After their upset of the Denver Broncos in week seven of the 2013 NFL season, people were beginning to get quite excited about the prospects of the Indianapolis Colts looking ahead. However, after coming out of their bye in week eight, the Colts have looked far from a team that is going to make any noise when the postseason rolls around.
Though Indy still sits at a solid 8-4, their last five tilts have not been impressive by any means. Their three victories in that stretch include two ugly wins over the Tennessee Titans and a come-from-behind victory over the ailing Houston Texans. Their two losses over that span were both blowouts, one to an admittedly solid Arizona Cardinals team and the other an inexcusable showing against the lowly St. Louis Rams.
One of the big issues that the Colts have faced in recent weeks, other than the fact that there is no consistency whatsoever in their rushing attack, is the fact that defenses have been keying in on T.Y. Hilton since Reggie Wayne has been lost for the season. Initially, Hilton was putting up monster numbers without Wayne catching passes, but defenses have gotten wiser and have been able to stifle the young wide-out for the most part as of late.
While Coby Fleener has done his best to try and aid the cause of Andrew Luck and Indianapolis’ passing attack, there has still been a glaring need for another receiving target in the Colts offense. Ever so quietly, little-known second-year receiver LaVon Brazill has emerged as a viable option in their passing attack in recent weeks.
After not seeing any targets in his first two appearances this season, Brazill got seven total targets in his next two games, but totaled just two catches for only 20 yards. After not registering any statistics in the next contest, Brazill has seen plenty of action coming his way in the past two weeks.
Over the past two games, Brazill has been targeted 13 times in the passing game. He’s amassed six catches over that time, which earned him a total of 77 receiving yards. He’s still not found the end-zone, but the fact that he’s seeing such a rapid increase in his targets seems to be an indicator that he’s going to be a bigger part in Indy’s offense moving forward.
Obviously Hilton and Fleener are going to be the primary guys that Luck is looking to throw to, but having another option, be it Brazill or someone else, opens up the field for those guys and demands some of the defensive pressure be taken off of them. As Indianapolis matches up with a stout Cincinnati Bengals defense in week 14, they are going to need for their offense to look much better than it has recently. If Brazill can continue to put in solid work as a pass-catcher, that might make things easier for the Colts’ offense.