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Colts Talk: Breaking Down the Team Pt. 3: Wide Receivers

The Colts had a great season last year.

Not just great. It was amazing.

They started out the season with a painful loss to the Chicago Bears, 29-13. That was the first time they lost their first game of the season since 2004 when they lost to the Patriots.

The Colts started out with a 3-4 record that year. That was just not how the Colts play.

After that, the Colts shined. After beating the Patriots, 18-15, that was the start of the nine-game win streak. They made it towards a 12-4 record and made the playoffs.

One of the anchors on CBS said that the Colts were the hottest team coming into the playoffs. Unfortunately, it didn’t look like it. They lost to the Chargers, 23-17, in overtime while the Colts didn’t even have a chance to touch the ball.

After that painful loss, Tony Dungy said that it was over for him in football. After that, he retired from the Colts and wrote a book called, Uncommon.

The Colts were looking for a new coach. Gladly, they found Jim Caldwell, a man who has been with the staff for quite some time.

What can Caldwell do? Is he the man for the job? Can the Colts show the world they have a running game and they can be Super Bowl contenders?

Let’s see what happens.

Today we will be talking about the wide receivers in part of the roster of the Indianapolis Colts. I am going to break them down. I hope NFL and Colts fans enjoy this article.

Reggie Wayne: 82 catches. 1,145 receiving yards. 14.0 average. Six touchdowns.

Now that the legend receiver, Marvin Harrison, is gone, Reggie Wayne has to step up to the stage and perform great like never before. Reggie Wayne was always accompanied with Marvin Harrison on his back. Now Wayne needs to step up to his own mic and sing it away.

Wayne did pretty good this year. He earned another spot in the Pro Bowl. His best game was probably in the 24-20 win over Ben Roethlishberger and the Steelers. Wayne had six catches for 114 yards, including a very lucky 65-yard tipped-touchdown pass from Peyton Manning.

Wayne is here to change the game, to the Colts that is. With Harrison gone, Anthony Gonzalez is probably going to be the second receiver and probably Roy Hall, Pierre Garcon, some rookie receiver a Colts might draft, or a free agent will be the slot receiver.

But besides talking about that, we need to get back to the point of Reggie Wayne. Wayne started the year with 10 catches for 86 yards, including one touchdown. Wayne’s next game came with five catches for 93 yards and another touchdown. It was a pretty good average yards per catch, with 18.6. That 32-yard-catch made a huge difference there.

Wayne stroked back again with three catches for 74 yards. That mostly game from that 40-yard-catch. Pretty good, huh? Probably.

Reggie Wayne had pretty good totals for his last three games: 18 catches, 253 yards, 17.3 average, and two touchdowns. Wayne can become a huge threat next year. Why? Wayne was pretty much a number one receiver in the 2007 and 2008 season, due to the injury of Harrison in 2007 and the aging of him striking in 2008.

With a Super Bowl ring, he looks to bring another. Wayne will be the number one receiver next year and could possibly have way better stats. You could see a record-breaker of the 143 catches set my Marvin Harrison. Wayne could probably get 243 if he tried.

Colts should probably re-sign Harrison, though. It helps Wayne better. Anthony Gonzalez will need to step up. And speaking of Anthony Gonzalez….

Anthony Gonzalez: 57 catches. 664 receiving yards. 11.6 average. Four touchdowns.

Even though Gonzalez has career NFL stats of what probably Randy Moss or Terrell Ownes can have in one year (94 catches for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns), Gonzalez is still considered a big key to the Colts’ passing game.

Gonzalez’s best game came against the Patriots as Gonzalez had two touchdowns that day. He started out the season with decent numbers for a receiver in the slot position: five catches for 48 yards. The next game was spectacular in the Colts’ 18-15 win over the Vikings: nine catches for 137 yards and a 58-yard catch.

See? Coming out Ohio State isn’t a bad thing. Sorry Troy Smith, but you still have a chance. Gonzalez will look to be a second receiver like Reggie Wayne was last year. Gonzalez will have to stand the change, though.

He will be in plays way more often. He’s going to have to work hard against a better cornerback. But Gonzalez can be the next Reggie Wayne. It will be a new pattern, actually. It will be like Marvin Harrison helping out Wayne but now it is Wayne helping out Gonzalez.

Gonzalez can fit nicely and can make his first Pro Bowl in a couple of years. If he can make the stats like he did in those games last year, he can be a possible threat. Why? Take a look at Brandon Stokley and see what he did. Why not Harrison? He started out as not big of a receiver but now shined.

Reggie Wayne anyone? He started out as a nobody, too. Then after watching how Harrison did it, Wayne snapped quickly. It may take time for Anthony to adjust, but trust me, he will get it sometime soon. By learning from Reggie Wayne, there will be another big one-two punch like the old Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne one-two punch.

But what about that one-three punch that the Colts had when it was Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and Brandon Stokley? Or Harrison, Wayne, and Gonzalez? That is when Roy Hall comes into the picture.

Roy Hall: One Catch. Nine receiving yards. Nine average. Zero touchdowns.

About to be positioned as a split end, Roy Hall actually was considered as a wide receiver. He had a blazing time at the 40-yard-dash with 4.35 seconds. Nice! Then came his 19 reps. He is amazing, I say.

Then what makes it better as that he can run routes. But I’m not done! Take a look at his size: 6’3″ and 239 pounds! Pretty big guy. He probably is a good friend of Anthony Gonzalez because they are both from OSU.

Even though the stats don’t look like much, Hall can be a threat. He was listed as a fourth-string receiver, so you couldn’t really see much out of him. His pre-season stats were good, for two games. Despite the fact he only played two games in the pre-season, the stats are average or under average, just saying the truth here: six catches for 51 yards.

Not that much, but I really think Hall can be a good receiver. The size helps a lot. He is pretty much the tallest receiver for the team. Hall can leap over defenders and can be just truly amazing. So if you see Hall as a slot receiver, don’t be surprised, he can be a threat.

He can be a Kevin Walter to the Colts. Just the type of guy that helps out big when you need it. I really would like to see how Hall plays. After putting up big numbers in his Pro Day in like one or two years ago, Hall can flourish.

What if Hall can’t do it? Or what if we cut him? What if he gets injured? Hey, Pierre Garcon, where are you? You can be the man!

Pierre Garcon: Four catches. 23 receiving yards. 5.8 average. Zero touchdowns.

After having 47 career touchdowns at Mount Union and being a scary returner on special teams, it’s no wonder why the Colts drafted this small-school player. I’ve seen Garcon have some playing time with the team this year. One time I saw him in the 24-20 over the Steelers and Garcon had one catch for two yards.

Then I saw him doing kick and punt returns for the team. He did have 22 returns for 475 yards on kick returns this year. His longest return was for 39 yards. He averaged about 22 yards per return. He only had one punt return last year, for five yards.

Then I saw him having some playing time in the last game of the season with three catches for 21 yards. His stats in the pre-season were seven catches for 74 yards and a 32-yard catch.

It is going to be a big battle between Roy Hall, Garcon himself, and probably a draft pick or free agent to make the team and be the slot receiver. It looks to be a good fight. Garcon could possibly be the kick returner this year.

He looks to be great. With his amazing punt returns and kick returns in college, I hope he passes on those great skills in the NFL. Garcon looks to be a pretty decent receiver. He probably can beat Hall. Even though Hall has a better size advantage, Garcon can beat him out.

Well those are the wide receivers. I am sorry couldn’t break down the tight ends. That will come next time. I just don’t have enough room. If I did put tight ends, you will probably reading a six-to-11-paged article. But please check out next time when you see tight ends. Then after tight ends, I will break down the o-line.

Hope you enjoyed this article and peace out!

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