26 Oct 2013
The Indianapolis Colts celebrated the game of the century (the atmosphere was playoff worthy) by bringing home a victory against the Denver Broncos. But they paid dearly when Reggie Wayne tore his ACL reaching for an underthrown pass from Andrew Luck.
The Colts have to find a way to replace Wayne’s production after he went down with an ACL injury
Reggie Wayne has been the symbol of consistency during his long career and seeing him go down like that was a shock. Unfortunately, the Colts have to move on without Wayne but how? With who?
The Colts placed Wayne on IR then signed cornerback Jalil Brown and waived Dominique Jones. Meaning that there is now one roster spot available, which, more than likely, will be filled by a receiver.
The Colts can promote in-house and call up one of their two receivers on the practice squad; second year player Griff Whalen or rookie Da’Rick Rodgers.
I wouldn’t be opposed to either, as Whalen has proven he can be dependable catching the ball and Rodgers has major upside. In fact, GM Ryan Grigson should waive receiver David Reed, who has essentially done nothing for the team thus far, and promote both Rodgers and Whalen to the 53-man roster.
But it’s been two days since the Colts have opened up the roster spot. What is Grigson doing? Is he looking to make another deal? Seems that Josh Gordon, Hakeem Nicks and Justin Blackmon may be up for auction.
But are the Colts willing to give up another high draft pick when they already don’t have a 1st or 4th rounder in the upcoming draft?
Maybe he is looking for a free agent. Ramses Barden, Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd are available free agents that could potentially be brought in by the horseshoe, at least for a try-out. Though, there hasn’t been a receiver that has worked out for the Colts the past few days.
training camp favorite Griff Whalen could be promoted to the 53-man roster I believed that Grigson would promote one of the practice squad players at first but now I am not sure what is going on. I do believe he is just doing his due diligence and could end up going that route anyways, but it seems unlikely a practice squad promotion would take this long to ponder on.
I wouldn’t be opposed to trading a late round pick (5th, 6th, 7th round pick) for Nicks; seeing as he is unhappy in New York and he is on an expiring contract, it isn’t an unlikely scenario.