INDIANAPOLIS – For just a bit on Friday afternoon, Reggie Wayne let a reporters in a on a bit of his post-game routine.
It wasn’t anything terribly revealing, but he did talk about the way he decompresses after a decade of games in the NFL.
“By the time I go home, sit down and have my adult beverage, it’s over with,” said Wayne when asked how long he lets a victory or defeat linger in his thoughts following a game. “We watch the film, we correct those mistakes, but whether you win or lose, you don’t really have much time to sit back and poke your lip out or go into a joyous mood on a good game.
“You’ve got to find a way to hit the reset button and get ready for the following week.”
It’s a philosophy that’s fitting for Wayne after a week of taking criticism following a game against the Jaguars in which two of his three catches came in the fourth quarter when the game was well in hand.
Let’s just say that Wayne blew it off pretty quickly.
“You ever heard of ‘toilet material’? That’s the category I put that in,” said Wayne of the recent criticism. “People are going to have their own theories. They’re going to have their own opinions. I don’t have social media. I don’t buy into none of that. The only thing I can do is go out and do my job, run the plays that are called and keep it moving.
“Since I’ve been playing at the age of seven, everything hasn’t been peaches and cream. It’s my job to go out there and prove it wrong and keep going.”
Wayne had just one catch before making the receptions in the final three minutes. While it kept alive his streak of games with at least three receptions it was arguably the least productive of his season with just ten yards gained on those plays.
During his Friday media session, Wayne took the blame for missing a long throw from Luck that would have resulted in a touchdown. This season-his first following a Torn ACL-Wayne has 50 catches for 605 yards and two touchdowns.
Wayne believes that putting up stats, however, isn’t the most important part of a receivers job when on the field.
“I take pride in blocking because at the end of the day, it all works with each other, it feeds off each other. So whenever we’re running the ball pretty decent, then they can’t focus on the passing game,” said Wayne. “Then it’s a lot of single safety, a lot of one-on-one coverage, and a receiver, that’s when your light bulb goes off. It’s a thing the way it feeds off each other, if I can some kind of way invite double coverage, it leaves all the rest of the guys single-covered.
“That’s just the way it is. We’re loaded offensively with talent, guys that are capable of making big plays happen when they have the ball. I just try my best to do my job.”