The Indianapolis Colts chose to address their wide receiver position of the future in the NFL Draft when they selected Donte Moncrief out of Ole Miss. The rookie was not expected to play much this season because he wasn’t ready and there was too much talent ahead of him.
Even though Reggie Wayne may have lost a step coming back from injury, he did not lose his experience, which can be a plus if they move him into the slot. Hakeem Nicks was signed in the offseason as well to replace Darrius Heyward-Bey and he looks to get significant playing time on the outside as well. Finally T.Y. Hilton showed last year that he could carry the load at the wide receiver position, so it’s hard to imagine Moncrief replacing him.
So most Colt fans thought going into training camp that they wouldn’t see the third-round pick much. But he had a different idea. Moncrief has impressed a lot of people at training camp this year.
“Donte Moncrief has been outstanding.” Pep Hamilton
— Steve Andress (@ColtsReporter) August 1, 2014
Moncrief appears to have beaten out his competition, Da’Rick Rogers, who hasn’t impressed or done much in training camp this season. Rogers was expected to be the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart with LaVon Brazill gone because of his physical tools. But he has left a lot to be desired and Moncrief has taken his chance and run with it.
It may not be out of this world if he is able to see some time with the first team offense in the preseason and the regular season. The Colts are obviously going to keep an eye on Wayne’s snaps during the pre season so there may be a chance the rookie can make an impact early on in his career. I would expect when the Colts go to their three wide receiver sets that Hilton moves to the slot and there is a battle between Rogers and Moncrief for the fourth wide receiver position. If training camp is any indication then Colts fans may see more of Moncrief than expected.