Week-after-week Reggie Wayne continues to find himself moving up the ranks of the game’s greatest receivers.
Wayne 1,105 yards receiving this season marks the eighth time in his career he has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark.
He needs six receptions to pass Andre Reed (951) for the 10th most catches in NFL history.
With 84 catches and 1,105 receiving yards this year, Wayne is putting together one of his finest NFL seasons.
Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians implemented a new offense in the offseason and credits the dedication of Wayne to learn all the nuances of an innovative system for his production.
“He’s basically a rookie in this offense with all the things that we’re asking him to do,” Arians said. “I think it’s revitalized him and he’s excited about doing all those different things.”
Lining up at a variety of positions for the first time in over a decade, Wayne’s versatility is showing in his 12th NFL season.
“You can’t ask Reg to do too many different things because he’s gutting it out blocking. He’s doing cut off blocks, going backside, blocking defensive ends. He’ll do whatever we ask him to do,” Arians said. “He knows he’s going to get the football and we are going to put him in positions to get him the football.”
Arians said the young Colts offense has ‘taken him back about 10 years’ but the 34-year old Wayne has also made things enjoyable for the Indianapolis offensive coordinator.
Looking into the future, Arians is hoping to find himself in Canton, Ohio one day watching Wayne get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
For now though, Arians is living in the present and he couldn’t be happier with how this team has grown up over the course of the season.
“We’ve got great veteran leadership and the young guys are doing everything they can to make sure Robert (Mathis), Dwight (Freeney) and Reggie, Cory (Redding) they all get into the playoffs again,” Arians said.
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