Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief figures to have a much bigger role in the offense in 2016, as he’s expected to the number two wideout and a starter alongside T.Y. Hilton. He had a good season a year ago, but he’s setting his sights even higher in 2016.
Moncrief recently did a Twitter Q&A with fans, and one of the questions he was asked was about his personal goal(s) for the 2016 season. His response? 1,200 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.
That’s certainly a feasible and realistic number for him to attain, as that would mean putting up 75 yards per game. For a young, talented receiver like Moncrief, it’s very possible. Last year, despite playing over half of the season without Andrew Luck, not being a full-time starter, and dealing with a lingering injury, Moncrief still managed 64 receptions for 733 yards and six touchdowns. As a rookie the year before, he caught 32 passes for 444 yards and three scores. So a 1,200 yard campaign would be a significant jump in production, but Moncrief still has plenty of room to improve (he’s only 22 years old) and will have a huge role.
The Colts haven’t had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season since 2009 when Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark both did it, and you’d have to go back to 2006 to find the last year that two Colts wide receivers did it (Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne). There has only been one year in that stretch in which the Colts didn’t have a single 1,000 yard wideout (2011), however, and with Andrew Luck back healthy there’s reason to think that T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief could break the trend. Moncrief is setting his sights high on a good season, but it’s not an unrealistic expectation by any means.