Reggie Wayne continues to be the opposite of a prima donna NFL wide receiver.
Wayne has had an incredible season on the whole, but the last couple weeks he's been almost missing in action. He has had only 13 catches for 129 yards in the Indianapolis Colts' last three games.
If he were a prima donna, he'd be questioning the play calling and demanding Andrew Luck look his way immediately.
“I'm fine,” Wayne said. “We need to get as many people involved as possible. My time is going to come. This is not the first stretch where I've had low numbers.
“I'm actually pleased that we are getting some other guys involved. T.Y. (Hilton) is getting involved, Donnie (Avery) is doing his thing, Dwayne Allen. We are starting to get the run game going and that's huge. We are going to need to get as many people involved as we can if we want to do what we want to do.”
Colts interim coach Bruce Arians said circumstances have contributed to Wayne's recent lower numbers, but said he shows no frustration. Wayne has caught 97 passes for 1,234 yards this season. He is in line for his fourth career 100-reception season. His career high was 111 catches in 2010 and 1,510 yards in 2007.
“He's drawn a bunch of attention,” Arians said of the last three games. “Other guys are being single-covered. There are some sacks when he's open, things like that.”
Count Wayne's attitude among the reasons his re-signing with the Colts was a great move.
The Colts (9-5) play at Kansas City (2-12) at 1 p.m. today in Arrowhead Stadium. A win would clinch a wildcard playoff berth for the Colts.
Wayne is among the veterans who have already cautioned younger Colts players about the importance of not overlooking the Chiefs.
“I expect them to be professionals,” Wayne said of the struggling Chiefs. “I expect them to come out and play hard like they've been doing on film each week. I really don't think their record indicates what type of team they are. When you watch them on film fly around, the defense is very good.”
It's likely the Colts are playing their last game without coach Chuck Pagano, who is expected to return next week after fighting and beating a form of leukemia. He has been out since September.
Wayne has a close relationship with Pagano, having known him since they were both at the University of Miami (Wayne as a player and Pagano as an assistant coach) years ago.
“He's our leader, he's our general and to get him back, I think that would be picture perfect,” Wayne said. “He's been through some tough times and he's fought through it. He's made us fight and taught us how to fight.
“To have him back in front of us for a playoff game, I think that would be great and it'd be even greater if we just continue to win.”