The Colts are essentially only three deep at WR and one of them (Marvin Harrison) has a bad wheel. Reggie Wayne emerged as Peyton Manning’s go to receiver last season after Marvin Harrison went down to injury. The 29-year old Wayne has great hands and he can scoot down the field. Wayne played in all 16 games for the Colts last season and he caught 104 passes for 1,510 yards (14.5 avg) with 10 TD grabs. Look for Wayne to be the Colts’ main target again this season in the passing game as Marvin Harrison can’t be counted on. Wayne has now played in 109 games in his NFL career and he has caught 494 passes for 6,984 yards (14.1 avg) with 47 TD grabs. Wayne should have a huge 2008 season for the Colts.
35-year old Marvin Harrison got banged up for the first time in his career missing 11 games. He also has had some off field issues that could cause him problems later on. Harrison has made a career of making good catches and avoiding big hits and that will be more important than ever with him coming off knee surgery. Harrison played in only 5 games for the Colts last season and he caught 20 passes for 247 yards (12.4 avg) with 1 TD grab. Harrison is a first ballot Hall of Famer as anything he does now is just gravy, but, for the Colts’ offense to purr like in the past they need him healthy and productive. Harrison has now played in 175 games in his NFL career and he has caught 1,042 career passes for 13,944 yards (13.4 avg) with 123 TD grabs.
#3 WR Anthony Gonzalez will be a very important player this season for the Colts. He will likely be more involved in the passing game as the Colts try to lessen the load on Marvin Harrison. Gonzalez has big time speed and he has the courage to roam over the middle of the field. He played in 13 games as a rookie for the Colts last season and he caught 37 passes for 576 yards (15.6 avg) with 3 TD grabs. Look for Gonzalez to possibly double his numbers from his rookie season in 2008 for the Colts.
Roy Hall appears to be the #4 WR as it stands right now for the Colts. He has good size at 6’3″, 240 pounds but he didn’t do too much as a rookie last season for the Colts. He played in 3 games and didn’t catch any passes and had 2 tackles on special teams. He could either help the Colts offense this year or be out of the league…..it can go either way.
25-year old Courtney Roby is looking to get his career back on the right path. He is likely in a battle with Roy Hall for a roster spot. He did not play last season due to injury. He has now played in 25 games in his NFL career and he has caught 23 passes for 317 yards (13.8 avg) with 1 TD grab. He has also carried the ball 3 times for 19 yards (6.3 ypc) in his career.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: B