After day 3 of camp, Luck, Colts meet with the press

With Colts Rookie Camp underway, draft picks Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener and others met with the press and answered questions about how camp is progressing.

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With Colts Rookie Camp underway, draft picks Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener and others met with the press and answered questions about how camp is progressing.

Quarterback Andrew Luck

On working in the red zone at the end of practice: “It is always nice to get in the red zone. Coach (Bruce) Arians said that, I think, 86 percent of games in the NFL come down to four points. That is the difference between a touchdown and a field goal, so it is always nice to work in the red zone. (It is) fun to score some touchdowns, and not so fun to throw interceptions down there. (I am) glad we could stay away from that. But I thought it was a good way to finish (mini-camp).”

On how much progress he made from day one to day three of mini-camp: “Leaps and bounds. The chance to get practice reps is huge, and to get on the field, get all of the reps and put something on film that you can go back to and have it start clicking. So leaps and bounds.”

On the difficulty of working with the team in mini-camp, but not being able to return to the complex until June: “It is tough. I think it is very tough. We are going to have to find ways, legally, to get work in with the guys and start building those relationships with the veterans who can’t be here at this mini-camp. As a rookie quarterback, I wish it would be easier to get out here and to do this stuff, but it is the way it is. Everybody has got to do it. So do it within the rules, and find a way around it.”

On plans to work with any of the receivers while he is still in school: “There have been talks. I know that Austin (Collie) is from Sacramento, California. (I will) probably go to Reggie (Wayne) in Miami somehow and (find a way) with Donnie (Avery), Quan (Cosby) and all of the guys.”

On the learning curve being the same for all of the rookies: “Yeah, I think it is great. Player-to-player, putting a little pressure on each other to get in the book and know your stuff when you come out here. Obviously, you are going to mess up, that is the nature of the beast. But I think everybody has handled their stuff well so far.”

On being able to learn from mistakes: “Absolutely. The ability to come out here, you make a mistake that you watched on film, and the ability to come out and not do it again, I think, is something that has spread out through all of the guys here. So it is fun to be around.”

On Jim Irsay’s offer to lend him a helicopter or a plane in order to work out with teammates: “I’ve got to figure out dates and talk to the other guys first, but I will definitely use whatever means of transportation, especially if it is Mr. Irsay’s stuff.”

On when he will return to the classroom: “Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are my classes.”

On whether it is difficult to be motivated to return to the classroom: “Yeah, a little bit. I have a job now. This is my job, this is what I love to do and I want to devote 100 percent of my time right now to being the best football player I can be and the best quarterback for this team. But I realize that I’m not going to let three and a half years of school go to waste right now. I am going to try to finish strong and go from there.”

On why commencement is important to him: “It is symbolic finishing. (You are) sort of closing the chapter on that part of your life.”

Tight End Coby Fleener

On the biggest thing that he would like to accomplish before the team meets again: “Learning as much as I can. We learned a little bit out here in the last three or four days, but there is still a lot left to learn.”

On the biggest difference from day one to day three at mini-camp: “The biggest difference was that guys were starting to pick it up. (We are) a quick-learning group and I think Andrew (Luck) kind of epitomizes that.”

On his impression of the coaching staff and the organization overall: “I liked all of them. I haven’t met someone here that I don’t feel comfortable around or didn’t like.”

On the message to the rookies when leaving camp: “Keep your head in the (playbook). Make sure you are not sitting around doing nothing and playing video games. Make sure you are staying around football.”

Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton

On his first impression with catching passes from Andrew Luck: “Good impression. (He is) a great guy, (he has) a great, beautiful arm and he knows what he is doing.”

On his thoughts about the coaching staff and the Colts organization: “They get after it. They love the game and they are very passionate about it. I love all of the coaches, and they push us and make us work. That is what I love about the NFL.”

On the message to the rookies following mini-camp: “(There is) a lot of homework. Make sure you stay in your playbook and stay off the couch eating Doritos and drinking soda, so that you can last long.”

Wide Receiver Griff Whalen

On the biggest thing that he has taken away from rookie mini-camp: “Just all of the coaching points. We can work on a lot of stuff on our own back at home while we are not here, but we don’t have the coaches there. So we’ve just got to take in as many of their coaching points that we can.”

On the benefits of having three Stanford rookies on the same team: “Yeah, it is nice to be able to work together these next few weeks and remind each other of little things. I think that will just help us all to get more of the little details right.”

On what the next step is for him: “(Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener and I) are heading back today. We still have school to finish up, so we will be (at Stanford) finishing up and just working on studying all of the plays.”


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