Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon are really the only starting-caliber Colts wide-outs to play during the pre-season. Collie had a couple appearances, but did not practice or play for various reasons. Gonzo was "missing-in-action" and Blair White only came of the PUP a few days ago, and has yet to be seen on the field in 2011.
For a team that derives a large portion of its offense by throwing and catching the ball, the question marks in the WR corps are only eclipsed by the question marks at QB.
The Colts claim a FB (Gronkowski) off waivers and have several strong, between-the-tackles-type running backs.
The Questions after the jump ...
THE QUESTIONS TO ASK:
1) Why are there only two physically ready starting WRs just five days before the opening game of the season?
2) Why does the starting quarterback have less than two weeks experience in arguably the most complicated (to operate) offense in the NFL?
3) Why are there only two WRs on the practice squad? Only one of which - Gilreath - who could be expected to contribute anything if they had to play. Williams couldn't even get the correct alignment in half the plays he was in against the Bengals.
4) Does Clyde Christensen expect to just play four TEs with Gronkowski at FB and run power-I plays against the Texans?
5) Could anyone have foreseen these issues and planned accordingly?
6) Is there some other plan in place (signing Donnie Avery would be a start) that will make all these questions moot and result in the Colts going at least .500 until Manning is able to return?