Finally, it’s football season. This will be the last Sunday without football till Super Sunday in February. So how about we look at who the winners are so far in training camp?
Griff Whalen is someone who has a leg up since training camp started, though it is due to a mix of unfortunate events and his own play.
LaVon Brazill has been cut by the Indianapolis Colts after making a boneheaded mistake by failing yet another drug test. Brazill was Whalen’s main competition and with him gone he has a much easier path to the 53-man roster.
Add that on top of the fact that on day two of camp, Whalen made catch after catch according to Stampede Blue’s Josh Wilson.
This is not surprising to me at all, I love Whalen’s work ethic and relentlessness, not to mention the fact he catches almost everything thrown his way.
Two attributes I love most in a receiver: catching and route running, the two skill sets that Whalen possesses. All Whalen does is grind it out every day and doesn’t give up despite never being guaranteed a spot on the team.
Whalen emulates what the horseshoe represents and I expect him to be on the roster by pre-season’s end.
Another player flashing some potential, according to Wilson, is rookie outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome.
He performed well in a one-on-one drill against running backs and tight ends trying to block rushers.
This is fantastic news, as the Colts desperately need someone to fill Robert Mathis’ shoes. It won’t be one person, but a committee of edge rushers that will have to get the job done.
Hearing that Newsome is on a path to success is very reassuring and gives hope that the Indianapolis pass defense won’t be doomed for the first four weeks of the season.
It’s early on in the training camp/pre-season process and more players will start to separate themselves from the pack once we make it farther down the road.
For now, the fans will be optimistic and the players will continue to work hard and try to impress. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Go Colts!