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July 31, 2012

Colts' Luck hitting his stride

ANDERSON, Ind. — Midway through an early-week practice, Andrew Luck let loose with a high, arcing pass down the left sideline.

Fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton settled under it perfectly in stride 35 to 40 yards downfield and would have cruised in for an 80-yard touchdown if the whistle hadn’t blown a few seconds later.

It’s safe to say the Indianapolis Colts’ new quarterback is beginning to find a groove with his teammates.

“It’s better every day,” Luck said of the timing with his receivers. “Like I mentioned earlier, reps help so much and the more passes I can throw to Reggie(Wayne) and (Austin) Collie and Donnie (Avery) and the tight ends and all the guys, the running backs, the better I’ll be.”

Center Samson Satele finds it hard to imagine the rookie signal-caller can get much better.

The 6-foot-3, 299-pound Samoan played his first five seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, and he made it clear he’s never seen another quarterback like Luck.

“You watch, bro,” Satele said. “He’s crazy good. There’s nothing I can teach the man right now. I mean, he’s that great.”

As he does with most praise, Luck quickly deflected Satele’s comments. “It’s nice, obviously, to get compliments from your teammates,” he said. “I think he’s trying to build my confidence before the second practice, but it is nice to get compliments from him.”

If Satele was trying to pump up his quarterback, it worked.

Luck’s ultra sharp performance included three

touchdown passes and a nifty deep completion to Collie along the right sideline. Luck lofted another deep ball over a defensive back and into the arms of a leaping Donnie Avery later in the session.

Head coach Chuck Pagano said deep passes in practice are good for both sides of the ball.

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