"We are nowhere near perfect," he said. "I hope we wouldn't be perfect right now, but we realize that we still got a lot of work to do, and we are glad. We're thankful for these OTAs, the mini-camp, the time off and then training camp."
ROOKIE FINDING HIS NICHE: First-round draft pick Bjoern Werner was surprised to learn a few of his teammates — including Luck — can speak his native German.
"Sometimes we just walk around and speak a little German, and people are just looking at us," the former Florida State star said. "They get mad, 'This is America.'"
Werner hasn't yet signed his contract, but he's been a regular at offseason workouts. With newlywed Robert Mathis absent during OTAs, the outside linebacker has received an increased volume of work.
On Wednesday, he showed off some of what he's learned by batting away a pass in the end zone. And he's looking forward to next week's mini-camp, particularly next Wednesday's open practice at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"It's awesome," he said. "It's the first time in the stadium so I can't wait just to be in there. It's the first time fans can see me practice, pretty pumped up."
MISSING IN ACTION: Free agent safety LaRon Landry led a list of players who were absent for Wednesday's workout.
Among the others not in attendance were Mathis — who was married on Saturday — and cornerback Sheldon Price — who is finishing up his academic work at UCLA. Others who didn't make it out to the practice field include running back Delone Carter, safety Joe Lefeged, guard Ben Ijalana and nose tackle Brandon McKinney.
Hilton, Heyward-Bey, rookie safety John Boyett, linebacker Pat Angerer, defensive tackle Kellen Heard and defensive end Fili Moala were present for all or part of practice but did not participate.