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Colts Notes

Some news and notes prior to the Miami Dolphins game on Monday from Mike Chappell over at the Indianapolis Star:

As those of you who follow the Indianapolis Colts already know, ever since Marvin Harrison’s departure, wide receiver Reggie Wayne is pretty much the go-to-guy in quarterback Peyton Manning’s world (stating the obvious, but it is what it is). And without a doubt, the Dolphins are mindful of that fact and will tw3eak their defense to ensure that Wayne’s impact is minimal.

Wayne seems to be know this, adding:

“Yeah, you’d better. That’s kind of how it is. Pretty much every team in this league has got some form or fashion of a go-to guy. And I’m sure throughout the week the defensive coordinator is saying, ‘OK, we don’t want this guy to catch anything. If he does, very little. That’s the thought process you might want to take. If not, I’m lickin’ my chops.”

It seems pretty obvious as Wayne laid waste to the Jacksonvilloe Jaguars last Sunday, catching 10 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown; fortunately for Wayne, he will get the chance to school Dolphin rookie cornerbacks Sean Smith and Vontae Davis. But one thing is for certain: Wayne will need some support. In other words, WR’s Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon and newly-signed Hank Baskett will have to help him out some.

Which could possibly allow tight end Dallas Clark to have a breakout game. Wayne’s bottom line on Monday night’s clash?

“I need those young guys to step up and make some plays and take the pressure off me, then the offense can do what this offense has been doing for the past years. Just picking your poison.”

In other Colts news:

The Colts received a special distinction from the NFL; whether it is good news or not will always be up for discussion. According to the league, the Colts, by their definition, the lightest team in the league, averaging 239.11 pounds/player. Try as they might to get heavier players along their offensive and defensive lines, they, along with the Tennessee Titans tied for the fewest with only eight players each. The Colts are also tied with the Kansas City Chiefs as the youngest team in the AFC (25.89 years old – second youngest in the NFL) with the Green Bay Packers edging both teams at 25.7 years old.

Running back Mike Hart returned to the practice field last week after missing some time with a sprained ankle; even though he is on the practice squad, Hart hung around the scout offense to prep for the game against Miami Monday.

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One Response to “Colts Notes”

  1. The good thing is, Hagler can come back from this too. I don’t think a biceps injury is as serious, as a knee would be.

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