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INDIANAPOLIS Joe Haden Orange Alternate Jersey When the Colts play a public football game for the first time of the 2017 season on Sunday, their starting quarterback will be their starting quarterback. This is a problem.To his credit, when Colts coach Chuck Pagano wasasked Tuesday whether Scott Tolzien would start against the Lionsin lieu of starquarterback Andrew Luck, he had a little fun with it.MORE: AFC South 2017 predictionsWe havent made that decision, he said with the cla sic dismi sivene s of an NFL coach preferring to shield information. When thatseemed to placate reporters gathered around him, Pagano admitted, Yeah, Scottll start.Of course Scott will start. Although some teams will bubblewrap their starter through most of the first two exhibitions guys like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers might be lucky if their teams allow them inside the stadium Tolzien needs to play.Well look at it and see how we want to do things with the starters, Pagano said. Well treat him, obviously, as a starter.Tolzien has been in the NFL for six seasons and has thrown 128 total pa ses. He never got off the bench in half of his profe sional seasons. So even though he currently is the Colts No. 1 quarterback not making this up, you can check the depth chart here they have little choice but to get him as much experience as po sible in the event they need him to play in real games.Whether that will be the case wont be determined for a while. It's little more than a month until the Colts open the season Sept. 10 on the road against theRams. Pagano said there's no timetable forLucks return from offseason shoulder surgery. In a sense, there is only the hope hell mi s as few games as po sible best case scenario: none and wont need an exce sive amount of preptime once hes cleared to return.When they say hes healthy, ready to go, well him out here, Pagano said. Hes played a lot of football.MORE: Luck 'sees light at the end of the tunnel' Baker Mayfield Brown Game Jersey Luck hasnt had a healthy season since 2014. He played through the shoulder pain last season, mi sing only the teams Thanksgiving night lo s to theSteelers. The year prior, he mi sed over half the season with injuries, whichincluded a lacerated kidney.Given that reality, and that Luck was recovering from the January procedure on his throwing shoulder, it's surprising the Colts chose Jabrill Peppers White Game Jersey to begin training camp with only one quarterback who had appeared in an NFL game and no active QB whod been drafted by an NFL team.Tolzien was an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2011 who signed as a free agent in Indy after three years in Green Bay. Backup Stephen Morris was undrafted after starting two college seasonsat Miami (Fla.) and bounced on and off the Colts roster last season. Rookie Phillip Walker started four seasons at Temple, but is only 5-11 and was ignored in the 2016 draft.Pagano pronounced himself real comfortable with the QB situation, albeit with the caveat that his superstar isnt available.I like where theyre at. Theyre all working hard, Pagano said. Theyre not, were not as an offense, defense, special teams the finished product. Were 6-7 days in. We all know weve got a long way to go. Weve just got to keep our head down and keep working to get better.The difficulty for the Colts in trying to build a winning formula through training campis that the most important component of that formula wont be introduced until some unspecified future point.Some offensive players have to pay attention merely to establishing their own value. For example, rookie wideout Bug Howard, an undrafted free agent from North Carolina, is trying to take advantage Donte Moncrief's absence. While the starting wideout sits due to injury, Howard hopesto get some eye-catching reps.Most of the time, the quarterback is throwing it to a spot, Howard said. Its on the receiver to get to the spot and go get the ball. So a lot of times its just spots you get to, and you know Andrew, hes going to put it there every time.The players at other positions can work on individual techniques in fact, they must pay particular attention to details of the game so they can concentrateon those elements requiringcooperation and chemistry when Luck returns.Left tackle Anthony Castonzo, a fixture on the Colts line through most of this decade, said Tolzien has a command of the huddle, and thats really the only variable at the moment regarding whos behind him at QB. Castonzo said Lucks absence does not affect his preparation for the season.Ive got to prepare to do my job regardle s of whos back there, Castonzo said Jarvis Landry Brown Game Jersey . Honestly, I cant even think about that.
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