One of the biggest surprises from the 2012 season was the Indianapolis Colts as they bounced back from a disappointing 2-14 season to earn a Wild Card spot in the playoffs with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck under center. Now, expectations will be even higher heading into the 2013 season and a key factor for the Colts to return to the playoffs may rely on the shoulders of Reggie Wayne.
It’s no secret how much of an impact Wayne has had for the Colts’ offense throughout his career as he’s crossed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in eight of his last nine seasons. In fact, nobody expected Wayne to have the type of success he did last year with Luck under center, but he shattered expectations as he finished the year with 106 catches for 1,355 yards and five touchdowns.
What’s even better–Wayne’s numbers could be just as impressive in 2013 now that he has a year of experience under his belt with Luck as his quarterback.
Despite his age, Wayne doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t emerge as one of the top wide receivers once again in 2013. Indianapolis looked like one of the most dangerous teams in the league in 2012 and if Wayne can live up to expectations once again–they could be even more dangerous next year.
Who knows–maybe Indianapolis will emerge as one of the top contenders for the Super Bowl once again if Luck and Wayne can continue to build off their success from last season.
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