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Thoughts From Colts Minicamp

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The Colts secondary struggled last season, but free agent acquisitions should stabilize the pass defense. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images.
The Colts secondary struggled last season, but free agent acquisitions should stabilize the pass defense. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images.

With the mandatory three-day minicamp complete, the Indianapolis Colts’ offseason program is now over. The next time the team will reconvene for work won’t be until late July, when training camp begins at Anderson University.

Here are some quick thoughts on how the offseason program played out.

-One of the biggest storylines was how the offensive line would shape up. As expected, free agent signees Donald Thomas and Gosder Cherilus played at left guard and right tackle, respectively, on the first-team line. Center Samson Satele and right guard Mike McGlynn kept their starting positions while rookies Khaled Holmes and Hugh Thornton worked with the second-team. Thomas, Cherilus, Holmes and Thornton were all brought in this offseason to improve the offensive line. It’s the free agents who are given the starting jobs, while the draft picks will either have to wait a year to make an impact or really prove in training camp they deserve to start.

-There was some concern growing about safety LaRon Landry’s absence from the voluntary OTAs leading up to minicamp. Landry was working out in Arizona to make sure he was fully healthy and some Colts fans were understandably worried whether he would become a free agent bust. However, all reports out of camp say he looked both healthy and like the starting safety he was signed to be.

-Landry wasn’t the only new secondary player turning heads. Cornerback Greg Toler also made GM Ryan Grigson a genius for signing him. The Colts already had half of a legitimate starting secondary in cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Antoine Bethea. If Landry and Toler can stay healthy, it looks like the Colts’ poor pass defense from a year ago will be much improved.

-The newest Colt, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, sat out all of minicamp because of foot surgery earlier this year. He will be ready for training camp, however. Even though he hasn’t had a chance to prove yet he’s still a top-flight running back, Colts fans should be excited for his arrival to Indianapolis. According to Colts.com, Bradshaw said he chose to sign with the Colts because of “their will to win.” HC Chuck Pagano said, “He’s unbelievable. He’s asking questions. He wants to know. He’s a pro’s pro. You can tell just by sitting back, listening, watching him and (running backs coach) David (Walker) interact. As we went through all the drills he’s standing right there, he’s got the script in his hand. You can tell, when you see a guy sitting in a boot, watching practice and doing that, he’s not off sitting on the side doing whatever, he’s into it.”

-Rookie kicker Brandon McManus seems to be getting a lot of love from his teammates. Could all-time great kicker Adam Vinatieri be in danger of losing his job? The Colts surely won’t have more than one kicker on the 53-man roster after training camp, so this will be an interesting battle to watch in August. I would be surprised if Vinatieri is cut. The Colts will likely let him play out the final year of his contract and maybe keep McManus on the practice squad if they’re really impressed with him.