Chris Ballard On Andrew Luck’s Participation In Offseason Workouts: ‘We’ll Ease Him Along’

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have always preached a patient, by-the-book approach to the quarterback’s rehab from shoulder surgery.

That won’t change come April 9, when Luck and his teammates report back to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis for the start of the team’s offseason workout program.

While the first few weeks of the program consists of strictly weight room and conditioning work, the Colts will eventually find themselves on the practice field conducting individual, positional and, later, team drills, which could be Luck’s first time doing team work since briefly returning to practice in October before being shut down for the year and placed on Injured Reserve.

Now with a focus on a more intense rehab regimen, Luck spent a couple months in the Netherlands seeking treatment, and once the Colts’ season ended, he headed to California to work with noted throwing expert Tom House.

He’ll be involved he wants to be with his teammates, he wants to be involved in the offense,Ballard said. He was just in town this last weekend for four days; it was great to see him, he looks great. So he will be involved, and we’ll ease him back in.

Of course, even if you move up in the draft, there’s no guarantee you’re going to select the right person. With six quarterbacks possibly being selected in the first round, history says that most of them are probably going to fizzle out. As a matter of fact, the last time there were just five quarterbacks taken in the first round, that didn’t really work out well for anyone except the Eagles, as Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akilii Smith, Daunte Culpepper and Cade McNown were all taken in the opening round of the 1999 draft.

So with six potential first-round quarterbacks available in the draft next month, who has the chance to be the most impactful in the NFL?

Our Bill Reiter asked that exact question to Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on Wednesday, and let’s just say there’s one guy who Watson would definitely take over the rest of the pack.

The first guy who pops to my mind is Lamar Jackson, Watson said during an interview on CBS Sports HQ’s Reiter’s Block. I feel like whatever team decides to pick him, he’s going to get in there and surprise a lot of coaches, and also, a lot teammates.

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