colts broke today for the final time in their ten week program, meaning that at this point players will go their separate ways until training camp.
The team typically gives players help and suggestions and assignments for staying in shape during this period, while many players also use the time away as a chance to spend valuable moments with family before the craziness of the season begins. Some players might also choose to work out together - but no matter what, they won’t all be back together as a team until training camp begins on July 29. Chuck Pagano said today that his final message to his players was to not put the playbook down or stop running or stop lifting during this period.
The ten-week offseason program included three phases and a mandatory mini-camp. The first phase was conditioning and weight training, the second phase was individual on-field work, and then the third phase was on-field team work, or OTAs. This week, then, the Colts held their mandatory mini-camp from Tuesday through Thursday, though they only practiced on the first two days. Today, they cancelled practice - a custom that isn’t abnormal around the NFL.
It’s crazy to think about the fact that the offseason program is now totally done, meaning that there’s both good news and bad news. First, for the bad news, it means that we’re entering the one true dead period of the NFL calendar until training camp begins. But the good news? Training camp isn’t too far away, as it’s just about a month and a half away from beginning. And at that point, there will be plenty of Colts and NFL to satisfy fans through the end of the season.