Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck made his highly anticipated debut on Sunday against the Chicago Bears and as expected–the No. 1 pick showed potential at times, but struggled a bit in important areas.
Despite throwing for 309 yards and one touchdown, most of Luck’s completions came during garbage time considering the Bears already had a comfortable lead and went on to win the game 41-21. Heading into Week 1, there was plenty of hype surrounding Luck and how he was one of the most “NFL ready” quarterbacks of all time after showing potential during the preseason.
Unfortunately, that was far from the case in Week 1.
From timing to decision making on his passes, Luck struggled throughout the game and some of his forced passes resulted into three turnovers on the afternoon. If Luck was as “NFL ready” as everybody made him out to be, these types of decisions would not have been an issue.
The potential is certainly there for Luck and he does seem like the type of quarterback that will stick around for years to come, but he still has plenty of work to do before he can be placed in the category of an “NFL ready” quarterback. Give him a few more games to gain some experience and maybe he can be placed in that category.
For now though–Luck looks just like any other rookie quarterback in this league adjusting to life in the NFL while dealing with the growing pains of making the transition from the college level to the pros.