The plan the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff is taking this week during the rookie mini-camp is pretty simple: throw as much information at the rookies, and see what sticks.
"We saw a lot of mistakes this morning in the film room from yesterday," said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano.
The rookies had day two of their rookie mini-camp at the Colts practice complex Saturday afternoon, taking in a full practice of walk-throughs. During breaks various positions broke off into seperate areas, leaving one Colts rookie all by himself. Rookie running back Vick Ballard was chosen 170th in the fifth round, and is the only running back at the camp.
"I kind of like it," said Ballard. "I get a lot of one-on-one actually with the coach. And I get more reps, and it enables me to learn a lot faster."
Pagano is happy with the progress he sees out of the young back, though he admits Ballard has some fine-tuning to do like everyone else.
"He is doing well," said Pagano. "Like all of them, it is a learning process and a learning curve for him as far as terminology. But as far as the run game goes he is spectacular. He is a gifted guy with a lot of talen that can do a lot of things. There are a lot of protections that are new to him from college, but just picking up the mental part of it, but once he gets that down, he'll be able to go faster."
Also making progress in day two is number-one overall pick Andrew Luck, who through Saturday seems more than happy with the time he is able to dedicate to learning the offense.
"I think just having these X-amount of hour work days that are non-stop is a barrage of information," said Luck. "Yeah you aren't going to get 100% of it, but as much as you can get it, it helps a lot. I am really thankful of being here to have this information overload."
Pagano has seen improvements from the first day to the second.
"He'll be the first to say he's spinning too," said Pagano.
"But I think he's doing a great job picking up the terminology, lingo, and obviousily like I said, for Andrew, Chandler, and the rest of the guys, having the chance to go in there and look at that tape from yesterday and ingest the stuff from today has been great for him."
Pagano also commented on the positives and potential he has seen out of Florida International rookie T.Y. Hilton, though Hilton is currently nursing quad injury.
The Colts return for one final day of mini-camp on Sunday.