The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a miraculous comeback victory against their division rival Houston Texans and are heading into a 1 p.m. matchup against the St. Louis Rams.
The Colts clearly struggled on both sides of the ball for the majority of the game but, most notably, offensively. A lot of it had to do with adjusting to life after Reggie Wayne but, by the end of the game, everybody seemed to step up, except for Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Granted he didn’t finish the game due to an injury (he will be playing Sunday). However, he showed no improvement in his game whatsoever before that anyways.
He still doesn’t understand the concept of catching with his hands rather than his body. The amount of times the ball has hit him in the chest and bounced out of his grasp is frustratingly high. Not to mention he can’t catch a deep ball because he looks like an overgrown 5-year-old trying to pop a floating bubble.
I still have a sliver of hope inside me that he, at least, gives his hands a chance to prove what they can do. But it is a very small sliver, almost non-existent.
Now, people have said that Heyward-Bey has to start because we have no better option. I disagree, we may not have many great options but we sure have better options than somebody who catches the ball, what seems like, 25% of the time, and someone who the quarterback can’t trust.
Enter LaVron Brazill and Griff Whalen. I understand Whalen didn’t have a stellar game against the Texans but I still liked what I saw. He made a
huge 3rd down grab at the end of the game and there were numerous times where he was wide open and Andrew Luck simply didn’t see him.
Not to mention Luck trusts Whalen a hell of a lot more than Heyward-Bey.
Sure, Brazill isn’t an extremely reliable receiver either but minus Wayne and Dwayne Allen, the Colts need to find the most reliable pass catchers they can find. And in this case, it is Whalen and Brazill.
In fact, GM Ryan Grigson needs to find room on his roster for practice squad receiver Da’Rick Rodgers, who has huge potential to be a good receiver in the league. Waiving Heyward-Bey might not be the route to go but he certainly doesn’t deserve to be a starter.
Here’s to hoping T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and the rest of Luck’s supporting cast step it up the rest of the season. Go Colts!