Expect to see a lot of Josh Ferguson
Head coach Chuck Pagano has made it clear that the starting offense and defense will see much more action this week against the Baltimore Ravens and veteran QB Andrew Luck will open the game and is expected to play the entire first quarter. He did not play in the win against the Bills last week.
While RB Stephen Morris had a good game in limited touches (3 carries, 19 yards) the Colts, expect veteran Frank Gore to open the game but play just a series or two. Expect rookie Josh Ferguson, whom have been intrigued with since before the draft and leading to his drafting, to play many more minutes Saturday.
“It was good just to get out there and play some ball again,” Ferguson said of his NFL debut. “It was a great learning experience and I’m just excited for the next one.”
“Josh has done a great job,” said quarterback Scott Tolzien.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available for Saturday’s game as well as all preseason and regular season games. Get your tickets today and help cheer on your Indianapolis Colts.
Luck expected to take limited snaps
The first preseason game for the Indianapolis Colts takes place this Saturday when they face the Buffalo Bills. The first team main starters are expected to get minimum snaps which will allow those competing for second string jobs to get time on the field.
The team will return home for the second preseason game against the Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.
Tickets for the game and all preseason as well as regular season games are still available so be sure to grab yours before they are all gone and get out to support your Colts!
Indy Quarterback Andrew Luck didn’t have much luck in protection and turnovers last season and a major reason for that was a porous offensive line that could not protect him (80%) and bad decisions under heat (20%). Former University of Georgia and new Colts Quarterback Coach Brian Schottenheimer has no intentions of changing up anything in Luck’s approach to the position.
“We’re not going to change the way Andrew plays,” Schottenheimer told ESPN.com. “Andrew’s going to play the game. You’ve got to let Andrew play.”
As far as the bad decisions, both Coach Pagano and Schottenheimer think it’s all a part of growing into the game.
“The ones who are great competitors have a harder time (giving up on a play), but again, I think Andrew learned a lot last year and sometimes when you lose something that is so precious to you, you sit back and you’re like, ‘Wow, in order for this not to happen again, maybe there are some things I need to adjust,'” Schottenheimer said. “He realizes that he wants to be on that field. We certainly need him on that field. You’ll see that growth with him this year from a maturity standpoint.”
The Colts kick off the preseason with the Hall of Fame Game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday August 7th. Tickets for all preseason and regular season games are available now so be sure to get yours today and be there to cheer on your Indianapolis Colts!