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Some Indianapolis Colts “Veterans” Experiencing Their First OTAs

May 23rd, 2013 at 8:47 AM
By Chuck Chapman

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They're not exactly grey-beards, but Andrew Luck and TY Hilton are no longer rookies, but NFL veterans. Even so, they both are experiencing their first full NFL off season. Early signs say they're taking full advantage.

This time last year, TY Hilton was hobbling and missed most of the pre-training camp workouts. Now Hilton is healthy and has a full season under his belt. Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen says it shows, that Hilton is "humming" so far during OTA's.

Andrew Luck was healthy last year after the Colts selected him number one overall in the NFL Draft, but he was finishing up classes at Stanford while his teammates worked out. This year, Luck is the undisputed leader of the team.

Christensen says the Colts rookies last year "didn't know what they didn't know." One of those things they didn't know was that they weren't supposed to win 11 games and make the playoffs. It's just fine with Christensen and the rest of the Colts' coaches if they just continue to remain ignorant in that regard, but he is happy for the increase in experience and maturity.

For Luck, he's personally glad to have this time to work with his team. He realizes this is valuable time.

We’re not going to take these days for granted. We realize we only get so many of them. We’ll work hard. To put ourselves to go into training camp with a healthy, winning football team is what I think is the main goal."

It will be a tall order for Luck and the Colts to repeat their successes of last year. They won't be sneaking up on anyone this season, and have a more difficult schedule after their second place finish. Early Vegas odds have the over/under on Colts wins at 8.5.

But then again, Andrew Luck and his teammates just might not know any better again this year.

Tags: Andrew Luck, Clyde Christensen, Football, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts, NFL, TY Hilton

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