Finish strong -- Quarterback Andrew Luck knows the importance of finishing mini-camp on a high note.
“I think momentum is overrated but to build some good mojo going into the break is definitely important,” he said.
While Luck will take some time off from football with the end of mini-camp, he will be ready when it’s time to report for training camp at Anderson University.
“I’m glad to have gone through it last year. And you lean on the older guys, the vets. How long should I take off? When do I take off? What to do? And that I think is good with all the communication in the locker room. It works out alright,” he said.
Big in the middle -- The Colts will be considerable bigger up front on defense than in past years, particularly at nose tackle.
Veterans Aubrayo Franklin and Brandon McKinney, along with second-year lineman Josh Chapman, gives Indianapolis plenty of beef. Chapman did not play as a rookie after suffering a knee injury his final season at Alabama.
“Yeah, you love Aubrayo coming is just from a leadership role. Mentorship, I mean. He knows how to play the game. He’s got tons of snaps under his belt, obviously great experience. He’s going to be a great mentor to Chappy [Chapman],” Pagano voiced.
“And Chappy’s like sticking a 700 or 800-pound safe in the middle. You’re not going to move him. Someone tries to come in the house and take the safe, it ain’t happening. So he’s going to demand double-teams in there. Aubray’s going to do that.”
McKinney has seen limited on-field work during the mandatory three-day mini-camp. He underwent knee surgery in training camp last year.
“B-Mac’s going to be back from [knee surgery]. He’ll be ready hopefully by training camp,” the Colts coach said.