The Indianapolis Colts announced today the team will not re-sign wide receiver Reggie Wayne, one of their all-time greatest players. Wayne is the franchise leader in regular season games played (211) and wins (143) and ranks second in receptions (1,070), receiving yards (14,345), receiving touchdowns (80), 100-yard games (43) and consecutive games with a reception (134). He ranks seventh in NFL history in career receptions and eighth in receiving yards.
General Manager Ryan Grigson expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the many contributions Wayne has made to the Club. “Everyone knows the greatness and history associated with number 87. He truly is one of a small handful of players who really define the Colts as an organization. He was already a Hall of Famer in the making when Chuck and I arrived in Indianapolis in 2012, but no one has contributed more, on the field and in this building, to our turnaround, our continued growth, and our overall success since then. Reggie was the catalyst that sparked and ignited the team during our comeback against Green Bay in 2012. His gritty performance that day and that entire challenging season infused us all with the belief we could overcome any obstacle. His dedication and the example he set are second to none. We wish him nothing but the best in whatever new endeavor he pursues.”
Head Coach Chuck Pagano said, “My relationship with Reggie goes back to my coaching days at the University of Miami. He is the epitome of what a coach looks for in a player. Hard work, dedication, and sacrifice are just a few ways I would describe him. He encompasses everything that is right about this game, on and off the field. I am so grateful I had the chance to coach Reggie again when I arrived in 2012. It was a blessing to see the impact that he made with this organization and Colts fans around the world. I wish him all the best in the future and thank him for representing the horseshoe in the most professional manner.”
Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay summed up his feelings by saying, “Reggie is one of the greatest men to ever wear the horseshoe, and we have been blessed to watch him play for the past 14 years. When he first took the field with us in 2001, we knew this day would eventually arrive. That reality is one of the things that makes pro football such a tough business. We feel this decision is in the best interests of the team and for Reggie as it will allow him to seek a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere if he so chooses. Reggie is beloved by the Colts organization and our fans and he will always be a part of the Colts family. I look forward to the day in the near future when our great number 87 enters the Colts Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
Wayne spent 14 seasons (2001-2014) with the Colts after being selected by the team with the 30th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. He was selected to six Pro Bowls (2006-2010, 2012) and was named Associated Press First Team NFL All-Pro in 2010. He tied franchise records with his eight 1,000-yard receiving seasons and four 100-catch seasons. In the postseason, Wayne ranks second in NFL history in career receptions (93), fourth in receiving yards (1,254), and tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns (nine).
Wayne set the Colts single-game record for receptions (15) in 2010 and posted the third-most receiving yards (212) in a game in 2012. He was a crucial part of the team’s Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears, catching a 53-yard touchdown pass to open the Colts’ scoring. Dating back to his rookie season in 2001, Wayne leads all NFL players in receptions and receiving yards and ranks sixth in receiving touchdowns.
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Reggie Wayne talks the feeling when he learned of his torn ACL and a possible life after football on radio showPosted by on December 19, 2013 – 9:00 am
The one-hour show aired on WNDE here are some of the highlights from No. 87:
On the fast start on Sunday:
“It was a good game, real good. Our mentality was to come out do the things we’ve been trying to do. That’s to start fast and just keep our foot on the gas pedal. That’s kind of how it was. It was a great team victory, all three phases.”
On the play of Griff Whalen:
“He’s a true professional. He’s what you look for in a teammate. He never pouts. He just waits for his number to get called. He’s been on the active roster. He’s been on the practice squad, been going back and forth. One thing about Griff, he played at Stanford. He’s been with Pep Hamilton. He understands the offense. He knows Andrew pretty good. He can play any position.
“He just sits back, waits on his number to be called. He was doing it all. He was doing offensive stuff. He was returning punts. I think it kind of surprised everybody that he was returning punts. He practiced that all week, got his opportunity and made some great plays for us.”
On the feeling when he found out that he had torn his ACL
“I saw the long face of my head trainer, Dave Hammer, saw a couple of my trainers look at me like, ‘Sorry, dude.’ I already knew what it was. My dark time came from the time (Hammer) told me that I had a torn ACL. From that time it probably went from there until another 2-3 hours. They told me that then I drove home and shared the news with my family and kind of put my head together with my family and figured out what I was going to do from that point on, along with a couple of tears, here and there.
“I played in 189 games in a row, that was tough. That was probably the toughest thing of it. I take so much pride in just answering that bell every week. I just want to be out there with my teammates. That’s why I’m still here. That’s why I’m on the sideline. I just want to be out there with him. That was the toughest thing for me. Then after that it was on to rehab and move forward.”
On if Wayne would ever pursue a career in television after his playing days are over:
“I’m not against it. If the opportunity is right, if the timing is right, I’m all for it. I do also want to enjoy my family. I have beautiful kids, a beautiful wife, who’ve put the sacrifice in throughout my career. I want to make sure that I enjoy every bit of all that stuff. If the opportunity came and the timing and stuff was right, I’m all for it. If not, I’ll be one of those guys with my feet in the sand, on the Corona commercial.”
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The one-hour show aired on WNDE here are some of the highlights from No. 87:
On Wayne’s rehab and his visit to Dr. Uribe last week in Miami:
“He just wanted to see my progression, where I was at. He was actually pretty excited about it, pretty geeked up of where I am after six weeks. He gave me some good words of encouragement telling me he can’t remember anyone that’s looked this good at this point and time of their surgery. I guess I’m doing something right. He released me to go into that next phase. That next phase is some weight room stuff, some squats, some things like that. It was a great trip.”
“Full-throttle, we are doing everything football related six months from surgery. I’m already a month and a half done basically. Right now, I’m not even looking to that. I’m looking to the three month mark and that’s where I’m able to do straight ahead running. That’s kind of what I have my eyes set on. I want to make sure at that three month mark, I’m ready to go start running, no set backs and so far so good.”
On if Wayne will be good for OTAs, minicamp:
“Yeah, but I doubt if I’ll participate in them. I want to make sure that I’m right. I think training camp is more of an ideal approach. OTAs and stuff, I probably wouldn’t do that stuff if I was 100 percent healthy. I’ve got my goals. I’m breaking them down and hopefully I can get “Comeback Player of the Year” next year. That’s what I want to get accomplished.”
On the play of Da’Rick Rogers against the Bengals:
“I think as a team we knew he was going to have an opportunity to go out there and show what he’s capable of doing. He was out there in practice each week doing a little bit more each time. It was only a matter of time before he was going to get his number called and go out there and really make something happen. I was happy for him and he showed up big for us.”
On LaVon Brazill also recording a two-touchdown game:
“I was very happy because you watch on film and there was times he was open and just didn’t get his number called. But you tell him, ‘Just continue to do your job. It’s going to come your way and when it does, you just make the best of it.’ He was able to some great things for us. He had an outstanding touchdown. He broke like six or seven tackles. He’s one of those guys, just like a T.Y. Hilton, when they have the ball in their hands, it’s almost like a punt return mentality. He was able to go out there and produce, have some good things happen. Hopefully he can build on that.”
On Wayne taking 15 teammates to the Pacers/Heat game and if he’s friends with some of the Pacers:
“Oh yeah. A lot of the guys on their team, they help when it comes to community work, they help support our foundations and vice versa. We help them as well. We all root for each other. We all want to help whenever someone has something going on in the community, you want to help as much as you possibly can with their cause. And that’s just the way it goes. We feel like even though it’s football and basketball, we feel like we are all in the same game. We take pride in that, support each other, support the state of Indiana, the city of Indianapolis and we just want to see each other do well.”
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Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Cincinnati.
This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” is wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers.
When the Colts offense came to the line of scrimmage with just over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, the unit was still looking for their first third-down conversion on Sunday.
The offense was also searching for a playmaker.
Da’Rick Rogers achieved the first mark and might have gone a long way in filling the second.
On a third-and-five from the Indianapolis 31-yard line, Rogers caught a quick slant from Andrew Luck before breaking two tackles and rumbling 69 yards for his first career NFL touchdown.
Rogers wasn’t done there as he finished Sunday with six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns
“Da’Rick Rogers had a huge play,” head coach Chuck Pagano said of his young receives. “LaVon (Brazill) had a couple touchdowns. As far as moving forward with young guys, with only four guys (wide receivers) on the roster, as you know, it was good to see those guys make some plays.”
Rogers became the fourth rookie and the first undrafted rookie in the NFL this year to have a 100-yard receiving day and two touchdowns.
In a 42-28 loss, some solace came with the performances of Rogers and Brazill for a receiving corps that needs those efforts more consistently down the stretch.
“It’s a group effort,” Rogers said. “We come in early. We stay late. We try and get onto the same page with Andrew ever since Reggie Wayne got hurt. We are just trying to come together as an offense.
“We’ve got playmakers all over the field. I’m just trying to get in there and show my talent and show that I be a playmaker as well.
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Outside linebacker Daniel Adongo played a total of 22 special teams snaps in his NFL debut and fell on a bouncing Bengals kickoff.
–Running back Trent Richardson had 11 touches for 88 yards on Sunday and was particularly effective in the receiving department with five catches for 68 yards.
–Safety LaRon Landry finished Sunday with nine tackles and one pass deflection.
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Reggie Wayne talks his rehab, Daniel Adongo, Trent Richardson and much more on his weekly radio showPosted by on December 6, 2013 – 9:55 am
The one-hour show aired on WNDE here are some of the highlights from No. 87:
On former rugby star Daniel Adongo being elevated to the Colts active roster:
“He didn’t even know what a football looked like. He’s worked at it. He’s put in a bunch of time, a bunch of hidden hours that a lot of people don’t know about and he’s moved his way up. I’m happy for him.”
“When he was on the scout team and he was giving us looks on the practice squad, I would catch a 15-yard pass and I would start running…I’m at a decent pace and I turn around and Adongo is chasing me. That was him every day. That was part of his conditioning. He would run, run. I think he would get on some of the offensive linemen’s nerves a little bit because he was going a little bit too hard. When you got a guy like that, he’s just showing what he can do. He should go hard. He’s come a long ways. I’m happy for him and I hope he goes out there and create a little noise.”
On 18-year veteran Adam Vinatieri:
“He’s Mr. Automatic. He loves the opportunity. He loves the pressure. We’ve witnessed what he can do in pressure situations but at the same time he will come to you with conversations, “Can we score some touchdowns?” That is his mentality. He loves kicking field goals but he would rather kick an extra point. He’s Mr. Clutch. I’ve been saying it for the longest time, “I’d put my money on him any time.”
“Great locker room guy. Great guy to talk to. Loves to hunt. He’s a big-time hunter, a big-time fisher. He’s not your normal kicker.”
On Trent Richardson and if he’s spoken to Trent:
“Control what you can control. That’s basically it. You don’t have time to go in the tank and pout. He has not done that. He’s been Donald’s (Brown) biggest cheerleader. Whenever you get your opportunity, you go out there and make the best of it. If anything, make it as motivation. Go out there and do better, practice harder, study longer.”
On what he’s seen from rookie WR-Da’Rick Rogers
“He’s got all the talent in the world. He’s another guy that’s been waiting on his number to be called and it’s been called and he was able to go in there and try to make something happen. We will probably see more and more of that from this time out.”
On Wayne’s new “role”:
“From what I’m hearing, I’m a coach. I’m just trying to be a leader. I’m just trying to give them my insight. Guys come up to me and ask me what I see so I try my best to try and simplify for them what I see, especially for the receivers. Just do what I can to help guys out. I do a lot of stuff in the meeting rooms, I run a lot of film study with the receivers. I just try to do whatever I can, rehabbing and in between watch film and try to help them watch film better.”
On Wayne’s rehab:
“I’m still at that first phase kind of, which I believe I’m well beyond that stage and I’m ready for this next phase to kick in. But I got to get clearance to do that. It’s just quad strength, making sure that quad is getting that muscle back the way it should be. Make sure I get the strength that I had before or pretty close to it before I move to that next phase. It’s a lot of balance work, making sure that I get my full extension. You see a lot of guys that when they walk, their leg is kind of bent. I really don’t want that so I’m really stressing the fact that I get my full extension back. I’m kind of doing that stuff over and over again. It’s like a broken record.”
“It’s very boring. As much as I want to go in there and do something else, I don’t want to set myself back so I just do what the doctors tell me to do and just try to do it the best that I possibly can. I try to do it so well to the point where they see me and they’re like, ‘Alright, no more of this. You are mastering it. You are killing it.’ Somewhere by the end of this week I should be in the next phase.”
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver LaVon Brazill.
The Colts are searching for additional receiver help without Reggie Wayne and Brazill showed some flashes of that on Sunday.
Brazill had a season-high three catches for 35 yards and played 29 of the 60 offensive snaps against the Cardinals.
In his rookie season last year, Brazill caught 11 passes for 186 yards.
However, a four-game suspension to start the 2013 regular season put him behind other receivers when he returned at the start of October.
The Colts know the talented Brazill has a chance to impact the offense and the team moved his locker next to Wayne’s in the offseason for some veteran guidance.
Now with Wayne out of the lineup, look for Brazill’s season numbers (five catches for 55 yards) to continue to rise along with serving as one of the team’s gunners on special teams.
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Intro: Indianapolis suffered a second wide-margin defeat in four games by losing at Arizona, 40-11. The Colts are at 7-4 and still own a two-game lead in the AFC South in hosting 5-6 Tennessee, their closest divisional foe.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ trip to Arizona more resembled the one they took to San Diego in week six (19-9 loss) than it did the one to San Francisco in week three (27-7 win).
The Colts (7-4) fell at Arizona, 40-11, in a game they never led and one that spun out of control in the first 30 minutes.
Indianapolis has responded from eight prior defeats under Chuck Pagano with victories, a resilience that must be called upon again as Tennessee (5-6) visits with intentions of tightening the AFC South race and earning a playoff berth of some kind.
Improvement is needed from the Colts, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
PERCEPTION VERSUS REALITY – The reality is Indianapolis needs to play more consistently in the next five games than it has done in the last four. Personnel losses have not been used as a crutch, and the secondary has been battered of late after most of the injuries early in the year were spread across the offense. While players said they could not “big-picture” the situation in the moments after the Arizona game, a long flight home certainly provided that time. Sure, 8-3 beats 7-4. Sure, New England had pulled it off (going to 8-3 from a near 7-4 after a 24-point home halftime deficit to Denver) about the same time the Colts’ flight landed. What’s done is done, but reality also holds that the Colts control their playoff fate with a two-game lead over Tennessee. This Sunday’s game has added implications, but no added meaning. Chuck Pagano says every game is a must-win because he wants to win them all. The approach this week will be to improve and take advantage of being in a good spot. No season-opening goal has been lost.
STILL SEARCHING POST-REGGIE – The 16 quarters Indianapolis has played since Reggie Wayne’s injury late in the Denver win have seen the team struggle much more than thrive. T.Y. Hilton has done well. Colts tight ends did well at Tennessee, but large deficits have put the offense in modes it doesn’t particularly enjoy. Needing a surge at Arizona, wide receivers other than Hilton caught six-of-13 passes targeted, gaining 57 yards. After tight ends had nine receptions in 13 attempts against Tennessee, the unit had five receptions at Arizona. The offense is laboring with a consistent identity. Early deficits have hindered the growth.
MAKE A PLAY – When Arizona moved for a game-opening score, the onus shifted to a team whose first-half struggles have been rehashed and debated for the past month. Still, Indianapolis failed to extend five-of-six first-half possessions beyond three plays. The one drive that did stalled in the red zone. The offense also gave up a defensive touchdown to Arizona in that span as the Cardinals bolted to a 24-point halftime advantage. The Colts now have converted three-of-25 first-half third downs in the last four games. Until it improves, this remains one of the key storylines around the team.
STOP A PLAY – Over the last four games, opposing quarterbacks are operating at a 122.1 rating level and though it’s a small sample compared to 11 games, only one QB in the league has higher individual seasonal rating. Since beating Denver, the success of opposing QBs (Case Keenum, Kellen Clemens, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer) has caused the Colts’ seasonal numbers to increase in pass defense – 58.7 completion percentage to 61.3; yards per attempt from 7.23 to 8.07; yards per completion from 12.3 to 13.2; TD:Int ratio from 8:8 to 16:8 and rating from 78.3 to 92.4. The Colts have allowed 11 TD passes while intercepting one.
CIRCLE TIGHTLY – A cut-throat, competitive league can have teams going from advantageous positions to peril in a matter of two-to-four weeks. Clearly the Colts are more in peril than after being 6-2. To a man, players are circling tighter to improve themselves and to lessen any noise outside the locker room that could cause harm. While this could sound minimally important outside the circle, those inside it know the imperative nature of doing so. Antoine Bethea said Sunday the Colts win and lose as a whole, and they must look each other in the eyes to spur a rebound. Hanging as a band of brothers is the only way.
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Andrew Luck was a guest of Reggie Wayne’s earlier this week on the “Query and Schultz Show” in Indianapolis.
While Wayne joined the show for the first time since his injury, Luck was making his debut.
Here are some of Luck’s highlights from the show:
On having Reggie Wayne back for the Houston game and now in the building:
“I don’t think he could survive sitting at home, watching the guys play without him. His drive and his motivation, even being hurt, he’s still such a locker room presence, still such a voice for the team. I think we wanted him back. Obviously, Mr. Irsay made it happen with whatever strings he pulled. I was very happy to see Reggie walk into the team meeting the night before the game and give us some words and it means a lot when he’s here. It really does.”
On Wayne’s presence now around the complex:
“You can tell he’s taken on more of a coaching role in a sense and breaking it down for T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill or the other guys, or helping (Coby) Fleener out with releases. He’s still incredibly actively involved because again he’s still apart of the Colts fabric. I can’t imagine the Colts without Reggie Wayne. You just don’t imagine it, so I’m thankful he’s around.”
On how the Colts offense is adjusting to life without Wayne:
“It’s definitely a transition. I think what I always admired about Reggie was third down he made a play. When you needed to make a play in the fourth quarter he was open, you needed a two-minute drive, Reggie was getting open. So to lose that safety net, if you will, is different. But I’ve been really impressed with how the other receivers, tight ends, have approached it as a challenge as the guy that gets open on a big third down.”
On Trent Richardson:
“I think he’s done great and I think it’s unfair the flak that he’s been catching from folks. They don’t understand what he’s doing protection wise, what he’s doing coming out of the backfield and how tough it is to switch teams midseason. He’s in Cleveland on a Wednesday then he’s in Indianapolis on a Thursday preparing for third down against another team. Never seen a playbook before, new teammates, new everything. I think the way he’s been able to adjust has been great. He’s a smart, smart football player. He’s a great football player. I think it will be a short amount of time before people get their heads around that.”
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With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the team’s 30-27 victory over the Titans:
On moving on from Thursday night and gearing for the final six weeks:
“We’ve got to move on. Guys were back in the building (Monday) morning and it was great to have them back. We got things cleaned up from that game that we needed. It’s in the rearview mirror and it’s on to Arizona and preparing for that game. Delano Howell, Josh Gordy and Greg Toler were all out there today. We’ll monitor their reps, their pitch count so to speak and make sure that we don’t overdue it. It was great to have them back at practice.”
On the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals:
“Bruce has done a great job. Their staff has done a great job. They have a roster that is full of talented, talented players, both sides of the ball. Carson (Palmer) obviously lit them up yesterday in Jacksonville, throwing for over 400 yards. Michael Floyd had a huge day (193 receiving yards). They have a ton of great players out there. They are extremely well coached. They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. They are physical. (Arians’) done a great job so it’s no surprise to myself, any of our players, any of our coaches, that he’s done well. We have to have a great week of preparation, Bob, in order to go out there and play well.
On Pagano’s relationship with Bruce Arians:
“Same as it’s always been. It’s great. Bruce and I are obviously great, great friends and that’s not going to change. It’s hard during the season. I don’t have enough time to talk to my wife, my brother, my immediate family, let alone. Everybody is so busy so a text here and there, so we try and stay in touch that way.”
On improving on third downs in the first half of the last three games:
“We obviously haven’t played well the last three ball games. Everybody knows that we’ve been outscored 66-9. That’s something that we aren’t running from, aren’t hiding from. We got some extra time so you start looking, put your finger on reasons why. Went back and looked all the 3rd downs. In those three ball games, in the first half Bob, we only converted 13% offensively and our opponent converted 62 percent of the time against our defense. If you can’t move the ball chains offensively and you can’t get off the field well that’s probably one good reason that we’ve been able to dig ourselves a hole the last three ball games.”
On the running game bouncing back with a good performance on Thursday night:
“The runners ran hard and credit our offensive line, tight ends and backs. (They) did a great job to open up some holes for Trent (Richardson) and Donald (Brown). It was great to see especially in crunch time when you have a lead and you are trying to take the air out of the game and you get in your four-minute offense and you are able to run the football and move the chains when everybody knows you are going to run the football. I think that’s the hallmark of a really good football team being able to close out teams like that.”
On an update on Reggie Wayne:
“Reggie is doing great. He’s rehabbing his tail off. He’s in here 24/7, in the training room, in the film room, breaking film down and helping out the young receivers.”
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