Colts ‘love it here’ with one week remaining at Westfield
WESTFIELD, Ind. –The Colts could have returned to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center after wrapping up their preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday. But the team is still based at Grand Park in Westfield for another week for one overriding reason, as head coach Frank Reich explained:
So the Colts headed to the Grand Park training grounds on Tuesday for their final days at their home away from home in suburban northern Indianapolis, where they have been stationed since the last week of July. The Colts will practice again Wednesday and Thursday at Grand Park before their preseason finale at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, then return to 56th Street.
“We could come back a week earlier, but administratively with the number of guys we have and the setup we have, it makes sense to stay here,” Reich said. “The players like it here, the coaches like it here.”
Plus, spending this week at Westfield means one less week of wear and tear at the team’s training grounds, Reich said.
But the Colts are extremely grateful for the opportunity they have at Westfield – and are relishing the opportunity to put their team in front of the fans for nearly a month before the regular season.
“We thank Westfield, and I’ve seen the mayor (Andy Cook) here and what a great job they’re doing for us,” Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said on Tuesday’s episode of the Official Colts Podcast. . “And for me, it’s so powerful to be in training camp, to be at a scrimmage – you know, my 51st season, and it brings back memories, the best memories of my life being in camps training from the start with Johnny Unitas has returned to Golden, Colorado.”
Other news, notes and observations from Tuesday’s practice:
- There were a lot of details situational work during the second half of the afternoon, including some late game scenarios where the offense played a play and then sprinted the field goal unit for a try as time expired.
- “We feel good where we are” said Reich. “I think you can get an idea – the level of focus, the level of effort, really the execution in training today was really good in all three phases. It gives you a sense of confidence that we are We have work to do this week and next week before we go into game week mode.”
- JoJo Domann, undrafted free agent linebacker nearly went down with an interception seven-for-seven; companion undrafted free agent linebacker Sterling Weatherford had an interception later in 11-on-11.
- Quarterback Matt Ryan connection with wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. looked as strong as ever over a couple of 11-on-11 periods.
- Quarterback Nick Foles found tight end Jelani Woods for a big seven-on-seven win. He connected with wide receiver Mike Strachan in a period of haste and then found wide receiver Ashton Dulin for a touchdown in last-second 11-on-11 work.