Rookie Mini Camp: Andrew Luck’s First Practice

Yesterday the Colts began their mini-camp for rookies and some practice squad guys.  That meant that it was the first practice of Andrew Luck’s Colts career. 

Tom James, who does a tremendous job covering the Colts, had some notes from the camp on twitter:

Andrew Luck’s first practice with the Colts is now history. Indy had a walkthrough session with no helmets or pads Friday morning.

Luck came through this morning’s practice unscathed, no worse for wear. As expected, he took charge in huddle. Looked good first time out.

When reminded about Manning’s refusal to wear a red jersey in practice, Pagano said that he didnt want to take chances with his young QBs.

When asked about wearing the red practice jersey, ALuck deferred to the coaching staff. It was apparent that he would rather not wear it.

Andrew Luck said Friday that he wants to get together with veteran WRs Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie soon. Luck said he’ll go to Wayne.

Andrew Luck added that since Austin Collie lives in Sacramento in the offseason, Collie would probably come to Palo Alto at some point.

Phil B. Wilson, who also does an excellent job covering the Colts, had some quotes he shared on twitter as well:

#Colts Fleener says Luck was already calling plays “with like 30 words in them.”

#Colts Coby Fleener on his QB, Andrew Luck, “He’s the same Andrew. He’s as brilliant as ever.”

#Colts coach Chuck Pagano, after QB Andrew Luck’s first practice: “He’s unflappable” and “He’s a natural leader.”

#Colts WR T.Y. Hilton admits he was nervous. Then talked to his QB. “Andrew Luck settled me down.”

That quote by T.Y. Hilton is my favorite.  Andrew Luck was the calming influence in practice yesterday.  And there is the biggest difference we have seen between him and Peyton Manning thus far.

Manning always was fired up in practice, making sure all the small details were perfect.  He was not afraid to chew someone out if something went wrong.  That is who he is, and it worked out unbelievably well. 

Luck seems to remain calm.  He certainly has some fire, but for the most part he is a calm leader.  That can work too.

Tony Dungy brought the calm with Manning’s team.  Chuck Pagano will likely bring the fire on Luck’s team.  Both can work, they are just different ways of doing things.  With all the talk of the similarities between Luck and Manning (and there are many), I thought I should point out a difference.

Some other Colts notes:

  • The Colts made some front office moves recently.  After the draft is the most common time for them to happen.  Cardinals Director of Player Personell T.J. McCreight left Arizona to become the Colts’ new Director of College Scouting.  The Colts also hired Dave Razzano and Ahmad Russell as Area Scouts and promoted Andrew Berry to Pro Scouting Coordinator and Todd Vasvari to Assistant Director of College Scouting.
  • On June 13, the Colts have a mandatory mini camp for all players.  The practice will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium, and will be open to the public.  More info as it becomes available.
  • Phil Wilson compiled a great list of numbers for the guys participating in the mini camp right now.
  • Laura Calaway of Colts Authority put together a list of the new Colts’ twitter handles
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