We're there -- and the early returns are promising.
"It's nice to get back and practice football," he said, adding that he "didn't get melodramatic" about taking snaps in his first NFL practice -- and he isn't losing sleep over the massive shoes he's been asked to fill.
"I've had some time to sort of digest (the playbook). It's nice to apply what relatively little I know, and learn. ... It's nice to know I'm not the only one swimming in information," Luck told reporters.
His fellow rookies spoke of the calm Luck brought to the proceedings as this new world becomes a reality: these Colts are Andrew's team now, no longer Peyton's.
As this franchise (finally) turns the page on one of the more notorious breakups in NFL history, it dangles a new love interest before the fan base. Forgive the people of Indianapolis if they're slow to draw. They adored Manning and always will. It's not fair to ask Luck to step in and replace all that after a single practice.
"I'm definitely at the bottom of the totem pole -- I haven't done squat," Luck said. "I sort of like being thrown in the fire a little bit and try to handle it. … No matter what process … you're going to struggle with it."
We imagine he won't struggle for long.