34-year old QB Peyton Manning is the Cal Ripken of Pro Football as he has never missed a start in 12 years. He played in 16 games for the Colts last year and he completed 393 of 571 passes (68.8%) for 4,500 yards with 33 TD passes and 16 INTs (99.9 QB Rating). Manning also carried the ball 19 times for -13 yards (-0.7 ypc). last year. He has now played in 192 games in his career with the Colts and he has completed 4,232 of 6,531 passes (64.8%) for 50,128 yards with 366 TD passes and 181 INTs (95.2 QB Rating). Manning also has carried the ball 328 times for 704 yards (2.1 ypc) with 17 TD runs in his NFL career. Manning is #4 all time in passing yards (50,128) in the NFL but he will likely pass John Elway this year, health permitting. He is also #3 all time (366) in TD passes in NFL history. The Colts are a stunning 131-61 (68.2%) in games started by Peyton Manning.
24-year old Curtis Painter likely has the inside trade for the #2 job despite playing horrible in his first NFL action at the end of last season. Painter played in 2 games for the Colts last year and he completed 8 of 28 passes (28.6%) for 83 yards with 0 TD passes and 2 INTs (9.8 QB Rating). He also carried the ball 3 times for 4 yards (1.3 ypc) last season. One more year like that and he might be out of the NFL.
2nd year man Drew Willy and undrafted rookie Tim Hiller out of Western Michigan will likely battle for the #3 job but it’s not impossible that one of them could bump Painter down the depth chart with a good training camp.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE COLTS QBs in 2010: A+