The Dallas Cowboys’ 20-18 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game marks the beginning of the NFL season. Despite this, the Colts are still hard at work practicing for their preseason opener against the Lions on August 13th. There have been a few things at training camp that stand out above the rest, and could make a huge difference on the field this season.
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Physicality Is Key
New GM Chris Ballard has openly preached physicality for his players this offseason, and this has seemed to come into practice already. After a routine play, Vontae Davis and T.Y. Hilton got into a bit of a scuffle. There were no injuries, and no negative repercussions. This was entirely indicative of this new physical play style, and the competitive drive that oozes from every single one of these players. Later Hilton scored a touchdown on Davis, celebrated, and made sure Vontae knew it. Davis would later comment this on an instagram post of the tussle: “One of the biggest competitors I know (ghost emoji) nothing but respect”
Receiver Donte Moncrief had this to say about scuffles in practice:
Moncrief on scuffles: “We go against each other out here, and it’s a war. But, in there, we’re a family.” #Colts
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 1, 2017
Andrew Luck Might Just Be Fine
If you read my previous article, I stated why the Colts may still have a chance without Luck. It is starting to seem like I might have wasted my time. According to multiple credible sources, it seems as if Luck will indeed be off of the PUP list by the regular season.
If you’ve tweeted me about Andrew Luck rumors, here’s the deal: Chris Ballard says he’ll be off PUP by reg season. He’s never lied to me.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 1, 2017
For those asking, I’m told Chris Ballard’s statement from last week stands. Luck expected to come off PUP before reg season begins. #Colts
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) August 2, 2017
Luck has still not seen the field in camp thus far, and most likely will not.
Marlon Mack Is Impressing
The fourth round draft pick out of South Florida has been impressive so far. He has been especially good as a receiving threat out of the backfield, which is a skill that the Colts lack with Frank Gore and Robert Turbin. Some of the top backs in the NFL such as Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson are also excellent receivers, which proves the importance of the skill. If Mack can also display proficiency in running the football and pass blocking, he should earn himself more playing time than most expected.
Some More Takeaways:
Antonio Morrison has really stood out, and could be in contention for a starting inside linebacker position.
Rookie defensive backs Malik Hooker and Quincy Wilson have displayed good range and coverage ability. They have built a brotherhood of sorts, and have become very close.
Vontae Davis has been lights out. He seems like the best player on the team right now.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts, and a national writer. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @doctortruthboi and @cover32_IND.