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An Added Wrinkle Coming To The Colts Offense In 2016?

Intro: With the offseason program now finished, fans should expect to see a different element to the Colts offense in 2016.


INDIANAPOLIS – It's an element of Andrew Luck that is often forgotten.

At 6-4 and more than 230 pounds, Luck ran a 4.67 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Combine.

That ranked fourth among the quarterbacks working out back in 2012, reconfirming the athleticism Luck was bringing to the NFL.

There's no denying that some of Luck's most impressive plays in four NFL seasons have come thanks to his feet.

Coordinator Rob Chudzinski and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer have noticed such in breaking down Luck's film.

They also want to design plays emphasizing what Luck can do when he's on the move.

Protecting Luck remains the upmost importance, but the Colts realize they have the players in place to make things difficult on an opposing defense, outside of the pocket.

The extension of plays from sideline-to-sideline is something the Colts stressed during the offseason program.

"Our guys are doing a great job and we're working on that," Pagano said earlier this offseason of the Colts wanting to add an element to their passing game. "We've got athletic guys, speed guys, skill guys on the outside.

"That's tough from a defensive standpoint because it's hard enough covering for two and a half, three seconds. Now when you extend a play, and a guy you think he's going one way and everybody breaks a different direction it's tough."

Pagano has seen such acts of wizardry first hand from his days in Baltimore having to face Ben Roethlisberger.

The Colts would obviously like to control things a little more in how Luck looks to make plays outside of the pocket.

Using more rollouts was something observed during the team's offseason program.

"It's definitely part of the offense and puts pressure on the defense," new backup quarterback Scott Tolzien says.

"I think it also takes a little pressure off the line because you are changing the pocket and it gives the run/pass threat that makes it tough on the defense."

It's a two-way street though to achieve the effectiveness with such plays.

Phillip Dorsett has noticed more rollouts this offseason and knows pass catchers play a vital role in their ability to get open when the quarterback moves into open space.

"We have athletic quarterbacks, so we might as well use them to just get away from the pressure," Dorsett says.

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