INDIANAPOLIS – After his first touchdown and 100-yard game of 2014 Reggie Wayne was back on his weekly radio show this week to chat about the Colts.
On WNDE, Wayne talked the depth of this year's Colts, the future for No. 87, having back in the building and the growth of Andrew Luck.
On the Colts 41-17 win over the Titans:
"We wanted to stack another game and we were able to do that. Hopefully we can stack some more. We knew going into this game it was going to be tough sledding. We kind of felt like they were going to pack the box a little bit and not let us get the run game going so we knew our offensive passing game was going to have to be on point. Andrew was Andrew as always and he was to find open guys and guys were able to make things happen."
On how deep Wayne thinks the 2014 Colts are:
"We are pretty loaded offensively. We've got some talented guys out there. I've been saying of all those teams (in the 2000s), this is by far the most talented group at the receiver position. We've got guys that can go in there at any time and be productive. Guys that have a lot of experience in the past. We have something that a lot of teams don't have the luxury of having so that's why we want to be the best we possibly can why we have it now. Guys are hungry. They see what we are capable of doing. They want to go out there, put their best foot forward. We've done that for two weeks and hopefully we can keep that going."
On how long Wayne sees himself playing and if he thinks about playing past this year:
"In my profession, unfortunately age is a factor and everybody knows that I'm 35 and I'll be 36 in November. 'They' figure that the older you are, the more likely you are to be done. Obviously you aren't going to be the same person you were in your early 20s. That's just the way it goes. There is a part of me that says what are you talking about but I do understand that people judge your career and it's up to myself to prove those naysayers wrong.
"That's what your heart says (laughs) but as far as your body, that's saying something different. At the end of the day, that's what you have to listen to. That's what you have to respect the most. As much as you feel like you can go out there and do it, your body tells you different. I remember there was a time I could dunk a basketball, no problem. If I dunked a basketball right now, it would be a little bit of a struggle. You have to listen to your body. You have to really stay in-tuned to what's happening. At the end of the year, you see where you are from there. So far, so good, I have no problems right now as far as my health. Everything seems to be going on the up-and-up and I'll continue to rehab, and stay on top of those things, workout, do everything I need to do to my body to keep myself that way."
On the having Robert Mathis back in the building
"I can tell you that his spirits were super high (on Monday). He was excited to be back with his teammates. As far as physically, he's still in the boot. From what I overheard today during rehab as he was in their rehabbing they said he was ahead of schedule. That's always good to know. I'm sure he's going to come out of this the way he's been. Robert is one of those guys who's always taking care of his body, getting treatment, in the cold tub, whatever it takes to get right. Me worrying about him getting back to the Robert of old is down on my list."
On Andrew Luck bouncing back from the late half interception:
"The way he handled that situation, it could have easily put him in the tank, it could have put the team in the tank. He came in at halftime and he let everybody know not just offense, but defense too that it was my fault---bad ball and I promise you I'll make it up to you in the second half. Then he came out in the second half and he was light outs.
"Andrew has that skill to where he can handle pressure better than a lot of people can and if is bothering him you will never know. He has the same look on his face at all times and he's a guy that loves football. He loves having an opportunity. The way he handles those situations its what surprises me, and I don't know why because he's been doing it since day one. It surprises me to see that come from a third-year player. The stuff that he's doing now is unbelievable and it's going to be crazy, it's going to be freaky because it's going to get better. He's that kind of guy the more and more opportunities that he has, the better that he will be. Hopefully I'm just around when he's at the best of the best."