LaVon Brazill is just a 2012 sixth-round draft pick, hardly a guarantee to be a contributor to the 2013 Colts.
But when news of his four-game suspension under the NFL policy against substance abuse broke Monday, I tweeted that it hurts the team, because Indianapolis needs as many fourth-receiver options as possible.
I was surprised at the response a few of you offered.
@espn_afcsouth either that or could allow for a new guy like whalen to emerge. A lot of people think he could be special.
— Reed Elder (@12isthenew18) June 24, 2013
Griff Whalen played with Andrew Luck and under offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton at Stanford. Undrafted, Whalen was with the Colts last year but spent the season on IR with a left foot injury. Perhaps he emerges as a legitimate option. Brazill being available for the first four games of the season wouldn’t have prevented that from happening.
@espn_afcsouth hey Paul, how many 4 WR sets are we going to run this year?? I'll tell you, it's zero. Go write about Canadian football
— Alex Jones (@YouSeeMe317) June 25, 2013
Alex, I am not expecting four-receiver sets. I’m also not expecting that Reggie Wayne, an unproven Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton each play 16 games. Depth is paramount in the NFL, and no team wants to go into the season with only three receivers in which they have faith.
@espn_afcsouth could be blessing in disguise... Forces Luck and Heyward-Bey to figure each other out faster
— Keith Carrell (@BoilerColts) June 25, 2013
Nothing about Brazill being present and available would prevent Luck and DHB from learning each other.
— JRR (@Farmboy444) June 24, 2013
This makes for one less option. My thinking: More options are better than fewer options.
@espn_afcsouth Just more double TE, with Fleener moving into the slot so they can do twins
— Mad HS Chemist (@madhschemist) June 24, 2013
I look forward to seeing that. But there is no guarantee that Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen play 16 games each. And having Brazill available wouldn’t prevent the team from splitting Fleener out as often as they wanted to.
I don’t mean for it to sound like I believe Brazill to be any level of sure thing.
It’s just that forward progress has become a given for the Colts since Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano took over. Brazill’s suspension isn’t forward progress; it’s at least a small setback.