However, despite the additions to the wide receiver corps, it appears the Colts plan to get second-year wide receiver
“Moncrief has big play ability and we saw him do that,” coach Chuck Pagano said at the NFL Annual Meeting in March. “He’s going to have more opportunities going forward.
“This guy can make plays. He’s big. He’s fast. He can stretch the defense, all those types of things. It’s a learning process, and he’s going to be better in Year 2 than he was in Year 1. He’s going to have more opportunities.”
Although, Moncrief will certainly have to compete for his targets in the passing game since still on the roster are playmakers like T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.
“He’s a competitive guy and he’s not afraid of any challenge. He’s not going to back down from any challenge,” Pagano said. “Having said that, that’s obviously going to factor in as we move forward, just his mindset. He’s a great competitor. He will go back and study all that tape and see what people did to him. He’s got such a high ceiling and room for improvement. The sky’s the limit for him.”
“That was my first time seeing (Luck) and my first time really hearing about him,” Duron Carter told the team's website.
“Even just from my dad, hearing how Andrew handles people in the huddle, and just around the hotel, he’s just a great guy. Just to be a part of that and be around him I think will really help me and set my career in motion, where no one else could.”
Carter, who starred in the CFL the past two seasons, watched the Colts' loss to the Patriots in the AFC title game and thought he could flourish playing with Luck and a receiving corps led by
“I’m sitting there watching the playoff game and I said, ‘I felt like I could be out there and I could help in one of those situations,’ Carter said.
“Just on an every-down basis, me being able to go out there, winning one-on-one matchups when it’s called on me. A lot of teams do go man-to-man and pressure Luck, the only way you can beat that, for me, is to win those one-on-one opportunities with T.Y. over there.”
Carter, 23, who bounced from college to college due to off-field issues, realizes he has a golden opportunity. With
“It’s always been my dream to play in the NFL,” Carter said.
“Through decisions I made prior when I was younger, I hindered that opportunity. Getting into the CFL that was my motivation the whole time, every play, every snap, every catch, was I wanted to go to the NFL. Now that I’m here, my next goal is to make the Colts roster.”
Nicks is having a solid postseason despite limited opportunities. After catching all three of his targets for 59 yards in the win over Cincinnati, Nicks corralled both his targets for 24 yards Sunday, including a 15-yard touchdown in traffic. Wayne was targeted once without a grab.
They'll all visit the Patriots in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
Nicks went for 59 receiving yards, his second-highest output all season. Wideout
Hilton is expected to be available Week 17 when the Colts visit the Titans.
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