Andrew Luck averaging 49 attempts per game through five weeks

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If the Indianapolis Colts were still concerned about the state of Andrew Luck‘s surgically repaired shoulder, they aren’t showing it with the amount they’re using it over the first five weeks of the season.

Luck is coming off a five-day stretch were he posted a career-high 62 passes against the Houston Texans last Sunday and had 59 more attempts against the New England Patriots on Thursday night. That’s the two highest passing attempt games of Luck’s career.

Luck has surpassed 50 attempts in three of the Colts’ five games this season. His season-low in attempts was 31 in a victory over the Washington Redskins in Week Two. He’s attempted 245 passes through five weeks, which is an average of 49 attempts a game.

Forty-nine attempts extrapolated over 16 games of an NFL season would be 784 passing attempts on the year. As a reference, there’s only been one season in NFL history with a player throwing more than 700 passes in a season, according to Pro Football Reference. Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions attempted a league record 727 passes in 2012.

Drew Bledsoe (691, NE, 1994), Peyton Manning (679, IND, 2010), Drew Brees (673, NO, 2016) and Joe Flacco (672, BAL, 2016) round out the five most aerial seasons in league history. Luck’s current pace would blow all of those seasons out of the water.

Whether Luck’s shoulder can handle that type of workload over a full four months of regular season action remains to be seen.

11 responses to “Andrew Luck averaging 49 attempts per game through five weeks

  1. I know the Colts have a lot of injuries, but how much longer do they really have to re-build the team around luck? They already wasted a lot of his prime—and managed to get him quite hurt for long stretches.

    Would they be better off trading him for picks and more time to build? Are they like another 2 or 3 years away still? The Offensive line still needs a lot of work and the defense.

  2. I’m not as high on him as some people, but there’s no question he deserves to be on a better team than that miserable franchise. Don’t stay, kid. Move on when your contract runs up. You don’t want to waste your career anymore than you already have.

  3. That’s nothing when you factor in he hasn’t thrown the ball past, like, 10 yards down the field.

    I could get off my couch and throw 50 times in 60 game minutes at Luck-level distances

  4. I didn’t see the game so I can’t say whether this article is meaningful. The stat that has been pointed out in the first 4 weeks say that he is 27th in throwing pass yards per attempt averaging less than 5 yards per pass attempt and very few balls over 20 yards in the air per pass attempt. Those two are the key signs. A bit early to tell but it just seems that he will never be the deep ball threat that he once was and that’s actually bad for the Colts as defenses can bring people forward and box in. Looks like the Colts will have another top 5 pick in the first round. This time they should draft a QB and see where next year goes with Luck.

  5. Since they are usually playing from behind it’s understandable! If he attempts over 700 passes he should win Comeback Player of the Year, hands down!

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