ANDERSON, Ind. —
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne said this morning the Indianapolis Colts won’t sneak up on anybody this season.
He believes some opponents might have underestimated the young team with a rookie quarterback and an interim head coach a year ago.
But just because teams will see the Colts coming this time around doesn’t mean Wayne feels like the team has a target on its chest.
“I wouldn’t say we’re the hunted just yet,” he told the media after Friday’s morning walkthrough. “But we’re somewhere in the field, and that’s cool.”
Indianapolis infamously began last season ranked No. 32 in The Associated Press power rankings. This time around, the Colts start at No. 10. But some onlookers retain doubts about the team’s ability to repeat its surprising success without the emotion of last season.
Wayne made it clear he and his teammates still aren’t interested in outside opinions.
“As a team, we feel like we are contenders,” he said. “We don’t let USA Today determine that.”
The Colts complete their second week of training camp today with a 1:50 p.m. practice at Anderson University. The team opens the preseason Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Four more public practices will be held at AU next week, beginning Tuesday afternoon.