Colts Peyton Manning still has one Pro Bowl wideout in veteran Reggie Wayne and a standout tight end in Dallas Clark. He’s counting on third-year receiver Anthony Gonzalez, second-year man Pierre Garcon and fourth-round rookie Austin Collie to help fill the post-Harrison void. He also expects the Colts’ running game to improve substantially, citing fourth-year runner Joseph Addai’s return to health and the presence of Donald Brown, a first-round rookie from Connecticut.
“Before the draft, I knew Bill Polian liked [North Carolina wideout] Hakeem Nicks, and I thought he might pick him toward the end of the first round,” Manning says. “When he picked Donald Brown, that was a message to Gonzalez and Garcon – ‘Hey, you’ve gotta go be the guy. Get with it, and don’t let me down.’ ”