Are you ready for some mini-camps?!

No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft Andrew Luck participated in mini-camp for the Colts on...

No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft Andrew Luck participated in mini-camp for the Colts on Friday. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters file photo)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 PM ET

You'd rather read about union grievances filed Friday against the NFL over the Bountygate player suspensions — and all the contentious legalese therein — than anything about how the top draft picks fared in Day 1 of rookie mini-camps, right?

Yeah, no kidding. Screw that. I'm with ya.

Let's talk about some freakin' football!

Nine of the NFL's 32 clubs are holding rookie mini-camps this weekend for draftees and undrafted rookie free agents alike.

Here's a quick roundup of how things began Friday, what with some of the most celebrated new NFLers wearing their teams' helmets, practice jerseys and shorts for the first time:

INDIANAPOLIS: No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck, in jersey No. 12, worked out with the other new Indianapolis Colts for two hours and 15 minutes over two sessions.

“I think everybody can (feel the significance),” head coach Chuck Pagano said. “I think the fans can, all the people around the state, these coaches, these players (can). It’s monumental."

Er, not for Luck.

“I didn’t get too melodramatic about it,” Luck said. “It is a practice, and I’ve done it a thousand times. It is a little different. You’re in a different locker room, in a different jersey. It wasn’t too monumental in my mind.”

You watch. Someone — not me — will say that Luck and his head coach aren't on the same page after Day 1.

WASHINGTON: The Washington Redskins held Day 1 sessions in private. No press. Rain eventually forced workouts indoors.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan worked out the club's new quarterbacks — No. 2 overall draft pick Robert Griffin III and fourth-rounder Kirk Cousins — in drills that "emphasized mobility and throwing fundamentals," according to the team's website.

Sunday's practice is open to the press.

MINNESOTA: The top offensive lineman taken in the draft, tackle Matt Kalil (No. 4 overall), wore No. 75 for the Minnesota Vikings and said it was like the first day of college.

"You're kind of getting familiar with the playbook," Kalil told NFL Network. "I felt a lot better in the second practice. Going through that first practice and getting used to the plays, I kind of felt like a freshman. You don't know what's going on."

JACKSONVILLE: Justin Blackmon, the top wideout taken in the draft (No. 5 overall), chose to wear No. 14 for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He wore No. 81 at Oklahoma State.

Why 14?

"No specific reason," he said. "I just looked at the number and thought it was different. I know I can play in any number and it'll be fine."

Not the superstitious type, is he?

DALLAS: Cornerback Morris Claiborne, with his injured left wrist still in a cast, watched most of Day 1 on the sidelines. After a while, however, the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick couldn't help himself and joined the other rookies in some on-field workouts.

The Cowboys' second draft pick, defensive end Tyrone Crawford (third round, No. 81) from Windsor, Ont., was assigned No. 70. Reporters asked him afterward what it was like to play high-school football in Canada, and he joked that even at 260 pounds you can play running back up here. They believed him.

TAMPA BAY: The top safety in the draft, Mark Barron, is wearing No. 24 for the Tampa Bay Bucaneers.

Among the undrafted free-agent rookies trying out is Jordan Jefferson, who quarterbacked LSU to a perfect regular season before a loss to Alabama in the national title game in January. Most think he doesn't have the arm or QB savvy to make it in the NFL. The Bucs are giving him a chance.

MIAMI: All eyes were on No. 17 for the Miami Dolphins. That is, new quarterback Ryan Tannehill, taken eighth overall. Observers said he seemed to transition easily into the offence of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who was Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M.

"I feel good," Tannehill said. "I've definitely got a lot to learn ... but I feel good for doing this for the first time."

Tannehill said about 65% to 70% of the Dolphins' playbook mirrors what Sherman had at College Station.

NY JETS: Quinton Coples, the New York Jets' first-round pick (No. 15), took reps at left end, right end and even defensive tackle. He wore No. 98.

Coples bragged afterward that he thought he had the Jets defensive playbook down. Upon being told this, head coach Rex Ryan tried not to laugh, explaining that they've introduced only "about four defences" to the rookies so far, and the whole playbook is "about that thick" — whereupon Ryan placed his hands some four feet apart.

Second-round pick Stephen Hill, a wideout, appeared as impressively tall (at 6-foot-4) and fast (sub-4.4 40) as billed.

PITTSBURGH: Offensive line saviours David DeCastro (the top guard taken in the draft, at No. 24 overall) and second-rounder Mike Adams, a tackle, got to work trying to protect Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

DeCastro wore No. 66 — Alan Faneca's old number.

"He is one of those guys you looked up to when you were in high school and college," DeCastro said.

All other NFL clubs, except Houston, will hold their three-day mini-camps for rookies next week, either from Thursday to Saturday or Friday to Sunday.


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