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Colts diary: Colts camp opens at Anderson University

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Colts training camp preparations at Anderson University. Colts training camp preparations at Anderson University.
Reggie Wayne and Ed Carpenter Reggie Wayne and Ed Carpenter
ANDERSON, Ind. -

For the fourth year in a row, the Colts have opened up shop at Anderson University. But this year will be unlike anything this edition of the Colts has ever seen.

For the past two seasons, Indy has operated well under the national radar. Those days are gone. Over the off-season, USA Today predicted the Colts to go to the Super Bowl in Arizona. Unlike most media types, I refuse to make championship predictions before a single meaningful snap has been taken (Unless you’re St. Louis, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Buffalo or Miami. We know y’all ain’t going to the playoffs.)

But these predictions mean teams are once again marking their schedules for the Colts. Whether it's for a chance to knock-off one of the best young QBs in the game or contain Robert Mathis, Indy is back in that Super Bowl conversation. And the biggest test early will be to see how this team can deal with this added distraction.

Let’s be honest: vets from the old regime and Andrew Luck will handle this newfound attention fine. Over the past two seasons, Andrew has proven himself to be a rock for this franchise. But he needs the help of 52 other men to achieve the desired goal. Therein lies the intrigue of this 2014 team. Can they balance talent, skill and expectations to make this a truly a super season here in Indy?

We’ll soon find out. Football season is here!

NOTES:

For the last five years and some years before that, fans have flocked to Anderson University to watch the Colts team as they begin training camp.

Reggie Wayne's arrival was perhaps the most dramatic - in Ed Carpenter's car. Wayne says it was the best arrival ever!

Preparations have been underway this week at Anderson's Macholtz Stadium as painters striped the field and workers erected temporary bleachers to accommodate the fans who will come to watch practice.

"We have thousands of visitors that come every year from all over the area, as well as neighboring states and faraway places," said Chris Williams with Anderson University. "They come to visit Anderson's campus, the city and to see the camp. The economic impact is substantial."

Last year's camp attracted more than 40,000 fans with an estimated economic impact of $6 million.

The Colts' first open practice is Thursday.

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