While Marvin Harrison, a former first-round pick, was setting NFL records with 143 receptions for 1,722 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, Indianapolis’ other former first-round receiver was mired in obscurity.
Reggie Wayne finished with respectable, albeit not spectacular, totals of 49 receptions for 716 yards and four touchdowns.
This season, however, the former University of Miami receiver has emerged as one of the NFL’s top playmakers. Through seven games, Wayne has 32 receptions for 454 yards and five touchdowns, well on pace to shatter last season’s totals. In the process, Wayne has opened the Colts’ already potent passing attack and helped Harrison draw less-frequent double teams.
—Bob Emanuel Jr., The Miami Herald “Colts’ Wayne becoming key offensive player”
Harrison retired after the 2008 season, spending his entire career as a Colt. He is third all-time in career receptions. Wayne remains a Colt and is currently eight all-time in career receptions, one of just 9 receivers to catch over 1,000 passes.
Wayne was placed on IR following an injury suffered against the Broncos on October 20. When they take the field tonight against the Texans, it will be the first time since December 27, 1998, that the Colts take the field without either Harrison or Wayne.