Andrew Luck won’t make his preseason debut until Sunday, but Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson has already seen enough to feel confident that the No. 1 overall pick was well spent.
Asked what he has learned about Luck in training camp, Grigson channeled Dennis Green in his answer, saying, “That he really is what we thought he was.”
Grigson said he’s excited about seeing Luck in live game action, because he’s already seen just in practice what a competitor Luck is.
“We just have to get him in front of some other folks and see how he responds,” Grigson said. “Because, like I’ve said, the one thing that you can tell from his body language, from how he reacts on the field, from how he does things, he’s his harshest critic. Nobody is going to be able to push his buttons as hard as he pushes his own buttons. That’s evident to me. He wants to be great. He absolutely hates incompletions. You can see it on his face. He wants to complete every pass, and that’s good to see.”
However, Grigson put the brakes on when a reporter asked if Luck is reminiscent of Peyton Manning.
“No. I wouldn’t say he reminds me of Peyton,” Grigson said. “One is a great one that’s proven himself. Andrew’s yet to prove himself, has a long way to go. He knows that.”
The Colts will avoid the Manning comparisons as much as they can, but Luck will always be compared to Manning. And the early indications are that the folks in Indianapolis believe Luck will eventually prove himself worthy of those comparisons. A franchise quarterback for a decade or more to come is who the Colts think Luck is.