The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

July 31, 2012

Luck hitting his stride

Rookie QB scoring with teammates



It was one of Luck’s best performances in the deep passing game since he joined the Colts in April.

Head coach Chuck Pagano said deep passes in practice are good for both sides of the ball.

“You know what, they’ve hit them,” Pagano said. “He’s hit them. I saw a few that were miscues also that we could have made. So we’ll continue.

That’s always offensively and defensively. I know coaching (defensive

backs) for so many years and being on the defensive side of the ball, going into your first preseason game you’re always scared that you’re not going to get enough deep ball work on either side, the timing of it, the throwing and catching it and then defending it. So the more we can do out here, the better for both sides.”

Luck had two more potential touchdown passes batted down during a two-minute drill near the end of practice.

The first was a beautifully thrown ball deep into the right corner of the end zone intended for Avery. Cornerback Jerraud Powers closed on the play late and nearly made an amazing one-handed interception before knocking the pass to the ground.

Flashing back to his days as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator, Pagano might have been the most excited person on the field after Powers’


“It’s everything I can do from going over there and rooting and cheering and high-fiving and all that stuff,” he said. “I’ve got to remember I’m right down the middle now so I can’t play favoritism, but it was a nice play.”

A few snaps later, on a desperation fourth-down attempt, Luck floated a pass into the middle of the end zone for Reggie Wayne. Safety Antoine Bethea arrived first and easily broke up the play.

“Obviously, you’re going to make some mistakes,” Luck said before taking the field in the afternoon. “Hopefully, we get better every practice. I know it’s very cliché, but I think it’s important to get better as a team.”




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