Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Hilton was expected to return today. If he’s out, Donte Moncrief, Hakeem Nicks and Reggie Wayne would all see a significant bump in a nice matchup against Dallas. His absence would hurt Andrew Luck, but he’d still be a must-start given the matchup.
With Reggie Wayne losing a step, the Colts need Moncrief's playmaking ability as an alternative to T.Y. Hilton. The third-round rookie has the size and athleticism to become a star with Luck as his quarterback.
While it may have just become official this week, it's no surprise Moncrief is now the team's WR3. We had a news item on Saturday that said it remains to be seen if he passes Reggie Wayne for the WR2 role. The item said that Wayne is still a security blank for Luck, but there's no denying Moncrief's big-play ability. He's certainly worth a pickup, at least in deeper leagues, but owners should probably still consider him boom or bust at this point. However he's one big play away from giving owners very nice fantasy numbers.
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:13am
Colts beat writer Mike Wells answered a question about Donte Moncrief and the WR2 role on the team:
T.Y. Hilton will hold onto the torch for a number of years before Donte Moncrief gets hold of it. Hilton has unofficially taken the torch from Wayne as Andrew Luck's big-play target. Wayne is still Luck's security blanket, but the days of him outrunning the defense for a 50-yard touchdown have passed. Wayne knows it, too.
But I'll still take Wayne over most defensive backs when it comes to getting open on short to intermediate routes. Moncrief will become the Colts' No. 2 receiver sooner than later. It just won't happen until Wayne decides to call it quits on his likely Hall-of-Fame career.
According to Wells it looks like Wayne may hold the WR2 role a little longer. But Moncrief at least appears to be poised to steal WR3 targets away from Hakeem Nicks. By next year, it looks safe to assume Moncrief will be the clear WR3.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow, not injury related) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Wayne is suddenly on track to play on Monday night. Donte Moncrief would be a Sneaky Start if Wayne can’t play, and Hakeem Nicks has some desperation appeal in a revenge game against his old team. If Wayne plays, then Moncrief would only hold desperation value as the team’s third wideout (at best).
Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:58am
Colts beat writer Mike Wells: The Colts are saying the right things publicly, but it's been a mystery why Hakeem Nicks hasn't been a factor. Last weekend's game basically summed up his time with the Colts. With Wayne out with an elbow injury, Nicks was the No. 2 receiver, but he was clearly outplayed by rookie Donte Moncrief. Nicks only caught one of the six targets from Luck for 27 yards while playing 60 of 66 snaps. Moncrief only needed 40 snaps to catch seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. You would have thought having a bigger role in the offense would help Nicks. Now you have to wonder if he'll fit in at all this season because Wayne will likely play Monday and Moncrief's performance may have been good enough to move him ahead of Nicks as the third receiver.
With Reggie Wayne looking iffy for Monday night, Moncrief would be a Sneaky Start against the Giants. Hopefully we'll know if Wayne will play by Sunday morning. If not, depending on Moncrief won't be for the faint of heart. He still has some upside as the Colts' WR3, even if Wayne plays, however.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow, not injury related) missed practice Thursday. It appears that Wayne is questionable for Monday night’s game. Donte Moncrief would be a Sneaky Start if Wayne can’t play, and Hakeem Nicks has some desperation appeal in a revenge game against his old team.
Bradshaw, who was not brought back after the 2012 season, and Hakeem Nicks, who was not re-signed after last season, will surely be determined to show their former team they made a mistake not keeping them. Because neither, particularly Bradshaw, ever wanted to leave.
This is an example of the #OldTeamTheorem that Senior Editor John Paulsen likes to talk about on Twitter (@4for4_John). Players are generally extra motivated to stick it to their old teams. It doesn't always result in a big game, but more often than not, players seem to outperform their usual production. We expect Bradshaw to play well. If Reggie Wayne misses another game, Nicks could be in the mix for a surprising game as well, though Donte Moncrief has been outplaying him thus far.
Reggie Wayne (elbow) is ahead of schedule and considered day-to-day.
The Colts hope to get him back out there this week, the story added, but it's a bit of good news that he's ahead of schedule. While Wayne will slide back to his normal WR2 role, Donte Moncrief had a huge game in his place against Pittsburgh, seemingly moving ahead of Hakeem Nicks as the WR3. Wayne has struggled as of late so it's possible we start to see a little more of Moncrief.
If Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was any indication it should be an easy decision for coach Chuck Pagano.
With Wayne out because of an elbow injury, Moncrief stepped up and complemented Hilton by catching seven passes on a team-high 12 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown -- all career highs -- in the loss.
"Donte was running great routes, playing fast and he certainly doesn't play like a rookie," quarterback Andrew Luck said. "He's solid, he's steady and I'm happy for how well he played."
The story said the original thought was that the Colts would ease Moncrief, the team's third-round draft pick, into a larger role because of their depth at receiver this season. But his speed, athleticism and ability to make plays has accelerated the process. Moncrief showed off his skills when he made a leaping catch over Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen for a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Nicks, who started the game as the No. 2 receiver, finished with only reception for 27 yards in the six times he was targeted, the piece added. Moncrief is a name to watch and could have some deeper league, flex value in this heavy-passing Colts offense.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Donte Moncrief played a bit more than Hakeem Nicks in Week 7, though Nicks has out-snapped Moncrief 277 to 96 on the season and 35 to 12 as recently as Week 6. Moncrief has offered a better FP/snap, per our Player Snap App. We'll keep our ear to the ground and try to determine which player would be the better desperation start in Week 8, though right now we would lean Nicks’s way, given his experience. Dwayne Allen might be the biggest beneficiary of extra work in the passing game.
The Colts play in the late round of games on Sunday, so it will be tough to capitalize on Richardson's absence. Bradshaw certainly gets a bump while Dan Herron could see 8-12 carries if Richardson is sidelined. As for the receiving corps, Donte Moncrief played a bit more than Hakeem Nicks in Week 7, though Nicks has out-snapped Moncrief 277 to 96 on the season and 35 to 12 as recently as Week 6. Moncrief has offered a better FP/snap, per our Player Snap App. We'll keep our ear to the ground and try to determine which player would be the better desperation start in Week 8. Stay tuned.
"I think the ball is being spread around, and (Nicks') opportunities are going to come," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "The more (defenses) adjust to take away certain receivers, tight ends or whoever it may be, it's just a matter of time before a pro like Hakeem has an opportunity to capitalize on the right matchup."
Regarding Moncrief, Hamilton said coaches have already gained enough confidence to play him in key situations without fear of the moment being too big.
"He's ahead of schedule," Hamilton said. "He's a guy that we feel like at any given moment we can plug him in and he'll be ready to go out there and perform at the level that's expected."
There isn't a clear cut winner if Wayne is sidelined, but Moncrief did out-snap Nicks in Week 7, while Nicks has far more experience.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) missed practice again Thursday. The Colts are calling Wayne “day to day,” so he could play through the injury this week. If not, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would see additional playing time. Moncrief actually out-snapped Nicks in Week 7.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Colts WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) did not practice Wednesday. The Colts are calling Wayne “day to day,” so he could play through the injury this week. If not, Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief would see additional playing time.
A source with knowledge of the situation said that while the injury to Reggie Wayne’s left elbow doesn’t appear to be serious, it could force him to miss a game or two. Coach Chuck Pagano didn’t reveal the results of a MRI on Wayne’s elbow during his Monday press conference.
Wayne suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He went up for a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck and was knocked off balance by Bengals cornerback Adam Jones. Wayne cushioned his fall by using his left arm.
This keeps getting worse. Wayne eventually came back into the game last week after hurting the elbow, but then said after the game the injury wasn't a big deal. We had a report about the MRI on Monday. Hakeem Nicks could step into a bigger workload if Wayne misses time.
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