Andrew Luck Leads Two Scoring Drives In Colts Preseason Opener
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INDIANAPOLIS – If ‘nervous excitement’ ends with frequent scoring drives, Colts fans will be very happy with Andrew Luck in 2018.
Playing in his first NFL game since Jan. 1, 2017, Luck had a very solid two series of work in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Seahawks.
Luck was 6-of-9 for 64 yards in 19 plays from scrimmage.
The quarterback played two series, both of which ended with field goals from Adam Vinatieri.
“It felt sharp,” Luck said during the third quarter of FOX-59’s telecast. “It felt like it flowed well.”
Fans could exhale a bit when Luck got up from a pair of hits. He scrambled for 1 yard on the game’s opening series and bounced right up after being tackled by Bobby Wagner and Branden Jackson.
On Luck’s second series, he was sacked after left tackle Joe Haeg (who started in place of Anthony Castonzo) was beaten by rookie Rasheem Green.
Moving on from a hit, and having to battle in-game adversity, were things Luck had on his check list going into Thursday night.
He checked those off in just two series of work.
Like we’ve seen at Training Camp, Luck peppered his running backs and tight ends with balls. Those two position groups combined for 4 of his 6 completions, with Chester Rogers and T.Y. Hilton catching the other two.
Frank Reich’s play-calling included a lot of high-percentage throws for Luck, much like the ‘dink and dunk’ sort of look that’s been popular at camp. Such a plan was expected with Luck easing back into game action, plus the Colts dealing with a backup left tackle.
The next steps for Luck in a game will be to continue on improving his timing, finishing off scoring drives with touchdowns and stretching the field a tad more.
But, all things considered, Thursday was a very solid return to wearing a blue and white jersey, with no red anywhere on it.
“I did not know what this day would feel like,” Luck said of his first game in 585 days. “Yes, it’s just a preseason game, but it’s still a game.
“It was really fun to be out there with some buddies.”
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