Stats & Info: Reggie Wayne

Top stats to know: 2014 Indianapolis Colts

July, 28, 2014
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Sam Riche/Getty ImagesAndrew Luck and head coach Chuck Pagano look to return to the playoffs for the 3rd straight season.
SportsCenter is at Indianapolis Colts camp today. Here's a look at the most significant statistical storylines for this team heading into the 2014 season.

1. Andrew Luck joined Russell Wilson as the only quarterbacks to lead a team to 11-plus wins in each of his first two seasons. The only other Colts quarterback to lead the team to consecutive 11-plus win seasons was Peyton Manning, who did it seven straight seasons from 2003-09.

2. Since 1998 (Peyton Manning’s rookie season), the Colts have the second-best regular-season winning percentage in the NFL (64.5 percent). However, the Colts’ postseason winning percentage during that span is 45.5 percent, tied for 16th in the league. No team has more playoff losses since 1998 (12) than the Colts.

3. Luck’s 64 Total QBR since 2012 ranks eighth in the NFL, but his 54 playoff QBR is ninth out of 12 quarterbacks with multiple playoff starts over that span. No quarterback has more playoff interceptions than Luck in the last two seasons, and his minus-two TD-Int differential is tied with Andy Dalton for worst since 2012.

Pep Hamilton took steps to limit the pressure on Luck in his first year as Colts offensive coordinator. Luck’s average throw was 8.0 yards downfield last year, 25th-longest among qualified quarterbacks. Luck’s average throw was 10.0 yards downfield in his rookie year, deepest in the league.

4. Last season, the Colts ranked ninth in scoring defense (21.0 PPG allowed), the first time the defense had cracked the top 10 in scoring in the last five seasons. The Colts were undefeated last season when holding opponents to 17 points or fewer (7-0).

Peter G. Aiken/Getty ImagesReggie Wayne returns for his 14th season.

5. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne has been cleared to practice after a torn right ACL ended his 2013 season in Week 7. Wayne is entering his 14th season with the Colts, and his 1,006 receptions rank eighth all-time, 18 behind Isaac Bruce. In Luck’s career, he has a 69 Total QBR with Wayne on the field and 49 without Wayne.

6. Trent Richardson's Colts career has been a disappointment so far. His 2.9 yards per rush average in 14 games would have ranked 46th of 48 qualified rushers and was the lowest by a Colts’ running back with 100 rushes since 1992. The Colts were without a first-round pick in this year’s draft for the first time since 2008 after trading it to acquire Richardson.

7. On day two of the draft, the Colts selected Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort and Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief. Since Luck’s rookie season (2012), his 374 dropbacks under pressure are the most in the NFL. Last season, Colts’ wide receivers dropped 5.2 percent of their targets, fourth-worst in the league.

8. The Colts will start the season without a pair of defensive stalwarts - safety Antoine Bethea (signed with the 49ers), and pass-rush specialist Robert Mathis (suspended). Since his 2006 rookie season, Bethea’s 804 tackles led all defensive backs and his 14 career interceptions are a team high. Mathis’ 19.5 sacks led the league last year, but he will miss the first four games of the season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

9. The Colts will open the season against the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles, who ranked first and second respectively, in yards gained last season. Indianapolis is without Mathis to face Peyton Manning (NFL record 55 pass TD in 2013) and Nick Foles (27 TD and 2 Int in 13 games last year).

10. Andrew Luck was at his best late in games last season. His 82 Total QBR in the fourth quarter and overtime was fourth-best in the NFL, and his 10 game-winning drives since 2012 are the most of any quarterback.

Luck showed off his ability to create with his legs as well. Since he entered the league, no quarterback has more scramble touchdowns than Luck (5).

Better for Reggie Wayne: Luck or Manning?

October, 10, 2012

Sam Riche/Getty ImagesColts receiver Reggie Wayne ranks near the top of the league in receptions and receiving yards entering Week 6, but is he better off with Andrew Luck than he was with Peyton Manning?
This is the latest installment of a weekly NFL discussion that takes a closer look at one of the week’s hot topics. Today’s discussion focuses on whether Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne is better off with Andrew Luck or his former quarterback, Peyton Manning.


Early in his rookie season, Andrew Luck seems to have found a safety net with veteran receiver Reggie Wayne. Wayne had a career-high 212 receiving yards against the Packers in Week 5 and after just four games, is tied with Brandon Marshall for first in the league with 56 targets. He’s also averaging a league-best 14 targets per game with Luck under center.

During the 2009 and 2010 seasons with Peyton Manning, (they were the first two without Marvin Harrison), he never led the league in targets and averaged 10.1 targets per game. Manning spread the ball around to players like Dallas Clark and Pierre Garcon but Luck has focused more on Wayne.

Entering Week 6, Luck has targeted Wayne on 34.1 percent of his throws while Manning targeted him on only 26.1 percent of his throws from 2009-10.

One reason Wayne is receiving more targets is that Andrew Luck has utilized him all over the field. Manning predominantly got him the ball on the left side.

Wayne already has more targets in the middle of the field this season (13) than he did in both 2009 (eight) and 2010 (10).

With Luck, Wayne has truly been the number-one option in the Colts offense and his versatility has been on display. That wasn’t always the case during his final few years with Peyton Manning.

--Adam Grigely


In their 10 years together, Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning combined for more than 10,000 yards, 115 regular-season wins, one Lombardi Trophy and a record of success that is in no way comparable to a month’s worth of achievements with a rookie QB.

From 2001 to 2010, a stretch in which Manning started every game and Wayne appeared in all but three, Wayne ranked among the league's top five in receptions (787), receiving yards (10,748) and receiving touchdowns (69) and led all players in receiving first downs (569).

Those 10 seasons were the first 10 of Wayne’s career, and the list of players to catch more passes than Wayne through 10 seasons can fit comfortably on a sticky note: Marvin Harrison (927), Torry Holt (869) and Jerry Rice (820).
Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning was on the other end of 67 of Wayne’s receiving touchdowns from 2001-10, ranking them among the most prolific QB-receiver tandems ever. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only duos to connect on more touchdown passes are Manning and Marvin Harrison, Steve Young and Jerry Rice, and Dan Marino and Mark Clayton.

For those counting, three of the four players on that list who are eligible for the Hall of Fame have a bust in Canton. Should Reggie Wayne one day join them, it will be because of what he accomplished with Peyton Manning under center, not Andrew Luck.

--Jason Vida

AP Photo/David ZalubowskiBrandon Marshall (left) and Jay Cutler both were drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2006.
Only three players have had at least 1,000 yards receiving each of the last five seasons: Larry Fitzgerald, Roddy White and Brandon Marshall.

For Marshall, his first two 1,000-yard seasons came when he was paired with QB Jay Cutler with the Denver Broncos. From 2007-08, Marshall had 206 receptions (only Wes Welker had more) and his 2,590 yards ranked third behind Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne.

In 2008, Cutler targeted Marshall a league-high 179 times, 33 more than any other QB-receiver combination. That’s the most times a QB has targeted a player in a single season in the last four years.

Marshall and Cutler have been reunited with the Chicago Bears, a team that hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Marty Booker in 2002.

In fact, since the 1970 merger, the Bears have had a total of seven 1,000-yard seasons posted by receivers. (Booker and Curtis Conway are tied for the most with two.)

In his three seasons in Chicago, Cutler's leader in receptions among wide receivers is Johnny Knox with 133, which ranks 43rd in the NFL among wide receivers. (The Bears leader in receptions the last three seasons is running back Matt Forte with 160.)

However, one area that Knox has proven to be Marshall's equal is on deep routes. On throws over 20 yards, Marshall has been targeted 68 times, with 24 receptions (and three drops) and four touchdowns over the last three seasons. (In 2008 with Cutler, Marshall was targeted 25 times on throws more than 20 yards downfield, with seven receptions, 235 yards and one TD.)

Knox has been targeted 18 fewer times than Marshall on throws over 20 yards, and still has 22 receptions (and only one drop) and six touchdowns.

One flaw in Marshall's game is drops. Since 2008, his 26 on-target drops are third most in the NFL behind Dwayne Bowe (37) and White (31).

Marshall also has caught only 12 of his 64 end zone targets the last four seasons. That’s the second-worst rate in the NFL behind Braylon Edwards. (Marshall caught five of 15 attempts from Cutler in 2008.)

Credit: AP Photo/Matt LudtkeDepite only two career starts, Matt Flynn is likely going to be some team's starting QB in 2012.
After having the best season of his career, Alex Smith is expected to re-sign with the San Francisco 49ers.

One question about the former No. 1 overall pick is whether Smith can replicate what he did in 2011 on an annual basis. The question facing Matt Flynn, another quarterback about to hit the open market, is can he perform at a high level from week-to-week.

Aaron Rodgers' backup the last four seasons, Flynn has made only two starts. However, he threw for 731 yards in those two starts -- only Cam Newton threw for more yards in his first two starts in NFL history.

From 2008-10, Flynn completed less than half of his passes outside the field numbers (17-36). In 2011, Flynn was 14-of-19 on throws outside the numbers.

There are several big-name receivers in this year’s free agent class. Reggie Wayne is one of them, and while he’s been linked to whatever team Peyton Manning signs with, he will be a valuable addition wherever he goes.

Not only does Wayne lead the NFL in receptions, yards and touchdowns since 2003, but he’s started 145 consecutive regular-season games, the third-longest active streak by an offensive player.

Marques Colston and Vincent Jackson are big targets who are reliable and can stretch the field.

Since his rookie season in 2006, Colston ranks among the NFL’s top 10 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He’s also had at least 1,000 yards receiving in five of his six seasons. (Randy Moss is the only player in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons.)

Jackson became one of the best deep threats in seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Since 2008, Jackson’s 18.0 yards per reception is third in the NFL (minimum 100 receptions), and his 37 receptions on throws longer than 20 yards downfield ranks fourth in the NFL.

Vincent Jackson
Colston caught nearly 77 percent of his targets last season, the best percentage among any wide receiver in the league (minimum 50 targets).

Jackson’s teammate with the Chargers, Mike Tolbert, is one of a handful of running backs who might be looking elsewhere in order to find more playing time.

Sharing time with Ryan Mathews, Tolbert has 19 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons, including a league-high 10 one-yard scores. And in 2011, no player had more rushing touchdowns up the middle than Tolbert’s six (Newton and Ray Rice also had six).

If Colston goes elsewhere, he might not even be the Saints biggest loss this offseason. Free agent Carl Nicks played every offensive snap last season, including playoffs, all at left guard. The Saints averaged 6.6 yards per rush to the left last season, second-best in the NFL.
Hours after the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints lost to the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets took out the reigning AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts. That marks the first time in the Super Bowl era the two defending conference champions have both played in the Wild Card round and lost.

Trailing 7-0 at halftime, the Jets switched up the game plan, running the ball 25 times in the second half. (They had 13 rush attempts in first half). This was a good move against a Colts team that ranked 28th in rush defense during the regular season. New York ran with ease right up the middle, averaging 4.2 yards per rush on 19 runs up the middle during the game - resulting in five first downs and a touchdown.

The effective run game allowed the Jets to run 10 more plays than the Colts in the second half, keeping Peyton Manning off the field.

Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez responded to a rough first half (9-19, 84 yards, interception) by being extremely efficient in the second half - completing nine of 12 passes for 105 yards.

LaDainian Tomlinson
LaDainian Tomlinson had two rushing touchdowns for the second time in a playoff game, and now has six playoff rushing touchdowns - the most among active players. Tomlinson also is just the third player in Jets history with multiple rushing touchdowns in a playoff game, joining LaMont Jordan (2002) and Curtis Martin (1998).

Defensively, the Jets used a conservative approach. During the regular season, New York was the league's third-most aggressive defense - blitzing on 44.8 percent of pass attempts. However, after blitzing Manning more often than not in last season's AFC Championship Game, Rex Ryan brought an extra defender less than 15 percent of the time Saturday.

Darrelle Revis' ability to blanket Reggie Wayne was a big reason why this conservative strategy worked. Manning did not target Wayne a single time outside the numbers. In the regular season, Wayne was the fifth-most targeted receiver outside the numbers. Overall, he finished with one catch for one yard.

The Jets now are 3-1 in road playoff games under Rex Ryan, becoming the third road team in NFL history to win a playoff game by a single point. The last team to do it was the 1997 Vikings who beat the Giants 23-22.

Saturday's Jets-Colts game is the second in NFL postseason history with two go-ahead scores in the final minute. The other was when the Titans beat the Bills 22-16 in the 1999 Wild Card Playoffs, better known as the Music City Miracle.
Peyton Manning
The San Diego Chargers picked off Peyton Manning four times in their win over the Colts in Indianapolis. Manning threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in the same game for only the third time in his career. The 22-point loss is the worst home loss in Manning’s career. The Chargers’ pattern of late season success continues as they have now won four straight after starting the season 2-5. Since 2006, they are now 34-5 in regular season games after November 1.

On Sunday, Manning struggled on throws of more than 10 yards. On throws inside that distance, Manning completed 28 of 33, finishing with a passer rating of 101.9. But beyond 10 yards, Manning had as many completions as he did interceptions and finished with a 5.8 passer rating.

It's actually a continued theme for Manning this season. Entering Sunday, Manning had just a 73.3 passer rating on throws of more than 10 yards, only 22nd-best in the league (minimum 50 attempts). That put him behind quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Hill, among others.

Manning could not solve the Chargers' defense, especially from his standard formations of three or more wide receivers. Before Sunday, Manning had attempted 83 percent of his passes in three- or four-receiver sets.

The Chargers intercepted Manning four times in three-plus receiver sets, which matched his season total entering the game from those formations. Entering Sunday, San Diego had only two interceptions when facing three or more receivers, and returned just as many for touchdowns against the Colts.

And one other thing that plagued the Colts passing game was an unusual performance from All-Pro wideout Reggie Wayne. After entering with just four drops in 10 games this season, Wayne dropped three passes on Sunday night. With seven drops this season, he's already matched his combined drop total from 2008 and 2009.

Manning Money on Monday

November, 2, 2010
LAST NAMEEntering Monday, Peyton Manning faced five or more defensive backs on 89.0 percent of his pass attempts, by far the highest percentage in the league. Monday night was extreme even by those standards, as the Texans put five or more DBs on the field for EVERY ONE of Manning’s pass attempts. Despite the Texans attempt to slow down the passing game, Manning completed 57.8 percent of his passes en route to his 11th win on Monday Night Football.

At 11-3, Manning owns the best winning percentage on Monday Night Football among all starting quarterbacks in NFL history (min. 10 wins). He is 7-0 at home in Monday-night contests.

More From Monday

•Colts: 9-0 all-time at home versus the Texans.

•Colts: won their last six games following the bye week.

•Manning: 381 career TD passes (39 away from tying Dan Marino for second all time).

Reggie Wayne: (39 yards, TD) went over 10,000 receiving yards for his career (10,034). He's the 34th overall player and eighth active player to reach that milestone.

•Wayne: caught his 64th TD from Manning, the fifth-most in NFL history among QB-Wide Receiver duos.

Jacob Tamme: (starting in place of injured tight end Dallas Clark) caught his first career touchdown. Tamme is the 27th player to catch his first career TD pass from Manning.
The Houston Texans will try to sweep the season series from the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in franchise history (on ESPN, coverage begins at 7 ET). However, not only are the Texans 0-8 at Indianapolis, but since the divisions were realigned in 2002, the only AFC South team to sweep the season series from the Colts was the Tennessee Titans in 2002.

With Dallas Clark and Austin Collie out with injuries, Peyton Manning will be without two of his best targets over the middle. Clark has caught 99 of the 131 balls thrown his way inside the numbers the last two seasons, picking up nine touchdowns and 56 first downs.

But this season, with both Clark and Collie in the lineup, Reggie Wayne has increased his role in the middle of the field. Wayne has more targets inside the numbers than Collie (and just two fewer than Clark), with more yards than Clark and more first downs than any other Colts player.

In fact, the percentage of Wayne's targets that have come inside the numbers has increased in each of the last two seasons, from 47.7 percent in 2008, to 49.7 percent in 2009, to 56.1 percent this season.

AFC South flexes early muscle

September, 12, 2010
It's only Week 1, but the AFC South had a very impressive start to the 2010 season. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that the defending AFC champion Indianapolis Colts were not part of the fun.
Texans 34, Colts 24
The Texans snap a six-game losing streak against the Colts and improve to 2-15 all time against Indianapolis. The Colts' 15-1 record against the Texans entering the game was the best record by a team against a single opponent among current franchises. (The Colts still hold that mark with a 13-1 record vs the Falcons.)

Arian Foster rushes for a Texans-record 231 yards and ties a team record with three rushing touchdowns. Foster's 231 rush yards are the second-most in a season opener in NFL history (O.J. Simpson - 250 in 1973). The Colts lose their season opener for the second time in three years. Peyton Manning throws for 433 yards, the third-highest total of his career, and three TD. His 14-yard scoring pass to Reggie Wayne is the 62nd time the two have hooked up on a passing TD, third-most in Colts history.
Titans 38, Raiders 13
Chris Johnson rushes for 142 yards and two touchdowns as he extends his streak with 100-yard rushing games to 12 straight dating back to last season. That's two shy of the record held by Barry Sanders in 1997.

Johnson also scored on a 76-yard run, his fourth career rushing touchdown of least 75 yards, one shy of O.J. Simpson's NFL record. The Raiders have lost eight straight season openers, the longest active streak in the NFL. Oakland allowed 205 rush yards, the 12th time it has given up at least 200 rush yards in a game over the last four seasons, the most in the NFL in that span. Jason Campbell had 180 passing yards with a touchdown and interception in his Raiders debut. The 38 points are the most by the Titans in their season opener since 1991, and tied for the fourth-most in an opener in franchise history. Dating back to last season, Tennessee has won six of its last seven at home. Vince Young threw a 56-yard TD pass to Nate Washington, the second-longest of his career (66-yd TD pass to Chris Johnson in 2009).

Jaguars 24, Broncos 17
David Garrard records his fifth career game with three touchdown passes and becomes the second Jaguars QB to throw for three scores in a season opener. Marcedes Lewis records his first career multi-TD game. In fact, his two receiving TD ties his career-high for a season. The Broncos have lost five straight games and nine of their last 11 since starting the 2009 season 6-0. The Broncos turned the ball over twice and forced no turnovers. Denver has lost its last 18 games with a turnover margin of -2 or worse. Brandon Lloyd (five receptions, 117 yards) records his fifth career 100-yard receiving game and his first since 2008. The Broncos have lost three straight games against the Jaguars.