INDIANAPOLIS — After firing the general manager, undertaking a youth movement on defense and seeing the franchise quarterback undergo shoulder surgery during the offseason, the Indianapolis Colts are finally set to open training camp.
The Colts will have their first practice Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Most pressure: Chuck Pagano. There was no certainty at the end of last season that the coach would be back. Owner Jim Irsay kept everybody in suspense for three weeks before announcing that general manager Ryan Grigson had been fired and that Pagano would stay on through at least 2017.
The Colts have gone 8-8 and missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, after reaching the postseason in the first three years under Pagano. He’ll be evaluated throughout the season to see if he’s the right coach going forward. Missing the playoffs for a third straight year and not continuing the development of the team’s young players likely won’t bode well for Pagano’s future.
Most to prove: Phillip Dorsett. I thought about going with left tackle Anthony Castonzo with this choice but decided on Dorsett, because there’s a good chance Castonzo will bounce back from what was a subpar 2016.
Everybody is waiting for Dorsett to become more than a one-dimensional receiver. That one dimension for the 2015 first-round pick is speed. Dorsett has to find other ways to get open when teams don’t let him beat them down the field.
The pressure is on…
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