Wednesday, December 22, 2010
What the Colts will miss without Collie
By Paul Kuharsky
With Austin Collie on injured reserve, just how much will Peyton Manning and the Colts miss the reliable receiver?
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Manning has a 142.3 passer rating when throwing to Collie this season. That’s the best quarterback passer rating when targeting a specific wide receiver in the NFL -- by a margin of 17.2 points.
Collie was targeted 71 times this year. He caught 58 passes for 649 yards and eight touchdowns, and none of those throws turned into interceptions.
The next best receivers who’ve been targeted at least 20 times: Kenny Britt (125.1), Mike Wallace (120.7), Dwayne Bowe (120.5) and Deion Branch (117.4).
“I’m disappointed for him,” Manning said of Collie at a Wednesday news conference in Indianapolis. “I know how hard he’s worked all offseason. I know how excited he was to be back the other day and how well he was playing. I wish him a recovery...
"It’s one of the worst parts about football when you see guys get injured and get put on injured reserve, especially a guy that loves football as much as he does and how much he wants to be out there. I just wish him a quick recovery.”