Colts Quarterback Burning Questions Heading Into 2015 Training Camp

Intro: The countdown to the Colts 2015 Training Camp is less than two weeks away. What’s in store at the quarterback position for the Colts this season?

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INDIANAPOLIS –The final days of the Colts offseason are upon us.

Over the next week and a half, Colts.com will take a look at the "Burning Questions" surrounding all position groups entering the 2015 campaign.

Here's a look at the quarterback burning questions heading into the team's 2015 Training Camp:

What are the specific areas of focus for Andrew Luck in 2015?

The meteoric rise for Andrew Luck ended the 2015 chapter with the Colts quarterback being the No. 1 overall pick in the Pro Bowl draft for a second straight season.

Players and coaches from around the NFL continue to praise the soon-to-be fourth-year quarterback.

His respect is backed up by his best (statistical) season in 2014.

After back-to-back 23-touchdown campaigns to start his NFL career, Luck threw 40 touchdowns last year and had nearly 1,000 more passing yards in 2014 than 2013 (his quarterback rating also jumped to 96.5).

ANDREW LUCK'S CAREER STATS

Attempts

Completions

Yards

TDs

INT

Rating

2012

627

339 (54.1%)

4,374

23

18 (2.9%)

76.5

2013

570

343 (60.2%)

3,822

23

9 (1.6%)

87.0

2014

616

380 (61.7%)

4,761

40

16 (2.6%)

96.5

The specific focus for Luck in his fourth NFL season lies in situational spots.

Red-zone, third-down and two-minute are areas where the Colts would like to climb into the top five of the NFL.

Limiting turnovers, thus letting a talented Colts offense to stay out of its own way, remains a key for Luck.

STAT TO NOTE: Luck's 4,761 passing yards last season set a franchise record (Peyton Manning threw for 4,700 in the 2010 season).Where does Andrew Luck rank among the top quarterbacks in the NFL?

Whether we are looking at sheer numbers, or deeper analysis, Andrew Luck is one of the most valuable players in the NFL.

Consistent efficiency (particularly in the areas mentioned above) is the likely final hurdle from Luck's ascent to the top of the league.

This is definitely the most talented skill group Luck has worked with in his four seasons with the Colts.

If the Colts as a team can get off to a strong September, the MVP hype for Luck will gain momentum.

One area Pep Hamilton mentioned last year as a strength for Luck over time is how he's grasped opposing defenses, now that he's beginning to see coordinators/schemes several times.

Luck will get his chance in primetime a handful of times this year to show why he has earned mention aside Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, etc. as the game's premier quarterback.

STAT TO NOTE: Luck has led the Colts to 12 game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since entering the league in 2012.**

A sneak peak at the quarterbacks heading to the 2015 Colts Training Camp.

What do the Colts have behind Andrew Luck?**

Colts fans got an extended look at Matt Hasselbeck last season.

Normally, Hasselbeck's workload ends in August but he played 82 offensive snaps in 2014, completing 68 percent of his 44 pass attempts.

Suitors inquired about Hasselbeck last offseason, when the 39-year old quarterback hit free agency.

Hasselbeck declined one final chance to be the guy under center though.

The Colts are thankful for that as they now have the most experienced quarterback in the NFL backing up the three-time Pro Bowler in Luck.

What the future holds behind Luck is put on hold with Hasselbeck, obviously, nearing retirement.

For 2015 though, the Colts are set with quality quarterback depth.

STAT TO NOTE: With 201 career games played, the 39-year old Hasselbeck (will turn 40 in September) is the oldest active quarterback in the NFL.

2015 Quarterbacks (3):Bryan Bennett (rookie), Matt Hasselbeck (17th year), Andrew Luck (4th year).Roster Outlook: Last year, the Colts kept two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster and didn't carry a practice squad quarterback for much of the season. The only real question at this position, in terms of roster mechanics, comes if the Colts are planning on carrying a practice squad quarterback in 2015, with the undrafted free agent in Bennett being the candidate.

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