Andrew Luck played his first game at Lucas Oil in almost 600 days on Monday night, and, as expected, he had his “highs” and “lows.” Overall, Luck was 6-of-13, for 50 yards and 1 interception. However, despite what numbers appear in front of you, do not let them fool you. Yes, Andrew Luck showed some rust, but bare in mind, it is only his second game back in nearly 600 days, he is going to have some rust whether we like it or not.
There were several good plays from Luck, as he showed his ability to, once again, extend the play with his feet and throw a 16-yard laser to fellow teammate Jack Doyle. He also showed great pocket presence and poise when completing a nice 11-yard corner route to, you guessed it, Jack Doyle.
Now, that is not to take away from Luck’s ugly red-zone turnover just a few plays after safety Clayton Geathers ripped the ball away from Ravens’ punt returner Tim White. Luck was trying to extend the play and instead of throwing the ball away, he ultimately threw a pick, which only further proves my point of his “rustiness” being very apparent in throughout tonight’s game.
Those who choose to freak out because of one interception, you’re wasting your breath and time, quite frankly. Firstly, it is preseason, so I am sure most fans would rather see Luck make mistakes now than during the regular season. Secondly, it is completely unfair to expect him to be at his absolute best just after two preseason games after missing all of 2017.
Should fans or NFL experts be worried? Absolutely not! All Luck needs is more time to develop better, consistent repertoire with his fellow teammates, especially new ones. I’d also like to mention that most of the NFL-greats and HOF’s threw plenty of interceptions throughout their respective careers. (John Elway, Peyton Manning, Warren Moon, etc).
Luck may not have played “lights out” in his return to Lucas Oil, but as the preseason continues and we get into the regular season, I truly believe that over time, we will see the “Andrew Luck of old” come to life in 2018!