This week is the first of a six-week summer break for Indianapolis Colts players, as they are getting some valuable time off, spending time with family and/or just getting away from the grind of football.
The offseason program isn’t as grueling as the schedule from August through December/January, but it’s still a ten-week program filled with plenty of workouts and practices. The Colts concluded that offseason program last week, wrapping it up with a three-day mandatory mini-camp. That came on the heels of ten OTA practices, and before that several other practices with position drills and plenty of workouts.
It’s always hard to tell much from the OTAs and offseason workouts because they’re not in pads, so ultimately this is about figuring out which players to keep a closer eye on moving forward. But it’s still the first impression of these players in 2017, which can be especially important considering there’s a new GM in the building.
Last Thursday, Bob Lamey talked with Colts GM Chris Ballard upon the conclusion of mini-camp, and Lamey begun by simply asking Ballard about his first impressions of the roster and who impressed him this offseason. Ballard went on for nearly five minutes discussing most areas of the team and sharing his thoughts, as well as some players he was impressed with during the last several weeks. Here’s his full response:
“Well I’m really careful this time of year because I think teams get a really false impression of their teams in OTAs and in shorts. This game is played in pads, and it’s a tough, physical game, and so until we really get into camp, we won’t…
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