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State of the Colts - Training Camp Preview
David Dorey
July 24, 2009
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This series of analysis on the 32 NFL teams takes a look at where teams have been over the last three years for each position - where they have ranked in the most notable categories and the hard statistics produced. This is to give a view of each team heading into training camp and what they most likely need to improve on this season and where their strengths lie that likely won't need any changes. Ending each team review is a brief summation of what to watch in training camp in August to uncover those developing situations that you can take advantage. Combining where teams have come from and what they have done in free agency and the NFL draft gives you the very same thing that NFL coaches are looking at as they attempt to improve their team for 2009.
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Training Camp Opens: August 2
Head Coach: Jim Caldwell (1st year)
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium (Retractable Roof)  Surface: FieldTurf
2009 Schedule   2009 Roster   2008 Statistics   2008 Record: 12-4

QB Carries Rush YD Rush TD Pass Comp Comp % Pass YD YPP Pass TD Int Rank YD Rank TD
2006 23 36 4 557 362 65% 4397 12.1 31 9 2 1
2007 26 -9 3 551 355 64% 4172 11.8 32 14 8 5
2008 25 29 1 585 393 67% 4180 10.6 27 12 5 6

Quarterback - Peyton Manning stands an excellent chance of being the starting quarterback for the 12th straight season (should all gambling be this easy). While Manning may seem to jump around from between the 1st and 5th best quarterback each year, that's mostly him remaining just the same and everyone else changing around him. Marvin Harrison is finally and officially gone now so Manning has Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez as main targets along with Dallas Clark. The Colts drafted Austin Collie to eventually challenge for the slot role but in the end, this team starts and ends with Manning. And he'll make do with whatever he has to work with.

RB Carries Rush YD YPC Rush TD Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD Rcv TD Rank YD Rank TY Rank TD
2006 416 1726 4.1 13 97 76 78% 576 1 13 16 14
2007 447 1746 3.9 17 94 62 66% 500 5 9 14 2
2008 345 1245 3.6 12 108 79 73% 615 5 29 28 13

Running Backs - This is where all the interest lies for the summer. Joseph Addai comes off a horrible, injury-ridden season where he failed to break 1000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. It was basically half what he had managed in his first two seasons and led the Colts to procure Donald Brown with their 1.27 pick in the draft since the rushing game fell apart without a healthy Addai or decent backup. Going into camp, it is Addai as the starter and Brown as the expected relief player at a minimum. But a great showing by Brown could go as far as to reverse the roles - it just all depends. Both backs were first round picks and Addai alone was a problem last year. Chances are at least one of the runners will prove to be very undervalued in fantasy drafts this year unless they truly split everything.

WR Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 325 200 62% 2873 14.4 23 6 2
2007 299 188 63% 2564 13.6 15 9 14
2008 324 204 63% 2477 12.1 15 11 10

Wide Receivers - With Harrison clearly out of the picture, Reggie Wayne should have free reign to be the stud on this team and after five straight 1000 yard seasons, there's no reason to not expect this will be his sixth. Anthony Gonzalez enters his third season and if any third-year player breaks out, it would probably be Gonzalez playing with Manning. So far he's been locked around 600 yards in his first two years but should, could and must step up for 2009. Austin Collie was drafted to compete for the slot role which will more likely end up with Pierre Garcon or Roy Hall for this year. Harrison has really not been a factor for two years in Indianapolis anyway, this is the same set of players other than Collie.

TE Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 133 85 64% 946 11.1 6 6 12
2007 164 107 65% 1123 10.5 12 4 1
2008 149 109 73% 1090 10 7 5 7

Tight Ends
- Dallas Clark comes off a career best season when he had 848 yards on 77 catches and scored six times. Clark is a trusted outlet for Manning and a reason why Gonzalez may not become a viable fantasy starter. When Harrison left the picture for the last two years, more than anyone it was Clark who filled in.

Training Camp Fantasy Angle - The passing game seems like it would worth noting in August but the reality is that it should resemble 2008 with Wayne and Clark leading the way and Gonzalez playing third fiddle. But the backfield has to be watched to see what Donald Brown can do since whenever Indy uses a back more than just split carries, there is fantasy value to be had. While it is likely the veteran Addai will maintain a primary role, Brown could make a case for more work and in the end, the best player plays. Training camp will help determine exactly who that is.

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