The Indianapolis Colts had a few bright spots in their Week 1 loss to the Chicago Bears, and one of them was Reggie Wayne’s productivity. Wayne caught a pass for the 97th consecutive regular season game and was undoubtedly the leader of the Colts team.
Wayne finished the day with nine receptions for 135 yards. It seemed like whenever Andrew Luck needed a quick completion Wayne was there to save the day.
Luck was getting hurried all day and the offensive line did a terrible job at protecting him. When Luck would scramble away there was Wayne just a few yards away getting open and giving Luck a target. If it wasn’t for Luck being uncomfortable in his first few possessions, Wayne would have had 10+ catches as Luck missed Wayne high twice on third downs when getting pressured. Wayne was wide open near the sideline, but Luck just flat out threw it too high.
That kind of inaccuracy will be fixed for Luck as I expect Wayne to have a big season. There’s a reason the 12th year vet has the most receptions and receiving yards in the NFL since 2004. Wayne just knows where to be and gives 100 percent effort every play.
This team will go as far as Wayne could lead them this year. This may be Andrew Luck’s team, but Wayne is leading the way. His voice and effort will go a long way in helping the youngsters improve.