Moncrief converts opportunities to first downs in career day

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Donte Moncrief catches a pass at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29, 2015. Indianapolis defeated Tampa Bay 25-12. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 29, 2015) – Before this season, Donte Moncrief was the forgotten man among the Colts wide outs. T.Y. Hilton got his contract. Andre Johnson came over from the Texans. Phillip Dorsett was a first round pick in the NFL Draft.

No one can overlook Moncrief anymore, as the second-year pro continued his stellar year with a career-best eight catches in the Colts’ 25-12 win over the Bucs. All eight of those receptions gave the Colts a first down, and four of them came on third down.

“That’s the way that we practice,” explained Moncrief. “We treat practice really like a real game. Third down is a big thing for us. We do that a lot and we go against our defense. Our defense is pretty tough so if you can move on them, I feel like we can move on anybody.”

Moncrief’s eight catches went for 114 of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s 315 passing yards on the day. The 40-year-old quarterback thinks his 22-year-old receiver is benefiting mightily from his fellow wide outs.

“T.Y. (Hilton) and Donte are really, really close,” said Hasselbeck after the win. “It’s not always normal when you have older guys and someone’s maybe stealing their catches a little bit. I think that’s just the unselfish attitude that we have. It’s really helpful, it’s healthy and it’s helping him improve.”

 

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