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“Back-up of the Game” is wide receiver Griff Whalen

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 16, 2013 – 2:21 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver Griff Whalen.

Jim Irsay’s tweet announcing a roster move might have caught some by surprise on Saturday morning.

Roster moves usually don’t come at that hour and even the player being elevated to the active roster was a bit surprised.

“I really didn’t know anything. Nobody said anything to me, so it was kind of weird,” Whalen said of elevation.

“That’s something we talk about a lot, having everybody prepared as a starter. You never know who is going to go down or what kind of moves are going to be made, so I was trying to prepare like that all week.”

Whalen had four catches for 45 yards and his 18-yard touchdown on the initial drive was the Colts first opening half touchdown in nearly two months.

Not only did Whalen play 35 offensive snaps on Sunday but he also served as the team’s punt returner with a 51-yard return (season long for the Colts) in the third quarter.

When LaVon Brazill was a late scratch, Whalen was called on to serve in “Next Man Up’ duty.

“When you look at the roster, we know the roster is fluid and things like that happen and you have a choice to make when that happens to you,” Chuck Pagano said of Whalen’s performance.

“Certainly Griff’s not one of those guys that would go in the tank, so to speak. He’s a grinder. He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s got something to prove, obviously, and he’s not one of those guys that got away from doing the things that you need to do in order to have another opportunity, which he had, and then take advantage of it.


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4 Responses to ““Back-up of the Game” is wide receiver Griff Whalen”

  1. By Don on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    I CAN’T UNDERSTAND THE UP AND DOWN BACK AND FORTH TREATMENT OF THIS GUY? hE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE STEADY AND DEPENDABLE. After a great game Sunday you WOULD think there would be more on his performance instead of Richardson and Werner? Maybe it’s a bigger surprise or relief that Richardson and Werner did something? Give this guy his chance by keeping him on board. Brazill could end up back in the tank. Is Reggie going to make a come back THIS year? Heyward-Bey can’t catch my grandmother. Only redeeming value is he’s gone after this year. With TY being double teamed someone SHOULD be open. Luck missed a wide open Whalen in the middle of the end zone for our 2nd first half touchdown in ages. Wide open! I was sitting on the 50 yard line and the play broke open with Whalen beating his man badly. Guys around me were yelling before Whalen got into the end zone. TOUCHDOWN! Not! Come on Colts!

  2. By Don on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    “back-up of the game”? How about “star of the game”!

  3. By Ray on Dec 18, 2013 | Reply

    It’s about time someone else notice this as well. The game that Fins beat us, same deal Whalen was wide open underneath down around the 20 yard line. Instead Luck went to Reggie which was dbl covered.. Luck got picked on that play and afterward Luck said he was locked in on Reggie and tried to gun it in there… Shortly afterward Whalen was demoted to the practice squad once more.

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