Indianapolis Colts Training Camp: Week 1 Stock Report

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Indianapolis Colts Training Camp: Week 1 Stock Report
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Understandably, fans want updates on training camp. It's the first indication that football is finally back, and hungry fans want every bit of knowledge on this year's version of their favorite team, especially if there is good news to be shared. 

Now, the problem is that it's incredibly difficult to ascertain accurate analysis from watching training camp. Drills, even seven-on-sevens and full-scrimmage drills, are rarely at full speed, and physicality is never at the level it would be in an actual game. You only get to see said drills or plays once, usually from a poor angle.

Fans and media also don't have all the information: Coaches and players are consistently communicating about different things, and it's impossible to know what a player has been asked to focus on at any particular time. 

However, there is a high value in contextual clues. Which team and which unit a player is taking most of his reps with can hint toward how the coaches view that player. The formations and play-calling utilized in scrimmages can be a foreshadowing of the regular season. 

It was with this in mind that I traveled to the Colts training camp this week to see who is matching our midsummer hype and who is falling flat.

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