Wide Receivers: "What To Expect"

The Colts CornerContributor IMay 13, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Reggie Wayne #99 of the Indianapolis Colts greets teammates as he is introduced before the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 28, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The fourth article in my "What To Expect" series.

Wide Receivers: Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie, Roy Hall, Pierre Garcon, Taj Smith, Sam Giguere, John Matthews, Brett McDermott

Reggie Wayne will once again help the Colts stay above ground. Wayne has improved his deep game greatly, and Manning has targeted him more deep than he did when Wayne first entered the NFL.

For the past five seasons Wayne has caught at least 1,000 yards receiving. Wayne has only missed there games in his NFL career, and has started all 16 games the last six seasons.

In college he started every game except one in his freshman year. Wayne will not burn you with his speed, but he is savvy and smart and is Manning's go to receiver. Wayne has a way of beating the cornerback early in the play and getting wide open deep down field.

Anthony Gonzalez really took of last season. He play against the Vikings made me think his time over Marvin Harrison had come. But I was wrong, Gonzalez's play was too erratic last season.

Gonzalez is not always healthy, and he does not always make the catch, although he makes some circus catches. Gonzalez dazzled me with his lateral to Reggie Wayne against the Vikings. Gonzalez has the body to be used as a punt returner, but the Colts will probably not risk it because he is a key part of their offense.

Austin Collie was a great steal by the Colts. Collie is one of the most NFL ready rookies in the NFL as of now. Collie should compete for a kick or punt return job in training camp.

Collie reminds me a lot of a mix between Brandon Stokley and Marvin Harrison. He is skinny like Harrison, and he looks like Stokley. Collie might get competition from Roy Hall or Pierre Garcon in training camp.

Roy Hall has the potential to be an Aaron Moorehead like receiver. Hall is a lot like Moorehead. He has height to use in the goalline, but he needs to stay healthy. If Hall can stay healthy he could contribute.

Pierre Garcon was awful last season, as a returner and receiver. He kept on slipping in the Chargers game, and he lost his return duties to Chad Simpson and Kiwean Ratliff. Garcon might not make the roster, but if he does, he needs to learn and be ready for action.

Taj Smith, Sam Giguere, Brett McDermott, and John Matthews will most likely not make the roster, but they will be fun to watch in the preseason. Giguere had a little action in the preseason with the Colts last year, but he looked funky with the ball.

Up next is offensive line. Check me out at www.indcolts.blogspot.com and www.rfor6.blogspt.com