According to ESPN.com, Whalen has a built-in advantage because he played with Luck in Stanford. Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was their offensive coordinator at Stanford, "and he’s using the same passing plays he used while coaching them in college," the report said.
Hamilton told the website that "the quarterback-receiver dynamic is all about trust and the quarterback has to trust that the receiver is going to get to the spot and or beat man coverage."
The Colts host the Chiefs in a playoff game Saturday.
It was less than a month ago when the
Whalen was used mainly in the slot, running lots of curl, crossing and out routes.
"He's a guy that is a tireless worker; he is accountable," coach Chuck Pagano said. "There's obviously a trust factor with the quarterback, going back to their college days. He's one of those guys we've had up, back down, then back up again; he works at his craft. He practices extremely hard, probably harder than he plays the game. It's not a surprise to see Griff making the plays that he makes because we see it all the time in practice. He did a phenomenal job for the second week in a row, he got first downs for us, made some clutch catches, made guys miss in the open field, got yards after contact, so he did a great job."
It's a dimension the Colts offense could continue to use not just next week against the Jaguars in Week 17 but also in the playoffs.
Whalen was filling in for LaVon Brazill, who was out with a bruised right foot after making an impact of his own with two touchdown catches last week. He'll look to remain involved Week 16 at Kansas City.
Whalen has appeared in six games for the Colts this season, totaling nine receptions for 102 yards on 20 targets.
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