The Indianapolis Colts have a sticky situation at the receiver position. There is a lot of movement going on at that spot as GM Ryan Grigson and the Colts look for the right formula. Recently, Griff Whalen was cut and put on the practice squad to be replaced by tight end Justice Cunningham.
Not necessarily a curious move, but one I questioned a bit. I understand Whalen hasn’t had a fantastic few outings, but I liked the potential I saw in him and thought he was developing with in-game experience.
Nonetheless, the move made a little more sense when it was revealed fullback Stanley Havili was out this week with a concussion. One of the four tight ends will be taking up the spot vacated by Havili. However, outside of Coby Fleener, I no longer see anybody Andrew Luck can truly trust to get the ball to on third down.
T.Y. Hilton is turning into a stud as a starting receiver in the NFL, but he still drops balls when a catch is needed. He is by far the most reliable receiver the Colts have, but not a dependable third down threat.
And need I say anything about Darrius Heyward-Bey? He can’t even catch the damn football. He doesn’t deserve to be on the field, not in the slightest. I wouldn’t mind moving him to returner to see what he can do, or just use him as a playmaker on occasion, maybe even out of the backfield. But he is not a steady threat at receiver and he never will be.
LaVon Brazill showed some potential last season and I expect to see more of him on the field come Sunday. Hopefully he can catch some balls and make plays for Luck and the Colts offense.
Now, the true X-factor is Da’Rick Rogers, who has spent most of the season on the Colts’ practice squad and is finally getting his shot to prove himself in the league. I am not sure how often he will be used but he will certainly see some on-field action and I look forward to it. He has a big body at 6-foot-3 220 pounds, and the ability to catch the ball aggressively. If he can stay focused and keep his head in the game he could be a big-time addition for this offense.
I look forward to seeing what this unit can do to help out their quarterback and recently struggling offense. Heading into a matchup against a top 3 defense should prove to be a real test for these men. I hope they can live up to the task. Go Colts!
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