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10 Takeaways From Indianapolis Colts Training Camp So Far

Indianapolis Colts Training Camp: 10 Takeaways So Far

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The foundation for the Indianapolis Colts season is finally going to be put into place as training camp is heating up. There is still plenty to be worked on from a team standpoint but many conclusions can be drawn based on what has been reported from training camp and what the coaches have told reporters. Here are 10 takeaways so far from the Colts training camp.

10. Concerned About Injuries

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10. Concerned About Injuries

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Last year the Indianapolis Colts got hit hard by the injury bug. They were near the top of the list in terms of players on injured reserve last year. This year they have already lost Vick Ballard and Donald Thomas for the year, but both of those injuries came on non-contact plays. The coaching staff has taken steps to prevent injuries by giving veterans days off every other day and monitoring players who are banged up.

9. Donte Moncrief Has Impressed

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9. Donte Moncrief Has Impressed

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The rookie out of Ole Miss has impressed the coaching staff so far in training camp. Coming into camp he was expected to be the fifth or sixth wide receiver on the depth chart. But an impressive showing in camp has pushed him up to the No. 4 slot and a chance at starting.

8. Bjoern Werner Has Also Impressed

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8. Bjoern Werner Has Also Impressed

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The pressure is on the second-year player out of Florida State to produce this year, especially with Robert Mathis suspended for the first four games of the year. George Bremer went as far to call him the MVP of the first week of training camp. It will be interesting to see how much of that translates to production on the field.

7. Dwayne Allen's Presence is Going to be Big for the Colts' Offense

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7. Dwayne Allen's Presence is Going to be Big for the Colts' Offense

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Dwayne Allen missed 15 games last year, and he was going to be a big part of the offense. This year he is going to have a lot of responsibility and will be moved all over the field to create mismatches. The coaching staff loves having him back on the field, and his presence should mean that the Colts are going to be much more flexible on offense.

6. Reggie Wayne has Returned to Form

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6. Reggie Wayne has Returned to Form

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Reggie Wayne ended last season by tearing his ACL against the Denver Broncos, and most people thought that he would lose a step. That has not been the case in training camp. Stephania Bell, ESPN’s lead injury analyst, even went as far as to say she couldn’t tell that Wayne was coming off of ACL surgery.

5. Jack Mewhort is Going to Start

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5. Jack Mewhort is Going to Start

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Mewhort was drafted to make an impact on the interior running game and pass protection. He was going to be brought along slowly until Donald Thomas fell to injury. Now he is going to be pushed to not only start but also make an impact right away.

4. Trent Richardson is More Comfortable

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4. Trent Richardson is More Comfortable

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Last year Richardson struggled to make an impact. He was making the wrong reads and looked a step behind everyone else. This year in training camp he appears to be moving faster which means that he is comfortable. The Colts are going to depend on Richardson to make an impact, and so far in camp he has looked a lot better.

3. The Colts are Thin Along the Offensive Line

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3. The Colts are Thin Along the Offensive Line

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The starting five players for the Colts' offensive line are solid and should be an improvement from last year. Outside of the top five the rest of the offensive line has not looked good in camp. Injuries are going to happen in the NFL, and some players are going to have to play well when called upon. Look for the Colts to look to other teams to build depth along the offensive line.

2. Andrew Luck is in Complete Control

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2. Andrew Luck is in Complete Control

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This is the first year that Andrew Luck is not going to have to learn a new playbook going into training camp. The Colts knew this and have given him more responsibility at the line of scrimmage. With Luck having more control it could mean less negative plays from the offense this year.

1. Da’Rick Rogers Has Been a Disappointment

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1. Da’Rick Rogers Has Been a Disappointment

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Rogers has all the talent in the world and should have been picked in the NFL Draft last year, but off-the-field issues led him to be undrafted. This year in training camp he has not played well, running lazy routes and allowing rookie Donte Moncrief to overtake him on the depth chart. It's still early, but Rogers has to show more to make an impact this season.

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