Why wouldn’t the youngsters follow Wayne’s lead?
In 11 seasons, he has 862 receptions with 11,708 yards _ second all-time in Colts history and nearly four times the total of the other 15 receivers and tight ends at Indy’s camp. His 73 TD catches are almost triple the combined totals of the other 15 (281 catches, 3,218 yards, 25 TDs), 12 of whom have yet to catch an NFL pass.
The most impressive part of Wayne’s legacy has been his ability to stay healthy. He leads all NFL receivers with 145 consecutive starts, 166 games played and hasn’t missed a start since 2002.
“Every player wants longevity and obviously what he does, going on 12 years, is just awesome,” receiver Donnie Avery said. “He’s been to Super Bowls, a number of training camps and he knows what it takes to get through practice, so you watch him.”
Wayne came back to help the receivers get in sync with their new quarterback, learn the playbook and teach the next generation of Colts’ receivers what it takes to stick around this league. And win.
Wayne insists little has changed. Teammates know better.
“I haven’t seen him do anything he hasn’t done. Reggie will do whatever this team wants him to do and he’s not going to step on anyone’s toes,” Powers said. “But I’m pretty sure he’s got a chip on his shoulder being in Peyton’s shadow for so long.”
“My intensity has stayed the same, even when Peyton was here. I was vocal when I needed to be vocal. If I see a guy do something wrong, I tell him about it,” Wayne said. “We still have some old guys that they can build off of and show them what to do.”
Notes: The Colts wrapped up practice about 20 minutes early, in part because Friday’s temperatures in the 90s. … Andrew Luck’s father, Oliver, attended the afternoon practice. The West Virginia athletic director did not take questions but did speak with his son, former Stanford receiver Griff Whalen and backup quarterback Drew Stanton. … Luck went 18 of 24 with three touchdowns and no interceptions during team drills. Two of the incompletions came when he spiked the ball during the 2-minute drill. … New linebackers Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd couldn’t practice until midway through the afternoon session. The reason? Fokou said they had to wait for Kevin Thomas to pass his physical in Philadelphia. Once Thomas, who was dealt to Philly on Thursday night, the trade became official and the Colts new players could start practicing. Colts assistant coach Roy Anderson did not attend Friday’s practice because of a death in the family.