Before we dive into the events at Lucas Oil Stadium, I wanted to share a couple of thoughts about Reggie Wayne and his absence from the team's offseason program.
As most Colts fans know, Wayne released a statement last week saying he and the Colts were in "disagreement" with his contract situation. Wayne has two years left on his deal, but apparently feels the need to renegotiate it now — a not-unheard of thing in NFL circles.
While I won't comment on the merits of Reggie's (or Robert Mathis') claim, I do think this is something we'll see more of around the NFL as training camps approach. With no CBA in place, an uncapped year and a potential work stoppage looming in 2011, players want to try to change the rules, while the team owners — especially the Colts — want to play the same old game.
What should be cause for worry for Colts fans is that it's Reggie Wayne that's upset, and that is bad news for the team's offseason program. Why? Reggie normally trains in Florida, only returning to Indianapolis for mini-camp and training camp, anyway.
Here's the thing: Reggie owned those two events last summer and helped set the tone for a Super Bowl season. At mini-camp at Franklin College in 2009, he was the first one off the bus, charging onto the field with a determined look on his face and in the best shape of his life. Once on it, he was the best player there, and there's no doubt he gave the team a spark.
At training camp, he arrived in a dump truck, wearing a hard hat and proclaiming "Super Bowl Under Construction." The blue-collar approach continued throughout camp, as he dazzled fans daily and outclassed most of the team's defensive backs. There's no doubt that Wayne's preparation and leadership were a big part of why the Colts went to the Super Bowl.
I believe — have no doubt, actually — that Wayne will be in a Horseshoe when the season begins, and most likely when training camp begins. But I also believe that the foundation for a special season can be laid as far back as June. It doesn't have to be, but it can. Last year, it was. This year? We'll have to see if there's any long-term impact. My hunch is no, and that this whole problem gets straightened out by training camp.
Onto my notes from Saturday's 105-minute practice at Lucas Oil Stadium. As always, you wish you could see more, and Lucas Oil made for a bit of a less intimate setting than Franklin College or training camp, but here's what I did see, in no particular order:
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