When Is Deon Cain Targeting His Return To The Colts Practice Field?
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INDIANAPOLIS – The hype around Deon Cain is not just some media-driven machine for a guy who flashed in Training Camp.
Chris Ballard believes it.
“We think Cain has great upside,” the GM said last week.
Andrew Luck believes it.
“He showed some incredible flashes in Training Camp,” Luck said of Cain last week. “I certainly hope that he will come back stronger from his injury. I know he can. He has worked his butt off, so I’m excited for him.”
And T.Y. Hilton believes it.
“He came into Training Camp and he was killing it,” Hilton says of his fellow receiver. “He was balling. The sky is the limit for him.”
Given what Cain did in college (remember he had 94 receiving yards in Clemson’s 2016 National Title victory and 20 touchdowns in just 3 seasons of playing), and what he showed in a few weeks of Training Camp this past year has plenty of people eager to see what is in store for the soon-to-be second-year receiver.
Cain is targeting around August, or the start of the team’s 2019 Training Camp at Grand Park, for his return to the practice field.
“I just know for sure I’m probably not going to do anything until August because I want to make sure I’m 100 percent,” Cain said on locker room clean out day last week.
The promising rookie tore his ACL back on Aug. 9, in the team’s preseason opener against the Seahawks.
Even though Cain was a 6th round pick back in April, him going on IR was notable for the early impact he was making at a position looking for different skillsets.
“Among the highlights was his ability to get off press coverage,” Frank Reich said of the 6-1 Cain back in August. “That’s an important attribute at this level with a lot of teams playing tight man-to-man coverage and press on the outside.
“One of the traits Deon was flashing with some consistency was an ability to really win versus press coverage.”
Even though Cain was on IR for his entire rookie season, it’s not like he was rehabbing away from the team.
The Colts had Cain in the building Monday-Friday, on a 9-to-5 type of schedule, as he took part in meetings, while leaving his rehab to the early morning and then again when the team was practicing.
Ask Cain about his 2019 outlook for himself and he knows the attention surrounding his rehab.
“I wasn’t satisfied by everything I did, but I know I did enough to have myself on a starting basis,” Cain says of his early rookie flashes. “I know I have plenty more in the tank because I know they have a lot riding on me and I have a lot riding on myself, too.”