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.