ANDERSON, Ind. —
The moving trucks are packed, and the Colts will head back to Indianapolis immediately following today’s 9:30 a.m. practice.
But not all of the team’s staff is anxious to see training camp end.
Head coach Jim Caldwell said he’s rather enjoyed his time in Anderson and will be sorry to leave camp behind.
“I really like it, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s rather regimented, and I tend to like sort of regimented atmospheres.”
Clark looking for improvement
Saturday’s preseason opener in St. Louis didn’t end well for the Colts, with a 33-10 loss.
The team hosts the Washington Redskins for its second exhibition game Friday.
A victory isn’t necessarily the top priority, but progress certainly is.
“We got to be smart, it’s only the second preseason game so we can’t really just go out there (and play the starters),” tight end Dallas Clark said. “You got to realize and look at the big picture and know there are bigger games down the road. Just get as much as you can get out of it. But the big picture is getting the younger guys more reps and having them improve. Go out there and make more plays than they did last week. I think we got a lot of good work in from last week and good corrections, and hopefully we see those carry over and guys not make the same mistakes and go out there and do their job.”
Bullitt takes over as starting safety
With former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders now plying his trade in San Diego, fifth-year safety Melvin Bullitt entered training camp as a starter for the first time.
He’s seen plenty of playing time, and made plenty of starts, as Sanders dealt with injuries over the years. So the adjustment into a leadership role hasn’t been as shocking as it might otherwise have been.
“I’m not certain that it’s changed much for him because he has always played the same spot for the most part,” Caldwell said. “He obviously has gotten, I think, a more of a solidified position because he came in as a backup in certain situations. Well, obviously he is no longer in that role. He’s in a leadership role, the pole position. He’s taken advantage of that.”