COLTS CAMP NOTEBOOK
A RUNDOWN OF TODAY’S HAPPENINGS AT TRAINING CAMP
Intro: Saturday, July 28 is the first day of training camp for the Colts at Anderson University. The 2012 training camp will run in Anderson until August 17.
By Kevin Bowen
ANDERSON – One-by-one players rolled into Anderson University on Saturday morning to embark on another training camp and the start of the 2012 NFL Season.
This marks the third straight year the Colts have called Anderson home for training camp as they will practice at the university from July 29-Aug. 17.
Like many of the Colts rookies, the earliest arrivals to training camp were the first-year players.
Newly signed quarterback Andrew Luck greeted the media with a clean beard as he prepares for his first ever training camp.
“It’ll (training camp) be very important, so many new guys, new coach, new system,” Luck said. “I think just to have practice reps and to be around each other all day for however many weeks it is, is going to be very beneficial.”
This past month Luck headed down to Miami for four days to train with a number of the Colts wide receivers including Reggie Wayne.
It was Wayne that once again stole the show at the arrival of training camp. As he has done before in the past, Wayne had a little meaning behind his entrance into camp as he was dressed head to toe in army fatigues and exited out of a Humvee.
Wayne was flanked by soldiers from the Indiana National Guard in Shelbyville and announced ‘Reggie Wayne reporting for duty.’
That duty will officially begin on Sunday as practice for the Colts will start with a morning walk-through running from 9:30-10:50 a.m. and then a practice open to the public lasting from 1:50-4:30 p.m.
Sunday will start a three-day stretch of two-a-day practices for the Colts before an off-day on Wednesday.
Training camp will span over three weeks with the Colts having 12 days of two-a-day practices and three days of one practice.
The chance to finally put on pads is approaching and for the Colts that have been through the grind of an entire NFL off-season, how you utilize these days goes a long way to deciding the outcomes come Sundays in the fall.
“This (training camp) an OTA’s are the most important parts of the season,” linebacker Pat Angerer said. “This is where you win games and become a great team.”
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
-Quarterback Andrew Luck: On if he accelerates expectations over the next couple weeks:
“I think you get a little more sense of urgency because training camp is the beginning of the season really. So you understand okay there are games coming up. So I think you put a little more pressure on yourself to make sure you really are in the playbook and understanding the nuances of what is going on.”
COACH QUOTE OF THE DAY
-Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on his excitement of finally being able to put pads on:
“I can’t wait to put pads on. I’m really tired of this soccer stuff. I watched the Olympics last night but we need to put the pads on and get going and find out who’s going to get physical.”
Offensive tackle Justin Anderson and linebacker Tim Fugger were placed on the physically unable to perform list. Nose tackle Josh Chapman was placed on the non-football injury list.
Sunday’s practice sessions are 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:50 – 4:30 p.m. The afternoon practice is open to the public.
The weather in Anderson on Saturday was partly sunny with a high of 84 degrees. The low was 64 degrees. The forecast for Monday calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 87 degrees.
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