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Luck: 'I don't need to be running with the ball'

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07:07 AM ET 08.06 | While quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver Reggie Wayne enjoy a good-natured haggle over whose team it is in Indy, the former keeps making a case for himself. Luck opened [Monday's] practice with 10 straight completions and finished 20-of-27. To date: 168-of-249 with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Luck has made it clear increasing his 54.1 completion rate as a rookie is one of his main priorities. "Yeah, we won some games and got to the playoffs," he said, "but we could have maybe won some more and not have dug ourselves in so many deep holes. The ball needs to be in the playmakers' hands and our playmakers are our wide receivers, our tight ends and our running backs. I don't need to be running with the ball. The ball doesn't need to be on the ground."

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August 6, 2013  07:10 AM ET

Wise young man..........

August 6, 2013  07:23 AM ET

Indy has a bright future. Another 10-12 years with a best in class QB.

August 6, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Last year about this time, I predicted that RG-III would be thought of as the best QB from the Class of '12 for a couple of years, but within 5 years sentiment would shift to Andrew Luck.

I think I'm going to be proven correct.

August 6, 2013  08:20 AM ET

As long as he has an solid offensive line, he won't need to.

August 6, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Those are wise words, i like this guy!!!

August 6, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Last year about this time, I predicted that RG-III would be thought of as the best QB from the Class of '12 for a couple of years, but within 5 years sentiment would shift to Andrew Luck.I think I'm going to be proven correct.

Agreed except I don't think it's going to take 5 years. By the end of next season Luck might be thought of as the best QB from that class and top five in the NFL.

August 6, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Agreed except I don't think it's going to take 5 years. By the end of next season Luck might be thought of as the best QB from that class and top five in the NFL.

Perception for many will depend on who gets a ring first

August 6, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Last year about this time, I predicted that RG-III would be thought of as the best QB from the Class of '12 for a couple of years, but within 5 years sentiment would shift to Andrew Luck.I think I'm going to be proven correct.

Well, if III settles down, gets smarter about his own durability, takes less chances, and develops more, the competition could become interesting. Right now, though, I would agree with you. Luck is a very solid QB right now and HOF-caliber to be sure.

August 6, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Well, if III settles down, gets smarter about his own durability

That's the big if.

And if he does that, will he still be as effective.

Over the years, the QB position in the NFL has evolved into a pocket passer job. There's a reason for that. Manning and Brady stay in the game. RG-III and Michael Vick do not.

August 6, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Last year about this time, I predicted that RG-III would be thought of as the best QB from the Class of '12 for a couple of years, but within 5 years sentiment would shift to Andrew Luck.I think I'm going to be proven correct.

RG-3 needs to quite trying to make so much happen with his legs and throw the ball,he's not a running back.

August 6, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well, if III settles down, gets smarter about his own durability, takes less chances, and develops more, the competition could become interesting. Right now, though, I would agree with you. Luck is a very solid QB right now and HOF-caliber to be sure.

Damn good comment, but Mike Shanahan is the one that needs to tell and teach RGIII, "to settle down, gets smarter about his own durability, takes less chances, and develops more".

August 6, 2013  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Perception for many will depend on who gets a ring first

Wilson.

August 6, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Agreed except I don't think it's going to take 5 years. By the end of next season Luck might be thought of as the best QB from that class and top five in the NFL.

Both Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck attended a summer Manning QB camp. When Luck went back to Stanford his coach Jim Harbaugh asked him who the best QB was at the camp. His answer was; " Some kid from UNR named Colin Kaepernick was awesome". This little tidbit of information is what influenced Harbaugh into drafting Kaepernick later on.

August 6, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Both Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck attended a summer Manning QB camp. When Luck went back to Stanford his coach Jim Harbaugh asked him who the best QB was at the camp. His answer was; " Some kid from UNR named Colin Kaepernick was awesome". This little tidbit of information is what influenced Harbaugh into drafting Kaepernick later on.

This is true. Good comment!!!

August 6, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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Perception for many will depend on who gets a ring first

IMO, the Ring will not matter who is better Luck or RGIII. It will depend on who stays healthy.

August 6, 2013  12:21 PM ET

It all depends on your geographical location !!!!

RGIII! RGIII!! RGIII!!!

Wilson, Luck, The R... All are remarkable QB's out of last years draft. Doesn't matter who is better honestly. Let's enjoy them all.

August 6, 2013  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wise young man..........

Even though they often turn out to be arrogant, Stanford grads do tend to be pretty wise.

August 6, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

It all depends on your geographical location

!!!!RGIII! RGIII!! RGIII!!!

Wilson, Luck, The R... All are remarkable QB's out of last years draft. Doesn't matter who is better honestly. Let's enjoy them all.

Right. We will be happy to beat Indy in the AFC Championship, and either the Redskins or Seattle in the Superbowl.

August 6, 2013  01:31 PM ET
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That's the big if.And if he does that, will he still be as effective.Over the years, the QB position in the NFL has evolved into a pocket passer job. There's a reason for that. Manning and Brady stay in the game. RG-III and Michael Vick do not.

Um, I wouldn't say that a guy like Kaepernick is a classic pocket-passer and am imagining him as a kind of prototype for the future of NFL QBs. In fact, I am thinking that Luck is probably one of the last of that breed: to me, Manning and Brady represent a sort of "golden age" of the old style Qb who I think will eventually become extinct. To answer your question, yes, III can mature and be as and even more effective.

 
August 6, 2013  01:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Both Colin Kaepernick and Andrew Luck attended a summer Manning QB camp. When Luck went back to Stanford his coach Jim Harbaugh asked him who the best QB was at the camp. His answer was; " Some kid from UNR named Colin Kaepernick was awesome". This little tidbit of information is what influenced Harbaugh into drafting Kaepernick later on.

That is a good tidbit.

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