- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Reggie Wayne is on the best first-quarter pace of his NFL career with 36 catches for 504 yards through four games.
In the Colts upset of Green Bay, Wayne pulled in 13 catches for 212 yards and the game-winning touchdown as the team honored Chuck Pagano in its first game without their ill head coach.
Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck was six-of-eight for 90 yards and the game-winning score when targeting Wayne in the fourth quarter alone.
In all, Luck threw to Wayne 20 times, with 10.6 yards per attempt, 11 first downs and zero drops.
All the Colts other targets combined caught 18 of 35 passes aimed for them with 4.3 yards per attempt, five first downs and two drops.
Orange is the color associated with the fight against leukemia. With coach Pagano in the hospital fighting the disease, Wayne had equipment men find him orange gloves and an orange mouthpiece and wore them without concern for a possible fine.
“I think the orange gloves were everywhere," Luck said. " I felt like there were eight pairs of those out there on the field. I told [Wayne] after the game he was the best football player I’ve ever played with. His leadership at halftime, on the field, before the last drive, I think I learned a lot from him from watching him operate. I’m very fortunate and blessed to be on a team with him.”
Wayne’s best reception total was in 2010 (111) and his best yardage year was 2007 (1,510).
At his current clip, he’d catch 144 balls for 2,024 yards.
Surely, playing with a rookie quarterback, Wayne can’t maintain a pace that would have him pass Rice by 176 yards. Can he?