ANDERSON, Ind. (Aug. 5, 2015) – Andre Johnson and Frank Gore have been exactly what the Indianapolis Colts need.
That’s the word from IndyStar Colts Insider Stephen Holder, who joined Indy Sports Central’s Chris Hagan for Wednesday’s edition of Colts Camp Live.
“We’ve talked day after day about Andre Johnson,” Holder said. “He’s been one of the stars of this camp.
“The guy has not been a disappointment. The two acquisitions, Frank Gore and Andre Johnson, have been everything we expected them to be coming into this training camp.”
Holder said the defense is also making some strides.
“I think we’ve also seen the defense be really active, getting a lot of hands on footballs. Certainly Matt Hasselbeck has had a hard time with them. Andrew Luck’s been a little cleaner.”
Hagan and Holder discussed the injury to running back Vick Ballard, who’s battling a hamstring injury. Ballard missed the bulk of the past two seasons with injuries and wants to come back strong.
Cornerback Darius Butler joined the program to talk about the Colts defense and the start of training camp.
“Camp is really about getting back in the groove of things, being around the guys pretty much around the clock and building that camaraderie.”
Butler says players really haven’t been in pads since January, so they’re eager to get to work for the Wednesday night practice. He said the team is doing its best to avoid distractions.
“You gotta block it out. During camp, it’s easy to block it out because you have so much going on,” Butler said. “During the season, (you see things) on SportsCenter or FOX59 or NFL Network, it’s constant news with Twitter and social media. You got to block these things out—even family members.”
Butler says the team has been “building the monster.”
“We’ve taken steps every year,” Butler told Indy Sports Central. “We have all the pieces in place to make that run. We should have the confidence as the team—we have to get over certain humps—we’re confident in that. That’s what training camp is all about.”
Butler also said the players look forward to the night practice just as much as fans.
“As a player, I remember being on the other side of the fence, you know, watching players and being excited to be there. And for us, we still get excited,” Butler said. “When there’s fans, the lights are on at night, a little extra juice gets flowing, a little more competition (for players).”
You can catch “Colts Camp Live” with Indy Sports Central’s Chris Hagan Monday through Friday until the Colts break camp. You’ll find it on IndySportsCentral.com, FOX59.com and IndyStar.com at 11:45 a.m.