INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – No player on the Colts’ roster has spent more time oversees than their quarterback.
Andrew Luck lived in London and Frankfurt while growing up as his dad, Oliver ran NFL Europe. Luck acknowledges the international appetite for American football has been small, but times are changing.
“It’s certainly I think grown,” Luck said on Wednesday. “I’ve done some quarterback camps. Dwayne Allen and I were back there this year doing some football camps as well. There’s been a fair amount of folks at camps who were football fans beforehand who said they were Colts fans now and we always appreciate it. We appreciate Colts fans anywhere.”
Luck says Sunday’s game against the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium should be a lot of fun, but he’s approaching it as just another game.
“At the end of the day, it’s about a football game and it doesn’t matter where it’s played,” said Luck. “We’re not going as tourists. I’m not going to see Big Ben or Buckingham Palace. We’re going to play a game against the Jaguars. At the end of the day that’s important for me.”
Luck was limited during Wednesday’s practice, while his top target T.Y. Hilton sat out completely with a knee issue.
Jacksonville has stumbled out of the gate with an 0-3 record, but its defense has been solid. The Jaguars rank eighth in the NFL in total yards allowed, so the offense may have its hands full.
“It’s not just a front four, there are eight guys that go in there that are really, really good and they know their scheme,” Luck said. “They have been doing this scheme for a while now. They know what they are trying to get accomplished. They’re disciplined, they’re good. It’s tough to get points against them.”
“In this past game against Baltimore, they took the ball away, they shut down Baltimore in critical situations, played well on third down and played great defense,” said offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. “It’s a big challenge for us.”
On the other side of the ball, the Colts defense should have an easier task. Jacksonville ranks 26th in total offense and 31st in the run game. Quarterback Blake Bortels has already thrown six interceptions.
Despite the Jaguars’ struggles, defensive lineman Zach Kerr says he sees a good balance between the pass and run when he watches the film.
“It’s a good combo they got over there,” Kerr said. “A lot of people are sleeping on them because of their record, but if you put the tape on, you’re going to see good football played. Forget the record, forget who they are and what they’ve been in the past. It’s still an NFL team.”
The Colts will practice in Indianapolis on Thursday, before leaving for London later in the afternoon.