It’s often said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne hasn’t had much choice over the last two years.
Wayne spent the first 10 years of his career catching passes from Peyton Manning in an offense directed by Manning and Tom Moore, which was about as charmed a situation as a wide receiver could ask to find at the professional level. Then Manning got hurt and Andrew Luck arrived, leaving Wayne to learn a new offense for the first time in ages before the 2012 season. It worked out so well that Bruce Arians was hired by the Cardinals and Pep Hamilton took over as offensive coordinator to force Wayne into a learning role for the second time in two years.
That’s why Wayne is in Indianapolis with his teammates at OTAs this week instead of at home in Miami, where he frequently spent offseasons during the unchanging days when Manning was at the helm. Luck has experience in the offense after playing for Hamilton in Stanford, but Wayne’s still in the first stages of comprehending what Indy wants to do.
“I’m still trying to figure it out,” Wayne said, via Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star. “I’m still doing some of the things that I did last year. I’m still trying to figure some things out. But hopefully I can continue to build on what I did last year and show [the media] that it’s not time for me to hang it up yet.”
One benefit of the year with Arians is that Wayne was forced out of his usual role and moved around the offense as part of the effort to get him the ball as much as possible. Wayne thrived doing that and his ability to adapt to what Hamilton wants to do shouldn’t be the cause of much concern around the Colts.