Indianapolis Colts’ Receiver Coach Expects Big Things From Moncrief In 2017

Donte Moncrief at Ole Miss Spring Practice, photo by Steven Gagliano

Donte Moncrief enters the final year of his rookie contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. The fourth-year receiver has earned the praise of his new receiver coach, Sanjay Lal, who has lofty expectations for the former Rebel. 

“I don’t know how he was coached, what was demanded of him in the past,” Lal told Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “All I know is with me, it’s a blank slate. And I see this piece of clay that can be one of the better receivers in the league. He has all the tools.”

Moncrief’s production dipped from 64 catches in 2015 to just 30 catches in 2016 due to a lingering shoulder injury. When healthy, Moncrief was able to contribute at a high level including a five-game stretch during which he caught a TD in each game. Moncrief finished with 7 total touchdowns on the season and totaled 307 yards. 

With the confidence of his coaches behind him, Moncrief sounds confident in his team’s ability to bounce back from missing the playoffs in 2016. 

If he can live up to Lal’s expectations, Moncrief will cash in with a long-term deal in Indianapolis or elsewhere as he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018. 

Steven Gagliano is a writer for He can be reached at

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