Andrew Luck brought his revised to-do list to work on Tuesday.
Make better protection calls. Complete more passes. Get ready for his first NFL road test at Pittsburgh.
For now, it’s short and simple.
“I think you just try and get better,” Luck said Tuesday when Indianapolis returned to practice at Anderson University. “Obviously, it was nice to go out and play a game and do some good things, do some bad things.”
Bad things? Good luck finding those in Sunday’s 38-3 victory over St. Louis.
All Luck did in his first NFL game was go 10 of 16 for 188 yards with two touchdowns and a 142.6 quarterback rating, leading the Colts to their most lopsided preseason win since a 35-0 shellacking of Washington in 1966.
Since then, analysts and observers have spent countless hours heaping praise on the man who had been called the most NFL-ready quarterback since Peyton Manning entered the league in 1998.
Luck lived up to the billing Sunday.
The rave reviews aren’t just coming from outsiders, either.
“I was surprised by his athletic ability and his decision-making as a rookie. His pocket-presence is very good,” said Colts cornerback Justin King, who played in St. Louis when Sam Bradford was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. “We’ve seen he (Luck) can throw and we know he’s smart, but with the live bullets coming, he responded very, very well.”
Around the league
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener. He said it could be an issue all year … Washington Redskins defensive tackle Chris Neild is out for the season with a knee injury … The interior of the New York Giants’ defensive line is facing questions after veteran Shaun Rogers was lost for the season with a blood clot in his left calf … Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper broke his left forearm at practice and could miss up to six weeks.