Would a Healthy Andrew Luck Even Make the Colts Playoff Contenders?

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The Indianapolis Colts can’t make the playoffs without Andrew Luck—that’s pretty clear. The possibility only slightly increases with Luck in the lineup.

The team’s personnel—especially the defense and skill positions—is filled with question marks, though you wouldn’t know it from general manager Chris Ballard’s recent comments.

“I think we’re sitting on a sleeping giant. I really do,” Ballard proclaimed, per Andrew Walker of the Colts’ official site.

The Colts are coming off a 4-12 campaign and have a new coaching staff (after being dumped by their chosen candidate) and a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a full-sized football in over 500 days. Optimism needs to be tempered no matter how excited the franchise is about the possibilities.

“I’m really excited to work with [Luck],” new offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni said, per the Goshen News’ George Bremer. “He’s a sharp guy, off-the-charts intelligence, football IQ. So what a guy to be able to work with. And obviously the sky’s the limit when we have a quarterback of his caliber.”

A few promising signs emerged for the Colts nfl jerseys cheap nike in the last month, starting with Luck’s recovery from 2017 offseason shoulder surgery.

“He’s doing good,” Ballard said of Luck, per Walker. “Strongest I’ve seen him, both mentally and physically.”

The Colts have been down this road before. They expected their signal-caller to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign, but he didn’t play a snap before being placed on injured reserve in November.

An injured player becomes part of the forgotten during an extended layoff. Luck’s presence has always loomed over the organization, but his overall talent and what he means to the team must be re-evaluated. Will he return from nfl nike jerseys cheap shoulder surgery like Drew Brees did in 2006, or will his career path closely follow Chad Pennington’s?

The first overall pick entered the league as the closest thing to a perfect prospect. His combination of size (6’4″ and 240 pounds), athleticism, arm talent, intelligence and polish made him the most sought-after quarterback in the last 25 years.

Luck has fallen short of expectations because of injuries, and how he responds will show his mettle.

“I mean, look, we’re sitting on a unique human being; what he stands for [is] everything we want to stand for,” Ballard said. “Really, one of the growths that I’ve seen in Andrew—I mean, Andrew is very talented, and he’s been talented his whole life. And we’re really getting to see some of his internal grit right now to get over a hump that was very difficult to do.”nike nfl jersey cheap

Quenton Nelson’s selection with the sixth overall pick will become the foundation upon which Luck and the Colts can stand. Nelson is the closest thing to a surefire draft pick. He developed into a dominant force for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and his highlight reel, even as an offensive lineman, is the stuff of legend.

With Nelson nestled between Anthony Castonzo cheap nfl jerseys nike and Ryan Kelly, the left side of the Colts offensive line is settled. The right is far more fluid.

Second-round pick Braden Smith is the favorite to start at right guard, while the organization recently signed eight-year veteran Austin Howard to compete at right tackle.

The potential pitfalls of inexperience along the interior and replacing nike nfl jerseys for cheap three starters could have a negative effect despite the overall talent upgrade. Mistakes will be made. Hopefully, Luck won’t pay the price again.

Bucks’ Thon Maker Credits Kevin Garnett For Improved Play vs. Celtics

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Is Kevin Garnett the Milwaukee Bucks’ new secret weapon? Bucks center Thon Maker suggested as much Tuesday when he credited the NBA legend for his improved play in his team’s first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. Not only has Garnett worked out the Bucks at various points this season, he also posted a personal hype video on Instagram that is motivating Maker to raise his game. “He posted it on his Instagram, and somebody showed it to me,”nfl cheap jerseys nike  Maker said after the Bucks’ shootaround, per ESPN. “And then I watched it and I sent it back to him and told him how motivational it was and said I liked it. So then we started talking.” Maker played just one minute in the Bucks’ losses to the Celtics in Games 1 and 2, missing both of his field-goal attempts and grabbing only one rebound. Garnett then posted the video last Wednesday. Maker responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 10 blocks in 55 combined minutes in Games 3 and 4. His improvement was instrumental in the Bucks winning both contests and evening the series at 2-2. Maker expanded on the crucial psychological lessons he learned from Garnett. “The biggest thing is having that attack mindset on both ends of the floor,” Maker said. “With him, he doesn’t care who you are in front of him if you’re playing against him. On the defensive end, (defending) your shot and protecting your teammates. The biggest thing when it comes to your teammates, him dealing with his teammates, was always touching a guy, telling him, ‘Stay up,’ keeping the guys positive. “And then on the offensive end, just getting everybody involved, but also looking to attack because his man would be back. That’s what he was telling me: ‘If your man is back, shoot it. And tell them, How dare you back off?’” Garnett bonded with the Celtics in 2007, the moment he arrived in Boston that summer. His key role on the Celtics’ 2008 NBA championship-winning squad and subsequent title-contending teams made him a favorite among just about everyone connected with the organization. Many of these folks might ask: “So what gives, KG? Can you knock off the inadvertent Buck assistance for a little while?”nfl nike jerseys for cheapnike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins went 7-9 despite being torn apart by the injury bug in 2017.

The season leader in adjusted games lost was without Trent Williams for six games, Spencer Long for nine, Chris Thompson for six, Shawn Lauvao for seven, Terrelle Pryor for seven, Josh Norman and Brandon Scherff for two each, and Zach Brown for three.
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But they still ranked above the middle of the pack in DVOA.

They could miss Kirk Cousins and promising young cornerback Kendall Fuller, who was inexplicably included in their trade for Alex Smith. But let’s not forget that Smith was the league’s highest-rated passer last season.nfl jerseys replica

If the guys surrounding him can stay healthy, expensive new wide receiver Paul Richardson can live up to his contract in place of Pryor and the team can do something positive with its No. 13 overall pick, the Redskins could be in the playoff picture next season.2967cf84ded68e2d84110261cc496936_crop_exactwholesale nfl jerseys cheap

In adjusted games lost, only the Redskins were impacted more by injuries than the Chicago Bears in 2017. But the Bears still won a handful of games with a raw rookie quarterback and a lame-duck head coach.

A year later, there will be higher expectations for Mitchell Trubisky entering his sophomore season, and the 2017 No. 2 overall pick will have a lot more support. New head coach Matt Nagy worked magic with Alex Smith in Kansas City, and new receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton will team up with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen to become one of the best young arsenals in the league.

If returning wideouts Cameron Meredith and Kevin White nfl jerseys cheap wholesale can stay healthy, that receiving corps will be loaded for the relatively well-protected Trubisky, who completed more than 67 percent of his passes in the final month of his rookie campaign. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale

That same month, the Bears defense surrendered just 13.6 points per game to finish the season with a top-10 ranking in both points and yards allowed. Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller return to a talented secondary, positioning that unit for a strong 2018 campaign.

Balanced Heat roll past Wizards, 129-102

Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder and Kelly Olynyk all scored 13 for the Heat, who never trailed and outscored Washington cheap wholesale nfl jerseys 43-28 in the third. That was Miami’s highest-scoring quarter in a regular-season contest since Oct. 30, 2013 – 394 games ago.

Dwyane Wade got the 8,000th field goal of his career in the first half, but left less than a minute into the fourth quarter with what was diagnosed as a mild left hamstring strain. The Heat have a six-hour flight to Portland on Sunday, in advance of a game there Monday.

Jodie Meeks scored 23 for the Wizards, whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Bradley Beal scored 14 for Washington, which was outscored 76-42 in the paint – even on a night where Heat center Hassan Whiteside couldn’t play because of hip pain and his replacement, Bam Adebayo, was limited with foul trouble.

Washington was within 46-44 with 3:51 left in the second nfl jersey cheap wholesale china  quarter, and from there it was all Heat. Over the next 16 minutes, Miami outscored the Wizards 71-35.

It was Miami’s 11th consecutive game scoring at least 100 points, tying the third-longest such streak in team history.

Miami (36-31) carved out a split of the four-game season series with Washington, cheap nfl wholesale jerseys plus got within two games of the Wizards (38-29) in the Eastern Conference playoff race. A loss on Saturday and the Heat chances of catching the Wizards would have taken a serious hit – since they would have been four games down and with no hope of winning a tiebreaker.wholesale jerseys cheap nfl