INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One year ago, the Colts pass catching crew took a severe blow when both Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne went down with season-ending injuries.
T.Y. Hilton stepped up and guys like Da’Rick Rogers, Lavon Brazill, and Griff Whalen were given great opportunities.
Things look a lot different now. The Colts brought in six receivers in the off-season, drafting big target Dontae Moncrief in the third round and signing Giants veteran Hakeem Nicks.
“A lot of competition, it’s good for the team,” said Rogers. “It’s good for the core. We’ve got guys who’ve been to the Super Bowl. We got Hall of Famers. It’s a really good room. We got a lot of camaraderie in the room, so it’s good.”
What was once a weakness is now a strength. With Super Bowl champions Wayne and Nicks in the fold, the young guys can’t help but get better. For a young receiver coming in, who can ask for anything more?
“Having Hakeem and Reggie on the team, that’s a big help as a rookie,” said third round draft pick Dontae Moncrief from Ole Miss. “Those two guys, two veteran guys in front of you, you can watch them, experience things that they do and get better by watching them.”
Nicks, who won a Super Bowl with the Giants likes the added responsibility.
“I like to be a leader. I feel like I lead by example,” Nicks said. “I give advice whenever they ask and at the same time, we’re just trying to work and get the job done.”
And Nicks says once Wayne is healthy enough, look out.
“His game speaks for itself. He’s been in the game so long, you definitely learn things from him, looking forward to getting him back as soon as he can get back, look forward to playing with him.”
Something Colts fans are anxious to see as well.