Peyton Manning continues to amaze as he keeps playing at a Hall of Fame level. He did so last season without one of his buddies (Marvin Harrison) who missed most of last season due to a knee injury. Manning did a good job of spreading the ball around last season which helped essentially replace Harrison’s production. He might not have the best arm in the league and he’s not the most mobile but Manning and Tom Brady stand alone at the top of the heap as far as NFL QBs go. In fact, Manning has a good shot to break all of the All-Time NFL records that Brett Favre set last season as long as he can stay healthy and he’s never missed a start in his 10-year career. Manning started all 16 games last season for the Colts and he completed 337 of 515 passes (65.4%) for 4,040 yards with 31 TD passes and 14 interceptions (98.0 QB Rating). He also carried the ball 20 times for -5 yards (-0.3 ypc) with 3 TD runs. Look for Manning to be even better than he was last season with Marvin Harrison hopefully healthy. Manning has now played in 160 games (all starts) in his NFL career and he has completed 3,468 of 5,405 passes (64.2%) for 41,626 yards with 306 TD passes and 153 interceptions (94.7 QB Rating). He also has carried the ball 289 times for 696 yards (2.4 ypc) with 16 TD runs.
The Colts really hope that Peyton Manning stays healthy or the season will go straight down the tubes. Jim Sorgi has a lot of limitations due to arm strength and he’s also not to good at avoiding the pass rush. Sorgi played in 4 games (0 starts) for the Colts last season and he completed 18 of 36 passes (50%) for 132 yards with 1 TD pass and 0 interceptions (68.3 QB Rating). He also carried the ball 6 times for -4 yards (-0.7 ypc). Sorgi has only played in garbage time late in games so it has been hard to evaluate him so far in his career. He has now played in 14 games (0 starts) in his NFL career and he has completed 77 of 126 passes (61.1%) for 751 yards with 6 TD passes and 1 interception (90.4 QB Rating). He has also carried the ball 26 times for -8 yards (-0.3 ypc).
Josh Betts is the #3 QB for the Colts and they would be in deep trouble if he was ever forced into the starting lineup due to injury.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: A