Thursday, September 18, 2008
Colts tinker with pass formations
By Phil Richards
September 16, 2008
Wide receivers Anthony Gonzalez and Reggie Wayne alternated working from the slot Sunday in the Indianapolis Colts' three-wide receiver sets.
Gonzalez, who usually plays inside, caught nine passes for 137 yards and seven first downs to help the Colts beat host Minnesota 18-15. Wayne, who more often has split wide, had five receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.
"It was our best way to go based on the injuries we had, how they were playing, how the game developed," coach Tony Dungy said Monday. "We'll continue to look at that. All those guys can play anywhere. The three-wide group really helped us (Sunday)."
The Colts went mostly with two-tight end sets during the first quarter, when they totaled 24 net yards. Their take was 297 yards over the final 45 minutes, when they operated almost exclusively in three-wides, with Wayne, Gonzalez and Marvin Harrison.
With No. 1 tight end Dallas Clark (knee) out, Gijon Robinson and Tom Santi played tight end. Robinson is a second-year player who spent last season on the practice squad. Santi is a promising rookie, who had the first five receptions of his NFL career Sunday.