Today the Indianapolis Colts held their tenth and final Organized Team Activity (OTAs) of the offseason. Yesterday was the final media availability, and according to those in attendance the receivers made quite an impact. Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, and rookie tight end Dwayne Allen had very good days.
The very fact that Reggie Wayne is participating in OTAs this year is impressive. He usually works out on his own in Miami, but this year he was at the team activities. The playbook is new for the first time in Reggie’s career, and thus he has to put in time learning the offense. But also I think he is there partly to be a team leader. For his entire career, Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday were the leaders of the offense. Both of them are gone. Wayne is the longest tenured Colts player on the offense. He has to be a leader this year, and I am confident he can be and will be. In fact, he has been for years, but there were others. Now, he is the veteran. The returning starters on the offense look to be Wayne, Austin Collie, Anthony Castonzo, and Donald Brown.
Collie is an incredible talent, if he can stay healthy. It looks as if Collie will play opposite Wayne, with Donnie Avery in the slot. At least at OTAs, that is.
Some more notes from yesterday’s practice:
From George Bremer (@gmbremer):
Big day for WR Austin Collie, who made a pair of nice catches in the end zone.
It was also a good day for Reggie Wayne, who caught several TDs and made the play of the day on a ball that was tipped multiple times.
TE Dwayne Allen also made a nice grab in the end zone on a pass that was tipped by OLB Jerry Hughes.
Other topics of interest: RB Donald Brown will be an every down back according to Pagano and competition is high at CB.
Pagano said the CB situation won’t truly begin to sort itself out until the pads come on in training camp.
[Cornerback Kevin Thomas] looked good in drills today, including an interception during red-zone work.
@GoHorse88 On defense, Hughes filled in for Freeney and Eads played in Conner’s likely spot. Powers and Thomas at CB, with Johnson nickel.
From Tom James (@TribStarTJames):
Sitting out Wednesday’s OTA session: ACastanzo, BIjalana, THilton, JSnow, DNevis, DCaldwell, BJackson, CFleener, DLegree, DCarter.
Rookie TE Coby Fleener is sitting out this week’s OTA workouts due to finals week at Stanford. Fleener is a graduate student.
From Mike Chappell (@mchappell51):
Reggie Wayne hasn’t gotten together with Colts QB Andrew Luck yet, but they will after next week’s minicamp and before training camp
Colts WR Austin Collie shared dinner with Andrew Luck recently. One aspect of developing chemistry.
And last but not least, from Phil B. Wilson (@pwilson24):
#Colts rookie TE Dwayne Allen catches TD pass off deflection, goes airborne for chest bump from OG Mike McGlynn.
The Colts will have a mandatory mini-camp next week June 12-14. All players will attend, including Mr. Andrew Luck (no, he does NOT have to be under contract to attend, contrary to some reports. A deal very well may be signed by that point, however). On June 13 the practice will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium and will be free to the public from 11:30 to 6:00. It will also include a select-a-seat season ticket promotion. For details head here.