Peyton Manning: Andrew Luck needs as many reps as possible to return to form
Andrew Luck hasn’t played in more than a year because of a right shoulder injury. Peyton Manning can relate, though his was a neck issue that kept him out of the 2011 season.
Everything is an individual thing, so you have to be careful speaking on it since injuries are different, Manning told Mike Wells of ESPN after playing in Wednesday’s Pro-Am at the Memorial in Ohio. But it’s also universal. For me, I was a [repetition] guy. I liked to get all the reps on practice. The theory of 10,000 reps, I believe in that. I felt like I was kind of behind because I hadn’t gotten the reps even though you have a lot in the bank. It took me a few games before I felt like I was coming back. Getting as many reps as possible is key.
Luck, 28, wants to do all those things again, too. But he’s not there yet.
With a lengthy recovery likely ahead, Hawkins could be destined to end up on the Steelers injured reserve list. At this stage of the offseason, he would need to be waived/injured and would move to the injured reserve list if he went unclaimed by another team.
Hawkins, a fourth-round pick in 2016, played in five games last year with one start for Pittsburgh.
They asked me if I can handle it and I said ‘Yeah, I can handle it, Halapio said. I said ‘Absolutely’ and haven’t looked back since.
Halapio was a 2014 sixth-round pick of the Patriots, but did not get in his first NFL game until last October. He kicked around with the Broncos, Cardinals, back to the Patriots and hit the Giants’ practice squad last September after he failed to make the team. When injuries decimated the offensive line, Halapio made his NFL debut Oct. 22 against the Seahawks and ended up starting the last six games at right guard. His work was solid enough to warrant a look by the new coaching regime, albeit with a change in positions.
Halapio, at 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, is bigger than Jones (6-2, 312). Halapio started 43 games at Florida and was a team captain in his junior and senior years.
He has done a very good job, Shurmur said. Pio is very smart, he’s got good instincts. … He’s very competitive and he knows how to play the game. I think Jonesey is doing the same thing. They’re just in there competing.