Tag:Reggie Wayne
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Manning Bowl is all Peyton so far

P. Manning and E. Manning talked before tonight's game began (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If we’re going to judge the first half of the Manning Bowl – and really, why shouldn’t we judge the first half of the Manning Bowl – you’d have to give it to Peyton Manning. By unanimous decision. Or by unanimous decision where Eli didn’t win a round on anybody’s scorecards. Or by knockout. Or by super-duper knockout.

A quick comparison:

Peyton Manning: He’s 13 of 18 for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He hit his first five passes for 52 yards, and his first incompletion was a pass that Reggie Wayne simply dropped. But for the Colts, it wasn’t only about Manning. It was as much – if not more – about the running game. Joseph Addai was awesome with 101 yards of total offense, and the offensive line opened huge holes for him and protected Manning quite well. So if Peyton is beating up on Eli, call it a group victory.

Eli Manning: He’s 3 of 8 for 17 yards, an interception, a lost fumble and a delay of game penalty. He’s not getting much help from anybody on his team. The defense can’t keep the Colts off the field, limiting Eli’s snaps, and the Giants run game is unimpressive – strange, because of how much success the Texans had against the Colts in this department last week. Considering New York is getting shellacked 24-0 at halftime, Eli should get more chances to take some shots down the field.

Still, it’s not looking good for Eli Manning or the Giants here. For Peyton, so far, is the master of the Manning Bowl.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 5:26 pm
 

Why the Texans beat the Colts

A. Foster had the best day a RB has ever had in Houston (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Three reasons why Houston opened its season with a 34-24 victory against the Colts.

1. Houston’s running game:
Arian Foster was a stud, rushing 33 times for a club-record 231 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll make you forget the name Steve Slaton (six carries, 29 yards) pretty quickly. Perhaps the most impressive drive Houston ran was the first series of the second half, when they used up about 8 minutes of game clock, handing the ball to Foster. The Colts simply couldn’t stop him. After his final TD of the game, with 1:56 to go, he slammed the ball to the turf. Then, he went to the bench and put on an oxygen mask. He had earned it.

2. The Colts wide receivers: On the surface, their numbers look good. Peyton Manning completed a career-high 40 completions, and Austin Collie (10 catches, 131 yards), Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Pierre Garcon recorded at least 75 receiving yards a piece. But Manning was undone early in the game by a bevy of Colts mistakes. His receivers ran the wrong routes, they dropped passes, they fumbled receptions. In the end, Houston made them pay.

3. Houston’s early-game momentum:
The Texans jumped out to a 13-0 lead, and though the Colts answered with 10-straight points, the tone already had been set. This game was so, so important to the Texans, who entered the game 1-15 all time against the Colts. They had suffered through a few close games – a few games they should have won, actually – and they came in confident they weren’t going to let another opportunity to pass them by. Turns out, they didn’t.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:41 am
 

Charlie Johnson out, Anthony Gonzalez in

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few interesting notes here from Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star .

Starting LT Charlie Johnson was carted off the field during Friday’s second practice, and though the severity of the injury isn’t yet know, coach Jim Caldwell is expected to address it after this morning’s scrimmage.

If Johnson is lost for significant time, that’ll be a big blow to Indianapolis. Especially because the OL has undergone such a renovation since last year, in part because the Colts have been so bad as a run-blocking unit. Johnson is a converted TE, but he’s made a pretty good transition to the offensive line while having to protect Peyton Manning’s blind side.

If Johnson can’t play, Tony Ugoh – who still struggles with his pass-blocking – could move from LG to LT. But then, who would play LG? Jeff Linkenbach and Chris Marinelli are supposedly behind Johnson at LT, but both are rookies. Overall, not a good scene if Johnson has to miss some time.

Also, Wilson writes about WR Anthony Gonzalez – who people seem to forget because of Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. But without Garcon participating in practice Friday, Gonzalez had a chance to shine.

As Wilson writes:

It's just practice, but he looks good. After one of the sideline catches, Manning gave Gonzo a pat after the receiver came back.
If this keeps up, I don't see how the Colts can keep him on the bench. But I still don't have a clue how Reggie Wayne, Garcon, Collie and Gonzo can all get their share of catches. We shall see.


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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:50 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Reggie Wayne not likely to holdout

R. Wayne (US Presswire)You don’t think Colts receiver Reggie Wayne is really going to hold out of training camp, do you? Sure, Wayne is unhappy with the two years remaining on his six-year, $39 million contract (base salaries $5.47 million in ’10; $5.95 million in ’11). And sure, he skipped the offseason team activities and even a mandatory minicamp.

But if Wayne holds out, he won’t be able to make his grand training camp entrance that fans have come to love. Last season, Wayne dressed as a construction worker – hard hat and all – and showed up driving a dump truck (a rented dump truck, fortunately). In 2007, he showed up in camouflage. In 2006, Wayne arrived wearing Edgerrin James’s new Cardinals jersey.

Judging by the tone of a note he wrote to fans on his website, Wayne will not only report on time, but also turn more heads in doing so:

Is it that time already Colts fans. Seems just like yesterday I cleaning out my locker getting ready for the off-season. I guest it's true when they say, "time waits for no man". So Anderson Indiana here come the Mighty Indianapolis Colts to invade your town for a few weeks. I hope it's somewhere good to eat In Anderson. (first time Colts have held training camp in Anderson Indiana in over 10 years) All of my friends keep telling me how they can't wait for me to go back to work because they want to see some football. Then we get into a debate about how they cutting my vacation short. But at the same time, it's raining everyday in South Florida due to hurricane season. So maybe it is time to play some football. Not much else to talk about at this point in time. I'm about to go sit by the pool with a glass of lemonade(that's right LEMONADE) and enjoy my last few days of freedom. Talk to you soon. GO COLTS!


--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 18, 2010 12:44 pm
 

Reggie Wayne to be next LeBron James

Say this for Colts WR Reggie Wayne. He’s got a sense of humor.

A reporter for WISH TV news caught up with Wayne after his charity basketball tournament, as seen here on Stampedeblue.com , and asked him if he was going to attend Indianapolis’ training camp, despite his desire for a new contract.

“I guess it’s like LeBron James; it’s like The Decision,” Wayne said. “It’s going to be an hour-long special. The Decision, part II.”

Later, he turned a little more serious.

“We'll have to see,” said Wayne, coming off a 100-catch, 1,264-yard, 10-touchdown Pro Bowl season. “We’ll take it day by day. I would love to see Anderson (University, the site of the Colts training camp). I’ve never been there. We’ll see what’s up.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 16, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Position rankings: wide receivers

A. Johnson makes a TD catch over Chicago's C. Tillman (Getty). Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on wide receivers.

Andy Benoit’s top five

5. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins

4. Calvin Johnson, Lions

3. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

2. Reggie Wayne, Colts

1. Andre Johnson, Texans


I wish we could do top 10 receivers – this position is flooded with talent. A lot of times, a receivers’ success depends on the system he’s in. For example, Miles Austin, with his fluidity and speed, produces like a top five receiver in Dallas’s catch-and-run offense. But could he succeed in a downfield “power-throwing” offense like Vincent Jackson does in San Diego? Probably not.

As you can see, I like receivers with freakish athleticism and size. These five guys can dominate in any system. Shuffle Fitzgerald, Wayne and Andre Johnson in any order you want – just don’t drop Wayne from the Top 3 and tell me it’s because he plays with Peyton Manning. Wayne might be themost fundamentally-sound player in the entire NFL.

Calvin Johnson hasn’t done anything yet, but that’s only because he’s stuck in Detroit. He’s at least 125 percent as gifted as anyone on this list.

I’m willing to have just about any discussion that pertains to the best receiver in the game – just as long as you don’t try to sell me Randy Moss. As a deep threat, Moss is the best ever. As an all-around receiver (route running, blocking, reading coverages, etc.), he’s average.

Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Calvin Johnson, Lions

4. Wes Welker, Patriots

3. Reggie Wayne, Colts

2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

1. Andre Johnson, Texans


I agree with everything you said about Johnson. He’s the best WR out there today. He seemingly has it all. He runs great routes, he can make the tough catches in traffic, and he has great athleticism.

Fitzgerald has recorded 25 touchdown catches the past two years, more than any other receiver. Plus, his dad is a sportswriter – which bodes pretty well for my children. I like him just a little bit better than Wayne, who’s more experienced but not quite as athletic and who, like you said, has the benefit of catching balls from one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. But I agree with the top-three – which, truth be told, is hard to argue against.

I’ve got to go with Welker at No. 4. He has sneaky speed, he can read any defense, and his yards-after-contact numbers are extraordinary. Will he be the same receiver after his knee problems? Well, we won’t know that until the regular season begins, but for now, Welker is a top-five guy. I’m interested to hear your take on Welker, Andy. I dropped Johnson to No. 5, because he flubs too many catches.

I thought hard about putting San Diego’s (for now) Vincent Jackson on the list. He has a very high yards-per-catch average, and he’s a very good blocker. But with the three-game suspension and the fact he might hold out for much of the season, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I also thought about Sidney Rice, but one season doesn’t make a career. Where do you stand with those guys?

Andy’s rebuttal

I have no problem with Welker being top five. The numbers are there – 346 catches for 3,368 yards over the last three seasons – and there isn’t a little thing he doesn’t do right. Welker is the sustaining element of New England’s offense. I left him off my list because he’s essentially confined to the slot.

Jackson might be the best deep threat in the NFL right now. And while I’m on numbers, I’ll mention that 58 of Jackson’s 68 receptions last season resulted in a first down. Of everyone you mentioned, Josh, Rice is the only player I never considered. He had a great ’09 campaign, but given his (albeit short) track record, I need to see him do it at least once more.

Josh, you surprised everyone by not taking a principled stand and including a “solid, scrappy (read: white)” backup receiver like Mike Furrey or Austin Collie on your list. Since this made our lists virtually identical, how about we do the top three wide receiver duos in the NFL? But let’s put a wrinkle in it: top three duos, but no member of the duos can be on our top five list (i.e. no Moss-Welker, Wayne-Garcon or Johnson-Walter). Here’s what I have:

1. Donald DriverGreg Jennings, Packers. Perfect fits for Green Bay’s quick-slanting system.

2. Vincent Jackson – Malcolm Floyd, Chargers. Their size and speed creates nightmares for defensive coordinators and allows Antonio Gates to work against safeties and linebackers.

3. DeSean JacksonJeremy Maclin, Eagles. Jackson is fast becoming the best big-play weapon in the game. Maclin, in only his second season, could soon emerge as another version of Jackson.

Josh’s final word

Jeez, Andy, you make it sound like I put backups on my top five lists. Hey, I wasn’t the one who put Chad Greenway on my 4-3 outside linebackers list. That was you.

I’ll play your game, though.

1. Driver – Jennings, Packers. You’re absolutely right about these guys, Andy. Driver has been really good for many years, and though neither of these guys are top 10 by themselves, they help make Aaron Rodgers look really good.

2. Sidney Rice – Percy Harvin, Vikings. These guys are young – 23 and 22, respectively – and with Brett Favre throwing passes their way probably for the next … oh, say … five or 10 years (psst, he’s never going to retire), the Minnesota offense will continue to be very dangerous.

3. Jackson - Floyd, Chargers. We've talked about Jackson, but Floyd was solid last year after the Chargers waived Chris Chambers. He obviously needs to score more touchdowns - he only had one last season - but his 6-foot-5 stature will continue to grab the attention of QB Philip Rivers.

Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter  | Kicker | 4-3 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker  | Defensive Tackle  | Defensive End | Offensive Tackle   | Center | Offensive Guard | Tight End )

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 11:24 am
 

The deep get deeper

As if Colts QB Peyton Manning doesn’t have enough weapons at his disposal, Indianapolis Star beat writer Mike Chappell writes this year’s receiving corps could be the deepest the team has had.

Obviously, they’ve got Reggie Wayne (100 catches, 1,264 yards, 10 TDs last year) and Pierre Garcon (47 catches, 765 yards, four TDs) on the outside. Then, they’ve got Austin Collie – who had an outstanding rookie year with 60 catches, 676 yards and seven TDs – in the slot.

Plus, you can’t forget about the 100-reception performance of TE Dallas Clark.

But what potentially could make this WR corps extraordinary is the return of Anthony Gonzalez. He played only one game last season before injuring his knee and losing the rest of the year, but in his first two seasons in the NFL, he showed he’s a solid receiver with good ability to make yards after a catch. Although he’s been dealing with a “muscular” injury this offseason – an injury that is unrelated to his knee problems, the team says – he told the newspaper that he’s been assured he will have the chance to compete for Garcon’s job as the No. 2 WR.

Most likely, he’ll have a chance to take Collie’s starting job.

--Josh Katzowitz

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