Reggie Wayne: Whoever the naysayers are, watch me work

AP

Patriots wide receiver Reggie Wayne — it will take some time for that to look right — has heard the doubts about his ability to produce at a high level after his sluggish end to the 2014 season, but they haven’t shaken his confidence.

Wayne said Tuesday that he was battling injuries all of last season, but knows “what I’m capable of” when he’s healthy.

“I think I have enough to play,” Wayne said, via MassLive.com. “Like you said, if I didn’t think I had enough, I wouldn’t be here. One thing I don’t do is worry about what people have to say. If I didn’t play at all, if I decided to retire, they still would have something to say … The only thing I can do is let my work speak for myself. I know what I can do, what I can bring to the table. Just got to get caught up and get on the same [page] as everybody and be able to show what I can do. Whoever the naysayers are, watch me work.”

Getting on the same page with the rest of the Patriots is his biggest concern right now, saying, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, that there’s “no comparison” to the offenses he’s played in during his time with the Colts. That focus means that there’s “no time” for messages to Colts fans or thinking ahead to this year’s game in Indianapolis.

Wayne also isn’t going to spend any time worrying about the fact that he won’t be wearing the familiar No. 87 that he wore with the Colts. That number belongs to Rob Gronkowski in New England, so Wayne will wear No. 15 in his 15th NFL season as he embarks on his “new journey” with the Patriots.

100 responses to “Reggie Wayne: Whoever the naysayers are, watch me work

  1. Time for the ghost of Reggie Wayne to continue the Colts haunting nightmare known as the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

  2. I wish Wayne well. And I bet even as an old man WR, he’s got more in the tank than half the of the new ‘can’t miss’ (but half will) WRs that were drafted this year.

  3. No, Reggie, if you decided to retire nothing would be said outside of Colts fans and others congratulating you.
    Now we get to watch you “work” as the 4th or 5th option on an offense and team that you spent a career trying beat.

    Gross.

  4. People who point out that Reggie was slow last year forget to that he was coming off of a torn acl in 2013. Unless you’re Adrian Peterson, it usually takes more than one year to fully recover. So we’ll see what he has left.

  5. He should have retired as a Colt. Irsay and Grigson are despicable human beings. After cutting Manning, Wayne could have gone to another team, but he decided to stay just to give confidence to Andrew Luck (no other receiver was even a decent prospect by that time), and this is the payment.

  6. Reggie,
    You decided to sign with the cheaters. You kind of had to know their baggage would create criticism. Nobody dislikes you, just the pathetic excuse for a team you signed with.

  7. How many hundreds of times have we heard this? Everyone is always going to show the doubters. Yep … right.

  8. “Just got to get caught up and get on the same [page] as everybody and be able to show what I can do.”

    That was more than Galloway or Ochowhateverheiscallinghimselflately could manage. With his history of precision route running something tells me Wayne has pretty good chance to do substantially better. A guy with that kind of track record is usually a guy that ‘gets it’. As long as the legs and the passion are there he will get his looks.

  9. Reggie. I believe you. I cannot wait to watch you “work”. With The pissed off GQBOAT Tom “Terrific” and the greatest TE duo in the NFL, Its only a matter of time before you get fitted.

  10. Edelman, LaFell, Wayne, Amendola, with Gronk and Chandler sets thrown in…this offense is going to set some records.

  11. Instead of paying Reggie that $3 million this season they are eating $3 million in dead money each for LaRon Landry and Gosder Cherilus. Great moves, Colts.

  12. Naysayers are mostly fans who don’t like the patriots and are scared that Belichick will get significant value out of a wiley veteran once again.

  13. Hi Reggie! Welcome to the family. You already know the drill. Take the time, learn the play book, and then you get to start catching balls from the GOAT, TB12. You don’t need to catch for 2000 yards, you don’t need to catch 150 passes. However, when you are targeted, catch the ball. After just a little while Tom will start trusting you with the important ones. And next thing you know, you will be a bit of a folk hero in New England.

    It’s nice to get another great player. I can’t wait to start cheering for you.

  14. Ochocinco, Reche Caldwell, Joey Galloway and Adalius Thomas had pretty much the same speech their first day in Foxboro also. Pats fans have short memories I remember when they were telling us ex-Colt Joseph Addai was going to run for 1000 yards under Belichick. This signing stinks of desperation. Would they be signing this guy if they didn’t just put two WRs on the IR – Nope!

  15. “Reggie,
    You decided to sign with the cheaters.”

    Lolz you better check the Colts history of cheating. Its extensive and they have been caught repeatedly in the last 10 years.

    The only difference is the league ignores and protects the Colts when they’re doing naughty things instead of totally overblowing them into fake scandals.

  16. Colts fans, stop personalizing this. You a expect Wayne to have complete allegiance to the Colts, this is the NFL, he has every right to keep earning till nobody wants him. The Colts let him walk. Be mad at Grigson for letting him go, then turning around and signing Andre Johnson, an injury riddled vet.

  17. tajuara says:
    Aug 25, 2015 2:25 PM

    He should have retired as a Colt. Irsay and Grigson are despicable human beings. After cutting Manning, Wayne could have gone to another team, but he decided to stay just to give confidence to Andrew Luck (no other receiver was even a decent prospect by that time), and this is the payment.
    ——————————————–
    I don’t like either guy, but Reggie is past it. Andre Johnson is clearly a better option.

    Reggie should have retired with some dignity instead of continuing this downward spiral.

  18. Sure sounds like he’s worried about the nay sayers to me, with that novel coming out of his pie hole

  19. Funny how the Colts call the Patriots cheaters. BTW, who was it that stuck the needle in the ball which is a violation of the rules?

    Yeah, he was wearing blue and white and on YOUR sidelines.

    Can’t wait to see your “almost won” participation banner again this year. And keep cryin’ and whining. It’ll get you far.

  20. whitetrash69 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 2:33 PM
    Reggie,
    You decided to sign with the cheaters. You kind of had to know their baggage would create criticism. Nobody dislikes you, just the pathetic excuse for a team you signed with.

    ===========================
    Poor Indy……. Always ends up on the short end. Look at the bright side, you still get to read Kravitz and Doyell.

  21. whitetrash69 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 2:33 PM
    Reggie,
    You decided to sign with the cheaters. You kind of had to know their baggage would create criticism. Nobody dislikes you, just the pathetic excuse for a team you signed with

    that has 4 Lombardis.

    2nd & 1, BUTLER STOLE THE BALL! BUTLER STOLE THE BALL!

    Never gets old.

  22. Thanks for the memories Reggie. Hope that your body allows you to play the way you have in the past. Patriots got a great competitor, and the Colts got 14 years of an all time great. Similar to when Freeney, Dallas Clark, and Bob Sanders started to break down……it was time for the Colts to move on.

  23. Welcome RW. Your best chance for a ring is right here in Winnerville.

    I can totally understand why the rest of the country is jealous. Champs in the last 15 years, Pats, Celts, B’s Sox. No one else comes close. Even mighty NY has to go back to Babe Ruth to surpass Boston’s overall champ total, and they needed 3 hockey teams to do it.

    But fear not, these things always go in cycles. Remember when SF was relevant? Washington? Chicago?

  24. First off, I am not a Colts fan. Secondly, if you expect anyone to aknowledge or respect tainted championships then Pats fans are more delusional than I thought. Go brag about Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aarons single season HR record while you are at it, Pats fans.

  25. To the Haters…just for you. Some Patriots Porn.

    Que the NFL Films Music. Pan in on all the shiny silver
    trophies…

    I STILL get chills down my spine when I see the Hooded
    one and #12 in conversation on the sidelines during a
    timeout, with another conference championship or Super Bowl in the balance. They are Giants of the league….Icons
    of sports. GREATNESS personified and the measuring stick of this era of the sport.

    The Secretariats of pro football.

    Immortals who will both one day be enshrined with the
    very best in Canton, where they belong.

  26. The reaction of these Colts fans to the reggie wayne signing exemplifies why their joke head office hangs banners in their stadiums of games they were reamed 45-10

  27. Reggie quit last year, wanted to go to the Zoo with his kids! Pats love players with no scruples, you will fit right end, and Boston has a great Zoo.

  28. What a difference its going to be for him after leaving that despicable, lying, cheating, whining, excuse making, soft franchise.

  29. First off to you Patriot fans that are criticizing the Colts fans comments, do you not remember what you were saying about Welker when he left?

    But, I don’t agree with what some of the Colts fans are saying. The Colts (rightfully) didn’t resign him. They couldn’t keep him and keep Duron Carter and Moncrief. You have to keep the young guys with potential that can also play special teams. Andre Johnson is also younger and probably has more productive years left than Reggie.

    I wish he would have gone to the Packers (or anyone else), but can’t blame the guy for going after one more paycheck. I just can’t say I hope he does well, but don’t want him to fail either.

  30. Revis came to the Pats last year for a ring and Wayne is doing the same this year. More veterans should follow their lead.

  31. Yes, I remember what I said about Welker when he left.

    “One of my favorite players ever and one of the toughest to play the game. I wish him well.”

  32. Wayne was the second leading receiver for the Colts last year despite missing a game and playing hurt.

  33. rogerbueno11 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 3:36 PM
    Poor Poor Reggie. The Cheaters are desperate this year.
    No Playoffs for 8-8

    LOL…..Only in your dreams. 13-3 and Brady plays in all.

  34. terripet says:
    Aug 25, 2015 5:05 PM
    To old to slow your done

    ==================
    Good thing that school starts soon.

  35. fishyinalittledishy says:
    Aug 25, 2015 2:50 PM

    You sold your sole to the devil Reggie, SOLD IT TO THE DEVIL !!!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Actually Reggie saved himself !!!

    Irsay, Harbaugh, Biscottit, Goodell, Well$, NYC Office – They are OWNED by the Devil and have been doing his will.

    Love the TRUTH and sell it not.

    GO PATRIOTS

  36. To all of the posters you insist the Patriots are cheaters. I challenge you to show the proof. The NFL admitted to Judge Berman they had NONE , so please enlighten every one.
    Spy gate was taping from the wrong area, end of story on that.

  37. This isnt even reggie against the colts. This is reggie againt reggie. Its not like vontae davis is going to be covering him. Itll probably be djoun smith. If thats the case, reggie will still tear him up. Reggie probably has tge best hands and cleanest routes. God i miss him already. However, for tge sake of buisness, ty looks primed. Dorsett could have used waynes’ tutulage. After 87 retires, he better come back to the shoe and coach forever.

  38. You decided to sign with the cheaters. You kind of had to know their baggage would create criticism

    These are professionals with careers.

    Not internet trolls.

  39. jmdanieli says:
    Aug 25, 2015 6:05 PM
    To all of the posters you insist the Patriots are cheaters. I challenge you to show the proof. The NFL admitted to Judge Berman they had NONE , so please enlighten every one.
    Spy gate was taping from the wrong area, end of story on that.

    ======================
    Haters never let the facts get in the way of a good whine.

  40. cornerstone2001 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 5:18 PM
    Pats fans have now taken the crown of most obnoxious fans from the Seattle Seahawks

    No, you wear that crown alone.

  41. I’m so happy to have the biggest cheater Reggie wayne join the cheating Patriots.Let’s cheat it up!!! #Patriotstheworldsteam

  42. gacoltfan says:
    Aug 25, 2015 4:05 PM
    First off to you Patriot fans that are criticizing the Colts fans comments, do you not remember what you were saying about Welker when he left?…

    Yes, I remember I was pissed that Welker left for only $1 million more per season. Big difference, the Pats offered Welker big money, the Colts offered Wayne his walking papers.

    I understand the Colts position, Wayne might be done; if he does have anything left the Pats are the team for him to be on. As far as Welker is concerned, I expect that Welker is now pissed himself that he left the Pats seeing that he will never wear his own SB ring, but the rings that Edelman, Amendola, Lafell, and 50 other 2014 Patriots are wearing are big and shiny.

  43. rogerbueno11 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 3:36 PM
    Poor Poor Reggie. The Cheaters are desperate this year.
    No Playoffs for 8-8

    Says every member of CRYBABY NATION every season.

  44. Reading about Wayne’s determination, it reminded me what a friend, age 64, and a professional athlete in another sport, told me about the effect of deflategate on Brady.

    “He will internalize it and use it to his advantage the whole year. During the season, they will be up by four scores in some game and he will tell Belichick to leave him in the game.”

  45. whitetrash69 says:
    Aug 25, 2015 2:33 PM
    Reggie,
    You decided to sign with the cheaters. You kind of had to know their baggage would create criticism. Nobody dislikes you, just the pathetic excuse for a team you signed with—


    That “pathetic excuse for a team” OWNS your steelers!

    And just think you get to watch Brady pick apart the steelers again in a few weeks.

  46. I learned in kindergarten not to call someone a cheater. The biggest loser was always the kid calling someone else a cheater.

  47. New England Patriots, World Champions!!****

    **** May your jealousy drive you mad. Oops, too late.

  48. tigerlilac says:

    I learned in kindergarten not to call someone a cheater. The biggest loser was always the kid calling someone else a cheater.

    ——————————————————–

    Seems like you didn’t identify people who WERE actually cheating, which is worse.

  49. LOL hearing the Colts fans complain about this.

    I bet they weren’t complaining when they got a franchise kicker named Adam Vinatieri at the Patriots expense…

    #FunnyHowThatWorks

  50. whitetrash69 says: Aug 25, 2015 2:33 PM

    Reggie,
    You decided to sign with the cheaters. You kind of had to know their baggage would create criticism. Nobody dislikes you, just the pathetic excuse for a team you signed with.

    —-
    No he didn’t sign with your Steelers. Unlike the Steelers the Patriots EARN their titles not cheat to get them with illegal performance enhancing drugs or pay off the refs….

  51. To all my fellow Colts fans. STOP. Stop with the constant cheating talk, and stop bashing Reggie. What was he suppose to do? It’s not like he left the Colts. The Colts didn’t want him back. You are acting like the guy that dumped his girlfriend, and is now pissed that she is dating another guy. We should be happy for him. After all he gave this organization over the years, you can’t be happy for him that he gets to continue his career with a good football team? How selfish are you that you are going to criticize him just because you don’t like the team he plays for? I personally hope he does well and wish him the best.

  52. Well, if it doesn’t work out in New England, he can always give the Montreal Alouettes a shot…

    -Ocho Cinco

  53. Yes, I remember I was pissed that Welker left for only $1 million more per season…

    ONLY $1 million more per season? So in total about $3 million more. For someone making $20m a year that may not be much, but making $5-$6m, that’s significant.

  54. That’s stating the obvious…A healthy Reggie Wayne is a productive Reggie Wayne. What he fails to realize is that age is probably the reason he’s battling injuries. As your age progresses, it takes longer to recover from the bumps and bruises you get week after week. It’s not just about losing a step, although that can happen too.

  55. ersay the drug dealer…. grigson the wimp and kravitz the parasite……….colt fans you have much more to worry about than reggie wayne but that’s why you CANT WIN too many petulant distractions and the 3 stooges at the top

  56. I feel for Andrew luck….. I think he should play out his contract and go to new England where the rings are plentiful and stop playing for a team and a fan base that’s full of excuses

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