Heyward-Bey failed to come up with a pass in the third quarter despite being all by himself down the right sidelines. According to NFL stats, the veteran has only five dropped passes this season. But they all seem to have come at key junctures of games.
Pagano was asked if Heyward-Bey will remain in the Colts offensive lineup. His response was lukewarm at best.“We’ve got four guys that are up at the receiver position, so we’re going to do what’s best for this team and gives us the best chance to win moving forward,” the Indianapolis coach said.
Undrafted rookie receiver Da’Rick Rogers got his first amount of playing time since being brought up from the practice squad three weeks ago. While Rogers didn’t catch a pass, he drew a pass interference penalty that set up an Adam Vinatieri field goal.“When you saw Da’Rick come off the line of scrimmage and run right by a pretty damn good corner and draw that flag, you get excited about what the future holds,” Pagano said, adding that rookie inside linebacker Josh McNary and Rainey also caught his eye. “Those guys have worked really hard, prepared and it was great to see them go out there and have some success. I think Josh got plenty of play on special teams and did a nice job. And then the three plays that he got on defense, the one third down we sent him on the blitz and he made the running back miss and certainly affected the throw of that ball down the middle. It was a great athletic football play. So, very exciting to see those guys going.”