Week Seven Analyis:
84% of Reggie Wayne's career touchdowns have been thrown by Peyton Manning but they'll be enemies when the Broncos pay a visit to the Colts on Sunday. Denver is one of only four teams allowing over 200 yards per game to wide receivers, and in the last three weeks, only one team in the league has surrendered more scores to the position. The Broncos finally get linebacker Von Miller back from suspension and Champ Bailey should be a little more up to speed, but he was burned last week by Jacksonville wideouts, surrendering 95 yards in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus. For what it's worth, Wayne has also scored eight times in nine career games against Denver.
Week Six Analysis:
The Chargers have been incredibly charitable to wideouts this season, allowing 856 yards and seven touchdowns to the position in the last four weeks alone. Reggie Wayne should find his route running to be a lot easier than last week against Sherman Sound and the Seahawks. Wayne still led the team in targets and totaled six catches for 65 yards, but more production can be expected on Sunday. This season, San Diego has allowed an average line of eight receptions, 127 yards, and nearly a touchdown per game to opposing No. 1 receivers.
Week Five Analysis:
In their last four road games, the Seahawks have allowed opposing #1 receivers to score a touchdown and/or go over 100 yards. Seattle has a very formidable defense, but they aren't nearly as dominant as visitors, and Reggie Wayne should have a good shot at posting decent numbers even against a stout secondary. The Colts will continue to be creative with Wayne in an attempt to disrupt assignments and mix up coverage. According to Pro Football Focus, he ran 80% of his routes out of the slot last week, which is by far the most work he's seen there all season. Maybe that will help him avoid Sherman Sound.
Week Four Analysis:
Jacksonville is tied for the most touchdowns allowed to receivers this season and now has a laundry list of concerns in their secondary. Starting cornerback Will Blackmon suffered a possible concussion last week, and his running mate on the other side, Alan Ball, is in danger of missing consecutive games with a groin issue. Wait…I'm not done! Nickel corner Dwayne Gratz also remains out with an injured ankle, and starting free safety Dwight Lowery could also miss this game with a concussion of his own. Plus, Wayne's biggest threat for looks, TY Hilton, is dealing with a groin injury.
Week Three Analysis:
You know the 49ers are steaming after getting smoked in Seattle on national television, making Candlestick Park an extremely hostile environment for Reggie Wayne this Sunday. But it may not matter. The 49ers could be dinged on the back end of their defense with free safety Eric Reid questionable to play with concussion symptoms. Reid was drafted in the first round to replace All-Pro Dashon Goldson who left for Tampa Bay. San Fran's secondary surrendered 23 touchdowns last year, the fifth-most in the league, and so far they have let three scores slip through this season. Wayne has been very active thus far, with eight targets in each of his two games. Keep playing him.
Week Two Analysis:
Reggie Wayne was downright relentless against Oakland in the opener, catching all eight of his targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. Reggie also garnered over one-third of the looks from Andrew Luck and more of the same can be expected against Miami. Wayne started hot last season and he'll look to continue that trend against the Dolphins who could be thin at corner with rookies Will Davis and Jamar Taylor dealing with injuries. The Colts should contest more heavily than the Cleveland Browns, who were without Josh Gordon.
Week One Analysis:
Reggie Wayne's stats from last year look great on paper. But dig deeper and his 106 receptions for 1,355 yards aren't as impressive. It's nice that he was targeted nearly 200 times, but his 58.7 percentage caught and 6.9 average yards per target put him in the lesser-half of receivers with 100 plus targets. Of his 19 red zone targets, 10 came from inside the ten and six came from inside the five. Other receivers that garnered those types of looks include pay-dirt dwellers like A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Julio Jones. Next to them, Wayne's five touchdowns are inexplicable. Even though his targets will decline without Bruce Arians, he is Andrew Luck's Plan A. And despite the addition of Charles Woodson, Wayne and Luck should toy with a Raiders secondary that yielded 23 receiving touchdowns last season.
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