Monday Sees Signs Of Andrew Luck Altering His Playing Style
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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a promise that Andrew Luck has made to himself in coming back from injury.
When the opportunities call for it, Luck knows that he must play in a different way (i.e. avoiding taking unnecessary hits).
Fans know it, too.
It’s why the loudest cheer at Monday’s practice came after Luck slid following a scramble in team drills.
As far as throwing on Monday, Luck continued his efficient camp. He was 14-of-19 throwing the football, including an impressive 12-of-15 effort in 11-on-11 drills.
The throwing highlight was a well-executed play-action fake, leading to a deep out completion to a wide open T.Y. Hilton. The timing to Hilton was right on point.
Luck did have some miscommunication on a pair of throws in the direction of rookie Deon Cain.
On Monday, Luck was a frequent thrower to Ryan Grant, and Eric Ebron late in practice.
Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni met the media after Monday’s 10th practice at Grand Park and shared his thoughts on Luck’s reintegration.
“Really progressing nicely,” Sirianni said of Luck. “It’s great just to see him come out here every single day, let it loose and get the reps that he so needs.
“We just know that we are a better football team when he is on the field, because of the type of player that he is. There’s a lot of excitement in the building, that he brings to not only the coaches, but the players, because he’s around them.”
Luck will throw again at Tuesday’s practice, before the Colts head to Seattle for Thursday’s preseason opener.
After a Saturday ‘corrections’ practice later this week, Luck will throw Sunday-Tuesday (Aug. 12-14). The Colts will have next Wednesday off, before Luck throws on the final 3 days of practice (Aug. 16-18, with the Ravens in town for joint practices on the 17th and 18th).
Here is a look at Luck’s numbers in his 8 practices at Grand Park:
Day 1 (Thursday, 7/26): 11-of-19 in team drills; 4-of-9, 1 INT, in 11-on-11 work only.
Day 2 (Friday, 7/27): 15-of-19 in team drills; 7-of-9, in 11-on-11 work only.
Day 3 (Sunday, 7/29, full pads): 19-of-22 in team drills; 12-of-14 in 11-on-11 work only.
Day 4 (Tuesday, 7/31, full pads): 24-of-33 in team drills; 17-of-25, 1 INT, in 11-on-11 work only.
Day 5 (Wednesday, 8/1, full pads): 16-of-19 in team drills; 9-of-11 in 11-on-11 work only.
Day 6 (Friday, 8/3, full pads): 12-of-16 in team drills; 6-of-9, 1 INT, in 11-on-11 work only.
Day 7 (Sunday, 8/5, full pads): 17-of-24 in team drills; 10-of-16, 1 INT, in 11-on-11 work only.
Day 8 (Monday, 8/6, full pads): 14-of-19 in team drills; 12-of-15, in 11-on-11 work only.
Totals: 128-of-171 (74.9 percent) in team drills; 77-of-108 (71.3 percent) in 11-on-11 work only.
To see some of the throws Luck made on Monday, check out my Instagram story.