The offseason program is about to come to an end.
For the past few weeks, the Indianapolis Colts have been participating in organized team activities (OTAs) as they complete Phase III of the offseason program. These organized team activities provide the best chance for on-field work, since they allow for non-contact team drills (like 11-on-11 or 7-on-7, etc.).
In total, it’s a nine-week offseason program that is broken up into three phases. Phase I consists of conditioning and weight training; Phase II consists of on-field positional drills; and then Phase III are the on-field team drills (OTAs).
The Colts held OTA practices on May 22-23, 25, 31, and June 1-2 and 5-8, finishing up their final day of OTAs today. But the offseason program isn’t quite over yet, as next week the Colts will conduct their mandatory mini-camp for all players. The offseason program is voluntary and some players don’t attend, but the mini-camp is the one thing that players have to be at. Teams have already held their rookie mini-camps, but this one is for all players.
That mini-camp will take place next week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (June 13-15). After that, the players go their separate ways until training camp begins on July 29, this year held at the Colts’ practice facility.
It’s really crazy to think that the Colts are almost done with their offseason program, as it means that training camp is getting closer. The bad news is that it means we’re entering the one truly dead period of the NFL calendar, but just after that is the start of a new season and training camp. It seems like this offseason program has gone by pretty quickly, as the Colts have been making plenty of new additions to make it seem faster and more interesting.
And now, only one week remains.