After his amazing performance against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was awarded with the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week. Wayne has shown that he is the veteran leader of this team, being the main target for quarterback Andrew Luck in the team’s stunning upset victory over the Packers.
Wayne played amazing and was just a monster throughout all of the game. He had a big highlight early in the game, making an amazing one-handed grab to help set up the Colts’ first scoring-drive. Indianapolis trailed 21-3 at the half, with Wayne already having big numbers with six catches for 104 yards.
Heading into the second half, Wayne was the target Luck threw the majority of his passes to, including five of them on the last drive that set up the game-winner. Wayne ended up getting the game-winning touchdown catch, which didn’t look likely at first with multiple Packers defenders on. However, Wayne went in with will and was able to barely get the ball across the plains.
This win was a feel-good story, with the game happening just a few days after it was reported that Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Wayne was quoted after the game saying he did win “for Chuck.”
And boy did he, finishing the game with 13 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown. Wayne is proving to be the elite receiver that he is, and is showing that he definitely deserves a spot in Canton, Ohio sometime in the next decade after he officially hangs it up.
He’s getting into the role that Marvin Harrison played in and is adjusting to it nicely, and so far, he has been a tremendous asset for Luck. You can see that watching his former teammate Peyton Manning, who looks like he already misses him on the Denver Broncos.
Wayne has so far been having a solid season. He already ranks No. 2 all-time in Colts history with most yards from scrimmage, trailing only Harrison now. His 212-yard game ranks behind Hall-of-Fame tight end Raymond Berry in the team’s history.
Wayne’s stats for the season right now are 36 catches for 506 yards, which means he is on pace to have 144 catches for 2,024 yards, according to Pro Football Talk. That is obviously unlikely, but Wayne obviously headed in for a very big season.
Congrats on winning the award, Reggie!