The Indianapolis Colts finished up their organized team activities last Thursday, and are preparing to begin their full roster mini-camp next week. Nearly the entire roster participated in the organized team activities, which took place during three of the last four weeks over the past month, with one glaring omission.
Rookie starting quarterback Andrew Luck, the number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was absent during organized team activities, as he was back at school to finish up his college degree in architecture. However, Luck will return to Indianapolis next week for the first time since the rookie mini-camp, to join his team and begin to rebuild this franchise. Next week’s mini-camp will be the first time that the entire 2012 Indianapolis Colts roster has been together to practice, including all signed rookies, undrafted rookie players, and free agent pick-ups. There will even be a practice at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday that is free and open to the public, giving Colts fans their first chance to see this new team and coaching staff in action.
The Colts have a lot of ground to cover, basically reloading this team which a new staff and a new coaching scheme. The transition will be difficult, and the look will be totally different than the NFL and the Colts fans have seen from this team over the last decade or more. Still, the foundation is there, with competent draft picks and free agent pieces added in the off-season. Not much is expected from this year’s Colts team, but anything more than another 2-14 season will be a bonus and a building block for the future.