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Reggie Wayne is understandably frustrated

Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:09 pm
Wayne is on pace for career lows in catches, yards and touchdowns. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

For an idea of just how far and fast the Colts have fallen since losing Peyton Manning before the season, consider that Reggie Wayne has been out of the news since, well, September. This is what happens when you go from one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers to the situation Wayne currently finds himself: a weekly non-factor thanks to a suddenly inept Colts offense.

Manning's replacement, Curtis Painter, has completed just 55 percent of his passes (5 TDs, 7 INTs), and as a consequence, Wayne has just 42 receptions for 530 yards and a lone touchdown. He's on pace for his lowest totals in catches, yards and touchdowns since 2003. Understandably, he's frustrated.

"I always feel 'this week' I'm going to have a big game," Wayne said, according to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell. "So, (today) is going to be my big game of the year. Won't be hard, you know what I mean?"

Wayne's best game came in the opener, a seven-catch, 106-yard effort in a beatdown at the hands of the Texans. In the nine games since, Wayne has had four receptions or fewer seven times and his longest catch of the season is just 36 yards.

"The only way I go without snapping (with) the media is every game when I come in, first thing I do is put my helmet and stuff down and grab my phone," Wayne said. "Always got a text message from my wife and it's a picture of my kids.

"I don't think she's doing it on purpose, but when I see my kids, that calms the storm. They bring everything back."

It was less than four months ago that Wayne was hoping for a new contract. His value has taken a hit this season and he's certainly in line for less than that he could've expected back in August. The drastic drop in productivity isn't his fault, although we suspect that won't much matter when he negotiates his next deal.

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Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:36 pm

Reggie Wayne is understandably frustrated

The guy below is right. It was the same for Steve Smith. Last year everyone was saying how he was done even though he had Moore and Delhomme throwing to him on a terrible team. This year he got Cam, who's decent and is lighting it up. Wayne hasn't suddenly lost a step, he's got a guy who couldn't start on a lot of college teams throwing to him..

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:54 pm

Reggie Wayne is understandably frustrated

I don't think we'll see Peyton Manning again.

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2011 9:38 pm

Reggie Wayne is understandably frustrated

Kinda like when everyone was saying Steve Smith was done, WRs have it kinda tough becouse you cant throw yourself the ball and with out a QB even the best WR will look bad. Cam Newton(good) and Jimmy Clausen(very bad) are like night and day at QB, so when Peyton Manning comes back or they get some better QB play Reggie Wayne numbers will return as well..

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:52 pm

Reggie Wayne is understandably frustrated

first of all reggie waynes wife is smart, she is doing it on purpose to simply remind you, their watching too, remain a role model. secondly, reggie wayne's value was probably going to drop anyway, because peyton can make any receiver look good. Though reggie wayne is a great receiver we seen what happen with marvin, unfortunately. The good thing is if the colts are dumb enough to let him go to free agency, just about any team will take him.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:57 pm

Reggie Wayne is understandably frustrated

It's definitely not his fault.  You got to have a QB who can get you the ball.  We ALL know how valuable Manning is to his team and teammates.  The most valuable asset to a WR is his QB.  I'm certain the powers that be will consider his lack of Manning or a serviceable QB when negotiating Wayne's contract.

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