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Skai Moore of the Indianapolis Colts chose family above football last year, according to Kravitz.

INDIA, WESTFIELD
— Skai Moore isn’t a professional football player, at least not in the NFL.
He entered the league as an undrafted linebacker out of South Carolina in 2018 and has spent the most of his time on the practice squad in Indianapolis.
Moore, along with former Colts player Marvell Tell and now-former Colt Roland Milligan (who was recently cut), chose to be among the 67 NFL players who opted out last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moore elected to wait out a season that would have counted toward his crucial pension, which kicks in after three years on either the active roster or injured reserve.
Moore had two years left on his contract at the time, unlike DeForest Buckner or Darius Leonard, who are stars who know that if they sit out a season, they will return with plenty of job security and the promise of future riches.Someone like Moore, a man on the fringes of the roster, had no idea how all of this would play out, how the Colts would react, or how it would affect his scouting report.
“But, it was difficult.”
“That was both difficult and not difficult.”

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The Indianapolis Colts have signed long-term contracts with coach Frank Reich and general manager Chris Ballard.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich (center) poses with owner Jim Irsay (left) and general manager Chris Ballard. Reich and Ballard have inked contract extensions that will keep them in Indianapolis through the 2026 season.
Club owner Jim Irsay aligned their contracts this offseason, claiming that the shared goal between his executives has reignited interest in the franchise.
“We have as great a general manager-head coach combination as there is in the NFL in Chris Ballard and Frank Reich, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have them guiding our team,” Irsay said in a statement.
“I genuinely believe this football team is on the verge of something special, and it’s all thanks to the culture both of them have fostered during their time with the Horseshoe.”
“Whether we’re advancing toward the playoffs or confronting adversity, whether we’re building our roster or making a impact in the community, we have the right leaders in Chris and Frank.”
If healthy, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers, and Carson Wentz will be the starting quarterbacks in Indianapolis.
Today’s session was extremely enticing.
All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson, linebacker Darius Leonard, and running back Jonathan Taylor are among Ballard’s clear draft hits. pic.twitter.com/B2UAPI00oa — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 11, 2021
“I truly believe that as we enter this decade, sitting here in 2021, you will witness a golden age blossom,” Irsay remarked in March.
“With all my heart and soul, I believe it.”
There are compelling reasons to believe it.
If you go to people around the league and know what I’m talking about, they’ll agree with what I’m saying when it comes to Chris Ballard and Frank Reich, and the expectations we have for both of them guiding the franchise into this decade.”

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Carson Wentz, who is allegedly ahead of schedule due to Quenton Nelson’s injury, might start for the Colts in Week 1.

While Nelson has established himself as an exceptional talent at his position and is capable of overcoming any bumps and bruises accrued over the course of a 17-game season, the same cannot be said for Wentz.
During his stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, Wentz’s lengthy injury history cost him a lot of playing time.
After a catastrophic 2020 campaign in which he forced his way out of Philadelphia, Wentz will be eager to shed his injury-prone reputation and show he can thrive in a reunion with Reich.
The Colts have one of the best-built organizations in the league, so Wentz’s return is unlikely to be a disaster.
They must, however, be patient and keep in mind the long-term vision, not only for the coming years, but also for the 2021 season as a whole.
With an extra game on the schedule, Wentz will have his work cut out for him if he wants to play the entire season.
If Ehlinger or Eason can step in for a week or two and help the club play winning football while relying on Jonathan Taylor’s rushing assault and a strong Colts defense, it may buy Wentz some time to recover.
It’s also worth noting that Wentz’s injury is tied to a preexisting sickness, whereas Nelson’s isn’t.
All the more reason to be extra cautious if at all possible.
Additionally, the AFC South is one of the poorest divisions in the league, so as long as Wentz doesn’t miss more than two games and continues to perform at the level he did under Reich’s tutelage with the Eagles, Indy may still be in contention for the playoffs and the division title.

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Despite a foot issue, Carson Wentz is expected to play in Week 1 for the Colts.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, both Colts quarterback Carson Wentz and All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson are expected to play against the Seahawks in Week 1 as they recuperate from recent foot injuries.
Both Wentz and Nelson were expected to be out for five to twelve weeks after undergoing comparable procedures, according to the team.
On August 2, Wentz had surgery, while Nelson had surgery on August 3.
The Colts want to have a clearer idea of both players’ rehabilitation condition once they pass the two-week post-surgery mark, according to ESPN.
In Wentz’s absence, Sam Ehlinger, a sixth-round rookie, and Jacob Eason, a fourth-round pick in 2020, are splitting first-team snaps in practice.
In Wentz’s absence, head coach Frank Reich had earlier stated that Eason was in the “driver’s seat” to be the starter.
After being traded from the Eagles in the summer, Wentz is in his first training camp with the Colts.
Once the Eagles selected him with the No. 1 overall pick, he spent the first five years of his career in Philadelphia.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft
Nelson is the number one.
In each of his first three seasons, he has been awarded first-team All-Pro and has appeared in the Pro Bowl.
In his NFL career, he has yet to miss a game.
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Sam Ehlinger, the Colts’ rookie quarterback, is taking first-team reps.

Soon after starting quarterback Carson Wentz of the Indianapolis Colts underwent “very successful” surgery to heal a foot injury that could keep him out until the start of the regular season, Colts coach Frank Reich stated that 2020 fourth-round draft pick Jacob Eason would be the team’s starting quarterback until Wentz recovers.
It appears like a lot can happen in a week.
Sam Ehlinger, a rookie and sixth-round draft pick, had reps with the Indy first-team offense on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Mike Wells and NFL Media.
“Jacob (Eason) didn’t do anything illegal,” Reich clarified.
“We decided to split it up because this is a meritocracy and Sam (Ehlinger) has looked good.”
The good news is that they both appeared to be in top form today.
“We’ll continue to divide those reps,” Reich said, adding that Eason “will probably start” against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, while Ehlinger “will probably come in whenever” later in the game.
While Wentz is out, Wells believes Eason has held on to the football in the pocket for too long in some circumstances and hasn’t done enough to solidify his status atop the depth chart.
If neither Eason nor Ehlinger appear capable of guiding the Colts to regular-season victories by the end of the month, the team may pursue a trade for a proven commodity like current Chicago Bears quarterback and former Wentz backup Nick Foles.

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Is this Indy’s deepest squad in years? Colts 53-man roster projection: Is this Indy’s deepest team in years?

You’re looking at this predicted Colts depth chart incorrectly if you want to focus on individual player placement – who’s the starter and who’s the backup. The competition will sort itself out during training camp, as it always does.
Players report today in Westfield, so that process will begin with Wednesday’s first practice.What you should be focused on right now is something broader: depth.Certainly, great skill may take you a long way in the NFL, but what you should be focused on right now is something broader: depth.
But we frequently overlook the value of depth, a team’s ability to weather the inevitable storms of an NFL season, especially now that the schedule has been expanded to 17 games.And if we’re talking depth, the Colts are in terrific shape.
This is the deepest roster they’ve fielded since the Chris Ballard-Frank Reich era began, and that depth will be one of the team’s pillars.
If the Colts accomplish anything in January, it will almost certainly be due to their depth.With that in mind, let’s get started with our final pre-training camp look at the depth chart.(*-denotes rookie)QuarterbackThis is where it all begins.
There is no disagreement here.
Carson Wentz is in charge.
That’s about the only thing we can be certain of.

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Despite taking the vaccine, Colts head coach Frank Reich tested positive for COVID-19.

Reich’s positive test follows the NFL’s announcement earlier this week that teams with a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players will be required to forfeit postponed games if they cannot be rescheduled within the 18-week timeline.
Any time unvaccinated athletes breach COVID-19 protocols, the league will fine them roughly $15,000.
Vaccination is not necessary for players, but it is mandatory for all NFL Tier 1 personnel, including coaches.
Despite a steady reduction in COVID-19 cases in the United States from April to June, cases are on the rise this month as the more virulent delta variant spreads.
According to WTHR, Indiana is seeing an increase in infections, with 878 new cases reported on July 21.

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Despite being vaccinated, Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich tests positive for COVID-19.

After being vaccinated, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich tested positive for COVID-19.
Reich said in a statement, “I’m fortunate to be fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.”
“I’m feeling good,” Reich said Monday, “and I’m looking forward to returning as soon as I’m medically cleared.” Reich is expected to return to camp next Monday, according to Colts general manager Chris Ballard.
“I believe Frank’s positive test and lack of symptoms proves (vaccination) works,” Ballard added.
“It’s a pity that we’ve politicized something beneficial in our country right now,” sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. When NFL employees returned to work last month, four players and 13 staffers have tested positive with COVID despite being vaccinated.
According to reports, the numbers include positive testing for one player and one staffer this past weekend.
Reich was found to be positive on Thursday or Friday, according to Ballard.
As a precaution, the NFL and NFLPA have discussed increasing the testing frequency for immunized staff and players.
The league and the union also disagree on the usage of wristbands to identify players who have not been vaccinated.
The NFLPA believes it is unnecessary for teams to require players to wear bright colored wristbands.
Despite the fact that Reich will be physically absent from the Colts, he will participate in meetings through Zoom and maintain communication with players and staff.
The squad will not appoint an interim coach.
Because he has more time, special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone will handle things in practice, but he’ll have help from offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.
Mike Wells and Adam Schefter of ESPN contributed to this story.

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What are Carson Wentz’s touchdown totals? Is there a new No. 1 wideout on the way? Five predictions for the Colts in 2021

The NFL offseason is a never-ending series of hot takes about why certain teams or players are either championship-worthy or not worth watching at all. Well, we in the media have seven months to fill, and you, the fan, have shown an insatiable thirst for more of these takes.
Yet, with the Indianapolis Colts reporting to training camp in Westfield on Tuesday, we felt it was past time for some in-depth coverage of your favorite club.
And what do we mean by that? Well, more predictions!
At The Athletic, we keep a close eye on traffic and subscriptions.
And if there’s one thing you people seem to enjoy, it’s making forecasts.
So, who are we to deny you access to the information you desire?
Here are five predictions for the Colts in 2021, without further ado.

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Predictions, previews, team news, and more for Indianapolis Colts Training Camp 2021.

Last season, the Indianapolis Colts enjoyed a successful season.
The Colts went 11-5 with Phillip Rivers and a talented receiving corps, tying the Tennessee Titans for the best record in the AFC South, but had to settle for a wild-card position in the playoffs.
After a hard-fought struggle against the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round, the Colts’ playoff run came to an end at the first hurdle.
The franchise has used free agency and the NFL draft to add to their depth, with the hopes that Frank Reich can once again lead the Colts to the top of the AFC South.
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback room will look drastically different this season with Rivers retiring and backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett signing with the Dolphins.
They acquired quarterback Carson he from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2021 third-round selection pick and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2022 that may become a first-round pick depending on how many snaps Wentz plays.
Wentz has reunited with Frank Reich, his former Eagles offensive coordinator, who many believe will help him resurrect his career.
Wentz has the ability and talent to help the Colts make huge improvements if he can remain healthy for the full season.
T.Y. Hilton, a seasoned wide receiver, might be re-signed by the organization.
This offseason, Hilton has a significant advantage on a number of fronts.
Hilton is a leader on and off the field who can assist a youthful receiving corps.
In addition, the Colts improved their defense by drafting edge Kwity Paye in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
To add depth to the quarterback room, the team also selected quarterback Sam Ehlinger in the sixth round.
A throwback to the past
For the time being
Training camp position battles and players to watch Carson Wentz is the team’s undisputed starting quarterback, but the backup spot is up for grabs. pic.twitter.com/9NDahbvaOp — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) July 21, 2021 Training camp position battles and players to watch
Jacob Eason, a 2020 fourth-round pick, and rookie Sam Ehlinger will compete for that place in training camp.
The struggle for WR3 is another position battle to watch at Indianapolis Colts training camp.
Parris Campbell and Zach Pascal will be vying for the role, while Hilton and Michael Pittman Jr. will also be vying for it.
as the offense’s top two receivers
In 2020, Pascal was dependable, and Campbell showed promise by catching over 60% of his passes.
Pascal, on the other hand, might have the upper hand.
In any case, the Colts may wish to combine the two in various systems.
Indianapolis has a distinct advantage because to Marlon Mack’s balanced approach. Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines are rising talents in the Colts backfield.
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]@ShotsbySquill https://t.co/i3oMY23SP3 — FanSided (@FanSided) July 21, 2021 Although his 2020 season was cut short due to injury, Marlon Mack re-signed with the Colts on a one-year deal this offseason.
Mack had a promising rookie season in 2017, but he hasn’t been able to maintain that level of output since.
Nyheim Hines, on the other hand, was a standout for the Indianapolis Colts in 2020 and could easily defeat Mack.
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