Reggie Wayne gets his first player of the week award

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Colts receiver Reggie Wayne has had a lot of big games in his NFL career, but after many of his biggest games, the bulk of the credit went to his quarterback. Now that Peyton Manning is gone and Andrew Luck has arrived, and Wayne looks as good as ever, it may cause some renewed appreciation for Wayne’s talents.

On Wednesday the NFL announced that Wayne, who had a phenomenal game in Sunday’s comeback win over the Colts, has been named the AFC’s offensive player of the week. It’s the first time in his career that he has received a player of the week award.

Wayne caught 13 passes for a career-high 212 yards and had the game-winning touchdown as the Colts beat the Packers 30-27. Wayne caught five passes for 64 yards on the winning drive, which culminated with his touchdown catch with 35 seconds left.

With 12,214 scrimmage yards, Wayne passed Edgerrin James for No. 2 in Colts history, behind only Marvin Harrison. His 212-yard receiving day was also No. 2 in Colts history, behind Raymond Berry’s 224-yard game against the Redskins in 1957.

Wayne already has 36 catches for 506 yards through only four games this season, which puts him on pace for a ridiculous 144 catches and 2,024 yards. He obviously won’t keep that pace up, but it’s clear that Wayne still has plenty of good football left in him, even if he’s not catching passes from Peyton Manning anymore.

23 responses to “Reggie Wayne gets his first player of the week award

  1. You always hear about how a QB can make receivers look much better than they are, never about how a receiver can make a QB look better than his play. Congratz, Wayne.

  2. i consider reggie wayne to be one of greatest receivers of his time and probably all time. the fact that he has never won this before blew my mind.

  3. Who’s to say he can’t keep up that pace? He’s the best receiver the Colts have. Luck’s averaging almost 45 passes a game. Marv had an NFL-record 143 catches when he was 30 and Peyton was in his prime. Manning averaged about 37 pass attempts per game that season. Would love to see Reg break that mark this year and I think he can do it.

  4. Playing with Marvin and Peyton for years, Reggie has been perennially underrated. Nice to see him finally get some run.

  5. Amazing how much difference 1 player can make on a team. Last yr the colts were honestly the worst team I’ve ever seen, including the winless lions and the expectations were really low for them this season. They clearly look to compete for the final wildcard

  6. “I never graduated college, but I was only there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.” -Alex Karras

    Going to miss that man!

  7. jebdamone says:
    Oct 10, 2012 1:58 PM

    “i consider reggie wayne to be one of greatest receivers of his time and probably all time. the fact that he has never won this before blew my mind.”

    UMMMMM might want to slow down on “ALL TIME” status for Wayne. He has only been the best receiver on his team when Harrison left. Also, Garcon was bitting at his heels before he left. He’s a good-great receiver who had a career day. Not one of the best of his generation but right on the cusp. So shut up now.

  8. jimfix says:
    Oct 10, 2012 2:17 PM
    Playing with Marvin and Peyton for years, Reggie has been perennially underrated. Nice to see him finally get some run.
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    That’s the truth. As a Pats fan, I started fearing him more than I did Harrison or any other Colts receiving option long before Harrison was gone. Dang dude burned the Pats D CONSTANTLY. I’m glad to see him get his due now that everyone can’t proclaim (erroneously) that PM “made” him great. No, he’s great. Period.

  9. wow his first? that is surprising… my respect for wayne has increased a lot since manning went out… he is making plays no matter who is playing QB… and that last touchdown was pure will…

  10. I can’t believe that was Reggie’s 1st award. How come he has never had one before?? That’s ridiculous. It’s about time then.

  11. Dude deserves it. He basically beat the Packers single handely. Especially on that last drive.

    BTW, Packers fan here.

  12. Being a Packer fan and primarily an NFC follower, I have heard the name but didn’t know much about Wayne. Wow, what a job he did tearing the Packers a new one. A photo in the Milwaukee paper showed Woodson desperately looking back over his shoulder for the ball…..and it was already in Wayne’s hands. He was catching stuff that wouldn’t be caught nine times out of ten. Great job. Hat’s off.

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