Andrew Luck is throwing footballs again. Can we all just take a moment to enjoy that sentence?
Okay, good. So for those of you (like me) who have tired long ago of updates regarding Luck’s biceps, shoulders, timelines, and have clung to every searchable image of Luck’s physique over the past year in some desperate attempt to find hope, it is right here:
Another step closer. pic.twitter.com/1INrKyrhJu— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) June 12, 2018
And also here:
Luck with a half dozen tosses. Around 5-to-10 yards.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) June 12, 2018
Individual and team periods now about to begin. pic.twitter.com/xKHb8jftLm
Now before we all get too fired up, he isn’t taking 50-yard shots downfield, and we shouldn’t be expecting that any time in the near future. However, this throwing means he will have more than enough time to be a participant in training camp, and to build rapport and timing with all his new receiving targets as well as get time executing the offense.
What this means for the Colts cannot be overstated. Andrew Luck on the field makes this team relevant immediately. While it can be argued that the team has a long way to go and that the division has grown up around the Colts, a healthy Andrew Luck is able to elevate the play of the team around him.
His debut in 2012 saw him lead a team that was able to squeak out just two wins the prior year all the way to a playoff berth. This Colts team has a quality play-caller, an athletic if unproven defense, and a whole host of weapons at Luck’s disposal. What’s more, they have a bolstered offensive line that will actually see serious competition rather than starters by default.
Ladies and gentlemen, it just got a lot more fun to be a Colts fan, and the outlook just got a lot brighter. If you’re a fan of one of those other AFC South teams, get ready, because the best player in the division is back.