Indianapolis Colts OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis
Now that the 2014 NFL draft is complete, preparations for the 2014 season are truly underway. The Indianapolis Colts rookies had rookie minicamp last week in Indianapolis, and organized team activities, meetings and workouts will continue to see strong attendance through the summer.
The Colts' OTAs start on Tuesday, May 27, while mandatory minicamp takes place in mid-June. The Colts other two OTA workouts will take place on June 2-4 and June 9-12.
So what are we looking for this week? What have we already seen from some of the rookies? How excited can we really get for half-speed workouts with no pads? We look at all of the newest information today as OTAs begin.
Daniel Adongo Bulks Up
One of the Colts' most intriguing projects is linebacker Daniel Adongo, a former rugby player from Kenya. Adongo was signed by the team last season, but didn't receive any defensive snaps during the season as he transitioned to the United States both on and off the field.
But now, Adongo is growing every day, and more than just as a player, but physically as well. After coming into Indianapolis at 6'5", 257 pounds last season, Adongo is up to 282 pounds, according to The Herald Bulletin's George Bremer.
Adongo says he hasn't lost any of his speed, a remarkable feat if true. He's easily one of the most talented all-around athletes on the team, the question is just how to use him?
The Colts believe he can be an outside linebacker, which would be a much-needed boost if true. The Colts desperately need somebody to step up in lieu of Robert Mathis.
Jim Irsay Officially Charged
Colts owner Jim Irsay has been out of the limelight since his troubling arrest in mid-March. Irsay has been in rehabilitation and looked good at the Super Bowl bid.
But last week Irsay was officially charged with two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving from that night. Irsay's camp was somewhat relieved, or so it seemed, that there weren't additional or more serious charges to deal with, thanking the prosecutors for "devoting the necessary care and attention to determine the facts in this matter did not warrant the filing of felony charges relative to Mr. Irsay's prescription medications."
A hearing is scheduled for June 19, but the NFL may hand down punishment prior to that date. There has been significant backlash among the media for the NFL treating this case differently than they would a player, and Roger Goodell has a chance to send a message with Irsay.
Erik Swoope's Incredible Task
The Colts' other intriguing camp prospect, Erik Swoope, has come to Indianapolis to attempt to do the unthinkable: Make it in the NFL despite no organized play prior to the workouts. Swoope was a basketball player at Miami, but thought that maybe football would have a better opportunity for him professionally.
Swoope seems like a project similar to Adongo. He'll likely need a year to adjust to the speed and nuances of the game before thoughts of playing in a game can even begun to be considered.
But that's what things like the practice squad are there for. The team may try to sneak him onto the roster to keep other teams from taking notice, and that's only going to be more difficult if Swoope succeeds during the sermon.
Jack Mewhort to Get a Shot at Guard
One of the things about Jack Mewhort that the Colts like is his versatility and ability to play every spot on the line. Most expected Mewhort to compete at guard this season, and it seems as though that may be the case.
At 6'6", 309 pounds, Mewhort is a little tall for the interior line, but Andrew Luck shouldn't have a problem adjusting. The question that remains is whether or not Mewhort will take over for either left guard or right right guard. Veteran Donald Thomas, recently named the Colts' "Secret Superstar" by Pro Football Focus, has been assumed to be the primary holder of the left guard spot, while 2013 third-round draft pick Hugh Thornton is penciled in at right guard.
Mewhort's first position this weekend was surprising as he played at left guard to start, according to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com. I would have expected him to go right to right guard to begin, but evidently that wasn't the case.
Now, this doesn't mean that Mewhort will certainly be playing left guard, but it is something to watch for. According to George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin, the team didn't want to overwhelm Mewhort with information to begin, so they have started him at left guard and center so far.
Qua Cox Catching Eyes
Despite his smaller frame at 6'0", 185 pounds, former Jackson State cornerback Qua Cox has already begun to catch some eyes at rookie minicamp. Cox's film at Jackson State was impressive, although there certainly was a question about the level of talent he was competing against.
Cox earned the play of the day last week when he picked off fellow UDFA Seth Lobato and returned it for a touchdown.
There's no guarantee that any particular UDFA will get a chance to compete for an actual roster spot, but the first step in ensuring that is by catching the coaches' eyes. It seems that Cox may have already done that.