Reggie Wayne Fantasy News
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:02pm
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.”
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Reggie Wayne should be ready for training camp
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:12am
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.
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
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."
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
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”.
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
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.
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
"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."
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
MRI confirms Reggie Wayne tore ACL
Monday, October 21, 2013, 11:17am
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.
Darrius Heyward-Bey gaining confidence
Monday, August 26, 2013, 1:59pm
The bigger news is that T.Y. Hilton will remain the WR3 for now. He's only been seeing snaps in three-WR sets which means Heyward-Bey will start opposite of Reggie Wayne. We still rank Hilton way ahead of Heyward-Bey on our WR list. But with DHB seemingly on track for more snaps, keep an eye on him as a possible pickup, either on the wire or on upcoming drafts. His name hasn't been called much on fantasy draft day.
Darrius Heyward-Bey sprains knee
Sunday, August 4, 2013, 7:04pm
The veteran wide receiver, signed by the Colts in April, limped off the practice field Sunday with a sprained knee, according to The Indianapolis Star.
Hilton was getting high praise from HC Chuck Pagano just very recently despite the fact DHB was running with the first team.
Darrius Heyward-Bey runs as Colts WR2
Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:54am
The news here is T.Y. Hilton's value potentially takes a hit if this continues. This would make him the third option and the odd man out of the Colts' two-TE sets. It's early, of course, but it's something to monitor as he was considered a mid-round WR option. Obviously Heyward-Bey would move up the rankings as well.