Colts gearing up for first preseason contest
As the Colts wrap up week two of training camp at Anderson University, they’re ready to go head-to-head against an opponent not wearing blue and white. After facing one another through seven grueling days of camp, the Colts are gearing up to face the Packers in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game. They’ll have just one more practice on Friday in Anderson before that first preseason contest against Green Bay.
Although it will be Andrew Luck’s first time facing an opponent since November, and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton says the Colts quarterback is back and better than ever.
“He’s changed a lot of things with his footwork, his delivery,” Hilton said. “He’s just working hard. He’s getting the ball out quicker. He’s making sure guys are in the right spots. He’s checking the protection, making sure guys are picking up the blitz or stunts or whatever they’re doing.”
The offense is working under a new install, as Rob Chudzinski begins his first full season as offensive coordinator. Coach Chud is also encouraged by Luck’s progress and adaptation to the playbook
“With Andrew, he embraces anything and everything that has to do with work,” Chudzinski said. “He’s been working diligently at that and you see the strides out there in practice and I think that we’ll see those as the season comes around.”
With Clayton Geathers continuing to nurse an injury, rookie T.J. Green has been getting plenty of reps in camp and will be ready if called upon to start on Sunday.
“I’m just looking forward to going out there and making plays and showing these coaches what I can do for them,” Green said.
Despite his rookie status, the safety out of Clemson is eager to make an impact.
“I’m confident in my abilities and what I can do so I’m just ready to get out there and play,” Green said.
Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino has been impressed with Green’s ability to adapt to the playbook thus far.
“What matters to me is that he’s out there and he’s growing every day and he’s learning every day,” Monachino said. “He’s communicating every practice in every play and every period. Sure it’s been great to force feed him a little bit more because it’s forced him to grow.”
The Colts will practice in Anderson on Friday from 1:55 to 4:40pm, then depart for Canton, Ohio on Saturday. They’ll kick off against the Packers at 8 pm on Sunday.