Five of Marcus Johnson’s nine catches so far have covered 20 yards or more, and unlike some boom-or-bust deep threats, Johnson is a reliable target down the field. Despite a career average of an impressive 16.5 yards per catch, Johnson has caught 75 percent of his targets with Rivers and Andrew Luck at quarterback for the Colts; the only time his percentage has dropped was last season, when he caught 51.5 percent of his targets.
Despite Philip Rivers' struggles, and the Colts thought of as a running team, the story said six weeks into the season, the Colts rank eighth in the NFL in passing plays of 20 yards or more, and fourth in big-play percentage. Johnson played a key role in those numbers even before Sunday’s five-catch, 108-yard performance to lead the Indianapolis comeback against the Bengals. Johnson's issue has been his health, he's battled hamstring and concussion issues over the past couple of years but if healthy it looks like he could make an impact in the Colts offense.
Colts QB Andrew Luck has unexpectedly decided to retire from the NFL and has a press conference set for Sunday to officially announce his decision.
This was absolutely out of nowhere and one of those stories that you almost have to double check that it’s actually Schefter tweeting the news. But it is true. Schefter says Luck has already met with owner Jim Irsay regarding his decision. Luck was not expected to play Week 1, and there was no indication of when he would return. But as it turns out, there will be no return as Schefter reports Luck, 29 years of age, has become mentally worn down. We wish Luck all the best in his retirement. Jacoby Brissett is now officially the starting quarterback in Indianapolis and all other fantasy options for the Colts certainly get bumped down a notch or two.
Keefer went on to tweet that the issue remains a matter of "full speed movement vs. pain threshold" with his ankle. The Colts, ideally, will want to know his status for Week 1 next Monday. That'll be 13 days shy of the season opener, the tweet went on to say.
ESPN NFL writer Dan Graziano shared a video on his Instagram of Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck warming up in individual drills Saturday, prior to the Colts' preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
Luck did not play Saturday, but this may still be considered a good sign. Or it may amount to nothing. But seeing Luck running a drill before a game at least shows he is working to make progress from whatever injury he is dealing with since the story had appeared to change numerous times as to what he was dealing with. But also, for what it's worth, ESPN's injury expert Stephania Bell commented on Graziano's Instagram post: "I’m going to take it as a sign that he’s testing things. Generally, a positive. Putting the ankle through some very specific structured work to then see how it responds. Would not get carried away with projecting anything beyond this is what he is doing today." Nonetheless, Luck is out partaking in football drills, which is more than we can say from the previous Colts practices.