Anthony Castonzo Comments on Andrew Luck's Recovery, Efforts to Improve

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2016

Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (12) throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck suffered through an injury-plagued 2015 season that produced some significant statistical slippage, but all indications from left tackle Anthony Castonzo are that the franchise signal-caller is on the mend and ready to return to form. 

Speaking to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez and NFL.com's Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday night, Castonzo indicated he's seen Luck "quite a bit at the facility working out" as the 26-year-old seeks to bounce back from a lacerated kidney and torn cartilage on two of his ribs:

He’s able to get his offseason started early because he didn’t have the wear-and-tear from the last half of the season so he’s good to go. He’s making the most of the fact that he didn’t have to play those last games. As bad as it is, he’s finding a silver lining. That’s his personality -- moving forward and being the best he can be.

Luck was limited to seven starts last season as a result of the severe ailments, and the results weren't pretty. Before he was shut down for the season following the Colts' Week 9 win over the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, Luck completed just 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,881 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. 

To put Luck's turnover figures in perspective, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles led the NFL with 18 interceptions, and he appeared in nine more games than Luck. Additionally, Luck tossed just nine interceptions during his second season with the Colts and 16 over the course of 16 games during his breakout 2014 season. 

Andrew Luck's Stats By Season
SeasonGamesComp. %Pass YdsPass TDINTRush YdsRush TD
20121654.14,37423182555
20131660.23,8222393774
20141661.74,76140162733
2015755.31,88115121960
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com

"Some plays just went the wrong way," Castonzo added, per Marvez. "But we didn’t play to our potential is what it really came down to. We have guys on our team that can get the job done. We just didn’t play our best football." 

Despite a season filled with missteps, the Colts are banking on Luck recapturing the magic that made him an ascendant talent from 2012 to 2014. So much so that team owner Jim Irsay said the extension the team plans to offer Luck is going to be nothing short of eye-popping. 

"It’s going to be a shocking number, nine figures and probably a 20 (million) starting point per year, but again we will find the right number to get to," Irsay said, according to WISH-TV (via Kevin Bowen of Colts.com). 

Following a disappointing season that saw the AFC South title slip away from the Colts and into the grasp of the Houston Texans, Luck, Castonzo and Co. should be highly motivated to return to their perch atop the division with an eye on redemption.