Tag:Reggie Wayne
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: August 25, 2011 12:46 pm

Reggie Wayne isn't sure Collins should be starter

CollinsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the more interesting stories from Wednesday was the Colts signing Kerry Collins to a $4 million contract just in case Peyton Manning isn’t ready to begin the season as the team’s starting quarterback.

Even though CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman has gone on record as saying that the Colts could make the playoffs even with Collins in charge of the offense, at least one of Collins’ new teammates disagrees.

That’s receiver Reggie Wayne, who said, via the AP, that “We don't even know him, we ain't vanilla, man, we ain't no simple offense. So for him to can come in here and be the starter, I don't see it. I think that's a step back."

Wait, wait a minute. Is Wayne saying he would rather have Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky start instead of Collins -- who certainly is past his prime but is far more accomplished than Painter and Orlovsky combined*?

*If you multiplied by 10 the combined careers of Painter and Orlovsky, Collins still would be far more accomplished.

"Who says Kerry's going to be the starter?" Wayne said. "Just because we bring him in doesn't mean he's the starter. He's got to learn too, right? Unless they gave him a playbook months ago, he's got to learn too.

Peyton's Place ... on the sidelines?
"I don't care who you are, I mean I'm not going to let anyone just come in here and just push someone (like Painter) aside like you're that dog now, you know what I mean?"

No, I have no idea what Wayne means.

As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson pointed out Wednesday, “Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008.”

Which is why Wayne seemingly makes no sense when he says he’d rather see Painter start than Collins. After all, Collins has thrown for more than 40,000 yards and 200 touchdowns in his career, while Painter has accumulated 83 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:29 pm

Colts ask Wayne, Mathis for patience

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last month, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne said he had no plans to hold out for more money because "I'm a Colt. What else I'm gonna be?" And teammate Robert Mathis used Twitter to correct a report that he would hold out. "I have every intention on doing my job once the NFL gives us our job back. I never been a locker room cancer & won't start now."

Mathis also understands the Colts' hierarchy, pointing out that Peyton Manning and Wayne were due new deals first, and that "free agents will be addressed before me."

As expected, Wayne and Mathis kept their word and are in camp, and Colts owner Jim Irsay is now asking for their patience.

"At this point," Irsay said Sunday afternoon according to the Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell, "I don't anticipate that sort of thing, an extension or anything like that.

"We always talk about next year, where we're going to be with the (salary) cap, what type of situation we're going to be in because it's going to come quickly," Irsay said. "We prepare for next year whether it's Pierre (Garcon), or Robert and Reggie."

Vice chairman Bill Polian notes that Indy has a history of taking care of its own, and Manning and running back Joseph Addai are the most recent examples.

"Nothing could underscore that more than (Sunday)," Polian said. "Peyton Manning comes back to finish his career. Joseph Addai comes back. Ryan Diem comes back to finish his career. That's what the Colts and Jim Irsay are all about."

Whether he's happy about it or not, Wayne sounds accepting of his (temporary) fate. "I'm going to honor that year," he said, referring to the last season on his contract. "Isn't what what they say? Gotta honor that contract."

But Wayne also says he feels great physically, which could mean a big offensive year and, ultimately, one more big payday. "I haven't felt this good in years," he said, according to CBSSports.com's Rapid Reports. "I felt so good I cut off all my facial hair, man. I feel young. I feel like a old 2001, 2002 Reggie. Hopefully you'll get a glimpse of those fresh legs and make some plays."

We mentioned previously that, even at 32, Wayne's not over the hill. In fact, he's vital to what the Colts do offensively. It's just that he's nowhere near as important as their 35-year-old quarterback. That Wayne appears to understand that, and given the organization's history of keeping their word and retaining their players, there's every reason to think that he will be in Indianapolis beyond the 2011 season.

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Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 3:33 pm

Reggie Wayne won't hold out for more money

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Earlier this month, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis took to Twitter to deny reports that he would hold out for a new contract once the lockout is resolved.

“Haven’t thought of scheming up a #PayMePlan yet for 3 reasons. (1)18 is up (2) 87 needs his (3)free agents will b addressed b4 me,” Mathis said, later adding "I have every intention on doing my job once the NFL gives us our job back. I never been a locker room cancer & wont start now. #GoColtsDammit."

We bring this up for several reasons. First, Mathis is right, once there's officially a 2011 season, one of the Colts' first priorities will be to give Peyton Manning a bunch of well-deserved money. Because without him Indianapolis is, at best, a six-win team.

Second, Reggie Wayne does "need his" too, but like Mathis, he has no intentions of holding out. Details via the Indianapolis Star
The five-time Pro Bowl selection is in the final year of a six-year, $39 million contract he signed in 2006. He's due a base salary of $5.95 million this season.

That's hardly chump change, but below market value for a player of Wayne's caliber. The average salary of the top 10 receivers in 2010 was $8.65 million. Over the past seven seasons, Wayne leads NFL receivers with 643 receptions and 8,849 yards, and ranks fifth with 58 touchdowns…. Wayne reported for the start of the 2010 training camp, and plans to do likewise later this month. Barring an unforeseen hiccup in the labor process, the Colts are expected to report to Anderson University on July 31 for the start of camp.
"I'm a Colt. What else I'm gonna be?" Wayne said, dismissing a question about a possible camp holdout. "I'm going to go to work. That's what I do.''

As PFT's Michael David Smith notes, despite the Star claiming that Wayne's salary is "below market value," the reality is that he's 33, typically the beginning of the end for NFL wide receivers. "The Colts found out the hard way with Marvin Harrison that giving a big contract to a receiver in his 30s can be a costly mistake," Smith writes.

That's not to say Wayne is over the hill; he's not. In fact, he's vital to what the Colts do offensively. It's just that he's nowhere near as important as their 35-year-old quarterback. And like Mathis, Wayne sounds like he understands that.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:11 am

Irsay doesn't 'pull a Jerry' on Indy Super Bowl

Posted by Will Brinson

No NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl in its home stadium. 2010 seemed like the year that might change, with the Cowboys ripe for a run and Dallas hosting the event.

We all know what happened there and, um, "whoops"?

But what about Indianapolis? The Colts have Peyton Manning, they're always dangerous and in 2011, Indy's oil fields -- they have oil in Indy, I hope, because otherwise having their field named after oil would be just ridiculous -- will be ravaged by the same scene that overtook Dallas.

Still, Colts owner Jim Irsay is wisely staying away from building up any expectations about the possibility of his team playing in the "big game."

"Honestly, I don't even think about that," Irsay said. "I'm focused on doing whatever it takes that gives us the best shot to win this year. It's not like all of a sudden we're going to try harder this year because we have the Super Bowl. The intensity to win every year is the same and it doesn't change simply because we have the Super Bowl."

This is the smart thing to do, even though Irsay's organization is structured substantially different than the Cowboys. With Dallas, it was all about Jerry Jones' awkward desperation to get his team to the Super Bowl in their home town, and it almost felt like that pressure -- with him as owner and GM and with no true leader on the team -- helped sink their ship early on.

Irsay, meanwhile, has a team with Manning and a slew of veteran leaders, and while he might realize that the Colts' window to win with one of the all-time greats is in fact closing, he also understands that applying unnecessary pressure to his team won't do any good in the long run.

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:54 pm

Wayne: Colts realized Manning 'not immortal'

Posted by Will Brinson

2010 was a weird season for the Colts -- at one point they looked doomed, only they managed to storm back and make the playoffs, before bowing to the Jets in the first round.

Perhaps the strangest part of it all, though, was the three-game stretch when Peyton Manning lobbed 11 interceptions. It was weird enough that it warranted Reggie Wayne telling Jay Glazer on the NFL Network (via MDS at PFT) that Manning is human after all.

"It was a shock," Wayne said. "The main thing we realized, he's not immortal. He's real. He's not a machine. It goes to show you this game is so competitive, even the guys on top can hit a wall somewhere. As a team we just stuck behind him, kept pushing, told him, 'Keep throwing,' and hope he throw it to us. And it was good, everybody stuck together and we found a way out of that rut."

Wayne also addressed his one-catch, one-yard performance against the Jets and his public comments following the loss.

"My number wasn’t called the way I wanted, but that's the way it goes," Wayne said. "I was a little upset, basically, because we took an L -- we lost -- and you feel like you didn't get your number called enough to help the team move on. It's playoff time. You want to win, you don't want to go home. It was tough for me — that was the first time I had been in that situation. But it is what it is. I've just got to keep playing ball, I guess."

Yeah, he does. And it's somewhat reasonable to complain, but it's not like Manning was given too many opportunities to just force balls into Revis Island.

On the bright side for Wayne, he's been lucky enough to play with Manning for quite some time now (and will probably wrap up his career with Peyton) and it's entirely possible that he just saw the worst stretch of the quarterback's career. In other words, it could be worse.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 4:30 pm

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. As a bonus, enjoy our playoff podcast preview:

1. New York Jets (No. 6, AFC, 13-5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 2, AFC, 13-4)

For the second-straight season, the Jets somehow have risen from a Wild Card team to a squad that will play in the AFC championship game with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Last year, they fell to the Colts. This year, though, they’re riding a big hot streak, having knocked off Indianapolis and then the formerly-invincible Patriots, and they’re looking for their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969.

The Steelers, meanwhile, are coming off a nice come-from-behind victory against the Ravens last week. Like the Jets beating the Patriots, Pittsburgh exerted a ton of energy, rallying to beat their biggest rival for the second time this season. There’s been some talk about emotional letdowns, especially on the Jets side, but this one is for a Super Bowl berth. An emotional letdown, like Jets coach Rex Ryan would say, is impossible.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking

Both AFC games last week were great matchups and featured great results. It’ll be hard for this one to top those. Maybe I’m the one who is emotionally let down, but 3.5 Mora Faces is the max rating.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Jets secondary vs. Steelers WRs

Last week, the Jets shut down the Patriots WRs. New England couldn’t create separation, and at times, QB Tom Brady was stuck holding the ball for 5 … 6 … 7 … 8 seconds before having to scramble because his receivers simply could not get open.

The Steelers will have to do a better job than that. Assuming Jets CB Darrelle Revis – who has dominated Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne and New England’s Deion Branch so far in the playoffs – matches up against WR Hines Ward, don’t expect Ward to have much of an impact. In the Steelers Week 15 matchup against New York, Ward was targeted only three times and caught two passes for 34 yards.

That means the speedy Mike Wallace will have to be the game-changer for Pittsburgh. He’s had a big season, catching 60 passes for 1,257 yards and 10 TDs in the regular season. We assume Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, also a rather speedy fellow, will attend to him. Thing is with Cromartie: sometimes he’s great, like last week, and sometimes he’s very beatable, like with Colts WR Pierre Garcon two weeks ago.

Hell, Cromartie might be the biggest factor of all. Especially if Ben Roethlisberger tries to avoid Revis and, instead, targets Cromartie. Hey, at least Cromartie didn’t call Roethlisberger an a------.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

If Revis makes Ward somewhat irrelevant in the passing game, the Steelers WR still can be a nuisance on the field. Ask Bart Scott about that this video, featuring Ward’s greatest hits.

5. The Jets will win if ...

They can get big-time production from both running backs, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. Tomlinson, after a swoon in the second half of the season, has run well the first two rounds of the playoffs, and Greene has rushed for 77 and 70 yards in the two games. If Greene can inch closer to the 100-yard mark and Tomlinson can average about 5 yards a carry, that would keep the ball out of the hands of Rashard Mendenhall and Roethlisberger for much of the game and bring the Jets a win.

6. The Steelers will win if ...

They can pound and pressure Mark Sanchez for much of the day. Yes, Sanchez threw three touchdown passes last week, but he still has struggled – for the past two weeks – with his accuracy. The Steelers have plenty of defenders (ahem, James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley) who can harass Sanchez and make him have to release the ball too early. Which certainly won’t help his aim.

7. Prediction: Jets 20, Steelers 17
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:01 pm

NFL Wild Card Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

This past weekend was one of most exciting wild-card weekends in NFL history.

But was it the most exciting? That's one of the questions Andy and I answer in this week's podcast review. We also debate whether or not Seattle fans should be sending such vitriolic emails, where Marshawn Lynch's powerful scamper ranks in the pantheon of all-time single runs, just how impressive Dom Capers' defense was Sunday, whether Jim Caldwell's seat should be hot, how clutch Mark Sanchez really is, and whether or not we should have seen the Ravens pummeling of the Chiefs coming.

All that (plus much,  much more) -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:47 pm

Reggie Wayne: 'I shouldn't have suited up'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts WR Reggie Wayne was less than pleased following Indianapolis’ loss Saturday night to the Jets.

And the fact that QB Peyton Manning targeted him only once – and the fact Jets CB Darrelle Revis was draped all over him for most of the night – left Wayne in a sour mood.

"It's bull. It's bull, man," Wayne said, via the Indy Star. "I give everything I've got no matter what. Every day, I give it everything. And . . . one ball, that's all."

And then, Wayne began to act like a bit of a baby.

"I shouldn't have even suited up," Wayne said. "I should have watched the game like everybody else. I was irrelevant."

Perhaps Wayne forgot that he needs to find a way to get open in order for Manning to try to pass him the ball. As NBC’s replays showed over and over again, Revis simply wasn't letting that happen.

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