According to Colts.com’s Andrew Walker (via ‘Colts Chat’ and new All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner), Indianapolis Colts veteran pass rusher Justin Houston is attempting to organize player defensive line workout sessions starting on July 10th with his teammates:
“Now the team is in its usual break between minicamp and the start of training camp, which is tentatively scheduled for July 28,” Walker writes. “But before then, the Colts’ defensive line might be getting together to try to work a little momentum heading into camp.”
“Buckner said veteran Justin Houston is trying to set up defensive line workout sessions beginning on July 10, which could really help the guys up front get used to various playcalls and stunt assignments.”
“It’s all part of the process of trying to build camaraderie the best they can considering the unprecedented circumstances.”
Now, whether such player workout sessions actually come to fruition with the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic remain to be seen.
That being said, it definitely shows the leadership of the 10-year veteran pass rusher, who’s looking to build chemistry and experience with new teammates such as Buckner, as well as freshly signed backup defensive tackle Sheldon Day and rookie Rob Windsor among others.
In a time of ‘social distancing’, if the Colts defensive line workout sessions occur as planned, their defensive line could have a bit of a ‘leg up’ entering an uncertain training camp and preseason—the latter which could very well be shortened, as the team hopes to have a much stronger 2020 season overall—starting with group camaraderie first:
“I mean, it’s definitely challenging and you can only do so much right now, you know, doing all the social distancing and stuff like that,” Buckner said via Walker. “But I feel like guys are doing a good job with staying connected, trying to build those relationships.”