Offseason important part of NFL landscape


Indianapolis Colts Dwayne Allen runs the football during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. STAFF PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON/


June has barely begun. Yet the locker room inside the Indianapolis Colts Complex exudes an almost September-like vibe.

Some players joke amongst themselves, the seeds to their friendships planted years earlier in the grounds of common purpose. Others like veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri take the quieter approach by scrolling through cellphone messages while seated alone in front of their lockers.

Organized Team Activities, or OTAs as they are commonly known, are a necessary component of today’s NFL. A sturdy foundation for the season ahead as they are engraved invitations for the 32 franchises to mesh talents, personalities and philosophies following months dedicated to the offseason.


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