South Rumors: Luck, Bucs, Saints, Texans

The Colts have their franchise centerpiece ready to resume his career after a hiatus so long it had many concerned his NFL days were over. But not everyone’s buying into Andrew Luck being able to pick up where he left off.

Have you watched the guy play? Go back and watch him pre-injury…like 2015. Now watch him today. His throwing motion is completely changed, and he has no deep velocity,” an AFC offensive assistant coach said, via Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller. “His entire game has changed. I bet he’ll be Checkdown Charlie. Like Alex Smith but afraid to get hit.”

An AFC South assistant, per Miller, doubted the Colts’ offensive line can protect Luck. That was an issue for the team when its 28-year-old quarterback was last healthy. Colts scouts and execs are obviously more bullish on Luck being ready to resume his trajectory.

The last time y’all saw Andrew, he threw for 4,200 yards with a (messed) up shoulder and a bad offensive line,” a “high-level” Colts executive told Miller. “Just wait.”

Continuing with some additional Colts news, here’s the latest from the South divisions:

  • Both Anthony Castonzo and Marlon Mack returned to Colts practice this week, per ESPN.com’s Mike Wells and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter links). Castonzo injured his hamstring before training camp and re-aggravated it in the first week of August. He missed nearly a month of work but is optimistic he can still play in Week 1, the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer tweets. Mack missed almost a month of work as well because of a hamstring issue. He’s Indianapolis’ projected running back starter, but his status for the opener is also up in the air.
  • Both the Buccaneers and Saints paid premiums to sign certain practice squad players. Tampa Bay went well above the minimum $7.6K-per-week wages to add linebacker Azeem Victor, agreeing to pay him $28K per week, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. The Saints are paying wide receiver Keith Kirkwood that amount as well, per Pelissero. Kirkwood is a rookie UDFA out of Temple who went to Saints camp, while Victor was sixth-round Raiders pick in April.
  • While Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson are expected to handle three-down work for the Panthers, David Mayo will start in place of the suspended Thomas Davis, DC Eric Washington said (via Joe Person of The Athletic, on Twitter). Mayo’s a 2015 sixth-round pick who’s started one game in his three previous Panther seasons.
  • The Texans worked out both Charles Sims and Akeem Hunt on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle notes (on Twitter). While Sims is a former regular on Buccaneers passing downs, Hunt’s workout went well, Wilson tweets, adding no deal is imminent. The Texans will be without D’Onta Foreman for the first third of the season. Alfred Blue, third-year back Tyler Ervin and recent waiver claim Gregory Howell are on Houston’s roster behind starter Lamar Miller.
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5 comments on “South Rumors: Luck, Bucs, Saints, Texans

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Don’t you just love these assistant coaches that hide behind anonymity when making remarks? Soon as they get fired they will likely be rushing to Indianapolis with resumes in hand.

  2. ScruffyTheJanitor

    What a tremendously bad take.

    First off, watch the SF game and tell me Luck will be “scared” to get hit.

    Secondly: Luck’s arm might not have deep velocity (though it seemed fine), but how would he know? They didn’t exactly throw a bunch of hail marys in the preseason.

    • crosseyedlemon

      And thirdly, coaches don’t give a you know what about style points, for it’s far better to win ugly than lose looking pretty.

  3. captainchaos55

    Luck I’ll likely be fine.. till he’s not fine. I don’t expect him to pick up where he left off. That’s not reasonable. This is the most elite level in the sport. It takes a lot of work to play at that level and even more to be great at that level. If he comes all the way back .. I think it will be mid season. Then again .. maybe he will never be the same .. time will tell. He is going to get slaughtered by that Bengals D line week 1. That is a heck of a first game back ..

  4. imgman09

    They are bringing him a long slow! Sounds like hogwash!nobody shows anything in the Preseason anyway!

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