Former Colt Reggie Wayne weighs in on team’s current crop of wide receivers


Reggie Wayne waves to Colts fans after their 17-10 victory over the Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The buzz continues to build regarding the possibilities presented by the Indianapolis Colts’ trio of young, swift wide receivers.

That would be T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett.

Hilton is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and one of three players in franchise history to post at least three 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He’s in good company. The others are Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.

Moncrief has taken assertive steps in each of his first two seasons and the coaching staff is expecting Dorsett to experience a quantum leap following a lukewarm rookie season.

Everyone’s analysis aside, perhaps no one offers better perspective than a receiver familiar with Hilton, Moncrief and Dorsett.

That would be Wayne. He shared the locker room with Hilton and Moncrief in 2014, the last of his 14 decorated seasons with the Colts. And Wayne and Dorsett are University of Miami alums.

Earlier this week, Wayne offered a sweeping assessment during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access. Here’s a snippet:

If he’s expecting a big year from Hilton: “I am. He’s got his quarterback back. Every receiver wants their number one quarterback. When he’s playing with another quarterback, he’s 2.5 targets or less. So now that Andrew Luck is back, I’m sure he’s smiling from ear-to-ear. He’s going out there and ready to put up T.Y. Hilton numbers that he’s been putting up.”

What impresses him most about Hilton? “He competes. One thing that I learned about him is he comes in and he takes nothing but notes. I love that. He came in, he asked questions. He sat beside me and I couldn’t dodge him. Every time I moved from him, he would get right on the side of me.”

Which of the trio will have more targets this season? “Donte Moncrief. He is going to be a stud in this league. He’s what you want as a receiver. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s physical. He can go over the middle and go over the top. He can make all of the big blocks against linebackers. He’s probably the least scared in that receiving room. He’s a tough guy.”

Moncrief is ‘least scared?’ “He’s tough. He can take shots and he’ll bounce right back up. He’s a tough guy. I like him.”

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