Concluding Notes from Indianapolis Colts OTA's

By Max Luckan

The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2011 season with the worst record in the National Football League at 2-14. However, the future looks bright and the team has a new potential franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck. The team just wrapped up their first week of OTA’s (organized team activities), and here are a few conclusions drawn from OTA’s, along with quotes from some of the coaches.

Well, newly signed tight end Kyle Miller looks to be making a good impression. On Wednesday, he made a leaping catch in the 11-on-11 portion of practice and has shown off his good hands. He’s 6-5, 257-pounds and is looking to make the team. He has a solid chance of making the 53-man roster later in the year.

New head coach Chuck Pagano certainly wasn’t going to make these team activities a walk in the park. “Keep throwing stuff at them,” Pagano said. “We’re getting a ton of work. I’m really pleased with where we’re at,” he added. It sounds like the new coach is really working his players, and they will have to adjust to Pagano’s style, much like other teams are doing with their new head coaches.

However, it seems that one key person is still missing — Andrew Luck. Luck is currently still finishing school and will join the team on June 8. When asked how much information he’s been able to give to Luck, Pagano said, “Zero, zero. He’s got what we’ve given him when he was here for the mini-camp.” Obviously it’ll be tough for the Colts without Luck, but he will join the team soon.

Another player to watch is Samson Satele, who was signed by the Colts late in March. He’s been a starter for five years, but now has to transition to a new system in Indianapolis. But it appears that is going well. Offensive line coach Harold Goodwin said of Satele, “He’s been in the battle. He’s been in the wars. For him to come in, it’s just transitioning the terminology to what he’s heard in the past and flipping it over.” Satele could be a starter this year for the Colts, but he’ll have to prove himself first. The new staff in Indianapolis is looking to win, and they’ll do so by putting the best 11 guys out on the field.

The Colts will be back in action on June 4, and hold four more days of workouts.

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