Speaking on a radio show earlier today, new head coach Frank Reich confirmed that it is their goal to have Andrew Luck throwing a football before minicamp this summer.
We have heard plenty of Andrew Luck updates in the offseason, but this one might offer the most clarity. Frank Reich said today that the Colts’ goal is to have Andrew Luck start throwing NFL footballs before the team breaks for minicamp in the summer.
Luck has been doing some light throwing, but not with a football. He has been throwing smaller things, like a tennis ball. He said he was doing this to build up strength in his shoulder. These exercises will help him prepare to throw a football with as much torque and speed that he needs to.
Reich said that Luck continues to progress well and has been taking a methodical approach to rehab. He said Luck will be working towards throwing a football before minicamp. Whether that happens in OTA’s or not remains to be seen.
It would be unwise of Colts fans to expect him to throw a lot in OTA’s. He more than likely won’t throw an NFL-sized football this early. It is more likely that he stays with his current strengthening regimen. He might throw a pee wee football at some point though.
This is an update that is meant to temper expectations around Luck. Reich doesn’t want any distractions surrounding his quarterback. He wants to let everyone know what will happen with him moving forward.
The Colts really just need to get acclimated with their new coaching staff during OTA’s. They don’t need to do anything special in terms of workouts, they just need to learn the new offense and defense. Luck will definitely be excited to dive into the playbook and get some mental reps in the new offense.