WR Donte Moncrief - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-2, 221||Born: 8-6-1993||College: Ole Miss||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2014|
2019 Week 1 vs NE (10 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
The next week for Donte Moncrief may be spent purely on the jugs machine. After being the most targeted wide receiver for the Steelers, Moncrief ended the night with at least four drops, including an 18-yard touchdown which was thrown perfectly. He also had a second end zone target where Ben Roethlisberger was not able to throw the fade route well enough and Moncrief could not get to his spot fast enough. Moncrief showed no tenacity when catching the ball and allowed defenders to separate him from the ball multiple times. The times Moncrief did catch the ball were on shallow crossing routes over the middle where defenders couldn't create contested catch situation.
2019 Week 2 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Being targeted only once should be bad enough for Moncrief, but he did maximum damage with his target on the day. On a routine catch, Moncrief missed the reception and tipped the ball in the air with a defender waiting behind him. The defender showed better hands than Donte Moncrief, securing the tipped ball and intercepting Mason Rudolph on his first drive. Moncrief was benched immediately. Moncrief's drop count currently rests at five going into Week 3.
2018 Week 1 vs NYG (5 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars are clearly trying to make Moncrief into their new version of Allen Robinson. Most of his targets came on low chance of success plays. Bortles interception came on Moncrief's second target - a 9 route with Janoris Jenkins in his hip pocket down the field. The ball underthrown and easily intercepted by Jenkins. It looked like Bortles was trying to target a back-shoulder throw. Jenkins had really good coverage; the best Moncrief could have done was to come back and play as a defender on Jenkins instead of allowing his momentum to take his jump upfield. He was argeted on a back-shoulder fade on 3rd and 5 in the 3rd quarter that was not open and the ball was not put in play. His first catch didn't come until the beginning of the 4th quarter on a Switch-Curl. Heargeted again on a Fade on 3rd and 7 on this drive, but was well-covered (this was a theme - all of these were wasted targets on pre-snap decisions by Bortles).
2018 Week 2 vs NE (9 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Moncrief finally converted on a successful back-shoulder fade, scoring a touchdown on first and goal (after starting the year 0-5 on these targets on the season). He was solidly but unspectacular on the day before leaving the game at the end of the third quarter with an apparent knee injury.
2018 Week 3 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Moncrief was non-existent in this game. He caught a Shallow Cross on the first drive for a 13 yard pickup and was did not have a catch again until the final drive. He was called for a holding penalty on a Dede Westbrook screen that gained all of 4 yards.
2018 Week 4 vs NYJ (5 / 5 / 109 / 1 rec)
His first reception came on a Shallow Cross, where he broke a tackle to gain first down. He showed good sideline awareness and toe tap on a Comeback route right alone the sideline in the first quarter. He was on the receiving end of the biggest play of the game ñ a 67 yard catch-and-run fade down the right sideline. He got a free release against man in Cover 1, and the ball was delivered on time and in-stride so neither recovering CB or single high safety could make a play on it.
2018 Week 6 vs DAL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Moncrief drew a couple of deep targets very late in the game. He did not finish the game with a reception.
2018 Week 7 vs HOU (10 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the receivers, Moncrief had a very quiet day but became more active once Kessler entered the game. The team threw almost all quick, underneath passes for the rest of the game. He did have the biggest reception of the game on a wide open Shallow Cross on 3rd and 2 for a long catch and run. He dropped Kesslers' first attempt - an easy underneath Curl route.
2018 Week 8 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
While Yeldon led the team in receiving, Moncrief had the most output of the wide receivers. His best play of the game (and one of his better ones for the season) came on a deep corner route on the very first drive of the second half, where he had to make a back-shoulder adjustment and go to the ground to make the reception.
2018 Week 10 vs IND (4 / 3 / 98 / 1 rec)
He had the biggest reception of the day for the Jaguars, running a corner route of about 15 yards. Bortles allowed him to catch the ball in-stride, and his momentum allowed him to break some tackles and race for an 80 yard touchdown. Other than this play, he did not have much of an impact on the game.
2018 Week 11 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Moncrief was largely ignored throughout Sunday's game, despite being the team 's most frequently targeted player in most games this season. Moncrief sole catch came on a slant early in the game when he was able to beat the off coverage with his initial burst. Following this, Moncrief was ignored throughout the game and only saw one more target. His potential production was capped by Bortles' lack of willingness to test the Steelers ' defense deep, as well as his issues throwing against pressure.
2018 Week 12 vs BUF (4 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Moncrief had a 30 yard catch - a 50/50 ball that was initially ruled a touchdown. The officials overturned the call however.
2018 Week 13 vs IND (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Moncrief led the Jacksonville receivers in yards and catches. He had a huge 3rd and 12 conversion in the second quarter on a catch-and-run Shallow Cross that went for 22 yards which helped led to one of Jacksonville's two scoring drives of the day.
2018 Week 14 vs TEN (10 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Moncrief was getting open on intermediate routes and bringing in the ball. He got the team to the doorstep of the red zone on one first half reception, then committed a questionable blocking in the back penalty to move them back. Twice he had chances to get deep balls from Cody Kessler, but one was barely out of reach and could have been played with more effort and the second he adjusted to well on an underthrow but couldn't secure. All in all it was another performance that reminded us of Moncrief's considerable gifts but inconsistent ability to turn them into production.
2018 Week 16 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Moncrief had his usual game for the Jaguars - a few drags and crosser for YAC. Since he is on a one-year contract he will likely not figure into the Jaguars' long term plans.
2017 Week 1 vs LAR (4 / 1 / 50 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief did not see his first target until late in the 3rd quarter. Moncrief caught his first pass from Jacoby Brissett running a 9 route but the throw was essentially a jump ball Moncrief hauled in for a 50 yard gain.
2017 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief saw his first two targets from Jacoby Brissett fall way off target. Moncrief dropped what was a potential 15 yard gain running an in breaking route downfield. Moncrief had a contested catch bounce off his hands with Justin Bethel in coverage. Moncrief made a nice grab along the sideline beating Bethel for 15 yards. Moncrief caught a target running a shallow crosser but was held to a 3 yard gain.
2017 Week 3 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief showed good timing with Brissett making a very nice 34 yard catch on a backshoulder throw beating Jason McCourty. Moncrief worked back to Jacoby Brissett and made a nice contested catch for 10 yards. Moncrief was again targeted 30 yards downfield on a back shoulder throw but the pass was broken up by Jamar Taylor who made a great play.
2017 Week 4 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief made a catch running a shallow cross for a 2 yard gain. Moncrief made a very nice contested catch on back shoulder throw from Brissett for 18 yards and a touchdown. Moncrief picked up 10 yards running a comeback route.
2017 Week 5 vs SF (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief ran a quick out route, made a catch and ducked out of bounds for 10 yards. Moncrief made a 15 yard catch running a very nice out route. Moncrief worked back to Brissett and made a 7 yard grab. Moncrief is now clearly functioning as the number three wide out behind Kamar Aiken.
2017 Week 6 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief had an up and down game against the Titans. Moncrief beat his man inside on a slant route for 11 yards. Moncrief dropped what would have been an easy 18 yard touchdown wide open down the seam. Moncrief picked up 8 yards running a comeback route against off coverage. Moncrief gained a few yards of separation from his defender and made a grab running a comeback route for 12 yards. Moncrief ran a curl route and ran hard after the catch to pick up 13. Moncrief worked back to Brissett as he extended the play and was rewarded with a 23 yard catch and run.
2017 Week 7 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief made his first catch for an 8 yard gain running a curl route. Moncrief broke a tackle after running a comeback route and gained 22 yards.
2017 Week 9 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief made his first catch along the sideline for 7 yards. Moncrief drew a 36 yard pass interference penalty running a go route. The call was questionable. Moncrief dropped a pass running a slant a few plays later.
2017 Week 10 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 60 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief burned Artie Burns for a 60 yard touchdown running a beautiful double move. Moncrief gained about 3 yards of separation from Burns and made it an easy throw for Brissett. The touchdown was Moncrief's only target.
2017 Week 12 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief went low to make an impressive sliding catch for 16 yards but otherwise was a non-factor in the game.
2017 Week 13 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief made his first catch running a slant for an 8 yard gain and a 3rd down conversion. Moncrief made back to back catches running comeback routes for 7 yard gains. Moncrief picked up 9 more yards again running a comeback route. Moncrief beat AJ Bouye down the sideline but could not get both his feet in bounds to secure a 30 yard catch.
2016 Week 1 vs DET (7 / 6 / 64 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief played well and will be a key part of the Colts offense. Moncrief made his first catch on a quick screen but was pushed ouf of bounds for no gain. Moncrief made a sliding catch on an in route for a 19 yard gain. Luck again hit Moncrief as he came open on an in route but this time Moncrief evaded a defender after the catch and picked up 32 on the reception. Moncrief scored his touchdown running a slant route that was initally well covered but he continued his route and Luck found him in the back of the end zone for a 2 yards score. Moncrief looked to secure another 20 yard catch on an in route but the safety made a nice hit dislodged the ball and forced an incompletion.
2016 Week 2 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and would not return. Moncrief received two targets before leaving with injury. Moncrief was initially well covered on his reception but worked back to Luck as he scrambled and they connected for a gain of 9. On his second target Luck threw over the head of Moncrief over the middle in heavy traffic.
2016 Week 8 vs KC (9 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Donte Moncrief saw his first two targets on Luck's first two pass attempts but both underneath passes fell incomplete. Moncrief made his first catch running a slant route from the slot for an 8 yard gain. Moncrief picked up 15 yards beating his man on a slant route. Moncrief was targeted on a comeback route but Philip Gaines jumped the route and intercepted the pass. Moncrief again caught a pass running a slant gaining 14. Moncrief had a step on Gaines running a 9 route for a potential big gain but Luck overthrew him. Moncrief made a nice catch with a defender in tight coverage for a 3 yard touchdown. Moncrief beat Philip Gaines for a 45 yard touchdown but the play was negated by penalty. Moncrief was close to having a much bigger game.
2016 Week 9 vs GB (6 / 3 / 55 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief played well against the Packers but did have a drop. Moncrief ran a quick out route and picked up 8 yards. Moncrief had a 15 yard pass hit him in the hands but he could not secure it. Moncrief made a beautiful reaching back shoulder catch for an 8 yard touchdown. Moncrief burned Ladarius Gunther for a 39 yard reception. Moncrief simply ran by him on the play.
2016 Week 11 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief played well against the Titans and continues to operate as Luck's favorite red zone target. Moncrief beat his man on a slant route and secured a 2 yard touchdown despite tight coverage. Moncrief converted a 3rd and long beating Jason McCourty on a deep comeback route for 17 yards. Moncrief went low and made a 15 yard catch with a defender draped all over him.
2016 Week 12 vs PIT (11 / 6 / 45 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief made a number of catches underneath and showed good chemistry with Tolzien. Moncrief made an impressive contested catch on a low pass from Tolzien for a 5 yard touchdown. Moncrief made a 6 yard catch running an out route to move the chains. Moncrief gained 10 yards making a catch over the middle on a shallow crossing route. Moncrief had an ugly drop on what would have been a 20 yard gain. Moncrief picked up 12 more yards working across the field on a crossing route. Moncrief picked up 10 more yards again running an underneath crossing route.
2016 Week 13 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 26 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief played well but saw mostly underneath targets from Luck. Moncrief made an impressive toe tapping catch along the sideline for a 10 yard gain. Moncrief picked up 6 yards running a curl route. Moncrief made a catch underneath and made two defenders to pick up 8 on 3rd and 7. Moncrief secured a contested catch on a low pass from Luck for a 3 yard touchdown.
2016 Week 14 vs HOU (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Donte Moncrief struggled to seperate from the Texans' corners and did not see a target in the second half. Moncrief receieved 2 red zone targets on the Colts' opening possession but both of Luck's throws were well off target. Moncrief appeared to be interfered with trying to make a potential 20 yard reception running an in route.
2016 Week 16 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 30 / 1 rec)
Donte Moncrief was not involved in the Colts offense. Moncrief was overthrown by Luck on his target. Moncrief came wide open on a busted coverage for a 24 yard touchdown. Moncrief picked up 6 yards running a quick out route.
2015 Week 1 vs BUF (11 / 6 / 46 / 1 rec)
If the Colts' offense revealed anything on Sunday, it's that Donte Moncrief has a stranglehold on the WR3 job, at least for now. Moncrief finished with 40 snaps more than rookie Phillip Dorsett on Sunday, and while he wasn't particularly efficient (just 46 yards on 11 targets), he was productive. The Colts will want to see more from him in contested catch situations, but Moncrief has a chance to earn the trust of Andrew Luck even more over the next few weeks if T.Y. Hilton (bruised knee) misses any time.
2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (8 / 7 / 122 / 1 rec)
The second-year receiver out of Ole Miss has officially arrived. After two consecutive weeks with a touchdown, Moncrief has cemented himself as the No. 3 receiver on the Colts, and may be moving up into the No. 2 slot sooner rather than later. Andre Johnson hasn't been able to separate like Moncrief has, and it shows in the statistics. Luck and Moncrief even showed some chemistry that has been absent in this losing streak, as Luck hit the receiver for a 24-yard back-shoulder reception on third down in the second half. Even with T.Y. Hilton getting back to full health, Moncrief's arrow is pointing straight up.
2015 Week 3 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)
The Colts' second-year receiver continues to ascend, leading all Colts skill players in snaps and tying with Hilton for the team lead in targets. Moncrief struggled to get open down the field, and managed just 32 yards on his seven targets, but his go-ahead 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was a thing of beauty, as he ran a double-move to the corner of the end zone and skied over Perrish Cox for the catch. Moncrief should be the Colts' No. 2 receiver over Andre Johnson, based on the first three games, and he'll continue to get the snaps he deserves.
2015 Week 4 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Even without Andrew Luck, Moncrief continued his impressive start to 2015 on Sunday. His 75 receiving yards were the most of any receiver on the roster, and he continues to be a threat on short timing passes, although he's yet to be much of a downfield threat. Luck's return should help the latter, especially against a Houston defense that has been disappointing to start the season. Moncrief did have one drop on Sunday, but it hasn't really been an issue this season, and he's improved immensely on contested balls this year. All signs continue to point up for the second-year receiver, as he's cemented his status as the No. 2 receiver in the offense.
2015 Week 5 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The Colts' breakout wide receiver had his first dud of a game on Thursday, as Moncrief caught just one pass for three yards, and was targeted just three times. His down game included a missed opportunity for a contested catch when he dropped a slant over the middle, and another on a quick five-yard dig. Moncrief has been better in contested catch opportunities this year, but he's still failed to convert a few chances. He'll have better fantasy days ahead, however, having seven or more targets in every other game this year.
2015 Week 6 vs NE (11 / 6 / 69 / 1 rec)
Moncrief continues to impress in his second year, catching an impressive fade in the end zone on fourth down in this one to catch his fourth touchdown of the season. Moncrief has had either 75 yards or a touchdown in five of six games this season, and the Colts continue to trust him in the red zone, ensuring high-percentage looks in high-reward situations. Moncrief has much improved in his skills at the catch point this season, and it's paying off in fantasy points. He won't get double-digit targets every game, but he's averaged more than eight targets per game, and has already matched his target number (49) from last season.
2015 Week 7 vs NO (6 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
This should have been a more dominant day for the Colts' second-year receiver, who has had a breakout year this season and was going up against New Orleans' league-worst secondary. Moncrief's six targets was the second-lowest of the season, and he failed to get open down the field for most of the afternoon. But, he's been a touchdown machine for Indianapolis, and his fifth TD of the year ties him for fourth among all receivers. The Colts will continue to give him the ball in high-reward situations, which bodes well for his fantasy forecast.
2015 Week 8 vs CAR (7 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
The Colts' breakout wide receiver was kept in check by Carolina's secondary on Monday, as the Panthers kept the Colts' downfield passing totally in check. It is just the second time all season Moncrief has not had either a touchdown or 75 receiving yards. The Colts need to get Moncrief more involved in the short passing game to let him earn some yards after the catch, if they want him to be more consistent, but that would require an offensive style change that seems unlikely without an offensive coordinator change.
2015 Week 9 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
You would think that Andrew Luck's resurgence would translate to another big day for Donte Moncrief, who has been quiet lately, but the second-year receiver was held in check for most of the day by Bradley Roby and Chris Harris Jr. Moncrief did catch a couple of key first downs, and showed positive strength at the catch point, but he missed a chance at a catchable deep pass down the right sideline, as Roby was able to break it up. Against a much weaker schedule in the second half of the season, Moncrief will have big days ahead, but figuring out which ones will be a difficult task.
2015 Week 11 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
With the most snaps of any skill player not named Matt Hasselbeck and the most targets on the team, Donte Moncrief continued his heavy load this week, but only came up with five catches as a result. It's Moncrief's seventh game of less than 50 receiving yards, and fourth in a row. He did convert a few key third downs, but was unable to come up with a tough low catch for a first down in the first half and had some miscommunication with Hasselbeck on the quarterback's fourth-quarter interception in the red zone. Moncrief has continued to develop, but he's been very inefficient with his production, being limited to short outside passes recently.
2015 Week 12 vs TB (9 / 8 / 114 / 0 rec)
After a six-game slump where he averaged just 32.5 yards per game, Moncrief desperately needed another big game, particularly against this secondary. The Tampa Bay secondary proved to be no match for the upcoming receiver, as Moncrief tortured both of the Buccaneers' cornerbacks on a variety of routes. Moncrief's one-handed catch under duress up the seam sparked the Colts' offense in the second half, and his 31-yard catch up the other side of the field later in the third quarter set up the team's first touchdown. But perhaps more importantly, the Colts were able to utilize Moncrief as a first-down machine, and all eight of his receptions went for first down. With Andre Johnson struggling, Moncrief could fill the role of chain-mover, especially with the chemistry he and Hasselbeck have.
2015 Week 13 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 33 / 0 rec)
After a dominating game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, Donte Moncrief was a no-show against the Steelers on Sunday, failing to receive a single target until quarterback Charlie Whitehurst came in for relief duty in the fourth quarter. He made the most of that target by showing his speed and after-the-catch ability, taking a shallow cross across the field and down the sideline, but it was too little, too late. It would be nice to blame Moncrief's struggles on Matt Hasselbeck, whose abysmal game submarined the fantasy chances of the entire Colts offense, but Moncrief has been incredibly inconsistent all season. Sunday marked Moncrief's eighth game this season with less than 50 receiving yards, although his single target was a season low and just his third game this year with less than five targets.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (10 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Moncrief continued is inconsistent second year with just his fifth 50-yard performance of the year, most of which came in the second half with the Colts down double-digits. Held to just nine yards in the first half, Moncrief reeled in a 33-yard catch and a 10-yard catch in the second half, but the Jacksonville secondary should have been more vulnerable. For example, Moncrief missed a huge opportunity for a big play down the right sideline in the second quarter, but couldn't track the high-arcing pass, and it went right through his outstretched hands. Still, Moncrief had two of his best performances against the Jaguars this season, totaling 127 yards in two games. Against the Texans, the Colts' next opponent, Moncrief has not had that kind of success, catching one pass for three yards in their Week 5 matchup.
2015 Week 15 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 51 / 1 rec)
Considering who he was playing with, that is, a decrepit Matt Hasselbeck, five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown was a pretty good day for Donte Moncrief. Moncrief made several tough catches under duress, including one down the middle of the field over double-coverage. Moncrief has had a promising second season, but the turmoil at quarterback has held back his progress. Moncrief currently ranks 12th among second-year receivers in receiving yardage this season, with players like Willie Snead and undrafted free agent Allen Hurns out-producing him this year. Still, if Andrew Luck can return healthy next year, the 22-year-old's upside remains high.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Colts' No. 2 receiver was hurt all week, and Moncrief was a gametime decision with a toe injury. The receiver still played a full workload of snaps, but struggled to get separation, and had one of his worst games all season. Moncrief now has had seven games with less than 40 yards all season, epitomizing inconsistency in his second season, aided by the Colts' struggling quarterback situation. Moncrief's role as the main possession receiver is still in hand, but he'll have to find some way to get more involved in the offense with the team's new (likely) coaching staff next year.
2015 Week 17 vs TEN (2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
After nursing a toe injury all week, the Colts' No. 2 receiver played just 24 snaps on Sunday before a setback forced him to miss the remainder of the game. The injury slowed Moncrief down during the final two weeks of the season, limiting his production severely, as he caught just three passes for 13 yards in those two games. For the season, Moncrief showed relative progress, doubling his receptions from last season and nearly 300 more yards. That, of course, was without Andrew Luck at quarterback. With Luck back next season, Moncrief has a potential to breakout, especially if Andre Johnson is cut.
2014 Week 1 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Even with the pass-heavy game plan, the rookie receiver out of Ole Miss was rarely on the field for the Colts, catching just one pass in five snaps. But with the Colts' injury history at wide receiver, he is a good candidate to see an increase as the season progresses.
2014 Week 2 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
He was open on both of his routes against the Eagles, and Moncrief caught his lone target. He's one of just a few Colt receivers who could excel down the field, and may get more looks as the Colts look for answers in their downfield passing attack. He has just six snaps so far this season, but has caught two targets for 28 yards in those six snaps. If the Colts move to more four-wide sets, Moncrief could see some notable production.
2014 Week 3 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
The rookie out of Ole Miss had his best day yet on Sunday, picking up 62 total yards in multiple ways. The Colts used Moncrief on both a screen pass (21 yards) and an end-around (7 yards), both of which were more successful than attempts at those plays with other Colts receivers this year. Moncrief was quick and elusive, and now has 45 yards after the catch on the season (80 total yards). But Moncrief also flashed his downfield ability, leaping and catching a 22-yard back-shoulder throw down the right sideline. Both Luck's confidence in the rookie and Moncrief's concentration to get both feet down in bounds were impressive. Moncrief won't see the field as much as he did Sunday each week, as Hilton's injury created an opportunity for him, but if he keeps taking advantage of those opportunities, the Colts won't be able to keep him off the field.
2014 Week 4 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Every time the rookie is on the field, good things happen for Indianapolis. He caught both targets on Sunday, taking one 10 yards for a first down and another short pass for four yards. Moncrief also had the lead block on Ahmad Bradshaw's 15-yard touchdown reception, and continues to impress in all areas. He won't be a viable fantasy play until the Colts put him on the field more often, but if he keeps playing this well, that may be sooner rather than later. Don't forget, all three of the receivers ahead of him have significant injury risk.
2014 Week 5 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie receiver only played four snaps on Sunday, including one passing play. It was disappointing for Moncrief after seeing his snap counts increase in each of the previous three weeks, but this may be a sign that Moncrief's involvement in the offense was directly tied to the level of competition. This week's game against Houston will be a good indicator of whether he'll be involved going forward or if he's just a future asset at this point.
2014 Week 6 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For an unbeknownst reason, Moncrief was on the field for just eight snaps on Thursday, and ran just six routes without a target. Moncrief still is second on the team to T.Y. Hilton in yards per route run, and may get more time sooner rather than later with Hakeem Nicks' recent struggles.
2014 Week 7 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Moncrief's 23 snaps was the most he's seen since the Colts' blowouts over Tennessee and Jacksonville in Weeks 3-4, but he didn't do much with them. Still, the fact that he was playing over Hakeem Nicks, even early on, could be a positive sign going forward.
2014 Week 8 vs PIT (12 / 7 / 113 / 1 rec)
Fans who have been calling for Moncrief this season rejoiced on Sunday as he broke out with a huge day. Andrew Luck targeted him early and often, and the rookie's 12 targets ended up leading the team. There is clearly a strong connection between the two, highlighted by a perfectly executed 31-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline. Moncrief did showcase his inconsistent hands, dropping two passes, but his overall body of work was fantastic, with deep balls mixed with shallow crossing routes (one of which he took for 52 yards). His speed and size combination was on display for all to see, and he could see an increased role over Nicks as the season goes on.
2014 Week 9 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
It was disappointing to see Moncrief back on the bottom of the totem pole with Reggie Wayne back, but don't be surprised if Moncrief leapfrogs Hakeem Nicks over the bye. Moncrief has clearly been more explosive throughout the season, and Nicks didn't do much against his old team on Monday.
2014 Week 11 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Moncrief continues to get minimal playing time despite impressing while on the field. The rookie receiver burned Brandon Browner on one of his nine snaps on Sunday, but Luck missed the throw on what would have been a long scoring play. Moncrief could be a big weapon in this Colts offense, but it will be up to the Colts' coaching staff to find him more snaps.
2014 Week 12 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
While Moncrief didn't finish the day with a high yardage total, he was a part of the Colts game plan from the very beginning. While the Colts multiple attempts to get Moncrief the ball in the open field didn't result in any big plays, Moncrief caught all four of his targets and was close to breaking several of his chances for big plays. Moncrief outsnapped Hakeem Nicks 30-28, and it wasn't due to game situation, as the game remained close throughout most of the afternoon. Keep an eye out for the rookie to get a more consistent role in the offense as the season winds down.
2014 Week 13 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 134 / 2 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
The explosive rookie receiver continues to impress, taking advantage of blown coverages on Sunday to score touchdowns of 79 and 48 yards. The 79-yard reception was Andrew Luck's longest pass of his career, as Moncrief continues to be an excellent downfield threat opposite T.Y. Hilton. Though he really doesn't have the snaps to qualify for the list, Moncrief is averaging 2.85 yards per reception this season, the same as league-leader A.J. Green. Josh Gordon (2.87) and Green are the only other receivers with at least 100 snaps in route to average over 2.80 yards per route run. Watch Moncrief's snaps continue to rise as the season comes to a close.
2014 Week 14 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
While the rookie receiver didn't match his breakout game from last week, Moncrief continues to play more and more as the season goes on. Moncrief did have one drop on the day, costing the Colts a first down, but made a diving third-down catch for a 27-yard first down conversion on the Colts' game-winning drive. Moncrief finished with 50 snaps to Hakeem Nicks' 18 and occasionally played in two and one-WR sets as well.
2014 Week 15 vs HOU (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was a disappointing performance from Moncrief, as the Texans' secondary has been prone to allowing big plays all year. Moncrief did have one chance down the middle when he beat the Houston cornerback down the seam, but quarterback Andrew Luck out threw him by about a foot. Moncrief also caught a tipped ball for what would have been a 48-yard touchdown, but a holding penalty brought the play back. The rookie should continue to have chances for big plays, but bad luck and an inspired Houston defense kept it from happening this week.
2014 Week 16 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
It was the second-consecutive no-show for Moncrief, who didn't receive a single catch last week. Since his explosion against Washington in Week 13, Moncrief has just five receptions for 38 yards. With Hilton out, Moncrief was the Colts lone big-play threat, and Dallas was able to contain him rather easily. Much of his struggles were compounded with the Colts' lack of rhythm and conservative game plan, however. It still would behoove the Colts to get Moncrief more looks near the line of scrimmage with yards-after-the-catch opportunity, and they may experiment with that more in Week 17.
2014 Week 17 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
The rookie's rough December continued on Sunday with an abysmal 5.3 yards per catch. The Colts tried to get him involved, but the deepest shots for him were knocked away by defenders. Moncrief has gone from extremely efficient to awfully inefficient in a matter of weeks. If the Colts are to compete in the playoffs, they'll need to figure out how to utilize his big-play potential.
2014 Week 19 vs DEN (8 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
The rookie was a little disappointing on Sunday, failing to adjust to Luck's throws quickly and just not making much of an impact outside of a first down in the first half. Moncrief has a lot of potential, and his presence in the offense is key for the Colts to stretch the defense, but the Colts will need him to make a big play or two if they want to move past New England, who has had success limiting Pro Bowl WR T.Y. Hilton.
2014 Week 20 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Arguably the most disappointing receiver in Sunday's game, Moncrief failed to make an impact despite T.Y. Hilton receiving most of the safety attention. Moncrief, receiving attention from Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis, was targeted just once and failed to catch a single pass. With Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks both free agents after this season, the Colts will need to make a hard decision about whether Moncrief can be a No. 2 receiver next year.