Pagano looking forward to WR competition

May, 13, 2014
May 13
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Who is the odd player out?

That was one of the first questions that popped up when the Indianapolis Colts selected receiver Donte Moncrief in the third round of the draft over the weekend.

Rogers
Brazill
Brazill
Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen or LaVon Brazill?

One of those players, possibly two, won’t be on the roster when the regular season starts.

The Colts are set at the top three receiver spots with (in no particular order) Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks. The team obviously thinks high enough of Moncrief to take him in the third round.

That’s four receivers for you. Cutting one or two between Rogers, Whalen and Brazill will depend on if the Colts want to keep five or six receivers next season.

Rogers, Brazill and Whalen all had their moments last season.

Rogers had six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati last December. Brazill had two catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ loss to New England in the playoffs. Whalen bounced around from the practice squad to the active roster last season, but his relationship with quarterback Andrew Luck from their days at Stanford helped him. Whalen had seven catches for 80 yards against Kansas City in December.

“Iron sharpens iron like man sharpens man,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “I hope those guys were watching the draft when we took (Moncrief). Maybe they went out and did a little extra work at LA Fitness or something, I don’t know. But that’s just how it is around here. We’re going to keep bringing in great players. The great players that we have at that position and the players that we have in that locker room, they want to win a world championship, and the only way that Ryan (Grigson) and I, Mr. Irsay and the rest of the people in this building know how to win one is you’ve got to have great players, and you’ve got to keep acquiring great players, and that’s all part of the process. So that will bring the best out of all of them.”

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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