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Don't Fret Colts Fans. Wayne's Injury Will Force DHB To Be "Next Man Up." Plus Possible FA Scenarios

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Sunday's win was a bitter sweet one. Due to the loss of stud receiver and locker room leader Reggie Wayne for the season, beating the Broncos came at a costly price. It's not easy for any team to continue the same level of success offensively after losing a player of Wayne's caliber. Still, this loss provides yet another opportunity for someone on this team to be the "next man up." Could it be DHB? LaVon Brazill? How about Griff Whalen? You can bet Grigson is on the horn right now sending out feelers to other GMs as I write this. That said, I have a feeling that this could go one or two ways. For starters, I think this latest setback will create an opportunity to feature DHB in ways we haven't seen all year. Heyward Bey had his best outing last Sunday night in catching 4 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown and also adding a 30-yard rush on an end around. Could this be a sign of things to come? Last Sunday night was definitely a step in that direction. I've always liked DHB's physical abilities on the field. Now that he has a top 5 QB to work with for the 1st time in his career hopefully he will finally reach his true potential.

As far as trade scenarios go, I wouldn't be surprised to see if Grigs makes a run at Miles Austin. With the emergence of standout rookie Terrence Williams and slot receiver gem Cole Beasley, the Cowboys are loaded at the WR position and may be looking to unload Austin. He's been phased out of the offense and used sparingly since the emergence of Williams and Beasley. Austin would fit in very well with our offense due to not only his route running and speed, but also his down field blocking in the run game. Austin still has deep speed and at 6-2, 216 lbs is a bigger target than T.Y. Hilton. The arrival of Austin would allow Hilton to play the slot and would virtually cause a matchup nightmare for opponents on a weekly basis. A WR of his caliber would do wonders for the running game. For starters, if the Colts went to a more spread out offense, I believe it would open the running lanes for Trent Richardson. Richardson has not been as effective as he could be because the Colts have not disguised how they are going to run him when he's in the game. Whenever Pep puts T-Rich in, he runs him out of traditional sets that leave nothing to the imagination for defenses to figure out.Teams are still putting 8-9 men in the box whenever Richardson is on the field and the Colts have yet to exploit that. With Wayne out for the season the time is now for Richardson to become a focal point of this offense. Although the Colts have been impressive in winning games against the elite teams of the league, for them to reach the NFL's biggest stage the running game will need to be better than it has been thus far. That means putting Trent Richardson in better positions to be successful than he has been previously. The loss of Reggie Wayne doesn't have to be a handicap for the rest of this season. Like the Pacers losing Granger for the year and finding a gem in the emergence of Paul George, the Colts can do the same with one or two of the pieces they already have. For some, adversity brings out the "quit." For others, it brings out the "fight." Time will tell which one will surface for the Colts in the face of this latest setback.



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I was under the impression Austin is injured. DHB is an imposing figure at wide receiver. Has he made a catch over his shoulder this year? We need him badly now . The Colts

overpaid for Richardson. As a Colts fan who watches all the Browns games I'm afraid that what you have seen is what you are going to get.

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Richardson isn't the problem. The way the Colts use him is however. They don't disguise how or when they are going to run the ball when he's in the game. If the Colts used T-Rich in spread formations and read options he would be much more effective. Putting him in the game and running him out of traditional sets with a FB leave nothing to the imagination for opposing defenses, which is why they continue to stack 8-9 in the box whenever Trent's in the backfield.

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I wish I could agree but he underachieved for the Browns. His vision on cutting to daylight is weak and he cant remember all the plays. We need him now more than ever because DHB

is inconsistent. Check Richardson's yards per carry at year end and judge for yourself. The Colts gave up way to much for Richardson. I'll be happy if I'm wrong but it's about time Richardson startS playing like a number 3 pick. He's had ample games to prove himself

in the NFL.

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Richardson isn't the problem. The way the Colts use him is however. They don't disguise how or when they are going to run the ball when he's in the game. If the Colts used T-Rich in spread formations and read options he would be much more effective. Putting him in the game and running him out of traditional sets with a FB leave nothing to the imagination for opposing defenses, which is why they continue to stack 8-9 in the box whenever Trent's in the backfield.

I look for us to pass more from the power run formation, which will kill a stacked box , our formation will look the same but will we pass or run the ball?,it will be hard to defend that.

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DHB is playing the best he can. He will not answer the challenge of " next man up", but Whalen will. DHB will not be here next year.

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It seems that the way the Colts are using their RB's is to deflect the rush but the approach is not working as was evidenced in Sundays game with the Texans.It's not working against teams that can rush. The Rb's are not blocking well and should be free in the second tier which Richardson and Brown could be a real asset there. Now DHB and him being traded really its him growing into less fear of the hit and he stays in contact with the ball and adjust  patterns on the fly. Last but not least this WR issue will be more open with choices after this season. I think this season as it started will be about finding the pieces and the team adjusting to their strength. Also Reggie can spend more time in encouraging the present WR's in ways to improve game to game! As the team has done with this new era Colts have done so far. If you put the players lost this season in play now I believe the games we lost might be more wins.

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I wish I could agree but he underachieved for the Browns. His vision on cutting to daylight is weak and he cant remember all the plays. We need him now more than ever because DHB

is inconsistent. Check Richardson's yards per carry at year end and judge for yourself. The Colts gave up way to much for Richardson. I'll be happy if I'm wrong but it's about time Richardson startS playing like a number 3 pick. He's had ample games to prove himself

in the NFL.

Again, Richardson played for the Browns. Need I say anything more regarding their "production" as an offense? Like here, he faced 8 man fronts all game long because the Browns have nothing at the QB position to warrant any defense to change that approach. When T-Rich was there, he was the only player on offense opposing teams had to stop. Like I said earlier, Richardson will be fine once the coaching staff starts using him in sets and on downs where the defense can't tell whether a run or a pass is coming. You saw glimpses of that on Sunday night when the Colts got the ball to him in space.

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