It wasn’t one of the main attributes pundits raved about when explaining why Andrew Luck had the tools to be selected with the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft.
But when things have bogged down in the passing game early on in the regular season, Luck has shown the ability to use his legs, not his arm, to keep plays alive.
Against the Vikings on Sunday, Luck twice had seven-yard runs on designed pass plays, not to mention the numerous times he avoided pressure in the pocket to buy time and make completions.
Despite having the knack to make positive plays with his feet, Luck isn’t oblivious to the fact that his strength is throwing the football.
“I think I know that there are players much more capable of running on this team than I am, so let’s get the ball in those guys’ hands,” Luck said with a smile on Wednesday. “If a first down is needed on third down, then I think if the running is there, then I’ll try and take it.”
Luck knows that even though running might seem like the best option at the time, his health is the most important factor.
He is just two games into his professional career and while he hasn’t admitted to many things being a challenge for him, taking on an NFL defender isn’t likely to be on the horizon.
“I think I realized that one hit in the NFL is equivalent to about 10 in college. Try and minimize those,” Luck said. “As a quarterback you don’t have to prove your toughness by trying to run people over. It’s much more important to take care of your body and slide.”
The execution of the slide is something head coach Chuck Pagano would like to see his quarterback improve on.
It might seem minute compared to everything else Luck is dealing with, but Pagano knows first hand the importance of keeping your starting signal caller healthy.
“We’ll continue to make a point of emphasis with Andrew as far as extending plays and getting first downs when he can get first downs, but certainly we’d love him to get out of bounds, slide, throw the ball away whenever possible,” Pagano said.
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