Luck’s ability to fit in sets him apart in Indianapolis debut

AP

Trying to replace Peyton Manning is a trap, one few quarterbacks could successfully escape.

But if Andrew Luck is going to be able to succeed in Indianapolis, it might be because he’s not trying.

In his first exposure to the team this week at minicamp, the first overall pick impressed with his ability to fit in.

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson told NFL.com’s Albert Breer they’re trying to create a “Team — Small Me” culture, and Luck fit perfectly into it.

“Let’s just say this: He is the genuine article,” Grigson told Breer. “He’s strong when he needs to be strong. He listens when he needs to listen. He’s just a natural. Nothing’s forced with him. He’s not afraid to take charge of the huddle. But also, if a college free agent from who-knows-where asks him a question, I believe he’ll take the time with that guy to explain it to him in a non-demeaning or condescending way, because he’s Andrew Luck.

“He epitomizes the word ‘team’ to me.”

The story linked above is worth the read, explaining Luck’s humility, and the way he’s batted away questions about his profile by referring to star teammates such as Dwight Freeney and Reggie Wayne.

Of course, he can be the nicest guy in the world, and if he can’t play to a Pro Bowl standard — even if he never approaches a Manning standard — all the intangibles won’t matter nearly as much.