Colts QB Andrew Luck gives himself passing grade for preseason play
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made it through preseason unscathed as he returned from a year off following shoulder surgery. He played in all three games in an effort to shake off the rust and get himself ready for the regular season.
Luck was asked to assess his preseason performance overall after his most recent — and most likely last — outing against the San Francisco 49ers, and he seemed somewhat pleased with how he did.
“I’m not going to give a letter grade. Sorry,” Luck joked after the Colts’ 23-17 win against the Niners per Mike Wells of ESPN. “Pass or fail? Pass.”
Luck understandably didn’t look completely at his best following his long injury layoff as he went 20-of-32 for 204 yards over the three games. Although, he did have by far his best showing against San Francisco as he went 8-of-10 and even threw his first touchdown in a long while. Luck also remarked post-game that he feels great physically.
“I feel great, my shoulder feels awesome, the best it’s felt,” Luck said. “I actually feel very good, strong, my shoulder felt alive. I was a little happier with where the ball went when I threw it. I keep feeling and seeing improvement. Keep working at it.”
That final preseason performance should fill Colts fans with a bit more optimism heading into the season opener. But for Luck, the measure of his success this preseason goes way beyond numbers. The fact that he played reasonably well in those three games — and more importantly, didn’t get hurt after taking some hits — should be considered a major victory in and of itself for him.