WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–During a Saturday afternoon meeting with the team’s media, Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted that Indianapolis has heard from other NFL teams regarding the possible availability of quarterback Andrew Luck.

Irsay said that trade offers for Luck would have included an “unprecedented” amount of draft picks. The team, however, never seriously considered any offers.

General manager Chris Ballard cleared up questions Saturday night on when the Colts got calls about Luck’s availability.

“We had some calls last year at the (trade) deadline,” he explained. “Come on, I’m not taking those (calls) seriously. I’m not trading Andrew Luck. I’m not putting that on my resume.”

–Irsay is bullish on the Colts’ chances of turning around last season’s 4-12 record.

“If Andrew Luck is healthy — and we think he will be — we’re gonna have a pretty formidable football team. That’s the bottom line,” Irsay said.

“(My feelings are) much better where this football team is right now than it was even 48 hours ago.”

Irsay also remains hopeful that Luck will be able to return to the form that he displayed his first several years in the league. But he knows that there is still a lot of work to do before that happens.

“All of us, including Andrew, were surprised he didn’t play football last year,” he said.

As for returning in time for the start of the 2018 regular season, Irsay thinks the quarterback will be ready to go.

“It’s a stepping stone process. He’s got to go through practices, get roughed up a little by his teammates, get roughed up in preseason,” he said. “We’re going to be really tracking Andrew’s progress. It’s so critical, and we think he’s on track to have a really good 2018 season.”

–According to Irsay, Indianapolis officials considered moving up in the first round to try and draft defensive end Bradley Chubb.

But the team kept the sixth overall pick and nabbed guard Quenton Nelson.

“He is so unusual (and) doesn’t have any weaknesses. He’s a computer simulation of what an offensive lineman should be,” he said.

–Indianapolis’ 11 total draft picks, including four in the second round and two in the fifth round, were the most for the franchise in the modern draft era. The Colts came into the weekend with nine total draft picks.

–The Colts traded defensive lineman Henry Anderson Saturday to the Jets for New York’s seventh-round draft pick (235).

–With the trade of Anderson, safety Clayton Geathers and guard/tackle Denzelle Good are the only remaining members of the Colts’ 2015 draft class.

 

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