The Indianapolis Colts now have less than ten days to report to training camp in Anderson, Indiana. The one position the Colts will not have to worry about when it comes to the starter and backups is quarterback.
Without a doubt, the Colts have the best young quarterback in the NFL in Andrew Luck.However, the Colts do benefit from having one of the best backups to help mentor Luck in Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck has played in a Super Bowl, and was a top 10 quarterback in the league during his tenure with the Seattle Seahawks.
Luck will be entering his third season in the league, and has already proven himself to become the Colts franchise player. In his first two seasons with the Colts he has amassed over 8,000 yards passing, 46 touchdowns, over 600 rushing yards, and nine rushes for a score. He is extremely underrated when he is on the run, and has shown that his legs can get him out of trouble.
The biggest thing Luck will need to improve on this season is his accuracy. During his rookie year he only completed 54 percent of his passes, and last season he raised that to 60 percent. At times he has look flushed in the pocket and makes quick decisions that have led to incomplete passes that if he would have just made his reads, the would have gone for first downs instead.
Luck also has been turnover prone during his first two seasons, which has led to 27 interceptions, and 16 fumbles. However, he cut his interceptions in half last season from his rookie campaign, and almost in half with his fumbles. Yet, all of this is just nitpicking from one of the best playmakers in the game today. His strong arm, great decision making skills, and leadership qualities on the field, have led the Colts to two straight playoff appearances and one playoff victory.
He has steadily improved during his first two years in the league, and looks to have another Pro Bowl type year in 2014, with the thought of a Super Bowl in mind. The Colts will go into the 2014 campaign knowing they have one of the best quarterbacks in the league, something they always knew during the Peyton Manning regime.