Indianapolis Colts: early impressions from training camp

The off-season is over and training camp has begun. Let’s get some early impressions from the Indianapolis Colts camp.

First and foremost, some heartbreaking news, Vick Ballard tore his Achilles during practice this week.

This is after Ballard recently recovered from a torn ACL he received last season.

This will mean more reps for Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw and that several other running backs will be duking it out for the last spot on the roster. Namely, Zurlon Tipton, Dan Herron and Chris Rainey.

Rainey might have the inside track on coming out on top because he provides a punch in the returning game as well as playing the running back position.

Though, Tipton is an undrafted rookie that has the potential to be a decent back. We’ll just have to see if one of them can separate themselves from the pack during the pre-season.

Another ‘impression’ I have, is that I am sick and tired of safety LaRon Landry. He has been sitting out with an injury so far in camp (surprise, surprise) and I am not sure when he will return. The Colts have simply labelled it as a ‘soft-tissue injury’. Whatever that means.

Don’t expect Landry to be a starter for much of the season, as he will most likely be on the sidelines for at least part of it, due to injury. This is just speculation but it has a more than likely chance of being right.

This means that Sergio Brown, Delano Howell and Mike Adams will be the front runners to start at the safety positions.

Adams is a veteran who has been a solid starter his entire career and Howell is a young player who played well in place of Landry, last season, before getting hurt himself. Brown is no more than a special team’s ace.

I expect Howell and Adams to be starting when Landry is hurt and when, or if, Landry is healthy I would like to see Howell playing opposite Mr. Biceps.

There is still so much football to be played and that makes me very excited. I can’t wait and see what happens leading up to the season and beyond. Go Colts!