It is not in Andrew Luck’s nature to publicly rebut skeptics who claim he will never become the same caliber quarterback as he was pre-shoulder surgery. That doesn’t mean the Colts signal-caller is oblivious to the criticism.
In fact, Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard believes Luck is using such doubts as motivation as he continues to recover from the damage that cost him the entire 2017 NFL season.
He’s worked wonders with the team’s offense and young quarterback Carson Wentz, not to mention backup Nick Foles, who earned Super Bowl LII MVP honors for his spectacular play in that championship game.
Whether the Jags go Vander Esch or Gesicki, they would be adding an impressive athlete who would be able to contribute immediately.
With the Jags’ needs few and far between, there’s a chance they vary from the plan mentioned above. They don’t need to reach for a specific position and will likely have a chance to grab the best prospect available — something the Jaguars haven’t had the luxury of doing in recent years.
What could have been: The Browns could have drafted Aaron Rodgers in the first round to start off the Romeo Crennel era. Instead, Cleveland signed Trent Dilfer via free agency, drafted Braylon Edwards with the No. 3 pick and planned to groom third-round pick Charlie Frye as the starter.
Does it matter? Dilfer and offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon never meshed, and Dilfer was traded after the 2005 season. Frye was 4-9 as the starter in 2006 before giving way to Derek Anderson. Rodgers is a Super Bowl winner and two-time MVP with Green Bay.
However not pictured in the video at the top of this story ( click HERE to see the video if it is not showing properly for you ) is Darnold’s first snap of the day, which didn’t go as planned:
General manager Mike Maccagnan made Darnold the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, following the selections of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield by the Cleveland Browns at No. 1 and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley by the New York Giants at No. 2.