NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Ranking the Top Wide Receivers in the NFL

Bryan DietzlerSenior Analyst IOctober 20, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Ranking the Top Wide Receivers in the NFL

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs with a catch against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    The NFL season is almost to its halfway point and we are starting to see who the better wide receivers are in the NFL.  There are some surprises in our top 32 wide receivers in the NFL this week as after a week of some great games, some guys have moved up while others have moved down. 

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Number 31: Mike Wallace-Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers cathces a second quarter touchdown pass in front of Eric Wright #21 of the Cleveland Browns on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Get
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    Wallace is poised to have a big season now that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back and ready to go.  Look for him to become a favorite of Roethlisberger and see a lot of balls thrown his way during the rest of the season.  

Number 30: Larry Fitzgerald-Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals attempts to catch a pass under pressure from Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010
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    If Kurt Warner was still with the Cardinals Fitzgerald would be higher on this list, probably at number one.  But with all of the quarterback problems they have had, he’s fallen quite far and just isn’t getting the production that he is used to having.  That may pick up soon with some additional stability at the position.

Number 29: Donald Driver-Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 17: Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers runs against the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field on October 17, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    As with Jennings, now that Finley is out for the season, Driver’s catches should increase.  He has gotten older and may have lost a step but Driver is a proven pass catcher that catches everything that’s thrown his way and he will see a lot more passes thrown his direction.

Number 28: Roy Williams-Dallas Cowboys

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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys catches his second touchdown pass of the game in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Pho
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    Yes, even Williams gets on this list as a part of our top 32 wide receivers.  Williams hasn’t been playing too bad so far this season after not doing much of anything since coming to the Cowboys in a trade from the Lions a couple seasons ago.  If Dallas can get their offense on track, Williams could easily see a lot more catches.

Number 27: Louis Murphy-Oakland Raiders

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Louis Murphy #18 of the Oakland Raiders fumbles the ball when he was hit by Taylor Mays #23 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Murphy recovered his own fumble on th
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    Sure the Raiders may not have a well known passing game but they do have a wide receiver that’s doing a lot for them in Murphy.  Murphy has stepped his play up and is a nice target for whichever quarterback is stepping in for the Raiders.  Look for him to have a fine year this season.

Number 26: Michael Crabtree-San Francisco 49ers

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    If the 49ers had a better passing game going Crabtree would definitely have better numbers than he has right now but when he gets his hands on the ball, he can really do something with it.  Things have gotten better for Crabtree now that he has had some time to get used to the offense and if things get better for the 49ers he should be much more productive.

Number 25: Chad Ochocinco-Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    This list wouldn’t be complete without having Ochocinco on it.  Sure, he’s not having the best year but that’s because teams have concentrated on covering him over covering Owens.  He still gets the respect of defensive backs because of his ability and is proving his worth even though he’s not seeing a lot of action.

Number 24: Derrick Mason-Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Derrick Mason #85 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens de
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    The old reliable wide receiver is still going strong in Baltimore and should be able to keep going for another year or two.  He’s gotten fewer catches now that Boldin is there but he’s not covered as heavily as he was last year and is much more productive.

Number 23: Danny Amendola-St. Louis Rams

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams tries to outrun the tackle of Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions on October 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    It’s hard to believe it but there is a St. Louis Ram wide receiver in this group and he’s a guy that many people might remember as the guy who was “on the ropes” with the Cowboys during their turn on HBO’s Hard Knocks.  Amendola is coming up big for the Rams this season and is becoming new quarterback Sam Bradford’s favorite wide receiver.

Number 22: Greg Jennings-Green Bay Packers

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after he scored a 7-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
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    Now that tight end Jermichael Finley is out for the season, you can bet that Jennings is going to be one of quarterback Aaron Rodger’s favorite targets.  He had a pretty good season last year so there is no reason to think that he won’t be up for the challenge this season.

Number 21: Braylon Edwards-New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets runs for yards after the catch in the second quarter against Husain Abdullah #39 of the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Je
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    Despite his off the field the field problems, Edwards has been an on the field asset for the Jets so far this season.  He has become a reliable target for Jet’s quarterback Mark Sanchez but with Santonio Holmes coming back from suspension, he might see some of his catches disappear.

Number 20: Marques Colston-New Orleans Saints

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals after a reception during the first quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium
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    The Saints started out a this season on a bumpy road but have gotten back on track and one of the reasons is that their passing game has come back and Colston is a big part of that passing game.  He’s a big body wide receiver that can catch almost anything thrown his way.  Look for even bigger production out of him as the season goes on.

Number 19: Eddie Royal-Denver Broncos

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 03:  Vincent Fuller #22 of the Tennessee Titans tackles Eddie Royal #19 of the Denver Broncos during the first half at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    Another Denver Bronco’s wide receiver makes our top 32 this week.  The Denver passing game is strong and it involves almost everyone and Royal is one of the key components that helps to make it work.  If the Broncos could ever get things figured out on defense, coupled with this passing offense, they could win a lot of games.

Number 18. Steve Smith-New York Giants

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants  races down the sidelines as cornerback Kareem Jackson #25 pursues at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Along with Nicks, Smith has helped the Giants passing game get on track and help them win games.  Smith, like Nicks, has come a long way and is getting better with every game.

Number 17: Jabar Gaffney-Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Denver Broncos looks for extra yardage after making a catch in front of safety Melvin Bullitt #33 of the Indianapolis Colts during NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 201
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    After going from team to team to start his career, it appears as if Gaffney may have finally found a home with the Broncos.  Along with Lloyd and Eddie Royal, Gaffney has been part of a pretty decent passing game in Denver.  Now if they can just win some games this receiving group may get more attention.

Number 16: Johnny Knox-Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Walter Thurmond #38 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks up a pass intended for Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears as Johnny Knox #13 attempts a catch at Soldier Field on October 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the
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    Yes, he doesn’t see a lot of passes thrown his way from time to time but Knox is a threat to score every time he touches the ball and can really stretch opposing defenses.  Now, if quarterback Jay Cutler could just get him the ball on a regular basis, imagine what he could do.

Number 15: Hakeem Nicks-New York Giants

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is tackled by Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Nicks is really starting to develop into a solid wide receiver and with the resurgence that the Giants are seeing, he has become an important part of the passing offense.  Quarterback Eli Manning is relying on him much more often in their offense which means he will see a lot more balls thrown his way and his value increase.

Number 14: DeSean Jackson-Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown in the first quarter as Kroy Biermann #71 of the Atlanta Falcons defends during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsyl
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    Before he suffered that massive concussion against the Falcons this weekend, Jackson was one of the biggest “big play” receivers in the league.  Let’s just hope that he can make it back soon to help the Eagles offense continues to grow and develop under quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Number 13: Anquan Boldin-Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens goes out for a pass against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Rav
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    When the Ravens acquired Boldin many people felt that the Ravens passing woes would be taken care of and while they still have some issues Boldin has been there to step up and help them win games through the air.  He’s a tough big bodied receiver that isn’t afraid to take a hit and makes the tough catch.  This is exactly what the Ravens needed.

Number 12: Jeremy Maclin-Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins greets Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles prior to their game on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Imag
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    Maclin had a great game against the Falcons this past Sunday and is starting to become one of the better wide receivers in the NFL.  Granted, he’s only been in the NFL for a season and a half but he’s learned a lot and is developing quickly.  As long as he can avoid the injuries that have plagued him in the past Maclin could end up being a top receiver in this league.

Number 11: Calvin Johnson-Detroit Lions

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches the ball on an 87-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Gian
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    Despite the fact that his quarterback Matthew Stafford has been injured for most of the season, Johnson is proving that he remains one of the more talented wide receivers in the NFL.  He makes those tough catches and can get up above almost any defender to make the grab.  Imagine what his numbers would be if he played in New England or Indianapolis.

Number 10: Santana Moss-Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Houston Texans at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins in overtime 30-27. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Imag
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    Traditionally, Donavan McNabb has always had a favorite receiver and Moss is turning into that guy for him in his new home in Washington.  For years, Moss has struggled with mediocrity but is finally turning out to be the kind of receiver that many people thought that he would when he came into the NFL.  He should continue to do well this season.

Number 9: Brandon Marshall-Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins is tackled by Kyle Arrington #27 of the New England Patriots at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    While Marshall’s start in Miami hasn’t been quite as good as anyone thought when the Dolphins acquired him from the Broncos in the offseason, Marshall has helped make Miami’s passing game much better than it would have been without him.  Look for Marshall to continue to improve in his new surroundings and become one of the better wide receivers in the game before the season is over.

Number 8: Miles Austin-Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs past Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Austin, like some of the others in this list, had a great year in 2009 but hasn’t had quite the impact that they had in 2010.  Some of Austin’s trouble can be blamed on the Cowboys inefficiency on offense as well as the emergency of rookie Dez Bryant at the position.  Hopefully he will be able to get back into his 2009 form (along with the rest of the offense), soon.

Number 7: Terrell Owens-Cincinnati Bengals

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03:  Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass in front of Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Who would have thought that Owens would mean that much to any team after the antics he has displayed and the trouble he has been through during his long career.  Owens presence has made the Bengals passing game better but it’ also taken out Chad Ochocinco who no longer “rules the roost” like he used to.

Number 6: Austin Collie-Indianapolis Colts

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 17: Austin Collie #17 of the Indianapolis Colts moves the ball upfield after making a reception against Kareem Moore #41 of the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 17, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Gett
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    Having two Indianapolis Colt wide receivers in the top ten shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone and Collie has shown up big when he’s been called upon so far this season.  Look for him to keep on being an outlet for quarterback Peyton Manning to throw the ball to and develop into one of the better receivers in the NFL.

Number 5: Andre Johnson-Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans makes on move on cornerback Brandon Flowers# 24 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Johnson has had a bit of a down season so far but he is still the best wide receiver on his team and when he’s hot, he’s one of the best in the NFL.  Hopefully he and quarterback Matt Schaub will be able to pick things up and get the Texans and their offense back on track soon.

Number 4: Roddy White-Atlanta Falcons

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a pass in front of defensive back Eric Wright #21 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Ge
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    Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and White have teamed up for some big plays since Ryan became the Falcons quarterback and these two have developed quite a chemistry together.  White means a lot to this team and a lot to their success on the field.

Number 3: Malcolm Floyd-San Diego Chargers

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers catches a ball while defended by Stanford Routt #26 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Imag
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    Speaking of replacements, Floyd has stepped up in the absence of Vincent Jackson and has played pretty well in his absence.  He has become a vital part of their passing game and may even make it so that the Chargers don’t miss Jackson when it’s all said and done.

Number 2: Brandon Lloyd-Denver Broncos

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos scores a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Rav
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    Lloyd was once thought to be washed up and on his way out of the NFL but with the Broncos, he has found new life in replacing the departed Brandon Marshall.  He not only leads the Broncos in yards but also the NFL through this week.

Number 1: Reggie Wayne-Indianapolis Colts

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Receiver Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts fumbles against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 3, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars won 31-28.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Wayne has emerged as the number one in this week’s list because of what he means to his team and how well he has played so far this season.  He is definitely an asset to the Colts and comes through in the clutch almost every time.

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