INDIANAPOLIS – If last weekend’s production from receivers Da'Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill didn’t signal that Darrius Heyward-Bey’s playing time would be reduced even more, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano basically said it during his news conference on Wednesday.
Rogers and Brazill combined for nine catches for 160 yards and accounted for all four of the Colts’ touchdowns in their loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Colts have been looking for a spark at receiver, and are optimistic that they will help ease the burden on fellow receiver T.Y. Hilton’s shoulders.
“You know what, they were productive in that football game and they gave us a spark in that second half,” Pagano said of Rogers and Brazill. “And so certainly they've earned a right to play more.”
Brazill played 42 snaps and Rogers was the field for 41 snaps, while Heyward-Bey played only 23 snaps. The Colts have just four receivers on the roster, so Heyward-Bey will continue to get snaps, just not as many as before.
Heyward-Bey had two catches for 23 yards Sunday, but he also another drop – his sixth of the season – on a third down in the first quarter.
“This [team] needs receivers on the outside to step up to open it up for T.Y. and [tight end Coby] Fleener,” Rogers said. “Hopefully we can be those guys to do it.”