Reggie Wayne as a coach could make Colts a wide receiver destination
Legendary receiver, Reggie Wayne, could have a major influence in his new role as wide receivers coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
This offseason, a rumored move became official. Reggie Wayne returned to the Indianapolis Colts to be the full-time wide receivers coach.
Wayne had some experience helping out with Indy’s receivers as a volunteer coach but he was resistant to taking over the role full time. He was ready to make the commitment this year and the benefits could start showing soon.
On Monday, the Colts held their local Pro Day— an event to evaluate local Draft prospects. One takeaway from the event is that the receiver participants thought it was pretty cool to take instructions from Reggie Wayne.
Wayne was talking with the prospects and helping them work through drills, and the young receivers talked about what that meant to them.
Reggie Wayne received a lot of love at Colts Pro Day
The prime of Wayne’s career spanned from about 2004 to 2012, so it makes sense that the incoming generation of receivers holds him in high regard.
They watched Reggie dominate the NFL as one of Peyton Manning’s top targets. They saw him make six Pro Bowls and retire as the receiver with the 10th-most yards in NFL history.
Wayne is a living legend, so of course, it would be cool to be coached by someone that you grew up a fan of. That’s something the Colts could use to their advantage.
Indianapolis has struggled to land free-agent receivers. They’ve been building through the draft and will continue to do that this year but it won’t hurt to add in free agency.
One thing that can help with that is having a quarterback, which Indy now has in Matt Ryan. Another thing is having coaches that players like, respect, and would love to learn from.
By all accounts, that’s Reggie Wayne. Wayne has the potential to be an impactful coach for the Colts. Not only can he teach and develop the receivers on the roster but he has the status to help bring in more receivers.