For the hype train to keep on trucking, Andrew Luck has several objectives to fulfill this season.
No matter what happens in 2012, the Indianapolis Colts have a bright future with the ultra-talented passer (barring a career-threatening injury, of course). But it’d still be nice if Luck accomplished the following goals:
3. Win At Least 4 Games
Reaching .500 would be wonderful. It’d put the Colts ahead of the curve in the rebuilding process, but that’s an unrealistic mark.
On the flipside, teams that win less than four games are downright pitiful. When a club gets to the four-win mark, it means it was at least able to compete—that it belongs. For Indy to have confidence in its ability to make the jump to playoff contention next season, at least four Ws are vital.
2. Develop Chemistry with Fellow Rookies
Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie will likely get the most targets, but Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton are Luck’s most important weapons this season. His ability to connect with Fleener (shouldn’t be too difficult), Allen and Hilton—Indianapolis’ second and third round picks—will help paint the picture of Luck’s future arsenal of weapons.
If he finds a receiver who he’s on the same wavelength with, they could shred NFL secondaries for the next decade.
Steal Games against Divisional Young Guns
Luck isn’t the only promising passer in the AFC South. Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker are second-year pros and plan on starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans for a long time.
In 2012, Gabbert and Locker’s supporting casts are significantly stronger than Luck’s. Because of that, stealing a victory or two against a pair of QBs that could end up being bitter rivals in the years to come would send a huge statement about the Colts’ future.