ANDERSON, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts return to training camp for the 2016-2017 football season, and that also marks the return of Colts Camp Live at Anderson University.
The web-only program will give viewers an all-access look at the team as our experts from FOX59 and the Indy Star break down position battles, injuries and roster moves before the NFL season kicks off. Players will also join us for exclusive interviews about their expectations for the season. Defensive tackle David Parry joined Friday's episode along with the Indy Star's Stephen Holder and Colts.com's Kevin Bowen.
Parry echoed the sentiments of wide receiver Phillip Dorsett when he told the hosts that year two was easier to prepare for than year one. He has a better sense of what the team expects and the demands of training camp compared to his rookie year.
There are other benefits, too.
“You also don’t have to carry the vets’ pads in after practice,” he said. “It’s definitely nice not being a rookie and coming out here just to work.”
Parry said practices have been good at the start of training camp, but he’s excited to get some work in with full pads Friday.
“Once the pads come on, it’s real football. Everybody gets a little more juiced, a little more excited.”
As a rookie, Parry started all 16 games for the Colts. The fifth-round pick said starting all those games was a nice accomplishment, but he’s hoping to make a name for himself and become a dominant player in his own right.
“I don’t have the size that some the massive nose tackles have. Instead I have some more quickness and some more speed, and I want to be able to utilize that whether it’s versus the run or the pass and be a well-rounded player,” he said.
He acknowledged that last season was a disappointment for the team, which finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time since Andrew Luck was drafted. He hopes hard work in the offseason and camp will make for a more successful 2016-2017 campaign.
Holder and Bowen discussed the Colts’ running game. Both anticipated a stronger effort this year. While Frank Gore gave it his best, injuries and changes on the offensive line made it hard for him to find much running room last year.
With the addition of new center Ryan Kelly, the analysts believe Gore is set for a much better season this time around. Holder noted Gore’s intensity.
“It is truly a unique mentality that he brings to the game. When you’re in the locker room after a loss, do not go to Frank Gore’s locker,” Holder said. “He just hates to lose. He hates to lose and he hates when he feels like he hasn’t done his part or when there was more that could’ve been done.”
As for Kelly, the new Colts center, Bowen, Whitaker and Holder believe he’ll anchor the offensive line and bring continuity to a unit that’s struggled ever since Luck arrived. They’re interested to see how he’ll perform in practice once players don full pads.
Holder said the team needs "clarity" on the offensive line once they get out of the preseaon
And has Andrew Luck slimmed down? All three analysts think so, saying Luck is showing a leaner look this year. The quarterback won’t say if that’s the case, however.
You’ll find Colts Camp Live from 11:45 a.m. to noon on the following days:
- Wednesday 7/27 - With guest Jack Mewhort
- Thursday 7/28 - With guest Phillip Dorsett
- Friday 7/29
- Monday 8/1
- Tuesday 8/2
- Thursday 8/4
- Friday 8/5
- Tuesday 8/9
- Wednesday 8/10
Training camp began on July 27 and wraps up Aug. 11. You’ll find a list of training camp activities at the Colts website.