Nobody is saying it’s time to freak out about Andrew Luck yet, but, well, we just don’t know much about his recovery.
The latest ‘update’ came yesterday, when Chuck Pagano confirmed that Luck has not been throwing and that there is no timetable for when that throwing will begin. All along, the Colts have been very vague about Luck’s recovery status, simply saying that there’s no timetable. Jim Irsay has mentioned that Luck should be back in time for week one, but beyond that we don’t really know much.
So with all of that uncertainty surrounding the franchise quarterback, some have wondered whether the Colts would be interested in signing a veteran quarterback, someone like, say, Colin Kaepernick. The short answer is that, at least for the moment, they’re not.
“I think we’re okay right now,” Chuck Pagano said. “Roster mechanics as you know is 365 [days a year] at all spots. If we feel like there’s a need at that spot or any other spot, we’ll talk about it. We talk daily about the roster. It’s an ongoing process. We feel good with where we’re at.”
Asked whether adding a veteran quarterback was a priority for the Colts, Pagano simply replied, “no.”
The Colts are having a competition for their backup quarterback spot play out this offseason and training camp, with Scott Tolzien, Stephen Morris, and Phillip Walker all battling for that spot. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Colts ultimately decide to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster at least to start the season, depending on Luck’s status. But the Colts seem to like what they have in-house at quarterback.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing either. The main reason why signing a veteran quarterback would be a priority is if the Colts think that Luck will miss time in the regular season, so if they still think internally that he should be back in time then it makes it much less of a priority. And teams always think highly of some of their intriguing young prospects, which is certainly true of the Colts and Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker.
If you want, you can argue about whether or not this is the best approach or not, but I don’t think it’s a bad one. And regardless of what we think, the Colts don’t appear to be in the market for a veteran backup anytime soon as they move forward with their current group competing for the right to back up the team’s franchise quarterback.