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.
Offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark joined the program for Monday’s edition. Clark said the biggest difference between college and pro football is the ability to focus solely on football. In college, he said, players also have to worry about class and extracurricular activities.
One thing the Colts noted about Clark, who anchored the offensive line for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, was his long arms.
“It allows me to create separation,” Clark said. “I can easily pass things off and keep guys out of my chest and upper body.”
When asked if he could pick a favorite part of training camp, Clark said he didn’t enjoy a particular part more than others. He enjoys staying busy and getting the repetitions in. Preseason games allow him to go up against someone else.
Clark also talked about Joe Philbin, the new offensive coach brought in after last season. Philbin, who spent several years with the Miami Dolphins, has been demanding of his players, Clark said.
“When we have our individual drills, he does not believe in standing around,” Clark said. “He wants us already set up before coaches can legally be out there with us. He wants us to have our drills set up and ready and waiting on him so as soon as the clock goes, we’re starting. He’s a great coach and he stays on us.”
Outside of football, Clark described himself as an outdoorsman who likes to hunt and fish. He also enjoys working with his hands and building furniture. He said former Colts linebacker David Thornton has been helping the rookies transition to life after college by assisting in finding places to live and providing other advice.
Once Clark departed, the Colts Camp Live crew—FOX59’s Chris Hagan, Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen and the Indy Star’s Zak Keefer—discussed the team’s first preseason game, which is Sunday in the NFL Hall of Fame Game. The Colts will take on the Green Bay Packers.
All three said it would be interesting to see if any of the players who stood out in camp would also stand out during the preseason game. Earlier Monday, coach Chuck Pagano said everyone would play in Sunday’s game, including quarterback Andrew Luck. The starters won’t likely play much, but they will see action.
The hosts said the Hall of Fame Game has special meaning for the Colts franchise this year. Two former Colts, coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, will be enshrined in Canton.
Keefer and Bowen both said it would be difficult for any team to repeat the success of those Dungy teams led by quarterback Peyton Manning.
“I don’t think fans understood how good it was to have a hall of fame quarterback (Manning), a hall of fame receiver (Harrison), a hall of fame coach (Dungy), a hall of fame general manager (Bill Polian)) and a a running back (Edgerrin James) who’s right on the edge (of being in the hall of fame),” Keefer said.
Hagan said fans and owner Jim Irsay became a little spoiled by that unprecedented run of success. The Colts made the playoffs in 14 of 16 seasons, missing out when Manning missed an entire season and Luck missed most of one.
Bowen said the expectation is to win the division, make the playoffs and see what happens.
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 – With guest David Parry
- 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.