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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