Like rookie wide receivers across the league, Indianapolis Colts’ rookie Donte Moncrief will face the difficult task of proving to the coaching staff that he is ready to handle the rigors of the NFL, from the speed of the game to the play book to the calls at the line of scrimmage.
As things stand now, Moncrief slots in as the no. 4 wide receiver for the Colts. That spot on the depth chart could yield meaningful playing time, but on Monday head coach Chuck Pagano hinted that he might have another way to get the ball in Moncrief’s hands right away this season.
According to Mike Wells of ESPN.com, Moncrief is currently listed at the top of the Colts’ depth chart at kick returner:
“We want to win,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “If he gives us the best opportunity to win as a kick returner as well as the receiver, then we are going to put him out there. You cannot coach 6-foot-2, 220, 4.3 (40-yard dash), who can catch the ball. Guys got great skill sets. Right now he’s penciled in as the number one guy back there and we’ll see how he does.” Moncrief is also listed as the Colts’ fourth receiver on their depth chart.
As noted by Pagano, there is no question that the University of Mississippi product has burners. In the passing game, Moncrief may or may not be able to change games with his speed. But in the return game, that impact could come a lot sooner, something that would provide a big boost to the Colts.