SEATTLE – Indianapolis Colt quarterback Andrew Luck was not hit once in his first game of 19 months. He met twice. The best part about both of these hits was that Luck immediately got up without having any problems with his surgically repaired right shoulder.
Luck, who played his first game since week 17 in the 2016 season, Colts led on scoring units that both ended with field targets against Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.
"It was a little bit of pressure was turned off, in one sentence, and I really had fun," Luck said. "I really liked it. I did not really know if I would play so much again about football."
Thursday's preeseason game was probably the biggest contest for Colts since Luck played in his first as a rookie in 201
For Luck, the game was not about throwing touchdowns, throwing too much meters or having 30 attempts to pass. It was about seeing him make continued progress.
Andrew Luck expresses how it felt that he returned to a game situation for the first time after suffering injury.
Luck had passed every test he met during training camp while continuing his journey back from missing the 2017 season due to a high injury injury that he originally suffered during week 3 2015. But the quarterback – and the rest of the organization – wanted to see how he would perform when he did not have the red noncontact jersey in practice and he had to face a defense that could hit him. Coltsen wanted Luck to work with his rhythm, get his match day adrenaline to flow again and take a match or two in his first game of 585 days.
He passed all these tests.
"The first play is always a little nervous in any game, but especially this," Luck says. "After that, it slowly slows down and the rhythm, a huddle's stream, rings a game, knows where the game bells are to the line of scrimmage, showing what your queues are, the operations that take over. For lack of better words, it felt natural. "
Luck took his first hit since turning to Jacksonville Jaguars back in the final of the 2016 season when he crumpled a farm on Thursday before being taken down by Seahawk's linebacker Bobby Wagner. Luck said it was probably the" most excited me has been and will ever be beaten "after the game.
Luck, who has been dismissed 156 times in his career, was fired when Joe Haeg started instead of injured Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), was badly struck by the edge of Seahawk's defensive ending Rasheem Green. There was no excitement that wondered how Luck felt before he got straight up, ran over and the loud tight end Jack Doyle.
Marlon Mack, who started running back in Thursday's preseason opener against the Seahawks, injured his hamstring during the game.
"I think it's nice to ask some questions as much as you do not want behind you," Luck said. "" Will you be able to to meet? "So it facilitates a small part of that anxiety that I was alive that only game-type actions could cure or relieve themselves. "
The new Colts coach Frank Reich did not play it conservatively by hitting the ball on the ground to protect Luck. He blended it up with some quick throws and some intermediate throws down the field while you have a clean pocket up the middle to work. Colts tried seven passes during their 12-play, 60-yard opening device that ended with an Adam Vinatieri 33-yard field goal.
The plan that went in was for Luck not to play more than a quarter. when the first quarter ended with Luck in the middle of leading Colts down on the field again. That run ended with another field goal, but it also featured Luck who looks comfortable in leading the crime. His night was over after the second series and saw him go 6-9 for 64 meters.
"[Luck’s] Demeanor was a lot of fun," said Reich. "The floats flowing. He was quite jacked up. So it was nice to see it. "
Part of Colt's offensive game that was absent was deeply throwing down the field, something Luck has featured throughout his career. 17-yard finish Luck made to run back Marlon Mack had a quick pass in the apartment.
"To be sincere, I've been more comfortable with the intermediate and short game," Luck said. "The deep game is something we have to work with and we will do. It will be a big part of our crime. I know it has been a big part of every successful year we've had. I'm excited about it. I do not think I have a physical limitation that keeps me back. I think I've proved to myself that I can start doing these throws and work on them. There will be another focus. " Another" milestone "has been achieved for Luck. Colts is likely to increase Luck's playing time in each of the two previous previous season games. He begins his week 1 game against Cincinnati Bengals, which prevents any kind of adversity.