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.Halfway through his comeback season White Stephen Gostkowski Jerseys , the star quarterback looks like his old self and the numbers suggest he's actually playing better.Luck's strong return has helped the Colts win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly two years and they head into the bye weekend full of momentum and plenty of hope."He made some incredible plays. I mean some incredible plays, conversions on third downs, plays that he shouldn't make, plays that normal quarterbacks don't make," first-year coach Frank Reich said, describing Luck's impressive game Sunday at Oakland.Many wondered if Luck could ever regain the form that had many calling him the league's best young quarterback before Indy took him with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012.He exceeded the hype by leading the Colts to playoff appearances in each of his first three seasons and earning Pro Bowl selections all three years, too.Then came the injuries and the losses. Luck hurt his right shoulder early in the 2015 season and wound up missing nine games 鈥?the last seven with a lacerated kidney. He sat out one game in 2016 with a concussion and missed the entire 2017 season after having surgery for a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.But he's answered the critics with a solid first half.Indy (3-5) needs one more win to match last season's victory total and faces the second-easiest schedule over the second half. They're two games out of the AFC South lead with five division games remaining and Luck getting even stronger.He is 225 of 342 with 2,187 yards, 23 touchdowns 鈥?a pace to set career highs in each category including completion rate (65.8 percent). He's also flirting with the best rating of his career at 96.2. He had a 96.4 in 2016.Numbers only tell part of the tale, though.Luck has done it despite losing top receiver T.Y. Hilton for two games with a hamstring injury, Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle for five games with an injured hip and five different starting lineups on the offensive line."You're returning from an injury, you're learning a new system, you've got T.Y. Hilton and some receivers hurt and you're breaking in some new linemen 鈥?it's not going to be as easy as people think Stephen Gostkowski Jerseys 2019 ," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said before last weekend's game. "I've got a lot of respect for what he has done in this league and what his capabilities are."An improving cast could make Luck & Co. even tougher to contend with.From 2012-17, Colts running backs topped the 100-yard mark just four times. Last week, Marlon Mack became Indy's first back with consecutive 100-yard games since Joseph Addai in 2007.The revamped offensive line has allowed just 10 sacks, a stark contrast to the 156 times Luck went down in his first 70 starts. In fact, Luck hasn't been sacked in three games 鈥?the longest stretch since he left Stanford.Part of the explanation is Reich's philosophical change, asking Luck to make quicker decisions.That, too, has showed in the numbers.His completion rate and rating against defenders within 1 yard of a receiver have jumped from 25.9 percent and a 45.0 rating in 2016 to 36.0 and 72.5 this season.And while his throws over 20 yards have declined from 2016 to 2018, his rating on throws between 11 and 20 yards has gone from 99.0 to 106.0.The one bugaboo continues to be interceptions. Luck has thrown eight this season, putting him on a pace to throw more than he has in all but two seasons. But he's thrown five in the past six games and none in four of those six."No one on this team is going to go out with a sort of harness on them and say you can't go play full speed," Luck said recently. "I think our coaches do a great job of allowing us to play free and fast and loose, but within that, I guess at the same time you have to play disciplined."Where would the Colts be if Luck had stayed healthy?Nobody truly knows.Yes White Matthew Slater Jerseys , he would have reached 20,000 yards passing sooner. The Colts may not have missed the playoffs each of the past three seasons. His progression may have been a little steadier, and all those pesky questions about his arm may never have been an issue.But, for now, the Colts are just happy to have Luck back, playing well."When you have the quarterback that we have there is an expectation that we have to score points," Reich said. "Everybody in this building knows we have an elite quarterback."AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow also contributed to this report. The tight end won’t come out of retirement."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots NewsPatriots First ReadPatriots Off-Season CoverageMartellus Bennett confirms he won’t un-retire to join his brother Michael with the PatriotsNew,8commentsRead more: Michael Bennett gets advice from his brother Martellus on how to survive with the PatriotsEDTShareTweetShareShareMartellus Bennett confirms he won’t un-retire to join his brother Michael with the PatriotsMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsShortly after the New England Patriots acquired defensive edge Michael Bennett via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles ten days ago, speculation started whether or not his brother — ex-Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett — would consider coming out of retirement to reunite the two in New England. Michael Bennett, of course, said shortly after the transaction that he did not see his brother do that. It looks like his brother agrees.Martellus Bennett turned to Instagram on Sunday to explain why he will not un-retire and return to the NFL (slightly adapted from social media speak). “I would love to play ball with my brother, it would truly be a dream come true,” the 32-year-old Matthew Slater Jerseys 2019 , who was with the Patriots in 2016 and parts of 2017, wrote in the statement. “But my biggest dream is to change lives with my creativity and that is what I am currently doing at The Imagination Agency.”Bennett started The Imagination Agency after his daughter was born in 2016. Focusing on children’s education, it produces literature while also venturing into the tech sector. As the CCO of the company, Bennett, who won Super Bowl 51 with New England and spent a total of ten seasons in the NFL after getting selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2008 draft, is heavily involved in the creative process“These kids don’t need another athlete to look up to or to aspire to be — there’s plenty of inspiration out there for that,” he pointed out in his Instagram statement. “I want to inspire the next wave of creatives. The storytellers. The engineers. The designers. The doctors. The filmmakers. The composers. Tech moguls. And maybe a few athletes who like me never felt like they belonged in a locker room.”“I was never one of the guys guys most of my teammates would tell that. I’ve always been a creative who enjoyed competing, I’m playing the game that I was made to play and it’s the most fun I’ve ever had,” Bennett continued. “Scoring touchdowns and winning a Super Bowl has never made me feel the way seeing kids/families/people enjoying things I have created. I’m doing my life’s work fulfilling what I believe to be my life’s purpose.”“I hope everyone finds something that makes them as happy and as fulfilled as I have with my work at The Imagination Agency. I appreciate all of the love, but this is way bigger than the game of football,” he concluded. And while New England certainly could use a talent like Bennett with its tight end group facing plenty of questions heading into 2019, he cannot be blamed for his decision.The full post and text read as follows:

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