Indianapolis Colts fans experienced many highs and lows last season, especially with the absence of Andrew Luck. Luck did not see a single snap in the 2017 season due to shoulder surgery along with complications in the recovery process. Although there are claims that Luck is making progress, many people remain skeptical that he will not be ready for the start of the upcoming season, thus presenting the Colts organization with quite a challenge. The fans are worried that he will not be able to recover from this prolonged injury and the struggles of last year will reoccur.
Hypothetically, if Luck is unable to perform for the first game, what will the Colts have planned? Last season, Jacoby Brissett, an acquired quarterback from the New England Patriots prior to the start of the year, took the spot under center for the team. Brissett served as an excellent option for the Colts since they did not have many other choices. Management did not intend on Brissett being the quarterback longer than a year, but with Luck still dealing with a bum shoulder, they have to be wondering if Brissett will play yet another vital role in the upcoming season.
The Colts had a strong showing at the NFL Draft in April, signing many talented players at positions they desperately needed to address, but in doing so, they neglected to acquire a quarterback. Unfortunately, the team’s inability to obtain a quarterback in the draft could potentially wind up hurting the Colts’ ability to be competitive this season. Luck, although making progress little by little, could potentially not be ready to suit up for the first game of the season and could result in Brissett being named the starter once again. The Colts organization needs to begin seeking out a long-term replacement in the seemingly realistic event that Luck is unable to return.
In terms of options past Brissett and Luck, there are two other quarterbacks on the team’s current roster, Brad Kaaya and Phillip Walker. Kaaya was a stud at Miami University, passing for over 3,000 yards in each of his three seasons, while also throwing for a total of 69 touchdowns. Walker was signed as an undrafted free agent in May 2017, after finishing out his education at Temple University and passing for over 70 touchdowns for the Owls. Kaaya would likely be the first option of the two quarterbacks, but the primary backup remains in the grasp of Brissett.
The Indianapolis Colts are in a tough position as Luck continues to deal with a lingering shoulder injury. If Luck is unable to perform in the 2018 season, then the Colts management might need to consider finding a replacement for the superstar long-term. Be sure to monitor Luck’s progress over the summer, as the Colts’ organization and fan base wait for further details on the issue.