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INDIANAPOLIS – Each day, 1070 The Fan will bring you a full camp notebook covering a variety of tidbits from Colts Training Camp at Grand Park in Westfield.

Wednesday was move-in day for the Colts at Grand Park.

Here is what was learned from move-in day:

  • In case you missed the Andrew Luck news, here’s a much more detailed look at the plan for him this week, starting with practice on Thursday. Frank Reich said on Wednesday that the Colts plan on Luck playing in the preseason opener. Luck himself admits he must alter his playing style to survive his return to the game of football.
  • Some unfortunate injury news to start camp for the promising offensive line depth. The Colts placed Anthony Castonzo, Denzelle Good and Austin Howard—the team’s top 3 offensive tackles—on the non-football injury list. That designation means they were hurt outside of football (i.e. in training). They can come off the list at any time, but do count against the 90-man roster. We know what happened to Castonzo. He tweaked his hamstring training a few weeks ago, but isn’t expected to be out long. While the injuries to Good and Howard are unknown, neither injury is supposed to be too serious. Still, the Colts will be down the two guys competing for the right tackle job to start camp. So, will Le’Raven Clark and Joe Haeg be the starting tackles at Thursday’s practice? Hopefully, Frank Reich will offer some clarity to Howard and Good when meeting the media on Thursday.
  • Another roster move came on Wednesday afternoon for the Colts. It was the signing of veteran safety Shamarko Thomas. The move makes sense with the Colts not having Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers (on the PUP list because their injuries happened in actual football games) for the start of camp. Thomas has 2 starts in 60 career games, playing for the Steelers and Bills. The safety position certainly needed another practice body.
  • Where does Frank Reich put himself on the ‘physical Training Camp’ debate? “Probably a little bit more on the physical side,” the head coach says. “We will have a few, not many, live periods.” For the Colts to achieve what they want to on Sunday’s this fall, Reich believes they must get to that level by working at such a standard Monday-Saturday, starting in camp. ‘Toughness’ was the theme of Reich’s team meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Yes, the Colts heard about the 2-14 prediction from USA Today. “Yeah, that will get pointed out,” Reich said of weighing how much motivation he will use for his team, with outside expectations a bit slim for the Colts.
  • Players are embracing the ‘us against the world’ mentality for sure. Said veteran defensive tackle Al Woods: “We hit the bottom. We didn’t meet any of the expectations last year and now we know everyone is coming back refreshed. Everybody is ready to go. A lot of people aren’t going to see us coming, which is cool. I don’t mind that. When we hit you in the face, then you’re going to realize that.”
  • On Wednesday, Robert Turbin spoke for the first time publicly about his 4-game suspension and was very contrite with his apology. Turbin, who is loved by Chris Ballard and Frank Reich, will miss the first 4 weeks though, after participating in camp. That means the young guys (plus maybe Christine Michael in short yardage?) better be ready. Reich says he likes the pass blocking ability/three-down look of the running backs without Mack. But that’s a group that still must prove themselves.
  • With running backs, Marlon Mack will be donning a brace for his surgically repaired shoulder at Thursday’s practice. Mack shared on Wednesday that he actually first injured his shoulder in camp last year and played through the injury for all of his rookie season. Now you see why the Indy staff likes what Mack showed as a rookie, given his injury situation. Mack should be viewed as the early favorite to be the lead guy for this running back by committee group.
  • We know Darius Leonard has signed his rookie contract is healthy. With rookies getting on the field earlier this week for their start to camp, Frank Reich liked what he saw from Leonard’s first real NFL work. “Darius looked good,” Reich said on Wednesday. “He’s a physical presence out there. We feel really good about Darius. He’s playing catch up a little bit, but Training Camp has a way of accelerating that process.”
  • What a quote by Anthony Castonzo on Andrew Luck’s mindset: “I almost picture in my mind Liam Neeson in Taken, ‘I’m a man of singular focus.’ Andrew’s focus is so narrow right now just on having the best season he possibly can. He’s definitely ready to go mentally.” Yes, the Colts have one very, very motivated quarterback returning to health.
  • Speaking of Castonzo, he’s a fan of Quenton Nelson: “At guard, you want one of those people that if he’s walking down the street and someone comes and runs at him full speed, that person is going to get knocked out even though he didn’t know it was coming. He’s got that ability that when people run into him, they move, and he doesn’t. He takes up space and it’s really good to know that he’s not going to be stepping on anyone’s feet because when his feet are in the ground, he moves people, they don’t move him. I think that’s what impressed me the most. I had a coach one time who called it his ballast—the ability to have that coming back out rather than getting pushed back. He’s definitely like a fridge.”
  • Quincy Wilson thinks he will have around 5 interceptions next season with a system focused more on creating turnovers: “You get to have your eyes in the quarterback a little bit more,” the 21-year-old Wilson said. “You get to see the ball. You’re able to make more plays on the ball so I definitely do like it better.”
  • The Colts will have OTA-like sessions to start camp before the full pads come on Sunday. The CBA mandates you must have 3 practices before full pads can be worn in camp.

 

UPCOMING CAMP SCHEDULE

 

Thurs., July 26

Practice: 1:30-3:30 PM

Fri., July 27

Practice: 1:30-3:30 PM

Sat., July 28 – Kids Day, presented by Riley Children’s Health

Practice: 1:30-3:30 PM

Sun., July 29 – BBQ Bash Night Practice

Practice in full pads: 7:00-9:15 PM

Mon., July 30

Players’ Day Off

Tues., July 31

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

Wed., August 1

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

Thurs., August 2 – Sunrise Yoga

Practice: 9:00-11:00 AM

Fri., August 3 – “Friday Night Lights”

Practice: 7:00-9:15 PM

Sat., August 4

Players’ Day Off