Donte Moncrief was a prime candidate to break out in 2016. And in 2015, too. But a combination of injuries and slower-than-expected development has meant the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver has yet to live up to expectations.
With T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett nursing injuries, Moncrief was one of the Colts’ standout players during minicamp, perhaps due to the fourth-year pro dropping from 223 to 214 pounds this offseason.
“Last year I had some injuries,” Moncrief said, according to Kevin Bowen of the Colts’ official site. “This year I’m going to be injury-free and just come out and play ball. I’m in the best shape, in the best condition, and I’m ready to come out and help (Luck) and (Hilton).”
He added: “I feel better, faster, and lighter.”
Moncrief teased his potential with a 733-yard, six-touchdown season in 2015, but many expected more from the former third-rounder, especially with Andrew Luck under center.
The wideout’s 2016 campaign was a forgettable one. He was limited to just nine appearances and seven starts last season due to shoulder and hamstring injuries, finishing the year with a career-low 307 receiving yards.
Now 100 percent healthy and entering a contract season, Moncrief’s recent efforts have caught the attention of new Colts general manager Chris Ballard.
“I thought Donte Moncrief had an outstanding, outstanding offseason,” Ballard said. “I want to see it continue into camp and into the season.
“We think he has great upside and I’ve really appreciated the way he’s worked.”
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