The Indianapolis Colts just turned in their second preseason performance. For the first time, they captured a win; however, there are many details to their solid play against their defeated opponent, the New York Giants, starting with the amazing play of second-year quarterback Andrew Luck.
Luck had a monster performance against the Giants. It looks like he has made major progress from his last season, when he was already one of the better quarterbacks in the league. Luck almost completed all of his passes, and passed for 107 yards and two touchdowns. It was an amazing performance. He didn’t commit one turnover, and he is showing he can take better care of the ball. Backup Matt Hasselbeck is showing signs of inconsistency; he will do well for awhile, and then make a terrible read or just make a flat-out bonehead play. He’s a solid veteran, and should bounce back into form by the Colts’ next preseason game.
It looks as though Donald Brown is going to capture the final running back spot and push Delone Carter out. Brown showed a few flashes of good play. Earlier I said if Kerwynn Williams did well at running back then Brown could be cut; Williams didn’t have his bet showing against the Giants. It’s a tight race between Brown, Carter and Williams, but it looks as though Brown has put some distance between himself and the others.
At the receiver position, Reggie Wayne was as superb as ever. T.Y. Hilton has now solidified himself as the starter opposite Wayne, as Hilton has put in two straight superstar performances. It’s worth noting that the other receiver competing for the starting receiver job, Darius Heyward-Bey, didn’t do terrible, but Hilton is far better.
The defense did a lot better than they did in their first preseason game, as they didn’t let up one touchdown. Greg Toler made a nice interception, and is looking more and more comfortable in the starting spot opposite Vontae Davis. Erick Walden has proven to be a genius addition by the Colts; he recorded five tackles in a sack. Some of the younger defensive backs looked better, and it will be telling just how well they develop.