Reggie Wayne Fantasy News

Reggie Wayne 'way ahead of schedule' in ACL recovery
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is on the fast track in his return from October surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Appearing on WNDE-AM in Indianapolis, Wayne said Tuesday that he expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25.

That date would put Wayne back on the practice field six months after suffering the injury.

"I'm way ahead of schedule," Wayne added. "I feel great."

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for Wayne and his owners, though it remains to be seen if the 35 year-old lost another step due to the injury. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks as insurance.

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Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:18am

SI - [Full Article]

Perhaps whatever incentives are in Hakeem Nicks's contract will do their job and remind him to put forth more effort than he did when the Giants needed him so badly in 2013. Perhaps what happened with Nicks in 2013 had more to do with the overall collapse of the Giants' offense, and the pass-happy Colts and Andrew Luck will pump his numbers back up and he'll get his big deal next year, when the salary cap is expected to rise significantly again.

Perhaps the one-year deal is merely a stepping stone to a longer deal, and if the Colts like him he could continue talks and sign an extension during the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.

Colts sign Hakeem Nicks to a one-year deal
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:42pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Colts have signed WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks has failed to score a TD in 17 straight games and his knees are a concern. Still, it's a low-risk move for the Colts, who are likely trying to look for a long-term replacement for Reggie Wayne (torn ACL). The signing puts a small dent in T.Y. Hilton's upside, while Wayne's stock takes a bigger hit. As for Nicks, he has finished outside of the top 50 at his position for two straight seasons, but he's still just 26 years old and still has time to turn his career around, assuming he's fully healthy. His ADP in early drafts is in the 9th round and it might rise a bit with this change of scenery.

Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:02pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians changed the role of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last season, having him play inside and moving him around. Arians said Fitzgerald got more comfortable with it during the season and it helped to play inside where his size could be an advantage. Arians had done it previously in Pittsburgh with Hines Ward and in Indianapolis with Reggie Wayne.

A major factor in making the shift for Fitzgerald, Arians said, was the receiver’s age. Fitzgerald turned 30 in August.

“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians said. “It’s just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it’s just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it.”

Reggie Wayne should be ready for training camp
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:12am

Terre Haute Tribune-Star - [Full Article]

It appears that most, if not all, of the Colts players who missed extensive playing time last season should be back for the start of training camp.

WR Reggie Wayne (knee), tight end Dwayne Allen (groin), running back Vick Ballard (knee), offensive guard Donald Thomas (quad) and cornerback Greg Toler (foot) are expected back and would be good to go.

“From all the reports that I’ve been getting from our trainers and from the doctors in the meetings we’ve had, everyone’s going in the right direction. We’re optimistic about everyone,” Grigson said.

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He may be able to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season.

'Wide-open competition' at RB1 for the Colts
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When asked about the Colts' running game heading into 2014, beat writer Mike Wells had this to say:

"You would have thought this would be a no-brainer when the Colts acquired Trent Richardson from Cleveland. But as everybody knows, Richardson never found a comfort zone with the team. It’ll be a wide-open competition for the starting running back position. Vick Ballard, like receiver Reggie Wayne, has to prove he can regain his form after suffering a torn ACL. Don't be surprised if Donald Brown decides to test the free-agency market to earn more money and a bigger role on a team. He'll likely start behind Richardson and Ballard on the depth chart if he re-signs."

Fantasy Impact:

The only surprise here is that Wells believes that Donald Brown would start third on the depth chart after he (vastly) outplayed Trent Richardson in 2013. If this is the case, it's doubtful that Brown will re-sign. He has earned a shot at a starting gig somewhere (or at least as a back that will get a dependable amount of touches).

Reggie Wayne is 'ahead of schedule'
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:23am

Indianapolis Colts - [Full Article]

It’s an anniversary that Reggie Wayne doesn’t want to be celebrating but he knows brighter days are ahead. A week from Saturday will mark three months since Wayne had surgery for his torn ACL.

Wayne is looking forward to Jan. 25, as it will be the next phase in his rehab process. “I’m going to do straight ahead running (then),” Wayne said on his weekly radio show on WNDE.

“I’m looking forward to doing that. I’ve been walking quite often lately. I get to run on a treadmill and that’s basically it.” Through the early phases of Wayne’s rehab, the 13-year veteran says that he’s “ahead of schedule”.

Fantasy Impact:

It's hard to get excited about a 35 year-old WR coming off of an ACL tear, but Wayne is a pro and could return to a solid possession role in the Indianapolis offense. He's entering the final year of his contract, which means it will likely be his last year with the Colts.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 10:10am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Just in case anybody was wondering, T.Y. Hilton did play for the Colts on Sunday.

The second-year wide receiver was on the field for 45 snaps in Indianapolis' 42-28 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The playing time produced all of two catches for seven yards.

The quiet afternoon was part of a disturbing trend for Hilton.

Fantasy Impact:

Hilton had two big games coming off the team's loss of WR1 Reggie Wayne, but Hilton admitted lately he's been drawing double teams and also team's top cornerbacks. Hilton is becoming a risky play at this point because over the last four weeks he has just 17 receptions for 135 yards. On top of that, it's another tough matchup against Houston in Week 15.

Wayne: Trent Richardson felt 'forced' into offense
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 11:29pm

Stampede Blue - [Full Article]

When asked if Colts RB Trent Richardson had come to WR Reggie Wayne seeking advice on how to deal with the benching, Wayne responded:

"He came to me, he wasn't pouting or anything. This was the next day after he found out he was demoted and he said, 'Now I can sit back and actually watch the way it's supposed to be done.' He kind of feels that he was maybe forced into it early without actually learning it."

Fantasy Impact:

Whatever the reason for Richardson's struggles, he's playing behind Donald Brown now. Brown should be a solid RB2-type the rest of the way. He is the #21 RB since Week 9.


Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:45am

USA Today - [Full Article]

A second NFL personnel executive said Colts WR T.Y. Hilton would take on a frontline, prominent role.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said what the Colts will miss is the QB friendliness, trust and easiness Reggie Wayne gave QB Andrew Luck, who always knew where the vet would be. But the news for Hilton owners is pretty encouraging at least.

MRI confirms Reggie Wayne tore ACL
Monday, October 21, 2013, 11:17am

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Confirmed and crushing: tests showed Colts WR Reggie Wayne has a torn ACL. His season and streak of 189 straight games is over.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a huge loss for the Colts, who will have to go with T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey as their two starting WRs. LaVon Brazill is next up on the depth chart, but this could leave the aggressive Colts, who appear to be all-in this season, in the market for a WR before the trade deadline. The team has a bye this week to try and get the situation straightened out. At the very least, look for them to bring in a free agent.

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