Receiving corps key to Colts' success

For the Colts to offset the loss of Edgerrin James, their receivers must elevate their play, writes KC Joyner.

Originally Published: May 22, 2006
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
With the defection of Edgerrin James to Arizona, it seems obvious the Indianapolis Colts will have to lean more on their passing game in 2006. This normally wouldn't seem like a bad thing, but the Indianapolis passing game took a couple of steps back in 2005.

The common perception is that the Colts' passing numbers were down because their opponents' defensive alignments were forcing the Colts to run the ball more. There is certainly some truth to that statement, but the Colts threw only 12 fewer passes in 2005 than they did in 2004.

Peyton Manning certainly wasn't the problem. A quick review of Manning's overall numbers shows that although his TD pass totals dropped, all his other standard numbers were almost identical.

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