A busy NFL free agency period for the Indianapolis Colts over the winter, which saw the team add running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Andre Johnson, among others, gave way to the NFL Draft over the weekend, where Indy continued its roster transformation.
The club acquired wide receiver Phillip Dorsett/Miami (Fla.) in Round 1, cornerback D’Joun Smith/Florida Atlantic and defensive end Henry Anderson/Stanford in Round 3, safety Clayton Geathers/Central Florida in Round 4, defensive tackle David Parry/Stanford in Round 5, running back Josh Robinson/Mississippi State and linebacker Amarlo Herrera/Georgia in Round 6 and offensive lineman Denzell Good/Mars Hill with its final pick in Round 7.
Here’s what’s in store for the team leading up to the 2015 regular season opener, 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13 at Buffalo.
1. The rookies will get right to work
The 2015 draft class will be at the Colts’ facility on 56th Street in Indianapolis for rookie mini-camp, Friday through Monday.
Only the rookies, including undrafted free agents, will be on hand with the coaches. The Indianapolis roster will likely be nearing the 90-man mark by the time the team inks its undrafted free agents in the coming days. Rosters must be cut to 53 players for the start of the regular season.
The Colts, like most NFL teams, will make at least a few veteran cuts by June 1, after which signing bonuses for players still on the roster will count toward the salary cap.
The NFL-wide rookie symposium is June 21 to 27 in Aurora, Ohio.
The Colts will hold their training camp at Anderson University for a sixth straight year.
Camp will begin in mid-to-late-July and continue into August, with the Colts expected to announce an exact schedule soon.
Most training camp activities are free to fans, although Anderson University charges for parking. Among offerings for fans is Colts City, which includes inflatables, autographs from cheerleaders, Colts Pro Shop, concessions and interactive booths. Player autographs are also typically available.
Anderson University first hosted the Indianapolis Colts training camp in 1984, following the team’s move to Indianapolis, and continued to host through 1998. The Colts held training camp at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, then returned to Anderson University in 2010.
3. Tune-ups begin
The Colts will open their preseason slate Aug. 16 against Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, where Tim Tebow, if he is still on the roster, could see action at quarterback for the home team. Chicago will visit Lucas Oil Stadium Aug. 22 for the Colts’ preaseason home opener. Indy will travel St. Louis on Aug. 29 to take on the Rams, then close out the preseason Sept. 3 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, in an exhibition tradition for both squads. The two teams have met in the preseason every year but one since 1992.
Following the Colts’ regular season opener at Buffalo, they’ll return home in Week 2 for a Monday Night Football date with the New York Jets, Sept. 21.