The 2013 Colts training camp is underway with the team embarking on a two and a half hour afternoon practice on Sunday.
A crowd of 4,100 fans watched over the Anderson University practice fields with the Colts in shells to start training camp.
Here are three takeaways from Day One…
- The “cauldron of competition” is in full swing: Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson spent all offseason wanting competition and that’s exactly what they’ve got with training camp underway.
Across both units, the talent extends well into the Colts’ second units and many of the matchups in training camp will have the coaches attention.
My favorite from day one comes when the receivers and corners got after each other in one-on-one battles.
Watching Reggie Wayne vs. Vontae Davis and Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Greg Toler was entertaining all afternoon, with each player winning different reps.
There was Wayne’s left-handed snag followed by a Davis pass breakup right in front of the packed bleachers.
Pagano and Grigson will have their hands full trying to trim this roster down to 53 players come September.
- Don’t sleep on the Stanford product Griff Whalen: Who led the Colts in receiving during last year’s preseason?
Whalen would be the answer with his 12 catches for 125 yards.
Unfortunately a foot injury sidelined Whalen for his rookie season but the 2012 undrafted free agent is fresh off a productive offseason in his collegiate offense.
Whalen has a chance to get some important reps early on in the season and he made a strong case for that on Sunday afternoon.
What Whalen lacks in size, he makes up for with Spiderman like hands and showed the abilities to rise for several catches in traffic.
- The Colts secondary is hungry for turnovers: If you looked purely at the takeaways number of the Colts last season, the playoffs should have been an afterthought.
However, the Colts overcame the third fewest (15) takeaways in the NFL last year.
During the offseason, the secondary spoke up about the need to create more turnovers.
Sunday was proof of that with the highlight of the afternoon coming when Cassius Vaughn had an interception for a touchdown during 11-on-11 work.
Darius Butler also added a pair of interceptions on the afternoon.
Something about LaRon Landry’s presence down the middle of the field that I think will force opposing quarterback’s to look towards the outside patterns in 2013.
Tags: Cassius Vaughn, chuck pagano, darius butler, darrius heyward-bey, greg toler, Griff Whalen, Reggie Wayne, ryan grigson, Vontae Davis
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