INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It was the first day on the job for many at the Colts Complex as the team opened up their 3-day rookie mini-camp, headlined by first round pick, linebacker Bjoern Werner.
"It was good, like this is your job and when you can do this all day and just focus on it, it's amazing," said Werner. "I was looking forward to this for a while, and I feel like this is the best job ever."
Today was a full day for the 37 players competing, starting with meetings in the morning, followed by practice and lifting in the afternoon. It's also the first chance for the Colts to check out if their hard work studying draft picks paid off in person.
"The things you expect in a rookie mini-camp to happen took place - some dropped balls, center-quarterback exchange, a few mental errors here and there," said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. "The effort was fabulous. They came in in probably better shape than any of us anticipated. What we put them through with only having about 31 guys out here and one guy not going, they're in pretty good shape. We're pleased overall with the first day."
As for Werner, he exceeded Pagano's expectations.
"Kind of what we thought, probably a little better," added Pagano of the rookie. "He's in great shape. He works out all the time. He's a really athletic football player. He can bend. He's got first-step explosiveness. You see him running around here doing some things, all the things we saw on the tape. Up close and personal now, it's even more impressive."
Draft pick, John Boyett, was limited in practice with knee injuries suffered while playing at Oregon. Coach Pagano said they're in no rush to push him and have him suffer another setback.
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