In this period of hope and frenzy, there is another issue lurking that will play out over the season. Certain players, due to expiring contracts and/or under performance must step it up this year or their time with the Colts is likely done.
1. Reggie Wayne. He is a very good player, but I don't see him as an elite player. I still believe he gave up on the pick six in the SB and was not the same last year. Reggie will probably want to get paid well, so he'll have to step up and have a big year if he wants to justify the contract and remain a Colt.
2. Anthony Gonzalez. He had the makings of a good wide receiver for the Colts. Unfortunately, after the last two years he has become known as injury prone. Not only must Gonzo stay healthy this year, he must earn playing time against a group of good wide receivers.
3. Pierre Garcon. He has had a good run with the Colts, but has frustrated fans to no end. He is a UFA after this year and could be expensive to keep. Continuing to evolve and show better hands will go a long way to him continuing with the Colts.
4. Jerry Hughes. He probably is a Colt next year regardless. Still, he must show something this year. He is not expected to post huge stats behind two All Pros, but he must show something to avoid the bust label.
5. Jeff Saturday. Everybody loves this guy. With the contract he signed, it's doubtful he will be not be here next year. That being said, he really started to show his age last year. It's a question of how long smarts can delay the physical drop off for one of best.
6. Donald Brown. He has contributed, but not at a level of a first rounder. Disappointment is the first word that comes to mind. At some point, the light needs to come on and he needs to break out. If Carter has a good year, Brown could soon become the odd man out.