Reggie Wayne is entering his 12th season in the NFL and is taking on a new role with the Indianapolis Colts. No longer is Wayne the up and coming wide receiver playing alongside guys like Marvin Harrison and most recently Pierre Garcon. Now, Wayne will have to help the young rookies on this team adapt to the NFL as he’s been in the league longer than any of the other tight ends or receivers combined.
Wayne, will also try and extend his receptions streak during the regular season. Entering tomorrow’s game at Chicago, Wayne has caught at least one pass in 96 consecutive regular season games. He’s will also try and lead the team in receiving for the sixth straight season.
The Colts will try and capitalize on Wayne’s accomplishments this season. Wayne has 100 or more receiving yards in 38 games during his career as the Colts are 27-11 in those contests. When Wayne records at least eight receptions in a game the Colts are 18-10. The best stat of all is when Wayne scores at least one touchdown the Colts are 51-13 in those games.
I think Andrew Luck will lean on Wayne a lot this season to bail him out in tough situations. I’d expect Wayne to knock on the door of 100-receptions for the fourth time in his career as he’s accomplished that feat three other times (’07,’09,’10). He’d be the fourth player in NFL history for have four seasons of 100+ completions joining Harrison, Jerry Rice, and Wes Welker. Since 2004, Wayne leads the NFL in reception (718) and receiving yards (9,809).
Look for a big season out of Wayne this year as he will help the franchise transition into a new era. The veteran came back to the Colts when he could have received more money elsewhere, but took less to help the franchise grow. I like that in him and I think he has some big years left in him.