“Back-Up of the Game” is wide receiver Griff Whalen
This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver Griff Whalen.
For the better part of the last two weeks, the questions on who would replace Reggie Wayne were frequently asked around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
The common answer from Colts personnel was it would be a group effort.
However, on Sunday night it was one key member of that committee who received the bulk of the reps.
Whalen played 40 offensive snaps (65 percent) which was the second most for any Colts receiver.
His three catches for 32 yards were a career-high as he saw extensive action for the first time in his NFL career.
The highlight from Whalen came with the Colts down 24-19 and facing a third-and-10 with 5:57 to go in the fourth quarter.
With future Hall of Famer Ed Reed draped over Whalen, the second-year receiver hauled in a 17-yard reception to move the Colts to the Texans 35-yard line.
Three plays later there was T.Y. Hilton with the game-winning touchdown.
“Griff (Whalen) made some crucial (catches), big third-down catch there on the last drive,” head coach Chuck Pagano said after the game.