Andrew Luck is getting a full immersion into the NFL.
Like other rookies, the new Colts quarterback will have to walk the stairs to his upper-floor dorm room at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.
Defensive lineman Cory Redding still expects Luck to traipse off the field carrying pads and helmets from the veterans, like other rookies. And like everyone else on this new-look roster, Luck’s introduction to training camp was upstaged when Reggie Wayne showed up with his military team.
No, Luck is not just some other rookie on the Colts’ roster – he was the No. 1 draft choice in April and the hand-picked successor to Peyton Manning. Yet when he reported to camp Saturday, Luck sounded like just another guy trying to make the roster.
“Obviously, a little nervous,” he said. “I think it’s good to be a little nervous about things. I’m excited to get going, anxious.”
Colts coaches are eager to see what they have in Luck.
They worked with him during a three-day rookie minicamp in early May then didn’t see him again until mid-June because of Luck’s class schedule at Stanford. Luck did get some extra work after the Colts finished their scheduled mini-camps in June and was back at the team complex Wednesday for another round of rookie workouts.
PANTHERS: Wide receiver Louis Murphy is thrilled about being reunited with college teammate Cam Newton and the opportunity to resurrect his career with the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers, hoping to add another downfield presence to take some pressure off No. 1 wide receiver Steve Smith, acquired the speedy Murphy in a trade Monday with the Oakland Raiders. Murphy is hoping to beat out David Gettis for the team’s third receiver spot.
Murphy called his new opportunity a “blessing.”
“I like this offense because they like to sling it around and I like to go deep,” Murphy said.
Murphy started 18 games with the Raiders in his first two seasons and caught 75 passes for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns.
But injuries limited him to 15 catches last season and he fell out of favor with the Raiders organization. Clearly, he was ready to move on.
“That was in the past,” Murphy said of his time in Oakland. “The Raiders are a great organization and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m excited about a fresh start.”
DOLPHINS: Agreed to terms with Ryan Tannehill, the former Texas A&M quarterback drafted eighth overall. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed Saturday.
Tannehill missed the first two days of camp while the Dolphins and his agent, Pat Dye Jr., tried to work out a contract.
JAGUARS: Placed running back Maurice Jones-Drew on the reserve/did not report list, an indication they don’t expect their star player to show up to training camp anytime soon.
TITANS: coach Mike Munchak promised he would mix things up regarding practice reps in positions where there’s open competition.
Munchak was true to his word Saturday in the first practice as players rotated in and out with different combinations, even switching quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker between the first and second units, sometimes within a series.
“We think that’s the best way to do it, for them to compete that way, to avoid a lot of things,” Munchak said. “Avoid looking at the script beforehand, knowing what plays you are going to get, knowing who you are working with.