Quarterback Burning Questions Heading Into Colts Training Camp

Quarterback Burning Questions Heading Into Colts Training Camp

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Quarterback Burning Questions Heading Into Colts Training Camp

We are less than a month away from the Colts starting the 2018 Training Camp. In starting a burning question series, let’s begin with the quarterbacks.

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INDIANAPOLIS – All the questions the Colts face heading into their 2018 Training Camp will see answers develop in front of fans at Grand Park.

On Wednesday, July 25, the Colts will report to work in Westfield for three and a half weeks, with a joint practice session against the Baltimore Ravens concluding things on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Over the next week and a half, 1070TheFan.com will take a look at the “Burning Questions” for all position groups heading into the 2018 Training Camp.

Here’s a look at the quarterback burning questions with Training Camp nearing:

 

-How much rust will Andrew Luck have to start the 2018 season?

When the Colts have their first Training Camp practice on Thursday, July 26, it will be nearly 600 days since the franchise quarterback was last in a team practice setting.

Predicting Luck to be rusty at the start of 2018 has to be expected. Remember how Peyton Manning began his 2008 season after missing meaningful practice time?

While Manning missed Training Camp in ’08, he wasn’t learning a new offense, or getting acquainted with new personnel, like Luck will be later this month.

The Colts and Luck have carved out a specific plan for the quarterback leading into the regular season opener on Sept. 9.

As long as Luck continues to progress, the worry on the quarterback’s shoulder should not be a concern for Week 1.

It’s the effectiveness of Luck being like his normal Pro Bowl-self that is the bigger question right now.

STAT TO NOTE: In 2016, Andrew Luck set a career-high in completion percentage (63.5) and yards per attempt (7.8).

 

-How safe of an insurance policy is Jacoby Brissett as a backup quarterback?

Honestly, probably one of the safest in the NFL.

Brissett was thrown into a pretty unfavorable situation last season.

But the young quarterback did receive some very valuable game reps and showed stretches of starting-level competence. That led to all the starting reps this spring for Brissett.

At the age of 25, Brissett still has two years left on a very affordable rookie contract.

It makes complete sense why the Colts had little interest in seeing what the trade market looked like for Brissett this offseason.

In a perfect world for the Colts, Brissett wouldn’t take one meaningful snap in 2018. But you have to have such an insurance policy ready just in case things severely go off the rails with Luck’s shoulder recovery.

STAT TO NOTE: Jacoby Brissett finished last season 2nd in the NFL in touchdown passes of at least 60 yards (4). Kansas City’s Alex Smith had 6 such touchdowns.

 

-Will the Colts keep 3 quarterbacks on their 53-man roster this season?

Right now, the Colts have 4 quarterbacks on their 90-man roster (Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Brad Kaaya and Phillip Walker).

Amazingly, the Colts initially kept 4 QBs on their 53-man roster following final cuts last year.

Ideally, just 2 quarterbacks would be kept in 2018.

The reason the Colts kept 4 in 2017 was because of the insurance for Andrew Luck.

A healthy Luck means the Colts need just 1 backup quarterback, and that’s Jacoby Brissett.

Most teams just don’t have the luxury of carrying 3 quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. Given the Colts’ lack of proven talent and the desire to play tons of bodies on the defensive line, it’s hard to imagine room for a third quarterback on the 53-man roster.

If the Colts are keeping 3 QBs in 2018, that’s likely not a good thing for the health of Luck. They can keep a QB on the practice squad if they need another practice arm in practice.

STAT TO NOTE: Currently, the Colts have 3 quarterbacks who were drafted on their roster (Andrew Luck-1st round, Jacoby Brissett-3rd round, Brad Kaaya-6th round).

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