The Indianapolis Colts will be without one of their young receivers in 2014, as they released LaVon Brazill late last week, after being suspended for the league for a failed drug test. Brazill was expected to be the forth string receiver for the club this season, as he shined late last season. In two seasons with the Colts he caught 23 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. His biggest game coming against Cincinnati where he hauled in three catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns. Yet his off the field troubles led to his release.
Our question of the week pertains to the release.
Will the loss of Brazill hurt this Colts in 2014?
Essentially no, with the Colts they are fortunate enough to have three Pro Bowl caliber receivers that will carry most of the load, and have two tight ends who will also command a lot of targets this season.
Brazill might have made a small impact in 2014, but his playing time would have been cut if rookie Donte Moncrief keeps impressing Colts personnel when training camp starts next week. Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks might be coming off of injuries, but both are true number one receivers in this league, and T.Y. Hilton has shown that he is one of the up-and-coming premier receivers in the NFL. With all that. Brazill might have found himself struggling to stay on the Colts roster.
So the complete answer here is no, the Colts will not lose out on Brazill. Next man up is the key here. Moncrief, Griff Whalen, and Da”Rick Rodgers are all more than capable of becoming a fourth string receiver for the Colts this season. Rodgers and Whalen saw their first playing time last season, and each caught two touchdowns. Expect either one of them to be listed as the forth string receiver when camp is over, but Moncrief should have more playing time than both of them by seasons end.