Indianapolis Colts: Team Searching for Backup Wide Receivers to Complete Roster

By Eric Smith
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that’s been a huge success this preseason has been the wide receiver play by the top three guys on the depth chart. Reggie Wayne has been an animal making circus catches and being the type of veteran receiver the Colts need. He’s primed for another great year in 2013.

Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton are in an intense battle themselves for the second starting job, as the other will be third on the depth chart. Heyward-Bey had a solid game against the New York Giants Sunday night in racking up 42 yards on four catches. Hilton, though, made two spectacular catches with one for a touchdown in what was his second phenomenal score in as many games.

Hilton leads the Colts receivers this preseason with 97 yards and two touchdowns on five catches.

After them, though, the depth drops off significantly. Indianapolis is searching for a fourth and fifth receiver to complete their active 53-man roster when the season starts in less than three weeks. There’s five guys going for the final two spots as LaVon Brazill is out for the first four games of the regular season due to a league suspension for failing a drug test.

Right now, none of the five have separated themselves as they need to have a good week of practice and a great game Saturday night against the Cleveland Browns to solidify a roster spot.

Jabin Sambrano (two receptions, 21 yards), Griff Whalen (three receptions, 26 yards), Lanear Sampson (two receptions, 9 yards), Jeremy Kelley (no receptions) and Nathan Palmer (one reception, zero yards) are all up for the final two spots.

They really need to show everyone what they’ve got in Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend to make this team. Any two of them have a real shot to earn those spots.

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