Andrew Luck Will Not Have a Sophomore Slump

By Scott DelleFave
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had a tremendous rookie campaign only to lose to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens on Wild Card Weekend. In 2012, Luck completed 54.1 percent of his passes, with 4,374 yards passing with 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and will have an even better 2013 despite how so many quarterbacks have what’s dubbed the “Sophomore Slump”.

The reason for Luck not having a sophomore slump is the fact that the majority of offensive targets outside of Reggie Wayne were also rookies, so if all the second year guys work together in the off-season and get on the same page, the Colts could become a very deep and talented team much sooner than later. In addition, while Luck had great passing yards, his accuracy should go up in year two by throwing fewer passes (from 627 attempts) and completing more also throwing fewer interceptions and getting sacked less.

Some of these rookies include the receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill and the big bodied tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. Simply put, the Colts exploited this draft, went offensive heavy and it should yield even bigger dividends with teams on the decline like the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, to name some teams in the AFC.

What also would help Luck a lot is if this off-season if the Colts go defensive heavy again between the free agency window in March and the 2013 NFL Draft in April. It would help because then he wouldn’t be pressured to do so much, but could if he had to.

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