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Offseason Workouts Beneficial To Andrew Luck, Colts Skill Players

Intro: When the Colts got together at Anderson University, Andrew Luck and some of the skill players had already worked together in the weeks leading up to Training Camp.





INDIANAPOLIS – To play off Andrew Luck's recent "Nike" commercial, “short a guy” fell to Phillip Dorsett this offseason.

In past years, Dorsett watched when NFL players flocked to the University of Miami to get work together in between teams mini-camps and training camps.

This time, Dorsett wasn't just an observer. He was invited to the party.

"I worked out down in South Florida with 'Dre' (Andre Johnson) and Frank (Gore)," Dorsett said at the start of Colts Training Camp.

"I watched them work out every offseason and to be able to work out with them and go and play on the same team is definitely a blessing. I really wouldn't want it any other way."

With the Colts being one of the last teams to report to Training Camp in 2015, the extra time allowed for players to get together on their own in June and July.

The late report date to camp was due to the Colts preseason opener not coming until August 16.

Tired of waiting, Luck made sure the "quiet" time didn't go to waste.

"It's a little weird seeing buddies going to camp on other teams a week ago," Luck said. "It's a little bit odd, but it was good to get together with basically all the guys."

Whether it was out at Stanford, in Miami, or back in Indianapolis, work was done.

The Colts offense this year has the makeup of a unit that can rival just about any other around the league.

To reach the heights being talked about, days in June and July were valuable to what is ultimately being built here in Anderson.

"It was just super focused," second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief said of the offseason workouts.

"We narrowed the tape, just trying to get the timing down and make sure everything is perfect right now. We spent some time together and ran a lot of routes and got the timing. (Now) we're just ready to show everybody."

Despite coaches not being allowed to attend such sessions, Chuck Pagano was quite pleased to hear about the amount of work his quarterback and skill players got in before moving into Anderson.

"It's awesome," Pagano said. "You are building chemistry and not only chemistry as far as throwing and catching, but building a relationship and the communication, trust and all those things.

"Hats off to all those guys for sacrificing whatever they gave up from a vacation stand point to do what they needed to do. I think it was outstanding. I know they got together on a couple, two or three occasions to do that stuff. It's fantastic."

Highlights from today's afternoon practice.

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