Phillip Dorsett couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
In the blink of an eye, Andrew Luck’s spirals started coming his way. The practice passes usually arrived in the ideal spot.
“Aw man, that’s crazy,” the Indianapolis Colts rookie first-round selection said last week during offseason training activities.
This isn’t college anymore, where Dorsett played with a true freshman quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes last season. His NFL quarterback is a three-time Pro Bowl passer who can make all the throws and place the ball in the most advantageous position for his targets.
“Going out there and running the routes and actually having the ball put perfectly like right here sometimes, it would throw you off,” Dorsett said. “I’d be like, ‘Is that ball really coming that right?’”
“It’s like easy catches,” Dorsett said, “so you’ve just got to get used to it. It’s great.”
Luck was amused when told of the 29th overall selection’s assessment.
“He has to be nice to me in the public,” the quarterback said with a chuckle. “You have to say those things.”
All joking aside, Luck likes how the speedy newcomer has handled himself in workouts.
“It’s definitely not too big for him,” Luck said. “He fits in very, very well. That being said, it goes for all the rookies on the offensive side of the ball. It’s a bunch of guys doing some really, really good things and not missing a stride, not missing a beat. So it’s fun to get those guys in the fold and work with them.”
Adds head coach Chuck Pagano: “He looks really good. He’s really fast. He’s got really good hands. He’s really smart. He’s picked things up.”
It wasn’t too long ago that Luck, the 2012 No. 1 overall selection, was amazed by the ability of his new teammates. They played so fast and with such confidence.
“What we tell them is be a sponge and soak it all up,” he said of the rookies. “Keep your eyes and ears open and learn as much as you can because really every day you can get that much better.”
Dorsett doesn’t talk about personal goals, which is probably wise considering it’s unknown how much he’ll fit into an offense with so many other weapons. Luck now has wide receiver Andre Johnson to go with fellow receivers T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, among others, as well as tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. And the Colts will want to run the ball more consistently with new running back Frank Gore.
“Just go out there, whenever my name is called, whenever the ball comes to me, make the play,” he said. “That’s all I’m really worried about.”
It helps to have a familiar face as a mentor. Johnson, the Houston Texans’ all-time leading receiver, also played his college ball at the “U.” They worked out together in Miami earlier this offseason. Now they’re at OTAs together.
“It’s great to have somebody here that you know personally,” Dorsett said.
The playbook is thick, but not overwhelming. He played in a pro-style offense with multiple concepts at Miami, so it’s more about learning different terminology.
Workouts will continue through mandatory veteran mini-camp June 8-11. Then Dorsett, presumably with a signed contract by August, will look forward to training camp and, ultimately, the intensity and challenge of the regular season on a Super Bowl contender.
“It’s your dream,” he said. “It’s been your dream your whole life and now that you’re here it’s unbelievable. But now you have to take the next step and just go out there and do everything that you can to help this team win.”
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