Luck already impressing Colts' coaching staff
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The Indianapolis Colts coaches most directly involved with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck don't like the guy. They love him.
New Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians compared him to quarterbacks who he has worked with over the course of his 20 years in the NFL.
"He has such a little bit of Peyton [Manning], a little bit of Timmy Couch and a little bit of Ben [Roethlisberger]," Arians said as the Colts officially reported to training camp.
"It's scary how good he can be. I'm really anxious to see him develop and watch him grow. He's got the best of all three of those guys."
Arians is hardly alone in the preseason praise, however.
"He just has a maturity, a football maturity and a life maturity that we couldn't have anticipated," Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said.
Christensen said he expects Luck to take most of the snaps during practices, and probably even more than usual since the team is implementing a new offense with new coaches and players.
Luck said he is eager to get to work in camp and looks forward to the nearly 24-7 training schedule at Anderson University the next three weeks.
After spending a decade as an assistant in the NFL, Oakland coach Dennis Allen is excited for his first training camp as the man in charge. "Jacked up about it," Allen said. "We're ready. It's a start of a long journey." The hiring of Allen as coach was part of the major change that went on with the Raiders in the first offseason since the death of longtime owner Al Davis. Reggie McKenzie was hired as general manager and made Allen the team's first defensive head coach since John Madden.
Houston receiver Andre Johnson said he'll miss "a week or so" after a minor groin injury in the team's second morning practice. Johnson fell awkwardly running a route on Sunday morning and had an MRI exam later in the day that showed a "mild strain." "It just tightened up on me," the five-time Pro Bowl receiver said. "I had hit the ground pretty hard, stretching out for a ball. That was pretty much it."
New York cornerback Darrelle Revis has sat out most of training camp practice with tightness in his right hamstring. Revis calls the injury "minor" after he was limited to just individual drills Sunday on the first day the Jets practiced in full pads. He says he felt tightness during a rain-soaked practice Saturday.
St. Louis and defensive end Chris Long agreed on a four-year contract extension through the 2016 season before the first practice of training camp. The 27-year-old Long was seventh in the NFL with 13 sacks last year, topping his previous best of 81/2 sacks, and had a three-sack game against the Saints. He had been entering the final year of a six-year, $56.5 million contract he signed after the Rams drafted him No. 2 overall in 2008 out of Virginia.
Buffalo receiver David Nelson was relieved to learn he will miss only a few days of practice after being diagnosed with a strained tendon in his right leg. Nelson initially feared the injury was worse after he was pushed over during a team drill and defensive end Mario Williams rolled up on his leg.
Miami coach Joe Philbin has confirmed former Pro Bowl wide receiver Braylon Edwards had a workout with the Dolphins. Philbin said the workout occurred in the middle of last week, a few days before the Dolphins held their first training camp practice. The third overall pick in the 2005 draft, Edwards has 341 catches in seven NFL seasons.
First Published July 30, 2012 12:00 am