Indianapolis Colts: 2014 training camp preview

Training camp; the sign that the NFL season is getting closer to commencing this year.Indianapolis_Colts_old_logo

The smell of the fresh cut grass, the sounds of pads colliding during scrimmages, and the sight of rookies carrying the pads and helmets of veterans off the field after practice.

It’s all coming back folks and for the Indianapolis Colts, they couldn’t be any more excited to start the third year of the Andrew Luck and Chuck Pagano era.

If you aren’t familiar with training camp, it is when they separate the men from the boys. Ok maybe that was a little too much. But in all honesty, it is.

The Colts will be bringing a roster of 90 players into camp in order to trim it down to the best 53 players available.

On July 23rd the players are to report to camp with practice beginning the next day on July 24th.

What to watch for:

Running back battle

The Colts have three running backs on roster that are fighting to win the starting job this season. Running backs Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are all in contention to shake up the depth chart. Richardson looks to be the favorite to win the job, but with Ballard and Bradshaw both coming back strong from their season ending injuries, Richardson will have to step up his game to be the starter.

Wide receiver spots

The three top receivers for the Colts this season will be Hakeem Nicks, Reggie Wayne, and T.Y. Hilton. Rookie third round draft choice Donte Moncrief will most likely make the team making that four receivers guaranteed a spot. But with the Colts looking to have five on receivers on the final roster, wide receivers Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazill, and Da’Rick Rogers will all be competing to claim that fifth spot. Rogers looks to have the edge going into camp with having more size and speed compared to the other two.

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Bjoern Werner filling in for Robert Mathis

Now in case you haven’t heard, outside linebacker Robert Mathis has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season due to violating the league’s ban on performance-enhancing substances. With Mathis being out, the Colts are looking to second year outside linebacker Bjoern Werner to fill in for Mathis while he serves his suspension. After being drafted in the first round in 2013, Werner did not have a stellar rookie season and the Colts are hoping he can take full advantage of the opportunity that lays ahead for him.

If the Colts are going to win a Super Bowl this season, it’s going to have to start in training camp.