INDIANAPOLIS – With two preseason games under the Colts’ belt, along with practices now being held at the Colts Complex on 56th Street, one would think that perhaps some of the players would have the mentality of looking forward to the regular season. After all, the three starting units have looked sharp on the gridiron, and all signs have pointed to the team being ready for the season opener in Denver on Sept. 7.
However for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who completed 8-12 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night’s 27-26 loss to New York, that just simply isn’t the case.
“Absolutely, definitely training camp mentality, got to get better,” said Luck. “I know also this is a great week sort of to prepare you for the rhythm of a regular season game. But it’s training camp, it’s training camp mentality and we need the work.”
The Colts returned to practice Monday afternoon with a condensed workout, and No. 12 was out there with the team working hard as usual. After the practice Luck talked about how he’s happy with what he has seen from the offense so far, but is looking for the team to continue to get better in a number of areas in Saturday’s contest against the Saints.
“Would love to run the ball better, would love to score more touchdowns,” said Luck, who also noted the Colts’ problems in the red zone. “Not sure how much time we’ll get as ones, but if history says anything, it will be more time and probably into the second half. So run the ball better, score some points, convert more third downs. We’d love to go out and be perfect, but we’ll see.”
One person who seems to be making the most of his time this offseason is newly acquired wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The former New York Giant had five receptions for 53 yards against his former team on Saturday, and is happy with how his relationship with Andrew Luck is building on the field.
“It’s just going to keep taking hard work, practicing every day and getting that timing down,” said Nicks. “That way when it’s all said and done when the season starts, we’ll all know our roles and everything will be perfect.”