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Previewing the Indianapolis Colts 2014 Training Camp

Previewing the Indianapolis Colts 2014 Training Camp

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Simply put, the Indianapolis Colts have one goal in mind this year and that is to win the Super Bowl. Each year of the Andrew Luck era they have made the playoffs and made it a step closer to the Super Bowl. Last year they managed to beat the top three teams in the NFL -- Seattle, San Francisco and Denver -- so the talent appears to be there to compete with the best teams in the NFL.

Schedule

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Schedule

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Players are expected to report on July 23 and the first day of practice is July 24. The July 26 is Kids Day, presented by Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. July 27 is Armed Forces Day and Aug. 9 is Fan Clubs Day. The Colts have their first preseason game coming on Aug. 7 against the Jets.

Quarterbacks

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Quarterbacks

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The Colts have some guy named Andrew Luck expected to start this year; I don’t think too many people have heard of him before. But in all seriousness, expect Luck to play like a top MVP candidate this year. The main battle in training camp should come with the backup quarterbacks. Third-year player Chandler Harnish might push veteran Matt Hasselbeck if Harnish can play well in training camp.

Running Backs

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Running Backs

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The running back position is absolutely loaded this year for the Colts. They have Trent Richardson, who is expected to have a better year this year because he should have a better understanding of the playbook. If he fails expect Ahmad Bradshaw to take over. He is great in pass protection and played well for the Colts last year. Vick Ballard is coming off ACL surgery, but he is a solid player who can step in and give quality plays when asked.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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The Colts are absolutely loaded at these positions. At wide receiver, expect the three starters to be T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks. At tight end they have an absolute stud in Dwayne Allen, and Coby Fleener should be solid starter next year as well. The bottom of the roster also has raw talent in Donte Moncrief, Da’Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen.

Offensive Line

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Offensive Line

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The Colts have two solid starting tackles that can hold their own in the NFL, in Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus. Expect Donald Thomas to start at one of the guard spots and a battle between Jack Mewhort and Hugh Thornton for the other spot. Finally Khaled Holmes is going to be the starting center for the Colts with no competition for his spot.

Defensive Line

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Defensive Line

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Cory Redding is going to be starting at one of the defensive end positions and expect Arthur Jones to start on the other side. There should be a competition to see who gets the first crack at the nose tackle position between Josh Chapman, Montori Hughes and Brandon McKinney. Depth wise they have Ricky Jean-Francois who can step in and play well. Pay attention to Zach Kerr to see what he has to offer in training camp.

Linebackers

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Linebackers

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The Colts' starting linebackers include Jerrell Freeman and D’Qwell Jackson inside. On the outside the pressure is on Bjoern Werner to show what he has to offer now that he is going to have to fill in for Robert Mathis in the first four games. Erik Walden is expected to start the weak side position. It is going to be interesting to see how far Daniel Adongo has come now that he has a year of football experience too.

Defensive Backs

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Defensive Backs

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The starting cornerbacks for the Colts should be Vontae Davis, Greg Toler and Darius Butler at the nickel cornerback position. The safety position is going to be the competition to watch. Look for LaRon Landry to start at strong safety with a battle between Delano Howell and Mike Adams for the free safety position. The back end of the cornerback position will be a battle between Qua Cox and Loucheiz Purifoy.

Special Teams

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Special Teams

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The Colts have the greatest kicker of all time Adam Vinatieri and Pat McAfee aka the boom stick on special teams this year, so they should be set from a kicking spot. The return game should be interesting to watch in training camp. Ryan Lankford I think can make a big impact on special teams and in the kick returning game as well.

Biggest Training Camp Battles

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Biggest Training Camp Battles

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The safety position is the one position that is going to have biggest training camp battle this year. Look for the competition to be between Mike Adams and Delano Howell. I think that Mike Adams will win this battle this year. He played solid for the Broncos last year and has more experience at the free safety position, which should allow for Landry to play in the box more often.

Christopher Pimentel is a Indianapolis Colts writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google.

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