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Super Bowl XLIV Preview: Colts WR, RB, TEs

Position Starter Backup Third String
WR Reggie Wayne Pierre Garcon Austin Collie
WR Pierre Garcon Hank Baskett Sam Giguire
TE Dallas Clark Gijon Robinson Jacob Tamme
RB Joseph Addai Donald Brown Chad Simpson
FB Gijon Robinson Jacob Tamme

Scouting Report

After 8 years as the second best receiver on the Colts, Reggie Wayne has gotten his chance this season to be the top receiver in the Colts offense..and he has responded well, catching 100 balls for 1,264 yards and 10 TDs in the regular season. He has been just as productive in the post season, collecting 11 catches for 118 yards and a TD in the Colts’ playoff march. Wayne possesses top flight speed and great acceleration, which he uses to separate from defenders deep. He is strong and very physical, allowing him to break free from getting bumped at the line of scrimmage. He is perhaps the best WR the Saints have faced all season since Randy Moss.

Pierre Garcon moved up to the second receiver in this potent Colts offense with the departure of Marvin Harrison. His 47 receptions for 765 yards and 4 TD in the regular season were third best on the team. The second year pro had a monster game in the AFC Championship, hauling in 11 passes for 151 yards and a TD. Garcon has a quick first step and great agility. He is very deceptive and capable of making people miss. Many opponents have underestimated Garcon’s strength, which he has used to break tackles all season.

Austin Collie is the possession receiver in the Colts’ offense. The rookie from BYU doesn’t have the speed that Garcon or Wayne possess, but he is smart and finds openings in the defense. In the regular season, Collie collected 60 passes for 676 yards and 7 TDs. Like Garcon, Collie came up big in the AFC Championship game, hauling in 7 catches for 123 yards and a TD.

Dallas Clark is Peyton Manning’s favorite target and will line up anywhere on the field, from tight on the line to split out as a WR or as a HB in the backfield. He is strong, agile, and is capable of making acrobatic catches. His greatest asset is providing a trusty target in zone coverage, where he is smart at finding holes in the zone. His speed and precise route running can cause mismatches in the secondary. Don’t underestimate his impact, as he can take over a game like he did in week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, catching 7 balls for 183 yards and a TD. For the season, he posted 100 catches for 1106 yards and 10 TDs.

Joseph Addai is the Colts’ most effective back, garnering 828 yards on 219 attempts, a meager 3.8 yards per attempt. But his 10 TDs on the season highlight his value to the team inside the red zone. Addai is a good runner when the holes are there, but struggles creating his own yards and finishing off runs. He has decent hands coming out of the backfield as well.

Donald Brown, a rookie from UConn, is Addai’s primary backup. Despite playing in 11 games, he accumulated 218 yards on 78 rushing attempts. The young runner has deceptive speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield well.

The Saints secondary will have their hands full with this set of receivers. No team this season has been able to stop the potent Colts passing attack. I’m not sure how the Saints will counter the Colts offense. My best guess is a Cover 2 Man in a 3-2-6 formation. Why? This allows Gregg Williams the freedom to bring in speed rushers on the edge to attack Peyton Manning while putting athletes on the field and allowing Darren Sharper and Roman Harper to make plays.

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