It wasn’t just any Monday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The day after Easter was the first day of offseason workouts for the Indianapolis Colts.
“Fresh faces and a fresh start, it’s kind of like the first day of school,” said safety Darius Butler. “It’s great to be back, just to be back in the locker room around the guys and around the coaches.”
The boys are back in town. And they’re ready to get down to business.
“We will be better than we were last year – I can guarantee that,” said defensive end Kendall Langford.
For some players, it wasn’t much of a change from the offseason.
“The stereotypical NFL player is a cool guy that likes to get in warm weather and go to the night clubs. The opposite of that is our offensive line room,” said guard Jack Mewhort. “We don’t have a ton going on socially. So, we like to hang out with each other and we enjoy each other… I mean, that’s all we do pretty much – laugh, hang out, and eat.”
In shirts that read “Own It,” the players did just that – and got to work.
“Guys just have to come in, put in hard work, and we started off today with a great turnout of guys who showed up,” said Langford. “I think we probably had about everybody that’s on the roster right now, so that’s a good sign.”
There were some new faces. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was one of them.
“First meetings went well. It was nice and it’s nice to be here,” he said. “I am really excited.”
He’s also ready to prove himself – as is wide receiver Kamar Aiken.
“If any guy in that room isn’t looking at being the guy and looking to play, then this isn’t a league for you in general. I am coming in looking to play. This is a talented group. I have to find my spot or find where I fit in.”
“I think that’s everybody’s mindset here, especially if you’re new – to earn the respect and the trust of your peers. And I’m committed to doing that,” said linebacker Sean Spence.
After battling back from injury, defensive tackle Henry Anderson, now in his third season, hopes to play like a veteran while feeling like a rookie – at least physically.
“I am definitely looking forward to being out there 100 percent and playing like I know I can and being a playmaker and making plays.”
And after losing veterans like Robert Mathis, Mike Adams, Joe Reitz, and Pat McAfee, it’s up to all the players to step up and lead.
“I think there are some guys in our locker room, me included, that need to take that next step on the field and off the field as a teammate,” said quarterback Andrew Luck. “There are certainly some holes to fill and places for all of us to grow into and I am excited for that.”
The start of the season is months away.
But the hard work started today.
The boys are back in town – and they’re ready to play!