League rules prohibit the Colts from holding any more formal practices before training camp begins. But there's no rule against informal get-togethers like the one Wayne has planned.
"You gotta stay in the mental part," Pagano said. "You gotta stay in the physical part. You can't just stop. As coaches and as players, if you get totally away from it, you're going to come back and you're going to be lost. You don't want to come to training camp and use training camp as a means to get in shape. You don't want to use training camp as a means to relearn the playbook."
Pagano said he is happy with the work his players put in this week. He saw progress beginning with the final three days of organized team activities last week, and the Colts continued to build on that momentum. The only thing that can derail a successful training camp and start to the season, he said, is an off-field distraction.
Toward that end, he told the players to make "great choices" during their time off and spend time catching up with their families.
The next six weeks will be a chance for everyone in the organization to recharge their batteries and get prepared for the long grind ahead. But the work of Grigson and his scouts to improve the team, and the effort put forth so far by the players, has many people anxious to get the real season started.
The team provided a preview of things to come during an open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday night, and it left even the general manager excited about the future.
"Seeing some of this team's speed, seeing the size of our team now, it's markedly bigger, stronger and faster than it was last year," Grigson said. "It's exciting because you want to see it with the pads on. That's the whole deal. This is excellent to get a little bit of a taste, but this is a very, very small taste of real football."