The Colts wrapped up their three day mini-camp Thursday.
Number 12 in the red quarterback jersey took almost every snap in full team drills. The Colts wanted to give rookie Andrew Luck maximum reps in his first week of work with his veteran teammates.
"He's so smart and has done so much work already that it's really easy," said Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who also worked with Peyton Manning in his rookie season. "He just lets it flow. He gets it the first time around so it's not hard at all."
The whole Colts team won't get back together until players report to training camp July 28. But rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has plenty of work between now and then. Rookies can stay at the complex and continue to work coaches through June 27. Luck welcomes the extra instruction.
"The work doesn't end today by any means," said Luck. "It has really, to me, just begun. I'm sure it is going to be a different mindset for some of the vets, but I think it is cool to see the hunger on all of the guys' faces, how they practice and the example that the older guys set. It has been a lot of fun to be a part of."
Luck returns to Stanford University to graduate in commencement ceremonies Sunday. Before training camp, he plans to get together with receivers like Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie for private workouts away from the complex.
Head Coach Chuck Pagano reminded his players to make smart choices this summer, avoid bad headlines and stay in shape. He likes the energy, attitude and chemistry with so many new players and a new coaching staff.
"It is a kid's game," said Pagano. "But the stakes are high and we are all judged by one thing and one thing only, and that is winning and losing. But they are having fun, they are enjoying each other, they are enjoying being out here and spending time together."
The Colts first practice in Anderson is July 29. The first preseason game is August 12 vs. St. Louis at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts open the regular season September 9 in Chicago.
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