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Andrew Luck Continues To Impress His Back-Up Matt Hasselbeck

Hasselbeck says Luck is "off-the-charts impressive."

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Andy Lyons

Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has worked with many great QBs over his 15-year career, including eventual Hall of Famer Brett Favre in Green Bay. It's safe to say that Hasselbeck - who has himself carved out an impressive career as a signal caller - know greatness when he sees it.

Apparently, he sees such greatness in Colts starting quarterback Andrew Luck.

"[Luck's] got a great sense of when to pull somebody aside, how to deal with coaches, just how he treats everyone around him.

"He's been " that way."

Hasselbeck's quote comes from Mike Chappell of the Indy Star, and it stays consistent with the veteran QB's comments made in March about Luck.

Andrew Luck missed all the Organized Team Activities (OTAs) for the Colts last season because he was fulfilling graduation requirements at Stanford University. This year, he's is participating fully in OTAs, and apparently seems much more comfortable.

"I think there's a comfort level with that," Hasselbeck said. "Also, how he plays. He's earned the respect of this locker room and he's earned the respect of the people around the league he has to go up against.

"That probably makes it 10 times easier than it was coming in last year when he probably felt he had a lot to prove."

Last year, a slightly less "comfortable" Andrew Luck set an NFL record for most yards thrown by a rookie (4,374), most completions by a rookie (339), most attempts by a rookie (627), most 300 yard games by a rookie (6), and most game-winning, 4th quarter drives by a rookie (7).

He should have won Offensive Rookie of the Year. It was instead given to Robert Griffin III, who didn't even play in two games last season because of a concussion and a severe knee injury. Luck started all 16 games.

Should Luck start all 16 games in 2013, and should be be more comfortable in year two than his rookie season, then that is indeed something Colts fans can get excited about.