Friday, September 7, 2012
Insiders on Vontae Davis and Andrew Luck
By Paul Kuharsky
The Colts have a big presence in ESPN.com Insider pieces today.
While I can’t give away the store and encourage you to do what you have to in order to see it all, I can offer you these snippets.
Herm Edwards looks at how cornerback Vontae Davis changes the Colts:
“He's a confident, big corner who has good closing speed and isn't afraid to tackle. He is battle-tested, can line up across from true No. 1 WRs and has played in the AFC his entire career, so he's familiar with the wideouts. In the AFC South, with Andre Johnson, Kenny Britt and Justin Blackmon, that's critical.
“His biggest problem is his feet. He's so athletically gifted that he can be lazy at times with his footwork and get away with it. Against elite WRs, you have to be locked in and focused all the time. He must improve his consistency.
“Still, across from RCB Jerraud Powers, Davis helps give the Colts a solid pair of cornerbacks for a rebuilding defense.”
Moving to offense, both Bill Polian and K.C. Joyner look at rookie quarterbacks and offer insight into Andrew Luck.
“…[E]ven with Davis I think we could see a lot of shootouts … and rookie QBs don't win shootouts. In fact, shootouts can be dangerous for rookies.
“When you're trailing by a large margin, defenses know you'll be throwing the ball. Opposing pass-rushers will be pinning their ears back on every play. We're going to see if Indy's offensive line has improved after giving up 35 sacks in 2011. If it hasn't, then Luck is going to take some hits this season.
“In Luck's favor, the Colts know the Manning development blueprint inside and out, since new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as Manning's QB coach. They will suit the offense to Luck's abilities.”
Joyner says he’d like to see Luck branch out a bit in terms of who he targets, but points to what he was most comfortable with at Stanford: “Luck excels on midrange passes, especially to tight ends. On throws of 20-29 yards last season, the Stanford QB hit on 26 of 44 passes for 843 yards, a terrific 19.2 yards per attempt. On those throws, he had seven TDs and no INTs.”