WR Reggie Wayne - Free Agent
|6-0, 195||Born: 11-17-1978||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 30 (2001)|
2014 Week 1 vs DEN (13 / 9 / 98 / 0 rec)
Sunday proved that Reggie Wayne is back. He led the Colts in targets, catches and yards, and he should continue to be Luck's security blanket on third downs. His catches ranged from 20 yards downfield on play action to screen passes, so watch for him to continue to be a starting fantasy play if he can stay on the field. Wayne was a little gimpy after a slip/knee buckle and was a bit tentative, so he will only get better as he knocks off the rust.
2014 Week 2 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
He's still Andrew Luck's option 1A, but Wayne was kept in check for much of Monday night, both by the Eagles and by Pep Hamilton's playcalling. A more run-heavy game plan meant less opportunities for Wayne, who excels when the offense gets in a rhythm moving down the field in spread sets. The Colts tried to get him involved with screens, but at 35, that's just not his game. Expect Wayne to bounce back in coming weeks, he still received seven targets against Philadelphia and was the second-most targeted receiver.
2014 Week 3 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Wayne is still Luck's most reliable targets, but so far this season he's been used to draw coverage away from other more than anything else. He was still the Colts' second-leading receiver on Sunday, a day when the Colts chose to spread the wealth against a bad Jacksonville team. The kicker for Wayne will be touchdowns, which have been scarce so far this season. It's unlikely for the Colts to continue to target only running backs and tight ends in the red zone, as teams adjust to their play-action goalline sets, so Wayne could see more touchdown opportunities in the coming weeks.
2014 Week 4 vs TEN (8 / 7 / 119 / 1 rec)
Welcome back, Reggie Wayne. The veteran was back to being Andrew Luck's go-to guy in the second half of the Titans game, reeling in amazing catch after amazing catch. Wayne's day could be highlighted by two big plays. First came a one-handed beauty in the second quarter, snagging a high pass out of the air. The second was a perfect back shoulder pass from Luck on a go-route in the third quarter as the Colts blew the game open. Luck and Wayne's timing remain impeccable, and Wayne doesn't look like he's lost a thing since his surgery last year.
2014 Week 5 vs BAL (12 / 7 / 77 / 0 rec)
Tying with T.Y. Hilton in targets, Wayne was heavily targeted on third down by Andrew Luck, and was largely successful. Wayne didn't have a great game, with a rare drop in the end zone and an offensive pass interference penalty taking a Hilton touchdown off the board, but he's Luck's safety blanket, and that was on display once again Sunday.
2014 Week 6 vs HOU (9 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Wayne was limited to short, quick passes for first downs on Thursday, a critical part of the real-life offense, but not so beneficial for fantasy owners. He had one deep pass over the middle overturned in the fourth quarter, which would have extended a drive for Indianapolis. Wayne is still Luck's security blanket, but with Hilton breaking out and the other young weapons, the Colts quarterback doesn't need his blanket quite as often as he used to.
2014 Week 7 vs CIN (8 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
It was a rough day for Wayne, who needed two screens in the fourth quarter to get his customary three catches. Wayne hurt his elbow early in the game, but was able to return. But, it seemed the injury may have affected him, and he struggled through the rest of the game. It could possibly cost him Week 8, pending results of an MRI. Wayne dropped at least two passes, and he's averaged less than 10 yards per catch in both of the last two games. He's due for a big game soon, but if he's hurting at all, Luck has other weapons to go to.
2014 Week 9 vs NYG (10 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec)
Bouncing back nicely from injury, the veteran wide receiver looked as good as ever on Monday, catching darts over the middle of the field for first downs and taking one crossing route down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown, even if it didn't need any broken or missed tackles. It was the third time this season that Wayne has hit double-digit targets, and he's produced at least 70 yards in all three of those games.
2014 Week 11 vs NE (9 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec)
The 36-year-old receiver was heavily involved early, as the Patriots left one-on-one coverage on him for most of the evening, but Darrelle Revis picked up his game, and limited Wayne after a big first half. Still, Wayne finished with 91 yards on the day and reminded us that he's still capable of big moments, especially given Andrew Luck's affinity for him on third downs. Wayne doesn't get the separation he once did, but his hands are still fantastic and Luck can fit the ball into tight windows.
2014 Week 12 vs JAX (9 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
One of the most disappointing days of the season for the veteran receiver came against largely single coverage on Sunday. Wayne was the Colts most targeted receiver, but a few of those were blatant attempts late in the game to get him to three catches (and extend his NFL-record 81-game streak of three catches or more). Wayne is quite obviously a step slower than last year, as injuries and time seem to finally be taking their toll. Wayne should have a few more big moments in him, but they will be few and far between.
2014 Week 13 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Wayne looked better against the Redskins than he did last week, but still only caught four catches for 31 yards. With other big-play threats emerging, Wayne isn't the high-volume producer that he once was. According to Pro Football Focus, Wayne has the fourth-lowest catch rate of receivers in the slot (at least 50 percent of snaps coming in the slot), and he's not getting the volume of targets he once did.
2014 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
It was a sad day for the Indianapolis legend, as Wayne had arguably his worst game of his career against the Browns and saw his league-record 82-straight games with at least three catches come to a close. Wayne has struggled to get open against man coverage this season, and that was a theme again on Sunday. The veteran got open a few times throughout the day, but dropped three passes and had an abysmal catch rate. He's been targeted 22 times over the last three weeks, but only has eight catches for 46 yards to show for it. He is dealing with age and multiple injuries, as Chuck Pagano let on in post-game comments, so don't be surprised if he rests over the next few weeks.
2014 Week 15 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
The veteran receiver continues to be limited, and averaged less than five yards per target on Sunday, with just one of his four catches going for a first down. Wayne was limited to short passes, as all four of his catches came within five yards of the line of scrimmage. His route-running was on display on Sunday, as he beat Kareem Jackson in man coverage twice, but he just doesn't have the mobility he once did. But, if T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief continue to stretch defenses, Wayne could find softer zones in coming weeks.
2014 Week 16 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Even with T.Y. Hilton on the bench and the Colts running a very possession-heavy game plan, the veteran wide receiver couldn't get it going on Sunday. He added another drop to his yearly total, this one costing the Colts another first down. Wayne has the highest drop rate that PFF has recorded for his career (12.68%), and has struggled mightily to produce over the last eight weeks. Without Hilton taking the top off of the defense, Wayne will struggle to find room to operate underneath.
2014 Week 17 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 91 / 0 rec)
The Colts veteran receiver showed some flashbacks with a twisting, leaping grab in the second quarter, which he promptly took 80 yards before being taken down just before the goal line. Wayne did injure his groin on the play, and it could be costly going forward, but it was the most live Wayne has shown on the field in weeks.
2014 Week 19 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The aging WR made a few key blocks, but never caught a pass on Sunday. It's disappointing from one of the league's all-time leaders in playoff receiving yards, but it's easy to see the age catching up with Wayne.
2014 Week 20 vs NE (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It seemed like we were watching the end of Wayne's career this postseason, as he managed just one catch in three games. Darrelle Revis shut him out on Sunday, and Wayne was targeted just two times all game. He simply doesn't have the speed or quickness to beat man coverage at this stage of his career, especially not after a season with numerous lingering injuries.
2013 Week 1 vs OAK (8 / 8 / 96 / 1 rec)
Leading the team with 8 targets (catching all 8 FWIW), Wayne did exactly what Wayne does during week one; he was Luck's go-to guy and was open across the middle. Wayne makes it a point to claim the middle of the field, and there wasn't a Raiders DB who stopped him from doing so. Wayne logged 3 of his 8 catches on the first drive capping them off with his 12 yard TD catch where he just beat Tracy Porter to the corner. He beat Tracy Porter often on Sunday, although it didn't seem to matter who the cornerback was. Wayne had space on almost all his catches, showing how supreme his route running really is. To the people who thought this was going to be the year of the Reggie Wayne decline, you can hold off that talk for another year.
2013 Week 2 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Never really thought this would be said but- Brent Grimes held down Reggie Wayne pretty good on Sunday. Wayne had 8 targets, catching only 5, but nothing big on his part. Luck was looking his way as he always does, Wayne just didn't have the space. With the Colts emphasizing TY more this game and outside of a few third down conversion catches, Wayne had a rather quiet day (for Reggie Wayne standards at least). Not much should be put into this quiet game of his as everyone knows by now he is Luck's go-to man at all stages of the game.
2013 Week 3 vs SF (7 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Andrew Luck's security blanket was rather quiet on this day but late in the game he showed up and was reeling in game-clinching catches. He was held without a catch in the first quarter, with his first grab coming with 12 minutes to go in the second. After that catch, the Colts realized they needed to get the ball into their playmaker's hands, giving him a few bubble screens to try to kickstart matters. Wayne was mostly marshaled by Carlos Rogers during this game, with the Niners cornerback keeping him contained for most the afternoon. Wayne had his biggest catch of the game on a 3rd-and-9 from inside the Indianapolis 10-yard line as Luck found Wayne sitting at the first down marker. Wayne made a move on Rogers, broke a few tackles and turned it into a 25-yard catch, He had another solid catch of 19 yards that allowed the Colts to cross midfield. With the Colts controlling matters on the ground - and with Wayne covered well by Rogers - his impact on this game was diminished somewhat.
2013 Week 4 vs JAX (11 / 5 / 100 / 1 rec)
Wayne was targeted a team high 11 times, as he assumed the role once again of Luck's go-to man when they need a play. Shadowed by Will Blackmon this game, Wayne was quiet early on, but as the game progressed Wayne started getting his catches and the separation on Blackmon was becoming noticeable. He had two drive-extending third down grabs, which led to 10 Indianapolis points. Wayne also found himself on the receiving end of an Andrew Luck TD pass late second half, however it was called back on a hands to the face penalty. So with that called-off TD in his pocket already, Wayne wanted to make sure he caught one that stood, and he did that in the 3rd; on a 3rd and goal he ran a slant in the end zone and once he broke he was pretty open, and with Luck waiting on him to break it was a perfect play call and an easy 6. With that TD reception it not only put him at 100 yards on this day but it also marked his 80th TD catch of his career.
2013 Week 5 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)
Seattle has the best secondary in football, Wayne is the best WR on this Colts team, so he knew coming into this game it could potentially be a long afternoon seeing Richard Sherman lined up across from him all game; and while he was predominately guarded by Sherman, Wayne still managed to find open spots on the field to get himself the ball. Luck was throwing his way early, trying to get him involved but with the passes a little off, Wayne had nothing to show for the targets. Most of Wayne's receptions this game came way of his go-to slant routes, where he really gets to take advantage of his superior route running. While he didn't end up with a TD, he easily could've as he caught a pass at the 3 and would've gotten in, had he not fell down. He caught Luck's 2-point conversion pass as he adjusted in the back of the endzone to find himself open and his best catch of the day came on a wheel route on one of the Colts final drives- the pass was right there and Wayne made sure to secure as he came down with it. The targets where there as he led the team in the category with 9, however with tight coverage on him throughout the night Wayne didn't have much of a chance to make anything of them. That should change next week as he takes on a rather weak Chargers secondary.
2013 Week 6 vs SD (8 / 5 / 88 / 0 rec)
With the Colts only running 48 plays, and Luck only completing 18 passes, there wasn't much opportunity for a big Reggie Wayne day; he tied for the team lead in targets (8) and receptions (5), but none of them really went for anything. Wayne did have a 35 yard catch that seemed like it could've been for much more had Luck led him as their was no one really around him- but outside that catch most of Wayne's receptions came on him, doing his usual, finding holes in the middle of the field, sitting there, and waiting for Luck to find him. Credit goes to Marcus Gilchrist as he was the man mostly on Wayne all night, and he did a pretty good job containing Wayne as he never really got the best of the blooming corner. Reggie did have a rare crucial drop on one of the Colts' final drives on 3rd down which would've extended the drive when they were needing points. In a rather subtle game, Wayne hopes to see his opportunities increase next week when the Colts will surely be in some type of shootout when Peyton and the Broncos come to town.
2013 Week 7 vs DEN (8 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Leading the team in receptions, yards, and second on the team this game in targets, you'd a thought everything is fine with Wayne and he'll assume his role when the Colts come out of their bye- not so fastÍ While Reggie was making plays, finding holes in the Broncos secondary and getting to them, the only real major note from this game for Reggie is his last of the season unfortunately. On a third and one, Luck rolled out to find a wide open Wayne, wide open as in he would've walked into the endzone from 35 yards out, unfortunately the ball was underthrown heavily and Wayne had to dig down to bring it in; in doing so, he planted his leg awkwardly into the turf, couldn't make the catch, and was instantly lying on the field in pain. You then saw him frustrated and crying on the sidelines- and then this morning the news came out that he indeed tore his ACL, ultimately ending his season. A loss that cannot be overstated, one will question how the Colts will handle the loss of one of the greatest Colts to ever do it. It's unfortunate for Wayne as he was on his way to an 80+ catch, 1000 yard season, something he's done rather easily up to this point in his career.
2012 Week 1 vs CHI (18 / 9 / 135 / 0 rec)
Wayne didn't look like a 12 year veteran in this game. He was frequently found the soft spot of the defenses, and Luck got him the ball where he could make a play. On one play he laid completely out to make the catch, coming down hard on the ball and getting the wind knocked out of him. Two plays later he was back in and working his butt off for his rookie QB. On the first drive of the 4th quarter, Wayne had two nice receptions for 20 yards, and he added another six yard reception to set up the TD pass to Avery. On that play, Wayne was more of a decoy, going in motion so that Luck could hit Avery on the other side. Luck is going to struggle this season, but Reggie Wayne is the guy he's going to look for when he's in trouble.
2012 Week 2 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 71 / 1 rec)
Just call him 'Old Reliable' as Wayne continues to play well despite age slowly overtaking him. It was the smart thing to bring him back for Luck and has clearly paid off. Wayne scored on a nice 30 yard pass where Luck rolled out right and Wayne got a few steps ahead of his coverage. Luck hit him in stride and Wayne easily sauntered into the end zone.
2012 Week 3 vs JAX (15 / 8 / 88 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne's transition from Peyton Manning to Kerry Collins to Curtis Painter was painful. His transition to Andrew Luck has been seamless. Luck and Wayne showed off a great rapport in this game as Luck repeatedly threw passes his way. Wayne finished the game with eight receptions and caught all different types of passes. His first reception was a poorly thrown screen pass from Luck that Wayne did well to adjust to. His second was against double coverage when he did well to come back to the football ahead of the defender who was waiting on the interception. It was a veteran move from a veteran receiver. He did drop a wide open reception underneath and bobbled a wide open pass over the middle that cost him YAC opporunity, but those were blips on a very impressive performance. He caught an out route for 15 yards, a crossing route for 13 beating two defenders, multiple deep curls as well as a nonchalant one-handed reception in the flat. Based solely on this performance, Wayne looks like the best possession receiver in the NFL.
2012 Week 5 vs GB (20 / 13 / 212 / 1 rec)
Much like the Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith and Cam Newton, Reggie Wayne is finding plenty of chemistry with Andrew Luck. This game was the culmination of several weeks where the veteran and rookie became more and more comfortable with each other. The pairing has definitely given Wayne a new spring in his step and he is playing sharper--and tougher--football than in the last few years. One play really caught the eye in the first quarter. It was a simple nine yard catch which, at first glance wasn't special looking. However, looking at it again, Wayne was surprisingly physical on the route. He and receiver Donnie Avery were bunched up on Luck's left side. Avery went long, while Wayne ran right at cornerback Tramon Williams, just past the five yard mark of the route. Williams was not ready for it and was shoved backwards, giving Wayne a lot of separation and plenty of time to make the catch. Wayne also benefited from huge cushions the defensive backs gave him. He was often able to make catches on shorter routes because there was just too much space for the defenders to overcome. Despite this, the Packers never seemed to adjust, never doubling him and rarely adding a safety to support. By far, Wayne was Luck's 'Go-to' guy at any spot on the field--short, long, red zone, or in his own end. As if all this wasn't enough, Wayne finished the game fighting cramps and yet still was a huge factor in the winning drive.
2012 Week 6 vs NYJ (10 / 5 / 87 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne and Antonio Cromartie spent the majority of the game battling for position. Cromartie was flagged three times for pass interference calls, but got the better of Wayne on his third drive. Luck threw a catchable ball behind Wayne, Wayne tipped the ball up, and Cromartie intercepted it. For the rest of the afternoon, Wayne settled into soft underbelly of the Jets' zone defense and collected a few big gains. Wayne's biggest play of the day came on the Colts' last offensive play. Wayne caught a 29-yard pass down the seam, but lazily fumbled it away. Wayne's production was a product of the game's score rather than an extraordinary effort.
2012 Week 7 vs CLE (11 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Wayne was again the favorite target for Andrew Luck. He opened the game with nearly half of his yardage on a perfectly timed deep crossing route off of play-action. Luck was right on the money between three defenders in zone coverage to find the veteran receiver. Wayne just missed a touchdown on a post route later in the game. With blanket coverage, Luck's pass was just a little behind, giving the defender a chance to break up the play. With a perfect throw out in front of Wayne, it would have been a touchdown. Luck and Wayne also failed to connect on a deep pass. There was tight coverage by Joe Haden, but it looked like a miscommunication as Luck's throw was far off-target. Wayne displayed his great hands in the second half. With tight coverage, Wayne collected a power throw by Luck, securing the pass with his fingertips. Wayne delivered over 70 yards and just missed a touchdown in what is considered a down game in fantasy terms. Wayne continues to be one of the best fantasy receivers in the game on a weekly basis with a high floor and high ceiling of potential production.
2012 Week 8 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 91 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne continues to be quietly productive in the Colts reinvigorated passing offense. He primarily runs deep crosses, quick outs, and fly patterns. The Titans tried to cover him with man coverage much of the game, allowing Wayne to be wide open at a number of critical junctures. When Wayne found himself in zone coverage he had less success, including one pass that was intercepted by Michael Griffin. Wayne was hobbled in the fourth quarter but returned on the next series to make his best catch of the day. On the play, Wayne ran past Ryan Mouton to the middle left of the field and hauled in a well-thrown 20 yard pass from Andrew Luck. Two plays later the Colts' Vick Ballard scored on a short pass giving the Colts the victory. Wayne remains more fast than quick at this stage of his career but showed no difficulty in getting off the line of scrimmage against the Titans' defensive backs.
2012 Week 9 vs MIA (9 / 7 / 78 / 1 rec)
The future Hall of Famer continued his masterstroke of a comeback season at Lucas Oil Stadium, with seven catches for seventy-one yards. Wayne continued to pace the NFL in receiving yards with his Week Nine performance, adding in a dazzling nine-yard touchdown catch in which he caught a pass from Andrew Luck at the ball's highest point, in the back of the end zone. Wayne might have put six more points on the board, had an end zone pass not get batted away by the Miami defensive line. Luck seems to trust Wayne above his other receivers, looking to him whenever the situation is at its most dire. In his mid thirties, Wayne might be more of a possession receiver than a burner, but he still has "it." Several times, Luck placed the ball high in the air, or low to the ground - wherever Wayne could catch it - and the veteran came up with a critical reception. His route-running remains crisp as ever, showcased best on a thirteen-yard out route in which Wayne did a bang-up job of getting back to the ball before the Miami secondary could catch up to him. Wayne is a solid bet to finish among the league's top five in receptions and receiving yards, as long as Luck continues to pepper him with targets.
2012 Week 10 vs JAX (11 / 8 / 96 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne had 1 drop in an otherwise stellar performance against the Jags. Wayne and Luck put on a great display of chemistry and timing. Their completions were in sync, in stride and they frustrated the Jags on third down. Wayne caught balls on curls, slants, crossing patterns and took advantage of holes in the defense with such timing based patterns. Wayne had a terrific diving catch on one play, showing his determination to make every catch that comes his way. He got open consistently against Jacksonsville despite being one of few weapons that the Colts possess and couldn't be stopped at times. Wayne made a lot of chunk yardage plays with Luck and was always there when his rookie QB needed a conversion. Luck looked Wayne's way the most of any WR and with good reason. Wayne has no slowed down with his age, has great route running and the Colts understand how to get him the ball often. Wayne was unlucky not to score or even have the chance to score as QB Luck converted both touchdowns while rushing the ball but Wayne's fantasy value will remain high with all the targets he gets and is a key component in their offensive game plan every week.
2012 Week 11 vs NE (18 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)
Wayne's first reception was a well executed quick screen in the flat that went for seven yards. A second reception came on second and 13 when he caught a curl route for 11 yards over the middle. Luck went straight back to Wayne for the first down on a six yard curl to the outside. Wayne dropped a pass under pressure over the middle that would have went for a first down in hurry up mode. Luck went straight back to Wayne as he caught a four yard pass on a shallow crossing route. Wayne made an outstanding catch over the middle in between two defenders for 20 yards. Wayne converted a third and 13 with a 14 yard reception against two defenders. Wayne dropped a pass late in the game when he was protecting himself from a big hit. The game was over as a contest, so it was a good business decision. He made up for it immediately after with a reception over the middle for a first down.
2012 Week 12 vs BUF (14 / 8 / 102 / 0 rec)
Like he has done all season, Wayne again dominated another defense, leading the Colts in every category, including a staggering 14 targets. Luck targeted Wayne early (first play of the game) and often (14 targets!) and especially when the offense needed to move the chains. Four times Wayne converted 3rd downs, two of which came on the lone TD drive, including a 3rd and 17. Buffalo had no answer for Wayne when he slipped into the slot, choosing to allow their nickel corner to get burned constantly instead of shadowing him with their best in Gilmore on every play. Wayne's longest play went for 25 yards just before halftime as he ran an out. The pass was beautifully thrown, but it took a nice catch from Wayne on the end of it to complete the toss. Wayne was able to take the pass in stride and get up field quickly. Wayne tried to run over Byrd as he approached the end zone, but was stood up just before hitting pay dirt. Wayne saw two targets inside the Buffalo 10-yard line, but wasn't able to get into the end zone on either. It was Wayne who was targeted on Luck's lone INT as miscommunication between the two lead to the turnover. Wayne hesitated as dragged across the middle; fooling Luck into thinking he was sitting on the route. Wayne continued the drag, however, and the throw was behind Wayne who was only able to get a hand on the pass before the Bills picked it off.
2012 Week 13 vs DET (9 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne was largely taken out of this game and produced very little, which might be surprising considering the volume of yards/touchdowns from Luck. Wayne was rarely targeted as a Lions did a good job being physical with the veteran WR and not allowing any easy completions. Wayne did haul in some short gains on the outside and slants over the middle but rarely got loose down the field. Wayne did have one terrific grab, deep down the field between several defenders as QB Luck dropped a pass perfectly over his shoulder as he took the hit. Wayne had a shot at a touchdown late in the game but it slipped through his fingers and fell incomplete. Luck targeted his #2 and #3 WR's far more often than Wayne in this game, as the defense paid less attention to them and had an easier time getting open down the field. Luck was looking deep and for the big play as his team was behind for most of this game and some of INDY's younger WR's possess more speed, which Luck tried to take advantage of.
2012 Week 14 vs TEN (10 / 6 / 64 / 1 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Wayne continues to be a steady presence and reliable performer for the Colts passing offense. Wayne finished the day with 64 receiving yards, pushing him past 1200 yards for the sixth time in his career. He also had two of the more important catches on the day for the Colts. The first came on a short touchdown catch to tie the game at seven. Wayne's touchdown came with a minute to go in the first quarter. On the play, quarterback Andrew Luck faked play action before delivering a strike to Wayne in the back center of the endzone. His second big catch came in the third quarter as Andrew Luck was flushed from the pocket to the right side. Luck lofted the ball up to the right sideline. At the last possible moment, Wayne came streaking from the middle of the field and brought the ball down in front of two Tennessee defenders for a first down. Wayne has primarily been operating from the right side of the field running hitches, go routes, and curls. He is showing the same excellent route-running and steady hands that made him a favorite target of Peyton Manning for years.
2012 Week 15 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Wayne had a relatively quiet day as the Texans worked hard to defend him by rolling a safety over in coverage whenever he got more than a few yards off the line of scrimmage. Combined with a devastating pass rush, Wayne simply did not have much time to get in to his routes before Andrew Luck had to get rid of the ball. He was only targeted once downfield as his rookie quarterback struggled for time in the pocket. Wayne's best catch came on a reception that was nullified by offsetting penalties. On the play, Andrew Luck sold play action and threw a high pass to the back of the endzone. Wayne, running an in-pattern from the right side, managed to get behind two defenders, lept in the air for the reception, and drug his toes just inside the endzone before going out of bounds. Unfortunately the touchdown was called back.
2012 Week 16 vs KC (12 / 5 / 81 / 1 rec)
Wayne's first reception was a curl route that went for a first down on second and four. Wayne dropped a deep pass down the right sideline when he was wide open. There was no defender near him, but he did have to leave his feet to make the catch. Still, you would expect him to make that catch 99 times out of 100. Wayne caught a deep crossing route against man coverage to open the second half. Wayne was having a quiet game, as his next reception was a bubble screen in the fourth quarter that went for 15 yards. A few plays later Wayne adjusted well to a backshoulder curl route with a defender on him. Wayne's third reception on the drive was a wide open touchdown in the back of the endzone.
2012 Week 17 vs HOU (12 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Wayne was actually well-covered for most of this game. Luck tried to lean on him in the red zone and in the two-minute drill, but the Texans' defensive backs were up to the task. Wayne did draw a pass interference in the end zone, but for the most part, he wasn't a big factor in the outcome of this game.
2012 Week 18 vs BAL (18 / 9 / 114 / 0 rec)
Wayne was by far the focal point of the Colts passing game against the Ravens. He was targeted often on key third downs and Andrew Luck made some of his finest throws in Wayne's direction. The best play came on a deep crossing route where Luck's throw knifed through 3-4 Baltimore defenders in the middle of the field before finding Wayne on the other end. It showed great anticipation and trust as Wayne hauled in the pass, moving the Colts into the red zone. That being said, six times Wayne was targeted with inaccurate throws from Luck. As soon as Luck and Wayne would show some great chemistry together with a back shoulder timing route or a tight window throw on a deep crossing route, Luck would miss Wayne on a routine play. Twice the Colts ran a route combination with Wayne that will surely be copied by other teams in the coming season. Wayne would stack up directly behind another receiver in the slot and essentially run a slant, mirroring him. The first time, it worked to perfection as the defenders could not cover Wayne from the line of scrimmage and they converted the third down. It would have worked a second time if not for a throw that was high and behind Wayne. While Wayne had over 100 yards and one of his better statistical games of his impressive season in this game, Luck's inaccuracies prevented a much bigger day for Wayne. The 34-year-old receiver showed little to no signs of slowing down this season and should be a strong fantasy performer, especially in PPR formats, again in 2013.
2011 Week 1 vs HOU (11 / 7 / 106 / 1 rec)
A fourth quarter touchdown catch that showed great body control in getting two feet down topped a day in which Wayne was Kerry Collins' most frequent target. Wayne was able to get open against the Texans secondary, but pressure sometimes affected the quarterback's ability to get the ball to his best receiver. The 100-yard performance was one of the few bright spots for the Colts offense.
2011 Week 2 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 66 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne was the only WR for the Colts able to post a somewhat respectable stat line for fantasy owners. Wayne is simply the most targeted player in this offense and is also a key pick up for QB Collins when facing the blitz. Wayne was a threat over the middle and punished the Browns when Collins was able to find him deep down the middle of the field. Collins took a deep shot to Wayne but his feet got tangled up with a good no call from the refs. Waynes only mistake was falling over on a pass over the middle that easily intercepted by a Browns DB. Wayne also posted some garbage time numbers as the Browns had the game in hand late in the game but is reliable for a high number of targets and yards at worst every sunday as fantasy owners hope Collins can grasp more of this offense and use Wayne more often.
2011 Week 3 vs PIT (13 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Wayne got a ton of targets, but mostly for naught. He and Kerry Collins are clearly not on the same page, so a QB change would be beneficial for his prospects. Wayne caught his 800th career pass, but it was a night he would like to forget.
2011 Week 4 vs TB (8 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
He didn't have a lot of targets in the 1st half. The Bucs took some chances with who was covering Wayne but Painter simply does not recognize those opportunities yet and Wayne was forced to block many times for other players and plays called which he had no problem doing. He did have a nice catch on the left sideline during the 2nd half for 21 yards that helped the Colts move the football down for a field goal attempt to try and take the lead. He benefited when Painter was n the shotgun later in the 2nd half doing most of his damage late. Wayne is going to have some challenges without Manning but you have to assume that Garcon will not post 2/140/TD each week wither so is there is room for him to find more points for owners.
2011 Week 5 vs KC (7 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne still runs precision routes and when Painter's timing was on there was still no defending him. He thrashed the Chiefs pass defense in the first half seemingly getting to any spot he wanted to. In the second half he found fewer opportunities thanks to the Chiefs control of the clock but even when he did get open, Painter missed him. He had three targets in the second half and none of them were catchable. Perhaps the greatest indicator of Wayne's diminishing value is that the Chiefs put their #1 CB, Flowers, on Pierre Garcon much of the day while leaving Brandon Carr to cover Reggie Wayne.
2011 Week 6 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
eggie Wayne had a quiet game and isn't the same WR since Manning isn't on the field. Painter spreads the ball very well and takes few shots downfield which can cap Wayne's production on many weeks. Wayne is always good for a high number of targets but these were all short gains on Sunday. QB Painter also appears to target Garcon more than Wayne and they try to have a balanced rushing attack which all hurt Wayne's fantasy production every week.
2011 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Wayne just isn't the same without Peyton Manning at QB. Curtis Painter really tries, but just doesn't have the uncanny ability Manning has to set the team up with mismatches on a play-by-play basis. Without that valuable component, Wayne's ability to get separation in tight windows and even against the best of coverage is wasted on Painter's poor anticipation and lack of confidence. Wayne more than doubled his output for the day on his final catch, a 19-yarder from Dan Orlovsky late in the 4th quarter with the score already 62-7.
2011 Week 8 vs TEN (14 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Wayne is still so very smooth with his knowledge of coverages and wasting no extra movement. While targeted 14 times Wayne's 5 receptions clarifies how erratic Painter is delivering the football. However his chemistry is growing with Painter no longer clearly playing second fiddle in targets during the game. Unfortunately this lack of production should continue this season, no longer able to make plays on physical ability alone Wayne will be forced to remain patient with Painter. Wayne continues to give all out effort running his routes and blocking downfield on the many bubble screens and fast tempo based offense.
2011 Week 9 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne's day was as disappointing as his season is shaping up to be. Wayne managed to get open deep down the field but Painter overthrew him by a large amount and he rarely got involved with his QB. Like most of the Colts offensive receivers, Wayne has to settle for a lot of very short passes that gain little yards and really restrict the production of any Colts WR. Until the Colts make a change at QB or wait until QB Manning returns, Wayne is unlikely to have many big games this season and it will be difficult to tell when they will happen.
2011 Week 10 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
No one misses QB Peyton Manning more than Wayne. Wayne will need to explode down the stretch to keep his streak of 7 consecutive 1000-yard seasons going and he is in danger of tallying his lowest TD total since 2002. One play from this game exemplifies this season for Wayne in microcosm. Wayne got a full step on the defender to the inside and the safety was late coming over to help out as Wayne streaked down the left hash. Feeling the pocket begin to close in a little, QB Painter let the ball go deep down the sideline in Wayne's direction, only it was over his left shoulder, forcing Wayne to turn his back to the ball and change direction, resulting in a long, harmless incompletion. This play should have been a TD and probably would have been with Manning at QB, but this is just how the 2011 season has gone for Reggie Wayne--a long string of missed opportunities and frustration. Later, Wayne would be the target of another deep ball where he had a step on the defender, but this time the ball was underthrown and too far to the inside, where it was intercepted. Only a Jacksonville penalty nullified the turnover, but the frustration for Wayne remained. Wayne did connect with QB Dan Orlovsky late in the game as the colts moved the ball well against Jacksonville's prevent defense, but had his worst game of the season and one of his worst in years.
2011 Week 12 vs CAR (7 / 5 / 122 / 1 rec)
Reggie Wayne was the primary target of Curtis Painter on this day. After a slow start, the two began to hook up with some good timing patterns. Wayne is still an excellent route runner. His ability to stem defensive backs down the field, then break quickly into a position to catch the football is done so smoothly. Wayne drew a pass interference penalty on Captain Munnerlyn in the first quarter, turning it into a 42 yard pass interference penalty. Wayne hauled in a deep pass later in the game as he blew past the cornerback and the safety could not get across to him in time. To cap off his day, Wayne scored on a 56-yard catch and run. He plucked Painter's pass out of the air and weaved his way around some poor tackle attempts to find the end zone.
2011 Week 13 vs NE (6 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Wayne ran precision routes and found the ball coming his direction as he turned, something he had not grown accustomed to this season. He also made two really nice diving catches on balls thrown low from Orlovsky, helping his QB out. As good as their timing was, Wayne still played second fiddle to Garcon when the Colts went into hurry up mode and finished third on the team in catches and yardage.
2011 Week 14 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Wayne, like his teammate Garcon, was not able to connect with the quarterback until very late in the game. Wayne almost had another of his trademark marvelous one-handed grabs for a TD, but he just missed getting the second foot down. Wayne still seems like he has some gas in the tank, and it will be interesting to see if he decides to stay with the Colts next year.
2011 Week 15 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
Despite the relative lack of passes by the Colts against the Titans, Reggie Wayne was able to greatly impact the game's end result by catching the best pass of Dan Orlovsky's career. On the play, Orlovsky threw a high, arcing pass to the the left side of the endzone. Wayne was running a deep out and showed excellent balance and concentration in hauling in the ball between two defenders. Wayne has had a mediocre statistical season by most any measure, but his veteran's savvy and leadership has helped some of his younger teammates continue to play hard in the face of significant adversity. Wayne, and the Colts', efforts were rewarded against Tennessee with their first win of the season.
2011 Week 16 vs HOU (14 / 8 / 106 / 1 rec)
The lynchpin in the Colts offense this game, Wayne took advantage of the Texans lining up their second best corners against him. He consistently gained separation as he was targeted almost equally on deep and short routes. Orlovksy looked his way twice in the red zone, and a total of four times from inside the 25. Wayne nearly had a deep pass that he was just able to get his fingertips on, but was unable to make the catch.
2011 Week 17 vs JAX (11 / 8 / 73 / 0 rec)
Wayne played really well and was the focal point of the offense for the majority of the game. The only targets he didn't convert were bad throws by Orlovsky. Wayne also made a few grabs to help out his quarterback's poor throws. Even in a lost season it's nice to see Wayne still play very hard, and he has shown he still has some gas left in the tank. Wayne is a free agent this off-season so it will be interesting to see if he stays or elects to go to a different team. Wayne has spent his entire eleven year career with the Indianapolis Colts organization.
2010 Week 1 vs HOU (10 / 7 / 99 / 1 rec)
Wayne was his reliable self against Houston, catching 7 balls for just under 100 yards. His finest catch came in the second quarter with the Colts trailing 13-0. Wayne lined up on the left side with Peyton Manning in the shotgun, blew past the first corner, and settled between a safety and a linebacker in the back of the endzone while making a fantastic catch behind his body on a well placed pass. Wayne continues to be leaned on heavily by Manning and even though both Austin Collie may have had better stats in week 1, much of that can be attributed to Wayne taking up so much attention from the opposition's defensive backfield. Most of Wayne's routes came from the left side of the field. Wayne was sent on a lot of "go" patterns and deep crosses against Houston in an effort to either shake off the zone double-coverage being played against him.
2010 Week 2 vs NYG (9 / 7 / 96 / 1 rec)
Manning looked to Wayne early and had no trouble getting open. Confidence in him may have been shot after he dropped a big pass, as Manning didn't return to him until later in the second half. He had numerous catches in one on one man coverage situations and routinely made the catch against the defender, making it look easy. Manning and he are able to make plays that show the Chemistry between them, such as a back shoulder fade touchdown catch over a Giant DB. Manning also can read his favourite receiver perfectly and the result is passes that are untouchable from a defenders point of view. Wayne can sometimes get lost in this offense, however, as there is no shortage of other options for Manning.
2010 Week 3 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)
Wayne had Champ Bailey in his hip pocket all day, even on his long sideline catch that accounted for most of his production on the day. Bailey was a game-time decision, but he did not look limited while he was clinging to Wayne. Don't worry too much about Wayne's down day, Bailey is a future hall of famer still surprisingly in prime form.
2010 Week 4 vs JAX (19 / 15 / 196 / 0 rec)
Obviously the box score looks great and overall he was close to unstoppable. He did have a crucial fumble in the game in the 4th quarter after Indy was driving the football again. 1st there was Peyton's interception and then there was Reggie's fumble which killed both drives pretty deep in Jacksonville territory. Wayne was working hard and getting a lot of separation from the Jags DBs but even when the coverage was tight he was able to maneuver around and get his body between the defender and the ball. So many wide receivers around the league fail to grasp that concept of using their bodies to act like a shield and give the defensive backs only two options; wait until the ball is caught and make the tackle or risk pass interference by making contact with the receiver's body. Wayne is a tactician when it comes to this part of his game. Owners were delighted but I'm sure Reggie would have traded a few catches for not coughing the football up in the 4th quarter.
2010 Week 5 vs KC (11 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Wayne got open downfield on the game's first drive off a play action fake, but nothing else really clicked with him and Manning on this tough Sunday for the passing game. Wayne did get open in the end zone for a moment at the end of that drive, but the zone coverage of the Chiefs got the to the ball in flight. Wayne did catch some quick targets, and almost got to a deep target that could have been a long TD, but for the most part, the Chiefs neutralized the Colts #1 wideout.
2010 Week 6 vs WAS (9 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
Wayne was used on a lot of deeper routes this week vs. the Redskins and was once again very solid overall. Despite the deeper route running, Wayne's longest catch of the night went for just 19 yards. He is getting his fair share of targets in the Colts passing game but he doesn't look to be the clear #1 WR at this point in the season. It looks like there is a 1a/1b/1c/1d thing going on in Indy and with the opposing defenses keying on him week to week his numbers are solid but not spectacular at this stage of the season.
2010 Week 8 vs HOU (12 / 4 / 39 / 1 rec)
Aside from Wayne's vintage 15 yard catch and run for a TD in the third quarter, he had a pretty average day. Wayne dropped a couple passes, and just didn't seem to be in sync with Manning. You would expect that with Collie and Clark out, that Manning would lean on Wayne. However the Texans did a good job of keeping Wayne covered, and forcing the action to other parts of the field.
2010 Week 9 vs PHI (15 / 11 / 83 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne was the main wide receiver for the Colts against Philadelphia partly due to his Pro Bowl caliber ability and partly due to the lack of production (and health) of the rest of the Colts receivers . Austin Collie left the game in the first half with a concussion and Pierre Garcon did next to nothing against the Eagles, making Wayne the top option for QB Peyton Manning. Wayne was able to convert 11 of his 16 targets into catches but none went for over 20 yards. Wayne had to run mostly underneath and shallow routes and the Philadelphia defense was all over him quickly after the catch.
2010 Week 10 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Out of the entire Colts receiving corps, it appears that Reggie Wayne has benefited the least from Jacob Tamme's sudden emergence as the new Dallas Clark. Since Tamme's arrival in Week 8, Wayne is averaging just six catches for 52 yards. Obviously, this isn't a red-alert style emergency for most players, but for someone like Reggie Wayne -- who was producing so much (he was averaging just over 7 catches for 100 yards before Tamme came on the scene) - it's worth noting. Even so, he's still an elite talent who can't be overlooked as a starter in practically ANY style league. The situation is still worth monitoring, though, especially with reports of Tamme aggravating his back injury on Sunday.
2010 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 8 / 107 / 1 rec)
Reggie Wayne played a really solid game against New England and was reliable all game long for Peyton Manning. Wayne scored a beautiful touchdown on an 11 yard pass on a fade route from Manning. The ball, it has to be said, couldn't have been placed into his hands any better, but Wayne again showed his elite awareness to get both feet down. Wayne got extra attention from the Patriots defense at times, but still managed to make the catch, including a hitch route in traffic early in the game.
2010 Week 12 vs SD (14 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Wayne didn't have a very good game, though it didn't look like it was due to his knee injury at all. He looked healthy early on, catching a quick slant on the opening possession and looking no worse for wear. Soon after, however, he dropped a wide open deep ball down the sideline. After missing the catch (which hit him right in the facemask), he immediately pointed to the roof as if to suggest he had lost the ball in the lights. Early in the second half, Wayne was coming across the field and got his feet tripped up while reaching for the ball. It was intercepted and run back for a touchdown by San Diego, though it should be noted that Wayne was probably interfered with on the play. Finally, Wayne capped his day by dropping another long pass late in the contest. He leaped, hauled it in, took two steps forward, and then promptly lost control of it as he went to the ground. He was also shaken up on the play, helped off the field, and did not return.
2010 Week 13 vs DAL (20 / 14 / 200 / 1 rec)
Wayne had an excellent game against the Cowboys, catching most everything thrown his way regardless of coverage. The Cowboys rotated a safety to Wayne's side on most every down and still had trouble stopping him. That said, two passes intended for Wayne ended up being intercepted (including one pass with Wayne in single coverage). Wayne's best catch came on a 34 yard deep pass on the Colts first drive of the second half. On the play, Wayne lined up left and gave the defender a double move before streaking downfield for a touchdown. Wayne's worst moment came on a pass in overtime that would have earned a first down. The ball was thrown a little low, but it hit a sliding Wayne in the chest and should have been caught. All told he finished the day with 14 catches for 200 yards, accounting for more then half of Manning's passing yardage and 40% of his completed passes.
2010 Week 14 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 106 / 0 rec)
Wayne didn't catch many balls in this game but his impact was crucial to the success of the Colts. Wayne hauled in two big downfield catches that set up red zone possessions for the Colts. Wayne outran the Titan CB Finnegan early in the game and gave Manning a huge cushion to throw into on the first catch, and Manning threw a perfect pass to Wayne despite good coverage on the second big catch. Wayne really opened up the offense with his contributions and put fear into them for the rest of the game. His other two catches were underneath passes that didn't amount to much. Wayne did have a redzone target that unfortunately for him was batted away as his teammate White thought the pass was for him and batted it away from both of them, much to the disappointment of Wayne.
2010 Week 15 vs JAX (9 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Wayne caught 4-5 short slant passes, including a few for first downs. But Collie was the receiver getting open in the first half, and Wayne didn't get may targets. It was a tough blow for Wayne's owners, but Manning has to get rid of the ball quickly with his Oline, and he didn't get the ball deep downfield very often, limiting the big plays.
2010 Week 16 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Wayne is on track to have the 2nd best statistical season of his career, needing only 5 carries in week 17 to set a career high in receptions. However, against the Raiders, and Asomugha, Wayne's damage was limited to a few nice first down grabs, as he was kept from doing too much damage to the Oakland secondary.
2010 Week 17 vs TEN (10 / 9 / 68 / 1 rec)
Wayne's 9 catches give him a career high of 111 receptions. But he also averaged only 12.2 yards per reception, the lowest of his career. Wayne became Peyton's safety valve, and as he showed on his short touchdown, Peyton is hitting him on quick slants and short passes designed to take advantage of his quickness and speed. Wayne hardly saw a pass down the field, as he worked the underneath to perfection. His role may be different, but he's still a major force in all formats, especially PPR leagues.
2010 Week 18 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Wayne expressed frustration after the game with his single target but it was clear very early on that Peyton manning wanted nothing to do with Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Wayne was a complete non-factor as Revis Island was in full affect all night. Wayne could not get away from Revis and on the rare occasion where he did, Manning was already looking elsewhere. Removing wayne from the game was key for the Jets and a huge problem for Manning.
2009 Week 1 vs JAX (14 / 10 / 162 / 1 rec)
Wayne took rookie Derek Cox to school all day, and he could have easily had 200 yards and multiple TDs if not for the one good play in coverage Cox did make, sniffing out a goal line fade and intercepting it. Wayne had a long TD, and another long catch from Manning, in addition to lots of short targets to keep the chains moving. Manning hit him deep on another play in the second half, but Wayne couldn't keep possession of the ball when he hit the ground. Wayne is clearly the biggest beneficiary of Gonzalez' injury - most of the game was played without Gonzalez, and it's no coincidence that Wayne got big target, catch and yard numbers.
2009 Week 2 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Wayne was covered pretty well by rookie Sean Smith, although if the Colts had gotten the ball more, he would have still had a solid fantasy night. He showed that telepathy with Manning on a back shoulder throw, and he got a few targets early, but it was a very quiet night for Manning as he took a back seat to Dallas Clark.
2009 Week 3 vs ARI (9 / 7 / 126 / 1 rec)
Wayne had a ho-hum studly night, reeling in one-handed TDs and deep balls, and working the outside of the field with ease, much to the frustration of the Cardinal DBs. Wayne's hands were ridiculously good, and like Manning, it seemed like he was doing his job without thinking.
2009 Week 4 vs SEA (11 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec)
Reggie Wayne was not targeted once in the first quarter.Then just when you start to forget about him, boom, he picks up his first reception, a 5 yard TD in heavy traffic. After that, Manning found him more often, but never for the long gains we are used to seeing. With the other receiving options excelling, there was no need.
2009 Week 5 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec)
The wily vet made the most of his opportunities going 6 for 60 and a TD. Wayne was mostly double-teamed so Manning looked to his other targets more frequently on Sunday night however he caught a key 4th down TD catch on a well designed pick play in the 1st quarter. This help set the tone for the rest of the game for the Colts offense. Wayne had a rare drop in the 4th quarter of a TD pass from Manning, but the game was out of reach by that point.
2009 Week 7 vs STL (9 / 7 / 83 / 1 rec)
Wayne opened the game quickly, getting plenty of targets and catches in the opening minutes. Wayne dominated the first drive, catching four balls for a combined 61 yards including his long for the day of 25 yards. Wayne finished off the drive with a short catch for the first Colts touchdown of the day. Wayne did tweak his groin and missed some of the rest of the first half, but he was able to return to action after halftime to collect some additional grabs. Wayne could have topped 100 yards if not for the Colts letting the backups play after the game was well in hand.
2009 Week 8 vs SF (20 / 12 / 147 / 1 rec)
Manning relied on Wayne heavily the entire game and he did not disappoint. Wayne was covered pretty tightly and so the Colts used him often, and uncharacteristically, on shorter routes. On a couple of deep patterns, he was overthrown and the pass was defended. This was typically what happened when Manning tried to hit him for anything beyond ten yards Wayne did manage to get his yards, though, much of them after the catch. His touchdown was a 22 yard pass from Addai, who found him wide open in the end zone.
2009 Week 9 vs HOU (9 / 8 / 64 / 0 rec)
Wayne had a game that is likely to be underappreciated by fantasy owners. He finished the day with 64 yards but had 8 receptions, most of which came in the 7-11 yard range. Wayne was jammed often at the line of scrimmage the Texans always had a safety shaded to his side of the field to take away deep routes. That said, Wayne still managed to fight through coverages and make a number of "vintage" grabs that remind fans why he and Manning have the most passes/catches together of any active NFL duo. Wayne also provided key blocks on the outside corner on at least 3 of Dallas Clark's catches, allowing Clark to rumble for a few more yards.
2009 Week 10 vs NE (12 / 10 / 126 / 2 rec)
Reggie Wayne started slowly against the Patriots in Week 10 as New England tried to limit him early on, but Wayne and Peyton Manning eventually adjusted. Wayne got on track later in the second quarter as he capped a scoring drive with a nice route to the middle of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. Wayne was a perfect 7-for-7 in the second half, gaining 90 of his 126 yards and his second touchdown of the night after intermission. Wayne is a top flight fantasy wide receiver regardless of the defensive team he faces any week.
2009 Week 11 vs BAL (10 / 7 / 89 / 0 rec)
When an elite player like Reggie Wayne is having an elite season, games like these can seem like pedestrian efforts. However Wayne was tremendous yet again in week 11. He continually beat press coverage in his short and intermediate routes and often got loose for a few deeper catches. Wayne was Manning's most targeted receiver again, and finished with solid numbers.
2009 Week 12 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)
Wayne was double-covered much of the game, leading to a modest statline. However, his real effect came on two critical passes - a deep ball to the left side and a fade in the endzone. Both plays resulted in pass interference calls that set the Colts up for key touchdowns. Wayne did manage to catch 3 balls including a great touchdown grab at the left back corner of the endzone. Peyton Manning's use of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie limited Reggie Wayne's ability to produce in this game, but it's hard to argue with the team's results.
2009 Week 13 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Wayne was basically invisible for much of the game. He was very tightly covered nearly every time he was thrown to. Late in the game, he made the most of his few opportunities, as he was getting open for a change and Manning was able to find him a few times.
2009 Week 14 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne was blanketed by All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey for most of the game on Sunday, but he did manage to wiggle free on a few routes. With the Broncos refusing to give up the big play, all of Wayne's catches were on short and underneath routes. Manning did try to target Wayne deep a few times, but 2 of his 3 interceptions were on passes intended for Wayne. His biggest play of the day, a 20-yard reception, came in the fourth quarter on the Colts final scoring drive. Wayne hauled in the short pass on the right side of the field, and was able to pick up most of the yardage after the catch until safety Brian Dawkins tackled him downfield.
2009 Week 15 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 132 / 1 rec)
Reggie Wayne started very slowly on the night, catching just one pass for a 22 yard gain in the first half. Wayne made the grab on a skinny post and nearly slipped a tackle and broke off a touchdown run after the catch in the second quarter but he hit the ground instead. Wayne upped his game in the second half as he was open more with the Jaguars covering Dallas Clark more, which opened Wayne up for three grabs in the third quarter and then finally a 65-yard run down the left sideline on which Peyton Manning delivered a 40-yard strike in the air for the touchdown. The long score was Wayne's longest catch of the year.
2009 Week 16 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Wayne came out of the game in the third quarter. He actually played second fiddle to Austin Collie in this one. Wayne's best chance in came in the end zone, but he just couldn't hang on to the ball.
2009 Week 17 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 21 / 0 rec)
Wayne got enough catches to get to 100 on the season, mostly on throws at or behind the line of scrimmage, then he left the game.
2009 Week 19 vs BAL (11 / 8 / 63 / 1 rec)
Wayne was quiet early on during the game; however he became more involved as the game progressed and ended up making the majority of the Colts key offensive plays. He made a terrific effort in scoring the Colts 2nd TD as time expired in the 1st half. On the play, Wayne grabbed a short slant route reception and extended the ball past the goal-line as he was met by the Ravens defenders. Wayne finished the game with a team leading 8 catch on 11 targets.
2009 Week 20 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Wayne caught a pass very early on that epitomized the game for him. He had to comeback to the ball, away from double coverage, and catch it near the turf. The result of this sort of coverage was that Manning went elsewhere, and, finding success with Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, and Dallas Clark, Wayne played decoy for much of the game. He was targeted once in the end zone, but was overthrown.
2008 Week 1 vs CHI (17 / 10 / 86 / 1 rec)
Despite not making his first catch until early in the second quarter, Wayne led all Indianapolis receivers in targets, catches, and yards. On the drive that led to the Colts' only touchdown, he had four catches for 30 yards and hauled in the six yard scoring strike from QB Peyton Manning. Wayne had what would have been about a 22 yard touchdown pass deflect off his hands as he made a diving attempt into the end zone. He also had a longer pass reception nullified when he was unable to get both feet in bounds.
2008 Week 2 vs MIN (8 / 5 / 93 / 1 rec)
Reggie Wayne came very close to a TD after the pitch from Gonzalez. That play seemed to ignite the Colts and Wayne. Most of his action came during the fourth quarter comeback. Wayne made a great play splitting the coverage on his TD catch. That play was reviewed and negated his TD. It was a return to 2007 in the fourth quarter. Wayne had five targets in the fourth quarter to match Gonzalez.
2008 Week 3 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 74 / 0 rec)
Wayne did not have many opportunities, but showed his big-play ability when given the opportunity. His route running was exemplary, which resulted in him being wide open for most of the passes thrown his way, a couple of which were errant. Wayne was pushed out of bounds at the two yard line late in the game to set up the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 5 vs HOU (8 / 7 / 97 / 1 rec)
Reggie Wayne was quiet early, but made his impact felt in a big way with his first catch. With the Colts facing a fourth and one from the Texan 45 Manning called for a deep pass down the left sideline that Wayne was able to haul in despite being well covered. He then used his skills to find open spots while on crossing routes, catching the ball on the move and gaining extra yards after the catch. Wayne had the catch of the game with his game winning reception with only 42 seconds left. The play came on a fade route where Manning put the ball up and Wayne came down with the pass and was somehow able to get both feet down before going out of bounds. He was also targeted one other time on a deep ball that was knocked away in the end zone.
2008 Week 6 vs BAL (10 / 8 / 118 / 1 rec)
As Peyton Manning's favorite target on the day, Wayne was given plenty of opportunities to make plays, and make them he did. While he narrowly missed an opportunity to pull in a TD pass between two defenders on the Colt's first possession, he quickly atoned for that incompletion. During the Colts' third series he hauled in a 22 yard corner route pass over his left shoulder for six points (his 50th from Manning.) Even though Wayne finished with 118 yards in addition to that score, and thus turned in an impressive fantasy day, it could have been huge. On the next series after his score, Wayne almost pulled in a pass at the goal-line pylon that was thrown just out of reach. Then, in the fourth quarter, he did catch a long, 63 yard TD, but the play was nullified by an offensive holding penalty.
2008 Week 7 vs GB (9 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
WR Reggie Wayne had an unusually quiet game. The Packers played him very tight and like most of the Colts offense he was held in check. Wayne should have had another reception in the fourth quarter but it was ruled incomplete by the officials. It appeared that he had possession has he fell to the ground but the team did not challenge.
2008 Week 8 vs TEN (8 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Wayne only had two receptions for 15 yards in the first of the game as he and all the Colts' receivers had a hard time of gaining separation from the Titans' secondary. QB Peyton Manning tried to go deep to him early in the second half but, the pass was off the mark as the Titans' pass rush forced an inaccurate pass. Wayne got injured at the end of the third quarter but, he returned to the field on the next play. Wayne struggled getting open all game and was doubled team through most of the game.
2008 Week 9 vs NE (6 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)
RB Reggie Wayne played well and did not show any signs of slow down from the injury that had him listed as questionable heading into the match-up. He ran well and showed some nice footwork to avoid defenders and get out of bounds when necessary. Wayne also lined up in the slot for one play instead of his usual outside position and showed incredible determination on his two point conversion catch in the back of the end zone.
2008 Week 10 vs PIT (12 / 6 / 114 / 1 rec)
Wayne produced for QB Peyton Manning for most of the game. His longest reception was 65 yards and he did show some run after the catch ability. He was used a few flanker screens and despite a nagging knee injury, was effective. The drawback in this game was high number of incomplete passes, but that was more a function of Manning's low accuracy than Wayne's hands. He remains after ten weeks a top flight WR.
2008 Week 11 vs HOU (10 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne led all Colts receivers in yardage gained with 90 yards, but could have had an even better game if it was not for two plays in the first half. On the first play he let a ball bounce off of his hands on a deep post route that would have been gone for a big gain. The second play came late in the second half when he had a 22 yard completion wiped out by a holding penalty. He was able to make corrections and step up his play in the second half as he not only was able to get open, but also gain some extra yards by putting moves on the defensive backs and breaking through tackles.
2008 Week 12 vs SD (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Wayne's first target of the game came on a third and one play that went for a 26 yard gain down the middle of field. His only other catch went for eight yards as he took the ball down to the Chargers' five yard line. Though he would not catch another pass, Wayne did draw a 17 yard pass interference penalty that gave the Colts a first down.
2008 Week 13 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Wayne ran a low of deep routes and got a few deep targets, but did not see much success on those routes. This likely is due to a combination of coverage and the wind, holding Wayne's longest reception to 16 yards. He nearly came down with what would have been a great catch in the end zone. Wayne was not able to get separation from the Cleveland defensive backs consistently.
2008 Week 14 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
If first down conversions meant anything in fantasy, Wayne would be the man to have on your team. All five of his receptions were for first downs, and he narrowly missed a sixth on a spectacular fingertip grab that just slipped out of hands as he went to the turf in a diving catch.
2008 Week 15 vs DET (10 / 7 / 104 / 0 rec)
Another strong game from Reggie Wayne as he caught seven balls for 104 yards. With the game tied in the fourth quarter, Manning tried to hit him with the go ahead touchdown pass down the left sideline. The play covered 39 yards but Wayne was tackled at the one yard line, setting up Rhodes' second touchdown of the afternoon.
2008 Week 16 vs JAX (8 / 7 / 108 / 1 rec)
Wayne wasn't thrown to in the first quarter, but that was mostly because the Jaguars controlled the ball nearly the entire time. He made up for lost time in a hurry, as the first ball thrown in Wayne's direction was a 41 yard touchdown bomb from Peyton Manning. Most of his other receptions after that point came on quick slants, out routes, and curls with nothing else downfield. But they were all very effective, as he picked up an additional 67 yards through the air on his other six catches.
2008 Week 17 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Wayne caught but one ball for 15 yards but like the other key starting players on offense didn't see much game time.
2008 Week 18 vs SD (11 / 4 / 129 / 1 rec)
Wayne's stats suggest that he had a very good game. Stat wise, he did have a good game. But realistically, he had one big play that was unusual. And the rest of his performance was lacking. Near the end of the third quarter, Peyton Manning set up a no-huddle offense to try and catch the Charger defenders napping. CB Antonio Cromartie, in particular, was definitely napping as Manning snapped the ball. Wayne ran right by Cromartie, who wasn't even looking at the play, and Manning lofted a deep ball to the wideout for a 72 yard touchdown reception. It was one of the easiest touchdowns Wayne will ever have, though it was a bit of a fluke that it worked so well. Aside from that one big catch, Wayne didn't do much (three receptions, 57 yards). He disappeared for long stretches (just one passing target the entire fourth quarter, for example). He did have an opportunity to better his totals, but Manning overthrew him on a deep ball early in the first quarter when Wayne was wide open. Wayne also juggled a pass along the sideline that eventually was ruled an incompletion, though it was challenged and the replays looked close.
2007 Week 1 vs NO (12 / 7 / 115 / 2 rec)
The game started badly for Wayne as he had the ball stripped from him after a reception by Saints DB Jason David and the ball was returned for a touchdown in the second quarter. He only had three catches for nine yards in the first half as the Saints defense did a good job of keeping the Indianapolis receivers from getting deep for big plays. Wayne and the Colts passing offense would pick it up in a big way in the second half. He would get his revenge on David by burning him on a post route for a 28 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Wayne would make another big play by catching a 31 yard pass down the left side of the field on the last play of the third quarter putting the ball on the New Orleans 16 yard line. Wayne would beat Saints defender David again on a deep 45 yard pass early in the fourth quarter. He would finish the second half with four receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns in what turned out to be a big rebound for him from the first half.
2007 Week 2 vs TEN (8 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Wayne was targeted six times and hauled in five of those passes. In the third quarter, with the Colts deep in their own zone on a 3rd and eight, Wayne pulled up limping after some potential illegal contact. The pass ended up being picked off by the Titans, but Wayne returned on the next drive and did not miss any time.
2007 Week 3 vs HOU (5 / 4 / 84 / 0 rec)
Wayne was only targeted once in the first half as Manning got Gonzalez involved in the offense. Wayne saw four of his five targets in the third quarter as the Colts scored 13 points to open up a 27-10 lead. His key catch was a 64 yard reception on the first play following Matt Schaub's second interception. That reception gave the Colts a first and goal on the seven, but the Colts were only able to gain a field goal on the possession.
2007 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)
Wayne posted 38 yards on five receptions, including a five yard fade pattern for a touchdown, early in the fourth quarter. Playing against the Denver Bronco's version of the Tampa Two defense, the Indianapolis Colts chose to work underneath the safeties, not utilizing Wayne's deep threat, leading to his low-yardage game.
2007 Week 5 vs TB (10 / 7 / 62 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Wayne drew a pass interference penalty against Ronde Barber on what would have been a touchdown for Wayne, ended up being a one yard touchdown run for Kenton Keith. He also caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when Tampa Bay had eight people in the box, leaving him in single coverage from the nine yard line.
2007 Week 7 vs JAX (13 / 9 / 131 / 0 rec)
Wayne was the offensive star of this game, especially in the first half (eleven of his targets came in the first 30 minutes). The Colts moved him all over the field to find different ways to get him the ball, and it worked. Wayne had one red zone target, a nine yard reception to the three that set up the first Colt TD. He also set up the second Colt TD with a 31 yard catch to the ten. It's obvious Manning trusts this guy big time, as several passes were thrown into tight coverage, with Wayne coming up with the catch more often than not.
2007 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 168 / 1 rec)
Wayne was Manning's main target against the Panthers. Without Harrison, Wayne was the focus of the Colts passing game. He caught seven passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was on a long pass down the left side that he got behind the defense. Manning hit him on the run and he outran the defense for a 59 yard score.
2007 Week 9 vs NE (8 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Wayne was Manning's favorite target against the Patriots, getting nine targets to lead the team. He was able to haul in five receptions for 62 yards, but could have had a much bigger game as he had a costly drop. Wayne drew a pass interference call that resulted in a 40 yard gain on the penalty and had another reception that he took to the one yard line, just missing out on a score.
2007 Week 10 vs SD (18 / 10 / 140 / 1 rec)
Playing without teammate Marvin Harrison for the fourth straight game, Reggie Wayne was able to produce, catching ten passes for 140 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets. Even though the Chargers knew Manning was going to be looking his way often, Wayne found numerous creases over the middle for nice gains, three of which went for 20 yards or greater. In the first quarter Wayne also drew a long defensive pass interference penalty on a deep pass down the left sideline.
2007 Week 11 vs KC (6 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne was clearly the number one wide receiver again with Marvin Harrison out with an injury. His first reception was on an excellent catch of a deep ball. He did drop some catchable balls in the middle of the game that would have kept drives alive, but he made up for those drops by catching two key passes on the game winning drive.
2007 Week 12 vs ATL (12 / 5 / 66 / 1 rec)
Wayne only caught six of the 12 targets that were thrown his way, one of which was intercepted. He caught a 23 yard touchdown as his first reception of the game. He was still Manning's most targeted receiver and it seemed as if Manning was willing to gamble more with Wayne.
2007 Week 13 vs JAX (9 / 8 / 158 / 1 rec)
Wayne had a superb game. Although he received lots of attention from the Jaguars in the form of double teams, he constantly got open and was the recipient of very timely passes from Manning that enabled him to gain significant amounts of yards after the catch. Wayne ran very precise routes and showed good speed when he had open space to run. He and Manning were in sync throughout the game.
2007 Week 14 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 42 / 1 rec)
Despite the high scoring Colts offense, Wayne wasn't a big part of the equation. He still managed to score despite only receiving two targets, but overall he was oddly absent from the game action.
2007 Week 15 vs OAK (8 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)
Wayne was held to four receptions for 69 yards but made a spectacular one handed grab along the sidelines on the Colts' winning fourth quarter drive.
2007 Week 16 vs HOU (14 / 10 / 143 / 1 rec)
Wayne was by far the most active player on either side of the field in the passing game. Even with his huge stats, there's the knowledge that it actually could've been even better had it not been for a huge hit by C.C. Brown that disrupted what would have been about a 40 yard reception for Wayne. He also fumbled a reception away as the Colts were driving late in the first half that was recovered by the Texans. Still, no one will complain about 143 yards and a score, and the best part about it for Wayne owners is that he was still out there catching passes late in the fourth quarter and piling on points. More than likely, he was only still in the game because the Colts were short at receiver after Anthony Gonzalez suffered a foot injury early on.
2007 Week 17 vs TEN (14 / 12 / 87 / 0 rec)
Reggie Wayne was targeted early and often. On the Colts' opening drive he had five receptions for 38 yards. However, his fumble on the Titans 20 ended the drive. Wayne would remain in the game until he reached two milestones: going over 100 receptions and taking over the league lead in receiving yards.
2007 Week 19 vs SD (11 / 7 / 76 / 1 rec)
The return of Marvin Harrison clearly had very little effect on Wayne's production. The fact is, Harrison showed very early on that he was very rusty coming off such a long layoff, and so the Chargers made sure to commit coverage to Wayne. He was prevented from beating them deep, as evidenced by the fact that Indianapolis completed 19 passes to running backs and tight ends. With the outside guys blanketed, the Colts were only able to take what the Chargers gave them. CB Antonio Cromartie did a superb job on Wayne for most of the game, though Wayne did still manage to find the end zone. He caught a short pass in the flat and made a great individual effort to stretch and keep himself inbounds before reaching the ball over the pylon for the score. The play was initially ruled out of bounds at the one yard line, but the Colts challenged and the call was reversed to a touchdown. Wayne was involved in a critical play on the Colts' final possession of the game, and for all the wrong reasons. Facing a third down and five, Peyton Manning fired a strike over the middle to a diving Wayne. At first, he appeared to hold onto the football but a streaking Marlon McCree came flying in from his safety spot to jar the ball loose. Wayne remained on the ground for several moments and had to leave the field for the ensuing fourth down play, a pass to TE Dallas Clark that fell incomplete and ended the season for Indianapolis.
2006 Week 1 vs NYG (8 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Wayne was the second most targeted receiver by Peyton Manning. He caught a nice deep pass for 34 yards early in the game. Wayne left the game temporarily with an unknown injury in the second quarter. He later returned but only had one more reception. Wayne had a couple of drops.
2006 Week 2 vs HOU (9 / 6 / 135 / 0 rec)
Wayne often lines up opposite Harrison with no other WR on his side of the field. He usually draws the second best DB and he makes them pay with his size and speed. Wayne is bigger than Harrison, not as quick and perhaps faster so they make a very dangerous duo. Wayne showed good run after the catch ability during this game, some of that was due to poor tackling.
2006 Week 3 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 82 / 0 rec)
Wayne also played well, and could also have had even better numbers. He made a catch of a 51 yard pass, but it was ruled incomplete, and he was tackled at the two yard line on one of his receptions. Wayne showcased his package of speed and quickness against a very good pass defense.
2006 Week 4 vs NYJ (8 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)
Wayne was targeted a team high nine times and had four catches for 74 yards. His 41 yard reception was a key play on the Colts' second touchdown drive. Wayne was stopped at the one yard line after a 15 yard reception that set up Peyton Manning's game winning one yard touchdown run. He was also targeted deep on consecutive plays from the New York 30 yard line. A pass interference penalty on the second play set up Peyton Manning's two yard touchdown pass to Bryan Fletcher.
2006 Week 5 vs TEN (8 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)
Wayne caught his first TD pass of the year in the fourth quarter, which put the Colts ahead for the first time in the game. He totaled three receptions for 24 yards.
2006 Week 7 vs WAS (10 / 7 / 122 / 1 rec)
Wayne led the Colts in receiving yards, targets, and tied for the team lead in receptions with counterpart Marvin Harrison. He was on the receiving end of a 51 yard touchdown bomb from Manning in the third quarter.
2006 Week 8 vs DEN (11 / 10 / 138 / 3 rec)
Wayne took advantage of the Broncos' secondary, resulting in an excellent day for him. He used his quickness and speed along with precise route running to separate from defenders often during this game, and was very efficient with his targets in the red zone, converting all four of his chances into three touchdowns and a two point conversion.
2006 Week 9 vs NE (15 / 6 / 90 / 0 rec)
Wayne's 16 targets were a season-high. He was targeted a few times in the end zone, and had a long reception end just short of a score, as he was tackled at the one yard line. Wayne was second on the Colts in both receptions and receiving yards. He had one fumble that was knocked out of bounds averting a potential turnover.
2006 Week 10 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
As well as CB Terrence McGee was covering Wayne, it's almost amazing that he caught a ball, much less every single ball thrown his way. Three of Wayne's receptions were fade slant passes that had to be a perfect throw from Manning, and they were every time. Wayne was completely covered up for the game, and couldn't find many ways to get clear of McGee's physical play. Wayne's touch down was an over the shoulder catch of a fade pass to the left side of the end zone with every other player on the right to clear out the area. The play was clearly a designed play to get Wayne the ball.
2006 Week 11 vs DAL (10 / 7 / 111 / 1 rec)
Wayne seemed to be open on intermediate routes throughout the game. Two of the incomplete passes thrown his way were very high passes that he jumped for but could not bring down. He also displayed excellent route running and hands throughout the game, along with superior quickness.
2006 Week 12 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 77 / 1 rec)
Wayne led the Colts in targets, catches, and receiving yards. His last target of the game was an 11 yard touchdown halfway through the third quarter.
2006 Week 13 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Wayne was targeted just four times in the game, catching three balls for 57 yards. All three of his receptions resulted in Indianapolis first downs.
2006 Week 14 vs JAX (16 / 8 / 110 / 0 rec)
Wayne caught half of his targets and had over 100 yards receiving, and was the most targeted Colt. He was double-teamed many times, and as a result several of the passes thrown to him wee overthrown, and others deflected by defenders. He was still able to convert several tough catches, showing excellent concentration and an ability to separate from defenders when in single coverage and find open spots when double-teamed.
2006 Week 15 vs CIN (8 / 7 / 84 / 1 rec)
Wayne had a quiet first half, catching passes of nine yards and seven yards from his two targets. But he was the most targeted receiver in the second half. On the Colts' third drive of the second half, he caught a 15 yard pass for a first down. Manning then found him deep in the end zone for an 18 yard touchdown. Wayne had a 20 yard catch later in the game to help set up a field goal try.
2006 Week 16 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Wayne made a seven yard reception near the end of the first quarter. Wayne was targeted along the sidelines, but was well covered by Dunta Robinson. In the third quarter, Wayne was covered by DeMeco Ryans and had the pass go off his fingertips. He made a 12 yard reception for a first down conversion in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 17 vs MIA (9 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)
Wayne was targeted nine times, catching six passes for 70 yards.
2006 Week 18 vs KC (6 / 5 / 36 / 1 rec)
Wayne was targeted three times in each half. He made a five yard reception on his first target, but dropped the next. On third and 22, Wayne made a spectacular one-handed catch, but could only gain nine of the required yards. In the second half, Wayne had two first downs on the opening drive with receptions of six yards and 11 yards. Two possessions later, Manning confused the defender with a pump fake and found Wayne open in the back of the end zone for a five yard score.
2006 Week 19 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Wayne was involved on the Colts' first drive, making receptions of 19 yards and ten yards for first downs. He then had two short receptions and was later targeted deep but was unable to make the catch. Wayne appeared to have run the wrong route in the second half and it resulted in an incomplete pass. He made a diving catch on his next target, diving back towards Manning for a ball that was thrown too short. Manning looked for Wayne again towards the end of the drive, and Ed Reed dropped a possible interception after the ball was tipped by Ray Lewis.
2006 Week 20 vs NE (11 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Wayne will get a chance to live another game, but he very nearly made the mistake of his life on the eventual game winning drive. After snagging a 14 yard slant over the middle from Manning, Wayne tried to spin out of a tackle and ended up fumbling the ball. Luckily for him, it popped straight up in the air and he was able to regain possession before any Patriots' players. As it turned out, the Patriots were whistled for roughing the passer on the play anyway, but for a moment Wayne was nearly the goat of the game. For most of the game prior to that, Ellis Hobbs did a very good job in coverage on Wayne. He had trouble getting separation, and when he did Hobbs showed surprisingly quick closing speed to get to the ball. On one such play early on, Wayne was targeted on a 30 yard bomb in the end zone. He had beaten Hobbs to the spot, but much like he was able to do a week ago, Hobbs closed well on the play and was able to tip it away at the last second before Wayne could catch it. Wayne also undid a potential touchdown all by himself late in the first half. On a fade pattern to the corner on third down, Wayne tangled his feet up and simply tripped. He argued for a pass interference call, but none came. Then midway through the third quarter, Wayne DID draw a pass interference call in the end zone, only this time it actually appeared he wasn't even touched on the play. The call proved to be costly, as the Colts scored a touchdown on the very next play.
2006 Week 21 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 61 / 1 rec)
Wayne did not see many balls thrown in his direction, but he caught his first target for a 53 yard touchdown. The Bears' defense allowed him to get open as the safety moved up and let Wayne go deep. Wayne's only other catch was for an eight yard gain in the second half. He almost had a second touchdown as he caught a ten yard pass just wide of the end zone.
2005 Week 1 vs BAL (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Wayne, matched up against CB Samari Rolle, had a down night by his standards, failing to score and amassing only 50 yards. He dropped a couple of passes, one in particular could have been a long gainer had he showed better concentration on the ball. He also was the target of a Peyton Manning interception that was called back, a play where he failed to look for the ball as it was approaching.
2005 Week 2 vs JAX (7 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Wayne caught two of his three receptions on the fourth quarter touchdown drive and contributed with only 19 yards for the game. He was an end zone target from about 22 yards away on the Colts' first possession but the pass was slightly overthrown by Manning that went off Wayne's hands.
2005 Week 3 vs CLE (6 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec)
Wayne was non existent in the first half, and then came on in the second with the entire offense moving the ball well. The stat line will show a 51 yard reception, but it was a short pass where Wayne took the ball for a long gain after the reception. Wayne fumbled the ball after a gain in the second half.
2005 Week 4 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 48 / 1 rec)
Wayne caught a 25 yard touch down strike on the opening drive of the game. That 25 yard catch was one third of his total targets in the game, one half of his total receptions, and over one half of his total yards. Manning concentrated on Harrison and Dallas Clark throughout the game, often not even looking for Wayne as the game progressed. The touchdown that Wayne brought in on the opening drive was blown coverage on the part of the Titans' defense. Titans' DB Adam "Pacman" Jones was playing man to man on Wayne, and SS Tank Williams was supposed to roll over for the deep coverage. Williams bit on the center of the field; "Pacman" Jones couldn't keep up with Wayne, who easily got behind him for the score.
2005 Week 5 vs SF (10 / 6 / 75 / 0 rec)
Wayne's three targets in the first quarter came in three out of four consecutive plays with the Colts starting at their own three yard line. In dangerous territory, Manning looked for Wayne play after play to get the ball up field. In the second half, Manning looked for Wayne on almost every play. Manning was required to check off to Stokley with Wayne in coverage, but every ball thrown could have ended up in Wayne's hands if he had been more open. Wayne was clearly the go to receiver of the offense in the second half.
2005 Week 6 vs STL (10 / 7 / 59 / 1 rec)
Taking what the defense allowed, Manning looked to Wayne far more than any other receiver, and as such Wayne had the best numbers of any Indianapolis receiver; 59 yards and a touchdown.
2005 Week 7 vs HOU (9 / 9 / 89 / 0 rec)
Wayne had a nice game for the Colts and caught every ball thrown his way, finishing with nine catches for 89 yards. Seven of his nine grabs were for first downs.
2005 Week 9 vs NE (12 / 9 / 124 / 1 rec)
Wayne ended the night with a fantastic stat line that included 120 plus yards and a receiving touchdown. He was Manning's number one target option. He regularly abused Patriots' cornerback Duane Starks.
2005 Week 10 vs HOU (9 / 8 / 72 / 0 rec)
Wayne led the team in receptions, although most of his catches were in close to the line of scrimmage. Wayne did get separation from the defender, but most of his passes were quick timing patterns where Manning would get the ball to him in stride quickly after the snap. Wayne was used more in the first half when the Texans were seemingly trying to stick to a defensive plan of blanketing Harrison. Later in the game, when the Texans seemed to have abandoned any sense of a defensive plan, Wayne was less of a target for Manning.
2005 Week 11 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 117 / 1 rec)
In the first half, Wayne was clearly the go to wide receiver for Manning. The Colts' offense came out white hot, and Wayne was clearly in a zone. On the Colts' second possession, Manning took the first snap, fired it to Wayne, who went in for a 66 yard touchdown. Wayne finished the first half with six targets, only behind Dallas Clark who had eight. The Bengals pulled with in a single point of the Colts in the second half, and Manning went to Harrison ignoring most every other option on the field, except Wayne. When the game was on the line, Manning still found Wayne four times in the second half. This was a huge game for Wayne who finished with five receptions for 117 yards and a score. Add another 22 yards to his total that he lost on a pass interference call against the defender guarding him; it could have been a monstrous game.
2005 Week 12 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Wayne showcased his hands in the game, making some nice catches. His five receptions led the team.
2005 Week 13 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
Wayne caught all three balls thrown his way in the game. After receptions of 16 and seven yards in the first half, Wayne caught a 27 yard touchdown to start the third quarter. The score was a bullet to Wayne who was streaking across the middle of the end zone in single coverage. From there, Wayne and the rest of the passing offense were done as James got every single carry or reception of any kind in the last four series.
2005 Week 14 vs JAX (8 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)
Wayne also had a good game. He too was able to get open several times, and showed some nice moves after he caught a couple of passes. Wayne was utilized mostly on sideline routes, and was able to get open most of the time. He showed a willingness to run into the middle of the field after catching the ball.
2005 Week 15 vs SD (16 / 10 / 91 / 0 rec)
Wayne led all players with an astounding 17 targets. Even on a day when the teams threw a combined 78 passes, 17 targets is still a high portion of the looks. Wayne caught a bit of bad luck when he was taken down at the one yard line on a play that seemed like a certain touchdown. LB Donnie Edwards caught Wayne from behind and stopped him just short of the goal line. The Chargers held on the drive, and the Colts turned the ball over on downs, a huge point in the game. Late in the contest, Wayne went down hard and came up holding his hand with an apparent injury, but no update was given on his condition or status for next week. Wayne reached the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his career, both in the last two years.
2005 Week 16 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Like Peyton Manning, Wayne came out of the game after the Colts' second series. Wayne made a 15 yard reception to convert a fourth down during the first quarter. He was targeted two plays later in the red zone, but the pass went right through his hands. On the next play, Manning looked for him in the end zone, but Wayne was well covered.
2005 Week 17 vs ARI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Wayne dropped the only ball thrown his way on the team's first possession of the game.