This is a big problem with respect to Hines' ability to earn playing time as a rookie. We know that coaches do not like to put players on the field who put the ball on the ground. While it does seem like Hines probably just has a case of the yips, it is worth noting that he fumbled seven times in his final two seasons at N.C. State on just 343 combined all-purpose touches. This may be an ongoing issue.
“I was tired, I was exhausted,” Luck told reporters on Monday, according to the team. “I think emotionally I was worn out, and honestly it was probably the redeye home after the game. You know it makes you feel things a little extra, turns the volume up, but I felt physically OK, just energy-wise very low.”
Luck added that he’s comfortable again with short and intermediate routes, and that he’ll now work on improving his accuracy and effectiveness with deeper throws. We had a story earlier this offseason that said Luck expected to be tired, but obviously the key is having no pain in his arm.
The story noted how Cain "had been a standout performer throughout training camp." The Colts' WR depth chart is pretty bare after No. 1 WR T.Y. Hilton. Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers will likely lock up the next two WR spots after Hilton, with rookie Daurice Fountain getting an opportunity for more playing time.
Colts WR Ryan Grant is separating himself from the pack for the WR2 spot, according to the Indy Star beat reporters. He's been consistent and the coaches seem to like what they can get from him every day, they said in a video report.
Related players: Chester Rogers
Rodgers is probably listed as the WR2 on a lot of depth charts but it seems like Grant is making a push for this spot. As the video said, it's still early but it's a situation to keep an eye on as camp progresses. It's more about Grant's ability to be consistent and make plays that seems to be putting him in position to earn the WR2 spot.
Colts owner Jim Irsay is very high on the ‘young explosive playmakers’ for the Colts. That includes Marlon Mack, who Irsay thinks could rush for 1,500 yards, if the second-year runner gets 16–20 carries a game. “I think Mack has a chance to be a special guy this year,” Irsay said. “He’s just better than you think he is every time you watch him play.”
In Frank Reich's last three seasons as an offensive coordinator, the lead RB received less than 16 touches per game, let alone carries. This is likely owner hyperbole, as evidenced by Irsay also calling Jacoby Brissett the best back-up QB in the league (didn't watch the Super Bowl, apparently). However, Mack doesn't need 16-20 carries to return on investment with an ADP near the round 7-8 turn. Frank Gore vacated 290 touches from a year ago. What may be more notable is that Irsay seems to believe Mack is the starting RB. The second-year back is one to monitor this preseason in what could be a potent offense with Andrew Luck's return.
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich has made no secret about his affinity for the tight end position, and a week into training camp, we’re starting to see slivers of how much he envisions using the likes of Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, Erik Swoope, and Ross Travis in the coming weeks and months.
For starters: a lot.
The story said Doyle and Ebron might’ve been the two most active pass-catchers in Tuesday’s workout, and expect Ebron—the free agent from Detroit—to work all over the field. He has lined up on the end of the line, in the slot, out wide, and has even joked about begging Reich for handoffs out of the backfield. Ebron is athletic enough to look like a wide receiver; don’t be surprised if Reich uses him like one come the regular season. Reich comes from the Eagles who used three TEs a lot last year, including Trey Burton, who was the team's third TE.
Luck worked in full on Thursday and Friday before taking a day off from throwing on Saturday as part of the plan to get his right shoulder ready for the regular season. After missing an entire season, Luck said there were times he looked “pretty silly on film” in those two practices but that his arm is “responding well” to the work he’s put in thus far.
Most importantly, the story said, is that his arm isn't hurting when he throws the ball. However, his arm is sore and tired, the QB said. He's expected to play in the team's first preseason game on Aug. 9.
It is not uncommon for starters to not play at all in the first pre-season game, so this is notable in that there is no real pressure to put Luck on the field if he is not ready. Luck looks like all systems go for 2018.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard tells reporters that quarterback Andrew Luck is “good to go” for training camp. He will not have any limitations on the field, but will not throw for seven consecutive days.
Things continue to look up for the Colts star quarterback. He appears to be on-schedule to start in Week 1, which boosts the value of all relevant Colt skill players. Luck has finally cracked the top 12 of quarterback ADP, and it should only rise as we approach September.
Colts running backs coach Tom Rathman reiterated that the team does not plan on utilizing a bell cow running back in 2018.
"You’re not going to have a bell cow, so to speak, a guy that’s going to carry the load," Rathman said. "We’ve got a lot of different styles, and I think anytime you have a lot of different styles, you want to try to utilize that. So you run one of the players with a certain style, and then you change it up the next series, and it keeps the defense on their toes. So that’s what we would anticipate doing."
This has been a constant theme of the offseason for the Colts and new head coach Frank Reich. We should expect a committee in Indianapolis, which makes it difficult to buy Marlon Mack at his late-seventh-round ADP. Rookies Nyheim Hines (14th round) and Jordan Wilkins (17th round) are much more appealing options.
It appears they will be taking place in California this week. Wide receiver Chester Rogers said in a tweet on Sunday that he was on his way to Stanford, where Luck played his college ball and spends time during the offseason.
Related players: T.Y. Hilton
The story said Rogers, who has played one season with Luck, may have the upper hand on the 11 other receivers in camp who have never worked with the QB. Of course, this story is also good news for Luck and any potential fantasy owners.
Colts running backs coach Tom Rathman suggested that Indianapolis will rotate running backs frequently in 2018.
“We’re going to play a lot of running backs,” running backs coach Tom Rathman says. “You’re not going to have a bell cow, so to speak, a guy that’s going to carry the load. We’ve got a lot of different styles and I think anytime you have a lot of different styles, you want to try to utilize that. So you run one of the players with a certain style and then you change it up the next series and it keeps the defense on their toes. So that’s what we would anticipate doing.”
This fits with head coach Frank Reich's history as a coordinator the last four years with both the Eagles and Chargers, and takes some of the shine off of Marlon Mack's eighth-round ADP. Receiver-turned-running back Nyheim Hines appears to be a much better value in round 12. With Andrew Luck back in the fold, you can expect the back who can pass block the best to receive the most playing time.
Robert Turbin announced on Twitter that he will be suspended for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. Adam Schefter confirmed the suspension will be four games in length.
Turbin was expected to fill the "big back" role for the Colts to open the season, but he will now be unable to play until Week 5. That gives Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, and Jordan Wilkins increased opportunities, particularly in goal-line situations. It is possible Turbin returns to no stable role in the offense.
"Yeah, I will,” Luck said. “I won’t divulge too many secrets on that. But I absolutely will. It’s part of the plan.”
This is yet another positive sign for Luck as his rehab continues with eyes on a Week 1 return to the lineup. After being the No. 17 quarterback off the board in May, Luck has risen to No. 13 over the past two weeks. The value window for Luck is closing rapidly.
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