Moncrief the Future

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During the 2013 draft, Colts fans thought, “We’ve got to pick offensive lineman, Luck needs protection.”, and when the Colts selected Donte Moncrief in the 3rd round. The reaction was poor, and most were confused by the pick. At the time we had great wide receiver depth. Why pick another one?

Indianapolis has always had a ‘Pick the best player available’ philosophy. It has of course always payed off. The Colts have always drafted very well. It looks like they did again with Moncrief.

Donte stands at 6’3″ and 220 pounds. So hes not a huge wide receiver, but is bigger than most of the Colts wideouts ( Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton). He clearly has the NFL speed, at 4.34. Interestingly enough, its the same 40 yard dash time that T.Y. Hilton recorded during the combine.

He proved his speed Sunday, and that he can beat slower DBs; with 2 long touchdowns of 48 and 79 yards. His total stats from Sunday game against the Redskins were; 134 yards, 3 receptions, and 2 touchdowns.

Moncrief could very quickly replace the struggling Hakeem Nicks as the number 3 receiver soon. Look for Donte to be getting more snaps and more targets in the coming weeks.

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Status Of Reggie Wayne

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Reggie Wayne, Jayson DiManche

Reggie Wayne suffered a minor elbow Injury Sunday after a hard hit in the first quarter. After that he seemed banged up; could catch open balls, dropped a screen pass, and seemed bothered by it. From seeing him play it didn’t look super serious but could be game altering. He stated “If you don’t see me Sunday it’s something I can’t play through”. Sounds like a typical veteran and future Hall-of-Famer wanting to play no matter the circumstance.

I would be surprised if he didn’t make a hard push to play next week, but if it alters his play like it did Sunday they might hold him out for precautionary reasons. Sunday he dropped 3 passes and took 2 hard hits. On one play you really questioned why he was still in because he clearly seemed hurt, but he wanted to keep playing; he finished with 4 receptions for 15 yards.

The Colts are waiting for an MRI to come back, and they’ll go from there. Personally I expect Reggie Wayne to play; but its Chuck Pagano’s call.

Colts Defense Shuts Down the Bengals/Stones Sports Report

Colts Defense Shuts Down the Bengals

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Colts D shuts down Bengals

An absolute showcase was put on Sunday against the Bengals. Was it the number 1 offense in the league? Nope. The Colts defense. They put the clamps down on a banged up Bengals offense. The first 7 Cincinnati possessions all ended in 3-and-out and their first down was due to a penalty.

The first half score was a lowly 10-0 Colts, that being due to 2 fumbles from Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson after a bad handoff. None the less the Colts defense was fantastic every possession. Vontae Davis and Greg Toler did a great job shutting down the pass game and Cory Redding added a sack.

Erik Walden was thrown out of Sunday’s game for making contact with a referee and was very confused by the call as was everyone else. Walden wasn’t leaving the field while Pagano was asking questions and was escorted. No fine or further punishment was assessed and he will be back next.

The only thing that changed in the second half was scoring for the Colts. The 1-2 punch of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw where dominant, they finished with 129 yards on 24 carries and Trent finished with 118 total yards and would have had more. He left early due to a minor hamstring injury and would have returned but they decided to keep him out because of precautionary reasons. Andrew Luck had himself a nice game with 344 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.

The total offense was great with a total of 506 yards and had a nice spread between run and pass. Tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwyane Allen combined for 116 yards and a touchdown. Jack Doyle also proved very effective yet again in the blocking game.

Reggie Wayne got banged up after a hard hit on the field that caused an elbow injury and after that seemed a little shaken up after dropping multiple passes. Colts said the injury isn’t to serious, but it is very possible he could miss a game or 2. That would of course open things up more for Hakeem Nicks. Also they held Arthur Jones another game for precautionary reason and will be back next week against the Steelers.

The Bengals finished with a total of 135 yards of offense, they also did not score a single point. The showcase the Colts displayed Sunday was spectacular and somewhat surprising since they haven’t had a total defensive shutout since 2008. Vontae Davis delivered a highlight reel type hit on Cincinnati running back Giovanni Bernard in the 3rd quarter which really got the crowd going. Vontae Davis only allowed only 13 receiving yards covering Greg Little.

The pass rush also has kept up very well and Bjoern Werner has really continued to show his potential. He has a sack and 3 hits on the quarterback. Hopefully he can continue to develop and become a future leader for the Colts defense.

The final score being 27-0 the Colts were very satisfied but still have work to do and will have a tough game next week in Pittsburgh. Arthur Jones will be back and the defense will be and try to duplicate last week’s performance.

Via our Partner – Indy Sports News: Reggie Wayne Is Set To Play In 200th Career Game

By: Grant Afseth

Indianapolis Colts star wide receiver Reggie Wayne is about to reach an achievement of longevity that many don’t reach, he’s about to play in his 200th career game. Reggie Wayne has had such a great career for the Colts and it isn’t stopping soon! Here is what Reggie Wayne said regarding his 200th game:

“Two-hundredth game it will be big. Hopefully the 200th game will be the best one yet.”

The only other players in Indianapolis Colts franchise history that have played in more games are Johnny Unitas (206) and Peyton Manning (209). Johnny Unitas has obviously been done for a long time and Peyton Manning likely won’t be suiting up for Indianapolis ever again, so Wayne’s chances of obtaining this record seem good.

If Reggie Wayne were to play all the games this season (* knock on wood), he will have played in 212 games. That would easily get him the record by at 3 games. This is truly special, especially for man that is so dedicated to his franchise and his teammates. Missing those games last year due to an ACL injury really hurt Reggie Wayne. He had said it pained him not to be out there for his teammates.

Reggie Wayne certainly has been one of the greatest Indianapolis Colts to ever lace up so having him for this long is truly special. Reggie Wayne has meant not only so much to the Colts, but to the city of Indianapolis, and the state of Indiana. Reggie Wayne will simply go down as one of the best in Colts history, perhaps in NFL history as well.

Mr. Wayne will have an interesting assignment this week in order to make his 200th game a memorable one. The Indianapolis Colts are at home against the Tennessee Titans, so this shouldn’t be too difficult to most importantly get a win, but make this special for Wayne. Let’s get started!

The Indianapolis Colts are going off a scorching performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars where it seemed they could have literally done anything they wanted. Tennessee is a better football team than the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they aren’t a whole lot better than them. The Colts offensive line has been playing well, the running game is looked good, and the passing game is pin point.

This may sound arrogant but the real problem will be whether or not Andrew Luck keeps spreading the ball around. He had completed passes to at least 9 receivers against the Jaguars. T.Y. Hilton was the only receiver with more than 4 possesions, he had 5. Reggie Wayne, Donte Moncrief, Hakeem Nicks, Coby Fleener, and Dwayne Allen all finished with 4 receptions. Trent Richardson and Jack Doyle finished with 3 receptions, and Ahmad Bradshaw had 2 receptions. So basically there was no room for him to bust out, but what makes Hilton’s performance even more impressive was the fact that his day was over before half-time.

The running game was effective, finished with 144 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry (29 carries). Andrew Luck was sensational by completing 31-39 passes, 370 yards, 4 touchdowns, 04.1 QBR, 140.4 RTG, 0 interceptions, and 9.5 yards per attempt. The Colts simply are playing good football and that will open things up for Reggie Wayne. That was the reason I was listing all of this, his team will help him against the Titans.

Let’s get into the matchup that the Colts have this game. T.Y. Hilton is the highest valued threat for the Colts receiving threats by opposing teams. With that being said, the Titans best CB will be covering T.Y. Hilton while the 2nd best CB will be covering Reggie Wayne. Jason McCourty is certainly their best CB and that leaves the 2nd year CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson to cover Reggie Wayne. Reggie should have an absolute field day on this 2nd year inexperienced player. Reggie Wayne is too skilled not to take advantage of this miss match.

Then again it will be up to Andrew Luck and Pep Hamilton to decide if that’s the offensive option they want to utilize. Basically every single receiver for the Colts is going to have a miss match in this game, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener will have miss matches, and the Colts should have no problems running the ball on this defense. Reggie Wayne could easily get big numbers in this game, but it will be the OC’s call.

Not to pile it on, but the Tennessee Titans have are coming off a two game losing streak where they weren’t just beaten, they were demolished. They lost to the Cincinnati Benglas 7-33 last week, and they also lost 10-26 the week before to the Dallas Cowboys. The Bengals absolutely demolished the Titans and got what ever they wanted. Don’t expect the Titans to lay down though, they still are a division rival. But also expect a big game from #87 and the Colts.

Our weekly pre-view for the Indianapolis Colts game will be posted tonight (9/26) for the Tennesse Titans vs Indianapolis Colts game. Thank you for reading this article, your thoughts would be much appreciated in the comments section below.

Reggie Wayne Stays a Colt!

So much for Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning, who was released by the Colts last week, ending up on the same tem.

Wayne, 33, has been a vital partof the Colts offense for years, first as the complimentary receiver to Marvin Harrison, then as Manning’s No. 1 option.

In 2011, the five-time Pro Bowler still excelled even as Manning missed the entire season after neck surgery. Wayne had 75 receptions for 960 yards and four touchdowns.

In 2010, Wayne had a career-high 111 receptions for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns. He has 11,708 career receiving yards, putting him 22nd on the all-time list. He is one of only 26 receivers in NFL history to have more than 11,000 yards.

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