INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck already has a blueprint for his month away from the Colts.
Indy's new quarterback plans to keep his head in the playbook, review film of this weekend's rookie minicamp and work out with as many of his new teammates — whenever and wherever — as he can.
League rules prohibit rookies from attending any offseason workouts at the team complex, other than the rookie minicamp, until they have completed the college semester's classes. That means Luck is barred from working out at Indy's facilities until after he finishes his final class June 7.
"It is tough. I think it is very tough," Luck said Sunday after this weekend's fifth and final workout. "We are going to have to find ways, legally, or to work around the rules, to get work in with the guys and start building those relationships with the veterans who can't be here at this minicamp. As a rookie quarterback, I wish it would be easier to get out here and to do this stuff, but it is the way it is. Everybody has got to do it."
Luckily, the Colts and their new quarterback have come up with creative ways to make this work.
NFL rules do not prevent rookies from working with teammates outside the team complex, nor do they prohibit communications with team officials. So the Colts and Luck intend to take advantage of both loopholes.
Moments after taking Luck with the first overall pick April 26, general manager Ryan Grigson noted Indianapolis might use iPads and teleconferencing to help Luck's progression. The Colts also made some shrewd moves to assist with Luck's workouts over the next four weeks.
They took Luck's college teammate and close friend, tight end Coby Fleener, with the 34th overall pick. Then they signed another Stanford alum, receiver Griff Whalen, and former Cal receiver Jeremy Ross, as undrafted free agents. Veteran receiver Austin Collie also happens to live on the outskirts of Sacramento, Calif., a roughly 2 1/2-hour drive from Stanford's campus.
It gives Luck a chance to work with two projected starters and most certainly give him a better grasp of the offense when he returns to Indy on June 8.
What else can the Colts do?
Perennial Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne already has contacted Luck about getting together, too. Wayne traditionally works out in Miami, where he attended college, and it just happens that Indy's third-round pick, receiver T.Y. Hilton, is from Miami and played at nearby Florida International. The tentative plan is for Luck to travel to Miami.
Team owner Jim Irsay even has offered to make his personal helicopter and private plane available to his players.
"I've got to figure out dates and talk to the other guys first, but I will definitely use whatever means of transportation, especially if it is Mr. Irsay's stuff," Luck said with his familiar smile.
The class schedule should help Luck, too.
He needs to finish two classes to earn his architectural design degree and they meet only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
It should give Luck enough time to work on academics and still spend those long weekends preparing for his new job.
"This is what I love to do, and I want to devote 100 percent of my time right now to being the best football player I can be and the best quarterback for this team," said Luck, who also plans to attend Stanford's graduation ceremony in June. "But I realize that I'm not going to let 3 1/2 years of school go to waste right now. I am going to try to finish strong and go from there."
Luck takes over a team that finished a league-worst 2-14 after Peyton Manning was lost for the season following multiple neck surgeries.