We've been saying this for weeks, but today it's as true as it's going to be until Sept. 7: Indianapolis Colts football is back.
This isn't training camp "football." It's honest-to-god, pads-on, against-a-real-opponent football. Finally, fans and media will be able to get a small glimpse of what teams actually look like. But, there's still a caveat to deal with.
Preseason isn't about the team: It's about individuals.
Teams quite often look terrible in the preseason before looking great in the regular season. The Detroit Lions went 4-0 in the preseason before going winless in the 2008 regular season. Last season, the Lions defeated the New England Patriots 40-9, including going up 16-3 against the first-string. The Colts have been regularly awful in the preseason over the last 15 years, but that's not carried over to the games that count.
Whether it's the first, second or third-string, how the team plays isn't relevant. Instead, keep an eye on the smaller units: positional units, individuals, etc. That's what coaches will be watching for, and it's what we'll be keeping an eye on as well. With that in mind, here are five areas that we'll be watching closely tonight.