Former GM On Luck: "It Felt Like He Never Left"

Charley Casserly summed up Andrew Luck's first preseason game with one word: "outstanding"

Taz and the Moose
August 14, 2018 - 9:50 am

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Last Thursday, Andrew Luck played football on an NFL field for the first time since the final week of the 2016 season, finishing 6-of-9 for 64 yards in the Colts’ 19-17 preseason win over Seattle. 

This is a guy who wasn’t even throwing an NFL-regulation football just a few months ago.

Not that anyone could tell.

“I thought he was outstanding,” former NFL GM and current NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly said on Taz & The Moose. “It felt like he never left. Ball came out quick, accurate, field vision. You begin to remember that he took those Colts teams farther than their talent when he took them to the playoffs each time he did that. He has the ability to do that.”

Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, led the Colts to an 11-5 record in each of his first three seasons. The last three seasons, however, haven’t been as successful. Indy went 8-8 in 2015, 8-8 in 2016, and – without Luck – 4-12 in 2017.

With Luck back – and with new head coach Frank Reich inserted into the fold – the Colts have high expectations for 2018.

“You like the fact that Colts emphasized getting better at the offensive line,” Casserly said. “Quenton Nelson, the first rounder, is an example of that. They’re trying to protect him. I think the ball will come out quick. I think he’ll read it from the line – a lot like Philip Rivers does with the Chargers, which is where Frank Reich was. Frank Reich was around (Carson) Wentz – very smart guy like Luck coming out – and he got him to be successful. 

“Yes, the talent has to improve around him,” Casserly continued, “but the thing about Luck is he held the ball too long trying to make a play. I think they’ve got to get him out of that and I think they’ll have the system to do that. But he looked very sharp.”

The Colts open the season at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 9. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.