Andrew Luck's three day crash course into the NFL is over. The Colts wrapped up rookie mini-camp after an hour plus practice on Sunday morning. During his fifth and final practice Luck spent a lot of time working in the redzone, with owner Jim Irsay watching from the sidelines.
"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).”
In all, 38 rookies received their first on the field experience with the Colts over the weekend. T.Y. Hilton, the speedy wide receiver from Florida International, is one of the few that will be staying in Indianapolis as he receives treatment from a quad injury. Even though he wasn't 100% in mini-camp Hilton still got a feel for Luck's ability in the pocket.
"Great guy, I love him and he has a beautiful arm. First ball he threw to me was right on the money so great things are on the way," said Hilton who was drafted by the Colts in the third round.
Because of NFL rules Luck won't be able to return to any team activities with the Colts until he graduates in June. However, he does have a few teammates to study with in Palo Alto, tight end Coby Fleener and receiver Griff Whalen who played with Luck at Stanford.
"Just to be able to work together these next few weeks and remind each other of little things and I think that will help us all with getting more of the little details right," said Whalen.
Luck will be back in Indianapolis in time for mandatory mini-camp which runs from June 12-14.