‘Sky’s the Limit’ for Donte Moncrief in 2nd Year


Coming off an impressive rookie season, Indianapolis Colts wideout Donte Moncrief is looking to take another leap entering into his 2nd year with the team.

The talented young wide receiver had 32 receptions for 444 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for the Colts last season, but is looking to build off his impressive rookie campaign and ultimately improve as a player:

"“I mean just knowing what to expect now,” Donte Moncrief told Colts Media Reporter Steve Andress. “Coming in, knowing everything that you gotta do, and the things that you have to perfect in your game. I mean just coming in with the right mindset that at the end of the day that OTA’s, it’s mental. That you should learn everything about the offense, snap count, being able to read defenses. So, that’s a big jump in your second year.”"

Jun 9, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) runs with the ball after catching a pass during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

When asked what specifically Moncrief is seeking to improve at as a wide receiver, the 2nd-year wideout stressed his route running. Something that he’s already gotten considerable help in by studying and working with proven NFL wideouts like Andre Johnson and T.Y. Hilton in the team’s offseason practices:

"“I mean just my route running. Inside routes. Outside routes. Coming back down the stem of my routes, and just my body parts on my routes, not being able to tell what I’m running. So that’s a big thing that me and T.Y. (Hilton) have been working on, and just being able to watch Andre (Johnson), who’s been playing the game for awhile for a reason, so just taking all the things from them, peeking at them, and making myself better.”“…Those guys come out and work hard. Andre is a very strong, big handed guy who makes all of the plays. Any time the ball is near him, he’s going to make a play. Just watching T.Y., I mean how shifty he is and how fast he comes out of his breaks, so just meshing that into my game, just watching them everyday, making my game increase.”"

While Moncrief is looking to make a leap, it’ll be interesting to see if he’ll ever actually come back down to the ground. His head coach in Chuck Pagano has already said that the “sky is the limit” for his talented young wideout, something that Moncrief strongly believes in too if he can maintain the right mindset and continue to work hard:

"“When my mom actually told me first, it was shocking that he (Chuck Pagano) said that, but at the same time, I just gotta keep getting better. And like you said, the sky’s the limit, as long as I keep my head up, keep all the focus, and keep God first, anything is possible.”"

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