There is a quartet of second-year receivers who Reggie Wayne labeled as “smurfs” last season.
Yes, the group might be small in stature but when it comes to production, Wayne knows their importance in 2013 and beyond.
Wayne has spoken to the young speedsters and the message was brief, but powerful.
“Just to get better,” Wayne said.
“We don’t have room right now to stay the same. You want to see everybody continue to grow, get better and build off of the year that they had last year.
Wayne includes himself in that group, yet it’s obvious that the other receivers have a ways to go before they achieve the numbers that No. 87 has piled up in 13 seasons.
During OTAs, LaVon Brazill, T.Y. Hilton, Nathan Palmer and Griff Whalen have all seen ample playing time with the first unit.
- For Brazill, it’s his first full offseason after academic obligations forced him to miss OTAs last season.
- Hilton has been a frequent target of Andrew Luck’s the past month and the electric receiver/returner has put on some weight this offseason in an effort to sustain an entire NFL season.
- Similar to Brazill, Palmer is getting his first taste of an offseason with the Colts after he was signed off the 49ers practice squad last September.
- Then there’s Whalen, who feels right at home in an offense he played in at Stanford while also feeling healthy after a foot injury sidelined him in 2012.
Luck was not bashful when describing how important his fellow second-year targets will be come September.
“Incredibly,” Luck said. “They are going to be a big, big part of this offense. They were a big part of it last year. They caught a lot of balls, a lot of big balls. For us to be productive we are going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute.”
Just two lockers down from Luck, Wayne nods is head in agreement when he hears the need for young receivers to continue to grow.
Expectations in the Colts locker room include plans to play into late January and beyond.
For that to happen, it’s going to take a collective effort from players young and “old.”
“As a team, we set that bar so high, it is going to be tough. But if there is anybody that can do it, it is this coaching staff, it’s these guys in this locker room, it’s this whole organization,” Wayne said of the team’s lofty aspirations.
“We feel like we can go out there and can get better and have a better outcome this year.”
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