After the Colts released Peyton Manning in March, Colts fans began to look at the next steps that the team would take to replace the huge loss. With the worst record in the NFL after the 2011 season, the Colts received the first pick in the 2012 draft. Rumors began to circulate that the team would go for Stanford’s Andrew Luck while others talked about drafting Baylor University’s Robert Griffin III. As draft day grew closer, it seemed as though the Colts had decided who they would go for: Andrew Luck. And they did.
Last Sunday was the big day that Colts fans have been waiting for since Luck was drafted back in April. Andrew Luck made his debut in Lucas Oil Stadium in the Colts first preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.
Luck played an outstanding first half. One that was even regarded as one of the greatest preseason debuts of all time.
He completed 10 of 16 passes, threw for 188 yards and completed two touchdown passes that contributed to the Colts 38-3 victory over the Rams.
One thing I did notice during the game is that Luck didn’t connect with veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Wayne has posted huge numbers for the Colts for the last 10 seasons, so getting him and Luck to connect will be a huge plus for Luck. Fortunately, the preseason is key time to improve players’ rhythms, so hopefully Luck and Wayne can continue to improve on the offensive side.
In the days following Luck’s debut in Indianapolis, Colts fans were buzzing with excitement after seeing Luck’s potential.
The Colts next preseason game is this Sunday, August 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh against the Steelers.