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08-01-2019, 08:54 AM
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Andrew Luck's throwing shoulder feels great.He's thrown a touchdown pass Youth Quenton Nelson Jersey , celebrated a couple of victories, mastered another new offense and even survived some hard hits.Yes, the Indianapolis Colts' returning and improved quarterback already seems to be rounding into his pre-injury form — good news for a team that desperately needs Luck available to turn things around after missing the playoffs each of the last three years."My arm feels awesome," he said after celebrating Indy's second preseason win. "I'm not going to lie to you guys. I actually feel very good and strong. My shoulder felt alive."Sure, the critics contend they heard some positive vibes last year. Of course, back then, Luck wasn't even throwing a football. And, yes, now he is dealing with a minor foot injury.But this time, he's already survived three games and looks more like the quarterback that led Indianapolis to playoff appearances in his first three seasons than the guy who missed 26 of the last 45 games with injuries.Nobody is less surprised to see Luck ready to go than first-year coach Frank Reich, who believed so strongly in the comeback he never asked general manager Chris Ballard for Luck's medical update before accepting the job in February."Physically he can take the hit, presence in the pocket, command at the line of scrimmage, accuracy," Reich said when asked what Luck had demonstrated in 11 preseason series. "I think he threw the ball really well. I just felt like he was in complete control."With Luck's preseason complete, the next big test comes Sept. 9 against Cincinnati. It will be his first regular-season game in more than 20 months, and though he's already been driven into the ground by Terrell Suggs and others Youth Braden Smith Jersey , the Colts' success this season will likely depend more on how well Luck's surgically repaired throwing shoulder holds up through a 16-game season."There are still things that come up that are going to be challenges," he said. "I know I've seen improvement. I think this team has improved, so that to me is the most important thing."FOR THE RECORD: Adam Vinatieri's resume makes a solid case that he's the best kicker in league history. As the 45-year-old enters his 23rd season, Vinatieri has his eyes on bigger feats.He needs seven field goals to pass Morten Andersen (565) for the most in league history. And if Vinatieri produces at his typical pace, he could also beak Andersen's career scoring record sometime in October.Andersen, who played high school football in Indy, scored 2,544 points in a league-record 382 games. Vinatieri needs 58 points to pass Andersen, who broke the previous record in December 2006.PLUGGING HOLES: The Colts put a premium on the offensive line and seem to have solidified at least four spots, presuming longtime starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo returns from a hamstring injury for the season opener.Ryan Kelly, Indy's 2016 first-round pick, returns from injury to start at center. He'll be flanked by veteran guard Matt Slauson, added as a free agent, on the right side, and first-round pick Quenton Nelson on the left.If the early returns are any indication, it will be the best interior line Luck has played with since being drafted in 2012.That leaves one huge question at right tackle, where rookie Braden Smith http://www.authenticsindianapoliscolts.c...ard-jersey , free-agent additions Austin Howard and J'Marcus Webb and veterans Denzelle Good, Le'Raven Clark and Joe Haeg continue to battle.SAFETY NET: Indy's starting safeties, Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker, are an imposing duo.At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Geathers is a big hitter from a football family that has already produced five NFL-playing relatives. Hooker, at 6-1, 212, is a playmaker with a penchant for takeaways.But until Saturday, injuries had prevented Geathers and Hooker from lining up together in a game. If they stay healthy, they could finally give the Colts' secondary the physical presence with big-play potential they've long sought.TRENDING YOUNG: The Colts have drafted 19 players since Chris Ballard took over as general manager, and they're counting on many of those youngsters to produce this season.In addition to moving 2016 draft picks Marlon Mack and Quincy Wilson into the starting lineup, they're also expecting Nelson to help anchor the revamped offensive line. They need Smith, defensive linemen Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis and linebacker Darius Leonard — Indy's four second-round picks this year — all to make key contributions.Rookie running backs Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins also could play big roles this season. Frank Reich has the inside track on Philadelphia.He coached the quarterbacks, helped construct one of the league's most innovative offenses and worked closely with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz before leaving for Indianapolis in February.On Sunday, the Colts are hoping Reich's knowledge could give them a leg up on the defending Super Bowl champs this weekend."Nothing too dramatic, a few things here and there White Joe Haeg Jersey ," Reich said when asked about this week's conversations with defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus."Not anything that would be over the top. My experience is if you say too much it just confuses the matter. So you give a few personnel things, a few philosophical things, maybe one or two things to look for and then you let our defense play the way we've been playing."Of course, Reich downplays the significance of this weekend's reunion. Most coaches do.But Reich's third game as a head coach will understandably be a big deal.It was in Philly where Reich went from rising assistant to head coaching candidate after spending two seasons with coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz, who is expected to make his season debut Sunday.It was in Philly where Reich finally put his fingers on the Super Bowl ring that eluded him so many other places.It was in Philly where Reich turned down interviews so he could focus solely on winning playoff games with Nick Foles following Wentz's season-ending knee injury.And it was in Philly where he finally got the Colts' phone call after Josh McDaniels reneged on a commitment to take over as head coach.Neither Reich nor his players see much point in making this game bigger than it needs to be."I didn't even think about that (Reich's return)," quarterback Andrew Luck said Wednesday. "I don't think anyone in this locker room needs extra motivation to win a game for him. I mean I think our guys are hungry to play. Yeah, that would be special, that would be special, that would be cool."Reich already has given the Colts (1-1) a fresh perspective.They are off to their best start since 2013 and Luck has looked like his old self in an offense that, not so surprisingly, resembles the Eagles' plan.Four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton is off to the best start of his career as he lines up in multiple spots. Running backs Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins delivered a one-two punch last week that was reminiscent of Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. Nyheim Hines possesses natural versatility, like Darren Sproles, and the Colts' tight ends are being asked to do more, too.Eberflus, who faced the Eagles twice a year while coaching previously in Dallas, has the Colts defense clicking, too.Rookie linebacker Darius Leonard was selected as the AFC's defensive player of the week Wednesday after getting 18 tackles in last weekend's 21-9 victory at Washington.Eberflus can always seek additional advice from linebacker Najee Goode White Chester Rogers Jersey , a free-agent signee who played with the Eagles last season.The Eagles know all about the potential pitfalls in facing their former offensive coordinator and are planning accordingly."He (Reich) knows, obviously, our structure offensively, what we try to do, how we attack things and maybe even some of the terminology and verbiage. So, we have to be careful there," Pederson said on a conference call with Colts' reporters."At the same time, we can't change everything. There is some similarity, but at the same time we're aware of it. We are looking forward to seeing him again on Sunday and welcoming him back to Philadelphia."Even if the reception is less than warm — as Eagles' fans tend to make it.But Reich returns with fond memories of the city, organization and staff that welcomed him with open arms and nothing but gratitude for the opportunity he got. All he wants to do now is win."It (leaving Philadelphia) was bittersweet in that it was such a great experience there, such a good relationship with everyone there," Reich said."But there's only 32 of these things and if it's a goal and it's an aspiration, you have to seize the moment."Notes: Indy has signed running back Jeremy McNichols to the practice squad, released quarterback Phillip Walker from the practice squad and waived running back Josh Ferguson from the injured reserve list. ... Team owner Jim Irsay and his family have donated $100,000 to the Wheeler Mission to help the local charity expand the Center for Women & Children, which provides emergency shelter and long-term programs for homeless women and women with children.
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