By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on July 18, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts went 11-5 last season and won the AFC South comfortably. They had a miraculous comeback win against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round where they were down 38-10 at halftime and somehow came back to win 45-44. The Colts then lost to the New England Patriots 43-22 in the Divisional Round. Here are five rumors surrounding the Colts before they open training camp on July 23.
The Colts owner was caught with numerous bottles of prescription drugs (none prescribed to him) and K in cash after he was stopped by police while driving on Mar. 16. Irsay’s speech was slurred and he admitted to taking several medications. Irsay is expected to receive a multi-game suspension and seven-figure fine. This is dragging out too long. Players have been fined/suspended quicker for less. Why the delay? That’s a rhetorical question.
It’s being reported that Swoope is a player to watch as the Colts enter training camp. The rookie TE is 6-foot-5, 246 pounds and he’s fast. He is trying to go the Jimmy Graham route and transition from basketball to the NFL. Head coach Chuck Pagano has stated that Swoope has exceeded the Colts’ expectations so far. Whether Swoope will actually see time on playing field this season remains to be seen, but you should be paying attention to him.
Besides Swoope, the Colts have Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener who are set to be the starting tight ends. Jack Doyle and Weslye Saunders are also on the roster as the backup and fourth-string tight ends, respectively. Allen was impressive in 2012, his rookie campaign, but got hurt in 2013. He’s healthy and ready to go now. Fleener saw more playing time last season after Allen’s injury. He is a good receiving TE and he’s improved his blocking.
Only the two tackle positions are set, with Anthony Castonzo at LT and Gosder Cherilus at RT. Will Khaled Holmes become the center of the future for the Colts? It looks like Holmes is in good shape and is physically ready, but he needs to make sure he can keep up with QB Andrew Luck. The Colts will use training camp to determine who will fill out the rest of their offensive line.
Richardson arrived mid-season in 2013 via a trade with the Browns. During minicamp he said he finally feels comfortable in Pep Hamilton’s system. Both Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are returning from injury, and the Colts have said the starting job is Richardson’s to lose. Even though he wasn’t really productive in 2013 once he came to the Colts, this shouldn’t be a huge surprise given his contract and what the Colts had to give up to get him.
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