5 Indianapolis Colts Impressing in Training Camp
After only a few days in training camp, some Indianapolis Colts players are already impressing.
With a team as flooded with inexperience as the Colts are, training camp should reveal a ton about the direction the team is headed in.
Indeed, a number of roster moves have already been made since camp began on July 29th.
Camp is the time for nobodies to carve out their spot on a roster that will be full of former nobodies.
Indy is bereft of a great deal of talent, so expect to see some surprising names on the 53-man squad.
Here are some guys off to a hot start.
Is it a cop out to include the obvious?
Andrew Luck has been everything the coaches and fans could've possibly expected thus far. He's controlling the offense, he's throwing touchdowns and he's improving every day.
The 2012 Colts team is going to be all about improving every day.
Maybe he can improve his singing, too.
"Country Roads" aside, all reports indicate that Luck is coming along just fine.
Cory Redding was brought in by new head coach Chuck Pagano to help usher in a 3-4 defense to the Colts. He wasn't supposed to instantly become the vocal leader of the entire defensive line.
Yet, that's exactly what he's done.
Redding has been extremely helpful in helping the other D-linemen understand exactly how the scheme works and what they can do to improve. His considerable experience in the 3-4 has been invaluable and the coaching staff loves the fire he's bringing to the entire group.
Hopefully, that fire can overwhelm a few opposing offenses this season.
When Dwayne Allen was drafted, it was a bit of a head scratcher.
After all, the Colts had needs at just about every position on the field and had drafted a tight end earlier that same night.
But it's all coming together now.
Allen has lined up as the in-line tight end. He's been split out wide. He's even played fullback on a number of occasions.
And he's done it well.
It looks like he's going to be an oft-targeted weapon for Andrew Luck in the coming years.
Jerraud Powers is either going to have a great season or he's going to be exposed as just another terrible corner on the Colts.
Pagano's 3-4 defense will see to that.
The impending free agent is going to have ample opportunity to showcase his man-to-man cover skills, which is such a coveted quality in today's NFL.
Early in training camp, he looks to be taking to it quite well.
He stole the show on Thursday, returning a Luck interception for a touchdown.
Somewhat surprisingly, Indy has been running LaVon Brazill with the first team.
While he obviously isn't getting every rep with the first squad, Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that Brazill is "already gobbling up first team reps."
Make of this what you will, but it still seems unlikely Brazill would secure the vacancy across from Reggie Wayne.
After all, Donnie Avery and Austin Collie have made more than a few plays in camp, too. Collie has reportedly developed the best chemistry with the Colts rookie signal-caller in the early going.
If Avery and Collie were to both go down with injury (certainly not out of the question, given their respective histories) Brazill would present an athletic, raw option for the Colts out wide.