ANDERSON, Ind. — The trend in the NFL has been toward teams staying home for training camp. In fact, now more than half the league's 32 teams train at their year-round facility.
But Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano sees benefit in camping away from home, and he's happy to be back at Anderson University this summer.
"We're just excited to be here," Pagano said after Sunday morning's walkthrough in Macholtz Stadium. "Hats off and many thanks to everybody here at the University of Anderson that helped to set this up. This is a huge undertaking when you move and you go away to camp. We love going away to camp. I think we're one of only 13 teams left in the league that are going away to camp.
"But this is a necessary evil, so to speak, as Robert Mathis can put it so eloquently. It's a necessary evil. It's a great time for us to come together as a team, keep building the family atmosphere that we have around here, get the competition going."
This is the fourth straight summer the Colts have trained in Anderson, and the 19th time overall. The team likely will announce sometime next spring whether it will return to campus for a 20th time next summer.
On the sideline
The Colts entered training camp with three players — running back Ahmad Bradshaw, inside linebacker Pat Angerer and defensive end Fili Moala — on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and a fourth — rookie safety John Boyett — on the non-football injury list.
In addition to those players, nose tackle Brandon McKinney and rookie offensive guard Hugh Thornton did not participate in practice Sunday afternoon. Thornton wore a walking boot on his right foot.
Updates on both players are expected Monday.
Ready for duty?
Outside linebacker Josh McNary was not discharged from his position as an Army lieutenant in time to participate in last month's mini-camp. But the Colts are optimistic the Black Knights' all-time leader in career sacks will soon join them for training camp.
"He's going to be here, hopefully, by Tuesday," Grigson said. "We got to get all that squared away. With the military, each case is a little bit different. So we have to make sure we're in tune with the league and our government and military and make sure we don't upset anybody. But we're looking forward to finally having Josh in here."
Finding talent everywhere
Former professional rugby player Daniel Adongo faces an uphill battle in training camp. The native of Kenya has never played a down of American football, and he's likely competing for one of eight spots on the team's in-season practice squad.
But Grigson sees athletic traits he thinks can help Adongo to succeed in the NFL, and he said he'll keep looking for talent overseas even though it's not an easy process.
"Really, overseas, you're not able to scout because there's no more NFL Europe," Grigson said. "It's kind of like you have to really do some serious digging and digging and turning over some international rocks, so to speak, to find someone that at least has the body, the attributes and the traits that may transition or may not. So we're just taking a stab at it."