Injuries Mean Andrew Luck Working With New Skill Guys On Offense

Intro: With injuries to Dwayne Allen, Quan Bray, Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief, the Colts will have to improvise a bit on the offensive side of the ball Sunday. What could things look like for Andrew Luck’s pass catching group?


INDIANAPOLIS – Practice for Andrew Luck this week might feel like he's back at Training Camp in Anderson.

The Colts are down three of their top four pass catches.

At Wednesday's practice, the names Moncrief, Dorsett and Allen were nowhere to be found for No. 12.

There's a definite possibility those three won't be on the field this Sunday in Nashville.

It adds to the unknown of who or what Luck will have to work with in Week Six.

"There is a level of uncertainty, absolutely, with some of the guys," Luck said following Wednesday's practice.

"You have to build that relationship. It doesn't happen overnight but there is a level of uncertainty and you have to overcome that through practice and the game."

So who are the healthy pass catchers for Luck this week?**

Wide Receivers**

  • T.Y. Hilton: On Wednesday, Hilton told the media he expects to be double-teamed this weekend. There will be plenty of attention from the Titans come Sunday directed towards No. 13 in white. Hilton has been heroic in the Colts' two wins this season. Is a similar output needed again on Sunday with such an inexperienced skill group healthy?
  • Chester Rogers: Andrew Luck clearly has a trust factor with Rogers, an undrafted free agent from Grambling. In the last three weeks, Rogers has caught nine balls for 126 yards. Rogers has a good shot at being the team's No. 2 receiver on Sunday, while also returning punts in place of Quan Bray (who is on injured reserve due to a fractured ankle).
  • Devin Street: When Donte Moncrief went down in Week Two, the Colts claimed Street off the Patriots practice squad. Street has yet to play in a game with the Colts, but there's a strong chance of that changing this weekend. Street has nine total catches in 31 career games.
  • Tevaun Smith: The Colts elevated Smith from the practice squad on Tuesday. Smith, a 2016 undrafted free agent from Iowa, had a nice preseason with the Colts and should have a solid grasp of the offense. Sunday would be Smith's NFL debut.

Tight Ends

  • Jack Doyle: Chuck Pagano loves Doyle. Pagano said on Wednesday that Doyle has no other agenda, besides winning and getting better. Doyle has already eclipsed career-highs this season with 20 catches for 204 yards and three touchdowns. If the Colts are without Allen, Dorsett and Moncrief against the Titans, Doyle goes from his normal No. 2 tight end spot to the team's second most experienced pass catcher for Andrew Luck.
  • Mo Alie-Cox: The first NFL catch for Swoope came Sunday night in Houston. Swoope has made a gigantic leap from having never played the game of football (at any level) just three years ago. The Colts need for Swoope to be a trustworthy, reliable option on Sunday.
  • Chase Coffman: Signed on Tuesday, Coffman re-joins the Colts after spending all of Training Camp and the preseason with them. Coffman actually made the 53-man roster following final roster cuts, but was released the next day by the Colts to make room for a banged up defensive back group. Coffman was a 2009 third-round pick and has caught 18 balls in his career.
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