A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 11.
Either the Colts were intent on feeding Austin Collie or the Patriots were willing to yield some yards to him while concentrating on taking away other stuff.
Either way, the receiver saw a lot of action before leaving the game in the first half. Whether he suffered a new concussion, had symptoms resurface or something else we are not certain.
But losing him looked to be a blow to the Colts.
Until Blair White showed himself perfectly capable of filling the role. White, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State, caught two touchdowns from Peyton Manning, helping the Colts rally for a late challenge that fell short in New England.
“Blair has performed and performed extremely well under some circumstances that typically you would anticipate that a rookie may not be able to function at a high level, but he has been able to do that,” Jim Caldwell told Indianapolis reporters on Monday.
“He’s been able to create space and find openings and make outstanding catches. He’s a very, very integral part of what we do. He’s just worked himself into that position. He’s one of those guys that works extremely hard at his craft. He pays attention to all the little details and tries to find a way to get better. We certainly are glad that he’s able to step up and perform for us consistently.”
White has 14 catches, including three touchdowns.