The orange that will be on the Browns jerseys on Sunday might not be the only uniform that color makes an appearance on at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In the Colts last home game against the Green Bay Packers, Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne strapped on some orange gloves to honor his head coach Chuck Pagano fighting leukemia.
Wayne turned in a career performance of 12 catches for 213 yards and the game-winning touchdown for the Colts.
Will we be seeing the orange gloves again this weekend?
“Not sure, but that’s my plan right now. Normally, when I make my mind up I usually go through with it,” Wayne said with a smile. “It helped me out last time, hopefully Andrew (Luck) can see eight more hands again.”
If Wayne does indeed put on the orange gloves, they will be a fresh pair.
”I’ll switch them up. I can’t play with old gloves. They need to be fresh right out of the pack,” Wayne said.
This offseason, Bruce Arians inquired to Wayne about moving around within the Colts offense, a task his offensive coordinator knew wouldn’t be easy.
“It was hard for him to get on that other side, his feet wouldn’t work,” Arians said. “He’d been on the left side forever and now he’s on the other side running off his other foot. That’s not easy but he worked his tail off.”
“To play in the slot and do all the things, they asked him to read coverage and do all those things, his production speaks for his work ethic because it wouldn’t have happened without putting all that work in. When you produce like he’s producing, you’re paying a heck of a good price mentally and physically in preparation.”
With running back Donald Brown out of the lineup on Sunday, it will be the 12-year vet in Wayne running around with half a dozen rookies and five-year veteran Donnie Avery at the skill positions.
The production that Wayne has had through five games is on pace for with his career marks but it’s his leadership that has Arians singing his praise.
“It’s been fantastic, from day one through the OTAs and the summer,” Arians said of Wayne’s leadership. “What he does in his room with his young guys and the quarterback, he is the heart and soul and leader of the offense.”
“Andrew (Luck) will take that torch one day but right now it’s definitely Reggie’s and he’s done a heck of a job coming to me with things, going to coaches with things. That’s what a leader does, different things within the locker room, whatever. There’s no way to put a value on how important it is.”
Tags: Andrew Luck, bruce arians, Reggie Wayne
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What’s up Colts Nation!? I’m back for another week of fantasy football talk. Last week was not too good for me and my fantasy career. It has not been the best year to be on the “Colts Fan Casey” fantasy team.
I feel like the powers that be are out to get me this season. I’ve never been this terrible in my entire fantasy football career. There’s really no explanation as to why whenever I play a team they have at least one play get crazy numbers.
Well that happened again this week. This week’s culprit was AJ Green, who my opponent had who happened to score 29 points on 135 yards and two touchdowns. It’s not good news when your opposition’s flex guy goes for more points than both your starting backs and your flex player. As you may recall from last week’s blog, I partook in a pretty monumental trade in our league.
As you can see below, it doesn’t help that I had two players fail to score any points. So this week I picked Felix Jones up off waivers and I am going to try to get my first win of the year.
Feel free to leave a comment below if you think there’s something I’m missing that is making my team struggle.
Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.
Week 7 Start em: I have to go with a guy I went with earlier in the season but I think once again CJ Spiller is poised to have a big week. With Fred Jackson’s status uncertain it looks like Spiller will be the main back facing a rather forgiving Titans rushing defense.
Week 7 Sit em: I have this guy in another one of my leagues, a league I’m actually winning in, but I think that sitting Mathew Stafford this week against the Bears isn’t a bad choice. You always have to be careful with QBs, but if you have a sufficient backup, put them in the game coach!
Week 7 Random Thought: Since we’re almost midway through the season so now is a time to turn your attention from big name guys on subpar teams and look for consistent players on solid teams. Now is a great time to explore trade options as people might be willing to move guys in hopes to change things up heading into the playoffs. Look for guys on the perennial championship caliber teams.
That’s it for today. Don’t forget to visit my homepage and watch some of my tailgate videos.
Yours in Football,
Tags: Colts Casey B, fantasy football
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A welcoming sign to Colts fans this week is cornerback Vontae Davis’ name appearing as a full participant in practice the past two days.
Davis has missed the past two games after injuring his ankle late in a Week 3 loss to the Jaguars.
Last week, Davis was active against the Jets but was only going to be used in an emergency situation.
Now after a full week of practice, Davis is ready to get back on the playing field.
“I’m just fortunate to be back with my teammates and getting back in and learning the defense, trying to make plays,” Davis said.
“I’m taking it one day at a time. Just trying to get better as a player, help my teammates win. But I’m feeling pretty good and as it gets closer to the game, I should feel better.”
The Colts secondary has remained in tact without Davis the past few weeks, and the unit ranks third in the NFL allowing 200 yards passing per game.
Davis said he is feeling more comfortable the more he practices and he knows if you aren’t completely healthy, then opposing teams will take advantage.
“You need to be pretty close to (100 percent) (laughing),” Davis said. “Corner is one those positions where you have to be as close to 100 percent as possible.”
“(Wednesday) was the test. It’s getting better. I’ve got a couple of days to stay on it, just try and get ready for Sunday.”
Cornerback Cassius Vaughn has started in place of Davis the past two weeks and has been a part of a Colts secondary that has allowed just 203 yards passing over the team’s last six quarters.
Davis expected to be in the fold, the secondary will by far have the healthiest Colts defensive unit on Sunday.
The Browns have eight different receivers that have caught at least nine passes this season and Davis recognizes the task but believes his teammates are focused in trying to even the Colts record at 3-3.
“Every week, you have to come out and play with a sense of urgency,” Davis said. “Whatever team comes out ready to play, you’ve got to match each team’s intensity. That’s the key, intensity.”
Tags: Cassius Vaughn, Vontae Davis
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