For most NFL players this time of year provides a chance to get away from team complexes for a few weeks before the grind of another season begins at training camp.
Mini-camps have concluded around the league and veterans have gone off to their different destinations, but a group of players remain behind for the next few days.
Rookie classes will spend the next week and a half learning even more about life in the NFL on and off the football field.
Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is entering his 20th NFL season and knows the importance of this time with first-year players.
“We’ll go out each day we’re allowed with those guys and practice some more and continue the film study,” Arians said.
Arians said he is looking forward to hopefully getting a chance to see the two wide receivers the Colts drafted in April’s NFL Draft
“If we could ever get (LaVon) Brazill and (T.Y.) Hilton out there and the two tight ends we’ll have enough time,” Arians said. “We’ll have good practices (this) week.”
Besides the skill players in the passing game, Arians said he is anxious to get a closer look at running back Vick Ballard.
Arians said Ballard has a similar skill set to a pair of former Colts running backs with the pass blocking element having to be put on hold until pads can be worn at training camp.
“He’s an all-around player,” Arians said of Ballard. “He reminds me a lot of Edgerrin (James) and a lot of Issac Redman. We’ve got to get him up to speed because he’s got hands, he’s got speed and he’s got everything as a quick, elusive runner and receiver.”
Along with spending a majority of their time at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, the 2012 rookie class will also visit some sites around the city of Indianapolis to get used to their new hometown.
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