It took some time before Philip Rivers was able to uproot his family of 11 to Indianapolis, his new NFL city after spending the first 16 years of his career with the Chargers. But Rivers, who signed with the Colts back in March, has finally settled in in his new home, coach head coach Frank Reich confirmed during a virtual interview session with reporters on Monday. Reich also said that Rivers has already started reaching out to some of his teammates, as the Colts are currently slated to begin training camp on July 28. The goal is to build an on-field rapport
"I know he's already calling guys to throw," Reich said of Rivers, who signed a one-year, $25 deal with the Colts after the Chargers cut ties with him earlier this offseason.
While he grew accustomed to playing with good teammates on the offensive side of the ball with the Chargers, Rivers won't be devoid of talent in Indianapolis. The Colts' top returning skill position player is receiver T.Y. Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowler who is motivated to return to form after missing six games with a calf injury., something that will also serve as a motivating factor throughout the 2020 campaign.
The Colts' offense is also returning Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle and running back Marlon Mack, who rushed for nearly 1,100 yards last season despite missing two games with a broken hand. During the draft, the Colts added more weapons to their offense, selecting USC receiver Michael Pittman and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor in the second round. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound Pittman caught 101 passes for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns during his final season with the Trojans, while Taylor rushed for 6,174 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons with the Badgers.
Along with a solid cast of skill position players, Rivers will also be aided by a talented offensive line that includes center Ryan Kelly, tackles Anthony Castonzo and Braden Smith, and guards Quenton Nelson and Mark Glowinski. In 2019, the Colts' offensive line allowed an average of just two sacks per game while also leading the way for a rushing attack that finished seventh in the league in yards gained.
A strong argument can be made that Rivers will be playing behind the best offensive line of his entire career in Indianapolis.
While the Colts have made significant upgrades to their offense, they will have to make up for the lost time as it relates to working with one another. Reich said on Monday that, over the next two weeks, position coaches will have one-on-one Zoom meetings with younger players in hopes of lessening the learning curve when the Colts do take the field as a team late next month.
Rivers' arrival in Indianapolis, and his desire to begin throwing to his new teammates, will also likely pay dividends in the weeks leading up to training camp.